We spent two wonderful weeks on Sardinia, relaxing, reading, swimming and of course enjoying the culinary delights this Mediterranean beauty has to offer. We decided to concentrate on the Northern part of the island, discovering the provinces Olbia-Tempio, Sassari and Oristano.
Did you know that most of Italy’s Pecorino cheese is coming from Sardinia? Pecorino is a hard cheese made from sheep milk. It comes in various styles depending on the degree of maturity. We also had pecorino fresco, which is a soft, creamy pecorino, tasting absolutely divine – especially in combination with the local honey.
Of course we brought a big one home (picture below).
The first week we stayed a couple of nights at a great “agriturismo” called Li Pireddi on the countryside in the Gallura region. I wanted to stay at a calm place to relax and to taste the authentic local cuisine. The property is owned by Gabriele and his family, who also grow their own wine. We were lucky to enjoy fabulous food each night accompanied by their wine. I really recommend this place.
In my family we have a tradition of celebrating Christmas the unusual way: instead of staying home under the tree we travel to far away places. So I was very happy to spend my Christmas holidays in Myanmar (or Burma), a truly beautiful country.
On this very inspiring trip, I had the chance to discover the unique flavours of the country’s kitchen and I would like to share my impressions with you.
You could say that the Myanmar cuisine is to some extent influenced by the famous cuisines of China, India and Thailand. It uses lots of garlic, ginger, chillies, tamarind and turmeric. A meal usually consits of a meat, fish or vegetable curry served with rice, stir fried or raw vegetables and a soup.
Sicily is beautiful. We spend two great weeks, driving around the island, relaxing and having good food and wine. I really enjoyed the city of Marsala, the baroque villages in the Southeast and the “dolce vita” on the Aeolian Islands. Sicily has many facets and I wish we would have had more time to discover them.
We are spending a great weekend in Belgium. I think Ghent is a very beautiful city: small, cosy, full of young people and a lot of interesting cafés, bars and restaurants. I like it very much.
There is this very good restaurant in Ghent that I have been reading about and I really wanted to go there: The Pakhuis. The restaurant is big, bright and open as it used to be a warehouse. The atmosphere is really unique.