Alison Evînam Boyd

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My Cucina Toscana: Tiramisù

Tiramisù stands as arguably the ultimate in Italian desserts. It’s one I came quite late to liking mainly due to the fact that, outside of Italy, I’d sampled a whole library of vanilla-gooey, stale egg horrors claiming … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

My Cucina Toscana: Tagliata di Manzo

Italian sliced beef fillet steak. This rare sliced steak dish is generally served on rocket, though my tummy has added rocket to the ever-growing list called “things that make me grizzle”, so instead … Continue reading

February 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Cucina Toscana: Cannelloni with Ricotta and Spinach

  What’s not to love about cannelloni, lasagne’s close cousin and, just like lasagne, there are a myriad variations from a myriad provinces and villages and families…each as lovely as … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Cucina Toscana: Homemade Pici Pasta and Sauce

What is pici? Pici – or Pinci, as folks from Montalcino call it – is a thick hand-rolled spaghetti-like pasta made solely from flour water and salt, native to Tuscany and, as with … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · 5 Comments

My Cucina Toscana: Pea & Pancetta Risotto

Risotto is a winter favourite for us, especially when we’re a bit pasta-ed out but want something with some savoury oomph for lunch. Like with most pasta, Italians tend to … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

My Cucina Toscana: Candied Chestnuts

Castagne Candite, Marrons Glacé…a candied chestnut by any other name. To make them is a long and love-laborious process, five days to be precise. It took a dummy run to get … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Cucina Toscana: Castagnaccio Recipe

I’ve waxed lyrical about the humble chestnut of Monte Amiata in past posts. I’m probably a little obsessed by them, given that I hail from the antipodes where a good chestnut is few … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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