Apple and cinnamon, is there any other flavour combination on this planet more capable of conjuring up soothing, comforting and delicious childhood memories? For me, these wonderfully homely aromas instantly transport me back to the school yard and right inside my home economics class, where my love affair with baking began as I baked a wonderful tea cake filled with apple, cinnamon and vanilla.
Panna cotta is an italian cooked cream dessert and its gorgeous. I discovered panna cottas after marrying my italian husband and have delighted in cooking many velvety versions since. My latest incarnation of this luscious dessert is a child friendly yoghurt version served with fresh strawberries.
Compared to the traditional recipe, this one is far less naughty and in my opinion much tastier. By replacing the majority of the cream with yoghurt the panna cotta is more luscious in texture and less sickly sweet and the kids just love them! Grace happily gobbled hers up!
Sweetcorn fritters are an old childhood favourite of mine and I am so pleased to report a new fav of little Miss G’s. For Grace, fritters are an easy to handle, nutritious and delicious lunch or dinner that fill her tummy and create a very happy and content bubby. Watching Grace happily nibble away blissfully unaware on a good serving of vegetables also has me feeling over the moon. And why wouldn’t she, the bright yellow happy kernels of lovely sweet corn are sweet and juicy and ensure the fritters are kid friendly.
In the lunch box today are pear, cinnamon and almond muffins, a scrumptious celebration of all things winter! Apples and pears this time of the year are wonderfully bountiful, the fruit shop shelves seem to be groaning under the weight of these gorgeously green, crisp and juicy winter seasonal delights and I am more than happy to lighten their load and take a good stash home for us to nibble on. Somewhere along the line though my eager greediness doesn’t quite match our actual appetites and more often than not I am left with not so perfect fruit. As the case was this morning; my once triumphant looking bowl of lovely pears were now a shadow of their former selves and with a slight sense of guilt and not wanting to see them go to waste I decided to make my favourite batch of muffins and fold through some lovely pieces of pear.
Dinner time at our place is hectic. Most days when 5pm rolls around I am scrambling like a mad woman trying to prepare dinner, bring in washing, bathe the bubby, do a quick tidy up of all the day’s activities and finalise whatever business I can before COB. And when I’m feeling as though I’ve run a marathon and just want dinner to be on the table already I reach deep into my cooking arsenal and haul out my list of easy peasy dinner recipes that I know are absolutely delicious and can be cooked and on the table in less than fifteen minutes. Most days these recipes are my saviour and I hope they can be yours. Today’s divine dinner is pea, ricotta and herb rollini.