Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: Pasta Salad

When I think of pasta salad, I think of summer picnics and barbecues. This chilled dish is often served as a side but is rarely the star of the show. As a pasta-lover, I’ve often wondered why. Is it because we’re all serving subpar pasta… Continue Reading “The Musette: Pasta Salad”

One from the vaults: The food in Italy

Rather than repost an Italian recipe, I’ve reposted about Italian food. I’ve previously waxed lyrical about the food in Spain, now it’s the turn of our nearest neighbour Italy. Who doesn’t love pizza and pasta? Exactly! I’m so old I still remember eating in… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: The food in Italy”

The Musette: Pizza rossa

One of our many local Italian restaurants used to make an epic one of these which I absolutely loved adorned with a bit of spicy olive oil. Sadly, their Roman chef has moved on and it’s no longer on their menu. Consequently, I thought… Continue Reading “The Musette: Pizza rossa”

The Musette: Ligurian Foccacia

The pillowy Italian flatbread makes the perfect starter, side or sandwich base, and celebrates classic Italian flavour combinations through its lavish use of olive oil and toppings such as rosemary, olives and tomatoes. Making it is relatively simple, but imbuing the dough with layers… Continue Reading “The Musette: Ligurian Foccacia”

The Musette: Pasta with prawns, chilli, lemon and rocket

This is a perfect summer dish and one I make regularly from produce I always have to hand in the freezer and store cupboard. Ingredients (serves 4) 400g (14oz) dried pasta, either spaghetti or tagliatelle 2 long red chillies, finely chopped 100ml (approx. 7… Continue Reading “The Musette: Pasta with prawns, chilli, lemon and rocket”

The Musette: Miso-caramel apple crumble

What do you do with wrinkly but still edible apples? You turn them into dessert. As you all know my beloved adores dessert, he believes a meal isn’t complete without one. I tend to store the apples in the fridge until I have enough… Continue Reading “The Musette: Miso-caramel apple crumble”

The Musette: Prawn curry

This dish is based on Atul Kochhar’s recipe for Sandho No Patio which I adapted as I couldn’t find fresh fenugreek leaves. It’s unusual for me to tamper with any recipe from a Michellin-starred chef, but needs must. It’s a Parsi recipe from the… Continue Reading “The Musette: Prawn curry”

The Musette: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

I’ve previously shared a recipe for a chocolate cake made with red wine and olive oil. This time I wanted to make one more reminiscent of that wonderful marriage of hazelnuts and chocolate, and this is it. It’s a cake with the intense flavour… Continue Reading “The Musette: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake”

One from the Vaults: I should be there

We’re heading back to May 2012 when I was once more too busy with matters at the cycle club to just pop up the road and over the border for a few days to watch a couple of stages in the Giro d’Italia. I’ve… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: I should be there”

French fancies: Oliviers & Co

As a keen home cook, one of the things I love about where I now live is the availability of  wonderful local, artisan products. While we have our own olive grove in the Domaine where I live, I buy lots of different local organic… Continue Reading “French fancies: Oliviers & Co”