Bill’s Italian Food by Bill Granger book review

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Bill’s Italian Food by Bill Granger covers over 110 recipes with full-colour photographs of the dishes and happy shots of Bill’s family. Although the recipes are not necessarily authentic Italian fare, they are Bill’s interpretation.

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The recipes are divided into the following sections: pantry, instant, weekday, slow, dinner, party and sweets.

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We tried the Bellissimo meatloaf with simple tomato salad as well as the mozzarella, roasted capsicum and caper pizza and both were delicious. Highlights from the book include slow roasted lamb shoulder, with orange, anchovy and fennel; as well as the chocolate and hazelnut cake with Nutella frosting.

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Granger confesses it’s not just the food he loves, but they way Italians live: “They don’t suck coffee from disposable sippy-cups … They lean against marble bars and drink tiny grown-up espressos.”

Bill’s Italian Food is a delightful and seasonal Italian inspired cookbook.

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Best recipe: Scrambled eggs

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When I say that this is an easy recipe, I really mean it. The trick to cooking moist scrambled eggs is to restrain yourself and let the eggs cook as long as the recipe says, which I found difficult as I don’t particularly like runny eggs. I secretly wonder if Bill Granger uses more cream than the recipe calls for in his restaurant. This recipe is very indulgent and I don’t expect you’d use cream every weekend.

An old boyfriend taught me his secret to scrambled eggs. He used the lowest heat possible and combined half a glass of milk to each egg and then cooking them for at least half an hour. Yawn. I much prefer this quick recipe!

Chef Bill Granger says, always use a non-stick pan with a wooden spoon for best results and easy cleaning. Don’t over-stir – think of these as folded eggs rather than scrambled. The eggs should have the texture of soft curds. It’s best not to cook more than three portions in one go as you will overcrowd the pan and the eggs won’t cook as well. For larger numbers, cook in two pans rather than one.
Perfect scrambled eggs – BBC GoodFood

Scrambled Eggs

Adapted from Perfect scrambled eggs by Bill Granger

2 eggs, organic
1/3 cup pouring cream
10g butter, organic
pinch of salt

  1. Add the eggs and cream to a bowl and mix together with a whisk. 
  2. Heat a non-stick pan to high and melt the butter.
  3. Pour in the egg mixture. Allow the egg to cook and fold them in with a wooden spoon when they have set on the outside edge.
  4. Repeat this until the egg mixture has just set, and just moist. They will continue to cook slightly when they have been turned out.
  5. Season with salt and serve with some hot buttered toast.

Serves 1.