Welcome to Carmela’s Kitchen

Welcome to Carmela’s Kitchen. Carmela is a passionate cookery tutor who specialises in the art of making pasta. Carmela is known as a pastaia (specialist pasta maker) and is also an event cookery demonstrator, recipe developer, food writer and author of two beautiful cookery books ‘A Passion for Pasta’ and ‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’. Cooking simple, inexpensive, seasonal, flavoursome dishes whilst using good quality seasonal ingredients as her mantra. The most basic and mouth-watering of Italian dishes can take minutes, from an easy spaghetti dish to a slow cooked meat based sugo dish. Eating and enjoying snacks and meals around a kitchen table is paramount with friends and family so with good reason the pasta courses that you will learn from Carmela and her Italian cooking classes will put you in great stead for whatever you decide to cook and for whom….. Carmela has now started writing her 3rd book.

Something a little different for 2018 Carmela’s Kitchen – Frozen Food

Carmela is releasing a range of freezer foods from ‘Carmela’s Kitchen’ and in association with Adriana Staniscia from ‘The Italian Shop’ Northampton. There will be an initial range of 6 products available to purchase from the freezer section of The Italian Shop, Northampton. Vegetarian arancini are now available to purchase with veal and pea bolognese arancini and aubergine Parmigiana available from the end of May.

Carmela’s Kitchen offers delicious Italian cooking classes

Carmela specialises in ‘Handmade Pasta’ classes. With 642 shapes of pasta known, the fun and learning to be had is endless!!

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‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’

Cucina Povera – Family cooking from the heart of southern Italy from Carmela Sereno Hayes

‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’ is not just a cook book, it’s a journey, a journey through the gastronomic memories that Carmela Sophia Sereno (Hayes) holds so dear to her heart of cooking with her mother Solidea and with her grandmother Nonna Carmela. Now those memories and recipes have been being recorded to be enjoyed forever, inspiring the next generation of cooks who love good honest Italian food.

‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’ brings together over 120 inspiring and rustic recipes from the south of Italy that Carmela grew up with and now teaches to her own children today, in the true style of an Italian mamma passing on her recipes to sons and daughters. Sadly, this is a practice that is under threat in modern Italy today.

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latest Recipes

Summer apple rings – Delicious anytime of the day.

  I am just loving this Mediterranean weather even though I spend most of the time perched under a parasol [...]

Pasta lamination – The process of pimping pasta!

Herbs and edible flowers.  How I just love to embrace the change in my herb garden through the four seasons. [...]

Hedgerow foraging & pesto By Carmela Sereno Hayes

The meaning of ‘Tradition’ – The handing down of a belief, information, legend or custom from generation to generation.  I [...]

Chickpea balls ……..

Chickpea balls – speedy, meat free and totally scrumptious. I love a meatball or 10 but whenever I think of [...]


If I closed my eyes tightly and clicked my heels three times I could almost smell the aroma………   Growing [...]

Murray’s – Fine dining at Whittlebury Hall

Murray’s – Fine dining at Whittlebury Hall I haven’t visited Whittlebury Hall for a few years now and in all [...]

Ready, steady, spaghetti……

Easy , peasy , spaghetti It seems that every day our lives are always rushed, hurried and under far too [...]

Easter Pasteria Tart! A Neapolitan classic with style.

NEOPOLITAN EASTER TART – a delicious alternative Easter means one thing in our family home however I’m more than ready [...]

Enjoy Carmela’s ‘one night only’ pop up restaurant

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