Torta salata di melanzana: aubergine tart (recipe)

It's no secret that I love aubergines, or eggplants as some of you call them, or ... well for argument's sake let's call them melanzane, the Italian word. So, it's no secret that I love melanzane and would probably eat them every day, if I could. When cooked properly, they have the same mouth-puckering strength as a … Continue reading Torta salata di melanzana: aubergine tart (recipe)

Pick me up in Treviso

  Located only 27km as the crow flies from Venice, Treviso has always lived in the shadow of the campanile of San Marco. For most of its life, that was a good thing. Its proximity to the capital of the great Venetian Republic meant that the government ringed it with a great defensive wall and … Continue reading Pick me up in Treviso

Easter in the Valtiberina

  Well, it's almost Easter and time to break free of the restrictions of Lent and celebrate with all the wonderful Easter food we've been dreaming of. Here in the Tuscan Valtiberina, Easter is of particular importance, especially in the town of Sansepolcro, whose name means Holy Sepulchre, referring to the tomb of Christ. In … Continue reading Easter in the Valtiberina

A quick guide to Italian flour

  0, 00, 1, or 2? Italian flour can be confusing. Put it all straight with this quick guide. Once, I thought I knew flour: plain, self-raising, strong, wholemeal—each with their own uses, each with their own consistencies. And then I moved abroad. It was while shopping in Switzerland that I first noticed alarming range … Continue reading A quick guide to Italian flour

Crostata di Ciliegie: Cherry Tart – Chestnuts and Truffles TV

  I'm delighted to present to you my first video recipe for Chestnuts and Truffles TV on YouTube. I really enjoyed making this video since I was able to go into a lot more detail about techniques, particularly with the pasta frolla, or shortcrust pastry, than you can in a recipe. You also get to see … Continue reading Crostata di Ciliegie: Cherry Tart – Chestnuts and Truffles TV