Our Christmas tunes, not a turkey amongst them

Get me to a shopping mall in the run up to Christmas and within nanoseconds of entering the place I’ll be in touch with my inner brain-dead, snail-paced, zombie window shopper with absolutely no sense of purpose or direction. It’s not an ideal space to be in but at least I won’t notice the endless […]

Stirring stuff from Miles Davis

The Italian and I had no problem choosing this next album as one of our favourites, it’s a bit gorgeous. Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Lift to the scaffold), the soundtrack to Louis Malle’s film starring Jeanne Moreau, recorded in Paris in 1957. The story goes that Louis Malle had loops made up of […]

Smoother than Budino di Cioccolato

Peter says, “My perfect Sunday? Invite some friends over for lunch. Prepare enough food to feed an army. Eat our way through the day. We’ll plough our way through umpteen courses, open a few bottles, eating and drinking throughout the afternoon and well into the evening. Interspersed with lively debate. My good friends, by now […]

If music be the food of love, crank up the volume

The Italian reckons, “To cook good food, try cooking to music. I always do, music is as important to me as food. Well, I am Italian. But you have to get the music right. I mean, unless you’re really proficient with sharp kitchen knives don’t go chopping vegetables to Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’. And remember, […]