Category Archives: italian

Cherry tomatoes roasted with pangrattato

Pangrattato is Italian for breadcrumbs, but this is so much more than that! Loaded with flavour, it elevates the humble tomato to dizzy heights! These tomatoes are exceptionally good served with pasta, polenta or bruschetta. Serves 4 Preparation: 10 minutes … Continue reading

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Mini panettoni with dark chocolate

Festive baking time! Rich, yeasted sweet bread studded with dark chocolate, in a handy little size for parties and lunchboxes. Makes 24 muffin-sized panettone Active time about 2 hours Resting time 5 – 6 hours Baking time about 40 minutes … Continue reading

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Saffron risotto

Dried chive flowers add a delicious savoury note to this delicate vegetarian saffron risotto. There are three basic ways of cooking risotto – the traditional stand-and-stir method, the bung-it-in-the-oven method and the leave-it-to-its-own-devices-on-the-stovetop method. The latter is my preferred method, … Continue reading

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Sourdough garlic parmesan pinwheels

Buttery, garlicky, cheesy sourdough pinwheels are my kind of comfort food! They are the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of homemade tomato soup, a plate of creamy pasta or a dish of tasty Mediterranean vegetable stew. Makes 16 Dough: 15 … Continue reading

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Eggplant (aubergine) risotto

The flavour of this risotto is both earthy and bright, and the textural combination of the fried eggplant with the creamy risotto is just wonderful. Definitely one for aubergine fans! This one was adapted from Ottolenghi’s recipe in the beautiful … Continue reading

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Risotto with white wine & thyme braised onions

I know there are folks out there who think of risotto as “dinner porridge” or “wet rice”… I don’t claim to understand them, but I’m related to enough of them to be aware of their existence  😉  But round our … Continue reading

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Semolina with three cheeses

With a few ingredients and a good supply of elbow grease, this impressive appetiser or light meal comes together easily. If you’re anything like me, you are perpetually in search of fresh ideas for entertaining. When we have dinner guests, … Continue reading

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