Bologna porticoes and the women’s marches

I took the picture last Thursday in Bologna before the women's marches. There's something so calming about Bologna. It manages to be lively and vibrant without feeling chaotic. It's also one of Italy's oldest university cities (yet feels more like a big town), is home to so much cultural and political activity. I sat in … Continue reading Bologna porticoes and the women’s marches

Arancini di riso alla milanese or Milanese style rice balls

Saturday 25th November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. I want to share a recipe for arancini di riso, or little oranges of rice as they're known, a popular dish from the south of Italy. The reason I want to share them is because I ate them once, cooked by … Continue reading Arancini di riso alla milanese or Milanese style rice balls

Penitent processions and the women’s social club

“Mummy, can we follow the procession?” my younger son asks me. We’re walking down the street of a seaside town in southern Spain. It’s Easter Sunday, Christ has risen and the black mourning robes of the Good Friday penitents have given way to red. There are women with high mantillas and children in their Sunday … Continue reading Penitent processions and the women’s social club

Leftover risotto and the women’s refuge

Arancini di riso are literally small oranges of rice or leftover risotto, deep-fried and delicious. My kids love them, so whenever I make risotto I generally make extra for arancini the day after. My recipe was given to me by a woman I met in a women's refuge. I was there at the refuge with my eight year … Continue reading Leftover risotto and the women’s refuge

Car

I needed a new car. My old one had reached the stage that if I drove it any longer it would die. Literally. And probably somewhere very inconvenient with the kids in the back. So off I went. It's amazing when you do something like buy a new car how all your fears that stereotypes … Continue reading Car