Hi, I’m Big T my children saddled me with this nickname years ago, now all their friends and their partners call me Big T. It’s stuck.

I have 4 grown up children, 3 girls and a boy luckily they live very close, we also have 3 wonderful granddaughters who are just about the most beautiful things you have ever seen. 

I’m married to Jane and she tells me we have been together 40 years, we both have no idea what happened to all that time.

I have been cooking since I was a boy when I was a poor art student I managed to buy a set of decent pans from a catalogue and paid £5 per week,

I still have one pan from the set, Jane managed to destroy the rest making toffee.

I have had a fantastic career in adverting working as an art director then creative director in some of the best advertising agencies in the world, I have lived in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore and enjoyed places, people and the food.

We have family in Italy just outside of Rome and have been visiting, eating, shopping, and cooking in Italy for 50 years

I decided to write this blog when I started to collate my recipes. Meals cooked again and again over the years for family and friends. At this point, I had better say Jane does not enjoy cooking but luckily enjoys eating, so I have always been the family cook.

I hope you enjoy my recipes please experiment, have some fun. They have been gleaned and adapted from some of the best cooks via their cookbooks as well as some great family recipes. In Italy, they still tend to cook with the seasons so the product is cooked and eaten at its best. I try and do the same. There is nothing like an English strawberry in June.

I will be adding more to this blog as the weeks and months pass by, so please keep logging on. I will also start to add videos, as it will make following the recipes easier.

If you are a producer, supplier or importer of food-related products and would like to place your products alongside my recipes please email me. 

I’m sure this blog will help inform people about your goods and it would 

help to the readers to find authentic quality products they can use when 

they cook.

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All the photographs used in this blog have been taken or adapted by A Leonard and are under copyright

Toni’s Recipes 

Sauces (sugo)


First courses


(Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne)

Second courses


Dolce (Sweet)