MARBLED EGGS, EDIBLE FLOWERS & RUCOLA with AN EASTER EGG-CRACKING GAME

I learnt the art of marbling paper as a bookbinder many years ago. An art apparently first used in Japan in the 12th century and called, rather eloquently, “cloud art” or “ebru”. But now this Easter I find myself marbling in a completely different way…with eggs. Marbled eggs are an oriental speciality involving gently cracking…… Continue reading MARBLED EGGS, EDIBLE FLOWERS & RUCOLA with AN EASTER EGG-CRACKING GAME

JUST A QUICKIE: PINK ASPARAGUS – & MUSIC

PINK ASPARAGUS – & MUSIC Has anyone seen Pink Asparagus? I thought they were so beautiful I’d be happy to be ‘bunched’ with them! I spotted them yesterday in the new ‘Eat Italy’ in Milano. Farinetti has done a wonderful conversion of the historic Teatro Smeraldo replacing music once played by greats such as Josephine Baker, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan,…… Continue reading JUST A QUICKIE: PINK ASPARAGUS – & MUSIC

ORANGE CREPES WITH ASPARAGUS, BITTER HERBS & HORSERADISH

Forget cats and dogs…or even men…it was ‘raining’ oranges the day we joined the famous “Battaglia delle Arance” or “Battle of Oranges” that marks the end of carnival time in Ivrea, Piemonte. Along the lines of Siena’s “Palio” or the “Sagra del Torde” of Montalcino every ‘quartiere’ of the city competes to be crowned the…… Continue reading ORANGE CREPES WITH ASPARAGUS, BITTER HERBS & HORSERADISH

CABBAGE SUSHI-STYLE with HAZLENUT SPRINKLE for ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

  “Cavolo!……..cavolo?!” could roughly be translated as “crikey!..…..cabbage??!” Cavolo being not only Italian for cabbage – but also a ‘cripes’, ‘good grief’, ‘holy cow’ type of expression! And indeed “crikey” what could possibly make cabbage a choice dish for a St Valentine’s Day intimate supper – even with this view of Lake Como. As far…… Continue reading CABBAGE SUSHI-STYLE with HAZLENUT SPRINKLE for ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

PRESERVED LEMON, BASIL & POMEGRANATE SEED LINGUINE

“Do you know the land where lemons bloom and grow…..” asked Goethe…..and sadly I would have to reply “not yet”…or only through enthusiastic hearsay and ‘Inspector Montalbano’ TV episodes. Sicily, Goethe’s land of lemons, still remains shrouded in expectancy for me so that now – in lemon-blossom time – I can only dream of the…… Continue reading PRESERVED LEMON, BASIL & POMEGRANATE SEED LINGUINE