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Chicken cooked in beer - pollo alla birra

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Apple and walnut cake

I first came across this kind of apple cake in Italy - I spotted it in a bakery, sitting proudly and invitingly on a woo..

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Chicken cooked in beer - pollo alla birra

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Halloumi and roasted peppers

I suppose I have to face the fact that it's over. Linens and sandals have been relegated to the back of the wardrobe, th..

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Pasta with prawns and courgettes

Another light, easy, meat-free pasta dish. I realise that this has been a bit of a theme in recent posts so I feel I sho..

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Coffee and walnut cupcakes

The atmosphere in our house has been somewhat subdued lately. It started with Italy's humiliating defeat in Euro 2012 an..

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Raspberry bakewell tart

Strawberries are undoubtedly the most popular fruit of summer. Juicy and luscious, with their shameless scarlet colour a..

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Panettone pudding

January is almost at an end. In Italy, these last few days are known as 'i giorni della merla', the days of the blackbir..

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Anglesey eggs - ŵyau ynys môn

I think it's fair to say that Welsh cuisine does not play a prominent role on the world's culinary stage. However, Wales..

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Spaghetti with tomatoes and swordfish

For those interested in food and drink, autumn is probably the best time to visit Italy. From Trentino in the north to S..

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Spaghetti ai frutti di mare - seafood spaghetti

Pasta and seafood is one of the great combinations. A particular favourite has to be spaghetti with clams and/or mussels..

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Chocolate and pumpkin cake

I feel I must start with an apology - this is the second chocolate cake I have written about in less than a month (click..

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Pitta di patate - puglian potato pie

GL's mother is from the Salento area of Puglia, right in the heel of the boot that is Italy. It's a place of vivid colou..

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Crema di mascarpone

This recipe comes from Lombardy in northern Italy and is usually served at Christmas time with panettone. However, I thi..

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Mini vanilla bundts

I never intended buying any Bundt cake tins, mini or otherwise. Yet I came across one on offer in a shop and frankly cou..

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Bresaola, rocket and parmesan salad

Bresaola is cured beef fillet, produced in the Lombardy alps. After being cured in salt, it is air-dried for several mon..

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Pasta with tomatoes and mushrooms

This is an easy mid-week pasta, good for vegetarians or if you're trying to cut down on meat.You can use any short pasta..

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Gnudi - tuscan spinach and ricotta dumplings

Although they may resemble gnocchi, these little dumplings are in fact quite different as they don't contain potatoes. T..

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