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Egg Fettuccine with Mussels and Saffron

Egg Fettuccine with Mussels and Saffron

Eating seafood with pasta always makes me think I'm on holiday, it's a fantastic combination particularly with this delicious egg fettuccine. It's really worth trading up for dried egg pasta... compared to Durum wheat pasta, dried egg pasta has a much richer flavour with a lovely silky texture.
Somerset Foodie Bucatini alla Amatriciana Recipe

Bucatini all'Amatriciana

Providing a recipe for one of the classic Roman pasta dishes is always fraught with danger...a) because I don't come from Rome and b) I remember cooking for my wife's Great Aunt, who lived in Naples and was always quick to point out when I'd got something wrong! I love the simplicity of this dish and I want to share it, so here goes...

Orecciette Pasta with roasted cauliflower, preserved lemons, hazelnuts and pangrattata

Orecchiette Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Preserved Lemon & Hazelnuts

Growing up, cauliflower was generally presented to me smothered in cheese sauce and baked in the oven. It's delicious and still is a real family favourite. However, the wonderful nutty flavour that a simple cauliflower develops when roasted is a joy that I didn't discover until a few years ago. Cauliflower is widely available all year round, although they are at their peak in spring and autumn, they are a real workhorse during those drab months when not much seems to be in season.
Sourdough Flatbreads with Aubergine, Red Peppers and Schug

Sourdough Flatbreads with Aubergine, Red Peppers and Schug

This recipe, using our Italian Pinsa Romana pizza/flatbreads showcases some of our Middle Eastern ingredients. The flavours go brilliantly together, these flabreads are absolutely delicious and will become a firm favourite on pizza night.

Fregola with Salsa Verde, Goats Cheese, Broccoli and Peas

Fregola with Salsa Verde, Goats Cheese, Broccoli and Peas

Fregola is a traditional pasta from Sardinia. It's made using Durum wheat semolina that's rolled into small balls and toasted in an oven, giving a nutty flavour and texture. Fregola sits somewhere between giant couscous and Levantine moghrabieh, both are wheat based. Fregola is really versatile - use it in salads, soups and risotto, or pair it with vegetables, meat or seafood.
Squid Ink Calamari Spaghetti - Rockfish Mitch Tonks Ben Tollworthy Recipe

Squid Ink Spaghetti

This dish is a classic simple lunch or light supper and so easy with just four great quality ingredients, it's done in 10 minutes (the time it takes to cook the pasta) and tastes fantastic.
Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto - Somerset Foodie - Ingredients to inspire

Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto

It's fairly straightforward making a risotto but there are a few things you can do to take your risotto-making skills to the next level.  Your choice of rice is key:  Arborio is an obvious choice but in Italy, Carnaroli rice is the king for risotto. It has a higher starch content than Arborio which gives your risotto a creamier finish. 
Pinsa Romana with Sprouting Broccoli, Ricotta and Leccino Olives

Pinsa Romana with Sprouting Broccoli, Ricotta and Leccino Olives

Leafy green vegetables are fantastic on pizza. Italians love 'Friarielli' but it's hard to find in the UK so I've used purple sprouting broccoli instead. Use creamy ricotta, salty olives, a good grating of Grana Padano, liberal use of some Calabrian spicy peperoncini and a fantastic pizza awaits.


Pizza Bianca - Pinsa Romana Pizza Bases with Burrata Cheese - Somerset Foodie

Pinsa Romana with Artichokes, Burrata Cheese & Toasted Hazelnuts

I'm a massive fan of 'pizza bianca', they really show off the quality of the pizza base and the flavours that you choose to put on top. There is a summery freshness to this recipe, perfect for al fresco dining and sharing with friends - something chilled to go alongside finishes this picture perfectly.
Mediterranean Lamb with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Oregano

Mediterranean Lamb with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Oregano

As Spring is upon us with longer days, this lamb dish helps bring out the tastes of a sunny Mediterranean summer - sun dried tomatoes, olives, herbs and olive oil all are reminiscent of lazy summer holidays, heady aromas and with it, amazing flavours...
Orecchiette Pasta with Roasted Squash, Cavolo Nero & Pangratatto

Orecchiette Pasta with Roasted Squash, Cavolo Nero & Pangratatto

Orecchiette is a pasta shape that hails from the Southern Italian region of Apulia and is perfect for this beautiful pasta dish. Pangratatto is effectively just fried breadcrumbs but it's a great addition to this dish as it adds a brilliant texture. There are lots of different squashes now widely available from good green grocers. We got ours from a fantastic local organisation called Root Connections www.rootconnections.co.uk - a charity that helps homeless people. They have a small farm where volunteers and residents grow fabulous produce to supply homes and restaurants with the fruits of their labour, check it out, it's amazing.
Cranberry, Almond and Walnut Florentines

Cranberry, Almond and Walnut Florentines

Christmas in my family is all about traditions, I think we all like to recreate a little bit of our own childhood memories. Here's a good old recipe given to me by my mother who makes these every year. They taste of Christmas and are so delicious they rarely make it through to Boxing day. I've given them a little twist by substituting golden syrup for agave syrup which gives the florentines a slightly chewy texture.

Fresh handmade pasta

Fresh handmade pasta

There is something primal about making your own pasta, a bit like making your own bread. I don’t always have time to do this (or the organisational ability), but when I do, it's deeply rewarding and tastes just SO GOOD. You need just two ingredients for this recipe...00 Pasta flour and fresh eggs. 
Pinsa Romana Pizza - three ways

Pinsa Romana Pizza - three ways

Tired of supermarket 'Frisbee style' pizzas? It’s true that in the last few years, the standard of shop-bought pizza has improved, let's face it, we've all eaten some really truly terrible ones in our lifetime...
Pan fried Chilli Courgette Penne Pasta

Pan fried Chilli Courgette Penne Pasta

This super easy, really healthy dish is really inexpensive to make, and an ideal mid-week meal to pull together when you are short of time. 
Slow Cooked Shin of Beef and Fresh Tagliatelle

Slow Cooked Shin of Beef and Fresh Tagliatelle

There is something primal about making your own pasta, a bit like making your own bread. I don’t always have time to do this (or the organisational ability), but when I do, I like to make it special.