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A Warming Winter Soup from the Stirred Kitchen

August 18, 2015

Minestra D’Inverno (Winter Minestrone) with thanks to Alastair Little A soup that is finished in the oven, and which is incredibly ribsticking, nourishing and delicious. The quantities given are large, so invite a lot of hungry friends, or save some for the next day. Italians show a penchant for eating their heartier winter soups as […]

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All Good Things Come to a Better End

This time of year always feels like the calm before a storm – the cooking tsunami that is Christmas is almost upon us and, after that, New Year’s Eve lies in wait with yet more demands on the host or hostess. For a time-saving dessert that’s as delicious as it is practical, why not have this recipe for leftover panettone […]

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Prosecco: Liquid Gold for Christmas

So it’s generally that time of the year for corks to be eased out of their necks with more or less veracity, greater pomp or lesser ostentation, by sword or barely audible exhalation, ricochet or with muffled discretion. Whatever way you want really, as long as it avoids the endless and senseless comparison between Champagne […]

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Hark the Unheralded!

With every festive season comes a host of certainties. From temperamental Christmas tree lights to that mysterious tag-less present under the tree, you can also always count on a visitation from unexpected guests. So this recipe is perfect to have up your sleeve. Simple, flavoursome and warming. GORGONZOLA & WALNUT SAUCE FOR PASTA Ingredients: 2 […]

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The Creation of an Italian Feast

This can’t be work!  Menu planning for our regular Stirred dinners has to be one of life’s joys. Cooking with the best of seasonal produce, getting the balance of the dishes right, matching the final version with delicious wines and producing it all in a beautiful setting.  Can’t get better than that. So far it’s […]

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Black and White Magic

We are truly excited at Stirred to be hosting a dinner highlighting one of the greatest treasures of the culinary world, which packs an almighty punch and delivers a true taste sensation – the truffle. On Thursday 27th November, Stirred will bring a touch of the Dolomites to The Grace Café at the famous Grace in […]

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Seasonally Challenged

With Halloween behind us, I pick what should be the last of this year’s roses. Yet more white and pink buds are appearing and we are in shirtsleeves about to have a picnic. What must La Strega have made of this unseasonal warmth whilst whizzing through last night on her woody transport? Confused! Tonight we […]

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The Game is On

Vaulting the style into the fields recently restored to their natural hue, the family walk is stopped in its tracks by the crackle of guns unleashing their thunderous volley of lead into the dappled Autumn sky. Saturday in late October – what were we thinking? Why wouldn’t the seasonal stand off between man and majestic […]

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A glorious Autumnal day in the Veneto

Wonderful to be here, Autumn at its best with leaves turning an opulent red and gold falling constantly and quietly to carpet the ground. Its warm too – a treat and a welcome respite from the UK weather; misty mornings, sunny days and a roaring fire by night. It’s a pleasure to don an apron […]

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Truffle: the Veneto’s dark lord of the forest

The advent of Autumn is a double-edged sword for me. On the one hand it signals the end of long, t-shirt wearing days in the sun and the start of a slow but steady degeneration of everything which has fought so hard to grow and ripen and flourish and yield, but on the other I […]

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