Venetian Duck Ragu

I was recently watching Rick Stein’s television series, From Venice to Istanbul, and it really struck me how different the cooking of this section of the Veneto region is to the rest of Italy. The use of spices such as cinnamon and curry powder bring to the cuisine a real hint of its Byzantine past. This duck … Continue reading

Beef Short Rib Ragu

Just before Christmas we had a family dinner at my brother-in-laws Aunt’s house. Zia Sonia is an amazing cook and when I heard she was making her famous gnocchi for dinner I volunteered to bring along the sauce and asked if I could come early to learn how she makes her pillow-soft gnocchi. I’ll share … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Chicken Liver, Veal & Porcini Ragu

I know a lot of people are squeamish about offal but I love them.  The strange thing is that most people who confess a dislike of offal have never tried them which is such a shame as if they’re cooked properly they can be so delicious. Fans of chicken livers will love this dish but … Continue reading