Making Pizza

How do you make pizza dough from scratch? Does the ham go on the pizza before or after cooking? How about the mushrooms? Making the dough The other day, my friend Rosalind asked me to give her my pizza recipe, and I was at a loss. I usually let my bread machine make the dough…

Pasta alla Trapanese

“The way to a person’s heart is through the stomach.” This might not be anatomically correct, but it’s true: feeding is the most basic and primitive act of caring (and one that animals understand too). Another act of caring, I say, is teaching others how to cook. So here it is, from me to you,…

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…

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…