Just think about this, an Englishman, specialising in British food in Italy, cooking risotto for Positano’s mayor? Doesn’t really fit does it, but hey ho, I’m always up for a challenge.
Taste of Europe
St Tropez Market
For a few years now I have really enjoyed visiting St Tropez market. Its a bustling market held on a Tuesday and Saturday in the town’s square. The square is lined by coffee shops and restaurants, and is normally the hangout to petanque players, but twice a week it changes completely.
Roquefort was one of the first cheeses in France to be given the Appellation d'Origine contrôlée in 1925. The unique caves where the cheese is produced attract some 200,000 tourists annually.
Turkish Delight (Istanbul)
Having never been to this Portugal before I didn't really know what to expect, but what a trip we had.
Funnily enough a lot of restaurants serve the best paprika on the tables in restaurants not to eat, but to 'feast' your eyes on.
I never thought there was so much to keeping bees and making honey. Philip Macabe took me through the whole process from start to finish.
With a fashionable rash of tapas bars springing up across the UK, it seemed timely to head for tapas’ ancestral home of Spain.
Austria & Switzerland
have never seen buffalo before, and what a sight they were. From the nursery, first year olds up to the fully-grown beasts all very carefully looked after.
Bruges is the Belgium centre of chocolate, a beautiful small and very clean city with a fabulous reputation for homemade chocolates and pralines.
They stick to the basic Marinara and Margherita pizzas and the occasional Calzone with salami, and use only ingredients local to Naples. Tomatoes from Vesuvius, local Mozzarella, basil and olive oil all from the Campagnia region.
Imagine this, me stood in the huge fields of basil filming various pieces to camera, dressed in a black t-shirt, long trousers almost fainting.
Miguel explained that the pigs roam free and need to be feed on natural grasses, wild herbs, seeds and acorns. The sheer scale of the Iberico pig-producing region is breathtaking.
Maille mustard has been around for a very long time, founded by Antoine Maille in 1747 Mustard was not only eaten in the early days, its was rubbed onto the skin to prevent catching the plaque, it was also used for cosmetics, skin and even hair care, so it was really good for you inside and out!
I am the first to admit the Canary islands off the coast of Africa were pretty much off my radar until my Producer at ITV suggested we go and make a film about the seven islands’ attractions and of course, their food.
A Travel Saga
My latest trip abroad has taken me to places I have never been to before and one that I haven’t visited for some 25 years.