Making an Easter tradition: ciambella mandorlata

About 20 years ago I wanted to learn how to make bread so I bought a book, Eric Treuille and Ursula Ferrigno's Bread. One of its recipes is for an Italian Easter bread, ciambella mandorlata, originating in Bologna. It's a brioche-type bread – the dough enriched with lemon zest, eggs and unsalted butter – topped … Continue reading Making an Easter tradition: ciambella mandorlata

Great Witcombe Roman villa, Gloucestershire

Nestled at the foot of the Cotswold hills in Gloucestershire, just as they begin to rise up and woods cover the landscape, lies the Roman villa at Great Witcombe, built in the second century AD with additions continuing on-and-off until the fourth. I'd walked up from the village, following the footpath along the field edges, … Continue reading Great Witcombe Roman villa, Gloucestershire