Rose Gray was so excited about this and asked if we could take one back to the restaurant. Well Francesco being the perfect, generous host lets us pick which squash we would like to take back. As you can imagine we didn't take the smallest one! When we were checking in to Pisa airport the next day we all had hand luggage and an enormous pumpkin, the size of a suitcase.
Squash is a very under used ingredient and has lots of flavour. This recipe is one of the best ways to use it. Make sure you peel the squash well and remove all the seeds. If you have any cooked chestnuts around they are a delicious addition to this soup. The pancetta is there for extra flavour but it works perfectly well with out it. Have a great Christmas!
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!
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.
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.
This is so quick to make and a really good way to use prawns. The courgettes become soft and almost creamy if you toss the pasta well... Make sure the pasta still has a bite when you remove it from the water as you need to cook and reduce the sauce in the frying pan to make the sauce coat the pasta. Have a good week!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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...
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...