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:

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

Pasta e piselli – pasta with peas

Pasta e piselli
Make peas not war

I have been meaning to share the wonderful recipe of pasta e piselli for a while but never quite got there. As they say: there is always Continue reading

Chiacchiere di Carnevale – sweet fried ribbons

Chiacchiere di carnevale piled on top of each other
A few chiacchiere… A pile of scrumptiousness

Since I moved to London we have not been celebrating Carnival in February; it is all about Halloween in November instead. But I miss the Italian atmosphere so badly that I always try to bring a piece of Carnevale to London by making chiacchiere: thin and crispy, Continue reading

Rose di speck e ricotta – speck and ricotta roses

Roses of speck with ricotta
Roses: Could it get more romantic than this?

The other day I published my 60th post and realised how far I have come since that very first recipe I published a year ago. “La prima ricetta non si scorda mai“:-P (You never forget the very first recipe). Continue reading

Farfalle al salmone – salmon and cream farfalle

Dish of farfalle panna e salmone
Dangerously luxurious

Farfalle al salmone is a scrumptious pasta dish that is simple in the way it’s made and the ingredients used. However, it is also an elegant dish that carries so much luxury and goodness within it  Continue reading

Crostata alla marmellata – fruit jam pie

A slice of crostata alla marmellata. Utter bliss.
A slice of crostata solves all problems.

You know how the saying goes about a cup of tea, right? Well, I think that for many, many Italians a slice of crostata alla marmellata has the same healing and solving power as Continue reading

Frittata di maccheroni – pasta omelette

Big slice of frittata di maccheroni
It doesn’t get more comforting than this.

Frittata di maccheroni is one of those typical Neapolitan dishes that proves Neapolitans know their stuff when it comes to comfort food.

It’s a pasta-based dish and that already accounts for a big percentage of comfort. But we can’t stop there. We decided that Continue reading