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I don’t always have a feature to write, so I blog (see below).

In 2010, I went to Japan. I visited Tsukiji market, rode the bullet train, and danced all night at Tokyo’s The Room.

I’ve been a beekeeper for six years, and in 2012, I entered a competition and won an award for ‘Best Honey in London’.

On an evening with Gennaro Contaldo* I learnt how to make the perfect pumpkin risotto.

*Incidentally, Gennaro Contaldo was born in Minori in Italy, which gets a mention in my Campania feature for New Zealand’s Cuisine.

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Pompia

Pompia

It’s a fruit. You’ve never heard of it? Not surprising as it’s one of the rarest fruits in the world. However, thanks to the inclusion of pompia in various Sardinian desserts and liqueurs, the fruit  survived. Its scientific (and pretty accurate) name is Citrus monstruosa. But it could just as easily be known as Citrus […]

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Pesto

Pesto alla Genovese

40gm basil leaves (ideally home-grown) 120gm Pecorino cheese (or similar, such as Parmesan), grated or cut into small chunks 1 clove garlic, chopped 60gm pine nuts (cashew nuts could also be used) Extra-virgin olive oil A good quality food processor   To serve: cooked trofie pasta (green beans and chopped potatoes optional)   This is […]

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Sardinia

Sardinia

When D H Lawrence visited Sardinia with his wife, Frieda, back in 1921, they weren’t much impressed. Food was scarce, and they found little to eat but cabbage and bread. Some ‘hotels’ were little more than shacks, and yet in Sea and Sardinia he wrote: ‘This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something else. […]

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Arne Maasik Kahn catalogu, Estoniae

Estonia

Thanks to its position between East and West, Estonia has often been a battleground. Over the years, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Poland have all fought over it. In 1906, when the country was under Russian rule, Louis Kahn’s family moved to the United States. Kahn was five years old. He went on to become one […]

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Ice Cream, Rimini

Emilia Romagna

Bologna, Parma, Modena… just some of the fabulous foodie places to visit in Emilia Romagna. One of the best food festivals of the year is Forlimpopoli’s Festa Artusiana. The festival is a celebration of the life and works of Pellegrino Artusi, the ‘Father of Italian cuisine’. In Artusi’s La Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangier Bene (Cooking […]

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Genoa

One of the best reasons for visiting Liguria (capital, Genoa) is the wonderful food. With its long coastline, the region is renowned for its excellent seafood. Then there are regional products like foccaccia, farinata (a delicious chickpea pancake), Albenga artichokes, salt cod, and, of course, pesto. Pesto championships On 16 April, the capital of the […]

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Japan

Japan

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the busiest cities in the world – all neon lights and skyscrapers – but hop on a bullet train and within a couple of hours you could be relaxing at an onsen (hot spring) in a green tea bath, in the middle of a forest, with nothing […]

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Yoga Be Yourself

Yoga in London

        I’ve been a yoga devotee for many years, and reviewed Yoganesh (Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green) for the Yogi London website. Today it goes under the name of the Yoganest. Next stop, Goa… I’m available to write reviews for individual yoga practitioners, as well as yoga workshops, yoga weekends and retreats. […]

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Presepe

Christmas markets

Listed below (thanks to the Italian Tourist Board) are some of the most interesting Christmas markets in Italy. Naple’s San Gregorio Armeno is one of the best, and is open all year. Via San Gregorio Armeno is an entire street of workshops where you’ll find hand-carved nativity scenes, known as presepe. The wood-carving has been […]

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Pumpkin Risotto

An evening with Gennaro Contaldo at Cucina Caldesi proved entertaining as well as useful. One of Gennaro’s rules is to always use seasonal products so, around about now, that includes the pumpkin – three of them in fact: The pumpkin is a member of the plant genus Cucurbita L. and includes squashes, pumpkins, courgettes and […]

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