Baked camembert with bacon, honey, pine-nuts and rosemary

Baked camembert with bacon is one of those dishes I crave each Autumn and Winter. This simple recipe makes an easy lunch or starter. The addition of honey works wonderfully with the bacon and cheese. I’ve added accompaniments of toasted pine-nuts and rosemary, elevating this simple Camembert to a sharing dish to be proud of. If…

Hofburg Quarter | Sightseeing Imperial Vienna

If you are planning on sightseeing Imperial Vienna you need to head to the Hofburg Quarter. This area holds the Hofburg Palace with the Imperial Apartments, it’s gardens and streets are filled with palaces of the nobility. Some of these buildings are now splendid museums. Today it is still the most fashionable area of Vienna…

Best places to eat cake in old Vienna

Eight of the best places to eat cake in old Vienna. Baking cakes is a long held tradition of Austria and Vienna has become famous for particular tortes and the coffeehouses and cafés they are served in. This grand and elegant city is devoted to all things sweet. I’ll teach you the traditional cakes of…

Roasted new potato, salmon and dill tortilla

This Roasted New Potato, Salmon and Dill Tortilla is a great recipe to have. Now you have a healthier recipe for a light supper, it’s a great week night choice – one you can finish up the next day for a quick and healthy lunch! I always buy too many eggs assuming the men of the family will crave omelettes…

Things to do in Bagno Vignoni Tuscany – the spa town

There are many things to do in Bagno Vignoni when day-tripping to this tiny Tuscan town perched on a hill above the picturesque Val d’Orcia (part of a Natural Park and now a UNESCO World Heritage site). This village is different from the other Tuscany hill towns: rather than a main square, in Bagno Vignoni there is a thermal…

Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany

As a special 50th birthday treat my husband booked 3 vintage cars on our trip to Montepulciano. Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany might just be the most wonderful thing I dreaded doing. I know it’s an experience of a lifetime and a romantic thing to do, but I’m a girl with a midlife preference…