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Italy

Classic Italian Gremolata

Gremolata is so easy to make and should be in your armoury to spice up meat, fish, asparagus and of course Osso Buco . It will even liven up a sandwich. Just sprinkle.

You only need three fresh ingredients and a sharp knife.

Finely chop a clove of garlic, zest of one lemon and a small bunch […]

By |May 19th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

I Want A Pasta Dish Named After Me Please

I was born and bred in London before venturing to the bad lands in the north. However, I did return south to live in West Kensington for a couple of years. I was within walking distance of Stamford Bridge, the home of my football club and also within striking distance of Italian restaurant, San […]

By |February 7th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

In Search of Perfect Osso Buco

I introduced this dish at my restaurant, La Grille Bar et Restaurant in very rural France in May 2003 just as the French summer had already commenced. Ahhh, I can see the colours now.

The Limousin diet consists mainly of meat, cheese, bread and red wine so as veal, which was readily available – and […]

By |November 25th, 2014|Andalucia|3 Comments|

Basil Pesto: So Versatile

Genoa makes claim to the original pesto from pounding garlic, pine nuts, basil and olive oil. The ancient Romans used to make a similar version and the pesto made in southern France evolved into pistou. There’s also evidence that it actually originated in India but if it did I never came across it when I […]

By |August 4th, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Pasta: With Courgette (Zucchini) and Mint

When you have a ginormous bunch of fresh mint you need to do something with it like Chicken Curry with Mint or this easy supper.

Sauté onion in a little olive oil until nearing soft then add crushed and chopped garlic. Cook for a further minute then add some diced courgette, give things a good stir… […]

By |July 31st, 2014|Andalucia|0 Comments|

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|

Simple supper, no need for salt

Griddled asparagus and pimientos de Padrón with the saltiness of feta cheese makes a simple supper. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, chopped flat leaf parsley and fresh ground black pepper (lots). 

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, […]

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