Cooking with Katie

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Hippocrates

Originally from Wicklow Ireland, where I met my crazy Sicilian husband, Dario, many years ago. We have been living in Italy as a family since 2002, when we were married just south of Florence in the heart of the Val D’Arno, Tuscany.

I am passionate about food, both preparing it and eating it!

I love travelling and food is a very important part of that experience.I have lived (and cooked!) in Dublin, New York, San Francisco, Oregon, Amsterdam, Paris, Rennes, Sydney, Melbourne, Taormina, Florence & Rome. Como is now my home of over 4 years, after moving from Rome.

My experience, in living, shopping, eating and cooking in such beautiful cities around the world has influenced my cooking, and a respect for cooking traditions and good local ingredients.

Our Sicilian in-laws have over 70 years of experience supplying the best ingredients to Pastry and Bread shops in Sicily. I have certainly learned a lot about Sicilian and Italian food from them.

Honestly though, I am a bit of a nerdy, greedy and sometimes lazy, cook. I love food, eating and cooking, but at times, as with any family, I have a hungry family or bunch of friends to feed and not much time.

My cooking style is also for those cooks out there who love to eat yummy and healthy food with their families and yet where possible make the cooking process as easy and simple without loosing any of the flavour.