Posts Tagged "ricotta"

frittata di zucchini e ricotta (courgette and ricotta frittata)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in blog posts, main meal recipes | 4 comments

frittata di zucchini e ricotta (courgette and ricotta frittata)

This week I emailed a busy Italian journalist and mum I know in Rome and asked her what she cooks her kids when she’s up against it, with hardly any time to think, let alone plan meals, shop and cook. In case you hadn’t guessed, that’s where I’m at now. Too much going on, and too little time to do it in. But enough about me.  Her suggestion was simple and nutritious with the bonus of hidden vegetables. I had this frittata on the table in under 15 minutes from when I started making it. Daughter loved it, courgettes and all. Not sure she spotted them under the ketchup to be honest! She certainly wasn’t fooled by the lovely glossy cherry tomatoes you see in my photo. “I don’t eat tomatoes Mummy. Not ever.” So I served her tomato-free frittata along with some potato croquettes I remembered to pop in the oven. Leftover frittata can be eaten cold. 

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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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polpette di ricotta al sugo (ricotta balls in tomato sauce)

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

polpette di ricotta al sugo (ricotta balls in tomato sauce)

Packed with protein, these ‘poor man’s meatballs’ are a traditional peasant dish from Calabria (the toe of Italy’s boot).  When meat was scarce and costly, many families replaced it in recipes like this using fresh ricotta cheese which was cheap and plentiful. The lovely lady from Calabria who ran a tiny grocers shop opposite my flat in Rome was always extolling the virtues of ricotta, as well as telling me off for going out with wet hair and no make up, and asking when I was going to stop travelling around Italy on my own and get married.  It’s not easy or cheap to get genuine fresh ricotta in the UK, but that doesn’t matter. Tubs of the supermarket stuff still work brilliantly to create this tasty nutritious dinner for all the family.  I’ve also discovered this is a really useful recipe for teething toddlers as it’s incredibly soft to eat. Serve with pasta for an even heartier meal. 

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souffle di spinaci (spinach souffle)

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in main meal recipes, snack recipes | 2 comments

souffle di spinaci (spinach souffle)

Pieces of delicious green fluffiness. This souffle is a bit like a quiche without the base and is perfect for the whole family. It can be cut into small cubes for younger children and babies who’ve already been introduced to eggs. Today for lunch we all ate it alongside cold meats and salad. It’s also great with a bbq or eaten cold at a picnic.  

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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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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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