At this time of year, our plants are bursting with the ripening bulk of our tomato crop. In September I am harvesting at least twice a week, and our food is filled with their delicious flavours. This is a time of obvious abundance, and yet it is tinged with the knowledge of the darker, barer… Continue reading Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe
Fast becoming one of our best-loved midweek dinners, this spicy sausage pasta recipe is quick and easy to pull together, and has great flavour too. A note on sausages: For this recipe, I use our favourite thick spicy sausages from our local butcher, but you could use any high meat content sausages, or vegetarian ones… Continue reading Quick and Easy Spicy Sausage Pasta Recipe
[SPONSORED: this post includes a review of a gifted product.] I have always been a lover of Italian food, from the plates of spaghetti bolognese I shared with my sister in restaurants (begrudgingly on her part) when we were small, to my more recent holidays to Italy experiencing the ‘real thing’. So, when I saw… Continue reading Easy Italian flavours with Cannamela
This pasta bake, with ricotta filled conchiglioni (giant pasta shells) in spicy, tangy tomato sauce, is one of my favourite pasta recipes. It is simple to make, yet feels luxurious and special thanks to the creamy cheesy filling in each shell, which goes oh-so well with the spicy tomato sauce. Just a little bit of… Continue reading Baked ricotta stuffed conchiglioni recipe
What says home cooked comfort food quite like a freshly baked cheesy lasagne straight from the oven? This recipe is like a hug on a plate, with rich hearty ragù sauce layered with creamy, indulgent béchamel sauce and soft pasta sheets, all topped off with a generous covering of gooey melted cheese. If your mouth… Continue reading Comforting homemade lasagne recipe
I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta, but never got around to it until now. It seems like a complicated task, but as I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to not only make my own pasta, but to fill it as well. With not a clue what to… Continue reading Is making your own pasta really worth the effort?
This is a really easy recipe, that’s perfect for a midweek pasta dinner. The leeks go perfectly well with the creamy ricotta cheese and this is really satisfying. Serves 3–4, cooking time 40 mins You will need: 3 leeks, trimmed 1 stick of celery 1 tsp dried mixed Italian herbs 250g ricotta cheese (1 regular… Continue reading Leek & Ricotta Lasagne recipe
This is a quick and simple dish, perfect when you’re in a hurry. Enjoy with grated Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper. Cooking time 20 minutes (trust me, it can be done!)
Now that Halloween is over, the anticipation of Christmas festivities has moved to centre stage, with shops already sparkling with decorations and gifts. It’s clichéd, I know, but I really do love autumn and winter, especially now, in this little post-Halloween, pre-Christmas limbo. Crunchy leaves in vibrant red, copper and bright gold litter the ground outside, waiting to be walked in, kicked about, enjoyed, and jumpers and boots have made a convincing comeback in my wardrobe. There aren’t daily frosts just yet, but I can’t wait to see the beautiful silver spray of delicate, glittering lace over leaves and spiders’ webs in the morning sun. I don’t think I have long to wait. This morning I had to de-mist the car windows with the heating on max for a good 5 minutes before I left for work.
This food hero just keeps on giving: when you heat it up the next day, it somehow tastes even better than the night before! Perfect for planning ahead, for when you don’t have time to cook, and for preparing lunches too!