There’s a Solution to Everything

‘There’s a solution to everything, except death,’ goes an Italian proverb (A tutto c’è rimedio, tranne alla morte). My Grandma used to repeat it to me every time I despaired about something. Below you’ll find some remedies to common problems. Problem Solution Constipation Sicilian remedy: stewed apple Diarrhoea Sicilian remedy: grated apple. The ultimate pampering…

Pesto with bacon and broad beans (and a little disaster)

Serendipity sometimes brings scientists to discover potent medicines, musicians to conjure heart-wrenching tunes, and mamas to concoct new recipes. It’s when you’re desperate to use up the stuff in your fridge before going on a holiday that you feel adventurous enough to try something silly, steeped in the knowledge that you can justify the inevitable…

Focaccine In Five Steps

Warning: this recipe might requires up to one year’s advanced planning (to ask Fr. Christmas for a bread maker machine) Load your bread maker  with all the ingredients required for white dough, according to the machine’s own recipe book, and set it to the white dough programme When the machine beeps, grease your hands with…

Raise Your Pulse

Lentils Pasta I can’t think of any vegetarian dish that doesn’t require shedloads of cutting. If you are a young person recently moved out of your parents’ home, there’s a number of reasons why you don’t want to do shedloads of cutting: Unless you are extremely rich and can afford to rent a place all…

Only Fools And Mamas Use A Passapomodoro

When I got married, I refused to consider a ‘passapomodoro’ (tomato squeezer) part of my dowry. A ‘passapomodoro’ is a metal contraption which separates the skin from the flesh of cooked tomatoes and it’s used to make tomato sauce from raw tomatoes. I had seen my grandma sweating over (and, sometimes, into) it, my mum…