Maionese fatta in casa

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Nov 192017
 

salve a tutti

oggi vi spiegheremo come fare la maionese in casa senza uovo:

  • 200 ml. latte
  • 1 cucchiaio di succo di limone
  • 230 ml. olio extravergine d’oliva
  • sale qb

preparazione:

  1. Versa l’olio di semi di girasole, il sale, il succo del limone e il latte in un contenitore stretto e lungo.
  2. Aziona il mixer ad immersione e fai frullare finchè il composto non si sia addensato.
  3. Trasferisci la maionese in una ciotola, coprila con una pellicola trasparente e riponila nel frigorifero per mezz’ora.

zuppa di zucca

 charlotte's kitchen, food, idee  Commenti disabilitati su zuppa di zucca
Ott 292017
 

in previsone della festa più amata dai bambini, Halloween, ecco una ricetta per non sprecare il contenuto della tua zucca: la crema di zucca..

  • 1 kg di zucca
  • 80 gr di cipolle bianche
  • 60 gr di olio
  • 200 gr di patate
  • 1 l brodo vegetale
  • 1 pizzico di sale, pepe e noce moscata

tagliate l’interno della zucca a cubetti, togliete i semi, pelate le patate e tagliatele.

Fate soffriggere la cipolla, tagliata finemente, a fuoco basso una volta che avrà cambiato colore unitela con la zucca e le patate.

Aggiungete il brodo vegetale fino a coprire le verdure, mettere sale, pepe e noce moscata e lasciate cuocere per 25-30 min. Infine frullate il tutto per farlo diventare cremoso.

 

Ott 032017
 

buonasera a tutti..

non sono mai stata un amante dei dolci e tantomeno dei confetti.. ricordo ancora quando ero piccola e dovevo sceglierli per metterli nelle mie bomboniere…

adesso però, dopo 15 anni, ho assaggiato i confetti maxtris e non sono più di questo parere!!! Sono veramente una delizia.. non ne ho mai assaggiati di così buoni!!!

Sul nostro shop oltre ai confetti classici alla mandorla e al cioccolato potrete trovare tantissimi gusti di cioccomandorla come anguria, noce, cocconut, yogurt ai frutti di bosco, mix frutta, cannolo siciliano, dark cookies.. e tantissimi altri ispirati al “happy hour”.. come mojito e spritz.. ma il mio preferito è il marshmallow.. un gusto unico ed un mix di dolcezza e delicatezza..

ed il vostro preferito qual’è???

fatemi sapere!!!!

Risveglio post compleanno

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Set 152017
 

buongiorno..

eccoci qua come promesso vi racconto come è andata la giornata di ieri.

sveglia come al solito alle 7.00, un caffè e al lavoro!

Le mie fantastiche amiche e colleghe mi hanno preparato un dolce con tanto di candeline!! E poi.. abbiamo iniziato la mattinata lavorativa.. una volta tornata a pranzo dalla Nonna … il finimondo: i miei piatti preferiti cucinati con tanto amore.. e un’altra bellisima torta!! A cena invece ho ricevuto una sorpresa inaspettata: andare a mangiare il sushi..

e così si è conclusa questa magnifica giornata.. ringrazio tutti coloro che l’hanno resa speciale..

ciao a tutti ci sentiamo nel pomeriggio

 

 

 

Great Ideas for baby boys Birthday cakes

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Set 022016
 

My youngest son has just turned 2 so I have been doing a lot of research and getting inspiration for a birthday cake for his party. Obviously Pinterest is a great starting point.

This is my favourite idea so far, I would just change it by adding a more colourful mane - maybe a mixture of orange, brown and yellow. Rafi - my little lion man has always loved growling!!!

This is my favourite idea so far, I would just change it by adding a more colourful mane – maybe a mixture of orange, brown and yellow. Rafi – my little lion man has always loved growling!!!

Such a colourful and fun cake, we all love the minions!

Such a colourful and fun cake, we all love the minions!

All my children love the Gruffalo books so this would be a great choice, there are some cuter - more colourful options but I don't think my cake decorating skills are good enough.

All my children love the Gruffalo books so this would be a great choice, there are some cuter – more colourful options but I don’t think my cake decorating skills are good enough.

We love dinosaurs and this cake cooks pretty simple to make, rrrrrrrrr

We love dinosaurs and this cake cooks pretty simple to make, rrrrrrrrr

I love this idea, if we were having lots of little friends round to celebrate then I would love to do this.

I love this idea, if we were having lots of little friends round to celebrate then I would love to do this.

My little boy really loves cats so I'm sure he's love this cake.

My little boy really loves cats so I’m sure he’s love this cake.

I’ve learnt from previous cake disasters what my limitations are, I try to avoid 3d cakes and modelling, perhaps if I got super organised I could create some 3d objects with fondent icing but I’m a working mum with 3 young children.

If you want to make your own fondent icing sugar paste there are some great recipes and instructions on youtube. I like to use Wiltons food colouring gels, they come in lots of colours and you only need to add a tiny bit (I use cocktail sticks to add the colour to my icing) so they last a long time.

