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Songpyun – Making Korean Moon Cake

It’s my weekly treat, the Korean Cuisine class at Kingston Adult Education. Hyung Soo’s Cheshire Cat grin fills  us with a sense of optimism. His chuckle is infectious as  he explained there are over 200 rice cake recipes to choose from and these can be cooked using 4 main methods of steaming, shallow frying, kneading […]

Week 3 – Gombae!

If there’s one place in Kingston Borough that I find fascinating, it’s New Malden High Street with it’s plethora of Korean eateries. I’ve noticed that there’s a load of Karaoke available too. It seems Koreans are up for it: there’s the paradox, because those I’ve met in the flesh seem very quiet, almost shy. Our […]

The Steels Go In At Paddington

A steel girder is craned into position for a new bridge at Paddington Station

Korean Cuisine At Kingston Adult Education

I’ve been a fan of Korean cuisine for a while now, having visited several local cafe style in New Malden. My good friend Adrian recommended You-Me in Burlington Road, which did not disappoint. New Malden has the largest Korean community outside of Korea. The high street is graced with H Mart Asian superstore. It’s a […]

Melanzane To Die For

One of my favourite Italian recipes is Melanzane Parmigiana. A lot of people have difficulty knowing what to do with aubergines, and I know what they mean….they can be tasteless and rubbery. Here, chef Domenico Maggi, explains how to make his delicious version. Ingredients: Fresh whole aubergine, medium sized – one per person should be […]

Bella Mozzarella

I can’t believe it’s the last day of the Grundtvig Project. We’ve come such a long way and made such great friends. The extraordinary conical Trullis of Alberobello glint in the strong sun. (Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bari, Puglia. You must visit. It’s amazing.) We are in for a great surprise […]

The Delicious Flavours Of Apulian Wines Capture The History Of Life And Death In The Region.

We had started the day meeting the little kids in Carpignano Serrano, Scuela de Infancia – Castriniano. With all their lives ahead of them, they were so sweet, all lined up in a row, waving their National Flag proudly as they sang Nursery Rhymes. I felt very privileged to be thought of as an ambassador. […]

Pasticcioto at Donno’s Bakery, Cutrofiano

I have to say at this point, after a considerable feast at Bakery Caroppo earlier today, I didn’t think I could fit another thing in! It was exceptionally dark in Donno’s Pastry shop in Cutrofiano, lit with only a couple of very green strip lights,  stretching my Canon 5D Mark 2’s high iso capabilities to the […]

Crem De La Crem

Wouldn’t the Internet be a wonderful place if you could taste things? If I could give you a scratch ‘n sniff card, I would. (Now that’s giving away my age isn’t it?) We’re on the Grundtvig Project visiting one of Lecce’s fabulous Gelaterias, Crem Bar (viale Marconi angolo viale Lo Re, Lecce, Italy). How privileged […]

Loving Lecce – Life-long learning through cultural exchange and healthy food production

Rich aromas of baking bread drifted towards me as I meandered around the streets of Lecce last week. Just in the shadow of an old amphitheatre in Piazza San Oronzo was what could be described as a farmer’s market, thronging with visitors. It was intoxicating, the musical sound of the Italian language, the hues and […]