Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Baby, I Love Hugh

Hugh being posh TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, in case you're wondering. His recipe for Mazzamurru (a Sicilian tomato and cheese gratin) published in Saturday's Guardian looked just the job for using up the remnants of the delicious Ciabatta loaf Jon made on Friday night.

Hugh's recipe gave qualities for 4, here's what I used to serve the two of us:

1 tablespoon olive oil
100g open textured, slightly stale bread
I x tinned tomatoes 
100g Mozzarella or a similar soft, creamy cheese (I used Brie)
A handful of finely grated hard cheese or Parmesan (I used a mature vegetarian Cheddar)
1 small white onion - peeled and chopped
1 clove of garlic - peeled and crushed
A bay leaf
A pinch of sugar
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Sweat the onion in the olive oil in a large frying pan (or in my case, the trusty wok I've had since I was 21) for 10 minutes until translucent.

Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes more.

Pour in the tinned tomatoes (crushing them first if you're using whole ones).

Add the bay leaf and a pinch of sugar & season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a simmer and then leave to cook on a very low heat for 20 minutes.

Taste and season if required.

Fill an oven proof dish (Hugh suggests a fairly deep 20 cm square one) with half the tomato mixture.

Add half the bread, cut into 1 inch slices. Press down into the sauce mixture, tearing to fit the dish if necessary.

Drizzle with a little olive oil and season.

Dot half the Brie (or Mozzarella) on top of the bread, add half the grated cheese and then repeat the process by layering the tomato sauce, bread slices, drizzled olive oil, seasoning and both cheeses.

Cook in an oven preheated to 180 °c /350°c /Gas mark 4 oven for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes (if you have the willpower) before serving with a crisp, green salad.

You know what, Hugh, it was delicious and I'm linking it to Ta-Tah Tuesday.

 Mazzamurru's going to be a regular addition to my repertoire from now on.

Me-made top (last seen HERE), Bayeaux tapestry maxi (previously seen HERE)

Right, I'm off to meet Liz and have a rummage around the chazzas for the first time in over a month. Wish me luck!

See you soon.


  1. Recipe looks yummy. Thanks. Have to say I now love Goa.

  2. Oh my goodness - what food porn delights you're sharing for your ta-dah! Tuesday :O

    That meal looks pretty delish, as by the way does that outfit of yours.

    Have fun around the chazzas and be sure to report back! :)


  3. i just had some palak paneer and thought i was super full but this made me hungry all over again. all the best at the charity shops

  4. i just had some palak paneer and thought i was super full but this made me hungry all over again. all the best at the charity shops

  5. That looks delicious, I love Hugh's recipes too, good down to earth cooking that hits the spot. Good luck on your chazzing forage. Linda xxx

  6. Oh my woolly word, this looks amazing!! I will definitely have to try this. I love love love domestic Vix posts and I love seeing your home. I lust after your rustic, mish mash kitchen and all those antique free standing pieces. I love your enamel coffee pots. I love everything. I'm generally smitten! Great post xxxx

  7. Ooh that looks rather scrummy! I love Hugh Fearnley Eat-it-all too! He's a God!

  8. great recipe, it seems tasty and love that it's made of some stale bread and easy to find ingredients!
    and you look as pretty as usual, that self-made yellow top is still so lovely and also love your printed maxi (bayeux tapestry is so colorful!!)
    besos & cooking

  9. Flippin' heck, it's 10pm and I'm off to raid the fridge to see what I can rustle up! That has to be the easiest-looking yummy dish ever and oh gawd the cheese!!! xoxoxo

  10. I am definitely trying, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh so hungry now, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You look glorious cooking in true beauty style, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  11. Hola my darling, where *have* we been!! I've a rubbish net connect in my new house and it's so hard to comment until it's fixed!!! Hope you had a fab time away we've been flooded the last few days it's been total poo!! Hope we can catch up soon.xx.

  12. Hi my dear! this looks soo delicious and I'll be trying it for sure!! Hope you bag some bargains at the charity shops today! xx

  13. Good luck with your rummage in the chazzas hope find some good things.

    That dish looks delicious! I am always on the hunt to find interesting (and fussy child) friendly receipes. Particularly vegetairian ones as we want to cut down on meat. And I do like Hugh FW as well! Bonus!

    P x

  14. Gosh that looks delicious! Will try it too - thanks!
    Hope you find some treasures in town! x

  15. fun isn't to find yummy recipes
    I love it too, had cheese ravioli salad last night, was delicious!
    I love the teapot shot, nice collection you have
    Lovely frock to cook with!
    Hope you find treasures

    Ariane xxx

  16. that looks super tasty, though I'm not a big fan of Hugh! I'll try to find the recipe online.

