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I won’t be posting on this site any longer but I would LOVE it if you could pop over to the new website (same old me, just shinier) and SIGN UP for the newsletter to keep up with all my posts, recipes and stories from my whole food kitchen.

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Thanks so much for your ongoing support – I can’t wait to see you on the flip side where today, I’m sharing the inside story of my mornings at the market.

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Love and Light,

Kristin x

 

Falling off the (gluten free) wagon…

Today on mamacino.com, I’m sharing my story about falling off the gluten free wagon and how I’m going to deal with it!

If you would like to read the new post, please head over to the new blog…

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Soon, I will be posting exclusively over there at my new home and this little old blog will be retired to cyberspace heaven so if you don’t want to miss a post…please sign up for my free newsletter on the new website and I’ll keep you in the loop.

Love Kristin x

Baked peaches with yoghurt and granola

Today on the blog I’m sharing a little bit about my family history with markets and the perfect way to use an abundance of beautiful summer peaches.

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Can’t wait to see you there!

Love Kristin x

BIG NEWS!

Well, I am so excited to share with you some big news…

I have a new home! Well, actually mamacino does and I can’t wait for you to come and visit me!

To be honest, I’m feeling a little bit sentimental.

I’ve been hanging out here on my blog for over two years now and it has been so amazing to see the community here grow and grow and grow.  It has really meant a lot to me to have somewhere to share all of the ups and downs of my journey through motherhood.  I’ve made some wonderful friends and I have truly appreciated every single reader and every comment you have left me.

But…it was time to evolve.

I have grown and changed so much in the last couple of years and I really wanted this space to reflect that. To be in line with where I am now in my life.

I’m also too scared to cut my hair short so this seemed like the next best thing :-)

And so, with the help and support of the most amazing mentor and designer, Lucie D’Alessandro, I have a beautiful new space mamacino can call home.

But…it’s still me who will be writing posts, sharing recipes and complaining when one of my kids vomits on my muffin!

So…please come and say hi.

I don’t want to lose you after we’ve been through so much together and so I have a little pressie for you if you decide to stick around.

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Why it’s been so quiet around here lately…

You may have noticed that it has been a little quiet on the blog lately.  It’s summer, the kids are home and I’m sure you all just guessed I have been relaxing and sunning myself on the beach…

Well…I have been doing that because after all, I am a total beach bunny and living just steps away from the gorgeous sandy stretches of the Surf Coast makes avoiding it impossible.

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However…I have also been…wait for it…WORKING!

Now, as you know, I’m a part time teacher and a mum so I’m no stranger to hard work but this has been very different.

You see, for the first time in my life, I have jumped in and dedicated myself to a project I am totally, utterly and whole heartedly passionate about.

I have finally started my own little business.  Mamacino Homemade.

It was at least twelve months ago that I first had the idea of making organic granola to sell at my local farmers’ market.  I thought about it and thought about it.  I made lists, researched suppliers and even dragged out the calculator.  I put it in the too-hard basket and then I dug it out again, brushing it off and breathing new life into it.  For a whole year, it stayed in my mind.  It felt right.  I had a feeling…I just had to give it a go.

And so towards the end of last year, I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down, one on one (over Skype) with the most wonderful mentor, creative catalyst and my soul sister Lucie D’Allessandro from Delvespot.

Lucie spent weeks helping me clarify my goals, define my vision and set about actually creating my business from scratch.  It was such an amazing thing to see this little idea I had been thrashing around actually develop into something tangible.  Something real.  Actually, it was bloody frightening if I’m honest.  It was an emotional roller coaster!  One day I was excited and elated, completely committed and ready to take action and the next day I was full of self doubt and excuses why it wouldn’t work, why I couldn’t make it work.

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Eight weeks later, I have a thriving, growing, beautiful business in my care.  I’m up late toasting granola in honey and butter and up early rolling out bliss balls.  I am exhausted, but I love it.

