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Italian Style Mackerel Balls With Salad For #InsalataDay


A few years ago I was chatting with a group of bloggers and we were wondering about nutrition and cooking and the future of food blogging, after the whole amount of foodporn we daily see on the web. A correct daily diet is important for our health, that’s what medics say, but healthy eating is generally considered […]

Gennaro Contaldo’s Hearty Minestrone Soup


The weather has fooled us again with a chilly spell but a good hearty minestrone soup will see us through it. There’s nothing better than a bowl full of lovely vegetables. It’s the kind of soup that while cooking, fills the room with a smell that makes you hungry. Would you say no to a big […]

Gennaro’s Red Chicory And Pancetta Pasta Dish


In season right now, and available from your local market, is red chicory. It’s possible you might know chicory as ‘endive’ (which is what the French call it) but it’s not an alternative name. The endive is a variety of chicory, as explain on Wikipedia. They are closely related and often confused for each other. I often […]

Gennaro’s Authentic Italian Sausage Risotto


Have you ever tried making risotto with sausage meat? Sausage Risotto is something I’ve wanted to try but wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. This great video from Gennaro Contaldo demonstrates how it’s done. And I must say, I never thought of making the risotto with the sausage meat right at the start. He […]

How To Make A Great Ragù For Your Spaghetti Bolognese


  Spaghetti bolognese is just about everyones favourite. It’s served at top restaurants and loved by students. It’s certainly one of my favourite pasta dishes. You can buy bolognese sauce at supermarkets and your local shops but there’s no reason why you can’t make your own ragù alla bolognese – as the Italians actually call it. In […]

Three Great Pasta Dishes From Three Great Italian Chefs


We all love pasta, from the passionate amateur trying to create something authentic to the student who needs something cheap to eat. Kids love a good spaghetti dish mainly for the mess they can make! What ever the reason, it is and always will be a favourite. We have three great recipes from three great Italian […]

Ricotta Gnudi With Pomodoro Sauce


The first thing to make clear about this recipe for ricotta gnudi is how on earth to pronounce it and secondly to explain what it is. Gnudi is pronounced “nu-dee” and it is a sort of dumpling which is likened to the filling which is used in ravioli. Creamy and delicious it goes very well […]

Forget The Cold And Think Of Summer With This Lovely Gnocchi Dish!


Recently, I had the misfortune to try out a small restaurant that’s part of a chain that specialises in pasta. The chain is called Noooi, yes a strange word – would telling you the restaurant is France explain things? I ordered the gnocchi but let’s just say the experience was not a good one, fairly […]

Paneer, A Simple Cheese Anyone Can Make


I love Indian food, any excuse to make a spicy curry. I like to explore the flavours and textures. Most recipes involve vegetables and spices, not to difficult to do as I have a lovely market on my door step twice a week. However, there’s one thing I’ve not tried and that’s making paneer. It’s […]

Carrot & Lemon Thyme Risotto


Carrots are grown throughout the year here in the UK and are a great source of beta-carotene, are high in fibre and low in calories. They are also apparently eco-friendly so let’s do our bit for the environment and take a look at a great recipe which incorporates this crunchy, orange vegetable with a dish […]