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Best Italian Christmas Dessert Recipes

December 18, 2016

My youngest daughter, since the Great British Bake Off, has become obsessed with baking and all things to do with bunnage, brioche and every conceivable manner of sweet delicious bounty. In her spare moments from the mixing bowl she is plugged into re-runs whilst speedily colouring in the GBBO colouring book designing new sugary creations. […]

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Festive Panforte Recipe

With its mix of nuts, fruit, candied peel and spices, nothing says Italian Christmas quite like a traditional panforte. Ingredients  100g whole, toasted, skinned hazelnuts 100g almonds, coarsely chopped 50g coarsely chopped dried figs 1tbsp cocoa 225g coarsely chopped candied orange & lemon peel 1tsp grated lemon zest 50g plain flour 1 large tsp ground […]

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The Best Italian Christmas Markets

December 13, 2016

Christmas is on our doorstep again, the days are nearing their shortest and darkest and unlike last year, the first snows of the season have already dusted the caps across Europe. Thoughts can now legitimately turn towards the upcoming festivities and that means a heavy dose of atmosphere, merriment, generosity and laughter, along with lashings […]

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How to Make the Perfect Panna Cotta

December 6, 2016

Recently I was lucky enough to have lunch with the wonderful Louise Legard, a dear friend and one of the most fabulous managers of my cookery courses over the past 23 years. As so often happens when you’ve known someone for so long you are quick to take a trip down memory lane – Louise […]

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Mouth-watering Italian Christmas Dinner Ideas

November 23, 2016

Searching for something to replace your usual Christmas repertoire? We asked our top chefs and experts for their favourite Italian Christmas dinner ideas and here’s what they came up with… Aperitivi & Cicchetti Kick off festivities with Maxine Clark’s Venetian showstopper Sgroppino; prosecco, tangy lemon granita and a dash of vodka and you’re away. Aperitivo […]

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Ricotta Tortelloni with Burnt Walnut Pesto Recipe

November 16, 2016

This was the second course of a meal I ate at Oasis in Puglia, after a similar yet contrasting antipasto of fresh ricotta and raw walnuts. The combination of ricotta and walnuts is so good, and the difference in flavour between raw and toasted walnuts so profound, that it made perfect sense to have one […]

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Viva L’Italia

September 27, 2016

It was the former French actor Gerard Depardieu’s latest spoutings – former because he now considers himself to be a citizen of the world rather than French, and is so scathing about the industry he used to populate that we can only surmise that he no longer wants any attachment to it whatsoever – that […]

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Best Bacari & Cicchetti in Venice

September 20, 2016

Much like you would go to Seville for the truly delicious tapas experience and absolutely not for the restaurants, though good ones can be found (apparently), Venice is certainly not a destination for world class eateries. There are, however, a few low key exceptions, in the form of those champions of the small plate and wine […]

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Maratona dles Dolomites

August 1, 2016

If you’re a keen and competent cyclist, you’re a sucker for a draw-dropping landscape and you want to experience just a small part of what the Tour de France competitors have to go through, then the Maratona dles Dolomites is right up your strasse. Established in 1987 to mark the 10th anniversary of a local […]

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Things to Do in the Veneto in October

July 12, 2016

There’s no more beautiful time to visit the Veneto than Autumn – the colours are sensational, while from mushrooms to wine harvests there are gastronomic experiences aplenty. Here’s our pick of a few of the best things to do in the Veneto in October… 1. White Truffle Season The October truffle season in Italy. We’ll sneak […]

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