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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 2 – Korean Cuisine at Kingston Adult Education

So it’s week 2 of this excellent Korean cookery course at Kingston Adult Ed. We’re looking at different Kimchi, the fermented or pickling method for preserving food that originated in Korea. Hyung Soo, our chef and tutor explained that in the past, Winters in Korea were freezing and nothing grew, so whole communities would meet […]

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 […]

Domenico’s Bruschetta With Fresh Celery And Tomato Salad

You’ve got to hand it to the Italians. They certainly know how to do fast food in style and it always looks amazing and colourful. Of course, they do have the wonderful Mediterranean climate, great for growing veg but it does infuriate me that we can’t get their tasty tomatoes here unless we grow them […]

Double The Goodness – Two Quick And Easy Pasta Dishes

The kitchen at Eccelsa School is buzzing with excitement. We are enthralled by Domenico Maggi’s relaxed presentation style. Now he’s talking passionately about simple Apulian dishes, made with local ingredients like eternal tomatoes whose longevity is anything up to nine months. Intense flavours burst in the mouth. He starts by explaining the pasta. In this […]

Fried Olives – Simply Maggi…c

How fabulous to take a few simple ingredients and turn them into something so scrummy. Domenico Maggi’s enthusiasm knows no bounds as he ululates lyrical about the wonderful ingredients available in the Apulia region. Introducing us to the ‘eternal’ tomato, he explains that they’re locally grown and if hung in the right conditions can 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 Monaci’s Chef Shows Us How To Do It!

From the finest wines to the most delicious food, we certainly weren’t expecting this all in one morning. For days we had been treated like royalty and so it continued. After our fantastic, informative tour of the factory, we had worked up a true hunger. The spread was colourful and a heady aroma emanated. Stomachs […]

Learning From The Monacis – In Wine Making, Sympathy For Environment Is Key

When I woke up this morning it was snowing whirling dervish flakes. God! It’s nearly Easter too. Poor Suggs and Co: stirling performance last night at the sad closure of BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane.  I thought back to those warm, balmy days on the Grundtvig Project, longing for soothing Negroamaro wine and the succulent […]

Inventive With Wine-The Venneri Family Introduce Us To Vincotto.

We are sitting in the sun, glinting through the panes of  what can only be described as an enormous industrial greenhouse. The young lady talking to us is of Venneri stock and her English is easy and fluid. Sporting a short French crop, a scarf casually thrown across her shoulders,  she has a facile Italian […]