My dream was always to live in Italy …and finally here I am living that dream!
I think it was Nora Ephron who famously wrote that if you want to be happy, marry an Italian man – well a couple of years ago I married Fiorenzo, a talented Feldenkrais Movement teacher who I’ve known for many years – and yes, I am happy!
We live near Bergamo but we have a small holiday home near Barolo in the Langhe vineyards of Piemonte (please check out ‘Il Piccolo Vigneto’ page) ….so this Italian living is turning out to be pretty wonderful!
I’ve always adored mucking about in a kitchen, cooking and experimenting with recipes old and new and to this end travel and food anthropology have always played a large part in my life. I’ve travelled extensively doing freelance cooking and catering (from cramped boat galleys to airplane hangars & rock band tours), made a pilot African food documentary (in Nelson Mandela’s homeland), researched and written recipes for many years for TV cooking programmes and written my own small cookbook.
As a member of The Slow Food Movement here in Italy I’m embracing this idea of ‘slowing down’ and reconnecting to nature, to seasonal and traditional foods . Some say that it’s just my age…..and yes, that’s probably true!…..but still I’m enjoying exploring Italy and it’s classic cuisine, meeting local food growers, farmers and food producers in the nearby mountains, vineyards and lakes and matching all this wonderful produce with foods and spices from my travels.