  17. This is my kind of meal, quick, easy and no poncy ingredients that I don't have. Will be trying this one for sure. Hope you have more luck at the chazza's than I did this morning. x

  18. Looks really good (and easy!). I'll be trying this very soon. Thanks for sharing it.

  19. Hugh's dish looks delish, I bet it tasted great too.
    I can't stand chefs that do overcomplicated dishes with umpteen ingredients of which half you can only procure at some extortionate delicatessen. This dish I could actually rustle up from things already in the house, brilliant. I made something really tasty the other day, Lidl were sellling butternut squash for cheaps, so I roasted thst together with sweet potatoes in a piri piri marinade, simple, hearty, cheap and oh so delicious my tastebuds did a little dance.
    Lot's of love,

  20. Looks yummy - more recipes please!

  21. So delicious!!! Nom nom nom! You are gorgeous, too!!! Have fun shopping :)

  22. Oh yes, I saw this one. I do like a tomato and cheese combo and the quicker and easier the better. xx

  23. You are bloomin marvelous, I have been in bed all day with a hideous chest thing and sore throat. I have just made a cuppa and brought it and my laptop, and vegetarian cook book back with me so I could tell Duncan what to make for dinner. NOW I can toss the cook book and send him a link on his phone to your post. Thanks a million gorgeous. (we even have ALL of the ingredients, and a bag of salad, incredible eh).

  24. Sounds yummy, I love Hugh's vegetable recipes. Look out for his Veg Every Day book if you don't already have it.

  25. I'm a Hugh fan so long as he's not talking! That looks delicious x

  26. Thank you for taking the time to write a recipe because it looks so good!
    I really like your placemats.

  27. You have my dream kitchen as well with the exposed brick, checkerboard floor, and vintage bits. My boyfriend sat across from Hugh at a vegan supper club that Hugh was filming for one of his shows. I was told Hugh spent all his attention on the woman with the low-cut blouse sitting next to him, but he seemed nice.
    You know I'm digging the vest as waistcoat look, the peacock print and of course the Bayeaux tapestry print.
    4 copies of Up the Junction? Then you really should re-read it.

  28. I would eat even tomatoes if cooked by you!! I adore them, but even if I became extremely allergic to them I'm sure that being your guest worths a visit to the ER!Your yellow blose enlights your tan and your smile and I like the fact that you are flawless even while you are in the kitchen!!
    By the way I've never noticed before that your kitchen is beautiful, I love the brick wall and the black and white floor very much!Every room of your house is breathtaking!!
    Lots of love xxxxx

  29. Yum! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Have a great day and have fun thrifting!

  30. quick. easy. look yummy! Hmm.....I could make that for dinner tonight.

  31. Beauty, brains and the girl can cook you are a triple threat baby! This looks so hearty and good and my favorite EASY! Good lick in the shops, I bet you find loads!
    Love you!

  32. I'm salivating at your cooking as much as I am at your gorgeous outfit and that hello top with THOSE sleeves. You know how I like those sleeves. X

  33. That dish looks SO GOOD I can practically taste it! My mouth is watering!

  34. I cut that recipe out at the weekend - although not generally a fan of HFW until he came up with the veggie recipe collection.
    This one qualifies in my kitchen - everything I cook has to come up to the standards of my new kitchen plaque -

    `If You Are What You Eat, Then I`m Fast, Easy And Cheap`
    Lynn x

  35. yum Vix that looks really good, my man bakes bread there is always a scruff end left over! now I know what to do with it!
    I am making a vegan recipe for oat and bean burgers..fingers crossed it will be an edible concoction!


  36. Yummy i missed lunch today and my tummy is now rumblingi may have to steal that one it looks lovely. I have to say i love that little jar on your shelf with the orange bird on it and your placemats are gorgeous to. Hope you got lucky at the chairty shops today, dee xxx

  37. It looks yummy, especially perched in that fabulous stove!

    I see that your sleeves are fitting quite nicely :). xoxo

  38. That looks like a romantic meal and you look so sweet cooking it in your little vintage kitchen. Looks easy enough even for someone like me to pull off.
    Love both the top and maxi. Beautiful fabrics! They just don't make them like that anymore.

  39. That looks delicious!!

    Clare and I have a bit of a crush on Hugh, not sure why. Probably because he's posh and comes across all 'capable'.


  40. Now that DOES look tasty. And the Mazzamurru's not too bad either! I am so hilarious...
    But you do look delicious, darling, in your wonderful homemade top and tribute to 1066 and the weavers of Bayeaux! It is always a joy to peek inside your gorgeous home, and see you revealing your inner domestic goddess!
    Stir fry for us for tea - also quick and easy, my sort of cooking. But I would happily try Hugh's recipe too.
    Hope the chazzing gods were smiling this afternoon! xxxx

  41. There are TWO tasty dishes in this post (couldn't resist)

    Happy hunting!

