April 21, 2015

Talking Italian: We Chat Food and Family with Gennaro Contaldo


    Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows our love of all things Italian; the food, the country, the people… our family loves pretty much everything about it. If you are new and you didn’t know all this or you blinked and missed it, you can see our 2014 highlights in […]

Gennaro Contaldo’s Braciolone Palermitano Recipe (Filled rolled beef cooked in tomato sauce)

Bracciolone Palermitano

    This Braciolone Palermitano (filled rolled beef in tomato sauce) recipe has been reproduced with permission from Gennaro Contaldo’s Gennaro’s Slow Cook Italian. (Click here for our review and read our interview with Gennaro on Larger Family Life here.) “This traditional southern Italian Sunday lunch dish is one of my favourites and very reminiscent of […]

How to Gut a Fish: A Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial by Paddy (Aged 7)


    Paddy was keen to learn how to gut and cook fish… so that’s what he did! Soon enough, not only was he a dab hand at gutting the fish by himself but also teaching his siblings how to do it too. As if that wasn’t enough for a seven-year-old to know, he also […]

How To Make Valentine’s Cupcakes Using Ready To Roll Icing

valentine cupcakes

    Valentine’s Day can get expensive fast. Cards, chocolates, flowers, gifts, and that’s before the table for two and a couple of bottles of red. You can save your bank account (a bit) by whipping up this batch of Valentine’s cupcakes decorated with ready to roll icing. And what’s more romantic than taking the […]

Easy Christmas Baking Recipes For Kids

Happy funny gingerbread man family

    Christmas is about baked goodies. There is Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, muffins, gingerbread, and more. Use the holiday season to create some special memories with the children. There are so many Christmas baking recipes for kids, but these three recipes from the National Trust are sure to bring a smile to their faces. […]

Bread and Butter Pudding

rustic traditional british bread and butter pudding

    Colder months call for hot, straight-from-the-oven puddings and this recipe from Sunrise Care is not only delicious, but quick and easy to prepare too! This recipe serves four but if you have a larger family you might need to multiply it. We tripled ours!   Bread and Butter Pudding   Ingredients: 6 slices […]

Mama’s Lasagne


  Mama’s Lasagne is a recipe fresh from the oven at Ben’s Beginners, the new YouTube cooking channel aimed at encouraging kids to get into the kitchen. Find out more about Ben’s Beginners here.   Mama’s Lasagne Serves 6 Prep 20 mins Cook 1hr 45 mins     YOU WILL NEED…   For the Bolognese […]

The Best Homemade Cannoli Recipe in the World

how to make cannoli

    I am not exaggerating. Cannoli are a delicious Italian pastry dessert made from a fried pastry shell containing a sweet ricotta based filling. Originally from Sicily, the dessert is a favourite in Italy and is 100% calorie free*. I have no idea why we can’t buy them readily here in the UK but, […]

Feeding the Whole Family in Style

Pulled pork sandwiches

    If you enjoy fine foods but have a large family, then getting the chance to enjoy such delicious dishes may be a rare expense. But it doesn’t have to be. We love quality ingredients and have discovered how to make them go further. Here are a few top recipes to try:   Fish […]

Quick and Easy Meals the Whole Family Can Enjoy

peppered steak with parsley potatoes

    Sometimes, coming up with quick and easy meals that the whole family will love can be tricky. That’s why I thought I’d share some of my favourite, most delicious dishes that are family friendly too!   Lemon and Dill Salmon with Sweet Potato Discs Salmon is a healthy and delicious meat to have […]

Easy Peasy Inspiration With Primula

cooking with Primula

    Primula is a much-loved spread in this house, normally slathered on toast or in a sandwich. However, we’ve recently discovered that mixing a tube into a pan of hot, just-cooked pasta and served with a side of veg creates a quick, simple meal with a cheesy difference. Looking for something quick and easy […]

Ribbon Vegetable Tagliatelle

...and over!

      This is quick, cheap and easy recipe to throw together making it an ideal meal for when time is short, money is tight or talent is limited! Serves 6 Ingredients: 500g Tagliatelle 1 courgette 2-3 large carrots 3 garlic cloves 3-4 tablespoons olive oil   Method: Bring a large pan of salted […]

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