Christmas Baking Ideas

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Tuscan Christmas biscuits 
The shops in Siena are full of these biscuits at this time of year but they are easy to make and a freshly baked batch of these biscuits makes the house smell warm and inviting. We’ve made them gluten-free so everyone can eat them. Serve with coffee in the morning or dessert wine for dipping after a …

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A Fun Recipe From a Fun Day…

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We were recently invited by Paolo Arrigo to perform a demonstration at his Harrow based business Seeds of Italy (see his website here) where he sells Italian seeds that we use every year to grow vegetables and herbs in our garden. We chose to show the crowd how to make some wintery recipes from our latest book Tuscany: Simple Meals …

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Celebrating 10 Years in Bray


A Celebration of Seasonal Italian Eating…
It’s been 10 years since we threw open the doors of Caldesi in Campagna our ‘rural idyll’ in the culinary mecca of Bray on Thames. In that 10 years we’ve made loads of friends and introduced our authentic seasonal Italian regional food to literally thousands of people.  It’s been a wonderful journey and we …

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Seasonal Cookery – Artichokes Roman Style

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Artichokes are in season and one of my Instagram followers was asking recently what to do with his crop when harvest time arrives. You’ll all be familiar with the jars of artichoke hearts preserved in oil available in the Italian aisle at supermarkets and they’re pretty easy to make at home. If you’re interested in having a go see our …

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A Summer Favourite…

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What can I make for a family supper or a summer party this weekend?
One of our favourites at this time of the year is our version of “Chicken Shawarma”. As not the most disciplined gardener all my lettuces come at once and I am always looking for ways of using the leaves.
‘Shawarma’ means ‘turning’ in Turkish and really …

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Magic Muffins and the Low-Carb Low-Down…


As part of our Sunday Sessions at Caffe Caldesi we’ve been running a series of foodie talks and feasts, the most recent of which was an exploration of the benefits of cutting out the carbs.
We were joined by TV’s ‘Low-Carb GP’ Dr David Unwin and his wife and psychologist Dr Jen Unwin for a ‘Low-Down on Low-Carb’ …

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Giancarlo’s ‘Finger Lickin’ Crispy Chicken

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When Giancarlo found out that he could no longer have gluten in his diet he made it his quest to create the best tasting gluten free versions of the food he loves. One of his guilty pleasure is ‘Southern Fried Chicken’ which he’ll often cook up on a rare Sunday off and enjoy while watching the Formula 1 racing and …

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A Fresh Start…scrambled eggs with a twist


Combining celery leaves, so often discarded, and scrambled eggs yesterday whisked up a simple and healthy start to the day.
It’s so quick and easy to make and served on a slice of sourdough toast it’s become a family favourite.
Step 1:-
Take a couple eggs, celery leaves, salt and ground black pepper and some sough dough bread.

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A quick chicken stew with a little Venetian spice…

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We came across this recipe for a Venetian take on a chicken stew when researching our book ‘Venice – Recipes Lost and Found’. It is a version of a medieval recipe written in the 1300’s which harks back to the time when Venice was the centre of Europe’s spice trade. It comes from a book called Libro per Cuoco (Book …

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Central Heating The Venetian Way

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Keep the winter chills at bay with this recipe for a soup we enjoyed while researching our cook book ‘Venice – Recipes Lost and Found’ . It’s a very satisfying, tasty way of supplying some much needed ‘central heating’ on days when not even the dog wants to go outside.
Zuppa di Orzo, Castagne e Pancetta
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