Recipe – Pa amb Tomàquet (Pan con Tomate)

Pa amb Tomàquet Called pan con tomate in other parts of Spain, this classic Catalan snack is about as simple and delicious as you can get. There are many variations, but this is how it was taught to me many years ago by my Catalan flatmate, Susie. Susie told me that her family always made […]

Recipe – Salade Verte (How To Dress A Salad)

Salade Verte – How To Dress A Green Salad A simple green salad is the perfect accompaniment to so many dishes, whether it’s made from just one type of leaf or a mixture of several. It may be simple, but it deserves the same respect as the rest of the meal. Vinegar is more common […]

Recipe – Broad Bean Bruschetta

Broad Bean Bruschetta Every meal at Lucio’s Paddington restaurant started with bruschetta, a slice of delicious toasted Italian bread, topped with a mound of something seasonal. I love using tender young broad beans during their short spring season; in summer it’s often diced ripe tomatoes; sliced sauteed mushrooms are wonderful in autumn; and in winter […]

Recipe – Trofie al Pesto Genovese

Trofie al Pesto Genovese I love this classic way of serving pesto – with the beans and potatoes cooked in the same water as the pasta it’s more like a main meal than an entrée. This is done with various pasta shapes in Liguria, but the most typical are trenette (a thin flat pasta similar […]

Recipe – Focaccia

Focaccia I love authentic focaccia made with a generous amount of olive oil and had such fun working on focaccia recipes for our Month on the Italian Riviera inspired by Lucio Galletto. Lucio uses more water and oil in his recipe than many I’ve seen and I think that’s what makes his focaccia so delicious. […]

Recipe – Turkish Eggplant Salad

Turkish Eggplant Salad Eggplant appears in so many dishes in Turkey that it should be named the country’s national vegetable! And why not – it’s a wonderfully versatile and delicious ingredient, especially when it’s exposed to a bit of intense heat. One of Turkey’s most ubiquitous dishes, this tasty eggplant salad, patliçan salatası, often arrives […]

Recipe – Pane Carasau with Rosemary, Olives & Pecorino

I love Sardinia’s crisp flatbread, called carta di musica or, in dialect, pane carasau … especially the way chef Giovanni Pilu serves it, sprinkled with olive oil, salt and rosemary and crisped in the oven. Add a few olives, a chunk of Pecorino and your favourite aperitivo (here are mine) … and I just might […]

Recipe – Crispy Smashed Potatoes

These crushed potatoes combine the crunchiness of roast potatoes with the creaminess of mash – what’s not to love?! Use a good floury potato like Burbank from The Gourmet Potato. Serves 2 as a side dish Ingredients 400g Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks Salt flakes, to taste 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive […]

Recipe – Burrata with Tapenade

Burratawith Tapenade I love stretched curd cheeses of every kind – including delicate, creamy burrata, the southern Italian cheese that’s a thin pouch of mozzarella filled with a rich blend of cream and fine strands of stringy fresh curd tied off with a knot. It makes a lovely presentation and, with a touch of tapenade […]

Recipe – Pan-fried Radicchio

Pan-fried Radicchio Radicchio is a wonderfully versatile vegetable. In Italy it’s popular cooked as well as in salads; the cooking softens the bitterness and brings out a touch of sweetness. I often shred it and toss it through pasta with some garlic and olive oil for a quick meal. This recipe is inspired by a […]