“A tavola non si invecchia”. - Italian proverb (At the table with good friends and family you do not become old).

Sharing authentic Italian recipes entrusted upon me through the privilege of being invited into many Italian homes and kitchen’s abroad. I travel, cook, eat, share, learn and photograph my experiences, a truly soul enriching journey. There are now over 100 recipes on this blog to search from. I am a Melbourne born girl who now resides in Pietrasanta, Italy. Sharing my love for food and all things Italian with you. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a person that really loves cooking and has made my passion my reality! Through talent and drive I now work as a private chef in some of the most prestigious private villa`s here in Versilia, Italy!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Frittata di spinaci e ricotta

I thought I would quickly share this recipe with you, as I was impressed with this colourful little number. In fact, it will probably take me longer to upload this recipe, than it takes to make to the frittata. That is how simple it is.
Today, I had quite a few eggs remaining and had also been asked to make something light, so a frittata came to mind.
Obviously you can add whatever ingredients take your fancy, also depending on what is available in season. I am a lover of ricotta, and will add spinach to anything for a superfood hit. The roast tomatoes not only add colour but add sweet flavour, and I found these gorgeous zucchini flowers at the market, which always add a wow factor (now I am already thinking that the next frittata will include zucchini flowers, ricotta and anchovies.....hmmmm yum)!!!
What you will need:
one large onion
300g ripe cherry tomatoes 
100g fresh spinach leaves
150g fresh ricotta (I used sheep`s ricotta)
handful of fresh basil leaves
three zucchini flowers 
six eggs
olive oil
salt and pepper 

how to make:
1: in a medium size pan add finely diced onion, salt and olive oil: fry until light and translucent. add tomatoes and cook until they become soft. add spinach to the pan and cook until  wilted 
2: transfer vegetable mix to a ceramic dish lined with baking paper. tear basil leaves, add zucchini flowers, and top with the ricotta 
3: in a separate bowl lightly beat eggs, season with salt and pepper. pour gently over vegetables
4: place in a pre heated 180 degree oven and cook for roughly 25 minutes or until cooked 

#frittata #ricotta #eggs #recipe #spinach #tomatoes #basil 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Zuppa di farro- Tuscan barley soup

I can't even remember the last time I opened a cook book, let alone actually followed a recipe! Don't get me wrong, I love losing hours flicking through random cooking magazines or losing time looking for inspiring food pic`s! But, following a recipe is really not my thing, unless of course it comes to precision baking!
However, the other day I was asked specifically to cook this tuscan bean soup for the Signora of the house. She had recently been gifted with The Silver Spoon cook book, and was excited to try out some new recipes.
Although we are experiencing blue skies in Rome, it is deceivingly cold outside. This soup is guaranteed to fill the belly and embrace you with a nice big hug.
It is quite time consuming compared to other conventional vegetable soups, but then all good things come to those who wait!
This is classic Tuscan peasant food at it`s best, using simple good quality ingredients that pack a flavour punch. To me, it reminds me of sitting in a dimly lit trattoria with the cliche red and white table clothes, terracotta tiled floors and dark beamed ceilings, where you hear the buzzing of lunch conversation. Naturally to be enjoyed on a cold day with a glass of vino.
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What you need:
Tuscan olive oil
two small onions
two small carrots 
two celery sticks
two cloves of organic garlic
150ml white wine
two tomatoes chopped and peeled
sage leaves
sprig of rosemary
100g dried cannellini beans (soaked in cold water overnight and drained)
750ml of homemade bone broth, click here for recipe:  https://karasitaliankitchen.blogspot.it/2011/12/brodo-di-pollo-chicken-broth.html 
300g pearl farro/barley (soaked in cold water overnight and drained)
salt and pepper

How to make:
1: Chop onion and gently simmer in a saucepan with olive oil and salt, until translucent. Add chopped carrots and celery and simmer for a further five minutes. Add and stir through diced garlic.
2: Add the wine and allow to simmer until evaporated.
3: Add chopped tomatoes, sage and rosemary and simmer for fifteen minutes occasionally stirring.
4: Add the cannellini beans and bone broth and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a further one hour. Once done, use a stick blender to puree (or transfer to a blender). Add salt and pepper to taste.
5: Now add the barley to the puree mix and simmer on a low heat for a further one and a half hours.
6: Serve with a drizzling of olive oil and cracked black pepper!

#farro #zuppa #soup #tuscany #toscana #recipe #ricetta #barley #healthy