Baked green pea fritters

One of the things I love about visiting any farmer’s market is that whilst you often go with a list of the things you need you almost invariably come home with something unexpected, a beautiful seasonal fruit or vegetable that’s caught your eye and which you are prepared to change your cooking plans for! A…

Gorgonzola risotto with mushrooms and asparagus

A few weeks, ago just as the Italian lockdown was finally lifting, I managed to persuade a good friend, who just happens to be an excellent builder, to construct the raised beds for my outdoor vegetable garden and kitchen – of which more later! Whilst he was busy sawing seasoned oak beams and hammering in…

Veggie enchiladas

I adore Mexican food but there are not so many Mexican recipes on this website so I decided to put that right… One of the reasons I make less Mexican dishes now than I used to is that its actually quite difficult to get hold of the ingredients needed here in rural Italy where we…

Lebanese mezze

I thoroughly enjoyed my last online cooking lesson with Cinzia in Florence and her recipes for ravioli with zucchini and garlic sauce and tiramisu have been a big hit with my friends and followers (especially the tiramisu which is the ultimate lockdown comfort food!) But the experience of being grounded is starting to take its…

Lockdown cauliflower cake

So this week my friend and mentor Jenny shared an old Ottolenghi recipe which means that cauliflower is back on the menu again! This is somewhere between a savory cake and a quiche made with both eggs and flour. I particularly like the fact that this dish can be sliced up and put in the…

One roasted cauliflower, two delicious dishes

I often work quite late on weekdays and like to do some bulk cooking on the weekend so I have delicious home cooked vegetarian food to look forward to. I realise that there has been rather a preponderance of the humble cauliflower in my recent recipe posts but this is such a versatile vegetable that…

Cauliflower, leek and Gorgonzola cheese

Here in Northern Italy we are heading into week four of our COVID-19 lockdown and after a busy work week of project management and video calls it’s nice to be able to spend some time in the kitchen cooking up some veggie comfort food. I made this dish with a Romano cauliflower which is truly…

Chilli sensa carne

In these COVID-19 days with the bars and restaurants of Italy closed and people following government instructions to “iostacasa” (“I stay home”), many of us are doing a lot of cooking and eating. Unlike other places in Europe, there is no manic shopping or stockpiling of food…the supermarkets are open as usual with plenty of…

Polenta with pumpkin, mushrooms and sage

So this was a difficult week for everyone but perhaps especially for those of us living in Italy who, over the course of just a few days, lurched from facing ‘red zones’ in the North to complete ‘lock down’ as the country battled to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). For me personally it meant…

Less is more…a morning at Mondovi’s mercato contadino

I’ve always adored Italian food but it wasn’t until we started living in the beautiful town of Mondovi which lies in the foothills of the Italian Alps that I came to understand the vast regional differences between the food produced and eaten in the South of the country – often dominated by tomatoes, soft cheeses…