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

My love affair with Feta continues – Stuffed chicken with feta, tomatoes, olives and thyme

Having been pregnant for a large part of this year I spent a lot of time having to think about which foods I could safely eat and Feta has been my pasturised go-to cheese of the year. I love it’s taste and texture and it works well in so many recipes that I have used … Continue reading

“Birthday Bread” with fresh oregano e black olives for an impromptu lunch date with friends

Despite rising temperatures here in Italy I braved the heat and my oven to make bread and focaccia for a Sunday lunch amongst friends, one of which is self-confessed bread lover Lisa, whose birthday it just so happens to be today so “Happy Birthday” and another of which, Krijn, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday … Continue reading

Sun, Showers and an abundance of Salad!

The weather is a common theme in my daily routine. On waking my neighbours regale me with the latest focrecast including sniff tests (apparantly they can smell water in the air!) as well as wind analysis, cloud cover and the like. My success in the garden is largely due to this ecclectic group of pensioners … Continue reading

To my friend, the king of the tarts!

A friend of ours is renowned for turning up to every party, luncheon, bbq (you name it!) with the same wafer thin quiche-come-tart of ham and egg. Not once in 5 years have I seen a deviation from this recipe and whilst it’s always well received just once I’d love to fall off my chair … 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