The reality of living in Sardinia

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Lug 262016
 

If you love Sardinia and think you’d like to live here full time then here are a few things you should bear in mind:

tempio pausania sardiniaWork.

Do you need to work or will you be retiring? If you need to look for work then you should speak fluent Italian or be CELTA qualified with 2 years experience (or the equivalent qualification for teaching another sought after foreign language such as German, Russian French or Spanish). There is teaching work in Sardinia, however without experience and any knowledge of Italian you may find it difficult to get many hours. If your Italian is good enough you could get seasonal work in a hotel or restaurant. These are generally 4 month contracts which include accomodation. There is little other work. You could translate but you need a very good knowledge of Italian.

Or perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who got transfered to Sardinia…. it does happen.

I’ve lived in Sardinia for 7 years, I have a degree in Graphic design, a CELTA and speak fluent Italian, Last year I started teaching and have continued this year, gradually building a reputation. I now also translate part time. I’m lucky to have a job.

My husband speaks fluent English and French along with Italian, he works 4 months a year as a restaurant manager. It’s not easy supporting a family with so little work. If you’re interested on reading more listen to Jennifer Aventura too.

Many places will only offer a temporary contract so you can forget about things like loans, mortgages and credit cards.

Language

Learning Italian is a must. Get lessons, throw yourself into Italian life unless you want to live in a bubble of expats with whom your only common ground is probably the English language. This was my experience anyway. Most English people I know who live near me are retired, they don’t have much time for me and my brood and I don’t think they understand the daily struggles of life in Sardinia.

cabu abbas, perfugas, sardinia

Life

Life in Sardinia is slow paced, old fashioned and ridiculously frustrating. There is a form for everything, and they need to be filled in every year, (for example, child benefit should be reapplied for every year even if no changes have occured.) You really do need to know lots of people otherwise things just won’t happen for you, I had been waiting for over 6 months to get my daughter assessed for speech therapy, when I mentioned it to my friend she said, oh my friend works there, I’ll call him. So we got an appointment. The SYSTEMS are long and complicated, I bore myself talking about it, in fact, I can’t really think about it beacuse I find it so frustrating. People shrug it off and say, oh well in England things are different. But some of it is common sense and laziness. Too many people have jobs because they know someone at the top. Hence lots of incompetent people – mainly within the councils.

Food

home grown baby water melonProbably the best aspect to living here is the fresh and organic produce. If you live in the countryside then you and your neighbours will likely have an ‘orto’ veg patch. People share their bumper crops amongst friends and family. I rarely buy fruit and vegetables during the summer. There are lots of wild fruits that you can pick from along the roads too. Figs, prickly pears, blackberries, pears, almonds, asparagus, mushrooms.

 

The landsardinian countryside, perfugas, domos cabu abbas
I live in the countryside in north central Sardinia. An area known as Anglona. It’s handily positioned between 2 airports. It’s blissfully quiet. All I hear through the winter is the sound of cow bells in surrounding fields, in the spring the frogs wake up and sing their hearts out and in the summer the air is filled with the sound of crickets. It’s beautiful. It’s a shame so many tourists don’t bother with central Sardinia, it has a lot to offer, huge lakes, moutains, great bike paths, rivers, nuraghes and traditional villages.

Let’s not for get the beaches, although, if you have to work like most Sardinians throughout the summer months, you won’t get much chance to enjoy these! This is Tinnari, a cove once used by pirates and accessible only by a very steep and difficult footpath or by boat excursion, it’s worth the hike though, it’s hard to find (almost) empty beaches in August in Sardinia.

tinnari, sardinia, pirate cove

 

Lug 152016
 

Being coeliac in Italy makes me feel like I’ve made the worst possible choice ever of where to live in the world.

Delicious fresh breads, pizzas, pasta and pastries. It sometimes seems like everything good there is to eat contains gluten. It’s a good job I like risotto!

Luckily lots of gluten free products are improving and many pizzerias are learning how to make great gluten free pizzas. If you’re visiting Italy then this is a handy list or restaurants. In Sardinia I can definitely recommend Tiffany’s in Sassari and Bonvincino near Tempio!

I love cake, I love cream and I love coffee, so for me Tiramisu is the ultimate dessert. Unfortunately gluten free lady fingers just don’t cut it for a Tiramisu, luckily my husband told me you can replace these for sponge cake. So this is how we make Tiramisu.

gluten free tiramisuFirst I make a gluten free sponge cake, I always use glutafin white mix as I get a really light and airy sponge which works great for this.

4oz Flour

4oz Sugar

4 oz baking margarine

2 eggs

1 tablespoon of milk

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Throw all the ingredients in together and whisk well, pour into 2 round cake tins and bake at 180c for about 20 minutes.

Once cooled I slice them in half or into 3 if they have risen a lot. (you don’t want them to be too thick).

