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9lb’s of donut peaches…

9lb’s of donut peaches…

This is what 9lb’s of donut peaches looks like! The first time I visited my friend in Italy, she had made a peach jam that was flavoured with bay leaves, it was divine. When I came home I got a bit carried away and bought […]

Pink Peppercorn Risotto

Pink Peppercorn Risotto

On one of my visits to Florence I had a pink peppercorn risotto for lunch. It was beautiful! Subtle and delicate flavours perfectly suited to the warm and dappled February sunshine and chardonnay we were drinking. I have tried to recreate something similar, although it […]

Walnuts and marmalade

Walnuts and marmalade

For many many years I have been making flapjack. Some time in the 1970’s my mum found a recipe on the back of a packet of oats that worked really well. We then lived on flapjack for years and it became famous with our friends. […]

Eggs, eggs and more eggs!

Eggs, eggs and more eggs!

Fresh eggs from your own hens every day is wonderful! What happens when you have too many what can you do with them? I knew my friends hadn’t had a proper curry for sometime so went prepared with garam masala, turmeric and a chunk of […]

What to do with courgettes?

What to do with courgettes?

I love courgettes, especially fresh newly grown ones from the garden. My friends in Italy are not so keen but happened to mention to their 80 something year old neighbour (who still grows all her fruit and veg!) that their visitor was a keen courgette […]

Abruzzo Italy and aubergines

Abruzzo Italy and aubergines

I have just had a wonderful few weeks in Palombaro a small town in the Abruzzo region of Italy. This area is central and to the east of Rome stretching to the coast. I have been staying with my friends who moved here two years […]