Spring on a table in Tuscany

“Oooh! What are you doing that for??”  Was the common response I got after telling people my ‘holiday’ to Tuscany was in fact a solo mission to work on an organic farm in the middle of nowhere. I’ll admit, before I left I was dubious (I am neither a budding farmer nor the I-go-where-the-wind-blows-me sort),…

Autumnal Italian Soup

Since receiving a gift of Five Quarters – Guardian food writer Rachel Roddy’s Italian cookbook – I have enjoyed exploring the beautiful simplicity of traditional Roman cuisine.  The detail and knowledge in her prose draws you into her kitchen in Testaccio, colourfully opening up the foundations of Italian cooking. Nourishing soups make it effortless to be both seasonal and healthy; simple recurring…