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Asparagus & goat cheese ravioli with burnt butter, sage & hazelnut sauce

Making your own pasta isn’t difficult, and I was reminded whilst making these ravioli just how satisfying, relaxing and therapeutic it can be. I...

Viva la Pappa al Pomodoro!

I knew I had become truly Italian once I had mastered shopping for food on a daily basis (every morning) as opposed to a large once-weekly...

Christmas fruit mince pies

Christmas time is usually associated with special recipes that quite often are traditional to our family. Along with Christmas cake and Christmas...

Palermo’s own Sunday feast: timballo di anelletti al forno

Baked anelletti pasta is a recipe traditional to Palermo, but it is a dish that holds a special place in the hearts of almost all Sicilians. If you...

Chiacchiere e frittelle: Carnevale’s sweet pastries par excellence

It’s coming up to Carnival time and bakeries in Italy have trays of ‘chiacchiere’ in their windows. Think a pastry that is thin, crispy, fried and...

Meeting panettone and pandoro’s cousin: buccellato

Christmas desserts in Italy are usually always associated with panettone and pandoro, and people usually have a firm favorite of the two.  I love...