Chicken cacciatora seems to be reasonably well known in Britain because it’s the classic pre-packed dish you find in Italian food ranges in supermarkets (which, to be honest, never taste of much). When you get the real deal cooked at home with love and passion it’s a totally different experience. It’s a simple combination of flavours that just works really well. Cacciatore means ‘hunter’, so this is obviously the type of food that a hunter’s wife cooks for her fella when he gets home from a hard morning spent in the countryside. This is also a great dish for big parties, as it looks after itself in the oven.
Everyone loves a good lasagne, but I have to say this one really is very special. The stages of making the pasta and roasting the duck, then pulling all the meat off for the wonderful ragù sauce, are fun, simple and a real labour of love. This dish is going to create memories.