It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat the world.” He was also very funny while telling you about it.
One of the things that we love in Italy is finding beautiful places which are off the tourist trail. Our options are limited at the moment because we don’t have a car.
However, one of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, which is breathtakingly beautiful. It also has the added advantage of being in middle of a large wine producing region.
When we lived in England we always had a kitchen garden full of edible goodies, or alternatively an allotment where we could grow all our fresh produce.
However, now that we live in an apartment on the first floor in Italy, we have had to get a little more creative.
Luckily we have two balconies, one on the kitchen and one on our bedroom measuring 5 metres by 1 metre each, so we have a little room to have our own little green space.
It’s surprising how I have developed new habits since living in Italy.
These Italian habits are easy to acquire, and very difficult to lose. They are also likely to annoy or surprise your friends and family if you take them back home!
However I’ve been assured that this is normal! The subtle changes in my behaviour since living in Italy are merely part of a healthy process psychologists call “acculturation”.
That said, some of them might raise a few eyebrows if I keep them up when I’m outside Italy!
Here are seven of the new habits that I’ve noticed so far ….
Apologies for my silence on here, but in Winter the north of Italy slows down, and so there is not much to report at the moment!
However, the mercury is rising, so everything and everyone is starting to spring back to life!
Massimo Bottura, the chef and co-proprietor of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, needs no introduction. His restaurant has won every award given by the culinary world. If you want a reservation at his restaurant you have to book months ahead, and they can be as difficult to get as an audience with the Pope. However, he is now using his fame and influence to tackle, and hopefully solve, two of the world’s biggest problems namely hunger and food waste.
This book, Bread Is Gold, is the story of the start of that journey, which has led to the opening of several projects across the world and the foundation of the “Food For Soul” charity. Despite what you might think from the title, this is not a book about baking, it contains over 150 delicious recipes made from food that would otherwise be discarded.
We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays, but before we disappear until 2018, we wanted to say a few words. First of all, Merry Christmas (Buon Natale in Italian!) and we’d like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of the internet. We share what we are passionate about, and it means a lot that other people want to read it as well!
This is my second Christmas in Italy, and I now think that I am getting the hang of how the Italians like to celebrate the festive season!
Just like in the UK, the Italians start their celebrations early! On December 8th, which is a public holiday to celebrate the Immaculate Conception, which is the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. Not only is this a public holiday in Italy, but fires the starting gun for nearly a month of celebrations!
It’s now officially Christmas in our house as we’ve opened the first panettone of the year! As always, I like to use any leftovers of anything I use, so I’ve been thinking of ways to use any leftover panettone that might be lurking around after Christmas.
Even when I lived in England, it was never Christmas until I’d watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” and opened my first panettone of the season.
Imagine my excitement when I found out there was a panettone festival just up the road in Milan! Naturally I had to get tickets for my wife and I as this was too good an opportunity to miss!