Just one word….Hummus

It has taken me a while to complete my series on Israeli food following my trip last summer but here I am with the centre piece of all Israeli tables…hummus! I’ve been in love with hummus for years and have bought every variety known to mankind from deli’s and supermarkets but nothing quite beats the … Continue reading

Asparagus Tart with semi-confit cherry tomatoes

I’ve fallen in love with these semi-confit cherry tomatoes which I used to decorate my asparagus tart. They look amazing, taste amazing and are so simple to prepare. I think they may become my official dish decorator for 2014 as they transform everything into an art piece!! And whilst I’m busy raving I should also … Continue reading

Salmon fishing in Brianza!

A few years ago my husband and his favourite travel buddy, a 6ft dutchman called Krijn, visited Yemen and came home more excited than I think I’ve ever seen him. The wonder of the buildings, the people, the culture…not to mention the many hundreds of photos (one of which went on to be published in … Continue reading

TFIF (Thank fully it’s Friday!) – Who’s the spring chicken?

My nanna and her eccentric sisters (my great aunts) famously favour turkey (lovely and moist Bridget!) over chicken (too dry!) and whilst I like it slow cooked or casseroled in winter eg. with a good red wine sauce or gravy, I too struggle with spring and summer dishes that don’t involve frying (think Italian cotoletta) … Continue reading

Recipe: Houmus with Love to Elisa!

Today’s recipe is dedicated to my new friend Elisa who has just given birth a month early to a healthy little boy. Elisa, as I recently discovered, is mad for Houmus having spent the last 10 years or so living in the UK indulging in her favourite snack. Now back in Como she’s struggling to … 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