Monthly Archives: February 2016

Pasta with sardines, almonds, olives and blood orange

Pasta con le sarde, mandorle, olive e arance rosse   Italy is a country rich in food traditions, boasting twenty very distinct regional cuisines. Yet no Italian region’s gastronomy is quite so rich, or quite so distinctive, as the island of Sicily. … Continue reading

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Pasta with spicy ‘nduja

And it burns, burns, burns… Right around this time of year, every year, I feel an overwhelming desire to cook food that’s laced with chilli peppers – or peperoncino as they are known across Italy. To eat fiery chilli is … Continue reading

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Linguine with kale, lemon, ricotta and fennel seeds

Beyond the kale… It couldn’t have happened to a nicer vegetable could it? In just a few years that leafy wunderfood known as ‘kale’ has meteorically risen, from allotment obscurity to super-food stardom. It seems we’ve all gone completely ‘off … Continue reading

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A broad bean puree with cavolo nero and crispy fish fingers

Purea di fave con cavolo nero e bastoncini di pesce  Fish fingers! They’re fabulous aren’t they? Yes, well for as long as I can remember I have been powerless to resist them, habitually eating several ‘handfuls’ most weeks. My lingering … Continue reading

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Farro risotto with mushrooms and blueberries

Farrotto ai funghi porcini e mirtilli  We’re half way through February and I’m only now forcing myself to finish the Christmas gastronomic marathon. Ashamedly, the new dawn of 2016 didn’t really put a stop to my festive gluttony. Sure, the … Continue reading

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Fregola con arance, mandorle e pangrattato piccante (Fregola with orange, almonds and spicy breadcrumbs)

The great mosaic Fregola or fregula has to be one of the most gratifying foods to cook and eat. These special peppercorn-sized pellets are a type of pasta exclusive to Sardegna (Sardinia), that are believed to have been first introduced … Continue reading

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A salad of fennel, pears, radishes and pine nuts

A pear-shaped journey and a perfectly-formed recipe: Insalata di finocchi, pere, ravanelli e pinoli  Juan Gris – Still life with fruit dish and mandolin Last weekend I travelled down to London for more surgery for my pain, which now completely dominates … Continue reading

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Pan-seared sea bass with pistachio-basil pesto, celeriac mash and roast carrots

Branzino con sedano rapa, carote al forno e salsa di pistacchi .  “Give a man fish-fingers and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to cook fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime” -Maimonides Neither of my … Continue reading

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‘Snails’ with aubergine, ricotta and walnuts

Lumaconi con melanzane, ricotta fresca e noci   I’m not really one for ‘super-foods’. Despite all the recent fuss about super-foods, my stomach-guided brain still isn’t convinced by certain celebrities trying to badger us all into eating basically parrot food. … Continue reading

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