White callas, roses, poppies and bouganvilleas are all characteristic of the summery Italian countryside. Make your flower arrangements small enough to fit in a carved water glass or a small pitcher, the décor should never interrupt the view of the guests. A sophisticated and cost-effective alternative is combining flowers with aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Herbs don’t just smell and look graceful; they are also natural mosquito repellents.
Rather than just being faux-meat, Mamu is different. It's a mushroom-based meat alternative that's getting its launch in restaurants so that chefs can test its versatility. Flora Tsapovsky investigates.