Naked Pasta…

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Here’s an easy to make recipe from our latest book ‘The Long and Short of Pasta’ which from May 31st will be available to buy from all good book shops and on our on line store.
 
Gnocchi nudi in salsa di burro, salvia e pancetta
Kale and ricotta gnocchi in sage and bacon butter
The name of these gnocchi …

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The ‘best’ Ragu you’ll ever taste.

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If you want to start an argument with a bunch of Italians then there’s no better way than to ask them the secrets of the perfect ragu. Each will have plenty to say on the subject and swear blind that their nonna’s is the best. From stirring the ragu clockwise with a wooden (not metal) spoon to hand chopping the …

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Holding Back The Years…

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I recently appeared in the Daily Mail’s ‘FeMail’ in an article covering the secrets to remaining youthful as the years goes by. While I’m certainly not against growing old gracefully I do think that certain actions (or regimes if you like) are beneficial not so much to your looks but to your health and enjoyment of later life. Here’s the …

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A cheat’s way to make quick Tuscan roast pork…

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” That’s bloody marvellous, that roast pork” was the cry from from the Greek bishops who visited Florence in Tuscany in 1430. In fact what they said was “Aristos” in ancient Greek meaning “best or excellent” when presented with the famous Tuscan roast pork at a banquet held to unite  the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. And somehow the name …

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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

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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…

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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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