Mozzarella di bufala, made from the milk of water buffalo, is the original Mozzarella and is excellent for serving just as it is – sliced, seasoned with salt and pepper, with some really good olive oil sprinkled over.
Add to this ripe tomatoes and basil leaves and good bread, and what you have is one of the nicest salads of all. Mozzarella made from cows’ milk is the one to use in cooking: it has a very mild, creamy, faintly sour flavour and, because it melts so beautifully and instantly, it’s extremely good used in sauces, pasta dishes and, of course, as a pizza topping.
Puttanesca has always been one of my favourite pasta sauces – strong and gutsy, with lots of flavour – then one inspired day I decided to try it on a pizza base instead. The result is brilliant.
Well, a crumpet pizza does make sense if you think about it – soft, squidgy bread that gets lightly toasted for just a bit of crunch, then all those wonderful holes so that the cheese and other ingredients can melt right down into it.
What are enchiladas? Well, they're Mexican wheat-flour pancakes that can be spread with some spicy salsa and stuffed with almost anything you have handy – in this case cheese – and then baked. An excellent light lunch dish served with a salad.
A lovely light terrine that's just perfect with a crisp salad and good bread. What's more, you can easily increase the quantities and make this for a buffet or party.
This is a good family recipe and provides quite an interesting way of offering fish to children. Young-at-heart adults have also been known to sing its praises. You can use Greenland halibut or hoki instead of cod or haddock.
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