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

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 [...]

Sliced & dried apple snacks

7 Weeks off school for the Summer and four children equals empty cupboards all the time. My children are always [...]

Frangelico & Polenta Chocolate Cake

Everyone love chocolate cake and I never need an excuse to have a coffee and cake break, however I very [...]

Amaretto tiramisu – Southern Italian Family Cooking

Tiramisu One of the most famous and well-loved Italian desserts there is, this pudding truly lives up to its name [...]

Fennel bread – Southern Italian Family Cooking

Preparing, kneading and baking a fresh loaf of bread gives you that sense of instant satisfaction. The aroma alone wafting [...]

Pizza dough from ‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’.

Everyone loves pizza and in my opinion its a great way to get my four children experimenting and prepping in [...]

Southern Italian Family Cooking

‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’ Cucina Povera - Family cooking from the heart of southern Italy from Carmela Sereno Hayes ‘Southern [...]

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