Five things to do when you visit Italy

I love everything about Italy, the people, their culture, their style and vanity, their art and music, and of course Italian food.

I’ve been asked to suggest 5 things to do whilst visiting Italy. I’m not going to suggest any town or city as that’s a very personal choice, nor any particular piece of artwork not to be missed.

What I am going to suggest is what I’ve learned during my extended visits to Italy, and it all revolves around food!

Outdoor furniture cushions

May is one of my favourite months of the year, especially when the sun is shining and everything just looks so much better in the sunshine.

So its always a time when I start thinking about sprucing up the garden again and getting out the garden furniture. 

Baking for a rainy day

I’m quite happy to have an afternoon of rain here at Sant Elia, it gives me the opportunity to catch up with some baking, I have a family who love cakes!!

So this afternoon it was bread and a tray bake.

This tray bake came from all recipes, although I’ve modified it a little.

Granny's Welsh Cakes

There are so many Welsh cakes recipes, but I could never deviate from Granny's recipe, as they are loved by all the family just the way they are.

Welsh cakes are cooked on a bakestone, of which I have two. The very best, my brother made for me years ago, it’s cast iron, very heavy but makes the most delicious Welsh cakes. The other I bought at a local cook’s shop, it’s made of a much lighter metal and is well yet again was part of my check in allowance!

SIRT Granola recipe

As many of our followers know, I love the Sirtfood diet. I don't use it for weight loss, but you could do. I use this approach because of how the foods make me feel - healthy and full of energy.

I make up a batch of SIRT granola every couple of weeks, just by adding yogurt and some berries it makes a very quick and easy breakfast.


When I was young...oh my word, (now I sound like my mother!) Pomegranates were the start of Christmas. They came into Mrs May’s fruit and vegetable shop at the beginning of December and I would be so excited, conjuring up all kinds of stories in my mind as to where these exotic fruits came from. Because of their colour and looking unlike any other fruit I’d seen, they had to come from the ‘Far East’, countries of richness, spices and magic carpets.