Did someone say Spag Bol?!

“Spag Bol” my husband scoffs at me as I serve up a steaming bowl of spaghetti topped with a meat ragout. It’s up there with cappuccinos after lunchtime, pizza with pineapple, or worse still sweet corn, in his handbook of “when foreigners mess with Italian food”! If you think I’m exaggerating then let me stress … Continue reading

Aromatic Pork & Pumpkin Casserole

It’s raining, it’s pouring, my casserole pot is bubbling… I’ve said it many a time but I love winter and I love wintery food. Casseroles, Hotpots and Pies all appeal to my anarchic style of free-styling in the kitchen. No real recipe or exact quantities required just a sense of what flavours work well together. … Continue reading

Simply Bollito!

Italians go crazy for bollito! At least our Italian friends do which in my eyes means that all Italians must love it! So what’s it all about? Simply put….boiled meat. The name itself gives little indication of the relative deliciousness that awaits you. Bollito literally means boiled. No frills, no further explanation given. The first … Continue reading

Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli…a simple soup fit for a sleepwalker!

When I first arrived in Italy and saw Pasta e Fagioli on the menu I remember thinking to myself what a weird combination; pasta and beans together. It was some while before I actually tried Pasta e Fagioli and discovered the magic of this wonderfully simple soup with yes, pasta and beans together as well … Continue reading

Recipe: Spring fever has me running back to a winter warmer ragu.

Just as we were celebrating the arrival of spring, down came the rains and on popped the heating as temperatures plummeted once more. As I write I am huddled in my beloved mexican blanket, a lurid pink, yellow and green affair that has kept me snug for over 20 years and adorned many a friend … Continue reading