Banana and Brandied Cranberry Scones

Scones are always easy to make and loved by all. This recipe includes over-ripe bananas and brandied dried cranberries. Earlier in the year I made  batch of the brandied cranberries and they are so delicious on ice cream and with other desserts. They are also nice to use in cake making and in this case they balance the sweetness of the bananas. I have included … Continue reading Banana and Brandied Cranberry Scones

Giant Conchiglioni Pasta with Meat and Tomato

This incredibly simple dish is based on using pre-prepared meatballs that have been cooked in a rich tomato sauce. When ready to make this dish, simply use the sauce and meatballs you have previously lovingly prepared and stored in your the fridge or freezer and the rest is easy. Even the pasta can be cooked ahead. Just assemble and bake and let the flavours penetrate … Continue reading Giant Conchiglioni Pasta with Meat and Tomato

Pickled Red Onion Rings

Pickled onions have always been a favourite but these homemade pickled sweet red onion rings are so easy to make that there is no excuse for not having them on hand. They will enhance your salads and sandwiches or meats with their spicy, sweet and vinegary flavour. With their vibrant pink colour, pickled red onion rings are both attractive and delicious. Pickled Red Onion Rings … Continue reading Pickled Red Onion Rings

Delicious Swede Brovada

The humble swede is an often overlooked vegetable that, when cooked is surprisingly soft, delicate and sweet. In Britain it is often mashed and roasted, in Europe it is made into sauerruben, a cousin of sauerkraut. This recipe is a variation of ‘brovada’ a fermented dish that is popular in north-east Italy using white turnips fermented in grape pomace. It is like sauerkraut but more … Continue reading Delicious Swede Brovada

Parsley Salad

Parsley is not just a garnish to food.  It has been consumed both medicinally and used in cuisine around the world. Parsley is very nutritious and has many health benefits. Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K and Vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron. Parsley’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids … Continue reading Parsley Salad

Sausage and Leek Scalloped Potatoes

Italian sausages cooked in wine with rosemary and a cheesy bechamel enriched with leek, sweet red onion and herbs form the base for the scalloped potatoes. This dish can stand alone with a leafy mixed salad or other vegetables for lunch or it can accompany your favourite meat dish. The flavours of the italian sausages are enhanced by careful cooking and the blend of leek, … Continue reading Sausage and Leek Scalloped Potatoes

Polpettine Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Sugo di Polpettine alla Teramana is a classic sauce from the Abbruzzo region of Italy. Traditionally the sauce of tiny meatballs is served over home made chittara pasta. I thought I would try to make the meatballs and sauce in the traditional way but to use it in variety of other dishes. These delicious tiny meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are perfect for any … Continue reading Polpettine Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Penne and Mushroom Pasticcio

Pasticcio is an easy to make baked pasta dish. It is often made with bolognese or other tomato sauces.  I thought I would take advantage of a wonderful mushroom sauce that I use in various dishes. It is rich and the thick slices of mushroom are meaty and delicious. This recipe uses the rich mushroom and tomato sauce thickly spread between layers of penne pasta, … Continue reading Penne and Mushroom Pasticcio

Roasted Pumpkin, Potato and Butter Bean Soup with Sage

This delicious smooth soup combines the flavours of roasted butternut pumpkin and potatoes, sage and the heartiness of butter beans and is a perfect lunch or evening meal. The pumpkin, when roasted brings out the sweet sugars and flavour. Making this soup is a great way to use leftover pumpkin from a vegetable roast as only a cup is needed when added to the potatoes. … Continue reading Roasted Pumpkin, Potato and Butter Bean Soup with Sage