Summer Recipes

A selection of the perfect recipes on any summer's day

Eat to the beet: Beetroot recipes for summer

Eat to the beet: Beetroot recipes for summer

Posted on: 13 Aug 2017 by: Aldo Zilli

ADD vivid colour and flavour to mealtimes with tasty beetroot creations.

Beet-a-ganouch, sweet chilli beetroot, sumac, yoghurt and toasted pine nuts


With added zest: Summer recipes with citrus

With added zest: Summer recipes with citrus

Posted on: 24 Jun 2017 by: Aldo Zilli

Happy Saturday readers. I’m waxing lyrical over lemons and limes today. Citrus fruits and lemons in particular are such a large part of Italian cooking. We use them in salad dressings, to marinade meat and to finish fish and pasta dishes. I have even used lemon rind in my espresso, squeezing in the fragrant oil when I gave up sugar.

Part of my morning ritual is to have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice which keeps me invigorated and ready for the day ahead!


Chilli-lime chicken and swiss berry quilt cake recipes

Chilli-lime chicken and swiss berry quilt cake recipes

Posted on: 15 Oct 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello foodies and welcome to the weekend. Today it is all about hot and spicy. I have a passion for spices and am fascinated by how they transform food, so I was delighted by Spice Health Heroes by Natasha MacAller. It features a host of recipes from chefs such as Judy Joo and Peter Gordon and looks into the medicinal and nutritional properties of spices.

I have chosen Tonga chilli-lime chicken and Swiss berry quilt cake, which demonstrates how versatile and subtle spices can be. If you have never tried cooking from scratch with spices. I would recommend this book.


A taste of summer: Chicken with herbs and peach and rosemary galette recipes

A taste of summer: Chicken with herbs and peach and rosemary galette recipes

Posted on: 6 Aug 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi, it’s the weekend and the summer holidays are in full swing at the Zilli household. Luckily we have a lovely big garden and I love to get the kids involved with our vegetable patch.

I remember as a child enjoying sowing with my parents and then picking and eating the vegetables that I had grown. So as soon as we moved to our house I made sure I had a vegetable plot so I could share the same experience with my little ones.


Here comes the sun: Italian summer recipes

Here comes the sun: Italian summer recipes

Posted on: 25 Jun 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello foodies and welcome to the weekend. I shall be cooking something with fish today or tomorrow and making the most of great seasonal seafood such as the razor clam. They are really easy to prepare and very tasty, so if you spot some in your local market why not pick up a few and cook with garlic, chilli, a dash of white wine and parsley?

Today’s book is by an Italian chef, Luca Ciano, and is called Luca’s Seasonal Journey. Luca has been inspired, as I often am, by the 20 different regions of Italy and the culinary variations and specialities of each region, as well as what is in season.


Dine in style: Amazing recipes by 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood

Dine in style: Amazing recipes by 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood

Posted on: 18 Jun 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hello foodies and welcome to the weekend. As you know, this is when I like to entertain and spend time shopping, cooking and eating with friends and family.

After a fabulous trip to Saint-Tropez where I enjoyed dining at Le Club 55, I’ll be back home barbecuing this weekend and making some great salads to go with meat and fish.


Gluten-free recipes: Chicken and chorizo pie and chocolate mousse tart

Gluten-free recipes: Chicken and chorizo pie and chocolate mousse tart

Posted on: 21 May 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome to the weekend. As you read this I’ll be beside the seaside on the hunt for some lovely seafood and maybe even fish and chips.

Now to this week’s book, Essential Gluten Free by one of my favourite chefs, Phil Vickery. This book is not about Michelin-star food, but about showing how gluten-free cooking can be exciting and tasty, with the added benefit of making you feel and look better. Phil shows how you can eat all your favourites on a gluten-free diet, such as pizza, bread, pasta, cakes and biscuits.


Liquid lunch: Vegetarian and vegan vegetable soup recipes

Liquid lunch: Vegetarian and vegan vegetable soup recipes

Posted on: 14 May 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

So here we go my friends, it’s the weekend and the best time to start thinking about my favourite thing – food! Yes, food to cook and enjoy with our family and friends.

Saturday is the perfect day to go to markets such as Billingsgate fish market if you are in London.

Fish that is coming into season now includes cod, pollock and haddock so I’ll be keeping an eye out for those varieties and maybe even some queen scallops.

But now to this week’s book, The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio, which is all about vegetables. The book covers recipes including aubergine and mushroom “meatballs”, veggie ceviche, and double chocolate courgette muffins.

However, I have chosen two soups to share with you today which are ideal for vegetarians and vegans. But meat eaters should give them a try, too!


A sumptuous supper: Seafood recipes by Michelin-star chef Nathan Outlaw

A sumptuous supper: Seafood recipes by Michelin-star chef Nathan Outlaw

Posted on: 30 Apr 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome to the Bank Holiday weekend and I hope yours will be more relaxing than mine. It’s going to be a very busy one starting from today with Foodies Festival in Brighton – do pop along if you are in the area.

Then tomorrow I will be travelling up to the Food and Drink Festival at Leicestershire’s Prestwold Hall, where you can see me doing cookery demos all day.

But now to this week’s book Everyday Seafood which is by one of my favourite chefs in the country, Nathan Outlaw.


Healthy and delicious chicken dishes

Healthy and delicious chicken dishes

Posted on: 23 Apr 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Hi and welcome to the weekend. Now the weather is better, it’s time to do some outdoor cooking. In my case, I will be testing my wood-burning oven – and it won’t just be about pizza. I am going for a big, wild sea bass covered in sea salt and a bit of egg white, which I cook until it turns yellow, when you know it is ready to eat.


Fresh ideas: Delicious dishes made with seasonal produce

Fresh ideas: Delicious dishes made with seasonal produce

Posted on: 30 Jan 2016 by: Aldo Zilli

Buongiorno lovely readers and welcome to the last Saturday in January. What a month it has been! I would like to thank all of you that sent me so many birthday wishes – I had a lovely day.

Now it’s back to work and I’m off to the fish market this morning for scampi from Scotland and some hake, as it’s really good at the moment. So I’ll be cooking pasta with scampi and roasted hake with olive crust. My friends will love it after some roasted vegetables as antipasti, with my favourite coco Pacific coconut oil.

So to this week’s book Fresh by Donal Skehan. According to Donal we need to take more time to cook and eat with seasonal produce. From breakfast to lunch to dinner this book covers the lot and the two dishes opposite are delicious. Donal has written a very inspirational cookery book to help you get healthy. Ciao.


STICKY PORK AND AUBERGINE

STICKY PORK AND AUBERGINE

Posted on: 1 Jan 1970 by: Aldo Zilli

Welcome to the weekend readers. If you are anything like me you have probably overspent this summer and are now thinking about pinching the pennies.

The summer holidays can be one of the hardest times for families, as children don’t receive a meal at school and need to be fed at home, putting additional strain on an already tight budget. This is why I loved this week’s book: Tiny Budget Cooking by Limahl Asmall. It is more than a cookery book, it’s a handbook.