A taste of Japan – an easy miso soup recipe

A taste of Japan – an easy miso soup recipe

I love getting parcels through the post, whether it is something I’ve ordered, a product I’ve been asked to review or in this case a box of ingredients from Japan with the challenge to do some cooking. Inside I found all these goodies… Dashi stock...
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...
Artisan balsamic vinegar, grape juice, time and passion

Artisan balsamic vinegar, grape juice, time and passion

“Grape juice, time and passion and nothing else” explains Roberto “There is no sugar in genuine balsamic vinegar.” I’m at Casa del Balsamico Modenese di Giuseppe Cattani, producers of the first organic traditional balsamic vinegar of...
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 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...
Monticatini Alto, an Italian hill-top treasure and a tasty treat!

Monticatini Alto, an Italian hill-top treasure and a tasty treat!

While rummaging around in some boxes in the attic, I recently discovered some old postcards, photographs, notes and recipes that I had collected while working in Italy photographing holiday homes. As I sat there reminiscing, memories came flooding back of breathtaking...