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”
Becoming a parent is the most unequivocal life-changing event that most of us will ever encounter. Our bodies were designed to be pregnant for 9 months for a reason; to give us time to get to grips with what is about to happen and to make sure that we can get as much sleep as we possibly can before the big event. But no amount of parenting books or ante-natal classes can ever really prepare us for what’s about to come literally kicking and screaming into our lives. So what can we expect? Continue reading “7 things noone tells you about becoming a parent”
Effortless Style. Those two words seem to epitomise the Italian race. It’s in their genes. And me, plagued with my inherited English awkwardness can just look on and admire how an entire population can manage to do even the simplest, mundane of tasks with such effortless elegance. An excellent example of this is Aperitivo, or as the average Brit would call it pre-dinner drinks. Whereas the English settle for a lukewarm pint and a packet of cheese and onion while slightly shivering on a bench in a pub garden the Italians have managed to make the whole thing into an event, peppered with inviting words like “spritz” and “stuzzichini”.