Tag Archives: Italian

Eat, Fast and Live Longer. A 5-2 Fast Diet Recipe Idea Under 100 Calories. Mini Caprese Cocktail Santas.

December 1st and the silly season has well and truly started. A time for pre Christmas catch-ups, get togethers and cocktail parties. Full of conviviality, canapés and festive good cheer. Truly the most wonderful time of the year. In search … Continue reading

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Simple Cheese Making At Home. Thick, Luscious And Creamy Mascarpone.

Mascarpone. Word associations. Triple Creme. Luxurious. Expensive. Italy’s answer to creme fraiche. Thick, luscious and creamy. Slightly sour with a wonderful palate cleansing tang. Celebrations. Cannoli and tiramisu. Lazy holiday brunch. Peaches and cream. Sweet summer berry tarts. Savoury mushroom … Continue reading

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Lovely And Light. Savoiardi. Italian Sponge Finger Biscuits.

Light and airy savoiardi have long been a personal favourite of mine. Dating way back to the fourteenth century, this  Piedmontese speciality was invented when the Duke of Savoy, Amedeo VI, asked his pastry chef to create something delicate and … Continue reading

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From The Italian Trattoria. Parmesan, Parsley and Lemon Crumbed Pork Cotoletta.

To me late Spring is synonymous with warm days and balmy evenings.  Time to throw open the doors to enjoy long, leisurely, al fresco evening meals outside. This calls for simple, unfussy platters of rustic food. Big on flavour but … Continue reading

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Comfort Food. Inspired By Jamie Oliver. Baked Ricotta Gnudi With Puttanesca Sauce

Two of our most loved family meals are home-made ricotta ravioli and gnocchi. I’ve previously posted two recipes for gnocchi  on this blog; the first for traditional potato gnocchi and another for an easy midweek time saving variation substitiuting ricotta. … Continue reading

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Pizzeria At Home. Benchtop Pizza Oven Pizza With Prosciutto, Rocket and Cherry Bocconcini

I’m in love with a new toy. A shiny red bench top pizza oven that makes perfectly crisp, lightly charred  pizza in under 10 minutes. Strictly speaking it’s not my toy but my husband’s latest birthday present. Carefully selected to … Continue reading

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer. A 5-2 Fast Diet Recipe Idea Under 200 Calories. Chickpea, Tuna and Fennel Salad.

Tins of tuna and chickpeas have pretty much always been essential standby pantry items in my kitchen. They come in handy and are so very versatile when the cupboard is almost bare and I need to pull together a meal … Continue reading

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Dinner In A Flash. Pasta Alla Puttanesca.

While our wintry weekends are all about slow food, for our midweek meals I’m always on the lookout for the quick and easy but tasty option to keep the troops satisfied and well fed. Enter Pasta Alla Puttanesca. A robust … Continue reading

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A Trio Of Italian Biscuits. A New Favourite. Rosa’s Shortbread.

  This weekend my daughters are visiting their grandparents interstate.Tucked into their luggage will be a box of hone baked treats. A trio of Italian biscuits. Sweet but tart Sour Cherry Amaretti (my father’s favourite), caramelised nutty nuggets of Brutti Ma … Continue reading

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer. A 5-2 Fast Diet Recipe Idea Under 200 Calories. Hearty Minestrone Soup With Bacon And Pasta

Another Monday. Another fast day. With the definite arrival of  cooler weather I’m settling into a rather  easy pattern of putting  soup on the dinner table on Monday nights. Wholesome, warm and nourishing,  nothing beats making an enormous pot of … Continue reading

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