My Favourite Places – Giuliana Cortese
19th Sep 2013
Giuliana Cortese is an award-winning food producer and cook from Italy, now living in Cuddington, Bucks. Many of her Cici Coco range of Italian products are stocked in Selfridges, and she has won prestigious Good Taste Awards for the last three years running. On 1 October she launches the first in a series of informal Italian cookery classes in the local area.
This is a magical place. Vegetables and beautiful flowers grow in beautiful green houses that are bursting with nature at its best. Lovely for the children too, they can wonder and look at their favourite flower and play hide and seek in the bushes. The farm shop and café is also very interesting: Fruit and vegetables from the gardens, cheeses from local producer, good bread – everything you need for a good meal. The café is also very good. Interesting food cooked with love and with the best of the garden produce, and homemade cakes to die for!
I love walking from Cuddington to Nether Winchendon. It is the easiest walk from my house and the children love it. It never ceases to surprise me. You can really see the change of the seasons in the trees, the land and the gardens. My favourite time of the year for this walk is mid June. The Fete in Nether Winchendon House is just the perfect summer event and for an Italian like me it is the quintessentially English event. The ladies wear long summer dresses and hats, the children run around playing, Punch and Judy, the band, the tea and cakes….and the beautiful settings of Nether Winchendon House really make this a special occasion….perfect spot for a picnic.
I go to Sandy Lane every Thursday for their special market and I love it. You can really see what is in season. The vegetables are freshly picket and beautiful. I love the atmosphere in the barn and the warm welcome form the Bennett family. They are a lovely bunch of people. Sandy Lane Market will also open on Sunday for two weeks to celebrate the harvest. They also do open for ‘Open Farm Sunday’ and they really make it a special event with tractor rides, arts and craft for the children and delicious food.
I used to go to Milan a lot for my work…fashion is always been a passion of mine. 10 Corso Como is a very inspirational place. It is fashion, art, food and architecture all in one amazing space. It is really lovely place to go after work or after a long day walking around Milano. Good for an aperitivo and to have a browse around the amazing fashion, books, jewellery and much more…and still good for a lovely dinner.
Trieste is a city that I’ve always loved. It is a city on the sea with beautiful architectural style and a tormented history. Trieste is different from the rest of Italy. There is a special atmosphere here and a culture that makes this place unique. It is a frontier city. Different cultures have met here for centuries and create culture of the ‘Triestini’, the locals, always ready to have a good life, enjoy everything there is.
I’ve been recently and walked up little streets full of interesting antique shops and cafés to the top of San Giusto castle to look at the breathtaking views. On the way back we stopped in a little square dominated by a roman arch were people meet for an aperitivo and to enjoy the sunset. The city comes to life at night and after eight o’clock the streets, bars and café are bursting with life until very late. Magic!
I had a great time in Norfolk with my family and we had the best day in Blakeney. We spent all day seal watching and crab fishing and ice cream eating. This for me is England at its best! Love it!