Dolce Vita Bloggers: Favourite Recipe.


This months Dolce Vita Bloggers topic is: Favourite recipe. Our answer to that is: that's impossible! Every time someone asks us what our favourite food is we always have to answer with Nanna and Grandad's cooking. Just saying Italian food isn't good enough, because if you're not in Italy or your Grandparents house, it's never really the same.

When we were kids and went out to eat, we'd always look at the menu and say "ooh pizza, ooh gnocci, ooh spaghetti," only for our Mum to remind us that "It's not going to taste like Nanna and Grandad's, are you sure you want it?" That may sound silly, but bless our Mum she had to tell us, because we'd inevitably stick to our guns, order it and then not like it because "It doesn't taste like Nanna and Grandad's!!" Oh how spoilt we are!

Food has a lot to live up to when you've been as lucky as we have with our Grandparents. We've learnt from the best, tasted the best ingredients and have seen the love and passion that goes into every dish we've had the pleasure of devouring over the years. Every dish we replicate, that even comes close to what we've eaten growing up, prompts a dance party in the kitchen. Over the past few years we've experimented and challenged ourselves to make a lot of the dishes Nanna and Grandad make unaccompanied, just the two of us. We're still practicing and still learning but we couldn't be happier each time we surprise Nanna or can confidently give certain recipes a tick. That's why today we decided, we're going to share a few recipes with you, from past blog posts, that are our favourites for all different reasons...


Pastiera Napoletana.


We have been perfecting this recipe for years and last year we finally got it right. Grandad loved making Pastiera every Easter and it was always a big family affair for who was in charge of what. It breaks our hearts that it's been a few years since we made it with him and that we never got to surprise him with one we'd made by ourselves, but deep down we know he's watching. 


Pizza.


Our Grandad was always prepared with Pizza dough. He'd always have the yeast prepped in a little corner in the kitchen, yet would still ask if we wanted to do something...he knew we could never say no! If there was ever a past time to remind us of our childhood, it's pizza making with Grandad. It was one of his absolute favourite things to make and holds a very special place in our hearts. 


Gnocchi.


Similarly to pizza, Gnocci making was a big deal in our Grandparents house. We absolutely loved making it with Grandad, especially the part when we got to stick our thumbs in the middle of each piece, to finish them off. We used to make trays and trays of it and loved showing it off to Nanna when we were all done. Gnocci was and still is something we never had/have unless it's homemade. We were so happy when we finally made it ourselves and honestly don't know what took us so long!


There are so many more fantastic recipes that we are working our way through, as we make our family cookbook. The memories they evoke make us so incredibly happy it's untrue and that's what food is all about to us. There's nothing quite like being round the table with your loved ones!

Thank you Kelly, Jasmine and Kristie for another brilliant topic. We can't wait to find out what the #dolcevitabloggers favourite recipes are! :)



Buon Appetito! 
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16 comments :

  1. I'm reading this right before lunch, and my mouth is watering! Pizza and gnocchi are some of my absolute favorite Italian dishes too! I have yet to try pastiera napoletana...is it difficult to make? I know it's traditionally an Easter dessert, so maybe I'll have to put it on the menu!

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    1. It can be difficult Kelly. It's taken us a little while to perfect and even now we wish we had Grandads guidance. It probably depends on how many you make. With Grandad we're pretty sure we would get loads out of one jar of barley, but when we've made it, we've ended up with two!! :p We have to make it again with our little sister and see what happens! It's easy when you know how!!! :) xx

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  2. Yes, you are right, it's impossible to choose. I find myself craving different Italian dishes according to the season, but pizza is perfect all through the year and pasta is a huge part of my daily life living here in Italy. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! Pasta is a huge part of our daily lives too! Especially now it's getting cooler, its the perfect time for pastina!!! :)

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  3. You are blessed to have grown up in a home filled with lots of joyful cooking. Those Italian dishes you mentioned- the pizza, the gnocchi, the pastiera Napolitana...they all look so delicious! #dolcevitabloggers

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    1. Thank you so much! We couldn't agree more! We were honing our skills in America making all these! :) xx

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  4. It's so wonderful you had such a close relationship with your grandparents and can carry on making their recipes. All these dishes look so delicious! I grew up eating la pastiera at Easter and made it on my own for the first time a few years ago. Now that I'm living full-time in the Napoli region, I saw that people eat it during Christmas, too. My mother-in-law makes amazing gnocchi and when she comes to visit in a few weeks, I'm going to ask her to teach me. xx

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    1. Thank you so much. We are very lucky! Our Grandad would want to make Pastiera anytime of the year, he just loved being in the kitchen! :p Aww that sounds like fun, enjoy it! :) xx

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  5. How lucky for you guys to have been raised with the love and passion of homemade Italian cooking with your nonni. Delicious recipes here Lucy and Kelly :)

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    1. We will always be grateful for it. There isn't a day that goes by where we don't count our lucky stars! <3 Thank you so much! xx

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  6. I love how you circumvented picking a favourite recipe! Great minds think alike-I did that too. It all looks yummy. Buon appetito, Cristina

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    1. Haha, thank you Cristina! :) We're off to read yours now! <3 xx

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  7. Every single blog post of yours I have to prepare myself because I know I'm going to be reading about your grandparents and it always chokes me up a bit. It's so special this connection between the four of you and I love that you can share a little bit with us through the Dolce Vita Bloggers community. So much love here! ALL of the dishes you put in here look amazing. Good job ladies, I'm no expert but I'm an expert eater and I'd happily eat any of those offerings!

    Love,
    Jasmine
    http://www.questadolcevita.com

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    1. Aww thank you Jasmine. We're so happy you can feel the love. It means a lot to us. <3 We cannot tell you how happy we are to be part of the #dolcevitabloggers community. Its the best!! :) xx

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  8. We love homemade pizza and gnocchi in our house too, our boys can't get enough! Soo good! It's so wonderful that these recipes can get passed down through the generations. #dolcevitabloggers

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    1. We LOVE that you make homemade pizza and gnocchi with your boys. Honestly looking back, those times as kids with Grandad cooking were the best ever...even as we got older they were still the moments we treasured more than anything. Food brings everyone together! <3 xx

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