The Magic of Mushrooms

We’ve had meagre pickings of wild mushrooms in recent years around here – thanks to last summer’s intense heat there was very little activity on the funghi front and I was afraid that this year would be a repeat performance. But recent tropical rains following on the heels of canicular heat have done the trick… Continue reading The Magic of Mushrooms

Gazpacho vs. Salmorejo

A dear friend and wonderful cook produced a gorgeous gazpacho for supper on one of these recent warm nights. She explained, slightly apologetically, that the famous iced tomato/cucumber/pepper soup hadn’t initially been destined for our delight, but she’d prepared it in advance for some house guests. At the last minute she discovered that one of… Continue reading Gazpacho vs. Salmorejo

La Fête des Vignerons – Switzerland’s Greatest Wine Party

The Fête des Vignerons, held approximately every twenty-five years in Vevey, is a festival of superlatives, providing a convincing riposte to those who claim that the Swiss don’t know how to party. And the next Fête? It opens tomorrow, 18th July, on the market square in Vevey and will continue with daily performances till 11th… Continue reading La Fête des Vignerons – Switzerland’s Greatest Wine Party

Picnic at Terra Remota

Call me a wine snob, but mostly my heart sinks when an estate lists “wine tourism” as part of their offer. I have visions of chugging around the vineyards in a toy train, headphones clapped tightly to my ears while I fiddle frantically with the audioguide in search of the right language and listen with… Continue reading Picnic at Terra Remota