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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Extracting The Best From The Olive – You Get What You Pay For

After our delicious lunch we were treated to a tour to see the industrial side of olive oil production. A visit to Co-operativa Agricola San Giorgio is a must if you’re in the Lecce area, nicely finished off by perusing the produce in the farm shop. I love industrial places. They are a feast for […]

Virgin Olive Oil – A First Time For Everything

They gathered together giggling like girls, four elderly ladies in traditional scarf and swooshy, full skirt. Brandishing a witches broom each, they demonstrated how they used to harvest olives in days gone buy. Gathering at the base of an olive tree, they swept across the surface of the earth, picking up the ripe fruit. They […]

Instituto Antonacci – Sleeping Pretty in Lecce

I was knackered, having stayed up past 2am doing my post-processing. There was no urgency, except that I really wanted to see my shots. My room had high ceilings and one window whose cil started about 8ft off the ground. Adorned with shutters, there was a contraption leaning up against the wall, in the corner, […]