Cooking at the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Part 2)


When deciding what to cook at the Garofalo Pasta stand at the Salone del Gusto it made perfect sense that I should bring a little of Britain with me. And what gourmet item did I choose? The good old British banger, that’s what!

The recipe I chose was Creamy Sausage Pasta, from my forthcoming cookbook, which is a real hearty and filling dish just perfect for this time of year in England. The sausages are cut into large bite-sized pieces and are cooked in a large frying pan. Bits of sausage stick to the pan turning sticky and brown and then onions are slowly fried in the same pan, soaking up all that delicious flavour. The pan is then deglazed with cream and stock, which forms the sauce. A touch of thyme and seasoning is added and then it’s mixed in with al dente pasta. It’s a real homely dish, simple and rustic. Rob and I love it but what would my Italian guests make of it? Read post

Cooking at the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Part 1)


I’ve just got back from Turin in Italy where I was invited by Garofalo Pasta to cook at the Salone del Gusto. The internationally renowned event is a celebration of slow food which attracts food lovers, buyers and producers from all over the world. This was the eight time the event, which is run biannually, has been held and with guests from over 160 countries it’s an incredibly abundant festival. Read post

Anchovy, Garlic and Tomato Spaghetti


If you’ve never used anchovies as a storecupboard ingredient before the concept may take a little bit of getting used to; they are, after all, tiny little fishes. It took a while for me to come round to the idea too and I only started using them in recent years, but they won me over and have now earned a permanent place in my cupboard. Read more

The Art of Simplicity

The Art of Simplicity 1

Asparagus, White Wine and Crème Fraîche Linguini

Asparagus Pasta 2

Ingredients2 shallots2 garlic clovesA glass (about 300ml) of white wine4 heaped tablespoons of crème fraîcheEnough linguini for two people12-16 asparagus spears (depending on thickness)SaltBlack pepper 1. Simmer the linguini in boiling salted water2. While the linguini is cooking finely chop the shallots and crush the garlic and fry them in a knob of butter for […]

Lasagna, Salad and Garlic Bread


Over the bank holiday weekend I invited our parents over for dinner. I wanted a relaxed, family meal and what better than lasagna with the classic accompaniments of salad and garlic bread? After all, the Italians sure know how to feed a family! Read post