Matthew’s Tomato and Cheese Pie

Matthew Locricchio is one of the best chefs I know. We have happy memories of a few days spent with him and his husband Richard at their former weekend home in Stuyvesant in the Hudson Valley, visiting the farmers’ market, pottering around antique shops and then going home in time for Matthew to cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Matthew has written a series of award-winning cookery books for youngsters. I bought one for our niece some years ago then promptly acquired several more for myself. This recipe is from Teen Cuisine and it’s one I’ve returned to time and again. It’s a bit like a quiche, but without the pastry and cream. It’s genius – I wish I’d invented it. Continue reading

Aubergine Caprese

We’re fortunate enough, thanks to Him Outdoors, to have lots of home-grown tomatoes, aubergines and basil at the moment and this Italian recipe makes the most of them.

An excellent summer lunch, it’s quick and easy and got polished off in record time when we had friends staying at the weekend. Continue reading