Last month I tried the latest creation by the Rocca dei Conti Brewery, a carob beer that they called Qirat.
The name comes from the Arabic word for carat "قيراط", which today indicates the unit of mass used for measuring gemstones and pearls. This term refers to carob seeds and is, in turn, derived from the Greek word kerátiοn (κεράτιον), referring to an ancient practice of weighing gold and gemstones against the seeds contained in a carob pod.
Yesterday, we hosted a team from Tetrapak for a team-building culinary competition. It was a great pleasure to organise the event for a world's leading company which is so committed to create and produce environmental friendly packaging solutions. Those who know me personally, know how much I complain and protest against pointless packaging that cannot be recycled, so I really appreciate their efforts, work and success.
Back from New Years celebrations in Cyprus with my in-laws, I could not miss the chance to buy spices at Limassol old market for some friends and for my own kitchen, in particular.
Right in the centre of the Eastern Mediterranean sea, the island of Cyprus where my husband is from, is in a key strategic position which caused the country centuries of political unrest and foreign invasions, but also turned its cuisine into a true celebration of Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern delights.
At the beginning of November, Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go and the Golden Days in Italy blog, contacted me asking if I liked the idea of writing an itinerary for one day, or better one Golden day in Modica, for her blog.