Mince Pies. Tips for making, storing, freezing and serving them HOT all through the Christmas holidays.
A personal selection of best restaurants and great places to eat while on an Italian beaches holiday in my Maremma, Tuscany - for all dreams and budgets.
I'm passionate about my man's facial hair! He is a knock-out specimen of a man in his middle sixties to me; his beard, his mustache and his mad hair are still a total turn on when I get to trim them!
It's hot in June in Rome, 80° in the day 60° at night! Here's a list of what to wear to restaurants, museums, the beach and the Vatican tips - to fit in with the Italians.
It's the simplest, quickest recipe for sausage (with bay leaves + a dash of balsamic vinegar in the pan) - a real feast as brunch, lunch, a family supper or even as a dinner party meal.
"I miss being close with you so don't be surprised if I plan on doing something romantic with you very soon". Romantic tips for older couples who want to re-develop intimacy that are as unusual and purely romantic.
Fun and practical small business ideas for the new 'baby boomer' market - from attractive looking, cool orthotics, to new style cross-stitch patterns for grandparents, to 'ban the bomb' print toilet paper.
50 cute doll names for every type of baby doll.
A hearty, healthy recipe for cauliflower leaves which tastes delicious braised the Italian way in a tomato sauce ('in umido'). It's a tasty vegetarian meal, a saucy side dish with grilled meats and sausage and nice with an egg on top too.
Balsamic vinegar is a flavorful syrupy-sharp ingredient for cooking meats and vegetables as well as a cold vinegar for salads. 3 tasty, quick to make, rustic recipes here for hearty winter dishes that taste great cooked with balsamic vinegar.
There are masterpieces of art and story to be discovered in small churches tucked in quiet piazzas round Rome center, not 100 yards from the Pantheon, which are free. They are San Luigi dei Francesi and Sant'Agostino. Here is my review with their opening times, service times, how to get there and...
A favorable review of the most comfortable women's sandals, Mephisto's Helen. Their Soft-Air technology make them extremely comfortable. They age well, are machine washable and look great.
My Welsh mother's recipe for a simple Welsh Rarebit. the way she made it for us when we were children. She'd already made the bread and butter and sometimes the cheese - so it was quick and simple to throw together for supper.
Before you talk to a film director about a script you've written be prepared! Get to know all you can about them and their work. You'll be entering into a a merry go round of a collaboration and you'll lose total control over the script you wrote - to the director, who is the god of the movie. ...
Making wild rose hip tea from rose hips off the Dog Rose bush is easy and very good for you because hips are so full of vitamin C. Simple tips for how and when to harvest the hips, how to dry them and how to make tea.
From my 70's magazine collection here are photos of great dress styles of the 70's, mainly from London which trances the fashion from Mary Quant to the fashion designer Issey Miyake look and punk - through 10 years of Elton John glasses, a retro 40's, platform shoes and mini skirts and Biba, Biba,...
Allergy to wasp sting is a life threatening condition and it is 'prohibitive'. From when you are diagnosed 'allergic' and can have anaphylactic shock, you need to take every precaution against the possibility of a wasp or bee sting. Tips and suggestions how to cope.
You don't HAVE to get a faithful loving puppy for Christmas. First you need to be absolutely sure this puppy friend can depend on you, (or your loved one) for all their life. Second, that as owners you/they want that intense mutual relationship. Only when you know this for sure can you go ahead...
Uniquely contrived goth food ideas for your 'other', dark side party, even Halloween, with a menu and a recipe for a hot Nutella Sandwich Dobbed with Hot Black Fruits.
Summer sun caught and served in a Mediterranean recipe for stuffed zucchini (with anchovies and fennel flowers) in a tomato and wine sauce. It's a summery meal that makes a perfect year-round dish for any party or buffet table.
It's dark, so goth. It's a fig cake recipe with fresh purple figs, spelt flour, honey and extra virgin olive oil. It's dead easy to bake and it's great for Halloween, Christmas, Labor Day, or just if you want to be goth.
Your calico (or tortoiseshell) cat has to have an original name to match her original orange, black and white splodge markings. What about Ta Miu, Marzipan, Loffa—or how about Maryland after the Baltimore Orioles who wear the colors of the calico cat?
More than 220 versions of 'The Little Drummer Boy' have been released around the world since it was first composed in 1928. Learn about the history of this popular Christmas carol.
