Majestic flight or annoying menace? – Migrating birds.

Swirling high in the sky, creating tornado funnel shapes, the migrating birds seem so majestic and intriguing, that I find myself gazing in wonder at their beautiful dance. But then ‘bang, bang, bang’,… Continue reading

Snowy Salento

The Salento region of Puglia is usually associated with sunshine, wine and beautiful beaches but the past few days, it has been covered with about 20cm of soft, powdery snow. Snowy Salento is… Continue reading

Matera – Land of Mystery

On the coldest day of the year so far this winter, my husband and I decided to venture to the mysterious and luring town of Matera, which is just across the boarder in… Continue reading

Lucky Pig’s Trotter!

If you want the New Year to be filled with good luck and wealth, then you had better eat what the Italians eat for dinner on New Years Eve, ‘Zampone e Lenticchie’, ‘Pig’s… Continue reading

Let it shine!

“Well, the weather outside is ‘delightful’ and inside it feels so ‘frightful’, as the sun is so warm and bright, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! “…. OK, not quite… Continue reading

Italian Nativity unlike any other! – IL Presepe

Wondering through the towns and cities a few days before Christmas and you can not fail to notice the beautiful, and quite often, very impressive ‘Presepe’ or Nativity scenes. Each year seems to… Continue reading

Purcidduzzi – Traditional Festive Treats

Purcidduzzi is a very popular sweet treat and is enjoyed by many Italian families around Christmas, and well into the New Year. Traditionally, the last sweet treat is eaten on 17th January, in… Continue reading

Panettone or Pandoro?

It is Christmas time and the shops are filled with mountains of Panettone and Pandoro boxes, just waiting to be devoured. These traditional Italian Christmas cakes steadily trickle into every Italian home and… Continue reading

Puglian Christmas Markets and Festivies 2014

Christmas Markets Martina Franca – The Village of Santa 6th December ’til 6th January 2015. All the lights, sounds and tastes of Christmas, wrapped in the beautiful Baroque City: Christmas market, ice rink,… Continue reading

Pettole – A Traditional Sweet Treat

Pettole are small dough balls fried in oil and dusted with sugar. They are particularly popular during Christmas, Easter and other celebrations throughout the Italian calendar. They are easy to make and delicious,… Continue reading