Monthly Archives: July 2016

RICOTTA GNOCCHI

 

Gnocchi are a must in every Italian family! There are so many kinds of gnocchi like: potato gnocchi, beet and potato, pumpkin gnocchi, gnocchi made with bread, durum wheat gnocchi and cheese gnocchi! My family absolutely favorite are the classic potato and flour with a nice meat sauce or butter and sage sauce.

The other day my son, the gnocchi lover, he woke up and the first thing he said to me was; “mamma, can you make gnocchi for me today? Pretty please with cherries on top”? Of course I could say no but I had just one small problem, I ran out of potato but I opened the fridge and I found some ricotta so I decide to make ricotta gnocchi for him, well for the family!

Ricotta gnocchi are very delicate and way easier to make, they don’t require any too much work and you can make them in 15/20 minutes!Yup..not too long so what are you waiting for? Follow this recipe and challenge yourself, make them for your family or friends.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500 grams of ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 100 grams parmigiano cheese/parmesan 2016-07-19 11.15.27-1
  • 200 flour
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

In a bowl put the ricotta, the parmesan cheese, egg, nutmeg, the sprinkle of love and start to mix with your hands or a spoon! Add the flour not all at once but a little bit at the time, add the salt and mix until the dough is nice and firm{it will take just few minutes}.

When the dough is done place it on your working surface, get a small piece and with your hands start to roll it out, very gently without pressing down! When you are ready you can start to cut the gnocchi out with a knife! Put them in a plate and sprinkle some flour so they won’t stick together.

Cook the gnocchi in salted water for 1 or 2 minutes, when they float they are ready.

Finish cooks them in a nice butter and sage sauce or tomatoes sauce.

For the butter and sage sauce: in a frying pan put some butter, let it melt and add the sage! Stir fry for minutes or two and add the gnocchi in. Sautee’ for a minutes and add more cheese if you like.

Buon appetito

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BLUEBERRIES PIE

 

BLUEBERRIES PIE

 

I love blueberries and every year I have my little tradition to go pick them up with my kids! It’s a fun activity for them and it is something that I want them to remember when they are older…the precious moments with mamma.

This is my first time making blueberries pie, I got the recipe from an Old Italian Magazine and I have to say I really liked the result; the pie came out not too sweet so I could really taste the blueberries! I love natural flavours! For this recipe I made with my hand the Pate Brisee {Pie Dough} but, if you don’t have time, you can buy it frozen already made.

I highly suggest making this cake with your kids so you can start your own tradition and you can challenge yourself.

INGRIDIENTS FOR THE PIE DOUGH

  • 12 ounces flour
  • 4 ounces butter from the fridge
  • 70 ml water
  • Salt just few pinch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • A sprinkle of love

INGRIDIENTS FOR THE BLUEBERRIES SAUCE

  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 5 ounces brown sugar
  • 4 ounces cornstarch
  • ½ lemon

METHOD:

  • First thing you have to make the Dough Pie so it can rest for a little bit before you work it on it!
  • In a bowl put the flour, salt, egg, sugar and the butter cut in small pieces. Mix very well with your hands and when you see that the dough start to look very sandy add the cold water. Mix for few minutes and let it rest in the fridge cover with plastic paper.
  • Now it’s time to make the blueberries sauce so in a pan put the blueberries, the brown sugar and the juice of half lemon, cook everything on a medium heat for few minutes and then add the corn starch e cook for 2 minutes. Put your blueberries mixture in a blender and blend everything! Let it rest for few minutes.
  • Get your dough from the fridge, and whit a rolling pin roll it out. What I usually do is this: I put some parchment paper on my working surface, the dough and on top more parchment paper so it will be easier to work it out because the dough won’t stick to the rolling pin. Bring your cake pan and put the rolled dough in, don’t forget to leave few pieces of dough for the decoration, now pour the blueberries sauce, level everything with a spoon and put some decoration on top. In my case yesterday my kids wanted to make few hearts , but you can do stripe or star or whatever you like. In your kitchen you can do whatever you like, you are in control.
  • Bake the cake for 35/45 minutes at 350
  • Buon Appetito

 

QUINOA SALAD

Quinoa is very versatile and easy to prepare. It is also considered a Super food so you should add it to your diet.

This recipe is born with the intention to clean-up my fridge, whatever I had I add it; you can add more or less, in the kitchen you are the queen so feel free to use Your imagination in your dish, don’t be scared …challenge yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of quinoa2016-07-10 19.07.19
  • 2 glass of water
  • 2 carrots diced
  • Half eggplant diced
  • 1 potatoes diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • broccoli
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • Oil
  • Half onion
  • Salt
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

  • In a pan put your glass of quinoa, 2 glasses of water and let it boil for 10/15 minutes. The quinoa needs to absorb all the water, when is ready put it in a side and let it cool.
  • In a frying pan put some oil and stir fry the onion and add the vegetables. Cook them for 10/15 minutes depending on how crunchy you like the vegetables. If you like the veggies more mushy cook them longer.
  • In a big bowl now put your quinoa and add the cooked vegetables, give it a good mix and voila’ it’s ready!
  • You can either eat it warm or cold, you going to love it.
  • Buon Appetito and don’t forget the sprinkle of love