Olive Magazine Feature – August 2008

Olive Magazine Feature – August 2008

Thank you to Tony Naylor and the rest of the team from Olive Magazine for my inclusion in this month's Italian special edition! Apparently a number of people there are followers of the blog and a few months back I was contacted and asked to be one of their 'experts' for this special edition. I … [Read more...]

Vanilla and yoghurt panna cotta with Marsala wine and blueberry sauce

Vanilla and yoghurt panna cotta with Marsala wine and blueberry sauce

If you are asking who took a spoonful from this delicious dessert, well, look no further - it was me! By simply looking at this picture you can understand how fantastically tempting this dessert is. Flawless, smooth, vanilla-scented cream followed by a vibrant fuschia wine sauce enriched by deep … [Read more...]

Red quinoa and poached chicken salad with roasted hazelnut, peas, watercress and lemon oil dressing

Red quinoa and poached chicken salad with roasted hazelnut, peas, watercress and lemon oil dressing

Shall we go shopping? Isn't this just a wonderful world... Before we go any further, I am not suggesting shoes or handbags. I know all too well that no woman can resist the spell of beautifully-designed stiletto heels or the charm of a must-have leather bag. After 12 years in the luxury … [Read more...]

Traditional Italian Easter cakes – colombe, torte e uova di cioccolato

Traditional Italian Easter cakes – colombe, torte e uova di cioccolato

In my regular 'From my kitchen to yours' newsletter this week I've been sharing my thoughts and memories about my Easter holidays. Pasqua, or Easter-time in Italy is in many ways my favourite holiday time of the year. It is much calmer than Christmas, and in some ways more spiritual. Normally it … [Read more...]

Mamma is the word – an apple cake for Mother’s Day!

Mamma is the word – an apple cake for Mother’s Day!

Mamma is the word! This post is dedicated to all Mums, and my mum was the perfect host for it. As you can see from the pictures she is a 69 year old larger than life character. She is utterly inspiring for her uncomplicated way, honest and sharp eye for the things of life! She was the … [Read more...]