Category Archives: Pasta and risotto

Spaghetti alle vongole

Seafood has a reputation of being luxurious but you’d be surprised how inexpensive a helping of super fresh first-rate mussels actually is. I paid less than £2 for mussels for two – and that’s live mussels from the fishmonger. A … Continue reading

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Broad bean, feta and mint linguine

Broad beans are in season, and although they will be available throughout the spring and summer don’t wait around too long – you get the sweetest and most tender specimens right now. Broad beans are a relatively new item on … Continue reading

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Carrot risotto with baked wild garlic and goat’s cheese

Have you ever tried wild garlic? It’s in season right now, which means you can go and pick them from an obliging meadow or maybe in a forest – I’d expect to find them much the same places as wild … Continue reading

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Beetroot risotto with walnuts

I’m in a bit of a beetroot phase at the moment. It may not be as sentimental as it sounds because there is a practical element to it, too – I managed to get my hands on a bundle of … Continue reading

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Wild mushroom and blue cheese risotto

I’ve just recently ventured into the undiscovered culinary land of blue cheese. Like many others, I turned up my nose at blue cheese at an early age – and have never looked back. So when I found myself bravely biting … Continue reading

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Kale challenge #4: Nordic pesto

Who doesn’t love pesto? Traditionally made with fresh basil, this version gives a Nordic spin on the classic spread by substituting the quintessential Mediterranean herb with – you guessed it – kale. As it turns out, kale is perfect in … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with brussel sprouts, pancetta and hazelnuts

Brussel sprouts. Love them or hate them, right? Well, I used to be a hater. But this recipe, which I picked up at an Italian cookery course, has saved my relationship with the little green bundles.  Rather than being cooked … Continue reading

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Green risotto with feta and mint

I’ll start the blog off with one of my all-time favourites: Risotto. I have a feeling that some people think of risotto as a fancy dish that requires advanced cooking skills. I can assure you that it is not. In … Continue reading

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