I would say that I'm one of those people who enjoys cooking, but has never really found the knack of following recipes. Perhaps it's the designer in me, but when I'm left alone in the kitchen, I always have the urge to get creative and result in a recipe far from the picturesque concoction in a recipe book.
Dried porcini mushrooms are easy to get hold of and have loads of flavour. The addition of mint works really well with the other ingredients but be careful, as too much mint can overpower the other ingredients. Conchighlie (pasta shells) work well in this recipe as the sauce tends to get stuck in the inside of the shells. Have a great weekend!
This recipe is a great way to experience a summer truffle. Summer truffles are not the strongest of truffles but by using artichoke and parmesan it brings out its subtle flavour. There is a temptation to add a drop of truffle oil but try and resist because by not adding it you will get the true flavour of the truffle.
This recipe is very delicious and easy to prepare. Once you have made the pesto and cooked the green beans and potatoes, it's simply mixing everything together once the pasta is cooked. Perfect for lunch or a pasta course at your dinner party. Try with a chilled glass of Vermentino. Have a fantastic weekend !
It's a wonderful dish to make in advance, as you can assemble it a few hours ahead and then bake it when you need it. It's very important to use a white tea towel - I once made a rotolo using a blue tea towel and the pasta came out blue, which went down very well with my friends. I still get teased about it.
This is a recipe that makes a small amount of crab meat go a long way. The addition of the tomatoes and courgettes makes the flavor much sweeter and really brings out the taste of fresh crab meat. If you can get hold of a crab and cook it yourself then the result will be much better but you can get a good result with picked pasteurised crab meat.
Some 100 lobsters a week, 20 guinea fowl, 40 wild rabbit and that's just the prep before I've even started making the pasta which has to be fresh every service. So getting all that achieved whilst Angela Hartnett was in the kitchen with a film crew and James Martin wondering around was intimidating and inspiring...