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Tortano/Easter Bread

Ester is around the corner, its time to make this delicious savory bread a MUST of Italian Cuisine from Naples> You can start your own tradition today.

Bella Cibo Kitchen

Italian food is all about tradition and Tortano or Casatiello is a must for the Neapolitan at Easter. Every year, before Easter, the family get together to make this delicious, amazing savory bread…..lets say “its a family affair”. The day after Easter in Italy we go at the beach or at the park for a nice “scampagnata” with friends andwe bring the leftover Tortano with other food of course and we all eat together. Food brings people together.

Tortano or Casatiello is a savory bread stuffed with cheese, salami, mortadella, prosciutto and boiled eggs, you are suppose to eat it atEster but its great for any occasion in fact, 11 years ago,my auntmade this delicious savory bread for my husband when we were there in the summer and he fall in love.

Its not difficult to make this amazing bread if you follow this recipe, the only thing that I…

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Cooking is fun

It has been so long since my last post on my blog. Sometime is difficult to be a full time mom, wife, chef, Social Media expertise, photographer, taxi driver,  school volunteer.What I really would like to do is just COOK. Behind every classes there is so much work, the prep time sometime is more hard then the 2 /3 hours of teaching.

I like what I do, I like to teach, share my Italian heritage and inspire people to cook real healthy food. Food brings people together, in the kitchen you can build the best precious memories.

Here some pictures of the 8 weeks Cooking course that I had in my kitchen in October and November! It was so much fun, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I do.

 

 

Bella Cibo’s nominated Entrepreneur of the year

What an honour to be nominated from the Langley Chamber ” Entrepreneur of the Year”.

I didn’t win, but I was so proud to be there! Who knew, seriously!

I start this small homebase business 3 years ago. 3 years ago,while I was hosting one of my first class,  I had a vision!

This vision was me cooking in a big kitchen surrounded by wonderful peoples that want to make a difference in their life bringing the homemade back to the dinner table! After 3 years I don’t have a big kitchen yet but Im surrounded by wonderful peoples that want to learn how to make real, good food! 

Im so proud of my self and Im truly thankful for each one of you, this plaque is for you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

SPAGHETTI WITH CHERRY TOMATOES

Italian cuisine is all about simplicity using just few fresh, simple, ingredients and this plate is one of the most simple, healthy, fast dish that you can make. I m going to share today, one of  m…

Source: SPAGHETTI WITH CHERRY TOMATOES

Classic Italian Level 1

Eight week course, single classes available for 35 dollar each and $50 for lasagna.

If you want to learn Italian cooking, this is the course for you. Ideal for the beginner cooks, you will learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch with few different cuts, you will also learn gnocchi and sauces, risotto, tiramisu, minestrone, chicken parmiggiana and lasagna.Price is 250 dollar.

Fall 2016 Session Options:

Wednesdays, 7;00 – 9:30 p.m. (Classes run October 5, 12,19,26 November 2, 9, 16, and 23)
Friday, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. (Classes run October 7, 14,21,28, November 4, 11, 18, and 25)
Maximum of 6 participants

CLASSES

  • Gnocchi with butter and sage and gnocchi alla sorrentina with tomatoes sauce and mozzarella, apple cake.
  • Fresh egg pasta, tomato sauce,  meat sauce and boscaiolo/mushroom sauce.
  • Broth and  risotto alla milanese and pumpking risotto
  • Tiramisu and Minestrone.
  • Baked pasta with red sauce, baked white pasta and meatball.
  • Dinner in 30 minutes  { pasta with butter or oil and chicken and spinach cutlets }
  • Fresh pasta without eggs,sauces, chicken parmiggiana.
  • Lasagna – this class is 3 1/2 hours long.
  • In every class you will go home with a small tray of what you make to share with your family and the recipes.
  • Registration by email at marzia@bellacibo.ca or in person. Pre-payment is required.Bella Cibo reserve the right to cancel or re-scheduale classes when is necessary.We need one week cancellation; note that Refunds will be in the form of Bella Cibo’s gift card.
  • To run the class I need at least 4 people to max 6.

Tomato confit

I love summer and I love tomatoes. Me and my daughter like to eat them at any time of the day, its our favorite snack.We are lucky enough to have our own grow tomatoes so in the summer its a tomatoes party every night.

Tomato confit are practically slow roasted in the oven at high temperature.This recipe is very versatile; the tomatoes confit  can be used like a side dish or like a dressing for your pasta,Its a very tasty dish. I suggest you to use a good oil extra vergin if possible.

Ingredients:

3 cup of cherries tomatoes or grape

1/4 cup oil evo plus 2 tablespoon

1 teaspoon Oregano

2 garlic cloves

1/3 cup parsley

2 cups bread crumbs

salt

a sprinkle of love

Method:

Preheat the oven at 400 degrees. Cut the tomatoes in half and place them in a baking dish covered with parchment paper.Add the 2 tablespoon of oil,oregano, salt and toss everything.

Place the garlic, parsley and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and add the garlic{you can chopped it if you like}.Add the breadcrumbs and the oil and mix everything well.Sprinkle the crumbs on top of your tomatoes.

Bake for 30/40 minutes until the bread crumbs are nice and gold.You can now serve the tomatoes like a side dish, you can serve them on a piece of bread or you can use them to dress you pasta. If you do that I suggest you, 3 minutes before the pasta is ready, to put the amount of tomatoes that you wanna use for your pasta in a stir fry pan.Add 2 tablespoon of the pasta water, add the cooked pasta and stir fry for a minute or 2.Add some oil at the end. Yummy Delicious tasty dish.

Buon appetito

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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:

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  • 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