Hearty pasta pillows and moons

Earlier this year I found an Italian shop in town (I’ve posted about it before and have refrained from purchasing too much or I will eat myself into a cannoli coma). But the range of ravioli and tortellini has been eye watering. And I’m a sucker for anything Italian pasta-based and my local well known…

Roasted Italian garlic sweet potatoes

I tried these a few weeks ago with my brand new unused slicer… they weren’t so successful. Tonight I was determined to get them right. I didn’t par boil my sliced potatoes first, and used a small mixture of olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. I also used my homemade Italian seasoning.

A little afternoon cup…

I have way too much coffee. Then I remember to go decaf. Then something else happens in the world of life so I’m back to caffeine. My afternoon coffee on this occasion is a latte machiatto… It’ll get me through until husband is home!

A little Italian side

I needed something heart-warming and Italian inspired. So I made a small side dish of buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil and sourced juicy tomatoes. I think I could eat this forever…

Homemade comfort food…

… at its best! Pasta with 3 types of Italian meat and a cheesy white sauce, sprinkled with nutmeg & black pepper…

Mince – the versatile meal

What can one say about mince – is there nothing it can do? • Spaghetti • Lasagne • Burgers • Tacos • Chilli con Carne • Meatballs Ok, so largely an American/Italian/Mexican influence, but once cooked any remaining leftovers can be frozen and put away, with a simple key added ingredients, its versatility comes into…

Keep calm and well, just keep!

I love a leftover of almost anything – food scraps, a sad carrot, a mystified packet of tortilla wraps, jar contents, etc. Almost nothing (and I mean nothing) is wasted in our house. By the end of the week, the fridge is bare and ready for another week of culinary discovery. I have continued to…

A rather romantic stroll in the market

I have an idealistic view of the culinary world that thankfully I can spend all I want (and all day in my head) where I visit romantic European outdoor markets and country stalls in my dreams. The idea of fresh fruit, veggies, bread and pastries, wandering the many stalls crammed with cheeses and colourful fresh…

Comfort eating part 2

It cannot be denied that comfort eating is a pleasure always. And after a rather heavy Italian inspired cook-fest this week, we didn’t fall short of comfort. this affect – I make no apologies for pasta eating en mass. Spaghetti Bolognaise is one such comfort. A meal that can be cooked with a blindfold on,…