Category Archives: Europe

Cannoli, Turin, Italy

turino cannoli

torino cannoli 2

These photos are from a Slow Food Conference in Turin, Italy October 2010

At the time I did not have a blog

I’ve travelled over the years and will put old food photos up from time to time

These were beautiful, you can see the workmanship better if you click on the photo


Morning Melon Memories of Switzerland

Morning Melon

I had a friend; a tall, lanky, marathon running German electrical engineer.

His girlfriend was studying in Zürich; I went to visit.

Claus and I took day trips by rail with our red Swiss flexi passes.

Up and down to glaciers and valleys.

More than mountains, I was keen for the dining car.

Claus had warned me it would not be worth it.

Immediately we heard Eastern European arguing, shouts from the Chef and the waitress.

It began to look like there would be no lunch.

We sat at a close quartered table and stared up through the glass ceiling, cool air and tall trees to clear Swiss sky.

A miracle of melon with perfect prosciutto in the hand of a smiling woman appeared.

Claus was shocked and suddenly hungry.

Breaking baguette, we dabbed butter on every other bite.

There was another course, perhaps veal.

But it is overshadowed in memory by such a perfect prosciutto wrapped melon.

Forno Campo de’ Fiori Roma

Forno Campo de Fiori

Forno Campo de Fiori 2

Forno breads and pastries

Breads and Pastries

Forno pizza


Forno folded pizza

Folded Pizza

Eating Pizza at Eataly in Torino

Prosciutto and Zuccini Pizza

Margarita Pizza Torino

Eating Pizza at Eataly in Torino

Eataly Eggplant Pizza Torino, Italy

Eataly Torino Eggplant Pizza

Down and Out in Paris and London, Kitchen Confidential, Behind The Kitchen Door

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Orwell’s Down and Out in London and Paris is a culinary must read.

It is Orwell’s own story of poverty, hunger and struggle while working in hotels and restaurants, floating from job to job.

The novel is a precursor to Bourdain‘s Kitchen Confidential and chronicles aspects of the hospitality sector which remain today.

Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman, is also somewhat intertextually related to Down and Out. Behind The Kitchen Door is a scholarly work, printed by Cornell University Press. It champions a living wage for all hospitality workers, a safe, equal and respectful working environment, and the importance of health insurance, sick days and hygiene.


Rabbits and Squirrels

Rabbits and squirrels are plentiful in Louisiana, but we don’t eat them much, anymore.

In the 2oth century people have eaten wild animals and plants as part of their diet in rural America.

Western European Upper Paleolithic humans derived more than 80% of their diet from rabbit.



Next week I will live on $1.50 a day in support of LiveBelowTheLine.

A tough task, but thankfully not a necessity for me.

There are lots of rabbits and even more squirrels in my mother’s yard in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Anything I can do with a chicken, I can do with a rabbit.

Fried Rabbit, Rabbit Blanquette,  Rabbit Fricassee,  Roasted Rabbit, Rabbit Salad, Rabbit and Dumplings

The squirrel I prefer to combine with the rabbit and make a classic Brunswick Stew with potato, corn, butter beans, tomato, celery, onion, white, red, and black peppers.

I’ve heard Robin is tasty too; they are in my mom’s neighborhood as well.

Hong Kong, Dubai and US! Live #BelowTheLine challenge – $1.50 a day for food and drink for 5 days

Live #BelowTheLine challenge – $1.50 a day for food and drink for 5 days

Live #BelowTheLine challenge – $1.50 a day for food and drink for 5 days

Please sponsor me at

Tulane University on the Leaderboard for LiveBelowtheLine!

Massive thanks to Jo Ann Davis, Juanita Bonita, Alison Ross, Anne Wallis and all the anonymous donors – mom –

for donating to my Live Below the Line fundraising campaign!

Can you also chip in $100 USD? Every donation goes towards helping end extreme poverty.

Thanks for all the support! I will be a bit hungry next week.

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