Posts made in July, 2011

la torta allo yogurt (yoghurt breakfast cake)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in breakfast recipes, dessert recipes, favourites | 15 comments

la torta allo yogurt (yoghurt breakfast cake)

The Italian sweet breakfast is legendary. Pastries, brioches, biscuits… often filled with cream or nutella. When I lived in Rome I loved breakfast so much, I’d have two. Of course now I’m a responsible parent I’m not suggesting you should feed kids cake for breakfast every day, but now and again why not! This  is unbelievably simple to make, and brilliant if you want small people to help out /create extra mess.  I’d even say it’s pretty healthy  - made with yoghurt and wheatgerm, and olive oil instead of butter. It’s a real treat for a weekend breakfast. Delicious with fresh fruit. Or without. Oh, and there’s no faffing with scales – just use the yoghurt pot. Genius. 

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quick ricotta and nutmeg pasta

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

quick ricotta and nutmeg pasta

A super quick life saver of a recipe. From start to finish, it takes 10 minutes. I was given this dish by a Sicilian anti-mafia campaigner, and dad of two. His day job doesn’t leave much time for cooking elaborate meals. So when he’s on duty in the kitchen, this is a speedy favourite. His kids love it, and I’ve been given some chubby thumbs up in my house too. I often cook this on a work day when I pick my daughter up from nursery and get her home to find that she’s still hungry.

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pizza di carne (Neapolitan mince beef dish)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in main meal recipes | 3 comments

pizza di carne (Neapolitan mince beef dish)

Not pizza as you know it. Forget the dough base, this is a Neapolitan take on traditional meatballs.  A school teacher from one of the roughest suburbs of Naples recommended this to me as a brilliant dish if you’ve got several children eating together as everyone seems to like it (or some part of it!) It’s also a great family lunch with some crusty bread and salad. Don’t be put off if your child isn’t normally keen on the grainy feel of mince, the texture of the meat here becomes soft like sausage and sweetened by the tomatoes.

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