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Gino’s Italian Escape next series 2

Gino D’Acampo (well know with Mel from Let’s do Lunch) is back with series two of Gino’s Italian Escape. (Series One details here…)



                     

Series 2 Episode 1

8:00pm, Friday 5 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes

New series. Gino D’Acampo travels to Florence, where he prepares tagliata with courgette and goat’s cheese salad, and a dessert of apple poached in red wine with amaretti biscuit cream.

Watch Episode One Gino’s Italian Escape on iPlayer

Chef Gino D’Acampo sets off on another tour of his home country, this time exploring the north of Italy. In the first edition he examines the food that has shaped the city of Florence, beginning by tackling the bistecca alla Fiorentina – a thick and juicy steak – before preparing sliced T-bone with a colourful courgette ribbon and goat’s cheese salad. He then heads to the town of Prato, sampling a pastry chef’s speciality brioche buns with an aromatic, creamy filling, and conjuring up his own dessert of apple poached in red wine with amaretti biscuit cream.

 

 

 

 

Series 2 Episode 2

8:00pm, Friday 12 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes

Gino D’Acampo’s next stop is Venice, where he takes a trip on a gondola with a local countess to find out about a type of Venetian tapas called cicchetti, before creating his own ciabatta-based platter, featuring courgette and fennel with capers, prawns on chilli mayonnaise and breaded cod on lemon mayonnaise. The chef then heads out of the city to the nearby island of Burano, where he participates in a highly unusual method of cooking risotto.

Series 2 Episode 3

8:00pm, Friday 19 September 2014
Duration: 30 minutes

Gino D’Acampo explores the gastronomic region of Emilia-Romagna. In a part of Italy famous for its cured meats, the chef is amazed to find an ancient cellar packed with prized culatello, including one reserved especially for Prince Charles. He then buys a wedge of Parmesan cheese and uses it to enhance a colourful dish of fried aubergine, tomato and mozzarella, topped with basil and olive oil dressing. His culinary quest continues in Modena, where he samples some of the world’s finest traditional balsamic vinegar and prepares chicken and pancetta served with asparagus and cherry tomato salad.

Gino D’Acampo An Italian in Mexico on UKTV Food Channel

Watch Gino on ITV and on UKTV Food Channel

ITV – Gino’s Italian Escape




UKTV – An Italian in Mexico

Recipes include:

For more recipes see, Gino D’Acampo An Italian returns to Mexico

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Gino D’Acampo Sept 2013 Gino’s Italian Escape TV series and cookbook £5

Gino D’Acampo Gino’s Italian Escape TV series and cookbook

Appearing on loose women, Friday morning – Gino has Gino’s Italian Escape book one now £5 published 14 September 2013, Gino’s Italian Escape with Gino returning to his home in Naples and touring southern Italy to reveal amazing Italian food secrets .

The TV series Gino’s Italian Escape, is broadcast 13 September at 8 pm on ITV where Olive trees, cherry picking and the remarkable Italian scenery all add up to a visual treat.

There are six shows each of 30 minutes.

The new series 2014 is just starting… Gino’s Italian Escape series 2

Book Two

Cooking outside the Colosseum in Rome, a visit to the Amalfi coast and Alberobello in Puglia all wonderful experiences.

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Gino is remembering just what Italy has in terms of food and cooking and says it is time for us in the UK to get real. Time to see what real Italian cooking is, not our version of what we think or are told it is. We know what Gino means, when he asks us to get really into authentic Italian cooking – when we visit Italy we experience it for ourselves.

Get a look at Gino’s Twitter

Watch the show while episodes are still on iplayer

Read about the episodes at Radio Times

Recipes:

Episodes:

 

What about all the parma ham and other authentic foods we try to bring home with us?

In the cookbook Gino captures the flavours, smells and tastes of his homeland in over 100 deliciously simple recipes. We see Pizza, pasta and antipasti dishes, Gino’s classics with a twist such as Honey & Rosemary Lamb Cutlets and Limoncello Mousse.

Gino was born in Torre del Greco, Naples, in southern Italy, and has inherited his grandfather’s love of cooking. He studied at the Luigi de Medici Catering College.

We all know Gino from TV, most particularly the spicy show with Melanie Sykes in Let’s Do Lunch with Gino and Mel, and as a resident chef on ITV’s This Morning.

