Category: food

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 […]

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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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 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 hosts will ensure that your plate is piled high and you have tried at least every plate on the table! If you are visiting Calabria this summer (see the reasons why you absolutely should here) make sure you sample some of the best Calabrese food below, trust me you’ll be thankful. (more…)