Posts tagged #The Lighthouse

A BRIDGE TO FARM . . .

In our quest to keep it as local as we are able, despite our Italian origins, and our desire to play our part in reducing carbon footprints, and actually, just because some things local really are the very best you can get; we have worked with John and Jill Vickers of Bridge 67 for some years now,  initially with a view to being involved in the cookery school but more recently Lino has enjoyed learning more about the origins of the cattle, the care extended to the livestock at Binley Bridge Farm, and the fantastic quality of the meat we are subsequently able to serve at both The Lighthouse and Boboli.

 The Vickers family have been farming in Kibworth since the 1930s and their enthusiasm for rearing their cattle and lambs in the best possible environment has had a massive impact on the local environs, not only tending to the fields for pasture but also tending to true conservation. 

Planting trees and hedgerows and enhancing watercourses all impacts on the flourishing wildlife and general beauty of our canal paths and the many beautiful public walks in our local countryside . . .  watch out for John’s rant on wildlife, conservation, limitations and bureaucracy . . . he has a point and makes it so passionately you cannot help but admire the family’s commitment.

It is a joy to work with them, supporting their endeavours and serving some of the best beef and lamb for miles around.

 A presto,

 Sarah x

Posted on May 17, 2019 .

Oops! There goes another Negroni!

At The Lighthouse and Boboli we do love a good Negroni . . . one of the most popular Italian cocktails comprising of campari, red martini and gin . . . or try a sbagliato, without the gin and prosecco instead!!!

The origins of this classic are said to be from Firenze, back in 1919, concocted by or for, depends whose report you read, Count Camillo Negroni . . . they say that the vermouth and campari are good for the liver and counteract the negatives of the gin!!!

Whatever!  We love it wherever it came from!

 I was first introduced to it when living in Firenze at the time Lino and I met.  I remember our fond farewells when I departed for the UK, leaving him in Italy and not knowing how or if we were going to make "this thing” happen.  We sat at the Firenze train station bar, on the platform as I recall, toasting the unknown with a Negroni.

So, all these years on and here we are, still drinking Negroni, served these days in all the best places and bars, not least of all in our own restaurants.  It’s not everyone’s tipple, it is neat alcohol after all, no mixer involved . . . but I am happy to say that it does have a following.

Whilst writing this blog, I discovered my mother (from whom I learnt all good things) had never had a negroni – the horror! – we soon put that right!!

Our friend Patrick introduced us to The Queenie, a very similar drink made with Dubonnet . . . mmmmm . . . delish, a worthy alternative we feel. 

Oh dear it’s all about the cocktails this week!!!

A presto,

Sarah x

By the way, ‘sbagliato’ is mistaken in Italian, and it is said that in a Milan bar in 1972, prosecco instead of gin was added to a negroni by mistake.  The ‘mistake’ caught on and it is now a classic in its own right.

Have we Bean Had!!!!

There is so much information around about coffee, some myth, some fact, some basic, some ridiculously elaborate. Recently I read of the new thing, a “cafelier” ( a sommelier for coffee making apparently?) and of a London café where a particular coffee from Yemen costs £15 a cup (their straightforward cappuccino was £5!)

The hilarious ads for various brands taking the rip out of the overcomplicated coffee offerings when all you want is a good cup of coffee have a point to be honest and we at Boboli and The Lighthouse are guilty of indulging our fancies whilst trying to please the ever changing coffee culture around us... recently  we introduced the Marocchino, a speciality in the bars at home in Dalmine; chocolate hazelnut spread around the inside of the vessel, super crema espresso, a dollop of milky foam and crunched up meringues and chocolate flakes on top… well why not!

And Affogato is a real fave with our regulars, a scoop of ice cream, a shot of espresso and biscotti to finish it off!

We are currently enjoying working with St Martin’s Coffee Roasters, who roast and mix their coffee beans in Leicester, and we love the Magpie blend, which has a touch of Italy about it and altogether hits the caffeine spot when it’s needed.

Personally, as with wine and gin, (more about those another time) I would rather not have a bad coffee, I never drink instant. Oh and I never drink alcohol free wine either.. it’s all a question of taste and we rather hope that our offering will suit your taste, and promise not to get carried away with extravagant contributions from across the seas, particularly Yemen!

 A presto!

Sarah x

Posted on March 22, 2019 .