People are connected in all kinds of crazy ways. I was at a family barbeque this summer and, upon hearing that I lived in London, an extended family member mentioned that her daughter in law was Welsh and had actually been travelling back and forth quite a bit for her new cookbook she had written with her sisters. Wait a minute? “Is she a Chiappa sister?” I asked, thinking of a cookbook I’d received a couple of weeks earlier. It turns out that she was, which has led to the very surreal situation of having been sent a cookbook which was written by a cousin-in-law – and evidence that the world is a very small place!
The Chiappa sisters are from rural Wales who make food based on their Italian heritage (both of their parents come from Italy originally) and so their recipes from Simply Italian include authentic Italian recipes, modern British cuisine with an Italian twist (like the panetonne bread and butter pudding) and some of their favourite recipes of various origin (including one from my extended family, Chiappa in laws.) Modern Italian cookbooks often focus primarily on pasta, so Beardy Fiance was pretty excited that this contained plenty of recipes featuring meat (a nice steak with pancetta and a marsala chicken recipe went over particularly well.) I’d really recommend this for people who are less interested in necessarily the basics of Italian food and more interested in modern Italian with a British twist.
Classic Italian Sponge Cake (from Simply Italian)
5 medium eggs (make sure to measure these in their shells – this is going to be your base weight for ingredients)
Equal amount of unsalted butter
Equal amounts of caster sugar
Equal amounts of self raising flour
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder