Mango-peaches!

‘Mango-peaches’ or perhaps ‘Clingstone’ peaches…do you know them? The real name of the variety, in Italian, is “percoche”, but as soon as my daughter tasted them, she renamed them “mango-peaches”. She was spot-on! They are a big, round, orangey peach; juicy but firm – and very much in season during the month of August. They

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Hello, I would like an ice cream please !

Known, all around the Italian peninsula as the town that was the birthplace of the acclaimed singer Domenico Modugno – author of the universally celebrated song “Nel blu dipinto di blu” (‘In the blue painted blue’..) – Polignano a Mare is a popular holiday destination for most people: Italians and foreigners alike. This astonishing white-washed

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Fresh brewers’ yeast

When I started to cook “seriously”…, making food from scratch and in big quantities, I had to begin every now and then to stock up on the essentials in my kitchen: flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, and yeast. The fresh brewers’ yeast , is irreplaceable, a must, if you want to make an excellent bread

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Friends, Mediterranean flavours and summer tales

Last weekend I had a delicious  dinner at a friend’s house. We ate in her lovely garden. She introduced me to a new recipe, traditional Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, absolutely fantastic and quite easy to prepare. From Ottolenghi’s cookbook “Jerusalem”, roast chicken with clementines and arak is a dish I will certainly add to my repertoire.

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Thank cod for fish and chips!

Fish is an essential part of our diet, a good source of protein and an excellent alternative to meat. Plenty of delicious recipes to enrich the table are available everywhere, but here in the UK, the classic national fish dish remains fish and chips. Considered mainly a takeaway food, easy and simple, it represents the

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Food for thought

Preparing food with heat or fire is a task exclusive to humans. We are the only species who cook and it is when we cook that we become truly human. Cooking is deep within us. Homo erectus evolved when an ape learned to cook and discovered fire, consequently developing a small mouth and small teeth,

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Ready, steady, cook!

Short, simple and effective, this is what we want from the recipes we use in our daily lives. At the same time, they have to be healthy, veggie, low in sugars and possibly packed full of protein. Proteins are known as the building blocks of the body. Protein is essential in the maintenance of body

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Not just cooking!

This is how I dress on Friday evenings after having done some laundry… and getting ready to settle down with some embroidery work in front of my favourite Netflix series… like a “nonna”, not just cooking but taking care of everything around the home. A complementary glass of Prosecco to cheer me up after the

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Ethical food choice

Ethically sourced, conflict-free, cruelty-free – in today’s world, being ethical in every aspect of our lives is becoming more and more important: doing the right thing, achieving goals and complying with laws and rules. The word “ethics” comes from the Greek “ethos” (meaning “custom” or “habit”). Ethics differs subtly from morals and morality but can

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Hooked on anchovies!

Hooked on anchovies! Anchovies! I could eat them without stopping! I just love their pungent and unique taste and aroma. They were once considered a peasant dish, due to their low commercial value, and were mainly used as an essential element in the culinary traditions of some areas of Italy. Yet they possess some highly

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