This is a recipe I literally threw together after a hectic week. It really is more of an exercise in artless arrangement than it is actual cooking. While this boasts typical Italian flavours, ingredients and colours it also has a certain Christmassey flair to it. Perfect for a fuss-free festive flourish for your weeknight supper when you really don’t feel like cooking.
As complicated as peeling and slicing some potatoes, this Maltese-style roast traybake is robust with flavour, rustic and versatile; when made with lamb, it’s also my mum’s favourite!
The bitterness of wilted rapini seems to be the perfect companion to pork, chilli and garlic. This rustic recipe makes the most of the fire and caramelised butteriness that occurs when these flavours are allowed to infuse together.
Smoky bacon, fresh tomato and fiery chilli punctuate this sauce from Amatrice – the sauce that my husband loves the most!
I’ve stolen this idea from the Greek Klephts who used to steal lambs and cook them in underground fire pits to conceal their whereabouts. The result: a succulent flavourful parcel of meat and potatoes.
Entertaining should be casual, relaxed and…entertaining, for the host too. This crowd pleasing feed-an-army recipe is almost as effortless as pouring yourself another glass of wine. I think we all have room in our lives for a recipe like that.