I just LOVE Italy – so looking forward to this show!!

Also watching Gino on UKTV An Italian in Mexico

Gino in Mexico


The Chiappas watch Food Tube recipes on You Tube

Updated links -The Chiappas have a number of recipes on Food Tube a section of You Tube.

Watch recipe clips from the Chiappas on You Tube from the links below.

Cookbook:

At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart

 

Video Recipes:

FOOD TUBE

 

THE CHIAPPAS

 

WHAT’S COOKING

 

JAMIE OLIVER on FOOD TUBE

Jamie Oliver on FOOD TUBE

 

Previous blog articles:


Michela Chiappa Made in Italy: Top 10 Classic Dishes recipes

Updated links to recipes -First broadcast on 10 August 2013, Made in Italy: Top 10 Classic Dishes by Michela Chiappa, includes many sumptuous Italian favourites with wonderful photography.

Watch Made in Italy: Top 10 Classic Dishes on 4oD

New Series Jamie’s Comfort Food

Recipes:

After a long wait the cookbook is now available  At Home with the Chiappa Sisters: Easy Italian Cooking from the Heart see more about the Chiappa sisters and their Italian food.

The Chiappas watch Food Tube recipes on You Tube

 


 

Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian USA TV episode and recipe links

Watch the wonderful chef Giada De Laurentiis in her Everyday Italian series on Cooking channel TV.

Next episode: Roasting Show on Feb 8 at 2pm

A whole pork loin meal, with figs and port, roasted fennel with Parmesan cheese.

Recipes:

Read more and see a recipes for hazelnut pie.

Then: First time dinner party on Feb 9 at 8am

More amazing recipes, Linguine with chicken ragu. Endive and Frisee Salad with Blood Oranges and Hazelnuts, Italian egg soup and Macerated Berries with Sweet Mascarpone Cream.

Recipes:

Who is Glada de Laurentis? Read about Giada’s career and how she made it to a worldwide renown celebrity chef. Did you know Giada was born in Rome?

Season 8: click links for recipes and episode guide

Season 7:

  • Beach Party
  • Foods that refuel
  • Games night
  • Girl’s night in
  • Spicy comfort
  • Romantic dinner
  • Wedding shower
  • Personal Day
  • Meaty Italian meals
  • The lighter side of Italian
  • Meet and mingle
  • Light and healthy seafood dishes
  • Personal chef
  • Wine tasting party
  • Italian fast food
  • Everyday desserts
  • Easy weekend entertaining
  • Pasta potluck
  • Sinful vegetables
  • Stress free Italian

In the USA – Giada’s cookbooks – read more about Giada’s recipes…

    

USA Cookery store

In the UK –

In Canada –

Great  food……..

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas recipes and links – Monday December 17 BBC2 and BBC HD: 8.00 pm 

***   The Taste with Nigella Lawson UK CH4 9pm 7 Jan 2014

The inspired Italian Christmas by Nigella, in tonight’s Christmas special when she throws a Nigellissima buffet party inspired by Venice.

It is off to the magical city of Venice to soak up the atmosphere and gain inspiration for dishes for a Christmas party with her Italian twist. It is a hard life for Nigella!

The book Nigellissima is wonderful, read about Nigellissima  – reviews and book information.

Returning home she creates a tasty buffet, including a Venetian cocktail with canapes that include Parmesan shortbreads and panettone stuffing squares.

Recipes include a crisp radicchio  “Renaissance salad”, Nigella’s Italian take on the traditional roast bird is to use turkey breast stuffing made from Italian sausages and cranberries steeped in Marsala and desserts include a marshmallow cappuccino pavlova using espresso powder and a Christmas pudding cake adorned with chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.

Watch again Wed 19 Dec 11.20 pm BBC HD and Sat 22 Dec 3.00 pm BBC2.

Watch on BBC iPlayer.

Video recipes:

Previous Nigellissima episode guides:

Books and cookware:

 


Stanley Tucci This Morning The Tucci Cookbook Family, Friends and Food

As seen on This Morning ITV, Stanley Tucci the famous Hollywood actor with roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games and The Lovely Bones. Also, the foodie films of Big Night and Julie & Julia – and today the Emmy award-winning actor Stanley Tucci cooks up a wizz in the kitchen with his beef rolls.

Recipe for Beef Rolls by Stanley Tucci.

