Stew! Spezzatino!

It wasn’t supposed to be another long slow cooked beef dish. It was supposed to be a long slow cooked venison dish, all northern Italian goodness for a quiet autumn weekend As usual, any last minute food plans depend on the local supermarket having what I need, and while my local supermarket is the rather…

A quick dinner… gnocchi con funghi, pecorino e timo

This isn’t necessarily a pretty dinner, but as autumn takes hold, work is busy and there is talk of more COVID restrictions, it was time for some comfort food! I love gnocchi, but I rarely cook them. They’re quite easy to make as well, but again, I never seem to (something I intend to put…

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…

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…

Anima in Vacanza… Venice, August 2020

It seems strange to make an early post on a site born out of lockdown about me running away to Italy at the first opportunity, but it’s all about sharing food. Being stuck home alone staring at the same four walls, dreaming of Italy it was inevitable that I would run away as soon as…