Welcome to Carmela’s Kitchen

Welcome to Carmela’s Kitchen. Carmela is a passionate Italian 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, founder and chef or a sell out supper club 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 incredibly slowly started writing her 3rd cookery 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 alongside veal and pea bolognese arancini. Aubergine Parmigiana will be available from early Spring 2019.

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

Pasta & Lentils…

  I wanted to share with you over this cold spell a recipe that will keep you warm most certainly [...]

Malloreddus alla Campidanese from #apassionforpasta

Gnocchi sardi with sausages and tomato Malloreddus alla Campidanese Back to basics with ‘Malloreddus’ using semola rimacinata – di grano [...]

A little nostalgia from school day dinners!

Who remembers chocolate toothpaste or should I say does anyone remember this teeth cloying dessert that I still think of [...]

Whipped Milk Polenta…….

Polenta   If I excitedly mutter the words polenta the response I normally receive is a grunt of utter disappointment [...]

Pizza dough… tear, fold and enjoy! #FilippoBerio

Tear and fold, that’s the only way!! When I say let’s have pizza for dinner tonight you’ll most certainly hear [...]

Jam cushions…

  I’m already missing the Great British Bake Off. The programme always spurs us on to cook, bake and most [...]

Spinach spätzle sparrows with a taleggio drizzle

Spinach spätzle sparrows with a taleggio drizzle Inspiration can be found all around us. Be it in a book, a [...]

Savoiardi biscuit

To dip or not to dip that is the question? As the ‘Great British Bake Off’ frenzy has hit our [...]

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

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