His new cook book by Stanley, Joan and Stan – a family affair, is called The Tucci Cookbook: Family, Friends and Food, click for reviews and offers.

As they say  “Most of the world eats to live, but Italians live to eat.”

In this wonderful book, Stanley Tucci  presents just under 200 recipes and the wines are paired as well.

Recipes include:

  • Venetian Seafood Salad
  • Lasagna with Polenta and Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Spaghetti with Tomato and Tuna
  • Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Rosemary
  • Roast Duck with Fresh Figs
  • Baked Whole Fish in an Aromatic Salt Crust
  • Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole with Potatoes
  • buttery Plum and Polenta Cake
  • Timpano

Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen.

Cooking, eating and enjoying food is definitely a family affair!

Nigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: episode 6 recipes Mon 29 Oct 2012

Nigella LawsonNigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: 
Series 1 episode 6

Sixth programme, Monday 29 October 2012 at 8:30pm – 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD  8:30pm

***   The Taste with Nigella Lawson UK CH4 9pm 7 Jan 2014

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes

This week Nigella Lawson treats her supper guests to a feast of lamb chops with mint, chilli and potatoes, served alongside roasted red onions with fennel and basil. Dessert is a true Anglo-Italian affair with a plum and amaretti crumble. There are also recipes for farro risotto with mushrooms, and chocolate pasta with a dark butterscotch sauce. Last in the series.

The book to accompany the series is Nigellissima  read reviews and book information.

To-night the final sixth episode includes:

  • lamb chops with mint, chilli and potatoes (all recipe links)
  • roasted red onion with fennel and basil
  • plum and Amaretti crumble
  • farro risotto with mushrooms
  • chocolate pasta with a dark butterscotch sauce

Prepare ahead with the ingredients for this episode.

Nigella Lawson’s new book is Nigellissima  read reviews and book information and to purchase – offers on Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.

Would you like the opportunity to meet Nigella? Nigella will be signing copies of her book at stores throughout the UK.

You can view the recipes at BBC2 Nigellissima recipes.

Download the free Nigellissima app, see the new Nigella Lawson app.

Video clips from the BBC:

Typical recipes: from the new cookbook – Nigellissima: Mail on Sunday 9 September 2012 Nigellissima supplement pt 1.  Part One and New Part Two preview links below:

For the Kindle, Nigellissima on Kindle.

Links:

Episode guides:

Books and cookware:

For cooks in the USA
      

For Cooks in Canada
      


Episode 5 recipes Mon 22 Oct 2012 Nigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration:

Nigella LawsonNigellissima – Instant Italian Inspiration: 
Series 1 episode 5

Fifth programme, Monday 22 October 2012 at 8:30pm – 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD  8:30pm

Nigellissima – An Italian Christmas Monday December 17 BBC2: 8.00 pm recipes


The book to accompany the series is Nigellissima  read reviews and book information.

To night Nigella creates more wonderful Italian food. She was apparently inspired by a scribbled note she once found in an old Italian kitchen and tonight Nigella creates her version of a classic light and sunny yoghurt pot cake.

Watch Nigella’s niece and nephew get involved in the kitchen to make a sausage meatball supper. For a girls’ night in Nigella run off a squid and prawns with marjoram and chilli special. Another new creation, tiramisini is a Nigella creation – a lighter, quicker version of traditional tiramisu.

To-night the fifth episode of six includes the following recipes:

Video clips:

Watch the fifth episode of Nigellissima -link available at 9.00pm Monday.

Prepare the ingredients for the recipes in the fifth episode of Nigellissima.

Would you like the opportunity to meet Nigella? Nigella will be signing copies of her book at stores throughout the UK.

You can view the recipes at BBC2 Nigellissima recipes.

Download the free Nigellissima app, see the new Nigella Lawson app.


Video clips from the BBC:

Nigella Lawson’s new book is Nigellissima  read reviews and book information and to purchase – offers on Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration.

Typical recipes: Mail on Sunday from the new cookbook – Nigellissima: Mail on Sunday 9 September 2012 Nigellissima supplement pt 1.  Part One and New Part Two preview links below:

For the Kindle, Nigellissima on Kindle.

Links:

Episode guides:

Books and cookware:

Next week the sixth program, Monday 29 October 2012 at 8:30pm – 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD  8:30pm.

For cooks in the USA
      

For Cooks in Canada