Friday, 11 June 2010

ROME - Golden Gala 2010

This year’s Golden Gala, held on June 10th, marked the 30th anniversary of the major athletics event.

Asafa Powell won the 100 meters for Jamaica with a time of 9.82 seconds. Two Frenchmen, Christophe Lemaitre and Martial Mbandjock, took second and third place in a photo finish in 10.09 seconds.

Jeremy Wariner claimed victory in the 400 metres. The American finished in 44.73 seconds. Angelo Taylor (USA) finished second in 44.74 seconds and Christopher Brown (BAH) placed third with 45.05 seconds.

In the women’s 800 metre race, 21 year old Halima Hachlaf (MAR) placed first with a world leading time of 1:58.40. Second place went to Janeth Jepkosgel for her time of 1:58:85. Jenny Meadows (GBR) finished in third position with 1:58:89.

Results and statistics for all track and field events at this year's Golden Gala can be found on the Golden Gala official web page at

Tickets to this year's Golden Gala, held at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, ranged from 5 to 25 Euros. To buy tickets for 2011, log onto the official website in May and book your tickets directly through the website.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

One of my favourite things about Italy is the food. Without fresh Italian ingredients, it is next to impossible to re-create the same rich Italian flavours but here is a simple, colourful dish that you can pull off just about anywhere.

Sun-dried tomato pesto

- 1.5 cups sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Blend the sun-dried tomatoes (including oil), garlic, salt and pepper, and basil in a food processor until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Add the pesto to cooked pasta and mix until the pasta is gently coated.

You can make this up to a week ahead of time and keep in refrigerated in an air-tight container until you are ready to serve it. Enjoy!