(Sunflowers, circe 1888 – Vincent Van Gogh) “Cooking is an art and patience is a virtue… Careful shopping, fresh ingredients, and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing – love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With...
Archive for month: April, 2014
I was doing some reading this afternoon and came across this quirky piece about the how to taste wine written by Pietro de’ Crescenzi at the beginning of the 15th century. Pietro de’ Crescenzi was a Bolognese author who wrote an important treatise on agriculture called the Opus agriculturae of Rutilus Taurus Aemilianus...
I love using freshly prepared spice pastes and this is one which I can seriously recommend you try. Pounding a paste using a pestle and mortar is such a gratifying experience and I have become addicted to the process. If you don’t regularly use one or use one at all, I suggest...
I have been browsing through this delectable book and given that the honey here on Kangaroo Island is vey special and specific to our Island, I thought I would share the words of Isabel Allende about …honey!! Enjoy. “The nectar of Aphrodite, golden treasure of the earth drawn from...
I have just re-watched the extraordinary 2007 movie El Greco, the story of the Greek painter of the Spanish Renaissance, Domenicos Theotokopolous. What a sumptuous feast for the eyes! El Greco, as he became known was born in Fodele, Crete, a beautiful valley full of olive and orange trees....
Welcome to my love affair with the food, wine, history and culture of the Mediterranean, past and present. Here you will find not only recipes, drinks and fabulous products, but the history of the food and culture of the Mediterranean.
My purpose is to get you to explore and experience new tastes and along the way to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of this diverse and wonderful region – from Venice to Istanbul, Rome to Dubrovnik, Athens to Crete and all places in between and in the surrounds. Be prepared to be surprised, delighted and enthralled as you take this trip with me.
- An ode to play – A painting by Pieter Bruegel
- The pelican fountain that becomes a fountain of wine….
- A Donatello head of Virgil’s horse, Palazzo Carafa, Naples
- Codex Gigas or The Bible written by the Devil!!
- A lock in Milan designed by Leonardo da Vinci
- Who was the Marquis of Pombal?
- The curious sculpture of Ancient Rome’s “Man of the Forests” – Venice
- The mystery of the magic Square, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
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