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    Rose hips  are the fruit of the Dog Rose (Rosa Canina), commonly found in hedgerows. They are a vitamin booster, full of vitamin C, also vitamins A, K and B vitamines (thiamin, niacin + riboflavin). Gather when red, ripe and soft.   Rose hips are ideal to treat colds and sore throats, or to strengthen […]

Herbal Medicine

  Herbal medicine — also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine — refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research […]

The Italian course’s tutor, Judith, has spent some time in Italy and was amazed by Italian public transport. This blog was originally written during her studies in Bologna.    ****************************************** “I’ve heard of a book called Bologna Blues and that’s exactly what I felt every time I was on Bolognese public transport. It started right away when […]

Traditional Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Ingredients for 8-10 servings: 4 egg yolks 150g caster sugar 250 g Mascarpone cheese 300 ml double cream 30 Savoiardi biscuits (or Lady Fingers) 2 tablespoons dry Marsala 2 tablespoons Tia Maria (optional) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 300-450 ml strong espresso coffee (at room temperature) 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 50 g dark chocolate shavings Procedure Put the egg yolks […]