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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

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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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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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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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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Honey on the comb

Best Honey in London

October 2015 Winning ‘Best Honey in London’ has made me very proud. Not that it’s been especially easy to get to this point. After doing my training with Capital Bee towards the end of 2011, I finally got my hive and bees in May 2012. The hive is in Cordwainers Garden, the community garden that […]

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