Chilli linguini with cavolo nero

The secret to this rustic dish lies in the heat of garlic and chilli, and the saltiness of anchovies. If you do not like anchovies do not blanch in horror – they melt away during cooking and underpin the dish with a subtle saltiness and depth, but not fishiness. The cavolo nero is sauteed in…

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Chilli prawns with pasta

This is a new favourite of mine – only problem is that I am the sole prawn lover at our place. But then – no sharing required! I used tiger prawns, but you could use any variety of your choosing. The chilli, parsley and lemon zest are astonishingly simple ingredients, but together they are a…

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Orecchiette with salsa verde

This recipe is a whisper of springtime green in the middle of a wintry June. We still have herbs a-plenty in the garden at our place, even some basil that is remaining sweet, though it should have gone to seed long ago. The herbs called to me to make something bright and fresh and satisfying. Salsa verde,…

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Pasta la vista, baby

Pasta is the meal of choice for all three of my kids if I ask them what they would like for dinner. I guess it’s the same for many households across the country – and it’s quick, easy to prepare, and, if not covered with a creamy sauce or loads of cheese, pretty healthy, too. This…

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Pasta with roasted pumpkin and bacon

The sweetness of the roasted pumpkin contrasts beautifully with the salty crispnes of the bacon and the nuttiness of the parmesan. Buy the best quality parmesan you can – it really makes a difference when you use good quality cheese. Serves 4 750g jap pumpkin, diced into 1 cm cubes 250g bacon, finely diced 2…

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