Olive It Competition


I remember when I ate my first olive. You can’t say that about most things. Pasta, strawberries, bread, sausages – they’re all things grabbed in a chubby baby hand, squashed, sucked and chewed.… 

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Reining it in with a Caponata


When cooking a piece of meat or fish, it’s second nature to reach for the potatoes as an accompaniment. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes as much as the next person. But seeing as I’m reining it in, I thought it was a good time to share one of my favourite potato-substitutions: a caponata.… 

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I don’t want to blow my own trumptet, but…

Thanks Olive magazine for making my day!

Much to my delight, the wonderful magazine that is Olive has made me February’s ‘Blog of the Month’.
They (unsurprisingly) decided to lift an extract on olives to pop on page 9. Thanks once again for everyone’s enthusiasm with this blog—makes me very happy and keeps me out of trouble!

Castello del Trebbio

For somebody who did an Oxford history degree, I’m really not very good at it. I have next to no memory retention, and not the biggest attention span. Dreadful, I know. Years of my Grandad quizzing me with basic history questions to try and find ‘my period of expertise’ has left me feeling quite defeatist about it all, and resigned to the fact that maybe I don’t have ‘a historical period’…. 

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