Roasted Vegetables & Mini Tostadas

This one is for Antonio who rather cheekily texted me yesterday to ask, Do you ever eat at home???? He was clearly catching up on my latest posts. As it happened, at the time I was in Masaniello having lunch out with the family, so unfortunately I was closer to proving the validity of the […]

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Grilled Vegetables with Buffalo Mozzarella

It’s been a glorious June day with the temperature in the mid-20s and the sun shining from a clear blue sky. My beautiful pale yellow rose is in full bloom in the garden, its Old English perfume a heady, glorious fragrance. Pots are filled with bright red geraniums and what a treat it was to […]

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Freekeh Salad with Aubergine, Feta & Pomegranate

With Nicola & Rachael down from Worcestershire for the weekend to celebrate my birthday, we had a busy day planned for Saturday – which included High Tea at the famous Maids of Honour tea rooms in Kew. With uncertain timings and knowing we’d have more ‘tea’ than I usually do – in fact I don’t […]

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San Marzano Tomato Sauce for Pasta

It was while I was wandering around Waitrose today that I saw packs of San Marzano tomatoes. I’d no particular plans for supper and thus couldn’t resist buying these famous Italian tomatoes to make a pasta sauce. Although actually when I got home, I saw these came from Spain! To be honest, it is a […]

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Omelette with Creamy Spinach & Parmesan

Elizabeth David wrote in her book, An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, a collection of pieces she’d written about food and wine over 30 years for magazines and newspapers, that an ‘omelette demands the most straightforward approach … (and) a glass or two of wine as not, obviously, essential but at least as an […]

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Fried Polenta with Fresh Tomato, Garlic & Basil Sauce

It was a leftovers supper. I had a lot of polenta left over from the Fegato alla Veneziana I made a couple of evenings ago. At first I felt quite silly for having completely overestimated how much polenta I needed, but as it turned out it led me towards the simplest but most divinely tasty […]

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Grilled Vegetables with Burrata & Hazelnut Pesto

I guess you might say tonight’s supper was a last-ditch attempt to grab a bit of summer. Well the sun has actually been shining today and the temperature was even quite warm. But the real reason I made this dish was because I couldn’t resist buying some burrata I saw on the cold shelves in […]

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Hummus (again!) with Harissa & Pine Nut Topping

Hummus again! you’re probably thinking if you’re a regular follower of the blog. But yes – I do almost live on it! Or to be more correct, variations of ‘hummus’, made perhaps with butter beans or even roasted veg like beetroot or sweet potato. It’s not so long ago I posted a hummus recipe with Harissa […]

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Chicken Caesar Salad

I make no claims to authenticity for this recipe; it’s just a combination of some I found in books and online. But during the life of this blog, I’ve discovered that ‘authentic recipes’ are an elusive breed; there are always variations, sometimes hotly argued, but I would say that the essence of any classic recipe […]

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Sicilian Stuffed Vegetables

I had a really lovely time in France at the beginning of the week and very much enjoyed eating good French food again, but once home I slipped back into my default cook status in the kitchen and started cooking Italian food again: Polenta with Aubergine, Tomato & Pine Nuts, making a huge ragù yesterday – […]

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