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Tastes of Sicily: Learning to cook like a Catanian

After exploring Catania’s fabulous fresh produce in its markets, it was time to learn how to put it to use. We headed up into the foothills of Mount Etna to meet Monica Consoli, our guide through the delicious world of Sicilian cookery. Monica is the daughter of cookbook author Eleanora Consoli and our class took place in Eleanora’s lovely 18th century villa. Read more

Tastes of Sicily: Touring Catania’s markets

Like a lot of people, before going to Sicily I’d assumed that as part of Italy it would have a similar cuisine to other areas of the country. But the food of this island is a lot more complex than that. Years of occupation have left it with a mix of influences, so you’ll find ingredients and dishes you’d expect to see in Greece, Spain or even North Africa. Read more

Take 12 Trips May: Culture and cookery in Catania, Sicily

As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. So far this year my trips have taken me from the North of England to the souks of Morocco and then back to my old hometown of London. Read more

Tagines and tea: A Moroccan cookery class at L’Atelier Madada, Essaouira

One of my big reasons for wanting to come back to Morocco was the country’s food. Memories of tagines, almond pastries, fresh herb salads and mint tea have stayed with me over the eight years since my last trip. And although I’ve had a go at recreating the flavours back at home, they’ve never been quite the same. Read more

London’s top food classes and tours

Cookery classes or tasting tours are one of my favourite things to do when I’m travelling. I’ve tasted Guinness at their brewery in Dublin, learnt to roll rice paper spring rolls in Vietnam and toured a Camembert factory in France (one of the worst things I’ve ever smelled). Read more