Elderflower Cordial

If you find the over fragrant 'cat's pee' smell of elderflower a bit too much, the secret is to add ...

Lemon Cordial

You can either make a big batch of this, pasteurise it in a water bath and store in a cool cupboard. Alternatively,...

Warm lentil and sausage salad

Sausages and lentils are a great combination - pair them in a salad or a casserole depending on the time of year.

Smoked Chicken and Potato Salad

A simple lunch or easy supper that is quick to make and shows off our delicious smoked chicken.

Apricot Jam

Apricot jam couldn’t be easier – or cheaper if you buy a box. 5kgs will make about twenty jars.

Crab & Chorizo Empanadas

Makes 20 / prep time – 20 minutes Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for about 20 minutes.  

Crab Cakes

Makes 12 / prep time – 30 minutes Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for about 30 minutes.  

Devon Steak Pasty

Makes 7/8 pasties / prep time – 30 minutes (excluding making the pastry)/cooking time Preheat the oven to 170°C ...

Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes - or Pomodori al riso as they’re known in Rome. Stuffed anything sounds terribly retro but what go...

Caponata Involtini (aubergine rolls)

These little blighters are a combination of Nigella's Involtini and Thomasina Miers Aubergine Caponata but who...

Panzanella -Tuscan bread and tomato salad

As my sister said to me - 'who would have thought bread and tomatoes could be so delicious'.? Actually, i...


Tabouleh comes in all shapes and colours. Bulgar/cracked wheat is a must, as is enough flat leaf parsley to ‘green ...

Harissa Crab Pasta Sauce

Classic crab pasta sauce with a harissa twist. Easy, tasty and a bit flashy - what more can you ask for?

Tandori Chicken & Squash

Baked harissa chicken with butternut squash.

Poor Man’s Tagliata

The joys of a thick, BBQ’d and sliced on the bias, ‘Italian Tagliata’ style steak are worth striving for. Knock it ...

Broth of God

Stocks and broths are wonderful creations that we all should be making more of – not just because of their organole...

Risi e Bisi e Runner Beans

In it’s pure Venetian form, Risi e Bisi is a wet risotto of rice (obviously), smoked pancetta (usually), the best c...

Italian Meatball Pasta Sauce

These have to be the best meatballs we make and are so full of flavour that a small number are sufficient to feed f...

Black Pudding & Cavalo Nero Pasta

Our black pudding is the best – not only for breakfast but for supper too.

Uncle Vito’s Meatball Sauce

Why anyone wants to eat boring old Spaghetti Bolognese when they could be eating this beats me. This is the kind of...