Author Archive: James

How Balsamic Vinegar is Made

How Balsamic Vinegar is Made

We buy and use quite a lot of balsamic vinegar. We buy the standard vinegar you find on supermarket shelves and use it for salad dressings and for cooking. We’ve always liked the flavour it adds to food and Anna has been cutely calling it “binegar” since she was very small. So when we were on […]

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  27th August 2016   No comments
Ferrari feast at Museo Ferrari Maranello

Ferrari feast at Museo Ferrari Maranello

Maranello, near Modena in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, is the home of the iconic sports car maker Ferrari. We visited Maranello as part of our Italian tour and it was a must visit – well for two of us anyway! There are two Ferrari museums – the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari which is focused […]

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  3rd August 2016   No comments
Mirabilandia – Italy’s Largest Theme Park (Review)

Mirabilandia – Italy’s Largest Theme Park (Review)

Located in Stavio in Emilia-Romagna on the east coast of Italy, people come from as far afield as Venice to visit Mirabilandia. However, we only had to travel 20 minutes (20km) from our Halldis apartment in Marina di Ravenna. At 30 hectares, with an additional 10 hectare ‘Mirabeach’ water park, Mirabilandia is Italy’s largest theme park. We were […]

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  20th July 2016   No comments
Cooking with my family – In Conversation

Cooking with my family – In Conversation

The two youngest Saucepan Kids wanted to video themselves talking about lots of different topics that they thought were important about food and cooking which might be of interest to other children. So, we decided to start a series – In Conversation with Saucepan Kids. In this first video they talk about why they like […]

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  1st June 2015   No comments
Pasta Masterclass at Jamie’s Italian

Pasta Masterclass at Jamie’s Italian

We were incredibly lucky to be invited by Jamie Oliver’s Irish business partner to visit their restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, in Dundrum, to have a pasta masterclass with their chefs. Even though Jamie obviously wasn’t going to be there, it was an amazing privilege because he was a major inspiration for us to start this blog after watching his TED talk […]

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  23rd November 2014   No comments
What has gone wrong with our daily bread?

What has gone wrong with our daily bread?

  I’ve known for a long time that the majority of the packaged sliced bread that you buy from the supermarket, especially the white variety, is not good for you but it took an episode of River Cottage to ignite my passion for real bread. In the episode, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall explained exactly what goes […]

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  8th October 2014   1 comment
How to make your own butter

How to make your own butter

Have you ever wanted to make your own butter? Well it’s surprisingly easy, save for a little exertion – which of course the kids will be doing anyway! This idea came from our twin’s school teacher and they are fascinated by the process and always asking us if they can do it. If you don’t […]

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  27th October 2013   No comments