As a Londoner arriving in provincial Italy it is fair to say I was a fish out of water. Fresh faced and bursting with enthusiasm for my new home, with a wealth of world travel behind me, I wasn’t going to let inhibition stand in my […]
My beautiful little girl is 19 months old, I can’t believe how quickly that time has flown by and yet at the same time it feels as though she has been part of the family for a lifetime. This week has been a week of […]
As I get ready to blow out yet another candle this week (yes it’s my birthday and all presents are gratefully received) I thought I’d write about some of the differences (or similarities perhaps) that you will encounter when celebrating Italian birthdays. Like virtually everything […]
I have fond memories of spending my childhood scoffing slush puppies in London, which for those of you not familiar, are cups full of vibrant, chemically-coloured ice and E-numbers, which tasted nowhere near the fruits they were supposed to represent. Fast forward twenty years and there I am face to face with a strawberry granita. As nostalgia floods me with memories of weird neon stained tongues I take a sip and am glad to discover that the Italian granita is nothing like my childhood slush puppies. If you visit Southern Italy, particularly in the summer, at some point you’re going to stumble upon granita. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here is a guide to granita, the delicious refreshing ice dessert which will become your new obsession. (more…)
There are certain dishes that sum up a region and for me this is one of them. Zucchine, Cucuzze, Zucchini, Courgettes, whatever you want to call them these tasty courgette flower fritters are unforgettable. Not only are they addictive, easy to make and totally delicious […]
Travelling down the length of the boot, your last stop before hopping across to Sicily is Reggio Calabria. It really is the last town on the toe of the boot and yet it is certainly not a place to be ignored. A bustling university town, […]
Summer is here and things are hotting up both on the beaches and in the towns and villages at night. I’ve mentioned before how Calabria has a dramatic facelift in the Summer and August is the month to experience the best of this stunning region. If you’re wondering what’s on in Calabria in August 2017 check out my list of upcoming events so you don’t miss a thing.Despite being off the beaten track and out of the guide books, there is a whole world of activity going on that holidaymakers can make the most of to have plenty of unforgettable experiences. While every night is a Festa during the summer, there are some particularly special experiences that you really don’t want to miss out on. Happy Holidays!