#8 FOOD NEWS: Courgette flowers, mortadella & spaghetti jars


In season


What does June mean to you?  ‘Hopefully the start of better weather!’ I hear my fellow English folk cry. For mamma Romeo it’s the start of the courgette season – as well as tending to the vegetables she’ll be looking out for the beautiful male flowers on her crop of summer squash. Like most things in Italy, they’re destined for the pot!

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One for the bank holiday: Gardener’s lamb

lamb strip

A whole meal that can be cooked in one dish is my kind of recipe. I happily developed this for Sainsbury’s Recipe Collection: One Pot. Packed full of fresh flavours, it makes for a deliciously light alternative to a full-on roast.

Mummy ‘E’ came over and helped Giuseppe with the garden – while I ‘slaved’ away in the kitchen in order to pay the workers with a tasty lunch.

Sssshh…they don’t need to know there wasn’t much to it.

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#6 FOOD NEWS: Edible art afternoon tea, Buckingham Palace & a cheeky Negroni!

Edible art: It’s the real deal!

afternoon tea crip

Espresso Martini in Soho or afternoon tea in Park Lane (with compulsory  touristy pics of Buckingham Palace)? You won’t find me saying no to either. But for the same price as two cocktails in London my mate Nic found a great Groupon deal: Chocoholics Afternoon Tea. We literally inhaled yummy open sandwiches, savoured endless cups of tea and marvelled over (and ate) designer cakes that sat on top of an artist’s palette made of chocolate. Set in the peaceful surrounds of the Hilton hotel – perfect for uninterrupted  girlie catch-ups. All of this and one of the prettiest doggy bags I’ve ever seen!

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#5 FOOD NEWS: Pizza perfection, cooking underground & Giro d’Italia


Take care!


Food & Arts Festival, The Medicine Garden, Cobham

A sunny day, friends, music, crafts, artisan cakes and pizza! What more could you want? Well a shorter queue for the pizza might have been nice but looking at that perfectly bubbled, charred, wood-fired pizza crust, I was prepared to wait.  The English pair running the stall took the same care as any Italian I’ve seen making pizza.

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