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

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

Christmas Stuffed chicken breasts

Why carve a turkey when you can stuff a chicken? I admit, not a question that one is faced with very often but when it arises I vote for the chicken breast any day. It’s not that I don’t love a big turkey with all the trimmings but I am a self confessed loather of … Continue reading

Recipe: Auguri it’s Liberation Day in Italia – Let’s eat Pizza Spazzacamino!

Here in Italy we have a public holiday today to mark the anniversary of the 1945 fall of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic better known as Liberation Day. The day marks the date of independence from the nazi -fascist occupation in 1945 and celebrates the birth of the new Republic of Italy.  With the local comune … 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