Slow Cooked Beef Shin Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta


Slow cooked beef shin with pappardelle pasta

I happened to come across an article in a recent Jamie Oliver magazine about a new restaurant in London’s Borough Market called Padella and sounded right up my street! Unfortunately they don’t take bookings, so I took Jamie’s advice and joined the queue. After a short wait we were in and warming up with a nice glass of vino. 

The menu is small, but this doesn’t make deciding which delicious dish to have any easier… Eventually I settled on the slow cooked beef shin with pappardelle pasta which was (in my opinion) a taste sensation!  

So as you can imagine, the first thing I wanted to do when I got home was try and recreate this deliciousness.

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Homemade pumpkin soup, I cannot think of anything better to warm the belly on a cold frosty night with a big chuck of crusty bread with lots of butter! Although, I am usually in denial that summer is finished and flip flops are no longer outdoor appropriate, but when the time comes I cannot fight the overwhelming desire for something warm and comforting so admit defeat and indulge. Read More…



Photography by Leanne Capuzziello


My mum would argue that the only way to eat a fig is straight away, skin an all! And although I am inclined to agree with her, I think by taking a little extra time and some simple ingredients you can create something even more delicious. 


When selecting these little gems it’s worth noting that once a fig has been plucked from the tree it will ripen no further, therefore my advise would be to spend a little extra time selecting the ripest ones with the sweetest smell and deepest colour.

Sadly figs are a perishable fruit that won’t last long, maybe 2-3 days in the fridge at best. If however you are like me this isn’t really a concern as they are lucky to make it across the supermarket car park nevermind lasting 2-3 days in the fridge! Read More…