Chicken Parmigiana with a Rocket Salad

A healthier version of the classic. Satisfying, comforting, and easy to make – what more do you need? Feeds 2, but easily scaled up Ingredients For the chicken: 2 medium chicken breasts Salt and pepper 2 heaped tbsp flour 1 egg 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan 1Continue reading “Chicken Parmigiana with a Rocket Salad”

Black Olive Tapenade and Goat’s Cheese Crostini

Together, tapenade and goat’s cheese are a match made in heaven. Obviously you can eat the elements separately, but do encourage anyone you’re feeding to spread them on their crostini together. A couple notes on anchovy. As long as everyone you’re feeding loves olives and isn’t a vegetarian, just put them in and don’t tellContinue reading “Black Olive Tapenade and Goat’s Cheese Crostini”

I’ve just finished planning a party.

I’ve just finished planning a party. All completely academic, you understand, but exciting nonetheless. I have identified 12 of my favourite people, mentally rented tables, chairs and lanterns and set up the antipasti grazing table (prosciutto, salami, olives, sliced manchego and chunked parmesan, slices of ripe melon, brined artichokes, crusty bread and really good oliveContinue reading “I’ve just finished planning a party.”

Zucchini Parmigiana

When I’m trying to cut calories and eat as healthily as possible, I need lots of warm, comforting food to stave off any feelings of deprivation (or desperation). This really delivers. Hot, bubbly, full of vegetables, and ready in about an hour. I don’t claim any particular credentials in nutritional science, but I reckon aContinue reading “Zucchini Parmigiana”

Festive Italian Feast

Christmas entertaining doesn’t need to be formal, particularly for get-togethers with friends around the festive period. This rustic and cosy Italian-inspired menu is low-stress, and a fabulous feast for 6. Rosemary grows wild everywhere in Italy, but it’s also a herb that feels very Christmassy.  Echo the rosemary theme in the food by adding aContinue reading “Festive Italian Feast”

Italian Beef Stew

Part of my Festive Italian Feast, perfect for cosy winter entertaining. Feeds 6 Ingredients 100g pancetta, cut into small cubes 1kg stewing beef, cubed Olive oil Vegetable oil Salt and pepper 2 stalks celery 2 medium onions 2 carrots, peeled 4 cloves garlic 1 level tbsp chopped rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp tomato pasteContinue reading “Italian Beef Stew”

Tuscan Bread Salad

Traditionally this salad is a great way to use up yesterday’s bread. Particularly in Tuscany, where the bread is unsalted and goes stale in about three minutes, this salad is practically the only use for it. (Sorry, Italians.) That being said, any rustic loaf – fresh or otherwise – is absolutely fine. Feeds 4 asContinue reading “Tuscan Bread Salad”

Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 1 small ripe cantaloupe 8 slices prosciutto A few small basil leaves Good quality extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Method: Halve the cantaloupe and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Slice into moons and carefully remove the rind. Arrange the slices casually –Continue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”