Posts Tagged "cooking with kids"

torta all’ arancia (orange cake)

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in blog posts, dessert recipes, snack recipes | 0 comments

torta all’ arancia (orange cake)

Before I embark on a description of how light and fluffy this easy orange cake is, I feel I should explain myself. Perhaps a mea culpa doesn’t matter amid the gorge (collective noun?) of food bloggers posting with hearty gusto out there.  However I have failed spectacularly to blog a single recipe in recent weeks. My excuse? Things have been a little hectic of late. In a sort of leaving my staff job, and setting myself up as a freelance journalist kind of a way. But my new business is now up and running and I’m now into my third week of not, I repeat, not getting up at 5am to be in the newsroom for 6. I’m already feeling like a new person. So what better way to celebrate than with cake. This recipe is from the family of a Sicilian man I interviewed for a BBC radio documentary.

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coppette di nutella e ricotta (nutella and ricotta tartlets)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2011 in dessert recipes, favourites | 1 comment

coppette di nutella e ricotta (nutella and ricotta tartlets)

This idea was inspired by an Italian dad I interviewed who once told me he would make a very simple ricotta and Nutella pudding for his kids when left in charge. I’m assuming he’d cook something savoury first, but who knows. At least ricotta has calcium I guess. Anyhow, I remembered this when I began making mince pies today. My daughter reminded me she hates the ‘pippy bits’, by which she means the mincemeat. So I thought I’d experiment by using this Nutella and ricotta mixture in little open tartlets. When baked, the chocolate is light and fluffy with a gently crackled top. These slightly alternative mince pies went down a treat. With everyone. Hope you like them too. 

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ciambellone alle mele (apple breakfast cake)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in breakfast recipes, favourites, snack recipes | 2 comments

ciambellone alle mele (apple breakfast cake)

I learned to make this simple cake standing in the kitchen that used to belong to one of Sicily’s most notorious mafia gangsters. I’m sure he’d have been a dab hand at dicing the apple but luckily he’s in a high security prison. His country property has been repossessed and turned into a restaurant and guesthouse. It’s lovely chef saw how much we loved her apple breakfast cake and there it was every morning waiting for us. Soft, plump and packed with juicy bits of apple. She says this was a firm favourite with her three girls when they were little. This is a cake that keeps really well and is also perfect for a tea time treat. I was so determined to recreate it’s aesthetic beauty as well as taste that I brought home a rather lovely silicone ciambellone or ring mould. It’s possible to buy them outside Italy if you want to look on the internet or in kitchen shops.  If  not then a normal loaf tin is fine too. I don’t mind at all. 

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salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami)

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in dessert recipes, favourites | 1 comment

salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami)

This fun no-cook chocolate recipe comes from a headmistress in Naples. She told me it’s a firm favourite at birthday parties. She should know. She has a family herself and has been a teacher for over 3 decades. I did a bit of a double take though when she sent me the recipe and I saw limoncello (lemon liqueur) on the list of ingredients. I called her up to check.  “Are you sure about limoncello for kids?” I asked. “You don’t have to use it” she answered, “rum works just as well”.  

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pasta e piselli (pasta and peas)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

pasta e piselli (pasta and peas)

Sweet, satisfying and simple. Pasta e piselli is one of those dishes that brings comfort after a long day. This recipe is from a dear Italian friend I met at University in Paris. I won’t tell you how many years ago that was.  But when I worked in Rome, her friends and family became mine, and her house a sanely insane refuge from the slightly surreal existence of being a foreign correspondent. We would talk, eat, drink and talk and drink some more. Did I interview her? Of course. Her English is huskily impeccable. And whenever I ended up covering an anti-war demonstration I knew she’d provide a passionate quote at a relatively sensible distance from the front line of baton wielding police and tear gas. Usually supping a cool beer, placard at her feet. 

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tramezzini di ricotta e anguria (watermelon and ricotta sarnies)

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in dessert recipes, snack recipes | 4 comments

tramezzini di ricotta e anguria (watermelon and ricotta sarnies)

What’s not to love about cool pink sandwiches for a dessert or snack? The icy crunch of chilled watermelon combined with silky sweet ricotta. Irresistable.  This embarrasingly simple idea makes a healthy change from endless lollies and ice-cream. Little people love helping cut the shapes out and bigger people might also like to try these with a slice or two of parma ham, and a nice glass of chilled white wine. 

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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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