Recipe – 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. Windy Hills Farm pots of living basil are the perfect way to use this summer herb year-round, Vannella’s small buffalo bocconcini […]

Recipe – Mozzarella Grilled in Lemon Leaves

Mozzarella Grilled in Lemon Leaves I discovered mozzarella grilled in lemon leaves on the Amalfi coast, where lemons are a way of life. It’s delicious and so very simple to make, especially if you (or a neighbour) have a lemon tree in the backyard. I’ve tried it with fresh fior di latte, but that’s a […]

Recipe – 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 out […]

Recipe – Vegetarian Antipasto Platter

Vegetarian Antipasto I usually work right up to 24 December, but still look forward to a relaxed Christmas day – remember it doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious or impressive. I love our tradition of Christmas lunch in the garden with family and friends and, inspired by travels around the Mediterranean, I keep […]

Recipe – Eggplant Parmigiana

Despite the name, which suggests a connection with the northern Italian town of Parma, Eggplant Parmigiana is typically southern Italian. It’s traditional to Naples and the surrounding countryside, which is famous for the delicate fresh mozzarella made from buffalo milk, and also popular in Calabria and Sicily. The name may derive from the inclusion of […]

Recipe – Gnocchi Sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina This deliciously simple dish is named for the town of Sorrento on Italy’s Amalfi coast. I first ate it at Trattoria Da Ciccio, a family-run restaurant perched on a cliff edge just north of Amalfi, where the tomatoes used are grown on the terraces of the family farm in Scala, a village […]