• lemon prawn and pea risotto
6 Mar, 2016

Lemon prawn & pea risotto

By |March 6th, 2016|Dairy-free, Fish course, Gluten-free, Main Courses, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Having spent many weeks at an Italian cookery school in London and taught passionately about how Italians cook their risottos, I was somewhat surprised in my pressure cooker recipe book, a way to cook risotto.  I'm sure Italians would have something to say, but of course I had a go and very pleasantly surprised with [...]

  • italian meatballs
19 Feb, 2016

Simple Italian meatballs

By |February 19th, 2016|Dairy-free, Recipes|0 Comments

Mention meatballs, who turns their noses up at this meal.  There are many ways with many ingredients, but this recipe has been condensed down to save time and money.  For a variety, why not mix up the pork mince with some beef mince (lean of course).  If you have no mince about, you could always [...]

  • apricot, cinnamon & olive oil cupcakes with italian meringue frosting
15 Feb, 2016

Italian meringue style icing

By |February 15th, 2016|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Have you been looking for an alternative to cream cheese or sugar frosting on your cake decorating?  Conscious of those pesky calories?  Well, I came across (not my idea unfortunately), but I have embraced this low calorie replacement in the style of Italian meringue and yes, you can flavour it and pipe it, just like [...]

  • citrus jelly vanilla panacotta
7 Jan, 2016

Vanilla panna cotta with citrus fruit

By |January 7th, 2016|Desserts, Gluten-free, Recipes, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Vanilla panna cotta with citrus fruit - A light panna cotta - the basil infused citrus fruit and jelly layer adds a fresh dimension to this dessert. - citrus jelly: citrus fruit juice (orange, grapefruit and lemon (to taste)), sugar, gelatin (1 sheet), vanilla panna cotta: gelatin (4 sheets), milk, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla beans, [...]

  • amaretti biscuits
3 May, 2015


By |May 3rd, 2015|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Amaretti - Amaretti is the Italian name for macaroons, which means little bitter things. Originating in Venice Italy during the renaissance period, these almond biscuits are crisp on the outside and slightly chewy inside. - ground almonds, icing sugar (sifted), egg (white only), almond extract, flaked almonds (blanched for decoration (optional)), Preheat the oven to [...]

  • spring vegetables; asparagus, peas, green beans
1 May, 2015

Spring vegetable tagliatelle in lemon sauce

By |May 1st, 2015|Low calorie, Lunch, Main Courses, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Spring vegetable tagliatelle in lemon sauce - Utilising all the fresh spring vegetables that come into season with this equally fresh pasta dish in a tangy lemon and chive sauce. - spring vegetables (choice of green beans, asparagus, broad beans, peas), tagliatelle, shallots (finely diced), green chilli (finely chopped), lemon, dijon mustard, olive oil, chives [...]

  • mozzarella pesto arancini
28 Apr, 2015

Mozzarella pesto arancini

By |April 28th, 2015|Lunch, Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Mozzarella pesto arancini - Sicilian stuffed rice balls (using left over risotto rice), these Italian morsels are fried in breadcrumbs, so have a crunchy coating, but soft centres with melted cheese. - arborio or carnaroli rice (cooked and cold), parmesan cheese, pesto, mozzarella (cut into small cubes), plain flour, egg (beaten), breadcrumbs, vegetable oil (for [...]

  • italian tomato pesto
3 Mar, 2015

Tomato pesto

By |March 3rd, 2015|Gluten-free, Recipes, Sauces, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Tomato pesto - Pesto is an Italian staple with pasta. Usually made with pine nuts, this version is perfect for anyone with a nut allergy as it contains tomatoes instead, hence the name. High in Vitamin C and dietary fibres. - italian plum tomatoes (400g tins; chopped), garlic (minced), fresh basil leaves, extra virgin olive [...]

30 Dec, 2014

Vanilla custard

By |December 30th, 2014|Desserts, Recipes|0 Comments

Vanilla custard - Traditional recipe for vanilla custard. - vanilla pod (split and seeds scraped out), eggs (separated), cornflour, milk, caster sugar, Bring the milk, vanilla seeds and pod to a gentle boil. Meanwhile, mix together the egg yolks, sugar and cornflower in a bowl with an electric whisk, until pale and fluffy. When the [...]

30 Dec, 2014

Layered amaretto cream & berry pudding

By |December 30th, 2014|Desserts, Recipes|1 Comment

Layered amaretto cream & berry pudding - Known in Italy as Zuppa Inglese. This is similar to a good old English trifle, but uses fresh custard and cream. - mixed fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries and blueberries), caster sugar, lemon (zest only), sponge fingers (amaretti biscuits) (broken into pieces), vanilla custard cream, mascarpone, amaretto, water, Wash [...]