Recently a friend of mine arrived with two bags of fruit, one of blueberries and one of blackcurrants, which she had diligently sourced for one reason only – to beg me to make a dessert she had seen on the web for Blueberry Galette, one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes....
Archive for year: 2014
Although the cannon pointing towards visitors arriving in the village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is well known, very few are familiar with its history and the stories told about it. An authentic 16th-century cannon brought back by the army of Francis I to Saint-Paul in 1544 after the battle of Ceresole...
I love this simple dish of peas, tomatoes and feta, similar to the Greek dish Fasolakia but using peas instead of beans. While this will pair beautifully with lamb, I enjoy it as a dish on its own, and serve it with plenty of warm crusty bread to soak...
If you have ever been to Istanbul (and if you haven’t you should put it on your bucket list) you will know of the wonderful fish sandwiches you can pick up at numerous places along the Bosphorus. I have to have at least one when I am there, even...
Fortunately we are blessed with access to fresh fish daily and so fish has become a key part of the week’s menu planning. Whilst I am happy to cook fish simply when it is so fresh, a little variety is also a bonus and this dish which sees...
If you walk across the Pont de Toledo over the Manzanares river in Madrid, you will see a stone niche protecting a forgotten sculpture of Santa María de la Cabeza, the widow of San Isidro (St Isidore), male patron saint of Madrid. The bridge was built between 1718 and...
When you first turn into Via dei Piatti in Milan, it is difficult to believe that one of these rather characterless post-war buildings actually contains a real gem of Renaissance architecture, which has been attributed to Donato Bramante (1444-1514). At 4, Via dei Piatti you will find a fine...
Here is a perfect light meal for a warm day which just talks Mediterranean to me. The caramelised chicken skewers are beautifully complimented by the parma ham while the juicy melon combination adds a sweet freshness. The toasted sourdough provides the crunch along with the pine nuts and the...
I have a recipe file of dishes that I call my very ‘special occasion’ dishes and this is one of them. I first had a version of this dish in Venice and have never forgotten how wonderful it was. Yes, it was a ‘special occasion’ but the dish transcends any particular...
While I am on the subject of lentils, here is a recipe which I came across sometime ago, when I was looking for a red lentil dish to serve to vegetarians who were joining a group for dinner. It was a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean themed dinner and I was looking...
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.
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