Meeting Antonio Carluccio (CIRIO)

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Variety is the spice of life and although my stay at home mummy days can sometimes seem a bit like the film ground-hog day going round in a loop in real time, lately my diary has been busy with lots of events. One of the lovely perks of working with Channel Mum is the exciting invites popping into my inbox and this was one of them.

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I attended Cirio Tomatoes 160th anniversary party where Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE, OMRI gave a live cooking demonstration.  The Godfather of Italian food Antonio is a favourite chef of mine and a much loved and respected  Italian cookery writer.  I am a fan of the BBC series Two Greedy Italians where Antonio and his friend Gennaro Contaldo return to Italy together to remember their own pasts and discover how mealtimes and attitudes to cooking are changing.

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It was nice to hear about Antonio’s experiences growing up and his love for this particular brand Cirio  which he genuinely endorses as well as the herb basil! I enjoy cooking for my family and I genuinely love tomatoes.  Despite technically being a fruit the tomato is generally categorised as a vegetable.  They’re the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.  They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K so I can go on drinking bloody mary’s which is great news.

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As Italian food is my favourite cuisine I have frequented Carluccio’s in London Waterloo many times. It’s always nice meeting people you see on TV and he was exactly as I imagined he would be. Such a lovely funny gentleman who has a genuine passion for cooking good food believing in Mof Mof  ‘minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour’. A Tuscan soup consisting of bread Pappa al Pomodoro was on the menu as well as Mussels in a Cirio  based sauce both were flavoursome and incredibly easy dishes.

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My evening at the Good House Keeping Institute in London was also thoroughly enjoyable because of these blogger beauties Pip, (The Simming Foodie) Binny (Binny’s Kitchen) and Hayley (A Lovely Planet)  and it was great to chat to them while we sipped on bubbles!.

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If you’re looking for a new recipe book Antonio’s latest labour of love will be published this October called Vegetables showcasing his love for cooking with vegetables and placing them at the heart of the meal. I am definitely making use of the goodie bag which we were all kindly given and loving the recipes.

I won’t be opening a restaurant of my own though any time soon.

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I did a little vlog to capture the evening.

Thank you

Bella

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