Pasta, Pizza, Risotto

Mamma’s Famous Roman Lasagna

Loreto December 7, 2016

Mamma’s Famous Roman Lasagna, is not your typical lasagna with bechamel and ground meat ragu, but a delicious light layered ensemble of noodles with a blend of rich tomato ricotta sauce, parmigiano and mozzarella, plus minced mortadella, leaving its undeniable flavor.

Mom's famous Lasagna

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop, we’ve been compensated but all opinions are our own.]

Mamma’s lasagna is really famous. At least among Nicoletta’s family, since it’s her mom’s recipe.  Now it has become a huge favorite in our family here in Edmonton, too, because we made it once and everyone loved it. It is the only lasagna we eat nowadays, as it is lighter, and so rich in flavor, plus there is a battle over the crispy edges of the baked pasta.

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Gluten-free, Special Diets, Vegan

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini, Pine Nuts

Loreto December 5, 2016

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini, Pine Nuts, packed with spices and aromatics that will have you craving and savoring each bite.

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini, Pine Nuts

Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomagranate, Tahini, Pine Nuts. If you are one of those who love middle eastern cuisine, with its exotic spices and oh so luring aromas, then this dish is for you. Its combinations of spices such as cinnamon, cumin, sumac, etc, and the tender smooth texture of the cauliflower nice and slightly charred, will have you feeling transported to a different world of flavors and textures.

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Dessert

Stella di Pandoro with Chantilly Custard Cream and Cranberries

Nicoletta December 3, 2016

Stella di Pandoro is a dessert you’d find on Italian tables during the festive season. It looks amazing, tastes even better, and shows how you can bring a packaged cake to a whole new level.

Stella di Pandoro with Chantilly Custard Cream and Cranberries

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop, we’ve been compensated but all opinions are our own.]

It wouldn’t be Christmas for me without a Stella di Pandoro. I cannot remember when it started to appear on our Christmas festive table at my nonna’s, all I can remember is it being a constant, that moment when my aunt placed it on the table we all would smile the way you would welcome an old friend when you see him again after a long time.

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Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Vegetarian

Penne Ricotta, Saffron and Cherry tomatoes confit

Nicoletta December 1, 2016

Penne Ricotta, Saffron and Cherry tomatoes confit, the creamiest of pasta without the use of any cream, just ricotta blended with saffron and pasta cooking water. With some delightful cherry tomatoes confit on top, you’ll have your taste buds dancing!

 Penne Ricotta, Saffron and Cherry tomatoes confit

I use ricotta a lot, I’ve just noticed that. Maybe you’ve noticed it, too. In sweet or savory dishes it is an ingredient I’m not shy to use. It is so embedded in my culture, in my memories,  it is so versatile and gives so much flavor and texture to most of my dishes, that I cannot help it.

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Travel

Tofino, Timeless Canadian West Coast

Loreto November 29, 2016

Tofino, located on the far reaches of the west coast, surrounded by ocean and rain forest landscape. A place where dilly dallying means something and where times seems to slow down. Relax and observe, would be a mantra, and fresh eats including wonderful produce, sea food, and great cafes to sit and enjoy a good cup of Joe and some sweets, prepared by chefs and bakers with deep respect for organics and their location.

Tofino

Life has been ever so busy working a full time job and doing a food blog. Sometimes a getaway is necessary to calm the waters of stressful shores. I think Nicoletta and I have found the perfect place to put our feet up and enjoy a well deserved vacation.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Muffins

Oat Chocolate Chunk Mini Muffins

Nicoletta November 27, 2016

Oat Chocolate Chunk Mini Muffins, packed with dark chocolate chunks and sweetened with maple syrup, are great for breakfast, grab and go, or as a healthy snack.

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Ok, so, it’s clear. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and plays an important role in my life. We always make sure, my husband especially, to have something I like for breakfast. He knows I can get pretty cranky if I do not have breakfast, lol, so most of the times, weekday or weekend, he gets up before me to get the breakfast going. I’ve been spoiled by homemade scones, waffles, french toast and pancakes. I’ve been welcomed, coming down the stairs, by the uplifting scent of coffee and sweet goods baking or cooking. But there are times when it is just bread toasting in the oven, or times that we have a muffin, a piece of loaf cake or bundt cake I previously made. In all occasions, waking up in our house is quite special.

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