Slow-cooked green beans in a tomato sauce

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This is a signature dish of the late great Mario, the multitalented father of Tina who used to be one of our amazing instructors at our cooking classes in Italy. You may say that you like your green beans to be firm and crunchy, but after tasting this dish you may also appreciate their sweet, melt-in-the-mouth quality when slow cooked.

Fruit and Custard Tart

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This is a tart to rival a patisserie bought one. In our cooking courses in Italy we show you just how the pastry should be rolled out: quickly, gently but firmly. It takes some practice, but is well worth mastering. Delicious with soft fruit such as raspberries.
Pear and Fig Tart

Pear and Fig Tart

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You can make this tart with pretty much any fruit, but the combination of figs and pears is divine! During our cooking classes in Tuscany, we use ripe figs from the trees at the top of the hill.

Roast Peppers & Goat’s Cheese Canapés

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Crostini are little appetizers that you can invent yourself depending on what’s in season and what ingredients you happen to have around. We often serve these crostini (which are red, white and yellow) alongside our green salsa verde crostini. A pretty combination!

Tuscan Grape Harvest Cake

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In Tuscany, this complex-flavoured but simple to make cake is only made for a few weeks a year, when the small, sweet, seedy red grapes are around (many are “gleaned” in the vineyards after the harvest). Use the sweetest red grapes you can.

Peperonata ~ Stewed bell peppers

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This dish is even nicer the day after it has been made and is delicious warm, cold and at room temperature!
eggplant croquettes

Eggplant /Aubergine Croquettes

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One of the most delicious things invented! Best fried just before you serve them, but they are fine at room temperature too if it’s a hot day. These go quickly when we make them at our cooking school in Tuscany!

Pasta con le patate ~ Neapolitan pasta and potato soup

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This is a traditional Neapolitan recipe, from the times when many people needed to be fed with very little. And it still needed to be delicious. This soup is creamy and satisfying and pleases the crowds!

Acquacotta ~ Light Tuscan vegetable soup with tomato and egg

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This is the Tuscan "stone soup": a soup made out of practically nothing. This is a delicious light soup made out simple vegetables that are always on hand. The addition of bread and an egg give it consistency.

Minestrone alla Genovese ~ Silky vegetable soup with basil pesto

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This soup is almost too solid to be called a soup. Its flavours are very rich, with the mushrooms and basil really adding a great depth of flavour.