QUO VADIS, ITALY?

If Brillat-Savarin’s declaration that “a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine” is anything to go by, the announcement made by Coldiretti, Italy’s main farmers’ association, that the consumption of wine in the country has fallen by 22 percent over the past decade, arriving at its lowest level since the 19th century, below that of the United States and France, is grim news indeed. “The wine sector has suffered the gravest crisis in the food and drink industry in terms of domestic consumption but has become a leader of Made in Italy production by directing itself toward exports,” Coldiretti announced. -Read on

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A TALE OF TWO POPES

In February of this year, 85 year old Pope Benedict XVI officially resigned from his role of Pontiff on the plea of ill health, saying that he would now simply be a pilgrim starting his last journey on earth. His announcement was a bolt from the blue and it was met with a mixture of incredulity and bewilderment – an understandable reaction to an event that had never taken place in the past six centuries. -Click to read on

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QUINOA PARTY

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28 JULY 2013

Recipes with asterisks inspired by Susan Irby’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide Quinoa Cookbook.

I shall write the recipes for the non-quinoa dishes § in a separate post.

Note on raw fish: All the tartares and carpaccios were made with fish that was flash-frozen in a blast chiller, then thawed before using, to eliminate the risk of Anisakis, a parasitic nematode that can cause an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis. – Click to read on>

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QUINOA THE GREAT UNKNOWN

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In September 2000, world leaders met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which pledged to meet a series of targets to reduce extreme poverty. Most notably, they agreed Continue reading

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FILMING AT THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

An intense but fun week at Edinburgh Napier University and a day spent filming at the Scottish Parliament… -Click here for pics

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ROMBO RICOMPOSTO ALLA MEDITERRANEA

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Chef Montersino, hai un altro adepto a casa mia. Dopo le mie sperimentazioni con la piccola pasticceria salata e i dolci, ecco mio marito che scopre la tua maestrìa con il pesce….

ROMBO RICOMPOSTO ALLA MEDITERRANEA di Luca Montersino (visto all’Accademia Montersino su Alice.tv e preparato da Gianfranco Fiorucci) Volete sapere come? Cliccate per leggere

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THE ITALY I CAME TO

I arrived in Rome in September 1978, in the midst of a religious and political turmoil. This was a year of shocking and unexpected events, but it also gave us the much-loved Pope John Paul II.

In March of that year, former prime minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was kidnapped after a left-wing terrorist group, the Red Brigades (BR), ambushed his car, killing his five bodyguards. An hour later, the BR announced that Moro would be tried in a “people’s court of justice.” – Click to read on>

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