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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 […]

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. […]

Restaurant Risorgimento – Something A Little More Sophisticated

You know that really tired feeling, when your head throbs slightly and things seem a little distorted? We had had such an amazing day but it wasn’t all over yet. Vita certainly had packed a lot into our Grundtvig week. We walked in a chattering group, through the beautiful, noisy and vibrant streets of Lecce, […]

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 […]

EBS “Riot Of Colour” Turns A Few Heads At RHS Hampton Court

With only 4 hours to visit the largest horticultural show in the UK, I was hard pushed to get round it all. Following the Edible Bus Stop’s crew through each stage of the build via Twitter and Facebook, I was determined to hit their installation first and wasn’t disappointed. It was a large plot replicating […]

Changing The World One Bus Stop At A Time

Last Saturday, I visited the Edible Bus Stop Community Allotment project in Stockwell’s Landor Road, London SW9. I had been following its progress with great interest on Facebook for some time, because my childhood friend Mak Gilchrist is one of its co-founders. Just over a year ago, Mak and three other Edithna Street residents, Will […]