  42. That looks really tasty. I have the veggie book he did and there are so many nice looking recipes in it. His restaurant/cafe is not far from where I come from in the SW so I've been a couple of times. I had a really lovely lunch which was basically mushrooms on toast but it was lovely chunky bread and the mushrooms were done in thyme and there was cheese and olive oil and a crisp salad. He made something very simple into a really luscious dish. That's the kind of cooking I like.

    Ooh good luck at the chazzas, looking forward to the show and tell! Bet Walsall has missed you! xxx

  43. That looks delish!! Did you try his potato crisp omelette from a few weeks back? It looks great! And yes Diane was in Inglourious Basterds, which I haven't seen yet! (Puts everything mentioned above on list of things to do......) :)


  44. I saved this recipe page at the weekend from Guardian online and we've had it tonight using leftover gluten free bread that was falling apart, a tin of un-glam supermarket cheapy plum tomatoes and the last bit of stilton. It was bloomin delicious and the dogs loved it too.

  45. You've whipped up a little sunshine in the kitchen. Looks extremely yummy!

  46. Yummy. I could just do that in now.
    I do love Hugh, and I like it when his recipes go rustic.
    You are yummy too.

  47. Hugh is GOD!!!
    I adore him, as you well know.....
    This does indeed look simple and delicious, and a fab way of using up leftover bread! My mate Jo got his vege book for Chrissy, and I'm rather jealous!
    You have to be THE foxiest cook ever!
    You can cook for me any day of the week,baby!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

  48. Wow this looks especially delicious, Hugh’s cookbooks are very good – the River Cottage Veg one in particular is very inspiring xxx

  49. So timely, I've been sorting through recipes hurling out the complicated as I can't be bothered anymore (especially with a picky teen.) This is like lasagna, but with bread & much easier than making a red sauce, LOVE it! I wish our kitchen wasn't so odd, I would love to do it like yours. You look gorgeous as usual, I hope you made off like a bandit at the thrifts! XXX PS I never tire of your travel adventure pics!

  50. looks bloody lovely, I love your cooker, and your pantry. x

  51. I adore your kitchen so much! The dish sounds interesting, I like bread in dishes but sadly the OH doesn't x

  52. Looks delicious - as a pescetarian I am always on the hunt for non meat dishes.

  53. That looks lush I have to say - and easy, which is all to the good. Sadly whenever I see HFW's name I am reminded of some scurrilous internet gossip about him which I probably shouldn't repeat but suffice to say you ALLEGEDLY wouldn't want to find him standing over you when you awake from your slumbers! But he is a good chef ;-)

    I'm sure the chazza gods will be smiling on you as ever.

  54. oh lovely lovely Hugh. I'll give this a go this week and report back, but I can already tell I'll love it xxx

  55. Ooh that looks delicious - and a good way to use up the last of gluten free bread, which can be very dry at the best of times. YUUM!

    You are gorgeous, amor - that top is PERFECTAMUNDO with that fab maxi. And as always, I LOOOOVE having a squiz at your kitchen!

    Hope you had wonderful joy at your chazzas and found bargains galore.

    Love you more than SKYPE! Sarah xxx

  56. that looks so good and easy too. thanks for sharing. love your kitchen clock! xo

  57. Looks delish! I think this is a recipe that I'm going to try. And you are looking smashing in the kitchen. India must be good for the soul.

  58. That's a great dish, ticks all the boxes for me, quick, frugal, healthy and veggie, I'll be adding that to my favourites.
    Glad you enjoyed your holiday, what a land of contrasts !

  59. I want to eat dinner at your house Vix! Also you have the best wall clock ever :D

  60. I shall be trying that - am sure the boys will like it :)

    Love the clock too - we had one in our CS in our sorting room till someone sold it - the offer was too good to turn down :(

  61. that recipe sounds ah-ma-zing! I think I need to try that one, sounds simple enough to do! ;)

  62. looks very yammy! i just have to give it a try!

    Inside and Outside Blog

  63. I am going to try that recipe. It looks so good. I wish I looked as good as you when I'm in the kitchen cooking. WOW!

  64. So fabulous in the kitchen dear Vix! this look delicious! I am all about culinary goodness! xx :)

  65. Thanks for the recipe, going to give it a try. It looks really yummy, love anything that has the same ingredients as pizza, my weakness.;) And, thanks for the heads up regarding Hugh, will have to look him up as I've never heard of him.

    Love the outfit, great color combo, and the skirt fabric is so fab!:)

    Must add also, like others said, your kitchen is amazing! I've got oven envy.;)

  66. oh this looks so delicious yummy and what a beautiful maxi you are wearing!

  67. Cheese, tomatoes and bread, all served by a gorgeous dame in a funky maxi dress - what's not to like?

  68. That looks delicious! I always have bread ends and this is a great way to use 'em up!

  69. that looks delicious. Am nearly dribbling on the computer and although it's far too late, and we've already eaten, I really am quite tempted to try making some . Definitely tomorrow!

  70. That sounds and looks delicious! I have pinned it for future reference!


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