Food, Recipes, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

By the Flavours Holidays Team

Cooking Holidays in Sicily – A taste of Montalbano

April 3, 2015

Beautiful women, beautiful scenery, a crime of passion solved and a glass of wine to finish… That’s what’s to be expected from inspector Montalbano on BBC 4 this Saturday – but did you know that the famous Italian detective is also a passionate foodie? Who is Inspector Montalbano? Salvo Montalbano is the hero of Andrea…

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What Peter McCombie, Master of Wine, Recommends?

April 1, 2015

This week we talk wine with Peter McCombie. Awarded with the Master of Wine qualification in 1994, we thought he would be the best person to discuss Italian wine with. So, read on and find out what a true expert recommends when it comes down to Italian wine…   What started your passion for Italian…

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Art in Florence: Top 4 Places to Visit

March 30, 2015

Florence is one of Europe’s great art cities which makes it such an inspiring destination for our painting holidays. But, with so much art and architecture to take in; it’s almost difficult to know where to start. Luckily, most of the major historical sights and galleries are within walking distance of the centre. We’ve put…

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Sicilian Recipe: Peperonata Con Capperi (Peppers and Capers)

March 27, 2015

This delicious Sicilian vegetable recipe from our Italian cooking holidays is a great side dish or delicious as a light lunch with some good, crusty bread. As well as being brightly coloured and delicious, it is also incredibly good for you and full of health benefits. It is stocked full of vitamin C, which charges up your immune system, and is also a good source of Vitamin E. This dish is a great way to increase your intake of vegetables, and perfect for those looking to follow the Mediterranean diet when returning from a cookery course in Italy.

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Food Lover’s Guide to Sicily

March 19, 2015

The food of Italy— do we really need more to lure us to this enchanting destination?  Even though known as the land of culture, art, romance – we’d probably still go for the food. But did you know that instead of talking about “Italian food” it would be much more accurate to distinguish between regional dishes? And,…

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Why you have to book a holiday… with your mum!

March 13, 2015

Recent studies have shown – we all want to spend more time with our parents. However, being busy can really get in the way of spending some quality time with your mother. Whilst Mother’s Day is a nice day to show appreciation for the fabulous woman that raised us, listened to our problems and gave…

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Discover authentic Italy – Discover Puglia!

Do you want to discover authentic Italy? Puglia is probably one of the best places to do so. With it’s rustic landscape and whitewashed towns, it really has kept a magical charm. Exploring Puglia means to explore Italy off-the-beaten track. Its dramatic coastline, mouthwatering seafood and unique ambience has made it a firm favourite for…

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Solo traveller holidays – travel solo but not alone!

March 10, 2015

Going on a holiday for single people can sometimes sound daunting; especially if it is the first time you are travelling on your own. Searching for the right tour operator often turns out to be overwhelming. And, usually, after hours of researching the World Wide Web you still feel quite unsatisfied with your results left with plenty…

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5 Reasons to Simply Love Pilates

March 6, 2015

What can Pilates really do for you? Pilates has become hugely popular over the last 10 years. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century, the method was based on the idea that our minds can control our muscles. No wonder it is such a brilliant exercise for body AND mind. And, that’s what makes…

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Prosecco Facts You Can’t Live Without

March 4, 2015

If you love Italy – you love Prosecco. The Italian best-seller convinces with its elegant golden colours, the gentle nature of its bubbles… and let’s be honest: its simple but fruity taste will be an essential part of your cooking holiday in Italy (of course, only if you want it to be!) In 2014, Marks…

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Top places to visit in Italy this spring

February 24, 2015

Springtime is a great time to visit Italy; the weather is beginning to warm up, the trees are in blossom and there are fewer tourists than in the summer. We still have availability on some of our springtime departures and so here is a roundup of our cookery holidays in Italy for those looking to…

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Pilates Holiday – Feel great by the end of the week!

February 19, 2015

Today,we speak to Flavours’ Pilates guest, Catherine, to hear her thoughts on her Pilates holiday to Tuscany and her advice for those considering solo traveller holidays for the first time!   Catherine, you have been on a Pilates holiday with us. How did you enjoy it? I loved the first Pilates holiday I did with Flavours…

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Who was Saint Valentine?

February 14, 2015

Valentines Day is celebrated all over the world, however not many people know that the romantic day’s namesake was actually an Italian! During the Roman Empire Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage as he believed it distracted his young soldiers from battle. Valentine was a priest and, in defiance of this law, would marry young…

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Torta di Ricotta – Ricotta Tart Recipe

February 12, 2015

The Sicilians love their ricotta desserts and there are an abundance of variations of desserts using not only the ricotta, but also the chocolate and candied peel (for example cassata and cannoli). Often eaten around Easter, this tart is a fantastic dessert that will make your Easter Monday taste even sweeter!

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