Food & Drink

Sweet chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Brisk winter walks in towns and cities enjoyed as Christmas approaches are often flavoured with the warm, enticing smells of roasting sweet chestnuts offered by street vendors shrouded in clouds of billowing smoke. Holding a hot bag sweet chestnuts and carefully picking away their blisteringly hot skins is a Christmas tradition for many. The warmed […]

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Food & Drink

Christmas with a twist of prune

It is the most eagerly anticipated foodie day of the year, with dinner plans often being made a year in advance and food preparation beginning weeks ahead. Christmas time is a time to indulge in fine food and tasty treats such as California prunes, which offer a rich, deep flavour like no other. Ideal as […]

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Travel & Places, What's Happening

Italian flavours on show at Christmas markets

Italy lights up for the Christmas season with some of the most interesting markets across Europe, combining Mediterranean flavours and German traditions, festive food and wine, gift ideas, decorations and local handicraft. Here is a selection of markets that are worth making a detour for this year … Bolzano/Bozen: Alpine – Mediterranean Christmas Savour the […]

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Food & Drink, What's Happening

Cobnuts reveal traditional Kentish flavours

With around 75,000 tonnes of cobnuts produced annually in the UK nutters, as the pickers are traditionally known, are being kept busy at this timeof year. Most of the orchards are found in Kent and today cover just 250 acres. Cobnuts are sold fresh, not dried like its close cousin the hazelnut. You’ll find the […]

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