There I was, in Rome on a very last minute solo trip – I’d booked it Sunday evening, travelled on the Tuesday morning – and I was only there for 2 nights. I had so much to see & do in the Eternal City that I almost forgot about this place. This was until I suddenly remembered that Pizzeria da Michele, Naples’ most famous pizzeria featured in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and somewhere I’d been gasping to visit for years, have opened two branches in Rome, including one not too far from my hotel. Wahoo!
After over-indulging during the Christmas period, it’s easy to do what most people do and go on a crash diet, take up a gym membership, or both! But why not choose to do Dryathlon (AKA. Dry January) instead? It’s a great way to improve your health whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK, a charity very close to my heart. It involves not touching a drop of booze for the whole of the month. Yup, not a single drop! Once you sign up, you are committed to see it through to the end and I find it very motivating, especially when the donations come rolling in. Tempted? Well, it’s easy to sign up; details of how to are at the bottom of this post. Continue reading
You know the score by now; I get wind of a new eatery opening in my hometown and I just have to register my interest 😉 . I’ve a friend who is a DJ at the Alma de Cuba in Liverpool (another restaurant of the same chain) and I loved all the videos he posted on social media of the exciting Latin parties at the weekend. Cuban food and Latin dancing sounded right up my street, so I just had to go! Continue reading
I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for years and I’ve yet to share one of my signature dishes with you all. Well, finally, the time has come! Originally from the town of Amatrice, just north-east of Rome, this recipe originally featured guanciale (a cured pigs cheek) which is as difficult to find as it is to pronounce! Instead I’ve swapped it out for the more commonly-available pancetta. This pasta dish is guaranteed to go down a storm!
Prep: < 5 mins Cook: < 15-20 mins Serves: 2
– 200g spaghetti (or penne/rigatoni)
– 12-15 rashers of pancetta
– 1 400g tin good quality chopped tomatoes
– 1 medium red chilli, chopped (or 2 if you’re brave)
– 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
– 1 Tbsp dried oregano
– Olive oil
– Salt & pepper
1. Cook the pasta in a pan of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions and reserve a mugful of the pasta cooking water. I usually cook until ‘al-dente’.
2. Preheat a heavy-based, non-stick frying pan. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the pancetta until crispy. Reserve 4 rashers on a dish. Add the chopped chilli with the sliced garlic, fry off for no more than a minute.
3. Lower the heat to low-medium, add the tin of tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes, or about the same time as the pasta takes to cook. Break up the pancetta rashers with a wooden spoon. Add the oregano during the final few minutes along with a little salt & pepper.
4. Toss in the drained pasta and mix for a minute or so, adding a little of the pasta water to loosen the sauce. Serve and remember to place the reserved rashers of pancetta on top.
5. Serve with decent bread and salad! Bellissimo!
Hello, this recipe was taken from an American blog and adapted to my taste, it is very cheesy and that is why I love it. I hope to share more of my recipes with you in the future. Continue reading
Yes, I know what you’re all thinking! Finally I’m reviewing somewhere that isn’t an Italian restaurant!! Sorry guys, I will promise to mix things up a bit this year!! So a few months back I heard about an American restaurant opening up in my hometown. I started following their Facebook page which had exciting posts with photos of tantalising American food like mouth-watering hot dogs, succulent burgers and crispy fried chicken. Of course, I had to do my usual thing and “register my interest” 😉 Continue reading
As you guys all know by now, I’m never one to turn down free food! One of my friends & colleagues very kindly gave me a heads up and mentioned me on Facebook on a post about a Spring menu launch at a local pub. So, of course, I just had to phone the pub and register my interest 😉 . Sure enough, I was invited to the event with a guest; excited wasn’t the word! The photos of the food on Facebook looked absolutely incredible! My old school friend, Matt, was more than happy to join me. Continue reading