Watch Mariacristina and George tell the story behind Coochinando

Coochinando: a collection of southern Italian family recipes to be published in a book to raise funds for two of the charities that helped my husband to get through his life-threatening illness (read more). Give them a try, tell me how you get on and share the goodness with those you love! Never miss a recipe by signing up to email updates:

Roccocò – almond spiced biscuits

Roccocò which are almond spiced biscuits
The perfect present to heal the January blues
As unconventional as it may be to share a typical Christmas Neapolitan biscuit recipe after Christmas, I have to go ahead and post the recipe for roccocò today. It’s simply because of the sheer number of people who sampled the awesomeness of this biscuit and requested the recipe.

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Tagliatelle alla boscaiola – tagliatelle boscaiola

Tagliatelle alla boscaiola are a perfect winter warmer
A perfect winter warmer

Tagliatelle alla boscaiola is a traditional Tuscan pasta dish. However, it is so yummy that it is cooked in many Italian regions, with a number of variations.
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Dolce al cioccolato – gooey chocolate cake

Dolce al cioccolato
“I will cheer you up”

This dolce al cioccolato is a guarantee for a decadent cuddle when your body is shouting and begging for comfort and pure pleasure. It’s a very Continue reading

Penne con panna e zucchine – cream and courgette pasta

Pasta con panna e zucchine
I am all the comfort you need
When comfort is all you crave and need then there is only one pasta dish that will do the job: penne con panna e zucchine. And note that I say cream before courgettes for good reason, because the Continue reading

Tramezzini tricolore – one bowl and no kneading focaccia-style sandwiches

tramezzini tricolore
It has never been so quick to make your own sandwich bread
There are foods that belong to your childhood that you simply cannot forget. What’s yours? Tramezzini tricolore (a type of focaccia style sandwiches) is definitely one of those for me.

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Mezze maniche alla crema di spinaci e gorgonzola – creamy spinach and gorgonzola pasta

Pasta bowl with pasta with spinaci e gorgonzola
The ultimate treat for the vegetarian crowd
Mezze maniche alla crema di spinaci e gorgonzola is a pasta dish that will not sound in the slightest bit familiar to you, or, for that matter, ring a bell for anyone else on this planet.

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Spaghetti alla carbonara – carbonara

Blue plate with spaghetti alla carbonara
“I am beautiful as I am” – please leave the cream behind.

Spaghetti alla carbonara is a much beloved national dish that is regularly the highlight of the day for millions of Italians, wherever they are, whatever place they call home. Continue reading

Millefoglie alle fragole – strawberry millefeuille

Slice of millefoglie alle fragole
The perfect summer treat

After such a long silence (sorry readers, it couldn’t be helped!), I could only come back with a massive Continue reading

Gnocchi alla romana con salmone – semolina gnocchi with smoked salmon

Heart shaped gnocchi alla romana
A burst of romance…
Potato gnocchi may be the only type of gnocchi you have ever made or tasted, and that is totally understandable given their yumminess. In theory there would be no reason to try anything else. Yet I genuinely think you are missing out Continue reading