Andrea’s hands are powerful, they have a vice-like grip that panics me……but at the same time her touch is soft and comforting. She has a firm grasp of my right bicep..my lower arm is turning blue as she talks loudly and at great speed in dialect to her partner in crime Teresa. My limited Italian… Read More Fresh pasta and learning to cook ‘at source’
So I’m just back from 10 days in Puglia – Southern Italy – my Sister’s home and my second home! I’ve been back and forward to Italy for the last 30+ years and during that time I’ve had the honor to cook, be cooked for and most recently be invited to work in a… Read More Stuffed Tortelloni – this is pasta work for the advanced!
If I have learned anything from cooking in Italy and cooking with Italians it is this……do not smother pasta with sauce…it needs to ‘sing with’ whatever you serve it with not be upsatged by it. Now, as a youngster my heart would sink ever time a big bowl of spaghetti landed in front of me… Read More Spaghetti with Salsiccia, Sun blushed tomatoes, mushrooms and aubergine
As with everything I always, always end up making to much…which is bad in one way (I can’t get measurements and quantities right) and good in another (I have more…simples) – this recipe was the result of me staring at a ball of home-made pasta for about 30 minutes wondering what the hell to do… Read More Pappardelle with aubergine, sunblushed tomatoes and spinach
I’m gonna go step by step on this post because this is where I kinda ‘geek out’ a bit as far as cooking skills are concerned – I was taught how to make pasta a long time ago and it’s something I get very, very agitated about when people talk about it in less than… Read More The Killer – 2 Cheese and Spinach Raviolis