Today’s recipe is not my own. It’s actually my mother’s. It is one of her favourite pasta sauces and she made it for all of us when visiting from Italy. Usually, as a rule of thumb, Italians do not eat other carbs together with pasta, but this is a delicious exception. I often say that Italians do not double up their carbs in the same dish and especially do not eat pasta with bread and I have had a few people ask me why and many non Italians even telling me that it is not true nor possible. I guess foreigners are so used to have their pasta served with bread at not so original “Italian” restaurants, that they think that’s the norm. So, I will stand my ground once more… Italians do NOT eat pasta together with bread. The only exception is the so called “scarpetta”, which means soaking up the remaining sauce (and not pasta) with a piece of bread at the end of the meal. But back to today’s recipe. I was very surprised by how good this sauce was, especially since it was so quick to put together. The potatoes become soft and almost creamy and the little tomato purée in it gives the final dish a very nice colour. Doesn’t it look yummy? Buon appetito and grazie mamma! Continue readingPin It
It is time again for the “Secret recipe club” reveal! I am sure you all know what the club is about, but for the few of you who still don’t know about it, here goes a brief explanation. It is a great concept… each month you are assigned a participating food blogger to make a recipe from and in turn someone else will be assigned your blog. All you have to do is choose a recipe, make it and blog about it on the specified date. The only rule is to keep it a secret! If you are interested in learning more, or want to join the club, please visit the Secret recipe club website.
This month’s assignment was yet another total discovery as it was completely new to me. I am so happy when I get the opportunity to get to know another great blogger! This time it was Desiree of SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl! Desiree blogs out of Cincinnati – Ohio and she has a wonderful blog. I loved so many of her recipes, but when I saw her peanut butter ice cream, I knew I had found THE ONE. I had never eaten peanut butter ice cream before, so I was very intrigued. I have to say I was totally impressed. Actually, I fell in love with the taste and texture of this ice cream. I loved the contrasts: sweet, but not overly, nutty and a little salty. It is perfect. Not only… it is really quick to make. The original recipe calls for half-and-half, as we don’t have it in Australia, I used half milk and half cream. If you use cream, like I did, do not blend it with the rest of the ingredients or it will curdle. Manually whisk it in at the end, just before chilling the mixture. I served this delicious peanut butter ice cream with my home-made chocolate syrup and some toasted peanuts… and I HIGHLY recommend these toppings as they take this ice cream to a whole new level! Try it and you will thank me!
Thank you so much for an amazing recipe Desiree! Please, make sure you drop by Desiree at SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl and check out her beautiful site! Continue reading
The February Daring Cooks‘ Challenge was hosted by Audax of Audax Artifex. The challenge brought us to Greece with a delicious, flaky spanakopita – a spinach pie in a phyllo pastry shell.
Oh Greek food, how I love thee! I think the fact that Italians and Greeks share a sea and lots of history, has made us very similar. We use the same herbs and our flavours are very much the same. Whenever I eat Greek food, I feel “at home”. And that too, without having ever been to Greece. In fact, this is one of my biggest regrets. Despite being so close to me, when I was living in Italy I never visited Greece and now it’s so far away! But I will fill this gap one day and I hope to eat a delicious slice of Spanakopita while overlooking our beloved Mediterranean sea! So, back to today’s recipe. Yes, you guessed it right. Today I am sharing with you the recipe for Spanakopita. I had never made this incredibly tasty spinach pie before, but our Daring Cooks’ host, Audax, says he got this authentic recipe from his neighbour – Mrs Maria. A few things make this Spanakopita special: the use of four kinds of onions to add sweetness and counter the acidity of the spinach, the use of very little feta (and no other cheese!) and the fact that the filling ingredients are not cooked. Apparently, this is the traditional method of making Spanakopita! The result is a very fresh and satisfying spinach pie. I also like the use of phyllo pastry, as it adds a nice crunch to the pie!
So, tell me… what is your favourite Greek dish and have you ever been to Greece?
