The Madcap Cheese Man of Bra

When Fiorenzo Giolito’s grandmother, Mariet Almonte, first started selling local cheese in the 1920s she would transport them 60 Km from Bra by horse to Turin. It was she who introduced the Genovese to Bra Duro, a hard  cheese which travels well and doesn’t require much looking after  – and it was the Genovese who … Continue reading

On Peeling Artichokes (& Potatoes) in Saluzzo

I’m standing in the spotless kitchen of Piero Boaglio, chef at the San Giovanni Hotel De Charme in Saluzzo, a picture-book medieval town in northern Italy and seat of an ancient courtly Marquisate founded in 1142. I’d stumbled across the hotel while looking for somewhere to have coffee on my way up to the 13th … Continue reading

La Prima Settimana (First Week)

It’s been unseasonably warm and sunny this past week, interspersed by a few days of rain. Only a few weeks ago, it was snowing in Bra, something the locals tell me is not uncommon at this time of the year. Suddenly the paddocks we pass in the bus on the way to UNISG are a … Continue reading

What’s cookin’ on Australia Day?

What’s on your Australia Day menu? Kanga burgers? Hot Smoked Lemon Myrtle Crocodile?  Barramundi with Green Ants?  Wattleseed pavlova? Just kidding. But it’s odd, isn’t it, how we still shy away from using native Australian ingredients in our cuisine. Here we live on a continent which offers up to 4,000 different varieties of edible bush … Continue reading

Edible Christmas Gift Classes

Don’t forget to book the kids in for my Edible Christmas Gift Classes on Fridays after-school and Sunday mornings here. They are held at my private residence in Cammeray, after school on Friday afternoons and on Sunday mornings. The classes are aimed at children from the ages of 8-12 (with a year either side). Class … Continue reading
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