Month: August 2017

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 […]

Frittelle di fiori di zucchine: Courgette flower fritters

Frittelle di fiori di zucchine: Courgette flower fritters

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 but they also show off some of Calabria’s best produce: its delicious courgettes and more importantly the delicate flowers that grow with them.  Proudly found on many a Calabrese table, these fritters are crisp and crunchy on the outside while being melt-in-your-mouth soft inside.

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Reggio Calabria: a destination guide

Reggio Calabria: a destination guide

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, […]