My family recipe for Risotto ai cardi – Italian vegetarian rice with wild thistle

Jan 12 2016
risotto ai cardi My family recipe for Risotto ai cardi aka Italian vegetarian rice with wild thistle

Thistle is a very healthy vegetable and grows wild in Sardinia where I recently went to spend Christmas holidays with my family. Thistles are often sold on the streets by people who like going to the countryside for walks and find them in abundance everywhere and anytime especially in Winter (over Christmas). Risotto is usually great with all vegetables but Risotto ai cardi in particular is one of my favourite with its delicate and creamy flavour. I remember my mum making lots of dishes with thistle when I was living at home. Its smell brings back lots of lovely and nostalgic memory. I hope you will enjoy this dish as much as my family and I do. Rice with wild thistle is a Winter recipe and particularly suitable for coeliac, vegetarian and vegan people.

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Exclusive interview with Celebrity Chef Gennaro Contaldo including his top pasta tips

Dec 19 2015
Exclusive interview with Celebrity Chef Gennaro Contaldo including his top pasta tips Gennaro headshot with product

It was a pleasure to interview fellow Italian Chef Gennaro Contaldo who has become a popular TV personality in the UK. As part of his work with Italian olive oil company Bertolli, Gennaro is offering cooking tips to mums to make their lives easier.

I am pleased to present the first part of my interview with Gennaro here. The full interview will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of the London Mums magazine.

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Festive Food Swap Challenge: Recipe for Creamed Leeks

Dec 09 2015
Festive Food Swap Challenge Recipe for Creamed Leeks final

When a few weeks ago Tesco asked me if I wanted to participate in a festive food swap challenge I was over the moon. This initiative is meant to inspire people to experience new flavours, with a range of products from across the world available in store.

I love food and cooking so this was right up my street.

In exchange for one of my favourite Italian Christmas recipes – I chose Panettone – I received the Welsh Christmas recipe for creamed leeks from Welsh mummy blogger Heledd Harman (Running in lavender).

Creamed leeks are ideal as a side dish to meat or fish as well as a standalone sauce. I decided to use it as a sauce for plain cod. The result was excellent. It is generally the perfect accompaniment for the least savoury fish of all. I also make a good guess that Creamed leeks would make a great sauce for any pasta dish.

I recommend you to try this super easy recipe which I am glad I have learnt and will make again in future in many different variations. 

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