Italy is where I cook and most enjoy cooking. It’s where my adopted home is and where I started writing my culinary blog from our apartment in Rome, next to Piazza del Popolo, the entry to the historical part of the Eternal City.
I arrived with the Dégustateur to Rome almost six years ago and it has been an extraordinary journey ever since. In summer 2020 we moved to Venice for a year, initially something of an idea that turned into a magical reality.
A very unpredicted chain of events has caused Florence to become our new home. We don’t know yet how long we will live here for, but we are happy to have taken that decision and looking forward to embracing what the city of The Renaissance and the region of Tuscany has to offer.
I share my time between Italy and Poland but it is Rome followed by Venice, and now Florence where I have been able to dedicate a lot of my time to this wonderful culinary journey. Here is where my blog was born with the aim to share my passion.
I am lucky enough to be able to travel extensively increasing my gastronomic knowledge, exploring the historical origins of food and its regionality.
On a daily basis I am inspired by the amazing choice and variety of the seasonal produce found in the local markets. At the same time I adore incorporating new ideas, methods and flavour combinations that I’ve had an opportunity to taste whilst travelling.
I am not a trained chef, I am a cook who loves to learn, discover, recreate the local and regional cuisine of Italy in our humble kitchen and reads cook books before falling asleep.
I am a great believer in the philosophy: “Life is too short to ever have a bad meal”. The quality of ingredients is of crucial importance to me and they should be treated with respect.
In Italian: Hai mangiato? means: Have you eaten? It is the question that I love to ask my friends and relatives.
It is wonderful to cook for other people. By gathering at the same table and sharing the same food, it gives you an opportunity or even an excuse to spend time together, pause, share stories and the moment….