Tagliatelle al pesto di rucola e asparagi di Bea

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SHALL I DINE AT YOUR TABLE? | For Bea, cooking has always been a family affair. La Chicca (pronounce Kikka), her nanny, taught her almost everything. Together with her mum, let’s be honest. But la Chicca was always in charge of making la pasta. Don’t be misled by her small and frail demeanor; when it comes to kneading dough, she shows a herculean strength, no matter how many guests are expected. Even today, she always wants to make pasta for everyone, despite her old age and blurry vision. Italy is one of those country with a real culture of hospitality and gastronomy where you never, ever let anyone step out of your house while still hungry… I don’t know about you but I love that! 🙂
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Chicken bolognese and the invisible zucchini

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THE KIDS CORNER | My nephew got chickenpox. To assist my brother, I helped to take care of his sweet little darling for a few days. He’s almost 3. Right in the middle of his ‘no’ and ‘it’s mine!’ phase. Yes … exactly  ;-). Besides, he refuses to eat anything that’s green. Worse, he screams and glues sticky rice in his hair if you dare force him to eat his vegetables… I hear you… Help!

But you know what? He’s so cute that you just forgive him everything and anything in a second with only one look at his sweet little face. You don’t believe me? See for yourself… Continue reading

Halloumi ravioli (ραβιόλες)

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CYPRIOT RECIPES | I announced this recipe several weeks ago already and here it is, finally. I finally made halloumi ravioli! And I carefully weighed, measured, photographed, timed everything so that I could share the recipe on this blog. How nice it is to make fresh pasta! I almost forgot how relaxing I find it to work with my hands, to knead, shape, touch, blow flour everywhere… Some may think you don’t play with food but I really suggest that you try … it’s almost like pottery. And if kids like to play with their food, there must be a reason for it, right 😉 ? Those ravioli can be served as part of a mezze or of a bigger meal. They are rarely served as just one meal. In fact, Cypriot eating tradition is a little bit like in Vietnam, where we tend to eat a lot different dishes in small quantities, rather than a “one plate meal”. Continue reading