Today, 8th December, is a public holiday in Italy, the day when the Catholic Church honours the Virgin Mary who was herself conceived without original sin. The Pope visits Piazza di Spagna and holds a service around the Column. For most Italians today is the beginning of Christmas, and the Christmas tree lights are turned […]
We are just home from our 2018 Greek Adventure in Sifnos.
Over the years I had enjoyed many family holidays in Sifnos, at sleepy Vathi where the road stops behind the beach, and the small church and tavernas can only be accessed by sea, or a trudge along the sand.One year, irritated by a work companion who lamented the absence of steaks and hamburgers, I sat alone at Manolis, enjoying once more Margarita’s delicious filo pie, tsasiki and saganaki, and reflected it was more fun to travel with my cooking school students. After a few glasses of local white wine my mind became clear, and my Greek Idyll was born.
I took small groups to Vathi where we swam, relaxed and cooked for a few hours most days in the local tavernas. We eventually moved on to Symi, in the Dodecanese, where we grew lazier and the lure of the…
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When I first started taking people to Puglia in the Nineties it was relatively unknown outside Italy. Local people would stop to stare at my motley group when we visited the food market in Monopoli, and very little English was spoken. In July and August northern Italians would drive south for their summer holidays but […]
With Chocolate baklava in my mind, I changed a little bit the recipe and I made a new dessert. I add peanut butter and I made another great easy dessert. You can make it with your kids for Christmas or any other time.
To get it very crispy I used olive oil only to brush the dessert at the end.
- Phyllo dough
- Peanut butter
Preheat oven to 220°C. Take 4 sheets of phyllo dough and put it on a baking sheet in a baking tray. Put a big layer of Nutella on top of the phyllo dough and on top of them add another 4 sheets. Add a layer of peanut butter on top.
Roll everything slowly not to break it and then put it in the oven. Bake it for 20 – 30 minutes. Check it from time to time so it doesn’t burn.
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Several years ago, when I was the Italian food consultant for the UK store, Marks and Spencer, on my visits to London they would take me out to lunch in trending Italian restaurants to get my feedback. I was usually unimpressed, but I still remember the lunch we enjoyed at Zafferano, in Belgravia.I had […]
Modena is one of Italy’s wealthiest cities, with a rich cultural heritage. It is easily reached from Emilia Romagna’s food Meccas, Bologna and Parma, and its central cathedral, bell tower, Torre della Ghirlandina, and Piazza Grande have been Unesco World Heritage sites since 1997. It was the birthplace of tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and home to […]
Sifnos is a small island in the Western Cyclades. It is relatively unspoiled because it has no airport and you arrive by fast boat from Piraeus or Milos. I have been coming here for years, and my heart lifts as the bus descends the steep, curving road and I catch my first glimpse of the […]
I have just returned from an exciting trip to India to set up next year’s programme. This will be the last time I will take people to discover one of my favourite countries. I have divided it into two separate programmes for people who do not have enough time to take in north and […]
Ciociaria lies between Rome and Naples, bordered by the sea on one side and the mountains and Abruzzo on the other. It is an area that has remained almost in a time-warp, untouched by mass tourism.