My friends and clients would all know that I am partial to Campari and other than the enjoyment of it as a sublime liquid, it makes a wonderful addition to a dessert or cake, and I have shared a couple of other recipes using Campari. This cake is just...
Archive for month: August, 2014
(The Adoration of the Magi – Albrecht Altdorfer, c1530) The wise men or Magi are referred to in the Gospel According to St Matthew (2: 1-12) but without any mention of their names, their number of the fact that they are kings, It was an apocryphal Armenian gospel of...
This is nothing short of to die for – one of those ‘death by chocolate’ moments which will leave a smile on the face of your guests and family for weeks to come. It might appear complicated but it really is quite simple but you do need to begin...
This is a wonderful version of roast chicken and while I was initially somewhat sceptical of the risotto stuffing, it only took one cook of this dish to convince me to pick it in my favourites in my recipe file. The mushrooms are the perfect accompaniment here and they...
This is a wonderful pasta dish with flavours that just tempt your tastebuds for more. The lightly fried crispy, golden pumpkin is soft on the inside and compliments the pasta so well, while the prosciutto and goat’s cheese add two contrasting but equally complementary flavours and textures. The pine...
I love using blood-oranges. These small oranges have such a richly hued flesh that not only yields a dazzling ruby-coloured juice, but the juice makes a sensational sorbet and sliced they look extraordinary. This easy to make tart really shows off the blood-orange in all its glory and tastes...
In the Cathedral of Pescia, Tuscany you will find an extraordinary piece of art. In the Turini Chapel is a painting that looks exactly like Raphael’s Madonna Del Bacacchino which is in housed in the Pitti Palace, Florence. The story behind this magnificent copy is actually rather fascinating. At...
These divine little tartlets use a traditional Breton biscuit recipe for the base which I like because, unlike traditional pastry, there is no need to chill or roll out the dough. The addition of freshly ground black pepper might seem contradictory but it gives the meringue a real spicy...
In a chapel of the church of Saints Boniface and Alexius, on the Aventine Hill, part of the wooden staircase under which Saint Alexius lived for seventeen years has been preserved. Before the 10th century, there is no record of Saint Alexius in the West, but from then...
I imagine when you read the title to this dish you had a queried look on your face – how do you have a chocolate mousse made with avocado? Well you can and I can assure you it is sensational. This mousse not only has all the nutrient benefit...
Welcome to my love affair with the food, wine, history and culture of the Mediterranean, past and present. Here you will find not only recipes, drinks and fabulous products, but the history of the food and culture of the Mediterranean.
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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