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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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Grilled Tuna Or Swordfish With A Caper Sauce

Serves 4 Ingredients 150g x 4 swordfish or tuna steaks 1 large clove garlic, smashed with salt 1 tablespoon capers, finely chopped 50g [2oz] anchovy fillets, finely chopped 1 tablespoon rosemary, or dried oregano, finely chopped Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large beef tomato, finely […]

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Delicious Minestrone Soup With Pesto Recipe

Serves 6 There are lots of different varieties of minestrone. They are made throughout the year using seasonal vegetables when appropriate. This minestrone can be made throughout the year and includes pesto stirred in at the last moment. If not using pesto then drizzle over some Parmesan. For Minestrone Milanese just add 200g arborio rice […]

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Authentic Bagna Cauda Recipe

Serves 6-8 A hot Piedmontese dip for raw vegetables. Ingredients 12 tbs extra virgin olive oil 45g butter 2tsp very finely chopped garlic 8-10 anchovy fillets finely chopped Salt Cooking Instructions Choose a pot over which you will subsequently be able to rest, double boiler fashion, the saucepan in which you are making the Bagna […]

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Five Italian Recipes that Are Healthy (and Delicious)

January calls for a stock take on eating after the indulgence and excesses of Christmas. The Italian cuisine epitomises a healthy Mediterranean diet however a factor that is sometimes sidestepped is the WAY the Italians eat. Everyday meals are taken seriously and certainly not on the run. Lunches and dinner are given time and grace […]

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Sardine Fritters with Minted Chilli Butter

January 13, 2017

Serves 4 Ingredients 12 fresh sardines, scaled 4 tbsp Italian 00 plain flour 1 large egg, blended with 2tbsp milk 125g dried breadcrumbs About 2tbsp sunflower oil. For the minted chilli butter: 125g unsalted butter, softened 3tbsp finely chopped fresh mint 2 spring onions or peeled shallots, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed […]

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