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Italian Chocolate & Baci di Dama Recipe

April 20, 2017

Italian Chocolate Italy produces mouth-watering chocolate of the highest quality, with some of the best coming from the North; Venchi and Gianduja are notable favourites from the Piedmont region. Likewise, take a trip down to the very South to Modica – on the island of Sicily – and you can discover the ancient Aztec tradition […]

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Deliciously Simple Asparagus Risotto Recipe

April 7, 2017

Serves 4 This risotto recipe uses just asparagus stock, so it’s great for vegetarians. Best results will be achieved when asparagus is in season and the flavour is at its best. Blending the asparagus gives this risotto a great colour and intensifies the flavour as it permeates the rice. Alternatively, you can substitute some of […]

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Exploring Ancient Olive Groves In Puglia

March 13, 2017

February is not normally the time of year associated with experiencing the very best of things. However, on a trip to Puglia last week there was an abundance of colour in every corner. Mile after mile of ancient olive groves to wander through, delicate almond trees heavy with blossom, empty Baroque towns, friendly locals imparting […]

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May Cooking Holiday With 3 Special Guests

March 1, 2017

  Stirred are delighted to be reopening the kitchen at Palazzo Casagrande for our 2017 season with an exciting trio of veritable stars from the current food scene. Sophie Braimbridge will be hosting our opening week, sharing her incomparable teaching skills and expertise honed in some of the world’s leading restaurants including the River Cafe, Le Gavroche […]

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Delicious Crespelle Recipes Perfect For Pancake Day

February 28, 2017

Crespelle Con Le Noci – Pancakes Layered With Walnuts & Rum Ingredients for the Pancakes 250g 00 flour 500ml milk 3 eggs 40g melted butter 25ml rum 60g caster sugar A pinch of salt A pinch of ground cinnamon ¼ tsp vanilla essence For the Filling 80g double cream 110g caster sugar 2 tablespoons rum […]

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An Introduction to Venice Carnival

February 22, 2017

The very first edition of the Carnival of Venice took place when Doge Vitale Falier was in power in 1094, taking form initially as a public celebration to honour the days preceding Lent. Originally it started on the first Sunday of October and went all the way through to Shrove Tuesday, but as a result […]

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Stirred’s Selection of the Best Food Blogs

February 13, 2017

Trying to whittle down our pick of the best food blogs was… a tough one. There are just so many to choose from. We could narrow it down to Italian food writers to make the job just slightly easier but, as you’ll see, we spring off course almost immediately. So in no particular order… Saffron […]

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La Festa Degli Innamorati

February 7, 2017

Verona; where better to start than the home to romance, love, beauty, opera, a delicious and robust cuisine matched with outstanding regional wines, and of course Romeo and Juliet. I first came to know this wonderful city when I ran cookery holidays at the beautiful ancestral seat of Dante Alighieri; La Foresteria Serego Alighieri located […]

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Sweet & Delicious Blood Orange Granita

January 23, 2017

Serves 6 Granitas are popular all over Italy, but particularly in the south and Sicily when they are very comforting in the hot months.  There are a variety of different granitas: coffee granita is a classic; but this granita looks beautiful and uses the blood oranges which are in abundance in the south after Christmas. […]

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Fennel Salad Recipe With Rocket & Blood Oranges

Serves 4-6 This is a very simple but refreshing tasting salad. It can be made throughout the year and a particularly good recipe for the winter months when salads are sparse. It also works really well if served with oily rich foods. So I often serve it during the festive season. It’s great to use […]

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