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.

March 29, 2018

Different shapes, different sauces. But the hero is always the pasta, not the sauce. That's why they write books about it.

(This post will make more sense if you read the preceding one.)


Timballo di Tubetti e Melanzane

Makes one x 20 cm mould or 4 individua...

March 27, 2018

Having made your pasta, either by hand or by machine, you are aglow with self righteous satisfaction. I salute you.

But if you decide never to make pasta, or if you decide that you’d like to use factory made pasta shapes, should you hang your head in shame? Certainly no...

March 8, 2018

My Grandmother, her mother, my mother and me

Photo credit: Italo Vardaro. His mother and his daughter. 

I imagine them walking down rocky paths

Towards me, and beyond me.

Dark, Italian women carrying water in terracotta pots on their heads.

Graceful and strong.

I know their...

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