How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta with Truffle Butter Sauce

Excellent with a glass of red

A few weeks ago I attended a cooking course on how to make gluten-free pasta and gnocchi.  Gabriele Taddeucci who is Italian and a coeliac and the head-chef of Balla, ran the course and has allowed me to share his recipes. Gabriele has two different recipes for making pasta by either hand or machine.  I […]

How to Make Gluten-Free Gnocchi

Mushroom gnocchi all plated

A few weeks ago I attended a course by Gabriele Taddeucci on how to make gluten-free gnocchi.  He kindly and generously allowed me to share his recipes with you. A close-up view! I do have to let you know that I’m no expert in making beautiful, light-as-a-pillow gnocchi.  I have horror memories of once ambitiously […]

Gluten-Free Pasta and Gnocchi

Of course the chef should be able to enjoy the fruits of his labour

I’m absolutely not stalking Gabriele Taddeucci but I’m sure you’re all suspecting that I am.  It’s just that when I was at his restaurant, Balla, he let me know that he was running a hands-on course in how to make GF pasta and GF gnocchi. As I have previously mentioned, about 10 years ago Gabriele […]

Pasta with Sausage, Fennel and Beans and…A Crushed Toe

Sausage, fennel and

I’ve been away on the farm again.  We just decided to go for the last few days of the school holidays.  We again just took our ‘only child’ leaving the uni students to fend for themselves (much to their delight). While at the farm, internet connection is only available through my mobile using Hot Spot.  […]

Sausage and Leek Pasta and…the Licenced Driver

Doesn't take long to get this on the plate

It was only a matter of time but yes, Miss Arabella now has her driver’s licence.  She was eligible to hit the roads some 18 months ago but just like Alfie’s belated birthday party, somehow there was just a lot of inertia about actually sitting the test. About a year ago she asked me to […]

Dairy-Free Creamy Pasta and…Leftovers

Pasta with leg ham and mushrooms

The day after the launch of Lorraine’s book was Carl’s birthday.  To celebrate, I organised a family dinner at a restaurant we have been to quite a few times and I have previously let you all know about.  We like it because it’s casual, great for children, is BYO and inexpensive.  Later that day, Arabella […]

The Tenant and Creamy, Dairy-Free Pasta

Chorizo and Cannellini Bean Pasta

A few years ago Carl and I had a business where we worked out of a studio above a one bedroom apartment on a large block of land that had distant water views.  When Carl would disappear on appointments leaving me ‘home alone’ I used to take a few breaks from my desk and wander […]

Mushroom and Walnut Pasta and Time Squeezed

Vegetarian except for the bacon!

As you all know and have all been totally supportive, I’m time-starved this week but haven’t completely fallen in a heap and resorted to dialing up nightly takeaway, but I am looking for fast-food, that is, food I can quickly bring to the table. Recently I discovered a great food blog from New Zealand called […]

Angel’s Hair Pasta and A Brief Career

Angel's Hair Pasta with Creamy Herb Sauce

Many years ago before I bred the teenagers I had a job in the city working for a solicitor.  Being childless I had a lot more time to myself and I filled this by hosting dinner parties where I tried out all the recipes I had seen in the latest Vogue Entertaining magazine. Every Monday […]

Chorizo Ragu and ‘You’re Still the Best’

A precious container for precious teeth

We had a magical visitor in the night. Of the fairy kind. At school Alfie pulled out a wobbly tooth and when I went to collect him he ran to me, lisping the news.  ‘Mum, my tooth came out.  I pulled it out.  It was wobbling so much I just pulled it and out it […]