Our wild growing Tuscany fig trees produces pounds of ripe juicy fruit every day and provides shade. You don't have to prune the tree, it like lots of sun and space. The roots are long, meddlesome and cause damage (tips how to deal with this) but the fig fruit is SO delicious
Recipe for a light, almond-crumbly sponge cake folded with freshly-picked summer fruits: peach and grapes. It makes a festive midsummer festival party or tea cake!
In the Maremma they say that Milk Thistle or Silybum Marianum was the thistle that made Jesus' Crown of Thorns. Here in Italy, it was used to build fences, cure the liver and when they were very poor they made coffee with its dried seeds. Now it is a useful alternative herbal medicine.
Access to all the sandy beaches and rocky inlets along the Tuscany shore is for everyone. Here are some helpful hints for going to the beach in Italy especially in Maremma Tuscany- how and where to park, how to pay for your umbrella, how to get onto wilder beaches, how to stay safe and have fun...
The Wire Hair Fox Terrier must have a great name. Here are lists of name ideas for this incorrigible dog—from fun and regal names to Welsh or British ones!
The Negroni was invented by a barman in Tuscany, Fosco Scarselli in the 1920's for Count Negroni who preferred a bit more muscle in his 'Americano' cocktail. Since then it has become Tuscanys favorite cocktail.
It isn't always easy preparing to be Grandparents but there are things that you can do, even if your relationship with new Mummy and Daddy isn't easy. To connect with your grandchild you can: write a personal letter to them about your life's history, make a Family Tree, make a cross stitch...
Playing games on the The New iPad is a fun way for the elderly to constantly be in touch and connect with family and friends. Just two fingers tapping on a light portable screen is all it takes, it's so easy! Through playing games with apps like 'Words with Friends' or drawing pictures apps like...
Alfredo from a Tuscany wine bar makes a Peach Bellini with Prosecco, yellow peach and mint.
How to make a cool Italian salad with arugula, Champignon mushrooms, Parmesan, lemons and extra virgin olive oil.
How to make and bake Italian tomato cake with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Red, green and white colours make this a festive dish Christmas and summertime.
Extra virgin olive oil is much better than regular olive oil for your health due to the cold process during extraction. This article reviews the health benefits and includes several recipes.
This guide shows you how to care for olive trees through the seasons. An annual cycle chart shows which months the work gets done.
Franco from Tuscany shows how to prune olive trees for light, air and healthy growth.
Advice about the types of soil you'll need, the ideal growing conditions, different types and varieties, and where to buy olive trees.
From a kitchen in Tuscany, Italian cooking for beginners. With a list of basic ingredients and the right pans you can make a great pasta dish.
How to plant wild asparagus. First you have to find it in the hedgerows.
The film business is a corporate owned, massive business world - So selling your story/script to it depends not only on how good your story is, but how industry standard your Treatment is (which is how you'll get an agent). And How well you pitch. Here's how to put all that together.
'Seize the day' comes from the Latin expression 'carpe diem' from poet Horace's Odes. Literary quotes illustrate how 'life' and 'death' 'time' and 'being human' influence the meaning of the aphorism 'seize the day'. Loosely translated it means 'live for the moment' and 'make the most of today'.
I love foraging for nettles, wild asparagus, and chicory. Let me take you with me. You'll be spotting these wild plants and turning them into delicious, frugal meals in no time.
10 very useful small objects I use every day; pill box, neck cords, post it notes, a coin, paper tissue, LED key chain light,hair band, specs case and lens cleaner, chap stick. Life without them would be a lot harder.
British songs and singers with British accents are a unique genre. Listen to their British accents in this selection of British music from Woodstock concert, to the Beatles, to Led Zeppelin to today's Arctic Monkey and Noel Harrison.
Three Italian Christmas traditions from different regions around Italy. In Naples the crib figurine makers make a bag pipe playing shepherd called a Zampognaro figure and puts him in the crib. In Maremma Tuscany they eat smoked eel for their Feast of Seven Fishes and Italians celebrate Christmas...
The fish farms Cooperative of Orbetello Maremma produce approx 20,000 tonnes of fresh Sea Bass, Sea Bream and Corvina per year. The aquaculture of these wetlands has been active since pre Roman,times due to the massive reserves of 20 degrees, lightly salty sea water which was left deeply...
A fresh Tuscan cherry tomato sauce for spaghetti is best with garlic. And onion is better in the sauce for fettuccine - if you want to make genuine Italian pasta!