Basil Pesto

Pesto is an incredibly versatile thing to have in your kitchen.  It is perfect for the busy household when you need a quick meal, and in my experience, kids love it as much as adults do. And if you’re keen to make Pesto from scratch and love the idea of gardening, basil is possibly one…

Pork Cooked In Milk 

I’m not quite sure what appealed to me about this recipe in The River Cafe Cookbook which we are exploring at the moment for The Cookbook Guru.  Maybe it was the unusual method of cooking the meat in milk, or perhaps it was the combination of sage and lemon with a slow cooked pork that…

Focaccia alla Genovese

I’m surprised I haven’t shared a Foccacia recipe before with you on this blog.  I don’t tend to make it all that frequently but when I do I love it and wish I made it more often.  I love that the texture is slightly chewy, that it is equally good munched on by itself, dipped…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…

Gnocchi

Homemade gnocchi is one of those foods that I thought would be difficult to make and had consequently never attempted to try.  I had visions of my dumplings being a messy glue that would dissolve at cooking or turn into bullets and leave us with a horrid pasty texture in our mouths.   Never one…

Rustic Caponata

This dish is one that instantly takes me back to my childhood.  We would enjoy it with semolina cheese baked gnocchi and I always remember loving the contrast of the rich vegetables with the smooth cheesy flavour of the gnocchi.  Unfortunately I don’t make it very much as I find that only a little goes…

Homemade Lasagne

Lasagna is a wonderful comfort food.  Fabulous when you’re feeling like you need a foodie hug or something filling to take away the too many wines from the night before feeling.  It is one of those foods that tends to not look pretty on the plate, but who really cares when it tastes so good! It’s…

Italian Flavoured Scone Loaf

Well its Sunday night and I’ve been attempting interspersed my recovery with washing and processing about 3 shopping bags full of basil plucked from a family garden.  It’s not easy work, but the reward of this yummy herb sure make it worth while.    The thing is, it’s now time to attempt to make something for…