Author: Matt O'Leary

Matt OLeary won us over with his list of exciting ideas about food in Tuscanynow its his turn to win over our readers!
February 12, 2009

Eat well, save money

If you switch on the TV, open a paper, walk into a shop, stroll down the street, go into a bar, or just eavesdrop on someone else's conversation, you're reminded that things are actually quite gloomy, money-wise, right now. Nobody really knows whether or not they're
January 29, 2009

Finger on the pulses

I'd be lying if I said that the topic of this fortnight's article wasn't inspired by the ready crop of puns that suit anything bean-related. Bean a long time? The importance of beans in earnest? Lentil we meet again? Pun-tastic. However, at this time of
January 15, 2009

Get in touch with your roots

Times are hard. Many people are feeling the pinch right now. One of our favourite money-saving tips comes to us second-hand from a friend who met a very well-travelled gentleman while having a coffee in London; despite working for only two days a week, the man nonetheless
December 11, 2008

Ring in the new

If you're having people over for a party on New Year's Eve, you might want to give them some food. Of course, there are some traditional Italian specialties that you may feel expected to serve, and if you're having a dinner party, then we think that cotechino
November 27, 2008

The great Florentine ragu-off

Seems unusual, but the act of preparing a simple pot of ragu can mean stepping onto a culinary minefield, where any number of potential wrong moves await the terrified, hapless cook. I’ve only found this out upon moving to Italy. You see, spaghetti Bolognese is frequently voted as one of popular dishes in the UK, […]
October 30, 2008

Tuscany’s autumn bounty

Autumn is my favourite time of year. The climate is just right, everything looks really lovely-the leaves on the trees, the morning mist, even the quality of the light is something special-and it’s time to start thinking about food that will warm you up as well as fill you up.   Fortunately, a lot of […]
October 2, 2008

Breakfast of champions

If, as we're told, a small grappa can turn an ordinary early-morning coffee and cake into the colazione dei campioni-the breakfast of champions, what's the breakfast of losers? A cold slice of pizza, maybe with a cigarette butt on it. Anyway, we've tried them both,
September 18, 2008

Supermarket smarts

Ah, September in Tuscany. Rich colours, lengthening evenings, warmth enough to watch the sunset in short sleeves. Supermarkets overrun with the new influx of international students, working out whether the unidentifiable fish in a jar is for human or feline consumption and struggling to vocalize the Italian word for ‘
July 24, 2008

Sea food, eat it

What is it about warm weather that makes us crave fish and seafood? Perhaps it's the association of the flavours with seaside towns, ocean terraces and beach bars; maybe it's the ease with which it can be cooked, limiting the time you need to spend toasting yourself by
July 10, 2008

Let’s take this outside

If there's one thing that gets up my nose at this time of the year, it's people droning on about the romance of heading into the great outdoors with a simple, rustic lunch. The journalist Christopher Hitchens once wrote that picnicking-along with lobster, champagne and something else