So the kids are back at school and I need to get back into some kind of routine. I love school holidays and having the kids home, especially since my eldest is away at boarding school. We spent two weeks doing all the things I love, swimming, fishing, watching movies and all those things we don’t normally get time to do. I also did loads of cooking. Here’s some of the fish we caught – it was a pretty successful few days!
My boys are big eaters – especially my eldest Jake, my God that boy can eat! So I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and it was so good because we didn’t have anywhere to be, or any deadlines to meet and I could just enjoy the impulsive cooking you do when you have time. Filling cookie jars, making cakes, all the fun stuff.
Now we’re back to normal and I’m back to trying to juggle everything in to the day again. Dinner time comes along very quickly and I’m finding I need to go back to those quick and easy meals so I still have time to get Jesse off to sport and sit down and help him with homework at the end of the day. When I want to get a healthy and nutritious meal on the table my Italian instincts always turn to pasta. I can’t help it, I grew up with this stuff and I know how versatile it can be. Not to mention easy on the pocket!
My family loves chicken, and we probably eat it at least 4 times a week. I have added some broccoli for some green goodness, and used one of my all time pasta shapes: orecchiette (meaning little ears). They are small, yet thicker than normal pasta, so they have a lovely chewy texture to them. I sometimes make them fresh myself, but you can buy really good dried orecchiette from the supermarket these days, many are imported from Italy, so I’m when pushed for time I’m happy to use store bought. You can use another type of pasta if you like, but I think the texture of the orecchiette really makes this dish.
This is easy, flavoursome Italian family food at it’s very best. I know it will be one of the dishes I’ll be making now that I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry. I hope it ends up on your family’s table too.