Pasta with Cauliflower, Saffron, Chilli, Pine Nuts & Raisins

This is an adaptation of a Rick Stein recipe in his Long Weekends book. I’m particularly attached to this book (and the accompanying DVD of the TV series) at the moment, not only for its great and reliable recipes, but its subject: Long Weekends. Pre-Lockdown I’d become well practised at making the most of a […]

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A Simple Italian Meal

I was delighted to have my friends Di and Tam come round for supper on Friday evening. The first time I’d cooked for them. Di is a friend made via the blog (she writes a blog too, click here). The blog has brought me many friends as well as some wonderful experiences and being invited […]

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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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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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Pollo alla Cacciatora – Hunter’s Style Chicken

Once a friend sought some advice and when I’d given my thoughts she said she was so pleased she’d asked me as she knew I’d think the same way as her, and you should always seek advice from someone who will tell you what you want to hear. I was reminded of this exchange as […]

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