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Recipes & Ramblings from the Stirred Team

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 anchovy fillets, finely chopped 1...…Read more »

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...…Read more »

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...…Read more »

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...…Read more »

Sardine Fritters with Minted Chilli Butter

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...…Read more »

Best Italian Christmas Dessert Recipes

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...…Read more »

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...…Read more »

The Best Italian Christmas Markets

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...…Read more »

How to Make the Perfect Panna Cotta

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...…Read more »

Mouth-watering Italian Christmas Dinner Ideas

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...…Read more »

Ricotta Tortelloni with Burnt Walnut Pesto Recipe

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...…Read more »

Viva L’Italia

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...…Read more »

Best Bacari & Cicchetti in Venice

Much like you would go to Seville for the truly delicious tapas experience and absolutely not for the restaurants, though good ones can be found (apparently), Venice is certainly...…Read more »

Maratona dles Dolomites

If you’re a keen and competent cyclist, you’re a sucker for a draw-dropping landscape and you want to experience just a small part of what the Tour de France...…Read more »

Things to Do in the Veneto in October

There’s no more beautiful time to visit the Veneto than Autumn – the colours are sensational, while from mushrooms to wine harvests there are gastronomic experiences aplenty. Here’s our pick...…Read more »