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Italy

Pasta: Farfalle with smoked salmon, prawns, butternut squash, carrots and tangy tomato sauce

Straight into this one as it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish – cooking for one.

Sauté finely chopped carrot and butternut squash in olive oil, add garlic and a good grind of black pepper. Add a small glass of white wine.

Meanwhile, add pasta of your choice (mine was farfalle but linguine would […]

By |June 23rd, 2014|Andalucia, Italy|1 Comment|

Risotto: It is all in the stock

Risotto is simple yet comforting, you just need a good home made stock and not a stock cube or powder.Make your own and freeze what you don’t need for another day.

Chicken carcass, bones and wings
Carrot x2
Celery stick x2
Onion x1
Bay leaf x3
Black pepper corns 6
Tomato x1
Leek x1
Fresh parsley and thyme (big handfuls)
3 ltr water

Roughly chop […]

By |April 14th, 2014|Italy|1 Comment|

Chirla Huelva

When the weather is good there’s nothing better than a light seafood pasta and as I was able to pick up baby clams I decided that me and roof terrace plus my chilled Galician wine with a little bit of Sweetback on my iPod deserved Linguinie Vongole.  It is easy to knock together and […]

♫ ♪ ♫ “Holy cannoli, is that ravioli? Rice is nice, but we like pasta.” ♪♫♪ ♫ Dee Long

Pasta and meat sauce it is sooooo comforting: I’ve been to Italy several times, Milan, Genoa, Bari and Sorrento, in fact I got married on one occasion in Sorrento… The Italians, just like the rest of the Med have got things right. Eating al fresco, leisurely meals, good friends, fresh fish, beautiful but simple salads, wine, […]

Bringing Italy to Andalucía

According to my neighbour she had never heard of sun-dried tomatoes nor where I could buy them so one day last year I made my own.  It seemed strange that with a plentiful supply of ripe local tomatoes, wall-to-wall sunshine, love and time wasn’t used to make them. The procedure is straight forward enough and […]

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