Category Archives: Asparagus

Celebrating the remarkable Elena Salvoni

I love a modest hero. Such a person is Elena Salvoni, a London-born Italian who was the first woman to become a maître d’ in London’s lively Soho restaurant scene. It was Elena Salvoni, more than any before her, who … Continue reading

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Turbot’s a Fluke

The Scots know plenty about fishing. The cold waters around their +6000 miles of coast give up some of the best fish and seafood we eat in Europe. Some 60% of all the fish landed in the UK comes from … Continue reading

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Rome’s Spring Trinity

Cheek by jowl, but minutes by foot from Frascati’s faded but magical Villa Aldobrandini’s private gardens, we shell peas and beans, trim artichokes and chatter. We’d also visited the gardens by pulling family ties in old Frascati, so passing over … Continue reading

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