Chillies in Olive Oil

This is such a simple way to preserve a glut of Chillies from your garden, or even Chillies you find on offer in the Supermarket. At the end of this year I had a glut of chillies and felt rather than just drying them I would like to do something a little different, hence I put them in Jars and covered them with oil; since jarring these Chillies, I thought what an attractive gift they would make for Christmas, so here is how I made them:

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Delicious Vegetable Bake

This is a simple but delicious recipe I use to utilize vegetables – but for me it's all about the Aubergines and trying to emulate a roast Aubergine and Parmesan meal we have in Italy.


The Herb mix can be adjusted to suite your own taste.

  Vegetable Bake


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Cassis recipe

This is a delicious Blackcurrant drink made mainly by the French, however, it may also be made in other countries; certainly my only experience of drinking it has been in France, it is used to make Kir or Kir Royal along with other cocktails. Kir is a wonderful aperitif made up of either a drop of Cassis syrup or Framboise syrup in a chilled glass, this is then topped up with chilled dry white wine. No prizes for guessing that a Kir Royal uses the same choice of Syrup but is completed with Champagne rather than dry wine.

I have two recipes for you – one a simple quick method, and one more traditional, both are successful and very tasty.

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Tuscany with a friend

In September we went back to Italy once again, this time we took a friend with us so that they too could experience the wonders of Tuscany with us. Because we were only going for a week, we caught a plane from Southampton to Verona airport.

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Roast Garlic and White Bean paste

This is a nice and easy recipe with a real WOW factor, it's very versatile, and it's up to you how you utilise the pleasures of this paste.


1 Elephant Garlic bulb with cloves peeled, you can use a smaller bulb but add more cloves.

1 tablespoon of Olive Oil,

1x350/400 gram tin of precooked Cannellini Beans,

Finely chopped sage or dried herb mix to taste,

Salt and Pepper to taste.


Place the peeled Garlic cloves in a small roasting tin (Fig 1), pour the Olive oil over the top of the garlic, cover with tinfoil and place in a preheated, oven (180°C - 350°F) for about 1 hour or until soft and nicely browned (Fig 2)

Meanwhile, boil the tinned Beans until soft and drain off any liquid remaining, mash the Garlic then add to the beans and mash all of it together (Fig 3), if required a little more Olive Oil can be added to maintain a paste consistency.

Transfer back to the roasting tin, mix in the herbs, salt and pepper and a little more oil, then place in the oven for a further 5 to 10 minutes just to aid with the infusion of the herbs (Fig 4). You can just use the residual heat of the oven for this rather than setting the oven temperature and cooking.

Enjoy!! Good on toast, crackers, cheese or mixed in soups as a thickener.

Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

Tortilla de patata

This is a contribution from Laura Perez all the way from Madrid, if she doesn’t know how to make Tortilla de Patata, who does.


• 500g new potatoes

• 1 onion, preferably white

• 150ml extra-virgin olive oil

• 5 eggs


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