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.

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

Frugal filled peppers, are they too posh for the south?

Frugal filled peppers, are they too posh for the south?   We are still currently in the depths of a [...]

Grandmothers tart – Torta della Nonna

Grandmothers tart - Torta della Nonna Holding a strong similarity to the famous and very much loved cinnamon dusted custard [...]

Fava bean flour farfalle with pan-fried tomatoes & pinenuts (Hodmedod’s flour)

Fava bean flour farfalle with pan-fried tomatoes & pinenuts (Hodmedod's flour) A beautiful shape with many names, Farfalle can also [...]

Fresh egg yolk raviolo with browned butter & sage – Using ‘Hodmedod’ pea flour

Fresh egg yolk raviolo with browned butter & sage - Using 'Hodmedod' pea flour I could without fail eat a [...]

Belly warming sausages and lentil stew…

Belly warming Umbrian lentils and sausage stew ‘New Year, New You’?! I keep hearing, reading and seeing that patronising heading [...]

Panforte – Sweet Italy.

Panforte – Sweet Italy   I always find that Christmas is the one time of the year where I take [...]

Biscotti per natale

PISTACHIO & DARK CHOCOLATE BISCUITS   The Christmas tree is up and the battle of who has the best twinkly [...]

Chickpea balls….

I just had to share this recipe with you as I'm a little in love with the cost as well [...]

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