Category Archives: italian

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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Angel hair pasta with marinated tomatoes and stracchino

Here’s another super easy but super flavourful pasta dinner, with next to no cooking. Perfect for a summer evening and using the bounty of the season’s tomatoes. Stracchino is quite probably my favourite young, soft cheese – it’s pretty much … Continue reading

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Tuscan-style roasted summer vegetables

Here’s a wonderful way to showcase the season’s very best vegetables, which I learned in a cooking class in Tuscany a few years ago. The vegetables are topped with an incredibly flavourful pangrattato – literally translated, it means “breadcrumbs”, but … Continue reading

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