world according to sam

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain

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Limoncello 🍋 Recipe

When life gives you lemons …. Grab some vodka and make Limoncello! I love giving gifts of food I have made to friends and family at Christmas time and each year promise myself that I will make some Sloe Gin, but of course Sloe Gin needs to steep for about 12 weeks which means by the […]

Lemon 🍋 Sorbet – Sorbetti di Limone

I would love an ice cream maker but loathe kitchen worktops cluttered with electrical gadgetry so aside from my trusty Magimix (my mother had one of the first models that cost a then princely sum and lasted over 25 years and aside from replacing the plastic bowl still worked until it was discarded in a […]

FortyTen in Florence Part II

  The Gastro Files Where to begin. Italian food has always been my favourite. As children we lived next door to an Italian family for a few years and certain smells and flavours are evocative of that time. The smell of a tomato sauce with an onion, garlic and celery sofritto base bubbling away on […]