Italian Food Myths 3: “Spag Bol” and Lasagne..or “S** Off Sainsbury’s!”

Before I start my weekly rant, I'd like to dedicate this article to a true gentleman, sadly no longer with us, and his family who have, in contrast to some of the moans I write about on this blog, shown myself and Lemmy TRUE Italian hospitality and food every time we visit their wonderful pub … Continue reading Italian Food Myths 3: “Spag Bol” and Lasagne..or “S** Off Sainsbury’s!”

Italian Food Myths 2 and a half: Another Cappuccino Sir?

Thanks to Jane at kouzinacooking for raising  other things we do round coffee which I think need addressing.  Chocolate sprinkles - PLEASE? I can only say American Temperature - we have a thing here about scalding coffee. A cappucccino or a cafe latte for that matter ( btw ask for a latte in Italy and … Continue reading Italian Food Myths 2 and a half: Another Cappuccino Sir?

Italian Food Myth No. 1: “Dip Thi Bread”, as we say in Yorkshire…but not in Oil and Vinegar. Please.

I was a little unsure where to start this series. "At the beginning is usually best" I hear you yell. Ma non! What I mean is, where IS the beginning of the meal? To the English/American lover/violater of Italian food it would be bread....and oil....and vinegar. To an Italian it would be conversation with the … Continue reading Italian Food Myth No. 1: “Dip Thi Bread”, as we say in Yorkshire…but not in Oil and Vinegar. Please.

Italian Food Myths – A Prelude

Before I launch into this little series  (actually thinking about our propensity for bastardizing Italian food it could be a big series), a thank you to Jane @kouzinacooking for allowing me to pinch her idea from Greek Food Myths. I want to nail my colours to the mast before we start. I'm not a food snob, … Continue reading Italian Food Myths – A Prelude

Is Nostalgia As Bad As Some Would Have Us Believe?

Was it Kris Kristofferson who wrote in Me and Bobby McGee - “I'd trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” ? Well, I wouldn't go quite that far but a bit of healthy nostalgia is fine as far as I'm concerned. So it was with a mix of anticipation and nostalgia that Lemmy and … Continue reading Is Nostalgia As Bad As Some Would Have Us Believe?

“Turn Again Whittington” – “No Thanks Beer’s Better up North!”

I've just been to London again. The pubs?  Just as good. The beer? For me, not great. Before anyone leaps to the old war cry of “southern hard water”, I can’t believe that it’s that. London, as with the whole of the UK has many fine cask ales from all over the country, using local … Continue reading “Turn Again Whittington” – “No Thanks Beer’s Better up North!”