Plant Based Pasta Perfection


Having had a busy week with our new book ‘The Diabetes Weight-loss Cookbook’ being featured every day in the Daily Mail and becoming an Amazon bestseller I decided to drop down to Eastbourne to see family and friends. While there I knocked up this quick and simple low-carb, plant based supper on the beach… with a little help from the …

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Married to a Hangry Man


It wasn’t until it was all over, I knew how bad it was. I fell for the bright, bouncy, crazy Italian who was full of energy, fun and impetuous enthusiasm 21 years ago. We opened restaurants together, travelled back and forth to Italy to collect knowledge and recipes. We wrote a book, I learnt to speak Italian, we worked hard, …

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A Warming Recipe From The Italian Alps…


Goulasch – a rich, intense sticky beef stew from the mountains
While most people who go to a ski resort descend mountains at speed by strapping slippery long boards to their boots others prefer the slower, calmer activities that the mountains have to offer. While our boys went careering down black runs, fell over a lot and drank Bombardinos, Giancarlo …

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Fabulous Fonduta…


For several years each January we have held a succession of very merry “Apres-Ski Evenings” at Caldesi in Campagna, when staff and customers donned bobble hats and salopettes and ate fondue, gnocchi and downed grappa as if they had just come off the slopes. As the dishes and ambience was so enjoyed by the customers we decided that in 2019 we would extend this to …

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A Sicilian favourite recipe… quick, easy and ideal for a drinks party!


On a cool, bright day in Palermo, capital of Sicily we took a trip to the market in Ballarò. There I was bewitched, lured and dragged by my nose to a stall by the simple smell of roasting onions and rosemary.  It was owned by a father and son who performed a wonderful double act, calling out for people to come and admire …

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Figgy Pudding the Italian Way


With Christmas fast approaching  I thought I’d share a Sicilian take on figgy pudding. Some years ago while travelling around the island researching for our cookbook on Sicily I was inspired by the sight of wild fig trees alongside dry stone walls. A sort of Yorkshire moors landscape only with intense sun that would have made any flat-capped shepherds faint …

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Recipes from our demo at the BBC Good Food Show


Last week we had the pleasure of demonstrating two great recipes at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Giancarlo cooked up Cacio e pepe, a simple but delicious pasta dish with a sauce made with just black pepper and pecorino cheese (click here for the recipe). Meanwhile I cooked up some savoury cantuccini which are ideal …

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World Pasta Day at La Cucina Caldesi


World Pasta Day
On 25th October we held a special World Pasta Day event at La Cucina Caldesi which took the form of live demos, talks, tastings and the largest display of pasta shapes outside of Italy.

Pasta is eaten in all five continents of the world and according to a study of global food trends by Oxfam, it …

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Pasta Essentials – Cacio e Pepe


Cacio e Pepe
Cheese & Pepper Pasta
There are many ways to make this classic dish and each Roman cook will show you some slightly different way to manipulate pasta, cheese and pepper into a wonderful, warm bowl of comfort food. We saw this method, called ‘risotato’ as it is like making a risotto, being used by chef Rossana Gialleonardo …

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Supperclub cooking at William’s


Last weekend we were invited to cook for William Sitwell’s monthly supperclub at Weston Hall. We chose to cook from two of our books, Rome: centuries in a Roman Kitchen and Tuscany: Simple Meals and Fabulous Feasts both published by Hardie Grant. It gave us a chance to cook some of our favourite recipes such as the Roman porchetta, a …

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