While a return to normalcy is not in the cards, a return to the kitchen very much is. If anything, the pandemic has taught us the importance of a nice meal. Comfort food has never been this cruical. And if it comes in the form of an Italian dish – all the better!
Enter Skye McAlpine. A home cook based between Venice and London, McAlpine knows her way through the Italian kitchen and is prepared to show you the ropes. “I cook largely Italian food,” she remarked once in an interview with Julia Berolzheimertold, “but one of my favorite recipes is my Auntie Effie’s butter shortbread—and that’s about as British as you can get!”
And when it comes to comfort food, one of her favorite dishes is Risotto. “Risotto is such comfort food,” she notes, “but the touch of lemon makes it a lovely, delicate and elegant dish. The kind of thing you could happily eat on the sofa straight from the pan, or proudly serve at a dinner party. Also: I always have a few lemons lying around in the kitchen and rice in the cupboard, so it’s the kind of dish that I can easily throw together without thinking.”
Luckily for us, McAlpine shares her cooking knowledge with others. Her recipes include traditional Italian dishes as well as reinvented favorites like scallops on the shell with pistachio gratin, grilled radicchio with pomegranate, and chocolate and amaretto custard.
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