Across Italy as Spring draws to a close and Summer starts flexing its muscles attracting people to the beaches and scorching bodies and plants alike, there is one more chance for Italy’s flora to be admired in the many infiorata festivals that take place up and down the country. Continue reading “Infiorata di Taurianova: A flower festival”
On a recent trip back to Blighty I realised that having had a baby there is a whole world that opens up to you (family changing rooms being one) but also a whole world which is now off limits. Living in Calabria has made me forget how in some countries there are certain situations where, to put it bluntly, kids simply aren’t welcome. Travelling with little ones is stressful and the quest for the perfect family holiday is a tough one. At this time of year when thoughts are firmly on where to visit this summer I thought I’d explain why I think Calabria is the perfect destination for a family holiday.
Gnocchi with swordfish and courgettes Swordfish is the much loved, national fish of Calabria. Still hunted traditionally, there are hundreds of recipes for delicious swordfish dishes from every corner of Calabria. My favourite is this beautifully fresh and yet creamy gnocchi, made with courgettes and parsley. It’s delicious, one bite and you’ll add it to your recipe book! Ingredients You will need (Serves 4): Sword fish, … Continue reading Gnocchi con pesce spada e zucchine
I imagined motherhood to be pretty similar to how it is in yoghurt adverts. A gorgeous well-manicured, fashionably dressed, perfect-haired, youthful looking mum (which would obviously be me) scooping up smiling, adoring children as they migrate from room to room in their scandinavian-styled spotless house. Sure there’s toys everywhere but even those are trendy and well placed and hey, that’s the sign of a well-lived in home. Right?
The coast of Calabria has some beautiful names, the Costa Viola named after the colour of the water reflecting the land’s greenery, the Costa Tirrenica which to me sounds strong and warrior-like and the Costa degli Dei: the Coast of the Gods, which upon first sight needs no explanation, 55km of white sand and turquoise sea. Welcome to paradise. Continue reading “Tropea and the Coast of the Gods”
As a Londoner arriving in provincial Italy it is fair to say I was a fish out of water. Fresh faced and bursting with enthusiasm for my new home, with a wealth of world travel behind me, I wasn’t going to let inhibition stand in my way. Little did I know how many social faux pas (or passi falsi, when in Rome eh…) lay ahead. Continue reading “La Brutta Figura: Making a bad impression”
Think about the Italian language. You’re swooning aren’t you? Of course you are, it’s as natural as gelato; you can’t help yourself but indulge in it. Just thinking about it makes me sigh, that musical sing-songy nature which oozes charm and romance. No wonder it’s admired the world over. Continue reading “Inspiring Italian idioms and sayings”