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…

Eggplants and oven-baked caponata

Summer is in full force (in every sense of the word!) now and this means that there is an abundance of eggplants in all shapes, colours and sizes at my local market. Italy is one…

Stovetop pan-baked flatbreads

If I had to choose my fondest food-related memory from my childhood, it would have to be watching my Sicilian nonni making sourdough bread in their backyard in suburban Sydney. Their ‘bakery’ was basically an…

Three different ways to make ice-cream at home

I’ve been inspired lately to become active on my previously-dormant Instagram account. After experimenting with the app’s features, I found that they can do a lot to enhance smartphone photos. So far, the main subjects…

Apricot sorbet

Yesterday I inadvertently found myself with an oversupply of apricots after my in-laws surprised me by bringing over several kilos of them! To think, I had just gone to market and bought some! Anyway, these…