Food, Recipes, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

By the Flavours Holidays Team

Meet the Team: Flavours Staff 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve been thinking ahead to our goals for next year in the office. We asked the team what their top new year’s resolutions are for 2018. Hopefully these will inspire you for the new year too! Lorne – Director & Founder ‘My New Year’s Resolution is to learn Spanish so…

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Cookbook Review – The Great British Bake Off – Christmas

December 21, 2017

Flavours guest Ann has experienced our Cooking holidays in Tuscany first-hand. She’s very kindly reviewed The Great British Bake Off’s Christmas Cookbook for us below! I love both Christmas cooking and GBBO so was particularly looking forward to receiving this book. First impressions were that It was well laid out with lovely photos of comforting…

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Cookbook Review – Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

December 18, 2017

Flavours guest Carole spent a week with us in Tuscany this summer on a Pilates and Cooking holiday. She’s been busy trying out some of the recipes from Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook! Read on to see what she made of it: My first impressions of this book were good.  I liked the layout; the pictures…

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Cookbook Review – Nigel Slater, ‘The Christmas Chronicles’

December 13, 2017

Many thanks to Flavours Holidays guest Elaine, who has reviewed Nigel Slater’s latest book ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ from us just in time for Christmas. She has joined us on our cooking holidays in Sicily, and even further afield on our painting holidays in Andalusia (exclusively for returning guests!). Read on to see what she made of the…

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La Befana – An Italian Christmas Tale

December 12, 2017

Everyone has heard of Father Christmas, but unless you live in Italy you probably haven’t heard the legend of La Befana. Italian children look forward to the arrival of Babbo Natale (Father Christmas), but after Christmas they also receive a visit from La Befana, the friendly witch. It is a great Christmas story, so get…

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Eating Bologna – Where To Eat And Buy Local Specialities

December 6, 2017

Bologna is famous for being Italy’s most gastronomic city – and in a country obsessed with food, that’s some achievement. Its impressive medieval centre is crammed with atmospheric food shops, delis, and restaurants. Here’s a few not to miss: Food Shops Tamburini This is typical of the city’s plentiful deli-style food shops, with the sweet…

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Foodie Friday – Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

December 1, 2017

This hearty dish hailing from Sorrento is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. You’re sure to make it on one of our cooking holidays in Amalfi, and our local chefs from the region have shared their authentic recipe with us!

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Tiramisu’ – Where’s it really from?

November 29, 2017

Tiramisu’ is one of Italy’s best known desserts around the world. But the origins of this well loved dolce have been the source of a centuries-long dispute. There are many legends about this mysterious dessert. The most famous tales trace its origins back to Treviso, but our Flavours Tuscan chefs have shared the local Tuscan…

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Bologna’s 15 Best Dishes And Ingredients

November 7, 2017

Bolognese food is some of the best in the world, and Italy’s culinary heartland is rightly proud of it. There are so many wonderful local dishes and ingredients, from Bologna itself, and from nearby Emilia-Romagna towns – including Modena and Parma. 1. Crescentini Bolognesi These fried, light-as-air, hollow triangles of puffy bread are perfect for…

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Five Classic Single Traveller Fears Allayed

October 26, 2017

For many first-time solo travellers, a holiday for one can be a daunting prospect. Having been widowed myself, I know that until very recently there has been a real stigma attached to going on holiday by yourself. But my goodness, how that’s changed: in fact, according to a recent study by market researchers Mintel, more…

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Top 7 Reasons Why Bologna is Italy’s Foodie Heart

October 17, 2017

Head to central Bologna, capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, and you’ll soon hit a food shop. The delicious, dark delis containing a multitude of goodies are around every corner in this handsome old city. The Bolognese take their food tradition very seriously. In fact, the city is known as ‘La Grassa’ meaning ‘The fat one’,…

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