That’s right! For the first time in over TWO years we are having visitors! I’m very excited. I will get into the who, the how, and the why…later. But for now, I’m getting ready for them.
Last week I procured some wild boar, called Cinghiale here. We here in Umbria and Tuscany are pretty much over-run with them. They breed twice a year with from 3 to 13 piglets every litter. They are so prevalent here, and so destructive, that there are no limits as to how many you can kill, in-season. I wrote a blog a few years ago about the Cinghiale hunts around here. Highly orchestrated. Interesting reading. Tis the season of the Cinghiale hunt.
Today, I am preparing cinghiale ragu. It takes hours to cook to be tender. And I can freeze it for an evening pasta dinner. I’m sitting here now and smelling it cooking. Devine!
We won’t eat this now, but I borrowed a picture of what the dish will look like, from the recipe which is an Italian recipe from ideericette.it .
I think we will all enjoy this dish!
Hi Tony…I “had” to taste it while making it 😉 it IS good! Next week we eat like kings!
oh my lord that looks sooooooo good!
I found a place here in our town who has goat, boar, deer, etc. It isn’t something you’ll find at a normal butcher. I also get it from friends who hunt. The season just started so not a lot around right now from them.
Where do you buy the meat? The butchers here dont seem to sell it.
They can be dangerous. Especially the sows with babies. But also the big males. They tend to be more afraid of us, like bears in the US so if you don’t threaten them you’ll be Ok.
Coming on the 17th
Looks delicious! I’ve heard that wild boars can be dangerous if you run into them in the wild. Is it something you need to be careful about when hiking in Umbria (like on Mount Subasio)? If so, have you heard of any ways that locals protect or defend themselves in such encounters?
Oh Nancy, it looks delicious! Enjoy your company.😃