You should then follow the Tiramisu recipe of your choice. Some people like to omit eggs and mix cream with the marscapone. Some people like to use brandy or another liquour, some people add this to the cream but we mix it with the espresso. We always use Marsala and a traditional cream recipe using seperated eggs. There are lots of alternatives.

I don’t recommend dipping the cake in your coffee mixture, It will only end in a soggy mess. We paint the coffee mixture on, it’s a bit slow as you need to make sure you apply enough but pouring is just too much!

Then layer with your zabiaone mix. The final layer should be dusted with cocoa powder. We always place it in the freezer to set for a few hours or overnight if you can wait, it’s best eaten the next day allowing the flavours to mingle together.

I follow this method for a zabiaone.

7 egg yolks whisked with 170g of sugar until very pale.

in a seperate bowl, the 7 egg whites whisked until stiff

Slowly mix in by hand 250g of marscapone to the egg yolks and sugar then very very gently add the egg whites.

We make about 3 or 4 long shots of espresso and add roughly 2 shots of marsala (you could add port or another fortified wine).

I should mention this makes quite a large Tiramisu but we tend to split it and keep one in the freezer (for a few days!)

tiramisu in a glass

If you cut your sponge into smaller pieces they look great in glasses where you see all the layers as tiramisu can get a bit sloppy once you start portioning it out.

Buon appetito!

 

Courgette and Ricotta tart

 charlotte's kitchen, children, cooking, food, ideas, Italian meals, life, recipes, veg patch  Commenti disabilitati su Courgette and Ricotta tart
Lug 042016
 

On my never ending mission to eat all my courgettes, I came across a great recipe from the bbcgoodfood site which I slightly adapted.courgette and ricotta tart

If you’re coeliac like me, you’ll know lots of recipes are off limits because gluten free alternatives just don’t work out.

Luckily the range of gluten free products is constantly increasing, Schar have a great frozen puff pastry so I decided I’d give this tart a go.

I mixed one tub of ricotta cheese with a clove of crushed garlic and then on top layered my finely sliced courgettes, drizzled olive oil, added salt and pepper and top with parmesan cheese. Cook for about 30 mins.

I was a nice quick and tasty lunch served up with salad.

Unfortunately it didn’t get rid of enough corgettes so my hunt for exciting recipes continued.

However, one sneaky tip, I grate a courgette into my ragu, the pieces are so small my children don’t notice!

Lug 022016
 

So, when faced with a wheel barrow full of courgettes, a soup is always a great way to get rid of a lot in one go.courgette glut

The recipe I found was easy to make and I used to throw in cooked pasta, my young children really enjoyed it, well after a while my son did say “not courgette soup again!”

Basically this recipe was fried onion, garlic, courgettes (lots), some potatoes to thicken it a bit and veg stock. After cooking for about an hour I pureed then added a carton of cream, salt and pepper. It was a nice light soup and no complaints from the kids. When it’s 40c you don’t always feel like a bowl of steaming soup but you can always freeze it. I froze single portions in freezer bags so I could take them out one at a time.courgette soup

This year however, I’ve adapted the recipe a little and me and the kids really love it although we’ve not been mixing it with cooked pasta as it’s thicker. I know it’s not very Italian but they have been enjoying a sandwich and soup lately!

For this soup I used 3 sticks of cellery, 2 onions, lots of courgettes, carrots and potatoes. I lightly fried the onion, cellery and courgettes, then added veg stock with the carrots and potatoes. After cooking for about an hour I pureed it all.

courgette and carrot soupMy children aren’t great with veggies so I find soup is a great way to get them eating more and more varied vegetables. In fact my youngest (Rafi is nearly 2) asked for second helpings and my eldest (Luca is 6) asked when we were having the lovely soup again! Compliments all round. Brava Mamma!

More courgette ideas coming soon!!!

Lug 022016
 

One of the most amazing things about living in the Sardinian countryside is being able to have a huge veg patch, in fact, mine is allotment sized! As we live in a old farmhouse we have a walled off area that would have been used for pigs.

The soil around the house is terribe, it’s basically dust, topsoil is non existent. Luckily this walled area, next to the woods, is super fertile and benefits from lots of leaf fall.

Sard

I don’t have any fancy machinery, unfortunately just a spade and a hoe (my rake has disappeared!) So it’s difficult. I grow all my plants from seed. And I threw in a few extra courgette seeds in case they didn’t all come up. They ALL came up! So, not wanting to throw away a healthy plant, I put all 6 in. Well, it was a funny summer. We had a lot of rain, huge thunderstorms followed by really hot days then more rain, more sun…. It was nice not having to worry about watering. At first it was fun collecting all the courgettes, my children love picking our veg. In the picture below, my son is 4 and my daughter is 2, the biggest courgettes weighed nearly 2kg!

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The fun aspect soon passed, we’d go to the beach for a few days and when we returned were faced with literally bucket loads of courgettes. We gave lots away but also started eating courgettes with every meal. It was challenging finding recipes that the children might like. So I’ll share a few child friendly courgette recipes with you!!!!

courget glut