Persimmon and walnut cake

There is nothing romantic about the summer heat in a densely populated inland city like Turin. Respite in the form of a breeze (and air-conditioning, as Italians generally don’t like colpi d’aria or ‘hits of…

Risotto alla milanese

Here I am, finally posting about a risotto recipe, a starter dish I’ve come to love making since moving to Turin (and subsequently, close to the rice fields of Vercelli) in 2007. Yet, I have…

‘Twice-cooked’ piparelli biscuits

There are few things I love more than analysing words and language. It’s only natural, I suppose, after studying languages (Italian, French, Spanish and a little bit of Latin), linguistics and several years of teaching…

Italy’s Day of the Dead

The urns of strong men stimulate strong minds To deeds of great distinction O Pindemonte And these urns make sacred for the traveller that earth which holds them – Ugo Foscolo, Of the Sepulchres, 1807…

Borlotti bean soup and the cult of cucina povera

I am an incurable mangiafagioli or ‘beaneater’.  Really though, what is wrong with admitting your passion for one of healthiest, most nutritionally dense foods on the planet? Fibre, protein, folate and iron are just a…

Tiramisù

I love layering things.  Trifle, eggplant parmigiana and lasagna are some of my favourite dishes that require their ingredients to be assembled into layers. Yet, would you believe that until last month that I’d never made…

Zucchine in carpione

After moving house (twice!!) last year and having to sort through, amongst many other things, all of the books I’d accumulated over the years, I swore to myself that I would never buy another book….

Stuffed peaches alla piemontese

Peaches have always been one of my favourite fruits. Since moving to Turin, I’ve found myself hanging out for summer every year, partly so I can make stuffed peaches  (or pesche ripiene, as they are called…