Pumpkin, Ricotta and Sage Pasta Shells

My Roasted Pumpkin, Ricotta and Sage Pasta Shells are a delicious make-ahead meal! When entertaining, it is important to be as organised as possible. This makes your role as a host much more relaxed. As such, meal preparation really is key. Dishes prepared in advance mean you won’t be spending half the time in the kitchen, missing out on having … Read More

Gnocchi Alla Romana (Semolina Gnocchi)

Gnocchi alla Romana, also known as Semolina Gnocchi, is an ideal dish when you are in need of Italian comfort food. When hearing the word “gnocchi”, most of us will automatically think of the small pillows of potato dough. However, there are many types of gnocchi and I love them all. Over time, many of them will appear here. Gnocchi … Read More

Caprese Christmas Wreath

Caprese Christmas Wreath

My Caprese Christmas Wreath is a festive and healthy dish. It is a festive interpretation of the traditional and popular Italian appetiser. Insalata Caprese, which roughly translates as “salad of Capri”, is a perfect addition to your Christmas entertaining. It is simple to prepare, light and healthy and is an ideal contrast to the heavier foods people will be consuming … Read More

Preserved Chillies in Oil

Preserved Chillies in Oil

Preserved Chillies in Oil are an ideal way to enhance the flavour of a dish. I first came across this style of chilli some years ago at our favourite pizza restaurant. The owner had a personal jar of preserved chillies, his own personal stash. Knowing how much I enjoyed them, he brought them out whenever we dined there. I asked … Read More

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Shells

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Shells

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Shells – a delicious and warming baked pasta dish. When entertaining, my preference is for food which is simple to prepare but also has lots of flavour. A very important part of successful entertaining is a relaxed host. The key to being a relaxed host is simple food which can largely be prepared in advance. (Who wants … Read More

Gluten Free Olive and Rosemary Focaccia

Gluten Free Foccacia

Gluten Free Olive and Rosemary Focaccia – a delicious Italian classic! To label this focaccia as “fantastic” is quite a statement, but I assure you, in no way is it exaggerated. Those of you who have had to eliminate gluten from your diet will be well aware that bread which is gluten free frequently doesn’t satisfy as it did in … Read More