Summery Italian feast

There’s something about Italian food that makes me (and probably a lot of other people, not to forget a whole nation) absurdly happy. My theory is it’s all in the tomatoes. Apparently they’re packed full of natural anti-depressants. So a feast of Italian dishes, coupled with long summer nights, is my idea of heaven!

Check out my Italian feast feature for Farmison below. Click each link to get the recipe.

Pizza Pilgrims pan-fried Margherita pizza 

You remember when I introduced my friends, the Pizza Pilgrims boys? You won’t believe how far they’ve come, having set up their street food stall, hosted their own TV show, penned a recipe book and opened pizzeria in Soho – all in the space of two years. Wow! This is a brilliant recipe I borrowed from their book and the pan-fried base is a great technique for getting your dough crispy on the bottom.

Italian one pot whole roast chicken 

A simple, shareable one pot solution for when you’d rather be chilling out with a glass of vino than slaving away in a hot kitchen. So, most of the time.

Summer asparagus risotto

Take advantage of summer’s glut of asparagus with this simple supper idea.

Summer rose veal meatballs

Serve these with a raw courgette ‘spaghetti’ salad and you’re still good for that bikini bod!

Balsamic strawberry tiramisu

I’ve only just discovered that you can roast summer fruits in balsamic vinegar. Try it served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or in this rather more decadent tiramisu. Just don’t look at the calories in mascarpone…

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Lahmacun – Turkish flatbread with minced lamb

Now for some reminiscence… Around four years ago I was in a band made up of impoverished, over-educated Oxbridge graduates. It was a lot of fun, but you can imagine that not having much money means you can’t eat as well as you’d like. I remember one week we were having day-long recording sessions in Stoke Newington, and we all went out to find some cheap food. Our friend Adam who was mixing for us told us to go to one of the many local Turkish restaurants – who as we all know sell the well-known kebab – and ask for a lahmacun. This, it turned out, was a very thin Turkish/Armenian speciality consisting of a flatbread topped with minced lamb; like a very thin pizza. It cost about £2.50, but was very filling and tasty. Continue reading

Pizza Pilgrims say hello from Parma!

Hey meatheads, do you remember when I told you about my friends Thom and James, AKA the Pizza Pilgrims? They went on a 2,000 mile pilgrimage scouring Italy for the perfect pizza. And while the Pilgrims were in Parma, land of the ham and cheese, they filmed an exclusive little video for Meat in a Box.

Watch to find out some very interesting facts about Parma ham!:

Catch up with the boys’ on-the-go pilgrimage updates on their Facebook page.

Introducing Pizza Pilgrims

A little plug today for a friend of mine and his brother, Thom and James Elliot. Thom did the unimaginable (to us mere mortals) by giving up his advertising day job – which admittedly did once involve sitting next to annoying old me – to pursue his lifelong dream. A dream to serve the best authentic, traditional Italian pizzas in London with his brother James. Continue reading