Category Archives: La Dolce Vita

  1. To Grow, To Make and To Cook.

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    July 17, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Butter, Ricotta and Kefir – I made all three of these at some point in Paris. They’re relatively labour-intensive and ordering unpasteurised milk from my local cheesemonger (it had to be ordered in specially for me) got me the reputation of being “the weird English girl.” However, the butter here in Italy is really dire (I was so spoilt in France!) that desperation may well drive me to risk my reputation again and ask my cheesemonger to put aside some milk for me…  

  2. Fortune Favours The Bold

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    June 22, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Setting up life in a new country is never simple. That said, it’s been almost exactly one year since I …
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  3. Some Like It Hot

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    June 17, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    It’s been really boiling hot this week and often without as much as the slightest breeze. Temperatures will easily soar …
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  4. Renovating A House In Italy Is Nothing Like “Under The Tuscan Sun”

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    June 1, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Picture an old house, on a hill, in the lush Italian countryside, completely surrounded by vineyards. Sounds idyllic, right? Especially …
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  5. To Survive In Italy, You Must Be Resourceful

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    May 26, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    Living – and surviving – in Italy means being resourceful. You think something’s going to be ok because previous experience …
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  6. Summer’s Here With A Strawberry Genoise Cake

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    May 25, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    I find the concept of food blogging quite awkward. A casual food blogger is not a professional chef, nor is …
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  7. On Shaky Foundations?


    May 15, 2017 by Emma Bentley

    You may remember from my post ten days ago (Building A Life) that building works have started recently on the …
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My Other Blog: Got Legs

Jura – still so much to be discovered

Jura – still so much to be discovered

I was in the Jura region last month on a quick getaway with my boyfriend and the dog. It was not my first time in the region, but it was my first stay long enough to develop a decent understanding of the land, its people and their wine. The Jura is in a small pocket […]