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Five of the Best Books Set in Venice

March 10, 2016

What better way to get the blood of Venice coursing through your veins before an imminent departure than to get stuck in to some really evocative literature. People have been writing fiction and non-fiction about Venice for hundreds of years, so there’s no lack of choice when searching to quench the thirst of desire to be […]

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Stirred Short September Break

February 15, 2016

Escape on a Short Cooking Course this Autumn with Stirred For those who don’t have time to spend a full week indulging in adventurous, hands-on cookery, Stirred is pleased to announce the launch of a new, 4 night break beginning in September 2016. Over a long weekend in the beautiful surrounds of Palazzo Casagrande (pictured […]

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Bubbly Focaccia Recipe

February 12, 2016

Few breads around the world can match focaccia for sheer deliciousness. Here Tom Whitaker reveals the secrets to how to make his bubbly focaccia recipe… Ingredients 500g strong white bread flour 20g coarse semolina (or extra flour) 8g dried yeast 10g salt 50g olive oil 320g water Extra olive oil Cooking Instructions Put the flour and […]

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Venice Uncovered – Campo Santa Margherita

There are only really two ways to see Venice. In the winter when it’s dark and dank and deserted, or freezing, sunny, sharp and equally deserted. Or in season when it’s hot and humid and heaving, but you manage to stay one step ahead of the sweating throngs and find a place where you feel […]

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Stirred in the Press

February 1, 2016

Here at Stirred we love what we do. But it’s always good to hear that other people love what we do, too. Which is why it’s so exciting when we get a mention in the press. Here are a few recent pieces of press coverage – that certainly got 2016 off to a great start for us… Stirred […]

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Give the Gift of Stirred this Christmas

December 16, 2015

At a loss for what to get a foodie friend or family member this year? Looking for that perfect last-minute Christmas food gift idea to fill a stocking? We may just have the answer. If the person you’re shopping for loves improving their cooking skills, food and wine trips and tours, and eating and drinking in the Italian sunshine […]

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Italian Christmas Food Gift Ideas

November 19, 2015

At this time of year we often get asked what Italians do for Christmas. What do they eat? What do they drink? What are their seasonal specialities? How do they celebrate? Italy is very regional so it follows that each part of the country boasts its own particular tradition. There are thinly veiled guidelines like […]

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A Jewel in the Lagoon

October 30, 2015

A Spotlight on the Best Venice Islands Venice itself is not always synonymous with good food and good wine. Think comically expensive hotels with comically pricey fare, cleverly located restaurants which look oh so enticing but fail to deliver on all fronts (the bane of every tourist-led city) and Bacari purporting to treat you like […]

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Carpaccio di Manzo

Beef Carpaccio Recipe Serves 4 Ingredients 250g piece very best beef fillet (thin end) For the dressing: Juice of 3 juicy lemons 150 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed and chopped Pinch of chilli flakes Salt and freshly ground black pepper 125 g wild or cultivated […]

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Risotto con Funghi

October 26, 2015

Mushroom Risotto Recipe Ingredients For the main dish: 300g arborio rice 500g large flat open cultivated mushrooms 60g dried funghi porcini, soaked in 1 litre warm water 75g butter 1 onion, peeled and very finely diced 75g Parmesan, freshly grated For the stock: 2 carrots, washed 2 celery sticks 2 onions, the stalks and peelings […]

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