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Ongoing projects: a vegetable garden and a new magazine

Here I am, coming from the garden, or rather, from what one day might become a vegetable garden. At the moment it is just a piece of land that we try to make free from the weed, but it is a hard and thankless. Since I changed my life and decided to work from home on my dreams, I realized that it’s a shame to live in the countryside and not grow a vegetable garden, it’s definitely out of this world, especially in these days. Everyone’s talking about the importance of the local produce, let’s make it even more local!

Obviously my grandmother is trying to teach me the basics: how to handle the hoe properly, how to place the small salad plants at the right distance, how to sow the tiny rocket seeds… is a continuous process. She has been able to teach me to cook, but she failed with the knitting, crochet and embroidery, let’s see if she has more luck with the gardening…

This morning we transplanted the salad, yesterday I put my first rhubarb plant in the back garden, because if Mohammed will not go to the mountain… in London I fell in love with its tangy flavour, rhubarb and strawberry pie, stewed rhubarb with clotted cream: I wanted rhubarb to infest my garden, too! Time will tell if it is in the right place (half shadow, lot of water, I’m lovingly taking care of it).

Actually, today I wanted to talk about another ongoing project. I’ve been dealing with it in the last two months, it finally gave a meaning to my idea of turning a passion into a job.


It’s a new magazine, you will find it in every Italian news-stand, 60 recipes, from breakfast to after lunch desserts to night sweet cravings… but don’t worry, I’ll make sure to publish a few of them here in English for you!

I spent weeks testing, making huge mistakes and trying them again until I got the perfect formula of 20 recipes that you’ll find in the magazine, I also tasted them all, if you want to know, that’s why I must work in the garden to burn all these sweet temptations…

If you happen to find yourself in an Italian news stand, please leaf through it and let me know what you think of my first important job! Here we are already working on the July issue. But remember, as Oscar Wilde said, the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

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  1. Congratulations on the magazine Giulia!!!
    I can’t wait to see it, reading it will be difficult but from the looks of it the pictures will do just the trick!!!
    x

    1. Thank you Regula! I will translate it for you under the sun, laying on the beach under the umbrella, or just sitting lazily on a bench in the pinewood! x

  2. What a great news, Giulia! Congratulations on the magazine project! I’m also so excited to see you again in about 2 months! 🙂

    Gardening is good for you. We also have a small parcel in a community garden and I also planted rhubarb. I’m so looking forward to eating my fresh produces!

    1. Yes!! just 2 months!
      I know, cannot wait to see my vegetable garen grow, not to mention taste our fresh produce, especially rhubarb!

  3. Much success to you in your garden – rhubarb is such a lovely addition to a garden – you will love it. Super fun that your grandmother is teaching you. Wonderful news about your magazine project – it looks gorgeous! 🙂

    1. Oh, Susan, thank you! My rhubarb is so small for the moment, I’m constantly looking at it to see if it’s growing or not! My grandmother is very knowledgeable in gardening and cooking, I feel lucky to be able to enjoy her presence!

  4. Wow! i don’t know how you have the hours in the day to achieve something like this by yourself – 60 recipes is a lot! It looks beautiful and I will have to tell my friends in Florence to look out for it. Very proud of you!

    1. ahah, Sarah, just 20 recipe per month, but it is a tough work as well, most of all because I tend to taste everything! Thank you thank you Sarah! hugs and have a great week! x

  5. Oh Julia unfortunatelly I do not find Italian magazines easy in the UK. I would have loved to read your magazine. I will wait for when you publish something here. Every success to you. You are so talented and enthusiastic.

  6. Congratulations on your magazine! It is beautiful and I wish you much success with it. Rhubarb grows here in my Canadian garden, but it is surrounded by shrubs and flowers. It must feel special being my only vegetable! Good luck with both your projects Giulia.

    1. Oh! did you find it? thank you so much and congratulations on your rhubarb! Thank you for your support, it means a lot to me!

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