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Pecorino DOP Tuscany

Fine food & wine under the Tuscan Sun

Swoon over rolling hills covered in serried vines and bordered by pencil-thin Cypress trees. Explore exquisite medieval walled villages, and luxuriate in ancient spas, then release your inner gourmand with fine Tuscan food and wine. A tip: when eating out, or buying produce, look out for the DOP (denominazione di origine protetta) label, which is […]

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Italian Heritage Foods – Tuscany DOP

Georgia Pellegrino’s excellent book, ‘Food Heroes’ (2010), examines the importance of traditional methods of growing and preparing foodstuffs. One of my favourite chapters is the one about the centuries old tradition of dry-curing meat: US Food Standards v. Italian Tradition In 2002, in the interests of food safety, the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) introduced […]

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

For a cheap, delicious, spicy, warming, hearty and healthy winter soup, this recipe for pumpkin soup is an absolute winner. And it only takes 15 minutes to make! Add chilli for heat, and turmeric as it’s an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Don’t peel the pumpkin as it contains plenty of vitamin D (essential at this time […]

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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 alla Genovese

Warning: this basil pesto bears absolutely no resemblance to any pesto you’ve even eaten from a jar. It’s tangy (basil, garlic), nutty (pine nuts), salty (Pecorino) and fabulously slithery (plenty of extra-virgin olive oil). 40gm basil leaves (ideally home-grown) 120gm Pecorino cheese (or similar, such as Parmesan), grated or cut into small chunks 1 clove […]

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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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Pebblebed Vineyards, Devon

Delights of Devon

I was invited by Visit Devon to discover its food and drink delights, which included first-class wine and champagne, the freshest fish, and all manner of blueberry products. You can read about it in my article for Foodtripper.  Some of the places visited: Yelverton’s Wildflower restaurant in the Moorland Garden Hotel Commodore in Instow Le […]

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