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Gelupo Gelato’s Mint Stracciatella

Gelupo Gelato's Mint Stracciatella

The more elegant big brother of mint choc chip ice cream, mint stracciatella gelato is a firm favourite in gelaterias across Italy. The shards of chocolate are created by dripping melted chocolate into nearly-churned mint gelato such that it freezes on contact and is broken up (shredded) by the paddle of the ice cream machine. ... Read more »

Gelupo Gelato’s Raspberry Sorbet

Gelupo Gelato's Raspberry Sorbet

It’s hard to beat a raspberry sorbet! The natural flavour of the fruit comes through loud and clear, with all the sweet, sharp, intensity of the fresh berries. This recipe is from Jacob Kenedy’s Gelupo Gelato , a colourful cookbook sharing recipes for gelatos, sorbets, sherbets, granitas, semifreddos and more, gleaned from over a decade ... Read more »

Spaghetti with Almond Cream, Fresh Crab, Chilli and Marjoram

Spaghetti with Almond Cream, Fresh Crab, Chilli and Marjoram from Ben Tish' Sicilia

Nut-thickened sauces are popular in some regions of Sicily including the Aeolian Islands where Ben Tish first came across them in a dish of spaghetti with almond sauce and mussels. For his cookbook Sicilia, Ben Tish  combines a similar almond cream sauce with fresh crab, chilli, marjoram and lemon juice for a rich and summery ... Read more »

Sicilian Lemon Cream with Stewed Mulberries or Blackberries

Sicilian Lemon Cream with Stewed Mulberries or Blackberries

I adore lemon posset and have been making it for many years, seduced not only be the silky self-indulgence of the rich citrus cream, but also how outrageously simple it is to make. In this similar Sicilian dish, mascarpone joins the double cream, lemon juice and sugar of posset to create the lightly set cream. ... Read more »

Aeolian-Style Summer Salad

Aeolian-style Summer Salad

Tomatoes are one of my favourite vegetables (yes, fruits) of the summer. A full-flavour, sun-ripened tomato is such a joy, it needs a light touch that lets it shine whilst elevating it to its very best. This Aeolian-style tomato salad recipe from Sicilia by Ben Tish achieves that perfectly, pairing sweet tomatoes with anchovies, capers, ... Read more »