Archive for August, 2018

Fresh and Fast Tomato Sauce

Caldesi Tuscany

Nine-minute Italian tomato sauce
After years of not daring to alter Italian recipes from whichever mamma gave them to me, I have finally relented and developed this uber quick way to make a tomato sauce. In a classic Italian version the onions are slowly sautéed in olive oil first before adding the tomatoes. The sauce is then gently simmered for …

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Linguine with Crab, Chilli and Cream

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I am always seduced by fresh crabs for sale when I am by the seaside, particularly when someone else has kindly dressed them for me. Everyone loves the pale pink and white meat but there is always the dilemma of what to do with the intensely-flavoured and smoother brown meat.
In this recipe the both are used; the dark meat …

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Samphire with eggs and butter


Sipping an early cup of coffee in bed, I admired the view from my bedroom window of flat marshland, grazing cows and the sea beyond. I was staying with a friend in Norfolk for the weekend, just outside the flinty village of Cley. I was intrigued by a rather incongruous and lonely little blue hut that stood opposite the …

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