My website has become an embarrassment as I try rather incompetently to update it. Mark Collard, from Jigsaw designs, is working on a new look, which will be up soon. In the meantime here are details for this year, and you can find full details on the messy, old website. Puglia October 4 – 11 […]
In the north of Italy rice is the great culinary protagonist, and the great paddy fields follow the river Po through Piemonte, Lombardia and the Veneto. A dish of risotto stays hot for much longer than pasta, and in these regions rice is also used in hearty minestre and baked, layered dishes. When I started […]
I hate the cold so I this January, after my family Christmas in Puglia, I have hibernated here in Ferentino, not even venturing out to local restaurants. When I used to teach English literature I loved the summer, when I would settle down with a pile of books to read around the following year’s new […]
In Italy it is the custom to eat lentils on New Year’s Eve to bring prosperity in the coming year, probably because the pile of lentils looks like a heap of small coins. Lentils were a staple in ancient Egypt and one of the earliest ingredients in the then known world. In the Old […]
Newsletter before Christmas I am writing to wish all of you a Happy Christmas and an exciting New Year full of travel and adventure. I have had a quiet time since my October Nardo course, busy planning 2019 travels. I am going to my daughter, Caroline, in Puglia, and the grandsons have been entrusted with […]
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 […]