Exception to the rules

I am adamant we all eat the same thing but sometimes I need to make exceptions for the kids if I know we’re devouring something spicy for example. And on this occasion I did too. It was birthday day and we had NO leftovers would you believe! So younger folk had pasta and marinara and…

Pizza base

Sometime when the world calls for an urgent homemade pizza, you actually have to think outside the box because you have little topping ingredients in the pantry. I use a tomato paste base predominantly alongside my favourite Italian shop’s pizza topping seasoning – delicious. This base however was used from leftover marinara sauce and extra…

Quick grilled lunch

I love anything Italian, anything with cheese and anything with smoked/cured meat. So a quick panini with pepperoni, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, sliced beef tomatoes and a mix of pizza seasoning and tomato paste, all grilled and gobbled up, was the answer today!

Holiday pizza

As we couldn’t fit the breadmaker in the car this trip (don’t think I didn’t try), were had to purchase some simple pizza bases and then elder daughter helped decorate them with her favourite food: ham, yellow pepper, mushroom and smoked salami!

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…