Tomato, Basil & Feta Tagliatelle

As soon as British tomato season begins, I go absolutely wild, adding these homegrown beauties to pretty much everything I can find.  This was a spontaneous throw-together of what I could find in the fridge, and the result is pretty great. Feel free to swap out the wine for lemon juice, if you don’t have…

Purple Kale Pasta with chilli, garlic and pine nuts

We’ve got a monthly market that sells some pretty great local food, and I love spending a lunchtime away from the office, wandering down our high street and sampling delicious cheeses, chutneys and cakes. But last time I was there, I picked up a massive bunch of purple kale. It’s exactly the same as the…

Lentil Ragu with Sundried Tomatoes & Olives

In my quest to try and save the planet, I am forever experimenting with vegetarian versions of my favourite meat dishes. And the arrival of the cold half of the year means soups, stews and hearty wholesome meals. Like this Lentil ragu. Proper Italian Ragu is probably one of my favourite things. When I visited…

Pasta Alla Norma

The more I cook Italian food, the more I realise that stereotypes of Italian cooking are true. It really is all about simple ingredients cooked well. I first discovered Pasta Alla Norma on my first trip to Sicily and ever since I’ve been addicted to the simple combination of tomatoes, garlic, aubergine and basil so…

Leek & White Bean Ragu with crème fraiche

Today is the Autumn Equinox, and as if by magic, leaves are falling off trees and the air feels a little crisper, a little fresher; a little more like the nights will soon be drawing in. Being a summer baby, this is not my favourite time of year, so I’ve compensated by creating a new…

Fennel & Tomato Spaghetti

I absolutely love receiving a vegetable box to my door every other week. It’s definitely a luxury and I’m so grateful that I’m able to. And this week, even more so, as I received a HUGE bulb of fennel – one of my absolute favourite unusual veg. My love for fennel is definitely not one…

Spiced Leeks & Cheesy Pasta

Comfort food midweek is a very important thing, and a big bowl of pasta always manages to bring a smile to my face, and joy to my stomach. This recipe is unapologetically rich, a glorious combination of butter, oil and cheese, but this is counterbalanced with fresh, lightly spiced green vegetables that contrast it perfectly….

Butternut & Broccoli Risotto

I am not a patient person. It’s a fact known by most of my friends and all of my family. I’m impatient when I stand in queues (however short); when I don’t receive replies to my text messages or my emails; and so often, when the kettle seems to refuse to boil as I stare…

Pasta e Fagioli

Italian food is one of my greatest pleasures. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Italy four times, and each culinary experience has been utter joy. However, it means I’ve become a little bit of a pedant when it comes to cooking a bowlful of pasta – quality is absolutely key. Tonight, I’m excited to…