Tag Archives: home-made

Teacher jam

One of my colleagues at the school where I work is a homey type from Yorkshire. He does things that you’d expect a real Yorkshireman to do, like woodturning and making jam. I’m especially interested in the latter. Every week, … Continue reading

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Carnivalesque ravioli from Ascoli Piceno

When people say “Italian food”, they often conjure up an image in their mind that is actually something quite different from what Italians tend to eat. The main offender is pasta with the wrong ingredients. Spaghetti and meatballs is a … Continue reading

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The joys and rage that come with owning a pasta machine

Some time in the recent past, I celebrated my birthday. “Happy birthday, Dittatrice”, you say, “how old are you now?”, I hear you wonder. Well, I’m not telling, so that’s the end of that. For my birthday, my friends came … Continue reading

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“I was such a loser before my rise to dictatorship”

You know how you always think that the you of a few years back was such a loser? Like when you look at pictures of yourself from ten years ago, and you think “Oh God, did I actually wear that … Continue reading

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Interesting finds at the local antique market

When you go to any random town in Italy, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a random antiques market at some point. At these antique markets, much like at all antique markets in the world, you will find many … Continue reading

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The first person to make pasta

There are many things in this world of which I wonder how they were ever invented, or perfected to the point at which they are now. Mostly it’s things like musical instruments that baffle me in this way. Imagine trying … Continue reading

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My life with my new flatmates, part I: Gino

A wee while ago, one of my flatmates (risotto man) walked in with a look on his face that was something like a mixture of a grinning demon and a gleeful child. My other flatmate and I were slightly alarmed … Continue reading

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