Pistou (Provençal Pesto)

Pistou (Provençal Pesto) Like this recipe? You’ll love my online French cooking class featuring the food of Provence! Pistou is the Provençal cousin of Liguria’s pesto, though it doesn’t contain any cheese or nuts and – unlike a classic pesto alla Genovese – the garlic in pistou packs a real punch. On its own as […]

Pesto alla Genovese (Basil Pesto)

Pesto alla Genovese Like this recipe? You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of Liguria! Although pesto means ‘to pound’, the classic Ligurian pesto alla Genovese, from the port city of Genoa, is traditionally made by crushing – rather than pounding – the ingredients in a marble mortar using a wooden pestle. […]

Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese https://youtu.be/g7VFea_c67s Insalata Caprese is a classic Italian mozzarella and tomato salad from the Isle of Capri in the Bay of Naples. Indian water buffalo were introduced to the swampy plains near Naples as draft animals around the 6th or 7th century, and today this area is famous for one of Italy’s most delicious […]

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 to make this broad bean bruschetta. In summer it’s often diced ripe tomatoes; sliced sauteed mushrooms are […]

Trofie al Pesto Genovese

Trofie al Pesto Genovese Like pesto?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of the Italian Riviera! 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 a starter. This is done with various […]

Bruschetta Caprese

Bruschetta Caprese It’s good to eat with the seasons, but occasionally I want a touch of summer year-round – that’s when I call on a few of my favourite things and create this delicious bruschetta Caprese. Windy Hills Farm pots of living basil are the perfect way to use this summer herb year-round, Vannella’s small buffalo […]

Vegetarian Lasagne

Vegetarian Lasagne I love this vegetarian twist on a classic lasagne, full of spring greens. It’s a bit messy to make, but delicious to eat; the ricotta mixture is much thicker than the béchamel sauce used in a traditional lasagne, so don’t worry that it doesn’t form a perfectly smooth layer – it all evens […]

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni Like this recipe?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of southern Italy! Spinach and ricotta cannelloni is an easy dish that can be prepared a few hours ahead of time, then just put in the oven at the last minute – perfect for casual entertaining. I use cannelloni […]

Tagliatelle with Pesto

Pesto Tagliatelle Like pesto?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of the Italian Riviera! How often do you buy a bunch of basil, use a dozen leaves or so in a sauce or salad then wonder what to do with the rest? The answer’s easy: make pesto, the famous bright green basil […]

Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana Eat Eggplant Parmigiana with me in Parma on a Small Group Food & Wine Tour While the name suggests a clear connection with the northern Italian city of Parma – and eggplant Parmigiana appears on almost every restaurant menu there – southern Italy also claims this delicious dish. It’s traditional to Naples and […]

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