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’
When you cook with Italians – you don’t actually cook, you’re life gets flipped upside down, you kinda get shunted around, snarled at a lot and prodded with wooden spoons and elegant fingers. I am a dude in a woman’s realm here and I’m ridiculously……..hopelessly….. out of my depth…………. My Italian family live in the… Read More Melanzane parmigiana…The Mafia and an Italian Kitchen
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!
I’m usually up around 5.30am every morning, I eat yogurt and fruit, I run through my Tai Chi form and I wander around in the garden assassinating as many weeds as I can. My kitchen garden is now in full belt and the dominant force is the stone cold fantastic rocket, it grows like it’s… Read More “Think quick – our fish guy is wasted”. Salmon Caponata and Sourdough
OK – so I do bang on about pizza quite a bit, but what the hell this thing is a rockin’ roll invention and I will never get tired of it…..well maybe if my waiste-line starts creeping over 32in…but until then I will continue to attempt to turn myself into a pizza! So… Read More Parma Ham and Rocket Pizza