Cooking Tuscany! From perfect pasta to the tastiest tiramisu

Cooking Tuscany! From perfect pasta to the tastiest tiramisu

What would you look for when thinking of a cooking holiday in Italy? An informal, friendly atmosphere, a little sight-seeing, wine tasting and of course, informative and fun lessons, all in an idyllic setting on a farmhouse in the country. I found all this and more...
An edible journey around Sardinia

An edible journey around Sardinia

Following on from my recent posts from the lovely island of Sardinia. I’d like to tell you about the amazing Sardinian cuisine I discovered. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so many wonderful meals in one week before, so please join me on an...
Burmese rice cooked in coconut milk

Burmese rice cooked in coconut milk

Be honest, how many cookbooks have you on your shelves that you have barely opened, let alone made more than one or two recipes from? Having recently spent some time renovating my kitchen including putting up some new shelves to hold all my cookbooks – and...
Salon du Chocolat visits London… oh my!

Salon du Chocolat visits London… oh my!

  When I was given a pair of tickets to visit Salon du Chocolat in London, how could I refuse? This world famous chocolate show visited London for the first time last weekend bringing together the best chocolate companies from the UK and around the...
October giveaway, a fantastic food tour in Miami!

October giveaway, a fantastic food tour in Miami!

I don’t think there is any better way to get to know a local culture than by learning about the local food scene be that in Italy or in Ireland, Mexico or the Maldives. This also holds true in places where the culture has grown out of a blending of many...
The deliciously stinky cheeses of Rimini

The deliciously stinky cheeses of Rimini

Rimini, on the coast of Emilia Romagna in Italy, is best known for its beaches and nightlife but it is all too often overlooked that the region is an area of great natural beauty with a rich rural heritage and a cuisine to rival that of its better known gourmet...
A mini guide to regional cuisine in Turkey

A mini guide to regional cuisine in Turkey

Turkey and in particular, Istanbul, is high on my wish list and of course, as with any new country, when I go I’ll be looking forward to discovering its cuisine. In this guest post, Tim Wright, tells us about the glorious variety of Turkey’s regional...
Dining on a budget in Dubai

Dining on a budget in Dubai

Dubai is a destination that has always fascinated me with its excessive extravagance and glamour. Visiting Dubai doesn’t have to break the bank as shown in this guest post by traveller, Liza Wilson, who shares some great tips about where to find delicious and...
Tzatziki recipe from the island of Crete

Tzatziki recipe from the island of Crete

I love tzatziki so when Becci from Girls’ Travel Club offered to share this recipe I was delighted! And for anyone who hasn’t entered their giveaway yet, there are still a couple of days left to enter the draw. The deadline is 30th June at 12 noon BST....
A mini guide to Indian street food

A mini guide to Indian street food

Indian is one my favourite types of cuisine but, during the couple of times I visited, I didn’t get many opportunities to try the wonderful variety of Indian street food available throughout the country. Next time I visit India I plan to put that right and, to point...
Pairing Italian Wine and Food

Pairing Italian Wine and Food

When Vino Roma invited me as their guest to one of their wine tours in Rome I thought it would be rude to say no and promptly almost bite their hand of saying… Yes please! I opted for their wine and cheese lunch as I was fascinated to learn about pairing food...
On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

Less than two week’s ago I received the nod from Expedia that I would be going to Rome as one of their guinea pigs for a new blogging initiative. Three bloggers would be looking at Rome from three different angles – Rachel, art and culture, Laura, shopping...
Piadina recipe: Cooking piadina and crescione in Rimini

Piadina recipe: Cooking piadina and crescione in Rimini

Last month I had the chance to spend a day exploring the countryside (and cuisine) of the Rimini hinterland, thanks to the Emilia-Romagna tourist board. I had never been to this part of Italy before and it was fantastic to discover such beautiful scenery. It is a...
The Perfect Croissant

The Perfect Croissant

Each morning the croissant delights the taste buds of locals and visitors alike throughout the length and breadth of France and although its origins may well be in Austria it is without doubt quintessentially French. Lovingly prepared by hand, with the dough made at...
Hand-crafted chocolates in the heart of the New Forest

Hand-crafted chocolates in the heart of the New Forest

In the New Forest in Hampshire, southern England, it’s the norm to find ponies, cows and many a grookle with camera in hand, wandering across the roads and along village streets. In fact free roaming ponies, donkeys and cows are everywhere and are a real delight...
The Gambian Cookbook

The Gambian Cookbook

When I received a copy of a new cookbook through the post I eagerly ripped open the parcel, as I’d been looking forward to reading The Gambian Cookbook – Recipes from the Smiling Coast, ever since I’d been asked by the authors to review it. My first impression was...

Cooking with Ida – Fish Benechin from West Africa

Following on from my earlier post about World Food Night, featuring a colourful bowl of fish benechin, I wanted to share with you the wonderful morning I spent with Ida Cham-Njai learning how to cook Gambian style! I joined a small group of tourists on Ida’s cookery...

World Food Night!

In recognition of World Food Night, which is being held next Friday, this week’s travel snap is of a delicious bowl of fish benechin that I helped prepare in The Gambia. You can find a recipe for this spicy traditional dish on World Food Night’s website...
Put some music in your food

Put some music in your food

Interview with celebrity Carribean chef, Levi Roots. Levi Roots, creator of the popular ‘Reggae, Reggae Sauce’, is well known in England as a celebrity chef, musician and dragon slayer following his appearance on BBC’s Dragons Den. When I saw that he was speaking at...