Category Archives: italian

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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Orecchiette with broccoli

This is a super easy but super tasty pasta dinner, with amazing tastes and textures. I often find myself cycling through two or three of the same old tomato-based ways of serving pasta, mostly because of fussy eaters, but it … Continue reading

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Chocolate and vanilla swirl mini panettoni

I am completely enamoured with festive breads. So much Pandoro and Panettone get devoured round here every year that I can barely keep up supply. This year, I picked up a pack of gorgeous little pandoro basso molds and my … Continue reading

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Roasted tomato arancini – baked, not fried

These delicious rice balls are almost entirely prepared in the oven, leaving your hands free to do other things. Baking the arancini also significantly reduces the amount of oil, without compromising on flavour. They are a bit softer than fried … Continue reading

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Penne with spicy eggplant & tomato sauce

This spicy eggplant & tomato pasta sauce is mouthwateringly good! Although they are a wee bit spendy, I prefer caper berries over capers, which are the flower buds. I find they’re less acid in taste so I tend to be … Continue reading

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Sourdough adventures – potato and rosemary schiacciata

As I had an Italian dinner planned, it was a perfect time to try a Tuscan schiacciata. I kept it simple with olive oil and rosemary and adapted a recipe from here. Thin, crisp crust + the most gloriously soft, … Continue reading

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