My dream has always been to live in Italy and have a health spa – and here I am in late middle-age finally starting to live my dream!

I think it was Nora Ephron who famously wrote that if you want to be happy, marry an Italian man – well I’m now married to one, a Feldenkrais movement teacher, and we have a small health studio near Bergamo in Northern Italy….so it’s “so far so good”! Check out the website: www.spaziof.org

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 hangers & 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 now like 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, it’s food, meeting local farmers and food producers in the nearby mountains and lakes and matching all this wonderful produce with foods and spices from my travels.

I’m planning Italian weekend trips to these same places and including food demonstrations and classes – both traditional and new…..so please watch this space!


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa says:

    Beautiful website, really interesting and unusual recipes. Lovely, keep going!

    1. Grazie mille, thank you Lisa for your lovely comments….I really appreciate your encouragement!

  2. Obélia says:

    amazing recipes!! I especially admire your plate presentation and attention to details….
    I’ll definitely follow your blog from now 🙂 You may also like my friend’s blog (http://cookingwithitalian1.wordpress.com/) she’s American and lives with her Italian fiancé in London. Italian cuisine experimentations there too!

    1. Grazie mille Obelia for your lovely comments and your follow….makes such a difference to get such great positive feedback! I will definitely go and check out your friend’s blog!

  3. LOVELY to meet you through my blog! Karen

    1. And you….I also have a brother living in North Yorkshire, near Hawes, who I visit often – after Italy I love Yorkshire apart from the weather!

  4. Your blog is wonderful, I love the stories and the amazing photos!

    1. Grazie mille! Love your blog too!

  5. Hi there, I love Italy, I love food, and I also strive for Slow Food, so this blog is perfect 🙂 I struggle to find good recipes, and this will be a good reference, thank you ! Graziella.

    1. Thanks for your lovely words…and for following me! Looking forward to reading more of your posts – great blog! Grazie…F

  6. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, and your comment!

  7. ohiocook says:

    ….and thank you for following my blog!

  8. …..and thank you for following mine!

  9. Lovely blog, inspiring plans! If you ever plan to visit Abruzzo, let us know! 🙂

    1. Would love to see Abruzzo….& will definitely let you know if so!

    2. Grazie mille….and love your blog too! Hope to see you in Abruzzo!

      1. Thank you very much! I hope so too!

  10. This sounds like you had and have an interesting, creative life, following your dreams , so inspiring .

    “Freelance cooking/ catering”…sounds cool, also the health studio sounds fantastic . I like the http://www.spaziof.org/en/activity/food-therapy page. especially the terminology “healthy foods using a combination of local ingredients, exotic foods, and spices from around the globe.” as I love spices and I love cooking in the way of “food as medicine” too.

    Feldankrais I find is very interesting, but I do not know so much about it, apart from the wikipedia fact-sheets …but I am into Medical Chi Kung, Kundalini Yoga and my own creation of Body “Weight Exercises“ , Acupressure and developed together with my Partner “Healing Health Touch” which integrates also elements of Advanced Bowen Method ….
    Wow and I just saw the flotation tank ! That looks like a Samadhi tank ! Awesome ! This was since my teenage on the “bucket list” 😀 No wonder that you are so busy there in your therapy centre. ..sorry for getting so excited here , but I just love it to see when people live and fulfil their dreams 🙂 Thank you for being you 🙂

  11. Thanks for all your lovely comments!….and that’s so great you’re both following your dreams too, sounds like you have a fascinating life! Love the sound of Medical Chi Kung and yes, it’s a Samadhi tank and is slowly getting more & more popular with young Italians from Milano. Keep cooking and so glad you’re a spice lover too!

  12. exalottle says:

    Ah lovely to find your blog site here after discovering you on Istagram. Wonderful to see all you fabulous pics and now to read that you are married to a Feldenkrais movement teacher which has got to be a huge plus for so many reasons (love Feldenkrais teaching principals as I did a bit of that some time ago) and then to know you better through reading your blog……it’s a real treat for me! Will keep an eye on this blog…….and see if I can glean some recipe tips from you in the process.

    1. How great to see you here!….and you’re now inspiring me to get back to work and do some more blogging! I so love doing it but lately I’ve had other commitments. And you’ve done some Feldenkrais too, isn’t that amazing!….Fiorenzo’s a great teacher so am very lucky! Did you take classes or some of the actual teacher-training? Anyway, this is lovely to be back in touch, hope you’re well and hope you try some recipes!! x

    2. Ciao cara Leanne – yes I thought it was probably you! I too felt/feel a strong connection when doing the feldenkrais movements…so happy they helped you. Keep in touch and stay well! Fx

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