I think maybe this is it…

If you follow me on Facebook, you will already know all about my superfood bliss balls, my home made granola and of course, those little gluten free lemon tarts…but if not, go to the top menu to find my Mamacino Homemade page for lots more information.

Follow your dreams…

Love and light,

mamacino x

Happy Day

So, today is my birthday!

I love birthdays, well any kind of celebration that involves cake actually.

It is a chance to do something special and just please yourself.  To leave the washing, the cleaning and just do something you truly enjoy.

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Berry picking at Ravens Creek Farm, Moriac.

I also take the opportunity to reflect on the year past and try to see where I am in my life.  Am I on the right path? Heading in the right direction? Doing something meaningful? Am I happy?

I asked myself all of these questions yesterday and the answer was kind of, sort of, not really…

I think as you get older, you begin to appreciate that the best time to be happy, to achieve the things you want to in life, to take a risk and follow your heart is right now, in this moment.  I also think as you get older, it becomes harder to do that.  It is incredibly difficult to follow your own path.  We get tired wading through the thick tangle of obstacles that grow wildly and sometimes unexpectedly in our way.

I have many ideals of how I want my life to look and feel but for some reason or another, I always let go of these values, these deep desires and things I know to be true to my heart because I’m too busy or something else is more important or someone has vomited or done a poo.

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And so…my promise to myself for the year to come is to be truer to myself.  To honour my own path and to follow it whole heartedly and without apology.  To stick to the chemical free deodorant because I know it’s better for me, to feed my kids the food I know is best for them, not the food that’s easier, cheaper.  To say yes to the fun things and no to the things that don’t light me up.

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You are probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about right?  You may even think I’m having a mid life crisis or have already started on the champagne?

Or maybe you do know…maybe you get it because you are here too.

 If you are, I would LOVE to hear how you manage to be true to yourself while keeping everyone else happy at the same time x

Love and light,

mamacino x

 

 

How to make Risotto and my love affair with Giorgio…

Today when I was browsing in a book shop in town (in the cooking section, my favourite) I stumbled across a book that stirred up so many memories in me, I just had to buy it.

The book is Giorgio Locatelli’s Made in Sicily.

You see, Giorgio and I have a past.  We got to know each other quite intimately when I spent some time living in Tuscany a few years ago.

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When we moved in to our casa bella in Pietrasanta, cooking was the last thing on my mind.  And then I found Giorgio.  His book, Made in Italy was one of only two cook books in the house and it was not long before I was stealing quiet moments to hide myself away with my glass of vino rosso to lose myself in the stories of Giorgio’s life and culinary journey.

The Italians love food, that’s no secret.  But it’s more than that.  It’s passion, it’s love, it’s family…the absolute pulse of their lives.  It’s about connection.  Connecting to the earth, to the seasons.  Connecting to where food comes from, how it is grown, made and prepared.  It’s connecting to family and friends…and whoever else who happens to be around at the time a meal is served!

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My Cucina in Pietrasanta.

And so I began with the basics. I mastered gnocci, pasta with pesto and of course, risotto.  I still make my risotto per Giorgio and here are some of his tips…

Use a really good stock

Begin with a soffritto – onions, sometimes garlic and butter – chop your onion very fine, there is nothing worse than crunchy onion in risotto!

When you add the rice to toast it (tostatura) make sure the temperature is very high – the rice needs to be very hot when the wine hits it so it evaporates completely.

Keep it simple…choose one or two hero ingredients such as asparagus, mushrooms or sausage and you don’t always have to use Aborio rice, sometimes Carnaroli is lovely for a lighter, more simple risotto.

Add your stock slowly…piano, piano…

When your risotto is cooked, turn off the heat for a minute or two before adding the mantecatura…this is the heavenly combination of diced cold butter and parmesan cheese  that you beat into your risotto producing a ‘thwack, thwack’ sound and an incredibly creamy and rich risotto.

Be sure to drink the rest of the white wine left in the bottle, play Italian music, dress in your sexiest Sophia Loren style dress and speak with an Italian accent – okay – this one is mine, not Giorgio’s but I swear it makes for a risotto perfecto!

