You only have to look at a handful of recipes from my blog to know that I am heavily influenced by Italian food. For me, nothing quite beats a bowl of steaming hot pasta tossed with a simple, yet amazingly tasty homemade sauce. Throw on a bit of parmesan and serve with some warm toasted ciabatta with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil… I honestly can’t think of much better than that.
After a long (slightly too long perhaps) blogging break, I am finally back with some brand new recipes! I think it’s important sometimes to give yourself a bit of “you” time. Time to relax, time to catch up with friends and family, time to begin some new hobbies and make some exciting changes to your life. Although I absolutely love talking and writing about food, a couple of months off was exactly what I needed. Not only has it given me time to unwind and come back with a fresh, new outlook, but it has also given me tons of time to create and research lots of brand new and pretty tasty recipes for you guys to try. I thought I’d begin with one of my favourites from the past couple of months.
The other day I was asked a very difficult question. If I had to survive on just three foods for the rest of my life what ones would I choose. As someone who loves pretty much everything this was really quite hard for me. In the end, after much thinking I decided on my three… sausages, butternut squash and pasta. Since answering this question I have changed my mind several times, halloumi, bacon, chocolate, proscuitto, avocado, bread… the list just goes on and on. There is only one food that has remained on the list and is definitely not going anywhere, and that is pasta.
Soup, in my opinion, is ridiculously underrated. One of my all time favourite dishes is actually my Nan’s Boxing Day turkey soup. I could quite happily eat this every single day of my life, and if I didn’t need to buy an entire turkey each time to make it then I probably would. Such a simple recipe but packed with more flavour that you could ever imagine just makes my Nan’s soup the absolute best. See, that’s the thing with soups, they’re actually really easy to make, but for some reason not many people seem to make their own any more. Instead it seems that people would rather the convenience of a tasteless and overly salted canned soup over a healthy, hearty home made version. This type of convenience is one I will never understand.
There are just certain dishes that you want to eat in this cold, winter weather. On a cold night all I want to do is chill in my flat with my onesie on and eat a big bowl of comforting food, and when it comes to comfort food risotto is most definitely high up on my list. You just can’t beat it. Risotto is my go to meal when I don’t know what else to cook, and despite what some may think, it’s actually fairly easy to make. All that is required is some good quality ingredients along with a bit of love and attention and you’ve got yourself a beautiful bowl of risotto.