Oxtail and Aubergine Ragu

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A recent Guardian article bemoaned the spate of Italian chains littering the high street. It described the “British ‘Italian’ as a bastardised standard bearer for affordable, democratic dining”. According to the author, the uneducated masses are mistakenly gorging  themselves on pasta and Peroni – failing to acknowledge the real Italian delights of ‘nduja and guanciale.… 

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Castello del Trebbio

For somebody who did an Oxford history degree, I’m really not very good at it. I have next to no memory retention, and not the biggest attention span. Dreadful, I know. Years of my Grandad quizzing me with basic history questions to try and find ‘my period of expertise’ has left me feeling quite defeatist about it all, and resigned to the fact that maybe I don’t have ‘a historical period’…. 

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Eating well in Tuscany

I was recently asked what my favourite sort of cooking was: pastry, foreign cuisine, game, puddings…? But I honestly couldn’t whittle it down.

I gave it some thought though, and I reckon my favourite sort of cooking is ‘cooking on a budget.’ Does that count?… 

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