Insalata Caprese

This one is for Antonio who apparently had ‘one of the worst Caprese ever’ in New York a couple of nights ago. How can you mess it up? he asked. In their book¬†Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo speak of it being ‘one of the most famous of Italian dishes’ but warn that […]

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Frittata with Potatoes, Courgettes & Parmesan

I like eggs but for some reason rarely think to cook them. I’m not a cooked breakfast person. I’ve upset Cornish bed & breakfast people by refusing their ‘famous’ English breakfasts. I just can’t do it. I’m a muesli or granola, plain yogurt and fresh fruit person in the morning after a mug of warm […]

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Tagliata di Manzo

This Italian recipe is one of my favourite ways of cooking and eating steak – I even chose it for my birthday family dinner earlier this year when my son expertly barbecued the steak to a brilliant state of medium-rare. It’s so simple and you can serve some easy antipasti first (as I mentioned in […]

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Bringing a Little of Spain Home: Simple Spanish Lunch

With this wonderful Indian summer and temperatures soaring into the late twenties, it’s quite easy to capture a little of Spain in the garden at the moment. I brought home some wonderful Serrano ham that I bought in the market in Valencia last week (see Day Trip to Valencia), nicely vacuum-packed by the stallholder for […]

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