Italian Grand Prix

Trulli Castagno Puglia - a perfect place for a holiday

At last the Grand Prix has left the realms of Northern Europe and heavy foods. So back into the sunshine and the endless possibilities of Italian food. As you can probably tell from my blog I am  into Italian food – in a big way. I love their use of few ingredients to make combinations of  bold flavours.

Rich and I were entertaining our vegetarian friends for the race which meant that the menu had to deviate slightly from anti pasti, pasta, meat and dessert formula that any decent Italian meal follows. But being vegetarians, our friends are very into their cheese (personally I don’t understand how you can eat rennet but not meat but hey-ho!). Italian cheeses are perfect for cooking and I managed to get one into each course. The vegetables that I grow in my garden are also perfectly suited to Italian cusine and our tomato crop this year has been a bumper one.

Italian Vegetarian Feast



  • Trofie Pasta with Cavelo Nero


  • Borage and Ricotta Cannelloni


  • Amaretti & Raspberry Marscapone
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Pig Paradise, Wiltshire

For our anniversary Rich bought me a very special treat. I love pigs – not in the same way as the crazy cat girl but enough that I have a collection of pigs including a life size piggy bank. We spent the day yesterday learning how to look after pigs at Pigs Paradise in Wiltshire. It was an absolutely amazing day in which we could cuddle piglets and also learn how to look after them properly. Tony and Carron, the people running the course, have a vast knowledge and love for pigs which was awe inspiring.

The course consists of a mix of classroom and practical where you learn how to vet your pigs and save yourself a lot of money. It also gives you an idea of how much it costs to own a pig for its potential life time of 20 years!  The cost could be as much as £50k and that’s not even for organic feed! I have to admit at this point that Rich was the only one in the class who got anywhere close to the price as he actually costed it out – that’s what being a company director does to you.



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Pembrokeshire, Wales

Here are a sample of the sites that you can see in Wales – despite the weather.


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