Coffee Florentines with Cranberries and Pistachios

Christmas is just around the corner and I couldn’t resist the urge to share a favourite family recipe. Florentines are gorgeous, gooey and decadent. Despite their name, they aren’t really from Florence, but are a classic Italian holiday biscuit that is shared and devoured with guilty pleasure all over the country.

Creamy chestnut soup (zuppa di castagne) with new season olive oil

Chestnuts are in season at the moment and they make a gorgeous soup. They’re creamy and starchy and really filling, so a little bowl goes a long way. It mightn’t seem like there aren’t a lot of them in this recipe, but trust me, they have a really robust and smoky flavour after you roast them.

Red wine pasta with nettle butter sauce

The bright pink colour comes from the red wine I used to replace the water in the recipe. It might sound strange, but¬† don’t worry, red wine pasta doesn’t taste like a bowl full of Chianti. Instead the flavour is very subtle. You only get hints of the red wine in the background. And the flavour pairs really well with my butter sauce.