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Spring At Tuscan B&B - Casa Bellavista

Posted: April 21, 2006
by: T.Alexander

Spring is in the air in Tuscany! We received another lovely email from our friend and guest writer, Simonetta Demarchi at Casa Bellavista. Not only does Simonetta share another one of her family recipes with Delicious Destinations, she has also given us a glimpse into her daily life as she and her husband, Guido, operate their beautiful Tuscan Bed & Breakfast, Casa Bellavista. Enjoy! (For more recipes from Simonetta click here.)Casabella_vista_picnic_area

“Finally I have time to send to you another recipes, because the spring arrived after a very long winter......., spring for me means also prepare the garden, cut the grass....., plant new flowers, me and Guido (my husband) have planted a lot of new roses ...around the fence of the pool.... I will send you a picture when they will be in bloom......

Today it's a little cold so I do not go out to work in the garden but I have been to the market and I bought fresh fish, some lemons some oranges...... and now I'm preparing the dinner........Ciao hoping to see you soon.”

Sarde All'Arancia

(Sardines with Orange)

500g sardines

30g pine nuts

2 oranges

3 dessert spoons bread crumbs

chilli pepper

olive oil

salt & pepper

Clean sardines, wash and drain

In a bowl mix bread crumbs, pine nuts, chilli and oil

Add salt and pepper

Pass the sardines one at a time through the mixture & roll them with the skin out

Alternate sardines with slices of orange & place in baking tray with oil.

Bake at 180 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

Your Comments


It is a rainy Sunday afternoon here in New England. But I take comfort in yet another recipe from Simonetta at Casa Bellavista. I shall add this to my recipe book. Perhaps this will be on the cooking agenda when Edie and I visit Casa Bellavista this June.

Dave Galusha

Posted by: Dave Galusha at Apr 23, 2006 4:22:42 PM