Food. Life. Travel.

I like to describe myself as a teacher first, chef second. My career as cookery teacher, caterer and writer spans three long, eventful decades. One day, I will write a tell all memoir!  I will name names. My great love is to invite people to my rather chaotic kitchen table and plie them with simple food, litres of wine and regale them with tales – some true, some ‘embellished.’ But now, I’ve reached the point in my life when my family and friends have heard my stories, jokes and travel tips so many times that their eyes glaze over as soon as I open my mouth. My other obsession is to travel with groups of like minded people, so my stories and recipes originate from many destinations, from home and abroad.

December 7, 2017

Thank you to the people who have contacted me, asking for this year’s Christmas recipes.  Of course, I have given this much thought even though, this year the pressure is off as we have been invited to add to the chaos of a crazy ‘English family’ day.  I will let you k...

December 2, 2017

I adore Salvo Montalbano but I could never live with him. Not that he’s asked. On the other hand, were Commissario Guido Brunetti ( ever to grow tired of his devoted wife, Paola, abandon his children, Raffi and Chiara, and seek a new entanglement, I w...

December 1, 2017

I am half in love with Commissario Salvo Montalbano but I am completely besotted with Commissario Guido Brunetti. Mind you, my fickle heart skips a beat whenever I see Inspector Rex though there is some reservation about his nationality. I am pleased that when he finds...

November 29, 2017

The thing about a civilised dinner party where the conversation ebbs and flows harmoniously is that often one learns something new and relationships are cemented. So it was at Cath Kerry’s table recently ( I talked about la bella figura (see pre...

November 28, 2017

So many people live under the delusion that Italians are laid back, spontaneous, easy-going people. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a country where road rules are merely helpful suggestions, an Italian’s life is regulated by a multitude of dictates – some a...

November 28, 2017

I was once introduced as a “professional Italian”.  At first, I bristled. Then, I acquiesced, proud to champion my cultural heritage. I felt I had finally earned some gravitas, an authority to speak on matters Italian. I imagined the flood of awards from the Ministero...

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