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How to survive the Italian summer

How to survive the Italian summer

As summer kicks in and the temperatures soar, do you know how to survive the Italian summer?

How to cook like a Calabrese: 5 must have cookbooks

How to cook like a Calabrese: 5 must have cookbooks

I love food, ideally Italian food and in particular Calabrese food.  It’s one of the reasons I first came to Italy and one of the things I fell in love with upon arriving here.  I love how it is the focal point of life and […]

Dolce Far Nulla: The sweetness of doing nothing

Dolce Far Nulla: The sweetness of doing nothing

This phrase sums up a lot about Italian mentality. It’s more than a mentality, it’s a movement (or lack of should I say). And it’s one that has become part of my very soul. Hence my lack of activity for such a long time on this website.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, it’s just that life sometimes gets in the way and cliched as it may sound I have been busy doing, well, nothing. (more…)

Leaving little one: a mum’s separation anxiety

Leaving little one: a mum’s separation anxiety

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 […]

Italian Birthdays: a How to guide

Italian Birthdays: a How to guide

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 […]

A guide to granita

A guide to granita

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…)