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What NOT to do at an Italian wedding

What NOT to do at an Italian wedding

Weddings are big business the world over but in Calabria weddings are huge.  Literally, some have 500 guests!  So as wedding season is upon us I’ve put together a list of what NOT to do at an Italian wedding.

The Curse of the Malocchio

The Curse of the Malocchio

The first few months of my beautiful bambina’s life was quite tough on everyone, as I imagine most first time parents would admit.  She suffered from colic and spent a large part of most days screaming her little lungs out as me and my husband […]

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 adapted to include whatever ingredients you have left over in your fridge make it easy to see why they are so prominent at Sunday Lunch. They are in fact so popular here that you’ll even see people tucking into them on the beach, now that’s what I call picnic food.  The recipe below is the classic recipe alla Calabrese but as I’ve already mentioned you can change the ingredients to suit any preference, just adjust the cooking time accordingly. Buon appetito (more…)

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 […]

Baby Yoga with a View

Baby Yoga with a View

Bringing up a baby is difficult. More so perhaps in Calabria because of the lack of support for new mums. While my friends in England wax lyrical about NCT groups, sensory play and baby music, here in Southern Italy there is nothing of the sort. Whereas young mothers in England cling to each other to understand what they’re doing right or wrong, in Italy family serves that purpose but it sadly means that new mums can end up feeling slightly isolated and dare I say it bored. When a friend of mine told me she was organising a baby yoga course I, understandably, jumped for joy. (more…)