“Birthday Bread” with fresh oregano e black olives for an impromptu lunch date with friends

Despite rising temperatures here in Italy I braved the heat and my oven to make bread and focaccia for a Sunday lunch amongst friends, one of which is self-confessed bread lover Lisa, whose birthday it just so happens to be today so “Happy Birthday” and another of which, Krijn, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday … Continue reading

“un posto a Milano” the latest offering for “fine but simple” dining at kilometer zero (or thereabouts!)

After a busy May day bank holiday in Genova I came back to Milan for dinner with friends at the newly opened “un posto a Milano”, the latest offering from Progetto Cuccagna and chef Nicola Cavallaro. The location is an old cascina, or farm, just 10 minutes walk from Porta Romana in the centre of … Continue reading

What’s your party trick…anyone for a little gnocchi?

Is it just me or do all men have a culinary party trick that every so often, typically in front of guests, they let out of the box and polish till it shines? Don’t get me wrong a man that cooks is up there in my top ten of great things but what inspires many … Continue reading

From Liguria with love, and an abundance of Focaccia and Pesto!

I love focaccia. My husband is Genovese which pretty much makes it compulsory to love focaccia. I also love pesto. I love pesto with pasta, on bread, with a bread stick dipped in it and any which way it comes. But visitors be warned! A weekend trip to Liguria can see even the most ardent … Continue reading