Peperonata, three ways

Those who follow me on Instagram (@libertaincucina) will know that when I tried to make peperonata last week, while also trying make settembrini, it ended badly. Peperonata 1 The weekend rolled around and with nothing planned for dinner (for once!) I thought I would give it another go. The recipe was taken from Rachel Roddy’s…

I wish I was in Sicily: Casarecce con broccoli, acciughe e pinoli

In my head at least, I spent a lot of lockdown in Sicily. Friends and I had a regular lockdown Saturday night appointment – a shared dinner party menu, eaten together over Skype, and then an episode of Inspector Montalbano, while we whatsapped about who we thought did it. I fell in love with Sicily,…

Settembrini… getting figgy with it

One day I will have a garden with trees. Orange and lemon trees. Olive trees. And a fig tree. Years ago I visited the island of Ponza with a friend, whose grandmother still lived on the island. In her garden was a massive fig tree and we picked figs and ate them whole, they were…

Cozze Di Diavolo

The weekend is my favourite time for cooking. If there’s nothing planned, two whole days to shop for, prepare and eat amazing food that you just wouldn’t have time for in the week. I had been reading a cookbook and found a recipe for mussels. It was described as a Friday night dinner, a big…

Just a quick one… Arancini

I’m a massive fan of Rachel Roddy’s writing and her recipes. (She also has my dream life, married to an Italian, writing about food for a living and splitting her time between Sicily and Rome). The week her article in the Guardian had a recipe for arancini. These gorgeous rice balls are a favourite of…

#ChallengeExtended – Lina Stores Polenta con Funghi

Last December a friends and I made a little trip to the newly opened Lina Stores restaurant at Kings Cross. I’ve seen mixed reviews online since, but I have to say I loved it. The staff were lovely and very helpful (having arrived early and my friend being delayed due to late trains was no…

Polpo’s Braised Beef

Ok, the recipe is for braised ox cheek. Which is a much undervalued cut. It’s cheap and it cooks down beautifully in this recipe. Unfortunately my usual source had sold out, so I panicked and bought braising steak and it worked perfectly It’s a recipe that needs a bit of forward planning (and marinading) hooray!…

So tired I forgot to season… polpette with broccoli

It has been an insanely busy week at work this week. Obviously, in such circumstances the blogging takes a back seat and cooking has been quick and simple. Tonight, having finished work rather crawling off to bed immediately (which has crossed my mind several times during the day) I got myself down to Waitrose for…

Bigoli in Salsa… thank you Guardian Food

I was in the office again today and having left later than planned I knew I was going to need something quick and comforting for dinner (the weather in London has taken a surprisingly autumnal turn the last few days). A friend had sent me a link to a Guardian article “Italy in a bowl:…

Maiale al latte

While my impatient streak doesn’t always relish the benefits of slow cooking, there is something about a recipe that requires of kind of pre-marinade/ soaking/ steeping that makes me really happy. While hungry me will sometimes resent the three and a half hour cooking time (despite knowing it will be completely worth it), I will…