Welcome to Carmela’s Kitchen

Carmela is a mother to four bambini and a passionate cookery tutor who specialises in the art of making pasta. Carmela is a pastaia (specialist pasta maker), demonstrator, author and food writer. Cooking simple, inexpensive, 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 sugo. Eating around a 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’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

Parma ham filled peppers

A perfect pairing of baby sweet peppers and the delicate taste of Parma ham. Baked together they are a match made [...]

Dinner at Giovanni Rana, London & the Introduction to Ciao Gusto.

There is nothing that pleases me more than to tuck into a bowl of fresh pasta, an arrangement of fresh [...]

Filled chicken breasts wrapped in Parma ham

Everyone has heard of 'Parma ham' in one capacity or another. Draped over fresh seasonal figs, served alongside a wider [...]

Seasonal Parma ham & fig salad

I think we are incredibly lucky in the UK to welcome in our four seasons. We know every year we [...]

Soft polenta & sausage sugo.

Polenta echoes cucina povera cooking from the Northern plains and regions of Italy. Delicious when cooked and seasoned well whilst [...]

Prickly pear liquor – Ficatinicello

Prickly pears are probably the most popular name for this cactus fruit , in my families regions of Molise and [...]

Filled and fried zucchini flowers

Courgette flowers are delicate and delicious stuffed and filled with herbs and cheese, then dipped into a light batter and [...]

Polpette – Cucina povera bread balls

If you have stale bread like I often do lurking in the depths of the bread bin, then these fluffy [...]

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