Mediterranean Burgers

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How do you get a two-and-a-half year old to eat his veggies, and not in the form of pasta – and no, this is not a trick or rhetorical question. I’m serious and at my wits end with my food snubbing son, who only seems to want to eat gnocchi with pesto sauce. Yet, I think though I may have found the answer to that. . . maybe, or maybe I won’t place all my bets on it and take caution when needed, in other words, I enjoyed them, him not so much. However, the court is still out on that since I must have slipped him a sleeping pill in his lunch and he fell asleep with his mouth full, saying ‘no eat’ and ‘no bed’ – this kid is determined to be difficult sometimes. So the results are ‘inconclusive’ we could say, for now. But I will win this kid over with my cooking, eventually. . or God help me we may have a case of pasta-overuse and abuse soon, wait scratch that I live in Italy, everyone is guilty of the crime of loving the pasta a little too much! Continue reading

O-M-G Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

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That’s right, vegan, good for you, low calorie, healthy, comforting and cosy eggplant parmesan. . . did I miss any adjectives to describe this? Oh yeah, and deliciously dreamy, creamy and saucy without all the heavy and hard to digest dairy! This willmake you say oh my God and will guaranteed, knock anyone’s socks off, vegan or not! Continue reading

Pita Pizza

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I am back from London and full of food inspiration, I can just feel foodie dreams and ideas coursing thorough me! And I can’t wait to share it all with you!

So we made business into pleasure with the long weekend here in Italy and I met my husband in London, as he was already there for work. Of course we partied it up like rockstars with our 2 month old (the 2 1/2 year old stayed at home with the nonni) and our friends’ two kids (2 1/2 and 8 months) with wildly late nights (max was 1 am) and crazy (baby) parties. Yeah, and the straight talk is that really, we got to just relax, see some old friends and eat obscene amounts of Indian food. But what was so exciting about London (aside from the fact that it is London and awesome in its own right), is how diverse its people, and of course, its food are. There is any type of cuisine imaginable that you could ever want and any kind of ingredient your heart could desire (but doesn’t even know it because you didn’t even know it existed – now that’s what’s fabulous about cities and consumerism, they make you realize how much you need something when you didn’t even know it existed  or that you wanted it- how could you have possibly lived without it for all this time!).  Continue reading

Roasted Potato, Tofu & Asparagus with Creamy Thyme Lemon Sauce

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If I were Jamie Oliver this would be on a cutting board. But I’m not, which also leads to why my rice was mushy, because Jamie told me that the rule of thumb was thirds, 1 part rice, 2 parts water. Why didn’t I stop myself on this dumb idea and realize that the ‘one finger’ rule has always worked for me and that instead I don’t need Jamie Oliver to tell me how to make rice. I don’t mean to knock Jamie too much here, I do love the little lisp-talking, (annoyingly) unorganized, cutting-board-loving, back-to-basics chef. Continue reading

One Simple Sauce Two Fabulous Ways

PASTA

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I just got back into working out after the pregnancy and today was practically my first run in a year! I am so incredibly proud of myself for having done 10 km, so I have been on a bit of runner’s high all day, except the hour and half I crashed on the couch for a schnooze. To fuel my new cardio crazy body I needed some serious carbs and what better than a bowl of pasta, when in Rome do as the Romans, literally (however on a slightly smaller scale and 3 hours more north). Continue reading

Easter Menu in the Making

Hello All! I know I have been very MIA but as you can imagine with two little ones it has been hard finding the time to come up with a decent recipe or post. I have been cooking a lot though, needless to say, but it has been from some of my favorite vegan cookbooks and lots of loosely followed recipes from pintrest. . . love, love, love pintrest! 

I have been trying to stick to a mostly raw diet not just to get back in shape, but because it just feels good! The only downside to this is that I feel a bit limited in my raw skills, I am no Emily from This Rawsome Vegan Life! Despite any shortcomings though, I do have some fabulous things in the works. . . they just need a little perfecting though. 

I wanted to share my Easter menu with you all because I would love to hear what you have planned for the table, and beyond. I am going to stick with my all time favorite cookbook to be on the safe side, Chef Chloe Coscarelli, and I will be making her bastilla for the first time, and this will be the main. On to the less exciting part, the salad (I kid, I love salads ;)) I think I will be opting for an easy crowd pleaser with Chloe’s caesar salad and I may add in a few veggies to make it a bit more nutrious. To end it all I am thinking of making some cute little carrot cupcakes, however I am very torn between this classic and a more untraditional, and totally sacrilegious take on an Italian classic, raspberry tiramisu cupcakes (Chloe’s recipe again), which sound AHmazing.

I would love to know what will be on your spread this Easter and I am especially interested to hear what Easter traditions you have in your family. I would also love your votes on the menu/dessert. We will be mixing Italian and American traditions with an Easter egg hunt, Easter baskets for the kids and as you could probably guess, the Italian tradition that we will be celebrating is food, of course, which is always a good thing. 

 

 

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Some exciting things have been happening over here in the Sirotti house . . . nick

Nicholas Zane, the new addition to the family, born on February 20.

 

I realize that it has been A LONG TIME since I last blogged, but with pregnancy hormones that make you a little crazy and, well now that that is over (thank God!), adjusting to life with two little ones has taken a while, but I think I am back on the blogging bus (perhaps with a little more time in between posts). I am ready and rearing to share not just recipes with you, but I want to share more than that; my life as an ex-pat American mom of two boys living in a small town in Italy, and all things that fall in between, along with perhaps some random ramblings (that is if you are willing to bear reading them). Continue reading

The Slump Will Cease

I have been in a slump for quite a while now, and I don’t mean just a cooking slump, I mean a full out, perhaps mostly pregnancy induced, slump. I haven’t felt inspired to cook much of anything when days of unexplainable depression assail me and often feeling overwhelmed about everything and nothing leaves me paralyzed. I know that these dark days are numbered, however I hate the thought of not enjoying the pregnancy to the fullest up to the end feels defeating. I should be bouncing off the walls with excitement for what is happening inside of me (and given how fortunate I do feel), but instead I feel hopeless and lost at times. Not to make this pity party sound like a downpour on my parade of happiness or quest for inner peace, but it is daunting and indeed frustrating to feel so out of control of one’s emotions. This is not to say that I have no good days, on the contrary, I certainly do. I am just yearning for a bit of stability, rather than bumbling along on a rocky path, I hope to find a steady smooth one, with the sunshine and the clear-headedness to see the light and love that is all around me.  Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions: Moving Towards . . . the Present

I have been wanting to write other types of posts for some time, and not just share recipes as I feel that I have so much more that I would love to share with you all. I truly hope that you enjoy reading something a little out of the ordinary, that it contributes to your day in some positive way and that of course you feel enthusiastic enough to share your comments as well. So in spirit of the New Year and the holiday season I am sharing these thoughts with you . . .  Continue reading

Winter Breakfast Sunrise Smoothie

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This is an upside down sunrise I realize, but hey, the winter can have that effect sometimes and so can my two-year-old son who is now in a temper-tantrum-throwing and seemingly attention-starved phase. Life is a little stressful now, crazy monster toddler on the loose and one soon to make his debut in a couple of months . . . with the husband out of the country two weeks before he’s due. Did I say I’m a little stressed! I think I need a smoothie for this to take the edge off, forget Jack and Coke, those days are long gone, for now it is an upside down winter breakfast smoothie for me and some good reading. I am clutching onto Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love for dear life now, since I certainly need all the positivity and spirituality I can get in my life right now. So to make myself feel a little better, calm my nerves and blow the winter blues away I am just going to sip on this refreshing and warming smoothie. Continue reading