Thursday, June 28, 2012

Craft: Decorating an Apron

Here's a fun little craft to do with kiddies especially when the weather is so warm. Buy a cloth apron and decorate with fabric crayons, good for a budding artist and chef.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Roasted Tomato Sauce with Penne

This is a wonderfully easy pasta dish that reminded me of one we had in Italy, a simple pasta with a tomato sauce was often what we ordered for the kids. I adore the simplicity of Italian food and miss it since being back. But we can cook good food at home and smile with the amazing memories. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Austrian Knödel

I had my first Knödel (stale bread dumplings) when we were en route to Munich from Northern Italy and stopped the night in a little town in the Dolomites.  We ate in a little place on a rainy evening, with two tired and hungry kids and were the only people in the place. I always remember how proud the owner was to introduce us to this dish. I re created the spinach one using this recipe, it can just be eaten on its own or in a clear soup. Overall they turned out fairly well but not as soft as the ones there. But they have been making them all their lives :-), kind of like me and chapatti they used to be like rocks now really good 10 years later. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tips for International Travel With Kids

Here are a few tips for international travel with kids, hope it makes you smile and helps, don't mind the screen shot its not that bad he he

Have a great weekend all


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cherry and White Balsamic Salad

This is a delightful salad, inspired by a great article in The Washington Post about Cherries and it paired with my wee jar of white balsamic vinegar I got in Italy perfectly. I got the vinegar in a cute little artisan food store next to Lake Garda, the owner was eager to educate me on the aged Modena vinegars and hoped I would buy but at 150 Euros not this time, although it is a divine and artisan product for sure. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bok Choi Fried Rice

One of my go to meals when in a hurry is fried rice in no time at all a simple one pot meal can be whipped up with protein, vegetables and carbohydrate. A nice trick I learnt from my sister in law is to add chopped bok choi to fried rice. I would say baby is a little milder than the bigger variety that can be a tad bitter at times.  So here's the recipe :-)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review of Spotted by Locals for iPhone

Here's a wee review of an iphone app featuring various European cities, worth a look and love the fact that once downloaded works without an internet connection. 

What are your favorite travel apps?

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Stir Fry

This is a simple and healthy meal I often make, using chicken sausages and mixed seasonal vegetables we eat this either with pasta or polenta.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Egg and Avocado Sandwich

The other day on the facebook page the lovely Beth Anne mentioned to me that she often mash's avocado with egg I remember thinking what a genius idea. So here it is a simple egg mayo, sandwich mashed with avocado. I also added freshly home grown lettuce, tomato and cucumber. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Food market in Bolzano, Italy

On our amazing road drive up through the Dolomites we made a stop at Bolzano in northern Italy. I highly recommend a visit it's a town with rich history and cultural heritage. Up until world war one this part of Italy was Austrian and it really is a city of two cuisines and it's reflected in the market. I was also impressed by the town planning you come of the highway and park in a well signed underground parking garage and have a short walk into the stunning town center.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Whole Roasted Grouper

This dish was inspired  by this fun clip on how to roast a whole fish in The New York Times, its so simple and we now make it all the time.

Its easy to roast a whole fish while the fish may be expensive to buy we find we get at least two meals from it when combined with cous cous or quinoa and a salad.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Drive through Dolomites

I thought I would share a few pictures and clips of our drive through the amazing Dolomites mountains, a historic Alpine pass between Italy, Austria and Germany one of my favorite drives :-).

Monday, June 4, 2012

Zucchini blossoms stuffed with feta and oregano

I was so excited recently seeing my first zucchini blossoms and quickly got on facebook and twitter for recipe idea's without frying. I also learnt that the blossom on the left is male and on right female ;-)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lake Garda, Italy Sunset

We stayed in Lake Garda yesterday what a stunning lake and area. Our hotel was in Torri Del Benaco a lovely little town. Really seeing a sunset over the lake will remain one of life's special moments and I wanted to share it with you.

Hugs and have a wonderful weekend. We drove through the Dolomites today and stopped at Bolzano a gorgeous mountain town very Austrian in style and I found a great food market, stay tuned for a tour. Onto Munich tomorrow and home to the States Monday wow what a adventure. Hubby is ready to get back to work and take extra shifts to pay for it :-) been fun thanks for joining us so far.

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