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Bread Is Gold – A Call To Tackle Food Waste …

Bread Is Gold – A Call To Tackle Food Waste …

Massimo Bottura, the chef and co-proprietor of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, needs no introduction. His restaurant has won every award given by the culinary world. If you want a reservation at his restaurant you have to book months ahead, and they can be as […]

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year …

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year …

We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays, but before we disappear until 2018, we wanted to say a few words. First of all, Merry Christmas (Buon Natale in Italian!) and we’d like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of the internet. We […]

Christmas In Italy …

Christmas In Italy …

This is my second Christmas in Italy, and I now think that I am getting the hang of how the Italians like to celebrate the festive season!

Just like in the UK, the Italians start their celebrations early! On December 8th, which is a public holiday to celebrate the Immaculate Conception, which is the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. Not only is this a public holiday in Italy, but fires the starting gun for nearly a month of celebrations!

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Don’t Waste Your Leftover Panettone …

Don’t Waste Your Leftover Panettone …

It’s now officially Christmas in our house as we’ve opened the first panettone of the year! As always, I like to use any leftovers of anything I use, so I’ve been thinking of ways to use any leftover panettone that might be lurking around after Christmas.

The Panettone Masters “I Maestri del Panettone” …

The Panettone Masters “I Maestri del Panettone” …

Even when I lived in England, it was never Christmas until I’d watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” and opened my first panettone of the season. Imagine my excitement when I found out there was a panettone festival just up the road in Milan! Naturally I […]

Our First Year In Italy…

Our First Year In Italy…

So, we have now been in Italy for just over a year. I thought now was a good time to share the good and bad things that we have experienced during the last year.

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The Liebster Blog Award…

The Liebster Blog Award…

I got a nice surprise the other day when I received a message to say that my little blog had been nominated by Khloe of Simply Khloe for the Leibster Blog Award! The Liebster Blog Award is great way to get to know other bloggers that you follow, and also […]

Cioccolandia 2017 A Festival Of Chocolate …

Cioccolandia 2017 A Festival Of Chocolate …

It’s now November, and the summer festival season in Italy is coming to a close. However, as always, it goes out with a bang – Cioccolandia, a day long festival of fabulous chocolate! Willy Wonka could learn a lot from this festival! Every year the town […]

Nose To Tail And Food For Soul …

Nose To Tail And Food For Soul …

I am a fan of “nose to tail” eating, which means that you use as much of an animal as possible, so that nothing goes to waste. The amount of food that is wasted in restaurants and homes around the world is estimated at a third of all the food bought, and the majority of this food can be used to create delicious meals. This is a scandal when you think about the amount of people in the world that do not have enough food to eat each day. Italians are masters of using everything that people would consider as leftovers, and I will be sharing some of these recipes in future posts.

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Local food for local people ….

Local food for local people ….

I live in a beautiful town called Piacenza. It is often overlooked by people visiting the Emilia Romagna region because either they think that were in Lombardia (we’re right on the border), or they bypass us for the more famous tourist places like Bologna, Parma, […]