Cucina Tipica; an Inspiring Italian Expat Adventure with Andrew Cotto

Cucina Tipica; an Inspiring Italian Expat Adventure with Andrew Cotto

This week on Mammaprada I’m delighted to welcome award-winning author Andrew Cotto. Andrew has written three novels and is a regular contributor to The New York Times.

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A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

When you hear the words love and story I bet you start thinking about two people poetically in love. Add Italy and you can already picture the two of them sharing dinner at a ristorante like Lady and The Tramp with candles slowly burning between their glasses of wine. And even if a love story about Italy often involves a man with dark eyelashes and a charming accent, we'll leave the men for now.

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Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Easter is big in Italy both as a religious festival and as a reason to gather together with family and friends. 

As with the UK, lamb features on the menu. It's cooked in various ways depending on which region of Italy you are in. 

One year we sent my Father-in-law to buy the lamb as I was in charge of the cooking and he came back with goat!

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Italian Inspired Gifts for Mother's Day

Italian Inspired Gifts for Mother's Day

Are you a mamma or do you have a mama who always plays down the importance of Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as we call it in the UK?

A mama who tells everyone not to worry and it’s just a ‘hallmark’ day but actually would just love breakfast in bed and some flowers?

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How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

Do you love Italian food but wonder if there’s more to it than just pizza or pasta? The truth is you’re right! There are a wealth of dishes for every season, in every region.

So here you can try: Involtini al Formaggio!

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From London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label; the woman behind Lois Avery

From London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label; the woman behind Lois Avery

How to go from London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label?

If you follow Mammaprada on Instagram you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the beautiful Italian cashmere scarves of Lois Avery. I’ve met some of the most inspiring people in the last 3 years that I’ve been using Instagram and one of them is the lovely Jennie, Founder of Lois Avery.

She has the most dreamy, Italian feed, plenty of travel inspiration, shots of her super soft scarves and she shares her very personal journey of creating this amazing brand around her 3 children.

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Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts

Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts

Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts 

I wrote about why we love Bormio a year ago now and nothing has changed. We will be off there again in February to take both our children, one who can now ski. Partly from learning in Bormio and partly in the UK at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

My youngest is too little being only 3, although the Swiss start at 2 years old! However a good ski instructor friend of ours told us the perfect age is 4 years old.

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Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro?

Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro?

Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro

Given that my family have already eaten a Panettone a week since September! I thought it was time to write about the two main cakes you can expect in Italy at Christmas!

Italian Christmas meals are long and full of many courses but what is less well known is what is eaten for dessert. 

Panettone and Pandoro are offered in most houses along with nuts, fruit and Torrone which is a delicious Italian nougat. 

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How to find quality childcare on holiday in Italy

How to find quality childcare on holiday in Italy

How to find quality childcare on holiday, in Italy

I’m sure people think that because I have an Italian Husband, back in Italy there is an army of ‘nonni’ or grandparents waiting to look after our children!

I wish this was the case! Sadly we have just one Nonno (Grandad) and he’s in his 70s and still outraged that he has to cook his own meals! So leaving him to look after a 6 and 3 year old is not really ideal.

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Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Buying for a ‘Foodie’ is pure joy this time of year!

Although it comes with the added issue that you might be tempted to eat your gifts before Christmas Day arrives!

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Italian Christmas gifts for the Woman who loves a surprise!

Italian Christmas gifts for the Woman who loves a surprise!

Italian Christmas gifts for the Woman who loves a surprise!

I know I am one of those women who loves a great surprise gift at Christmas. Something unusual, well made, an item you are desperate to wear or use!

I also know I don’t like to leave the purchaser so completely to their own devices that the gift is, well disappointing! So this probably makes me and other women like me a bit of a disaster to buy for!

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7 Italian inspired Christmas gifts for Men

7 Italian inspired Christmas gifts for Men

7 Italian inspired Christmas gifts for Men

I have a Husband who is a bit of a scrooge! He’s not THAT into Christmas although he enjoys the eating part!

He comes from a family not big on gifts, and Italians I find are much less commercial than the UK when it comes to this celebration.

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5 Italian shows to watch this Winter with Amazon Prime

5 Italian shows to watch this Winter with Amazon Prime

5 Italian shows to watch this Winter with Amazon Prime

If like us you’re trying to find new programmes and films to watch now the weather is getting colder, I may have just the thing for you!

We are always on the lookout for a great Italian TV series or movie, something not too dated and perfect for a Saturday night in.

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Christmas vs La Befana: Festive Traditions

Christmas vs La Befana: Festive Traditions

Christmas VS La Befana: Festive Traditions

With the most joyous time of year approaching for family occasions, festivities and fun. Some of the cultural differences for the merriest time of the year vary between England and Italy. If you have an interest in visiting either country, here are some of the cultural traditions you can expect or may even wish to use on your stay. Alternatively, you may also decide to use the below as inspiration for your own Christmas traditions.

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Bilingualism: The Best Gift of All

Bilingualism: The Best Gift of All

Guest post by by Martha Miller

This week the wonderful author Martha Miller has shared her Italian story with us. Martha and her Husband, John sold everything and moved to Italy! How many of us would be that brave?

They were searching for adventure, but also the desire to feel settled in their community. To have a truly authentic experience not touristic one. So off they went!

I love this story and am slightly jealous we haven’t done this yet!

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WIN! A Garofalo Hamper on World Pasta Day 2018!

WIN! A Garofalo Hamper on World Pasta Day 2018!

World Pasta Day with Garofalo

Today is a rather splendid day. It’s World Pasta Day! Some of you may be surprised that such a day exists but pasta not only is a staple of almost every Italian meal time it has become a firm favourite outside of Italy as well.

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So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

 So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

I’m sure many of you will feel you know exactly where your family origins lie. Maybe you’re aware of many interlocking layers of language, culture and nationality. Maybe you are convinced that you are 100% British/French/Chinese.

I love hearing stories passed down through families where one Grandma, like my own was convinced that there is a Spanish connection and no one. Not even her own Brother agrees! I always wonder how much of this is true?

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Why Sicily is the ultimate family holiday destination

Why Sicily is the ultimate family holiday destination

Why Sicily is the ultimate family holiday destination

If you’re planning your next trip for you and your family, and are unsure of where to go, Sicily has your name written all over it. The perfect place for families, Sicily has different activities for every family member. Thanks to its sprawling nature that includes both beach and mountain options (including the famous Etna volcano), the infinite culinary options that are great for family meals, and its many different monuments, you will hardly be bored on this vacation.

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7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

As you can imagine the kitchen is quite important in our house! It’s not always easy without a nonna to recreate all those freshly cooked pasta dishes and homemade gnocchi.

We definitely don’t have time for this amount of preparation! I’ve been searching for a while now for gadgets that give us the essence of being back in Italy without quite so much effort!

I recently stumbled upon LionsHome, a site which helps you find the most beautiful furnishings and accessories for living spaces. They offer inspiration on homes, gardens, DIY and have gathered together a myriad of practical products to discover.

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How to find the best regional Italian dishes from Piedmont

How to find the best regional Italian dishes from Piedmont

How to find the best regional Italian dishes from Piedmont

This month myself, Jasmine of Questadolcevita and Kelly of Italianatheart are hosting an Italophile linkup called #Dolcevitabloggers. Every month we encourage people to write on a different topic and in September we're sharing our 'Favourite Italian Recipes'. 

So what better way to find some new special meals to create than to ask a community of Italians and those living in Italy absorbing the culture!

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