Focaccia with red wine & grapes

Makes 1 round

This Tuscan bread celebrates the wine grape harvest. As you can imagine, it’s stunning with cheese. The grapes begin to caramelize when baked and form a really delicious slightly crispy topping.

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Mussels with Saffron & Cream

Serves 4

In my opinion, I think that we don’t use mussels enough when entertaining. They are so quick to prepare, ensure that they are clean and rinsed a good few times though and throw out mussels that have opened before they are cooked and ones that are closed after they are cooked. Add a little saffron as it adds a special something to any dish. Expensive as it is, it is worth it to have a little in your store cupboard. 

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Horseshoe Cookies - Crumiri

Makes 24
These classic cornmeal biscuits from Piedmont have a slight horseshoe shape. I learned how to make these the traditional way, by placing the dry ingredients on a work surface and slowly incorporating all the butter to form a biscuit dough. But as soon as I got home, I resorted to the mixer – anything for an easy life!

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Lemon Cream Cake (Torta Mimosa)

Serves 10 to 12

On Festa della Donna which is the 8th of March it is common to give a small sprig of Mimosa to female friends as it is a symbol for strength. I love those beautiful small fluffy yellow blossoms. The cake traditionally is fully covered in cake crumbs, but in this recipe I have just sprinkled them on the top, as I like the look.  

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Creamy Orecchiette & Mushroom Bake

Serves 4

Orecchiette ‘Little Ears’ is a pretty and very wholesome pasta shape. The mushrooms and orecchiette blend giving this bake a great rich earthiness with a “pop” on freshness in the form of the lemon. It has a sense of glam to it. 

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Catherine's Chicken Pasta Bake

Serves 4

I ask what would you like for dinner and the reply is chicken pasta bake all the time, so I hope that your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine. It’s so easy to whizz it up, especially during term time, when everything is very hectic.

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Beef & Stout Pies with Potato Pastry Topping

Makes 6 depending on the size

 I’m bragging now but this recipe was the winner in a cook off on live TV the NBC Todays Show.  The potato pastry was what helped clinch the prize! It’s a wonderful Irish heritage recipe that was passed to me.

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