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’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

Plump ravioli served with hedgerow pesto & Italian pine-nuts.

My eyes open most mornings and the first thought that comes to mind after snoozing my alarm at least 3 [...]

Seasonal hedgerow ‘Vitochelle pesto’.

Today my father Rocco and I took my eldest two children Rocco and Natalia out foraging in the Bedfordshire countryside [...]

Gluten free pasta using Quinoa Flour……

I receive endless requests with regards to 'Gluten Free' pasta recipes, so I thought it was about time I experimented [...]

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

A beautiful shape with many names, Farfalle can also be known as butterflies, bows and angel wings. All delicious regardless [...]

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

I could without fail eat a large, fresh egg yolk raviolo every day of the week, to be fair as [...]

Passatelli in brodo

Passatelli in brodo Nonna Violante (76 years) from Hotel Eliseo in Romagna taught me how to make Passatelli by hand [...]

Fennel bread – ‘Southern Italian Family Cooking’ by Carmela Sereno Hayes

I simply adore the aroma of fennel. Whether it's a bulb that has been braised in the oven with salt [...]

Italian sausages with lentils – A taste of Umbria.

Serves: 2, Prep time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes Glug of olive oil 2 banana shallots, peeled, [...]

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