Organic food, Italian style

Organic food. Good for you? Yes. Environmentally friendly? Yes. Tastier? According to enthusiasts… Expensive? Absolutely! Yes, organic food is costly and despite the best of intentions if you don’t earn a high salary it is difficult to eat organic without having to give up on many of life’s little luxuries. Ironically, the more natural a…

Torta di fichi freschi e noci

Fresh fig and walnut pudding from Campania Well, I say Campania, because I was in Salerno when the idea came into my head, but it’s not exactly traditional… I had a load of fresh figs in my fridge because my green grocer knows I love figs and the season is almost at an end. However,…

Learning how to eat

Sounds daft, doesn’t it? Eating should be natural, in fact it is natural and in the Western world many of us do far too much of it. However, there is a difference between simply eating mindlessly and REALLY eating, savouring the aromas, textures and nuanced flavours. I am quite lucky really in that I grew…

Pasta, Parmesan and Parma Ham

La Vecchia Taverna in Oliveto Citra As some of you will no doubt have realised by now, many of my favourite restaurants in Italy are truly rustic. This is because, in my experience and humble opinion, the most rustic restaurants are the ones which tend to serve the best food, created with the freshest, top…

Arrivederci, not Addio.

When I first arrived in Salerno and went to live in a run down shared flat in the centre of the city I was lucky enough to meet some fantastic people. One of these people turned into my best friend, the person with whomI could share all of the trials and tribulations as well as…

Blogging and tomatoes

So, why have I stopped blogging? Very simply put, tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes. Damned red fruit… As some of you may know, I work for a company which cans tomatoes. This means that the summer, aka  The Tomato Season, far from being idyllic and relaxing, is an absolute madhouse and by far the busiest time of…

Eat like an Italian

Italians like to eat. They REALLY like to eat. And who can blame them? Pasta, pizza, risotto, olive oil, parmesan, gorgonzola, pecorino, mozzarella, parma ham, bresaola, speck, salami, tiramisu, Amadei chocolate… not to mention all those scrummy wines, from the well known Chianti and Pino grigio to the less well known but equaly wonderful Aglianico…

Paccheri with swordfish and aubergine

It’s been over a month since I published anything, and I’m quite ashamed of that fact. Therefore I am making a promise to myself and to anyone who sees this to publish ten articles this month. There. I have to do it now… Paccheri con pesce spada e melanzane from Sicily I am a huge…

Rustic Restaurants, punctures and snow in Southern Italy

Il Brigante, Sieti (SA) The name of this restaurant is “the robber”, but it won’t run away with your money, honest! This was one of the very first restaurants I came to with the Italian boy and friends, and where I first experienced a group meal “the Italian way”, that is to say with a…

Pastries with ricotta

La sfogliatella from Campania If you ever go to Naples then there are a few must-tries. Obviously that includes pizza, espresso, spaghetti with clams and rum baba. There is one delicacy for which there is no translation into English however, and it is one of my absolute favourite sweets, and one of the best breakfasts…

Aubergine Parmesan

Parmigiana di Melanzane from Campania… no, Apulia… no, Sicily! Nobody is quite sure where this dish comes from and its origins are hotly disputed between the above regions. Some people mistakenly assume that it comes from Parma in Emilio-Romagna because of the name, but that is not the case. In fact, I lean towards the…

Polish – Italian fusion

As I have friends from all over the place, I don’t always eat and cook Italian. In fact one of my very best friends in Italy is Isabel, from near Kracow, and I often go to her house for dinner. Her speciality is a very Italian Spaghetti alla bolognese, but sometimes she goes back to…