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 halfContinue 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 Christmas 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. Serves 4 IngredientsContinue reading “Tuscan Bread Salad”

Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Only do this if the melon is ripe. Slice a cantaloupe melon into moons, removing the rind and seeds. You can either place the melon pieces on individual plates or one big platter – whatever vibe you’re going for. Artfully drape pieces of good quality prosciutto over the melon. Sprinkle with saltContinue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”