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought of sharing a cocktail recipe. The very first time I had a margarita, it was in Tijuana. I was 19. Yes, I know what you think… but no, I hadn’t gone there to drink to my heart’s content. In fact, I have never been big on beer, wine, or alcohol in general. I like a cocktail every now and then, but that’s about it. So, why was I in Tijuana?? Well, I was travelling with a group of friends. We had just graduated from high school and before starting University, we thought we should travel to the USA together. We went West and visited LA, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco. You don’t know this, but at that time, I would have wanted to go to Mexico instead. As all my other friends wanted to go to the US, I went along… but while in San Diego, I managed to at least cross the border. Being from Italy, we had NO idea about Tijuana’s “reputation” and in fact we were quite shocked when we got there. It was just a few hours trip and the only interesting memory I brought back home was the Strawberry Margarita I had! Hahaha Luckily, I did have a chance to visit more of Mexico a few years later and it was an amazing experience! So different than what I had seen in Tijuana. ;-) So, here goes a twist on that very first Strawberry Margarita… that uses Watermelon instead! For more Valentine’s Day recipe ideas, don’t forget to check out my roundup! ¡Salud! Continue reading
This, together with my Pesto Lasagne, has to be one of my all time favourite vegetarian lasagne! It is very easy to make and it only requires a few ingredients. Yet, the end result tastes amazing. I think Taleggio and Radicchio were created to be eaten together as their flavours complement each other perfectly. These lasagne are a fantastic vegetarian option that will please the whole family. Even my little ones enjoyed it! I think it also had something to do with the fact that they looked purple-pinkish! I must admit, I too love the colour! They make the perfect Sunday lunch meal! Buon appetito! Continue reading
This week’s Sunday Supper event is all about Valentine’s Recipes For Two! So all the bloggers taking part to this event will post recipes for two. Don’t you just love it? I think it is a very clever idea! Obviously, if you want to make one of the dishes for more people, you can simply multiply the below doses for as many people as you like. For this event, I thought I should share a chocolate recipe (who doesn’t like chocolate for Valentine’s Day??) and I wanted it to be an Italian dish. When I looked through my Visual Archive, I was shocked to see that among my 600+ recipes, I still hadn’t posted a Chocolate Budino recipe! Budino is a very common dessert in Italy… it is what kids have for tea time very often and I think I grew up on this as well as on Nutella!! Hehehe I remember clearly that my neighbour’s mum would often make it and she would give me some too. Chocolate Budino is soooo good. It is creamy, but more solid than a mousse and believe it or not, it is actually very nutrient, so it is perfect for children and adults alike. As this was going to be a Valentine’s Day post, I thought I should add something else to it… and I made some strawberry jello hearts. The whole combination worked out great in terms of colours, presentation and flavours, so I was quite pleased with this recipe and I am very happy to share it with you today! Enjoy! Continue readingPin It
As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought of putting together a roundup of a few of my favourite recipes. It’s always hard to choose, as I like everything I publish (what I don’t like doesn’t get on this blog… ever!), but I think these are all fantastic ideas for a romantic dinner. Some of these recipes are classics like Gravlax, Oysters Kilpatrick, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, Sole Meuniere and Tiramisu. Other recipes are more innovative and sophisticated like Parmigiano Reggiano Gelato, Purple Gnocchi, Strawberry Risotto, Chocolate Espresso and Chilli Mousse. But then, when to dare if not for Valentine’s Day??? Ready to drool?? Here goes MsM’s Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup! Ah! And don’t miss my next recipe as that too is Valentine’s Day worthy! Continue readingPin It
Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso have declared February 5th “World Nutella Day 2014″ – “a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella”.
Raise your hand if you like Nutella!!! If I had to ask this question in an Italian classroom… I would probably be surrounded by an army of raised hands and the occasional jump! I get the same reaction when I ask my kids… luckily it’s only the 2 of them, so I can easily handle their reaction! Who can blame them though? I am the one who introduced them to this heavenly spread. I always have some in the pantry and I too love it. I know I have said this before, but whenever I eat Nutella I find myself remembering my childhood, as this is a staple in every Italian child’s life. Even though I think that Nutella is best eaten on a slice of bread, I have been experimenting with it too. This is the 3rd year I am participating in World Nutella Day and after making Nutella Pizza and Fried Nutella, this year I decided to try and make… liqueur. I love creamy liqueurs and when I saw this recipe for Creamy Nutella Liqueur, I was immediately sold. It is very (and I mean VERY) easy to make and it’s ready in about 30 minutes (cooling time included). Did I like it?? It tastes AMAZING… unfortunately my little ones cannot have any, but that makes mummy (and daddy) lucky…more for us! hahahaha Cheers and happy World Nutella Day! Continue reading