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  • Simple spaghetti series – Spaghetti puttanesca

    Spaghetti Puttanesca

    I feel sorry for anchovies. They can’t win. When they’re an obvious flagship ingredient in a dish, they’re exposed to scrutiny and hostility by all anchovy haters; if on the other hand they’re simply working their magic behind the scenes, they go completely unnoticed and therefore uncelebrated. What’s worse is the fact that these little silver […]

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  • Simple spaghetti series – Spaghetti alle vongole

    Clams opening up

    One of the most distinguished and uncomplicated delicacies from the gulf of Naples, spaghetti alle vongole is the king of all seafood pasta in my opinion. If food had special powers, a twist of these spaghetti would instantly beam you up and land you in a blissful seaside setting on the Italian riviera. Trust me though, even without special powers, that’s […]

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  • Simple spaghetti series – Aglio, olio e peperoncino

      I’ve just come back from what I’d describe as a week of taste bud endurance training in Naples and the surrounding area – I’ll brief you with all the culinary details in another post. In the meantime, however, the trip reminded me that food doesn’t need to be complicated to be delicious. Find a restaurant […]

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  • Lemon and dill tagliolini on the rocks

    pasta on the rocks

    With the weather hopefully picking up soon here in the UK, it reminded me of those dishes that I think are made to be eaten outdoors. On busy summer days at our family restaurant, you could bet your bottom Lira that caprese salads and fritto misto would be served until we were calamari-white in the face. An equally popular dish was […]