THE PUGLIA ENCOUNTER. food, lifestyle and photography in Italy’s deep south

It only takes one visit to fall in love with Puglia. The heel of the Italian boot; Puglia is a land of wild beauty where the stark rocky coastline seems to fall into the sea, a land of ancient olive groves and carpets of flowers,  where the light dazzles against the white of the Southern baroque piazze. As sure as the sea in Puglia is of the clearest turquoise, the food that … Continue reading THE PUGLIA ENCOUNTER. food, lifestyle and photography in Italy’s deep south

itineraries. around the vinyards of alto -Lazio

The Greeks that settled in southern Italy during the period between the 8th and the 6th century BC called the fertile land with its happy climate Oenotria; land of the trained vines.  They most probably brought with them cuttings to plant, among them Aglianico and Greco or Grechetto, varieties that are still found in central and southern Italy.   The Etruscans also cultivated wine in central Italy, … Continue reading itineraries. around the vinyards of alto -Lazio

Orchard to Table Spring & Autumn 2017

This year I’m pleased to announce the dates for both a spring and autumn edition of my special three day orchard to table cooking experience in Lubriano and the area surrounding it. 5 to 7 June, to co-incide with the Infiorata on 6 June 11 to 13 September, to co-incide with the San Procolo festival 10 Sep  What we gather, see, cook and prepare will … Continue reading Orchard to Table Spring & Autumn 2017

itineraries. treasure hunting in the Tuscia

La Tuscia is the ancient land of the Etruscans that stretches between southern Tuscany, northern Lazio and Umbria; a volcanic landscape of rolling hillsides, vines, olives and towns crumbling from their cliff-top perches.  The Etruscans were the sophisticated people who proceeded and were subsequently engulfed by the early Roman republics. They cultivated grapes and built towns – Tarquinia, Tuscania and Vetulonia are particular examples – and filled … Continue reading itineraries. treasure hunting in the Tuscia

Pecorino, cured pork and Solidarity

In Italy fair trade products; most often coffee, sugars and chocolate, are marked by the words Equo e Solidale.  Equo meaning equal and fair, with solidale translating as solidarity; together with, in union.  Solidarity is a word that gets used a lot in these trying times, and I think (many) Europeans seem to have an inbuilt understanding of the idea, one that has run through their … Continue reading Pecorino, cured pork and Solidarity

low tech Italian classics to stuff into your suitcase

Made in Italy is renowned for shoes and bags, fast cars, alta moda and serious furniture design.  Hiding behind the big names and famous brands are the artisans; leatherworkers, furniture designers, glassblowers, mosaicists, shoemakers; craftsmen and women of so many kinds, and in between the famous brands and the artigiani are the medium size businesses that are the backbone of Italy the industrial nation.  Because as the traveller so easily … Continue reading low tech Italian classics to stuff into your suitcase

more than just milk

Latteria – from latte, means a place that sells milk, making it the Italian equivalent of a milk bar back in the day when milk bars sold milk and a few other milk related products. Over time Roman latterias morphed into bars (that sell coffee – but that’s another interesting story) or little grocery stores, and there are still plenty of gems from the 1950’s around … Continue reading more than just milk