Snapper with Pine Nut & Herb Stuffing

Snapper with Pine Nut & Herb Stuffing I didn’t really care for stuffings until I cooked this snapper with pine nut & herb stuffing, inspired by a dish Giovanni Pilu served me. Herbs, including rosemary, thyme and oregano grow wild throughout Sardinia and are known as ‘erbette di campo’, herbs of the field. They add […]

Salmon with Fregola Salad

Salmon with Fregola Salad Like fregola?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of Sardinia! This baked salmon with fregola salad is a great dinner party dish as it’s both easy and impressive. The fregola salad was taught to me by chef Giovanni Pilu, from Pilu at Freshwater, who usually serves it with […]

Salmon Wellington

Salmon Wellington Traditional beef Wellington is a series of parcels – beef wrapped in mushroom, wrapped in crêpe, wrapped in pastry – and the method can easily be adapted to other proteins, especially salmon which looks very pretty with its orange flesh contrasting against the golden pastry. When making salmon Wellington there’s no need to […]

Grilled Provençal Prawns with Ratatouille

Grilled Provençal Prawns with Ratatouille The biggest mistake home cooks make when preparing seafood is overcooking it. This is especially true with prawns which are tender, sweet and delicious when cooked properly, but too often end up rubbery and tasteless instead. My top tip for superb prawns is to butterfly them without peeling and cook […]

Baked Herb & Lemon Leatherjacket

Baked Herb & Lemon Leatherjacket Baked herb & lemon leatherjacket trunks are a great introduction to whole fish. The coarse skin and large head (with its threatening spike) have been removed, and the thick white flakes of flesh lift easily off the bone. It’s also a very forgiving fish, remaining succulent even if you leave […]

Baked Rainbow Trout

Baked Rainbow Trout With their colourful skin, baked rainbow trout make a gorgeous centrepiece for any table. I developed this recipe for Christmas Day to go with Matt Moran’s rough mint sauce (see video below), and versatile rainbow trout are just as good served with salsa verde or Cheong Liew’s cumquat sambal, depending on whether […]

Herb Scones

Herb Scones I love herb scones alongside a bowl of soup, but they also make a great savoury addition to afternoon tea. Use just one herb or a mixture of any fresh herbs you like: parsley, chervil, dill, chives, tarragon or thyme – even a little very finely chopped rosemary – in this versatile, tasty […]

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 good. […]

Cicciones with Pork Ragu

Cicciones with Pork Ragu Like bottarga?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of Sardinia! I love the chewy texture of cicciones with pork ragu. The name of this rustic Sardinian pasta means ‘little fat ones’, which is so appropriate! This is the same pasta dough used to make lombrichi, the ‘worm-shaped’ Sardinian […]

Pane Carasau with Rosemary, Olives & Pecorino

Pane Carasau with Rosemary 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. With a few olives, a chunk of Pecorino or homemade ricotta (see video below), and my favourite […]

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