We can’t travel right now, but our tastebuds can! Use your mealtimes to transport yourself to more exotic surroundings — from the safety of your kitchen. In this edition, we’re jetting off to la bella Italia…
Is pizza the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Italian food? Yep, us too — although, in fairness, pizza is on our minds most of the time. Check out this collection of some of our all-time favourite pizza recipes.
This vibrant, colourful tomato, peach, prosciutto and goat’s cheese salad is the perfect sweet-meets-salty dish, with ripe tomatoes and juicy peaches providing that summery feeling.
Cacio e pepe is a Roman classic, and is one of the most simple dinners you can pull together. It requires just a handful of ingredients and can be on the table in 15 minutes. Add a handful of mixed leaves and dinner is served!
If you’re looking to ramp up the flavour, try this ultimate slow-cooked beef ragù — you’ll never look at a standard Bolognese sauce the same way again.
It seems like everyone’s getting into baking these days, so why not take the time to make your own focaccia from scratch? This garlic and rosemary version is so easy that the hardest part will be sourcing the flour and yeast!
Bruschetta make fantastic crowd-pleasers and lovely for casual grazing. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, why not make a selection of toppings and enjoy outdoors with a glass (or two) of chilled Pinot Grigio?
A clever street snack hailing from Sicily, arancini are deep-fried rice balls: crunchy crumb shells filled with gooey, unctuous risotto and often stuffed with cheese, meat or other hidden treasures. If you’re making risotto, make extra. You’ll want these tomorrow.
Yet another example of the sheer food perfection achieved by the Sicilians, cannoli consist of crunchy fried shells filled with creamy, sweetened ricotta. If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, this could be the dessert for you.
Another classic from the land of good food is panna cotta, that silky smooth dessert beloved by dairy addicts everywhere (myself included). Top yours with stewed rhubarb for a seasonal treat.
And to drink…
The Aperol spritz has been on-trend for the past two summers, and for good reason — it’s delicious! The good news is it’s also incredibly easy to make at home.
Not a fan of Aperol? Here are four alternative ideas for refreshing Prosecco-based cocktails that are sure to perk up your evening.