Posted: 01 March '11 by Niall
We made this fantastic recipe at Christmas, replacing the traditional baked ham with this Italian porchetta.. And it was an immediate hit! The pork shoulder is a cheaper cut of meat but, given a bit of care and enough gentle cooking, can give tremendous results. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the..
Posted: 02 February '11 by Niall and Kelly
A panettone has become a traditional Christmas purchase in our house. The Italian sweet bread sums up everything that is good about the Christmas holidays – the decorative “wrapping” paper around the base, the spiced scent, the candied peel secreted in the fluffy bread, the sheer size of the thing – it’s unapologetically, excessively festive…
Posted: 10 December '10 by Niall
Last weekend I turned to what’s quickly become known as “Old Faithful” in our house – Theo Randall’s ‘Pasta’ cookbook. I’ve already posted a few of his recipes, so you’ll know exactly how highly I rate Theo Randall, and the recipes in this book in particular. This recipe for orecchiette pasta with duck is indulgent:..
Posted: 17 September '10 by Niall
Here’s one of our favourite Theo Randall recipes – the only way we could improve on his his Penne with sausage, pancetta and swiss chard was by using Hilltown Farm’s haggis sausages!
Posted: 01 September '10 by Niall
As the temperature in Northern Ireland soared to a stifling 23° last week, we were in the mood for a lighter meal when we got home from work. What better than a zesty Meditteranean salad! Kelly is a big fan of citrus flavours so this Italian Fennel and Orange salad was a sure-fire winner. I..
Posted: 13 August '10 by Niall
Just looking back through our recipe-list it’s pretty obvious that Italian cuisine is a big favourite of ours. I think I’ve bought most of what Antonio Carluccio, Giorgio Locatelli, and Elizabeth David have written on the subject. So it says a lot about Theo Randall’s abilities that we became such huge fans of his so..
Categories: Books for Cooks
Posted: 23 July '10 by Niall and Kelly
Kelly’s love of Italian food knows almost no bounds, and one of her favourite chefs is Theo Randall. I’d have to agree – his dishes always seem so flavoursome, often quite simple, and smack of authentic Italian cooking. Perfect for the home cook. With the publication of his new book Pasta there’s now a great..
Posted: 10 June '10 by Niall
I honestly can’t remember where I came across this recipe, but I always thought that it would make a quick and easy mid-week meal. We were housing-sitting for Kelly’s Mum and Dad recently and had to come up with a menu that Kelly’s sister would also enjoy. Katie has very exacting standards when it comes..