Ha! This is really just a fancy-pants casserole with a pastry lid on!
Golden and gorgeous – best chicken pie filling ever!
Quick ‘n spicy pasta for dinner? Yep!
The olives are looking good!
Orange blossom water, cinnamon and vanilla are the calling cards of this unbelievably creamy rice pudding.
Get all your greens in a mouthful.
Cool days and nights where you are? A mug of smoked fish chowder will see you right.
Does black barley sound like it has been charred or smoked? Has it? Nope. It’s barley pretty well in its natural state with just the outer skin removed.
There’s a bit of action with pots and pans required for this dish, but it’s pretty easy to do none-the-less.
Cooking pears in a slow cooker produces a perfect result – you’ll never go back to poaching pears once you try it.
When that cold wind blows, reach for the soup pot!
Comfort food in a bowl – barley pilaff is great with a roast chicken, but it’s also pretty good on its own!
A sprinkle of spicy chorizo crumb gives Ilaria’s soup a bit of oomph!
Try this on a chilly night – it’ll warm you down to your boots!
Easy peel mandarins are the perfect snack anytime.
When you get bored with Brussels sprouts, turn them into a salad. This is delicious, I kid you not.
I make these in a slow cooker, but you could cook them slowly in a deep heavy-based casserole. Oh, and these are exquisite by the way.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Not here! Something much more exciting!
Whoa, steady on! This is rich, as in old-fashioned Frenchified rich, dripping with cream.
This is the dish when you need something you can make in advance, that can stretch to feed more mouths (just make it hotter and serve with more rice!), that is easy to reheat, but importantly, that blows away the cold and warms you right down to your toes.
Crisp, crunchy, nutty, tangy, all the elements to excite your palate before a fancy-pants dinner.
Get stuffing – PUMPKINS!
Fries! We go back a long way. You could say I know a good one when I eat one.
Yeah, grey day, soup, Bob and Noble, just going to rock it.
A dedication to the town of Amatrice and her people.
Throw some Spanish piquillo peppers or char-grilled bell pepper, black olives and a smattering of orange zest on top of this casserole and things become wildly exotic!