It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The other day I went to the lighting of the Christmas tree in Piazza del Duomo in Milan. Milan is a special place to be at Christmas, and I might be biased as I love Milan at any time of the year, apart from summer maybe when it can get far too hot. But when … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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

A place called home

I remember when I first came to Italy being so attracted by the whole aura surrounding being a tavola or at the table. It was the thing I loved most, being at a table laid with all this wonderful food, wine flowing and everyone talking over one another. Not that I could understand any of it. I … Continue reading A place called home

November is sausage ragù

You can't beat a sausage ragù. You can't beat any ragù, and I generally make mine with half beef mince and half sausage Italian sausage meat anyway. But today went pear-shaped and I was in a hurry, and so the sausage casserole with polenta I'd planned to feed my family for lunch and was feeling … Continue reading November is sausage ragù

Easy Saturday cooking

Saturday cooking. When the week is over and although the workload might not exactly be finished, there's nothing I love more than a bit of Saturday lunchtime pottering in the kitchen. At the moment I've got Pellegrino Artusi's Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well on the kitchen worktop, along with a … Continue reading Easy Saturday cooking

Up Lake Como without a plan

It started off as it often does with a vague idea to go off somewhere that ends up somewhere else which is always the best thing about it. On this day in particular, I wanted to explore the part of Lake Como between Como and Bellagio. The other side from Como leads up past Cernobbio … Continue reading Up Lake Como without a plan

Eating chisciöi above Lake Como

True to every stereotype, it's a beautiful Spring day up on Lake Como and I'm sitting on the sheltered terrace of Crotto di Biosio, feeling like I've hit the jackpot in some game called la dolce vita. Of course living in Italy isn't all dolce vita, by any means. My life is very probably your life, and the … Continue reading Eating chisciöi above Lake Como