Jan 30, 2015
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Zia Sonya’s Gnocchi

As I mentioned in my last post my brother-in-laws aunt makes wonderful gnocchi and at a recent family dinner she kindly taught me just how she does it. Gnocchi has always been something I’ve found hard to master, they either  turn out like rubber bullets or are so soft they break apart in the water. Zia Sonya’s method […]

Dec 19, 2014
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Sausage Meatball Lasagna

Cooking a classic lasagna can be a real labour of love – making a ragu, making béchamel, boiling lasagna sheets and then layering everything together can take a lot of time and effort. Sure it’s delicious but due to the amount of time it takes it’s not something I cook very often. When I crave lasagna but […]

Nov 3, 2014
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Crab Carbonara

The Roman dish of spaghetti carbonara is one of the most adored pasta dishes in the world and rightly so. It has all the elements that make for perfect comfort food – a silky cheese laced sauce, salty pancetta and of course pasta. This version whilst not really traditional in that it incorporates crab meat, is still authentic […]

Jul 31, 2014
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Osso Buco Ragu with Pappardelle

  Sometimes you just feel like pasta and nothing else will do. My plan was to cook osso buco one night last week, which I love with a passion, and I had all the ingredients ready to go but when the time came I just felt like pasta. I didn’t want to team up the osso buco […]

Jul 2, 2014
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Milk Braised Pork Ragu with Fresh Fettuccine

As I was typing the title to this post I realised I had published a similar recipe not so long ago. Both are pork dishes that are braised in a dairy based sauce and yet despite the essence of  two dishes being similar they actually taste quite different. This is a really divine pasta sauce […]

Apr 23, 2014
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Pasta with Tomatoes, Sausage & Cream

I know this sounds like an obscenely rich combination but funnily enough it doesn’t strike you that way when you eat it. The cream does add a lovely luxurious richness to the the dish but some of that heaviness is alleviated by the acidity of the tomatoes. In any case it’s just plain delicious and a […]

Feb 26, 2014
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Marea’s Fusilli with Octopus & Bone Marrow

I know what you’re thinking – octopus and bone marrow shouldn’t even appear in the same sentence let alone on the same plate but bare with me as you’re wrong, very wrong. Marea is an amazing Italian seafood  restaurant in New York and this is their signature dish created by chef owner Michael White. I […]

Feb 6, 2014
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Shirin Polow – Persian Festive Rice With Saffron Poached Chicken

This would have to be one of my all time favourite Persian meals. It’s sometimes referred to as jewelled rice because of it’s wonderfully colourful appearance and it’s usually served as a celebratory meal on special occasions such as weddings. The ingredients used in making shirin polow can vary from household to household with a […]

Dec 3, 2013
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Baked No-Stir Pumpkin & Sage Risotto

You heard me, no stirring! This is such a great way to make risotto and I can tell you now that if you did a taste test with a traditional risotto and this baked one nobody would be able to tell the difference, so why wouldn’t you save yourself twenty five minutes of stirring over […]

Nov 12, 2013
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Spaghetti with Prawns, Baked Peppers and Pangrattato

A while ago I made a batch of Simon Hopkinson’s Piedmontese baked red peppers as a side dish to a steak meal. There was some leftover so during the week I chopped up the remaining peppers along with all the garlic and tomato infused oil they were steeped in and added them to spaghetti, creating […]