Puttanesca (Tart’s) Pasta
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From www.nigella.com by Nigella Lawson Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil 8 anchovies (drained and finely chopped) 2 cloves garlic (peeled and finely sliced, crushed or grated ½ tsp dried chilli flakes (or 30ml pickled red jalapeno chilli peppers, … Read More

Tagliatelle alla Trapanese
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From Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver Serves 4 Ingredients: 455gms dried tagliatelle sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 150gms almonds, skins on or off 1 clove garlic 4 large handfuls of fresh basil, leaves picked 150gms freshly grated pecorino … Read More

Mixed Mushroom Pappardelle
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From 100 Perfect Pairings by Jill Silverman Hough Serves 4 Ingredients: 300 gms pappardelle pasta 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 400 gms mixed meaty mushrooms, such as white, brown, cremini, baby portobello, or shiitake, cut into 1/2cm slices, stems … Read More

Green Pasta with Blue Cheese
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From Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson  Serves 2 hungry people Ingredients: 250g Trottole Verdi or any curled pasta of choice Salt for pasta water, to taste 125g Gorgonzola piccante, crumbled or chopped 100g baby or salad spinach leaves Freshly ground pepper, … Read More

G is for Grapes, Wine Grapes
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The wonderful Jancis Robinson MW recently published a book listing 700 of the most popular grape varieties. Along with her co-authors and using the most cutting-edge DNA analysis it details almost 1,400 distinct vine  varieties. This is my kind of … Read More

Newsletter – Provencal Pinks – Jan 2013
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The first newsletter of the year was of course about New Year’s Resolutions, none of them including wine thankfully.  An update on Provencal Rosés, details of the the launch of another Beginners Food & Wine Club.  A lovely new Recipe … Read More

Sicilian Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic and Almonds
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(From Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson) Serves 6 Ingredients: 500gm Fusilli Lunghi or other pasta of your choice Salt for pasta water – to taste 250gm cherry tomatoes 6 anchovy fillets 25gm golden sultanas 2 cloves garlic, peeled 2 x 15ml … Read More

Spaghetti Tetrazzini
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From “Jamie’s Italy” by Jamie Oliver (Chicken & Mushroom Pasta Bake) Serves 4 Ingredients: 20g of dried porcini mushrooms olive oil 4 chicken thighs, boned, skinned and cut into bite-sized pieces 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced 350g … Read More