Prelibato!

Is the weather really that bad in England? Winter is grey, drizzly and gloomy. Summer is full of expectations that never really become a reality. It’s rarely warm and events are often rained off. I’m not going to dwell on or complain about the topic of weather but there are some days like today –

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Saffron: the most expensive spice in the world

Umbria, “the green heart of Italy”, long famed for its mystical and holy places is  becoming renowed equally for its valuable niche produce: spelt, lentils, potatoes, charcuterie, cheeses and last but not least, saffron. Saffron comes from the Crocus sativus flower and the threads are found in the blossom of the flowers. They are harvested,

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Lunch Clubs

Lunch Clubs. I like the word already…a social organization for midday meal. Food! Lunch Clubs at Jordans Village in Buckinghamshire, are held monthly in the Hall of the village; people of all ages from in and around can meet have lunch and a chat together. They enjoy a main course and a pudding choosing to

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Culinary Luddism

Luddism was a movement born in England at the beginning of 19th century. It was a of philosophy that opposed modern technology. The “Luddites” were textile workers and self-employed weavers who protested against the use of machinery in a “fraudulent and deceitful manner” to circumvent standard labour practices. They were fearful that the years they

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Who doesn’t love Pixxa? Oops…pizza?

I grew up eating pizza!  It was my afternoon snack almost every day, in fact we ate it all the time. Would you do that? Pizza “al taglio”-sold by the slice- as a nutritious and high-quality street food was first seen in Rome back in the fifties, brought there by bakers from Umbria. Since then,

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I love food!

“I love food” is a family-run restaurant in the heart of a small town called Berkhamsted, in Hertfordshire. It’s  favourite hang-out for people who love Sicilian food and an Italian atmosphere. Entering the place you are immediately welcomed by its cosy  and appealingly simply interior. Sitting at any table you have a vivid sense of the Sicilian

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Food Porn

It’s the latest craze among foodies, a food obsession that almost borders on the pornographic! The term may be a strong one, but isn’t intended to offend.. ‘’Food pornography” refers to food presented and photographed so stylishly and seductively that you cannot help but devour it visually… nor prevent yourself from drooling! The term was

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