I love the simplicity and versatility of fish. Here is a recipe which I have cooked numerous times and it never fails to delight. The delicious combination of lemon, garlic, capers and white wine just make this a winner. Lemons were introduced into Spain in the 11th century and...
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Here is one of my favourite dishes from Tuscany, the cookbook I shared with you on my blog. This recipe comes from the province of Lucca. This is such a wonderful soup to share with friends (this recipe will serve 6) – just add some Tuscan bread or ciabatta and...
Here is the recipe for one of my favourite entertaining dishes from Miguel Maestro’s Spanish Cooking cookbook – Caballitos con salsa romesco – King Prawn in jamon with romesco coulis. As Miguel says, this is a fun way to eat prawns on the barbecue, with “minimal effort and great results”. Make plenty...
This classic Greek dish, htapodi makaronatha, is another favourite in my home, and fortunately I able able to get fresh baby octopus to use in this dish. I generally have my local fish supplier prepare the octopus for me. If you cannot get canned cherry tomatoes, fresh ones are fine. It...
If you have ever been to Istanbul (and if you haven’t you should put it on your bucket list) you will know of the wonderful fish sandwiches you can pick up at numerous places along the Bosphorus. I have to have at least one when I am there, even...
Fortunately we are blessed with access to fresh fish daily and so fish has become a key part of the week’s menu planning. Whilst I am happy to cook fish simply when it is so fresh, a little variety is also a bonus and this dish which sees...
I have a recipe file of dishes that I call my very ‘special occasion’ dishes and this is one of them. I first had a version of this dish in Venice and have never forgotten how wonderful it was. Yes, it was a ‘special occasion’ but the dish transcends any particular...
I adore this combination and especially the sweetness of the crab and prawn which blends so incredibly well with the garlic and chilli. Have lots of warm crusty bread to hand and get ready to use your fingers – this is not a dish for the niceties of the...
Scallops are always a treat to look forward to but they often take second or third place to other seafood. This dish really makes them the star and they are the perfect match to the peas and the shredded lettuce, while the saffron white wine sauce is the ingredient which...
Octopus is one of the most underrated of seafoods and many people shun from giving it a try in the kitchen as they are unsure as to have to prepare it. The best advice I received when travelling in and around Greece was to slow cook it, as...
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