Skye McAlpine’s Instagram page will inspire both foodies and interior designers. A stylish home cook and author, McAlpine shares recipes for good simple Italian food (but not only). Based between London and Venice, we can’t but envy McAlpine’s luscious lifestyle.
“They’re such different cities and ways of life, and I feel very lucky to have the contrast,” said McAlpin of the two cities in an interview with Khoollect. “Venice is wonderfully dreamy and there is nowhere else quite like it; but I love the bustle of London too – the theatre, the trendy restaurants, the shows and there are so many people doing exciting things.”
According to McAlpine, having lived in Venice for most of her life, she’s learned from years of sharing meals with family and neighbors how to cook the Venetian way. Author of A Table in Venice, amongst her recipes you’ll Bigoli with Creamy Walnut Sauce, Scallops on the Shell with Pistachio Gratin, Grilled Radicchio with Pomegranate, and Chocolate and Amaretto Custard.
“I find Venice a very inspiring city,” she says. “Quite often I will go for a walk early in the mornings and there’s something about the beautiful buildings, watching the pink sunrise over the water, the sound of church bells ringing in the background and the sweet scent of freshly baking pastries that floods out of the bakeries first thing, that puts me in a wonderful mood for the rest of the day.”
According to McAlpine, food is so personal that she can’t really imagine sharing recipes without adding the personal stories behind them. In a recent post on Instagram, she writes: “During lockdown, more than ever meals have come to punctuate our days: they’re something to look forward to, to plan for, to cook for, and then to enjoy together. We spring from breakfast to lunch to dinner – and then start again the next day.”
You’d want to follow her words of advice: