One of Venice’s Renaissance masters was Vittore Carpaccio (1465 – 1525/26), an Albanian painter who studied under Bellini. While he is probably best known for his cycle of nine paintings, The Legend of Saint Ursula, he also painted two paintings of St Jerome’s monastery which are well worth viewing...
Archive for month: September, 2014
When Nero died in 68AD, his successors strived to eliminate the last traces of his extraordinary palace on the Esquiline, the famous Domus Aurea (Golden House). The rooms, glittering with gold and precious stones and decorated with frescoes, marble sculptures and multi-coloured stucco, were looted and then buried up...
This is a quick and easy, but oh so tasty salad to prepare which will serve 4 as a side dish or two as a light meal. If you can’t get hold of Persian lentils, you can use Puy lentils which work just as well and Greek feta is...
I expect some people may have a bit of a double-take at this recipe as neither parsnips or Brussels spouts are up there on everyone’s favourite list, let alone mix them with apple and then produce a soup, but I can assure you this is delicious and one of...
This is a great pasta dish and the star really is the roasted cauliflower, which is done in chilli, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest and red wine vinegar. The cauliflower only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook and so you can have a wonderfully tasty meal on the table in...
This is nothing less than beautiful and one of my favourite paintings. The depiction here by Guido Reni of the dialogue between St Matthew the Evangelist and the angel is doubtless one of the Baroque master’s most exquisite works, dating between 1645-40. (He died in 1642). The particular choice...
This is a classic Amalfi dish of summer zucchini with garlic and butter. It is so simple, but to say it is delicious just doesn’t do it justice – mouthwatering and totally addictive are two terms that do come to mind. Try it please, it will become a firm favourite...
I have always loved a watermelon and feta salad – so refreshing and such a wonderful combination of flavour and texture, but add some sweet prawns and a herb salad and you have the Mediterranean on a plate – colour, flavour and texture to perfection. Add some crusty bread...
Here is another of my favourite, simple pastas which has the nuttiness of the spelt pasta combined with tgarlic, broccoli, lemon juice and of course, the prosciutto crumbs. Serve with a Pinot Grigio. This recipe will serve 4. Broccoli and parmesan spaghetti with prosciutto crumbs 400g dried spelt spaghetti...
The Laocoön is widely recognised as a masterpiece of the last years of El Greco’s life and I find it so fascinating. It is a free and vigorous piece of work, showing the emotional charge and power of the works that El Greco created between 1610 and 1614. This...
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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