• What better way to start our Food Talks - An Evening with... than with Russell Norman. A leading London restaurateur for the last 20 years he has worked in many of London's landmark restaurants as a waiter, bartender, maître d', general manager and operations director.  He is also an author and contributing editor for Esquire magazine and writes a monthly column as 'The Accidental Cook'. We have planned an evening of fabulous food, wine and chat - food cooked by Russell with a helping hand from Ursula who will also be interviewing Russell - you too will have the chance to ask away.  All the dishes that Russell will prepare have stories behind each connecting them back to Venice.

    Close your eyes and be transported (we all need that right now!)  to the backstreets of Venice - your evening meal will consist of the following dishes along with several ombra glasses of Bisol Prosecco per person (you will be able to purchase extra on the night should you wish!)

    Grilled fennel & white anchovy skewers
    Bigoli in salsa
    Fig, prosciutto & mint crostini
    Broad bean & ricotta bruschetta
    Please note that we are not able to cater for any special dietary requirements on this event. A HUGE thank you to Ben & Ben at Arbequina for letting us use your wonderful space and to Bisol for providing us with the finest Prosecco to go with your meal! This is a first for Oxford and I hope not the last! No need to say book fast to avoid disappointment!!!  See you all on 1st July - we can't wait! x (Unfortunately we can't accept our gift vouchers against this event, thank you.)
  • We are so excited to announce that the very generous folk at Riso Gallo have sponsored this class and have recently launched several new products.  So lucky us, we now have a treasure trove of different rices including some of Italy’s most famous risotto grains plus some mixed grains, and wholegrains, including the trending black rice to work with. Everyone that books this class with us will get all the rice they need sent directly to them by Riso Gallo! Get ready to make dishes you might not have made before! So, who better than Ursula Ferrigno who has created this stunning menu to showcase 5 dishes that maybe you wouldn’t have tried before as well as an exquisite monkfish risotto.   The full menu you will create at home is:
    • Risotto di rana pescatrice – Monkfish risotto
    • Insalata di riso nero con carciofi, pinoli, burrata e un condimento di limone, menta & prezzemolo – Black rice salad with artichoke, pinenuts, burrata & a lemon, mint & parsley dressing
    • Riso al salto – Crispy rice pancake (the image!!)
    • Panzanella ai cereali – Panzanella with grains
    • Tuscan Faro Soup – Zuppa di faro toscana
    • Venetian Rice Cake – Torta Campagnola
    This class is slightly longer than our normal online classes as you can see we have packed in 2 more dishes than normal as Ursula was so keen to show you what can be created with rice – who would have thought a sweet Venezian rice cake?!      
  • What better way to start your Saturday night then with our absolute favourite and passionate teacher of all things Italian – Ursula! . With the excitement of warmer longer days and the potential to cook for our friends and family and entertain outside having a jolly good catch up I am delighted to teach a class designed for minimal fuss maximum flavour. . I most certainly will be cooking these dishes so that everyone will be happy!
    • Sardinian pizza bites  – My favourite dough that includes butter & an egg yolk a must know dough
    • Spinach pea and ricotta gnocchi with a sage butter – often this is made from my garden crops
    • Monkfish and bay leaf skewers with lemon and vegetable slaw – colourful really tasty can be cooked inside or outside
    • Lemon cello gelato in brioche buns – A taste of my village Minori
    Come and join us for an evening of fun and laughter and the most delicious meal at the end of it!!!
  • Start off your weekend with this stunning summer menu in the capable hands of the master of all things Italian food, Ursula Ferrigno! . There is no dispute when you eat outside your senses are heightened, your appetite increases and your anticipation of what you will be eating brings genuine happiness, coupled with an unfussy setting sitting on a rug in a field makes for perfect harmony. Come and join in the fun.
    • Courgette, spinach, ricotta & Parmesan tart
    • Cauliflower & caper fritta
    • Broad bean, red onion, mint & goats cheese salad
    • Cherry tart brioche
    We actually created this menu last year for a takeway picnic and it sold out within 24 hours – so we know that this class will be popular!!
  • We are nearly there – just a couple of weeks and we will be able to hold classes in person and we can’t wait!  To celebrate we have put together another menu from fresh seafood and salads to heavenly desserts – every recipe sings with the summer flavours of Southern Italy. . Let Ursula transport you to to Palermo for snacks from the friggitoria found all over the city or to the Naples and crispy baby lemon calamari eaten by the shores of the Mediterranean sea.   Finish with a cake we think you will never have tried before a delicious lemon, cardamom & rosemary torte… Come and join the fun!
    • Panelle – deliciously light chickpea flour fritters traditionally served in Sicily in a sesame seed coated bun with a squeeze of lemon from the many friggitoria all over Palermo
    • Calamari al limone fritti – Deep-fried baby lemon calamari
    • Tre fagioli con menta e limone – Three beans with mint & limes
    • Grissini di farro romano – Roman Spelt grissini
    • Torta al cardamomo al limone e rosmarino – Lemon Cardamom & rosemary torte
    Our next event with Ursula will be our celebration of being able to see you face to face!!!  Check out our Saturday 11th July and the delicious menu we have planned for you using as many local suppliers as possible!!!