Madame Maria Floris opened her legendary Soho bakery and patisserie in January 1939. The Hungarian sponge cakes, almond pastries and coffee cream gateaux are still recalled with awe, and she also famously supplied birthday cakes for Winston Churchill, one of which was a cake formed in a spiral decorated with 32 models of his famous hats.
This traditional Italian soup was once considered peasant food but has become fashionable over the years. It usually contains stale bread but in this recipe the bread has been removed, making the dish very handy for dieters. Ribollita literally means "reboiled", and it freezes and reheats perfectly.
● 1 tbsp olive oil
● 1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
I first cooked this during one of my courses. I was with a lovely group in a farmhouse in Tuscany and we improvised for a session. We used chicken pieces on the bone, which worked beautifully. Chicken thighs are tasty and juicy and a great alternative to chicken breast, which can be dry. For chicken on the bone, follow the same recipe as below, but add 15-20 minutes to the cooking time.
My childhood memories of stuffed cabbage are not happy. Heavy, dull and indigestible, their name, holishkes, made me think I was being forced to eat rubbery galoshes. This vegetarian version has made me reconsider, though I am still tempted to keep the sour cream and hold the rest. Any cabbage will do - savoy looks prettiest, but green or sweetheart arguably tastes better.