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, and 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.
The smell of fresh bread is, in my opinion, well up there with some of the best smells in the world. Along with freshly cut grass, newly washed linen and summertime BBQ’s, home cooked bread really is one of the most comforting smells. I’ve always found it fascinating how a single smell can somehow transport us back to a certain memory from our lives. For me, the scent of freshly baked bread reminds me of occasional trips to the local bakery after school with my Mum. Although fresh bread was never mine or my sister’s choice of treat, the smell will always remind me of these times.