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Pasta with spinach, bacon, and roasted cherry tomatoes

It’s funny how our taste in food changes as we move along in life. If I asked you to consider the past ten years, and name an ingredient you used to loathe and now love, I bet it would take you no time to find at least one answer. As a former fussy child, I … Continue reading

Lasagne, the food of love

My mum turned sixty-five on Monday. I’ll see her in Italy this Friday, and have been looking for a birthday present for weeks, with no luck whatsoever. It happens every year, without fail. Oh, and at Christmas, too. I can speak three languages fluently. I can make sushi from scratch. I can't, for the life of … Continue reading

It’s “ragù”, not “Bolognese sauce”

The words “Bolognese sauce” remind me of pre-seasoned tomato purée in glass jars, with labels that flaunt the name of the finished product, to lure those who wish making it took as little as popping a lid. Of lazy cooks who stir-fry beef for ten minutes, shower it in sauce, and think they nailed it. … Continue reading

Creamy lentil soup

Am I the only one who feels relieved that January’s drawing to a close? I’ve been through all the usual variations of the January blues – the impact with routine after a long holiday, the seemingly endless wait for payday – but nothing troubled me as much as the freezing cold. The media have been … Continue reading

Nonna’s awesome potato gnocchi

More often than not, the beginning of January makes me feel kind of unbalanced. I don’t cope well with the resolution-making frenzy that takes over at this time of the year – especially in this day and age, where those who shout about their plans on social media seem to be more of an inspiration … Continue reading

Sage and Mozzarella Focaccia

While you read this, I will be in Lisbon, for the first holiday abroad in two years. Our trip to Portugal was initially planned for last year, but with me changing jobs, and my annual leave allowance getting slaughtered by the time I had to set aside for interviews, there has been no booking a … Continue reading

Househunting (and why you need pizza while you do it)

Househunting: one of the worst nightmares of every Londoner, including yours truly. Once again, and for the fourth time since moving to the UK, I’m on the hunt for a new home; the challenge is finding it before my landlord manages to sell the current one. Not the easiest of tasks, in a city where … Continue reading

Simple Mushroom Risotto

When I was a kid, risotto was one of the most time-consuming dishes I could think of. I have many memories of watching rice boil in the pan for what felt like hours, pestering my mother with an incessant stream of “mum, is it ready yet?”; the universal key to annoying a weary parent, triggering … Continue reading

Summer Recipe Roundup – The Heatwave Survival Edition

I know, I know – summer heatwaves have gone for good here in London. But summer isn’t officially over until next month, and I still hold a little hope that sunshine returns. The past few months have blessed me with many afternoons in the park, refreshing ice creams, and even a slight tan on my … Continue reading

Everything I know about homemade pizza (and feel confident enough to share)

Cooking the perfect homemade pizza is a long, trying journey. Years of sitting at the restaurant, and getting a piping hot, perfect pizza within ten minutes of ordering it may trick you into thinking that pizza making is an easy job, but the truth is a hard one to swallow. It takes extensive research, frustrating … Continue reading

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