I’m finally back with more Italy posts! I’ve been working like crazy to get the book finished, which has delayed the writing of these posts about our trip, but now we are back on track and I’m excited to share with you this video and recipe! What you are about to watch is highlights of our first stop on the amazing Island of Sardinia where I was able to cook with Chef Davide at Ristoranti Eno. The food was fabulous during this leg or our journey and one of the best things about our visit to Sardinia, was our amazing guide Marcello who you will meet once you read the book. After you watch the video, scroll down to find a sneak peak recipe from the book; a dish inspired by Chef Davide. Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released July 24th. The food is literally out of this world…. As always, enjoy!!
Eno Ristorante Video and a Sneak Peak Recipe from Everyday Paleo Around the World, Italian Cuisine!!
Unbelievable beauty and complete serenity. There is really no other way to describe the little Osteria tucked away in the Marche hills of Urbino. John and I literally had to pinch ourselves when we stepped out of the car, and as we looked around I was quite certain that I could simply live here, disappear here, and just settle in and live… After meeting Chef Virginio, owner and resident of Osteria Da Gustin, I understood his passion immediately. His passion for his work is intimately intertwined with his own desire to live the best life possible with his wife and children, surrounded by fertile land and folks who care deeply for the “little things” in life like staying close to their roots and knowing exactly where their food comes from. Chef Virginio’s message is simple. He chose to leave a high powered position at a busy 5 star restaurant back in the states in exchange for a slower paced life in which he could spend his time with his loved ones, running the family business, and supporting his local community by only providing food to his guests from suppliers that literally live down the street.
*Note from Sarah: This summer I was asked by Gil Butler to be a part of his Primal Chef cooking show, and I’m so glad that I said yes! Although I had no idea what to expect, and quite honestly walked into the whole event a little bit skeptical, I ended up having an amazing time! I got to cook in an awesome kitchen, I met some incredibly cool people, and most of all, I was completely impressed by Gil’s professionalism, kindness, and vision. Below are some words from Gil with details about what his project is all about, as well as the FREE video of Episode 2 of the Primal Chef !!
Hey everyone! Gil Butler here from Primal Chef. Have you ever noticed that every cooking show features ingredients you would never use? You deserve better. That’s why I created a competitive cooking show with only Paleo ingredients in the kitchen.
Episode 1 of Primal Chef was made with virtually no budget while I was attending college full time. Once Robb Wolf accepted a spot in that episode, I knew I was onto something good. That episode generated enough interest to provide a very limited budget to make three new episodes last spring….this time featuring Sarah Fragoso!
It is now my dream to produce broadcast quality episodes we can put on TV to show the world how delicious Paleo food can be. When we succeed, you’ll no longer have to explain Paleo to every person you meet, because they will already know! To get there though, I need your help.
Interested? Here’s how you can help in just two simple steps:
I’m truly glad to be back home, but a rather large part of my heart will always remain in Italy. I still have SO much to share with all of you so please hang in there with me while we continue to sort through photos and edit video and I’ll continue to post stories and videos of our amazing journey. I’m also starting work on my next cookbook which will be the first of many for an international paleo cookbook series! The first book will of course be all about Italy with accompanying recipes; all paleo but as authentic as possible!!! I’m so excited to expand our paleo lifestyle into international travel and cuisine – we are learning about life from others who truly know how to live it and now we can share it with you and my heart is truly bursting with joy, excitement and anticipation… Our lives are forever changed, we’ve had to make huge changes on the home front in order to make this all happen, but life is so darn short, and it’s worth the risk, worth the fear, worth the craziness with kids and family, worth putting it “all on hold” in order to dive head first into really living…
The night before our truffle hunt, our little family had joked about the “hunting” aspect. Are truffles sneaky and fast? Might they get away if you aren’t quick enough with your attack? The next day we all giggled as we imagined rebellious and elusive truffles while our car wound through a maze of green misty hills towards our destination – a perfect backdrop for our impending adventure. The kids were giddy and excited as we came to a halt outside a gate that was hung with signs all in Italian but with the message coming through very clear – guns, knives, and bigger guns awaited you if you entered without warning. Wow, maybe this day was going to be more suspenseful than we imagined!
As many of you know, my family and I are traveling through Italy, soaking up the culture and cooking our way through several different regions of this spectacular country. We started our journey first in Bologna and moved on from there to Pesaro. All last week we were staying near the Adriatic Sea, in the region known as Le Marche. Il Pignocco was our home base; a magical, fairytale location perched on top of a hill overlooking Pesaro. The charming Il Pignocco is an old Italian farmhouse dating back to the 18th century that has been restored into a beautiful holiday house that is perfectly located – hidden away – and a beautiful place that we would have been happy to stay forever. Everyday if I could, you would find me resting under the ancient olive trees and listening to the birds sing, but as always, real life intercepts my fantasies…
Here’s a quick video recap of my experience at Bologna Cooking School with Big Carlo! I owe a huge amount of gratitude to Carlo, Luciana, and Gabriela for welcoming us and accommodating our requests for a personalized gluten free cooking lesson as well as Carlo’s permission to use and tweak his recipes to make them paleo.
We are currently spending the week in the beautiful Marche region of Italy where I have been continuing my culinary exploration of Italy. More stories, pictures and videos coming soon so please stay tuned!
I hope you enjoy!
Video and photography by Damon Meledones.