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How to Farm Saffron

Homemade Saffron

How to farm Saffron in Italy – Why Real Saffron is so expensive (The Red Gold) Every year, Italy’s sun-drenched fields carry the promise of saffron, a herb otherwise known as “red gold”. While today the ancient herb is painstakingly cultivated by dedicated farmers and it is famous for its quality and flavour, it was …

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Quick Egg Fried Rice Recipe

Egg Fried Rice Recipe

EGG FRIED RICE After recently disappointing Uncle Roger when he challenged me to make egg fried rice, I called  upon the best in the business: Marion Grasby. Egg fried rice is such a beautiful, simple recipe but it’s important to keep it authentic. With Marion’s help, we may have just unlocked the key to best …

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Mushroom Alfredo Pasta sitting on a white plate

Mushroom Alfredo Pasta

Mushroom Alfredo pasta? You will not go back to the classic Alfredo recipe after trying this re-imagined version which combines hearty porcini mushrooms with freshly grated truffle. Is your mouth watering yet? Once you mix through salty parmigiano cheese, this dish will hit new heights and you’ll be transported directly to Italy.

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Garlic Bread

The origins of garlic bread aren’t very well-known, but what I do know is the popularity of this dish is remarkable across the world! When you look at the basics, it’s similar to a bruschetta so I invite you to try my authentic Italian variation of garlic bread which is all about a delicious creamy paste, smothered on crispy golden ciabatta bread. What would I call it? Bruschetta aglio e oilio and it is absolutely, positively DIVINE!

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Pineapple Pizza

Pineapple PIZZA? NOOO! What is happening to me? No, I haven’t been brainwashed (or kidnapped) BUT I have been challenged by SO many of you!

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Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken parmigiana can be likened to Italian crumbed chicken with toppings, typically including cheese and tomato sauce, but is it Italian? NO! This is a dish which has become famous the world over and many mistaken it for being authentic but most variations are pretty un-Italian! Except, maybe, my one. As an Italian I have recreated this pub-classic with delicious authentic ingredients and believe me there is no going past this recipe for a cheesy chicken stack that is smothered in rich tomato and basil sauce. I even have two options for cheese on top, would you prefer buffalo mozzarella or burrata? Either way you will never order this out again. It might not be authentic, but I’ve created a Chicken Parmigiana that even my family would enjoy.

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Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a dish traditionally made up of just a few ingredients and can be likened to many simple Italian recipes.

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Spaghetti Meatballs

Spaghetti meatballs is a much-loved dish all over the world but too often I see giant meatballs topped on plates of spaghetti and this is not the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
This Italian dish can be done in an authentic way and my Nonna makes it best! So tune in to this recipe to recreate the most delicious spaghetti and (mini) meatballs and be transported to Nonna’s house with every, single, bite.
DISCLAIMER: My meatballs may look tiny but you’ll soon realise they are mighty – especially when enjoyed in the same mouthful as your spaghetti!

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alfredo pasta

Alfredo Pasta

Alfredo Pasta is a recipe that invites a lot of discussion –in simple terms, it’s a silky egg pasta smothered with melted butter and parmigiano cheese but today, the authentic recipe has gotten a little lost. This is another episode in my series where I make my version of fake Italian food and even though this originated in Rome in the1890’s the Alfredo Pasta recipe dish is constantly recreated incorrectly outside of Italy – possibly even more than Carbonara!
Maybe one of the simplest dishes to recreate, its main attraction (when it was first invented) was actually the theatrical way it was served right at the table.
Join me to see how one of the most-watched Alfredo Pasta recipes on YouTube completely destroys the original and keep watching to see how the REAL DEAL is made (by me)! The trick? Pasta water and quality ingredients – so don’t change a thing.

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how to make chicken pasta

Chicken Pasta

Chicken pasta, an unlikely combination for me (and very un-Italian!) but let me tell you, it left me wanting more. My version of chicken with pasta is hearty yet delicate and with an authentic Italian tomato passata, it is my way of making this dish the way an Italian would. Let me know if it passes the test – have I gone too far? Or would my Nonna be impressed? Either way this dish is not a classic but I have to admit, it’s scrumptious. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

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