Place: On the hills around Zola Predosa, nearby Bologna
Work: I’m the owner of the B&B Abete Rosso and I hold cooking courses of Bolognese homemade food for anyone who wants to try their hand at the recipes of our tradition Particular signs: I’m a fan of tasty homemade food
Passions: Biodynamic agricolture and sustainable living.
And I like to breed ducks and hens in absolute freedom, and even bees, for the sole pleasure of seeing them flying from flower to flower
My project: To open my kitchen to all those who want to rediscover traditions on their table
My name is Luciana, I live in Bologna where I was born more than 50 years ago from a Bolognese mother and a father from the Marche region.
As I child i used to spend a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Bolognese for generations. She in fact gave me the passion for homemade cooking, made most of all of simple and cheap things. For years my grandmother Fernanda has woken me up at 6 o’clock in the morning with the sound of her tapping the fork on the cutting board, mixing eggs and flour to prepare the pastry for tagliatelle. For this reason, at the age of 10 I made my first puff pastry.
These are memories made of perfumes but also music: the beat of the fork on the cutting board, the hands that kneaded the dough on the wooden surface and her wedding ring hitting the rolling pin while she was pulling the dough.
Every morning I found beautiful nests of tagliatelle on the kitchen table that were waiting noon to be cooked and seasoned with the delicious bolognese meat sauce.
So I spent my childhood developing all the SIX senses in the home kitchen.
First of all the scent of ‘’soffritto’’, cakes and all the traditional delicacies. Then the noises, which when linked to memories become music. The colors of the food, for example the colorful combinations of fruits and vegetables. Then again the touch, touching the various soft, fluffy or granulated flours, the thorns of the vegetables, or the warm and elastic doughs. Then the flavors, at first distinct, such as sweet and savory, sour and bitter, but then mixed together in the harmony of the combinations.
And finally, last but not least, the sixth sense: the joy I feel from the mixture of the other five.
Homemade cooking classes in Bologna: my passion from hobby to work
The passion for cooking has been my life partner and has evolved with me over time. First it has accompanied me as a mean for the evenings with friends, then as a tool to feed my family, until at last it became a job.
Over the last years I started with the direction of a farmhouse, then the direction of a restaurant, to finally get to teach traditional cooking courses for tourists from all over the world.
Thanks to this experience I discovered that not only I do like cooking
, but also teaching. Being able to transmit my knowledge and experience to others through cooking classes gives me satisfaction and joy.
So I decided to open my countryside house, where I breed ducks, hens and bees and where I grown a vegetable garden and a small orchard using simple elements of biodynamic agriculture.
I like to share with those who want to come visit me not only my knowledge but also the pleasure of being surrounded by nature, in the countryside. Right in the countryside, precisely on the hills between Casalecchio and Zola Predosa, lies the B&B Abete Rosso, of which I am the owner. Surrounded by greenery but at the same time just a few kilometers away from the center of Bologna, it is the ideal location for breathing in the aromas and tasting the traditional flavors that make us so famous in the world.