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We interviewed Alida!

Visit the blog: My Little Italian Kitchen.

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"We are what we eat! Spend a little extra time in the kitchen and a little extra money on the freshest ingredients and it will be money very well spent!"

Hello Alida, so tell us...

When did you begin your blog and what inspired you to start it?

Being a full time mum has helped me improve my cookery skills. Weaning my two babies was when I really began putting all my beliefs into practice. I took great pleasure in making little meals from scratch. Sourcing organic and fresh ingredients daily, quickly became a job on its own along with an extraordinary euphoria and excitement for cooking, which was growing stronger and stronger; I just could never get enough of it. Fresh and healthy meals turned into little projects for me! As the children grew out of the weaning stage, I began cooking different meals every week so I decided to start a website about Italian cookery that would allow me to share my recipes and get feedback.

In your wildest dreams, where would you like your blog to take you as it develops?

I would love to see my recipes published in My Little Italian Kitchen cook book!

Do you have a favourite dish of all time?

Minestrone will always be my favourite! Healthy, refreshing and nutritious.

Your photos are fantastic, in your opinion what makes a dish beautiful?

Learning to take good photos takes time. I have learned a lot since I started writing my blog but of course I still have lots more to improve! Lighting and a good camera will certainly help but passion comes before anything else. If you love what you do it will show on your dishes.

Do you have a secret weapon in the kitchen?

My mums first cookery book. I still use her recipes for my everyday cooking.

What is your earliest memory involving food?

I can never forget coming back from school and anticipating what I would have for dinner. My favourite dish back then was pasta Bolognaise! My mum was an excellent cook just like most Italian mammas.

Are there any chefs that you admire in particular?

I have most of Jamie Oliver's cook books. I am full of admiration for him.

What's the one Italian ingredient you can't find in the UK but wish you could?

I love fresh ricotta cheese made on the day. It tastes incredible! Nothing like the industrial one you find in supermarkets.

Any last words or message for our readers?

We are what we eat! Spend a little extra time in the kitchen and a little extra money on the freshest ingredients and it will be money very well spent!

Thank you Alida for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Laurence - 26/09/2013

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