Books & Films

Hunting out the flavour of wood, from wine to gherkins

Italian barrel makers working with Croatian and French foresters seek out the best trees to shape into barrels to hold ageing, fermenting foods and drinks from wine and beer to vinegar and gherkins. Choosing the right tree that will give up its secrets and transform the tastes, flavours and value of the liquids is no […]

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Travel & Places, What's Happening

Kick off 2015 at an Italian carnival

Carnival time across Italy and many other Europe countries, particularly those with large Roman Catholic populations including Germany and the Netherlands, celebrates the arrival of Lent  – the six week period of abstinence before Easter. So what way to prepare than to party! Here is a quick list of some of the best carnivals across […]

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Food & Drink, What's Happening

Snails for schools and reptiles from east Kent

A TRUE STORY of determination and entrepreneurship about setting up and running an edible snail farm in east Kent, is how retired biology teacher Helen Howard describes her unusual business based at her local allotment. Helen, together with her daughter, is now selling her snails to Michelin-starred restaurants, schools, local restaurants and slow food fans […]

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