All posts tagged: Italian Food

Gluten-free Italian cooking with Coori

It’s taken me quite a while to write this blog post. I always try to write up a post a few days after reviewing something or attending an event, but this one has taken me considerably longer. Not because I’m being lazy, or because I didn’t like it. But because I really felt like I needed to do it justice. I know a couple of people who can’t eat gluten but I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really know the full scale of gluten-intolerance or coeliac disease. So when I was invited to a Coori cookery class, I hoped that I would learn a lot about this subject. The class was being held at Food at 52, near Old Street and upon arrival, I was greeted with a mountain of Coori food products, many of which we were available to try and were really tasty. Coori was set up by gluten-intolerant Italian Julia Zardetto, who saw a gap in the market for gluten-free items without sacrificing the flavour. She set out to create well …

Dreaming of Italy at Pulia, Borough Market

Italy is one of my favourite countries in the world and holds a lot of special memories for me. I spent my 21st birthday in Rome, thanks to an incredible surprise birthday present from my parents. Florence is where Tim got down on one knee and popped the question! And we’ve had incredible holidays along the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano). Venice, Lake Garda and Tuscany are still on list. But after last week, I’ve had to add another place to that list – Puglia. I was invited to dinner at Pulia Restaurant just around the corner from Borough Market, with the lovely people at Zomato. As soon as I walked through the door, I knew it was going to be an excellent evening. Pulia is designed to be as authentically Italian as possible – the decor was just beautiful, with white wood, airy open spaces and shelves brimming with Italian produce.     Their furniture is imported from Puglia (a shame, as I had my eye on a gorgeous kitchen worktop/island and had …

Moretti Gran Tour, Hackney

The Moretti Gran Tour is unlike any other pop up dining experience I’ve been to recently, as it solely focuses on the best of Italian food and beer, from various regions around the country. The London part of the tour was held last week at Space Studios in Hackney. For some unknown reason, the event venue, street number and postcode gave three completely different locations in Hackney and after 40 minutes of walking and getting lost, I eventually found it – I’ve never wanted an ice cold beer more! Upon arrival I was given a cute ‘passport’ with details on Moretti beer and all of the vendors at the event – each vendor stamped your passport when you bought food from them, and if you completed the passport, you went away with a goody bag! Moretti is a lovely refreshing Italian beer, with a long history. Luigi Moretti’s ‘beer and ice factory’ was founded more than a century ago in Udine – the first bottle was sold in the summer of 1860.     Today Birra Morretti …

Chicken Basghettilli Recipe

When I was a child, my mum used to make a chicken and tagliatelle dish called ‘Chicken Cacciatore’ – I always used to look forward to it! Looking at recipes for it online, it seems to vary quite a lot. So this is my own take on it, which I’m naming ‘Chicken Basghettilli‘ (basil, spaghetti and chilli…see what I did there…) Ingredients 2 free range chicken breasts 1 onion (chopped finely) 2 cloves of garlic (chopped finely) 1 red chilli (chopped finely) 4 mini portobello mushrooms (chopped into small pieces) 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato purée Generous dash of red wine Handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped finely, plus a few for decoration) Spaghetti for two people (usually about a quarter of a standard sized pack of spaghetti) Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for cooking Method Pre-heat the oven to 170C. Heat some good quality olive oil (I used PS Lambis Cypriot olive oil) in a pan on the hob (it needs to be a pan that can also go …