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…

Da casa a casa: il corridoio italia-filippine

Whilst anyone from the Philippines will tell you that Filipinos are everywhere, so too, it seems, are the Italians! After a morning of snorkelling at the sunken cemetery in Camiguin and a long walk on the beach I was hungry and ready to eat when I stumbled across an Italian restaurant called ‘Luna’ (‘moon’) close…

Sinigang na hipon (shrimp in sour soup)

The freshness of this simple sour broth, so typical of Filipino cuisine, allows the seafood to be the star of the dish. This recipe was made during my cookery lesson with Oscar and Gregg booked through Traveling Spoon. We used fresh shrimp (prawns) purchased at a local fish market in Manila but you can use…

Mixing it up in the Philippines: the story of halo-halo

Before last week I’d never heard of halo-halo which means ‘mix-mix’ in Tagalog, the dominant language in the Philippines where I’m spending a few days on the island on Camiguin following a work trip to Manila. Now my conversations more often than not end up returning to it. Halo-halo is one of the most popular…

Cabs, kofte and Kurdish cuisine

One of the best parts of journeying – of which I do a lot – is the unexpected, fascinating and often inspiring encounters that you have along the way. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to talk and whilst not all cab drivers like to chat, many do. I met Aydin on my…

Roasted pumpkin, coconut and ginger soup

An unexpected flight back to the UK to avoid the worst of Storm Chiara meant a day hunkered down with my daughter and grandson making roasted pumpkin, coconut and ginger soup. A Thai-inspired winter warmer with a chill kick, perfect for a wet and windy day! Ingredients A medium size pumpkin, this one was green,…

Creamy chickpea, spinach and sweet potato curry

This is one of my favourite dishes. With spices and coconut, it has its roots in India but if you are not a curry maker or lover don’t be put off…this dish is all about taste not heat. It’s basically a bowl of creamy vegetarian/vegan deliciousness that can be eaten like a stew or served…

Tagliatelle con trota e ricotta

This week I had the pleasure to be invited to the Agriturismo Aquadolce for a wonderful lunch with Lorenza Borsarelli. You might remember that in my last blog I wrote about Lorenza’s work with Intrecci, a collective of local agricultural producers who, like me, believe passionately in the power of food produced sustainability and with…