Sweet Chicken & Butternut squash curry

I’ve often written about my love of curry on this blog and whilst I generally opt for a mouth-tingling hot variety I’ve recently had to scale down the fire for the love of my family! Cooking for a toddler and a curry-hating husband I’ve had to get creative with flavours and spice to find a … Continue reading

Coronation Chicken with Fennel

Coronation Chicken is one of those seemingly  old-fashioned dishes that continually gets revived and goes from strength to strength. I remember reading around the times of the Queen’s Jubilee and Will & Kate’s royal wedding that street parties up and down the country were rolling out their versions of coronation chicken in celebration and in actual fact … Continue reading

Braised Octopus and potato salad

The mediterranean diet has long been a fan of octopus but whilst squid and calamari have become a popular in the uk we are still reluctant to embrace the larger octopus for some reason. Maybe its the tentacles?! Since living in Italy I have become a huge fan of octopus as it is generally meatier … Continue reading

Turkey curry…not just for Christmas!

Or should that read “not just for the Christmas leftovers”! Turkey is one of those funny meats that aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t get much airtime. It can often be dry if not cooked to perfection and some claim it has a stronger “gamier” flavour versus chicken. That said, it’s a surprisingly lean meat, … Continue reading

Left over Beef Bollito and potato curried soup

Quick and easy and perfect for a quick lunch. One of the best left overs of cooking Bollito (see my post on 31st oct) is that you are left with a rich stock and, if you’re lucky, some left over beef to create this tasty soup. ingredients 1 litre meat stock, left over beef (shredded), … Continue reading

Spicy Prawn and lentil curry

So this year on hols I finally got my husband, the self proclaimed fish hater, eating seafood. To be fair, we were in Cape Town and the prawns, crayfish, lobster, squid, local fish were all amazing, aided too by the beautiful surroundings, but I couldn’t help but try my luck now that we’re back home. … Continue reading

Tomato, Mascarpone and Zucchini flan with aromatic herb salad

We eat more zucchini per capita in our household than any other vegetable as it is virtually the national vegetable of Italy and also one of the easiest “green” things that my husband will eat! Interestingly it is botanically regarded as a fruit, despite most frequently being referred to and cooked as a vegetable. So next time you … Continue reading

Summer seafood salad, crudo and melone and stracciatella with tomatoes

So summer has finally arrived here in the north of Italy and for the last week we’ve enjoyed temperatures in the mid 30’s leading to much excited al fresco dining in the Sambolino household. We’ve managed breakfast, lunch and dinner outdoors most days and when the humidity has become too much we’ve had the luxury of … Continue reading

Happy memories meandering up the Mekong in search of noodle soup

This ever-changing weather is causing chaos with my taste buds and I find myself flitting from salad on hot days to jacket spuds on cold days to soup on humid days and in particular noodle soup, a favourite of mine from my sweaty travels in South-East Asia. Now I know that in the UK you’ve … Continue reading

An Asian bean salad for German friends and a few hesitant Italians!

A constant source of amusement for me here in Italy is just how reticent some Italian friends can be at trying food from other cultures or, god forbid, foreign ingredients. I don’t think I’ve ever met a population so blissfully content with their own cuisine, sublime though it is, and as a result so reluctant … Continue reading