Category Archive: Cooking like a local

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter from Puglia!

The scarcella, also known in some areas as scarcedda, is a typical Puglian Easter cake. Another dialect term (from the Brindisi region) is pupu cullovu which means baby with egg, which I thought… Continue reading

Cooking Like a Local: Pugliese Style! – ‘A La Brace’

Written by guest blogger Maria Demkowicz Having cooked a traditional roast chicken, Yorkshires and trifle Sunday lunch for Italian friends I was invited for a return match the following week. With some trepidation… Continue reading

Judging an Advanced Culinary Art Course: Oh, what fun!

It was a great honour to be invited to judge an advanced culinary art competition at the 4 Star Ostuni Palace Hotel, in Ostuni the other night. And it was a lot of… Continue reading

Cooking Like a Local: Pugliese Style! – All Things Squash

Keeping with tradition and using only fresh local ingredients, this week’s ‘cooking like a local’ makes some great tasty dishes using the humble squash, which in my opinion is under used and under… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style! – Fave

To get the full effect of my crazy thought process whilst writing this week’s cookery blog, the next line needs to be sung in the style of a very famous Christmas carol ‘Tis… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style! – Going Solo!

Who would have thought it? Asparagus and eggs! It sounds like a crazy combination but it works! Giuseppe, a good friend of mine, cultivates asparagus on a large scale and gave me a… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style! – All things Cardoncelli

This week’s seasonal dishes are based on cardoncelli mushrooms, which are a flat based mushrooms from the Puglia region. Last time I cooked with cardoncelli mushrooms, there wasn’t much left of them after… Continue reading

Cooking like a local: Pugliese Style – Polipo al Sugo

Those who know me well, know I’m allergic to everything that once swam in the sea. So, when Angela suggested ‘Polipo al sugo’, Octopus in a tomato sauce, for our next cookery lesson,… Continue reading

Cooking like a local – Pugliese Style!

Being British we tend to steal recipes from around the world and adapt them according to our taste, thus making many foreign dishes Britishish! (Do you like the way I just created a… Continue reading