Category Archive: Pasta


  1. Potato Gnocchi

    With a name thought to originate from the Italian word for ‘knuckles’ or the Lombard word for ‘knots of wood’, these little pillows of potato have been around since about the 17th century and we know why they haven’t budged from our culinary repertoire since – they are simply divine. Saveur have written up a gorgeous account of the history of these elegant little mouthfuls and I encourage you to read it because you’ll love them even more.

    Not a pasta but a dumpling, gnocchi are a real favourite at home and a repeated request for lessons by students in my private cooking classes. They go with just about any sauce or vegetable and make a great accompaniment to any meat dish too. They can be made small or large depending on the dish. I love to serve them with slow cooked lamb and roasted tomatoes or sautéed greens and tender stem broccoli – whatever is in season and always topped with a generous grating of parmesan cheese.

    This recipe is a culmination of my many attempts to find the perfect texture with the easiest method. I hope you enjoy them! I certainly do.

    For lessons in hand made pasta and gnocchi, do get in touch and I’ll pop by to teach you all the tricks to this very special dish.

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    Potato gnocchi shaping

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  2. Food at 52 – Italian Cookery in Clerkenwell

    To spite the recession’s efforts to make us feel dull, restaurant footfall has hit a high among 20 and 30 somethings in particular. We’re saying ‘To Hell with high rent! We want lobster, duck and waffles, macaroons and infused jellies, micro-brews and copper-stilled cold compound gin and we want 7 course tasting menus paired with wine ON A WEEKDAY! We want it all, and some of us want to know how to make it too.

    Cookery classes seem to be popping up all over the place in response to the foodie revolution that has so graced this big city (Thank Gawd for that!) and with so many options – especially in London – choosing can be a little overwhelming. I am forever scouring the internet for fun, high quality, not too expensive cooking classes, so I was delighted to find Food at 52 in Clerkenwell.

    Walking in the door you would think you were entering a friend’s house for dinner, which makes sense because when John Benbow started up he was teaching friends and family out of his own home.

    Now he and his lovely wife Emily have expanded, opening an airy school where you can see the handy work of John’s past life as a furniture-maker in the wood and stone of a beautiful open plan kitchen designed for teaching in a communal way.

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