Food, Recipes, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

By the Flavours Holidays Team




Easy salsa verde recipe

For our regular Monday live cooking lesson from Bologna our Flavours cook Livia teaches how to make a really easy salsa verde sauce. It’s one of the classic Italian sauces and perfect for bollito misto, or to serve with vegetables or even over pasta. Salsa Verde translated means “green sauce” and we love the vibrant colour!…

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Curzul pasta

Curzul is a square sided spaghetti pasta that is found in the Faenza area of Emilia Romagna. It’s a firm favourite of our Flavours cook Livia.

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How to cook with fregola

Fregola is actually a kind of pasta very similar to couscous, made with durum wheat and semolina flour. It is often called Sardinian couscous and is a great base for pasta and salads

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The Interesting History Of Pasta In Italy

When you think of Italian food, you probably think of pasta. But did you know, pasta didn’t actually originate in Italy? We’ve put together a post on the interesting history of pasta in Italy, so read on to find out more about its incredible journey into Italian culture! The word ‘pasta’ is an Italian word…

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How to make carbonara sauce

One of the most famous Italian dishes, pasta with carbonara sauce is a classic and sure to please all the family. Ingredients for 2 people 200g Mezze maniche pasta 2 slices of guanciale (½ cm thick) – Alternatively use bacon or pancetta 3 eggs (2 just yolks a 1 whole egg) Black pepper 40g of…

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Simple pasta all’arrabbiata

One of the simplest and most well know Italian dishes, pasta all’arrabbiata is a classical Roman pasta dish. Literally translated “arrabbiata” means angry and is a reference to the spicy, hot chilli found in the dish, how “angry you want to be, is up to you! Ingredients for 2 200g plums tomatoes Chilli flakes or…

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Embrace the Danish way of living- Hygge

Hygge- Embrace the Danish way of living Do the short, cold days of January make you want to hibernate at home? If so, why not take inspiration from the Danish, who place the art of hygge at the centre of their lifestyle? Hygge is something you experience, a sense of being safe and comforted, of…

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Spaghetti recipes

Spaghetti all’ amatriciana 2 slices of guanciale (½ cm thick) 200g plums tomatoes ( in a tin) ½ glass of white wine Chilli flakes 200g Spaghetti Black pepper 100g of Pecorino Romano Slice the quite thick guanciale  (pancetta) into long strips. In a pan cook the guanciale strips and let them release the fat it…

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Best Cookbooks for 2021

The best cookbooks for 2021 as recommended by you (our Flavours followers) We asked for your recommendations for the best cookbooks as there’s such a huge variety of cookbooks available. It can be incredibly difficult knowing where to start when buying one as a present or as a treat for yourself. Whether you’re searching for…

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Healthy Artichoke recipes

Here are our recipes from Facebook Live – Monday 11th January 2021 Patè di Carciofi (artichoke pate) for 300g patè 4 artichokes 2 garlic cloves 30g mascarpone or 30g butter Salt Pepper 200ml water To make the patè we will use all the parts of the artichokes which are a bit more tough ,such as…

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The Perfect Christmas Gifts for a Foodie

With the festive season almost upon us it’s about time to start thinking about your Christmas gift shopping if you haven’t done so already. To give you some inspiration, we put together a Christmas gift list for the foodie in your life. From aprons, to pizza makers to cooking classes – we promise you will…

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Italian Christmas Cocktail Recipe

Incredibly refreshing, this wine-based cocktail is perfect for both summer and winter. It’s also the ideal Christmas cocktail with its effervescent sparkle. Learn how to make an Aperol Spritz with this recipe!

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Travel Bucket List For 2021

First published 18th Sept 2021, this post has been update 4th December 2021. We’ve been dreaming (and we’re sure you have too) of exploring a little bit further afield and ticking off our travel bucket list. Our wanderlust has us incredibly excited to get back out into the world and return to travel in 2021!…

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Butternut squash gnocchi recipe

Looking for a butternut squash gnocchi recipe as a delicious alternative to the classic potato gnocchi? In this recipe we’ve combined it with a creamy cheese sauce- a complete carb overload, but the perfect comfort food.

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Top 5 Italian Christmas Traditions

This blog was originally posted on 4th December 2017 and was updated October 2020. A chill in the air and sparkling lights lining the streets – we love Christmas! It’s a time for peace, joy and love, and it brings some brightness to the colder months in the northern hemisphere. Every European country celebrates Christmas…

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The best risotto recipe for winter

As the evenings draw in there’s nothing like a bowl of creamy risotto- we’re delighted to share our best risotto recipe for winter from Flavours chef- Livia de Giovanni. The bitterness of the radicchio and red wine is perfectly balanced with the creamy risotto rice. – Buon appetito! Learn more about our Italian chef Livia…

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Our Christmas Aperitivo Guide

This blog was originally posted on 5th December 2014 and was updated on 22nd October 2020. With the Christmas season coming into full swing and many people starting to plan parties and get together for their friends and family, it’s the perfect time to learn more about the Italian aperitivo – an authentic Italian ritual…

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Torta di Mela – Italian Apple Tart Recipe

Apples thrive in Northern Italy’s cooler temperatures where Italian farmers have been cultivating this fruit for over 2,000 years. While almost every apple-growing country has its own variation of the classic apple tart; this is a traditional recipe from Tuscany called Torta di Mele!

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8 Ways the Italian Lifestyle Teaches You to Appreciate Life More

This blog was originally posted on 8th March 2017 and was updated on 22nd October 2020. Any trip to Italy reminds us of how the Italians value and celebrate all aspects of life. From taking time to eat and drink well, to spending time with family, to appreciating beautiful architecture and design, as well as…

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Italian Christmas Cantuccini Biscuits

Cantuccini are traditional Christmas biscuits originating from Tuscany. Technically, these can be called Cantucci or Cantuccini biscuits as ‘biscotti’ refers to all biscuits in Italian. Why not try out this classic Tuscan recipe from our cooking holidays, best enjoyed dipped in a glass of Vin Santo!

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