(The Return from Rome of Cardinal Francesco Gonzaga – 1474) On the walls of the Camera degli Sposi in the Ducal Palace at Mantua, Andrea Mantegna (c.1430-1506) painted some life-size informal portraits of the Gonzaga family. In this portrait (c 1474) almost as a curtain has been drawn back, we...
Archive for month: August, 2014
On the left side of the cathedral, on practically the last part of the wall that is visible, there is a strange square formed of five Latin words carved into a slab of white marble. Arranged one work per line, these form a palindrome which reads : SATOR AREPO ...
Tradition has it that on the 6th July, 1484, a child saw the image of the Virgin and Child painted on the walls of the Prato prison begin to move. After the phenomenon was repeated a number of times, the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Carceri (“of prisons”) was...
Callian, a magnificent village typical of Var, forms a spiral pattern around a private medieval chateau, rebuilt in the 17th century. One of the edifice’s two towers boasts a clock that gives it its name. At the base of the tower, there is a door with a decorated...
This is an absolutely wonderful pasta dish which combines the seemingly unlikely pairing of chorizo and mussels but it is certainly one of my favourites – a combination of Spanish and Italian flavours – so Mediterranean. This recipe comes from José Pizzaro in his book Spanish Flavours. I have made...
This recipe is a request from a dear friend, so here it is. I know a lot of people find souffles a little daunting, and I have had my fair share of failures and a quick resort to the pantry for a substitute, but these are really a delight...
This dynamic scene captures the highly charged moment when Bacchus, Roman God of wine, first sets eyes on Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, and the two fall in love. The painting is full of sublime movement, from the leaping Bacchus with his rippling cloak to the dancing...
This is quite simply divine and from someone who doesn’t have a sweet tooth, I look forward to a slice of this little piece of Spanish heaven. The combination of cream cheese, goat’s curd and yoghurt makes the centre of this cake superb and the brandy is the perfect...
Lentils are a very ancient cultivated plant that reached the Mediterranean region from the Orient. I have previously posted a piece about Puy lentils from France, well here I want to provide a little information on the lentils produced in the Castelluccio region of Umbria. Although the cultivation of...
If you are a fan of terrines, and they do make a wonderful starter or part of a mezze or picnic, then the flavours of this chicken and parsley terrine are ones you will fall in love with. With or without the zucchini salad, this terrine packs a real...
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My purpose is to get you to explore and experience new tastes and along the way to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of this diverse and wonderful region – from Venice to Istanbul, Rome to Dubrovnik, Athens to Crete and all places in between and in the surrounds. Be prepared to be surprised, delighted and enthralled as you take this trip with me.
- The Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Ever Broken??
- The Leaf
- Paklenica National Park, Croatia – rock-climbers paradise
- A wonderful Greek chicken dish to share – Kotopoulo Tiganito
- Risnjak National Park, Croatia
- The Siege – Arturo Perez-Reverte
- The architecturally beautiful dovecotes of Tínos
- Coniglio in agrodolce – Sweet & Sour Braised Rabbit
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