Burrata, Aubergine & Roasted Tomatoes

I know I must seem a bit slow in jumping onto the burrata bandwagon. It’s been the foodies’ darling for a few years; has sat, pride of place, on many an Italian restaurant’s menu, but the fact is … it’s still hard to source. Well a good one. And in Twickenham. Despite our ‘Little Italy‘. […]

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New Year’s Eve Meal Italian Style: Lentils & Sausages

When my half-Italian/Roman friend Robert said a few years ago that he had to be in Rome for New Year’s Eve to eat lentils and sausages, I have to confess I wasn’t terribly impressed. Lentils and sausages! I’d always celebrated the arrival of a new year with more sophisticated fare. But my knowledge and love […]

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Kohlrabi, Watercress & Yogurt Salad

The first time I encountered a kohlrabi was a few years ago when I used to regularly have a vegetable box delivered by Riverford Organic Farm. I’d seen them before but had never actually bought one so I was a bit flummoxed by what to do with it. I was pleased to discover a recipe […]

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Buckwheat Pancakes with Mushrooms, Creme Fraiche & Parsley

I’ve been thinking of making these for almost three months, since those lovely warm summer days I spent in Normandy with my family in August at Manoir de Laize and sampled Normandy galettes – made with buckwheat flour – on my first day, in Falaise. I like pancakes but rarely think to make them. Shrove Tuesday […]

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‘Drowned’ Cauliflower – Adding the ‘wow’ factor to cauliflower

I’ve been so enjoying the wonderful BBC2 series, Sicily Unpacked, with Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli that it’s got me thinking Sicilian cooking.  This was a recipe I used to cook a lot from Antonio Carluccio’s Vegetables, a really lovely book that – as the title suggests – is all about Italian ways of cooking […]

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