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Supperclub cooking at William’s

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Last weekend we were invited to cook for William Sitwell’s monthly supperclub at Weston Hall. We chose to cook from two of our books, Rome: centuries in a Roman Kitchen and Tuscany: Simple Meals and Fabulous Feasts both published by Hardie Grant. It gave us a chance to cook some of our favourite recipes such as the Roman porchetta, a …

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Rustling up dinner from the allotment, garden and bottom of the fridge

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This weekend our family bundled into our car and drove down to Devon to see my sister Carly and show our Italian guest Pia what the south of England was all about.
As we arrived Carly whisked us off to pretty Instow, a village overlooking a vast estuary, where Pia was introduced to huge, warm, flaky pasties filled with meat …

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Fresh and Fast Tomato Sauce

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Nine-minute Italian tomato sauce
After years of not daring to alter Italian recipes from whichever mamma gave them to me, I have finally relented and developed this uber quick way to make a tomato sauce. In a classic Italian version the onions are slowly sautéed in olive oil first before adding the tomatoes. The sauce is then gently simmered for …

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Samphire with eggs and butter

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Sipping an early cup of coffee in bed, I admired the view from my bedroom window of flat marshland, grazing cows and the sea beyond. I was staying with a friend in Norfolk for the weekend, just outside the flinty village of Cley. I was intrigued by a rather incongruous and lonely little blue hut that stood opposite the …

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Gluten Free and Gorgeous

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We recently posted a picture of Torta Caprese on our FaceBook page as it’s Giancarlo’s favourite dessert and one he can enjoy as it’s gluten free. Many people have asked for the recipe so here’s the one we use at home:-
Torta Caprese
Chocolate and almond cake from Capri
Little nuggets of almonds pack out this dense cake full …

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Pasta with Roman Raw Sauce

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This rainbow in a bowl is Rome’s celebration of summer. Bright red cherry tomatoes are tossed with capers, olives, basil, mozzarella, chilli and garlic, and finished with ricotta. I like the raw sauce served with hot spaghetti but it is often served cold stirred into cooled penne for a gorgeous salad.
 
Serves 4 as a main and 6 as …

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A Nutty Cocoa Ravioli Recipe

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Ravioli al cacao ripieni di gorgonzola e noci
Cocoa ravioli stuffed with gorgonzola and walnuts
 
The cocoa gives the pasta a gorgeous nuttiness in flavour and a rich chocolate colour that contrasts brilliantly with the melting gorgonzola and crunchy walnuts inside. Try to find creamy gorgonzola dolce, which has a sweet, mellow flavour instead of the harsher crumbly gorgonzola piccante. …

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The ‘best’ Ragu you’ll ever taste.

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If you want to start an argument with a bunch of Italians then there’s no better way than to ask them the secrets of the perfect ragu. Each will have plenty to say on the subject and swear blind that their nonna’s is the best. From stirring the ragu clockwise with a wooden (not metal) spoon to hand chopping the …

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A cheat’s way to make quick Tuscan roast pork…

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” That’s bloody marvellous, that roast pork” was the cry from from the Greek bishops who visited Florence in Tuscany in 1430. In fact what they said was “Aristos” in ancient Greek meaning “best or excellent” when presented with the famous Tuscan roast pork at a banquet held to unite  the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. And somehow the name …

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Seasonal Cookery – Artichokes Roman Style

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Artichokes are in season and one of my Instagram followers was asking recently what to do with his crop when harvest time arrives. You’ll all be familiar with the jars of artichoke hearts preserved in oil available in the Italian aisle at supermarkets and they’re pretty easy to make at home. If you’re interested in having a go see our …

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