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Authentic Bagna Cauda Recipe

January 23, 2017

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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Best Italian Christmas Dessert Recipes

December 18, 2016

My youngest daughter, since the Great British Bake Off, has become obsessed with baking and all things to do with bunnage, brioche and every conceivable manner of sweet delicious bounty. In her spare moments from the mixing bowl she is plugged into re-runs whilst speedily colouring in the GBBO colouring book designing new sugary creations. […]

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Festive Panforte Recipe

With its mix of nuts, fruit, candied peel and spices, nothing says Italian Christmas quite like a traditional panforte. Ingredients  100g whole, toasted, skinned hazelnuts 100g almonds, coarsely chopped 50g coarsely chopped dried figs 1tbsp cocoa 225g coarsely chopped candied orange & lemon peel 1tsp grated lemon zest 50g plain flour 1 large tsp ground […]

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The Best Italian Christmas Markets

December 13, 2016

Christmas is on our doorstep again, the days are nearing their shortest and darkest and unlike last year, the first snows of the season have already dusted the caps across Europe. Thoughts can now legitimately turn towards the upcoming festivities and that means a heavy dose of atmosphere, merriment, generosity and laughter, along with lashings […]

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How to Make the Perfect Panna Cotta

December 6, 2016

Recently I was lucky enough to have lunch with the wonderful Louise Legard, a dear friend and one of the most fabulous managers of my cookery courses over the past 23 years. As so often happens when you’ve known someone for so long you are quick to take a trip down memory lane – Louise […]

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Mouth-watering Italian Christmas Dinner Ideas

November 23, 2016

Searching for something to replace your usual Christmas repertoire? We asked our top chefs and experts for their favourite Italian Christmas dinner ideas and here’s what they came up with… Aperitivi & Cicchetti Kick off festivities with Maxine Clark’s Venetian showstopper Sgroppino; prosecco, tangy lemon granita and a dash of vodka and you’re away. Aperitivo […]

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Ricotta Tortelloni with Burnt Walnut Pesto Recipe

November 16, 2016

This was the second course of a meal I ate at Oasis in Puglia, after a similar yet contrasting antipasto of fresh ricotta and raw walnuts. The combination of ricotta and walnuts is so good, and the difference in flavour between raw and toasted walnuts so profound, that it made perfect sense to have one […]

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Viva L’Italia

September 27, 2016

It was the former French actor Gerard Depardieu’s latest spoutings – former because he now considers himself to be a citizen of the world rather than French, and is so scathing about the industry he used to populate that we can only surmise that he no longer wants any attachment to it whatsoever – that […]

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