Italian Food

Recipe of the Week: Chestnut Risotto

Theo Randall | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is a real Christmas treat! Chestnuts are fantastic this time of year and this is a really easy and tasty way to use them... Have a great week!

Cheap, Amazing, Homemade Pizza in 15 Minutes

Colin McQuistan | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin McQuistan

Pizzas are usually a mighty faff to make because you have to make the dough with yeast etc and leave it to rise for a few hours and then use a really fancy oven to get the right results. I have neither the time nor the equipment for such endeavours, or the inclination.

Recipe of the Week: Squash and Artichoke Fritto Misto

Theo Randall | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is a really great way of serving some delicious vegetables as a starter or just a nibble. The combination of the artichokes squash and mushroom is not just interesting flavour combinations but great textures too. By using milk and flour as apposed to using a batter they are not too greasy and will have a really crisp coating... Have a great week!

Recipe of the Week: Cuttlefish With Artichoke Pasta

Theo Randall | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Cuttlefish is just as tasty as squid but not as popular. It has a thicker tougher texture than Squid but if you cook it longer it becomes sweet and incredibly tender. I love artichokes and I am a big fan of combining them with fish and pasta because they have so much flavour, you do not need that many of them, they also have a wonderful texture.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

Linda Duffin | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

I know this dish is a bit heavy on the cheese but do try adding the mozzarella. It provides a degree of gooeyiness that's deeply satisfying (unless you're on a diet but hey, it's nearly time for those big, all-enveloping jumpers).

Defiant Italy - Pasta, Priests and Partigiani: The Politics of Italian Gastronomy

Nick Fouche | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Fouche

Fortuitously, it was mostly thanks to my geographical location that my whimsical flirtation became transformed into a more solid 'marriage' and I was finally restored to terra firma, even if it meant descending from Botticelli and Caravaggio to that less glamorous level of my fellow mortals where gunfire has raged and soldiers once fell for the highest stakes.

This Week I Ate...Rimini

William Sitwell | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

The cork pings up to the ceiling like a bullet and those of us around the table cheer. This bottle - cuvee brut - is the Italian version of champagne, a light and fruity sparkling wine that's a few notches up from prosecco. In the two days that I've been eating in and around Rimini every meal apart from breakfast starts like this.

Forget an Indian Summer, I've Been Searching for an Italian Summer

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elle-Rose Williams

I've always loved Italy. I love the sunshine, the people, the food... What's not to adore about the sun-soaked cities and rural landscapes?

Recipe of the Week: Risotto Verde With Peas, Spinach and Parmesan

Theo Randall | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is a simple risotto to make and the combination of peas, spinach and parmesan is delicious. It is very important that you cook the rice with the onion for the first few minutes so the rice will be hot when you add the hot stock. This way the rice will cook evenly and the risotto will have a chewy bite.

Sicily Insider: Kitchen, Dietary Secrets and More

Layne Lieberman | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Layne Lieberman

Sicily is intriguing as it conjures up notions of the Mafioso culture so famously exaggerated in American movies. As I flew into Catania from Milano, I had images of crazy drivers with musical accents wearing wife-beaters (sleeveless underwear) in the heat of the summer.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Be in Rome Right Now

Adam Bown | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

With so many great reasons to visit Rome, it's a task in itself to narrow down the must-see attractions. With more than 900 churches alone - that's more than two church visits every day for a year - it's unlikely that you will fit everything into one visit. So, don't try and rush around the city to see every ruin or piazza - save it for your next holiday to Rome!

This Week I Ate...San Carlo Manchester

William Sitwell | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Off I went to Manchester to see what the deal was. On King Street West, in the main shopping district of the city, you'll find San Carlo. And you'll discover an amazing story about this place too. For the man behind this business - a hugely successful restaurateur making millions from branches from Bangkok to Kuwait - used to be barber.

