Gelupo Gelato’s Aperol Granita

Gelupo Gelato's Aperol Granita

A glass of Aperol Spritz will immediately take me back to Venice, part of the Veneto region in which this aperitivo originated and continues to be a popular choice. A glass (or two) during a relaxed snack or meal of cicchetti is essential! So I love the sound of this Aperol granita recipe from Jacob Kenedy’s ... Read more »

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 »

Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Au Quat’Saisons

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons

There is little I can add to what’s already been written about Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Au Quat’Saisons and yet I feel compelled to share our experiences nonetheless. Having dreamed of visiting the two Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel for over two decades, our stay was every bit as wonderful as we hoped–it did not disappoint! ... Read more »

The Turkish Cookbook by Ghillie Başan

The Turkish Cookbook by Ghillie Basan

Ghillie Başan is a food anthropologist, and food and travel writer with a large back catalogue of cookbooks (one of which – Mezze – I already own, and The Lebanese Cookbook which we reviewed on Kavey Eats earlier in the year). Başan’s books are primarily focussed around the Middle East and Turkey though Indonesia, Cambodia, ... 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 »

Sicilia by Ben Tish

Sicilia by Ben Tish

Sicily is high up on my ‘must visit’ list. I’ve watched many travelogues and cookery programmes covering the opulent geography, the history crafted by the positioning of Sicily between Europe and North Africa, and the cuisine blending Italian and Arab influences in its own unique way. In Sicilia Ben Tish does a fine job in ... Read more »