Category: food

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 […]

Caffè culture: a guide to Italian coffee

Caffè culture: a guide to Italian coffee

A while back I was sat in a bar at 9am destroying a chocolate croissant (In case you’re worried about why I was in a bar at that time of the morning don’t worry that’s the Italian word for café).  While contemplating my addiction to sweet, Italian pastries I became aware of an American tourist who had come in and was standing at the bar. In her best guide book Italian she requested “un latte” and smiled smugly at how well she was doing with this whole language barrier thing.  The smile turned to dismay a few moments later when in front of her was placed a big glass of milk.  You see despite the world taking on Italianisms we all seem to get it wrong. To avoid such disappointment here is my guide to Italian coffee and the caffè culture that comes with it.

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Italian stuffed peppers alla Calabrese

Italian stuffed peppers alla Calabrese

If you visit a Calabrese family for lunch, the chances are that Calabrese stuffed peppers (or pipi chini as they are called in Calabrese dialect) will also make an appearance.  They are both cheap and easy to make and the fact that they can be […]

The Best Calabrese food you MUST try

The Best Calabrese food you MUST try

Calabria is a food-lover’s paradise. Thanks to the climate and the landscape, everything that you taste is delicious (It’s no wonder gym memberships are so popular here).  Meal time is sacred and there’s no such thing as leaving a table still hungry as your Calabrian […]

Italian cocktails to sip this summer

Italian cocktails to sip this summer

I’m melting. The temperature’s rising and my energy levels are plummeting. As a weather warning has just been issued with temperatures threatening to hit 40 degrees in the next few days, the only thing to remedy the heat is an ice cool cocktail. Here are some of my favourite Italian cocktails to sip during the Italian summer.  Get your ice cubes ready! (more…)