Recipe of the Week: Vongole With Tomato, Zucchini, Parsley, White Wine and Garlic

Theo Randall | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This recipe is so easy you have to try it. It's a really delicious lunch dish or even something to put in the middle of the table. Make sure you clean your clams well as you do not want any grit. The combination of the garlicky clams with courgette and tomato is lovely. It's a bowl of clams with a lovely soupy juice that has the tender courgettes. The grilled bread is to mop up all the juice. If you cannot get clams try mussels it works well. Have a great week!

Recipe of the Week: Taglierini With Fresh English Peas and Proscuitto

Theo Randall | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

You have to do this recipe this week as the English peas are perfect at the moment. If you wait too long they will become old and tough. This is probably the best way to enjoy peas as the combination of the sweet peas with the salty proscuitto and the butter pasta is absolutely delicious... Have a great week!

Recipe of the Week: Seared Tunafish With Marjoram, Capers, Spinach and Lentils With Datterini Tomatoes

Theo Randall | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Tunafish can be a bit dull sometimes but by making a fresh marjoram sauce with lemon olive and sea salt. This will give the fish a delicious flavour which is perfect if the tunafish is seared because the sauce slightly cooks the fish. Have a great week!

Recipe of the Week: Asparagus With Anchovy Butter and Parmesan

Theo Randall | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is a very simple recipe and a great way to eat asparagus. The anchovy butter is so good you will spread it on toast the next day.

Recipe of the Week: Tagliatelle With Italian Sausage, Swiss Chard and Chilli

Theo Randall | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Italian sausages are delicious in a pasta sauce as they are a combination of fresh and cured pork with seasoning so they are almost like a seasoned mince. Adding the swiss chard to the sauce gives it more texture and is a great way to use chard stalks.

Recipe of the Week: Zucchini Frittata With Parmesan Shavings

Theo Randall | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is the most delicious frittata. It's easy to make looks good and can be eaten either hot or cold - in fact it is perfect served with a glass of prosecco before lunch or dinner. Make sure you cook the courgettes so there is no water left in them and use fresh ricotta to make it taste light and creamy.

Hello, Ducks

Linda Duffin | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

I bought half a dozen duck eggs in my local deli the other day. Then I sat and looked at them. Yes, my life is one long dizzy social whirl. Having got them I couldn't decide how to cook them.

Recipe of the Week: Salmon With Zucchini Fritti

Theo Randall | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Salmon trout is such a delicious fish and cooked this simple way the fish will remain juicy and you will get the best flavour and texture. The chilli mint sauce with the courgette fritti is a great combination and very simple to prepare. The fresher the courgettes the crispier your fritti will be. Have a great week!

Recipe of the Week: Seabream With Tomatoes, Olives and a Fennel Salad

Theo Randall | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

The tomatoes will add lots of flavour but will also keep the fish juicy and their sweetness and acidity will complement the fish. Do not squeeze lemon on the fish though - it will clash with the tomatoes.

Recipe of the Week: Pork Chop With Portobello Mushrooms and Salsa Verde

Theo Randall | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Pork chops can be really dry and uninspiring but try cooking them this way so they stay really juicy. When you buy the pork, make sure it has a nice amount of fat on it because fat is flavour when it comes to cooking pork. The salsa verde cuts the richness of the pork and gives off a fresh herby flavour which goes really well with the mushrooms...

Recipe of the Week: Tagliarini With Brown Shrimps and Zucchini

Theo Randall | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is such a simple pasta dish but very delicious. When you make it you will definitely want to make it again. The brown shrimps have a very unique flavour and combined with the zucchini butter and garlic taste even better.

Recipe of the Week: Rigatoni With Zucchini and Pesto

Theo Randall | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

I love this dish because it is so easy and very tasty. The great thing about using a pasta shape like Rigatoni is that it will hold the sauce well and has a lovely chewiness when cooked properly. You can make this dish in the same time as takes to cook the pasta so it really is delicious health fast food...

Recipe of the Week: Tagliatelle With Bresaola Radicchio and Rosemary

Theo Randall | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is a great way to use bresaola with pasta and also a good substitute for pancetta. The meatiness of the bresaola works really well with the bitterness of the radicchio. You could use a pasta like penne but tagliatelle is a bit more luxurious and holds the sauce really well.