UNDERCOVER PORCINI: Italian-style Porcini Tempura

‘Porcini mushrooms are scarce this year’ was the word on the street. I had been searching for fresh porcini for a while but everyone kept telling me that it’d been such a hot summer that the harvest was bad and fresh porcini hard to find. But then came the rain and porcini apparently started popping…… Continue reading UNDERCOVER PORCINI: Italian-style Porcini Tempura

GUEST BLOGS: A ROMANTIC ALPINE FLOWER RISOTTO; HAZLENUT MERINGUES with RICOTTA & FRESH FIGS

Here are another couple of posts I did recently for http://www.turinitalyguide.com which I hope you too will like!…. click on: http://www.turinitalyguide.com/risotto-recipe A ROMANTIC ALPINE FLOWER RISOTTO click on http://www.turinitalyguide.com/langhe-hazelnut-meringue-recipe LANGHE HAZLENUT MERINGUES with RICOTTA & FRESH FIGS ……and for a lovely healthy and easy pomegranate recipe click on: http://www.turinitalyguide.com/italian-pomegranate-recipe ITALIAN POMEGRANATE HEALTH JELLIES Hope you like…… Continue reading GUEST BLOGS: A ROMANTIC ALPINE FLOWER RISOTTO; HAZLENUT MERINGUES with RICOTTA & FRESH FIGS

GUEST BLOGS: ‘THE ALTA LANGHE’ and ‘RECIPES FROM PIEDMONT’

   I know, I know!……I’m sorry I’m way behind on my blog but I?m working on the next one right now and thereafter I should be up to speed! I haven’t been idly lounging around sunning myself on a palm-edged beach – more’s the pity! But I had an exciting offer from Turin Italy Guide asking if I’d like to write…… Continue reading GUEST BLOGS: ‘THE ALTA LANGHE’ and ‘RECIPES FROM PIEDMONT’

SLIGHTLY TROPICAL ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

We could be in the tropics at the moment with heat that rises to 35 degrees during the day followed swiftly by a monsoon-style storm at night….and I’ve even noticed some ominous bites appearing on exposed flesh early evening. That was understandable whilst we were weekending on the Italian coast but very strange to have…… Continue reading SLIGHTLY TROPICAL ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

A SHEPHERD’S OPEN SANDWICH

I stopped and chatted with a nomadic pastore this morning as he grazed his flock along the river. Well strictly speaking he, being nomadic, stopped to chat to me! We talked sheep and finding the best pastures – one of us quite a lot more knowledgeable than the other! He and his dog are slowly…… Continue reading A SHEPHERD’S OPEN SANDWICH

FRESH CHERVIL, PEA & ALMOND CREAM SOUP with VIOLETS

It was one of those slightly blah Sundays when even a trip to the Swedish giant IKEA was holding a weird sort of allure. Not that I’m one of those women described by an Italian comedienne as having a frisson of sexual excitement at the thought of a visit. How deeply sad would that be…… Continue reading FRESH CHERVIL, PEA & ALMOND CREAM SOUP with VIOLETS