Banana bread, another taste of home

I recently bought a new cookbook, Julia Busuttil-Nishimura’s Ostro. Initially, I was attracted to the Melbourne-based Maltese-Australian cook, teacher and author’s interpretations of Italian dishes, as she has spent a lot of time studying and working…

Postcards and scones from Australia

Since moving to Italy, the month of January has always been a letdown. It’s cold. It gets dark early. And, most of all, it’s lonely, especially after all the Christmas and New Year-related festivities and…

Cucina Conversations: Piedmontese Stuffed Onions

Leftover bread. It’s January’s topic for the Cucina Conversations roundtable and this month, Carmen, Daniela, Francesca, Flavia, Lisa, Marialuisa and I are sharing recipes from around the boot which include the staff of life. From…

A Taste of Corsica

I know, I’m breaking my self-imposed rule. Some point after starting this blog over two years ago, I realised what I really wanted to write about was Italian food, traditions and travel. A decision to…

Farinata and other food myths

Marco Polo discovered pasta at Kublai Khan’s court in China and brought it back to Europe. Catherine de Medici brought forks, artichokes, peas, asparagus, broccoli, truffles and sorbets to France and changed the way her…