Chicken Mushroom Casserole (Pollo ai funghi) – a simple recipe

A good chicken casserole (pollo ai funghi) is an all-seasons dish, but we believe it’s a good way to ease you into autumnal vibes, wherever you are in the world. You can still enjoy it on the terrace, if you are in a place where summer still lingers, but it will also warm your heart…

Five Minutes Chocolate Cake – a simple recipe

Back in Italy, the best colazione (breakfast food) to have at home would be a homemade cake shared with the family. True to my origins, I often crave something sweet for breakfast and I get itchy for the next baking mission. This time, I quickly put together some very basic ingredients I had at home and…

Spanish Potato Salad – Papas Aliñás

When your partner is from Andalusia, you don’t just become familiar with Spanish habits, expressions and dishes. You soon learn that Andalusia is an entirely different ecosystem entailing different dishes, subculture and slang from the rest of Spain. This vegetarian potato salad recipe has the philosophy of an Andalusian summer built into its core. One…

Shredded potato in white vinegar stir fry recipe (Cu Liu Tu Dou Si)

Potato is such a versatile ingredient – boil it, bake it, mash it, make chips with it… or shred it for this stir fry recipe. This simple recipe tastes just as good once the potatoes have gone cold, so it’s a refreshing one to try (despite the spice) now that the weather’s hotter. What gives…

Stuffed Squash – a simple recipe

I love squash, and I love that I can find it at the market stalls all year round. But what I love even more is having a recipe that allows me to enjoy this beautiful vegetable while avoiding the annoyance of peeling it! My friend Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall (well, he’s not really my friend, but for…

Chinese dried meat (rou gan) – a simple recipe

What do you do with left over minced meat? Try this rou gan recipe and turn your meat into a jerky-like snack! It’s saved a lot of expiring meat for me. I’m using minced pork here, but it also works for other types of meat, and of course if you have some leftover meat that’s…

Pine nut and aubergine mezzelune

We are no chefs, but when it comes to the kitchen, we are quite crafty here at Blender and Basil. You know we are obsessed about homemade and we already shared with you our homemade pasta recipe. Pick that one up and once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon realise there are so…

First time making – Chocolate Chips Biscuits (Gocciole)

We have a bit of a soft spot for biscuits here at the Italian household of Blender and Basil. In Italy, biscuits are an easy snack, like everywhere else in the world. But they are also an essential when it comes to consuming breakfast at home. Together with the famous combination of jam croissant and…

Tofu and sweetcorn soup – back to basics – a Chinese recipe

When you’re not feeling 100% or just want a light soup to start your summer meal, this tofu and sweetcorn soup is perfect – it’s so simple to make, and still nutritious. You can also stir in an egg (just beat it and stir it in right at the end, pouring while stirring so that…

Prawns, sweet peas and strawberries – a summery stir-fry recipe

It’s Wimbledon season, so it’s strawberry season! There are plenty of delicious recipes for those with a sweet tooth, but savoury recipes with strawberries are harder to find, usually in the form of strawberry salads. That’s partly because while other fruits such as apple and pineapple have made the crossover, strawberry changes taste so quickly…

Baba Ganoush – a simple dip recipe

Following the Levantine/Middle Eastern thread, we are back with another aubergine recipe. This time, we are using our beloved vegetables for a famous dip recipe, Baba Ganoush. While there can be variants, the classic recipe is very simple. This is the ideal dip to serve as a starter with crudities, a few toasted slices of…

Roasted peppers in oil – a simple Italian recipe

The temperatures are as hot in London as in Singapore and it is that time of the year everywhere when fresh veggie recipes come to mind. Also, peppers are in season, which means they are sweet and tasty, what better time to use them than for a simple summer lunch? In Italy we do conserves…