So…are you craving a risotto now? I am!  It’s on my menu for tomorrow night…and it will be a simple Aparagus and Parmesan delight.

If you are interested in Italian cooking, I can’t speak highly enough of Giorgio Loccatelli’s books and television programs…just be careful not to fall in love x

Mangiare, mangiare!

mamacino x

 

Being Present

I have been thinking a lot lately about the way my children are growing up.

Last week was such a busy week.  I think I did about 1000 clicks in the car!  By the end of it, I was so exhausted, I didn’t have much left to give.

Giving to our children is an interesting concept, don’t you think?  I have been wondering lately if I am giving in the right way.  Sometimes I feel like maybe I give on my own terms.  I put all of my attention and focus into the things that I know are not the most important because it demands less of me.  It’s easier.  Make a wonderful birthday cake?  I can do that.  Drive miles every day to deliver my children to school, birthday parties, ballet rehearsals? Easy.  Read books about parenting, nutrition, mindfulness? No problem.  Be fully present for my children and whatever that moment requires? Hmm. Not so much.

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Tonight as I was saying goodnight to Leo, I was really aware that he will not always be this small.  As he leaned over and said “I love you Mum” and kissed me, I got a little teary.  My first thought was that there may be a day he won’t want to do that.  My second thought was to pay attention in this moment as it might give me something to cling to if I am ever summoned to the Principal’s office!

So I have started taking notice.  The way Lucia hangs around the kitchen bench while I’m making dinner means she wants to talk.  The way Francesca runs outside the minute she arrives home from school and runs around, barefoot on the grass, means she needs space.  The way Leonardo begins every day by launching himself straight at it from the very minute he opens his eyes shows great spirit – it’s just unfortunate that it happens at 5.30 every morning.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say I have learnt is to be present.  Slow down, take notice, tune in.  We absolutely need to keep part of ourselves for ourselves, but our hearts are big enough to share.  Open up, have fun, be silly and listen because the energy we put in now, is what we’ll get back in the years to come.

Love and light,

mamacino x

 

What’s in my fridge?

Okay, Sonia from Natural New Age Mum has got us all sharing what’s in our fridge today!  So…if you are curious about what some of our favourite healthy mums have in their fridges…hop on over to the Natural New age Mum‘s Website to check it out!  

* I just want to say this is pretty typical of what’s in my fridge most days…but I did wait until after my fruit and veggie box arrived to take the photo!

Mamacino’s Fridge…

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If you are inspired to share what’s in your fridge, go ahead!  You can link up over at Sonia’s page here.

Also…if anyone knows a good way to use purple carrots, I’d love to hear it!

Happy Eating,

Mamacino x

Easy Sunday Night Dinners…Rissoles, Darl…

Anyone who follows a paleo style diet will join me in thanking the food Gods for rissoles.

I know, I know…they aren’t exactly glamorous!  But what they lack in elegance, the make up for in versatility!  Especially if you have children!

I often make up a batch of these simple meatballs to use as burgers, lunch box fillers, to add to wraps or pasta.  They are also fab simply served with some veggies…potato wedges and steamed greens being my families preference.  If you want to jazz it up a little, make some caramelised onions or a spicy relish to drizzle them with…and when anyone asks what’s for dinner – you can delight in repeating that famous Australian cinematic line – “Rissoles, darl…”.

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Basic Rissoles

This is a very simple recipe so feel free to free style and add or subtract however you like!

500g good quality mince meat (chicken turkey, beef, lamb, free range pork…whatever you like or even a mixture)

1/2 onion very finely chopped

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

a teaspoon of mustard

a splash of tomato sauce

a good handful of finely chopped parsley

some lemon zest

a good crack of pepper and sea salt

1 egg

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with clean hands.  Form into the size rissole that you prefer, then cook either in a lightly oiled pan or on the BBQ until golden and cooked through.  How easy is that!

Does your family love a rissole?  How do you like to serve them?

Happy Eating,

mamacino x