Any time now recipe blogs are going to be filled with Christmas foods, Recipes Made Easy being no exception. Before they do, I have chosen 4 Italian recipes from last weeks #CookBlogshare link up to share with you for this week's recipe roundup.
There were lots of lovely recipes linked up to #CookBlogShare last week when it was hosted by Kirsty at Hijacked by Twins. There were even some delicious early festive recipes but I thought I would share four Italian recipes because I love Italian food. Who doesn't! Sadly, last week saw the passing of the great Italian food writer Antonio Carluccio. His death, after a fall at home, came as a great shock to the cookery world as he was so full of life and in good health for his age (he had turned 80 recently).
I had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 90's at a prestigious food awards function. I was a young newbie food writer and felt a little out of my depth with some of the " great" food writers at this event, himself included. But I remember how I felt when he talked to me as an equal. Given some of the tributes to him over the last week that seemed to be the way he treated everyone, something that did not change as he became more and more famous.
I am sure he would be happy to see the love of Italian food passed on by new food writers many of whom I am sure will have been inspired by him.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE FRESH PASTA: PASTA GUIDE #1
Making your own pasta is really easy and great fun. It is something I do regularly with a couple of friends on our Pasta Nights. We get together to make fresh pasta and then eat the results washed down with Italian wine. It's a great way to spend an evening and you may have seen some of the pictures on my Instagram Feed. Proper foodie, Debbie has put together a really helpful guide on how to make your own pasta from scratch, including a helpful video take a look and you too could soon be having fun in the kitchen making pasta once you realise how easy it is.
Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs
Jennifer shares her Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe based on her grandmother's recipe on Because Food is love. Her meatballs are stuffed with Mozzarella which sounds absolutely delicious to me. (Update: sadly this recipe is no longer on line.)
Easy Chicken Cacciatore
Fellow #CookBlogShare host Eb shared another great recipe on Easy Peasy Foodie: Easy Chicken Cacciatore. Chicken Cacciatore was one of my mum's favourite dishes and she used to make it regularly. As a child I would always pick out the olives, but apart from that I loved the dish too. Having read Eb's post I want to make the dish to bring back memories, it has been a few years but now I will eat the olives.
Finally, but by no means least, we have Sicilian Caponata from Nico at Yumsome. This Vegan Italian stew is so delicious, and a real showcase for good quality ingredients. Cooked slowly your patience is rewarded fourfold.