WOW 2018 and the recipes for Homesickness

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Last weekend was great, it started very well when I received this lovely book about the less renown history of many Scottish women. The authour will be at the Blairgowrie book festival this weekend but unfortunately, I will not be able to go so I’m enjoying the book instead. It’s a very interesting reading and it showcases the women contribution to forging the Scotland we know today.

Then this inspiring weekend continued as I was in the panel of the event “Motherhood conversation cafe”, one of the many events of the WOW festival Perth. We have been very lucky to have the WOW festival in Perth for 2 years in a row especially as it’s the only one in Scotland. This amazing event is great to inspire, support and empower women in our community and beyond.

During the festival, they were gathering together recipes that could help when you feel homesick.

Even if for me home is Scotland my heart aches every time I think how far my parents, my sister and her family are, and how little I see them all.

Every time I make gnocchi it reminds me of the many times I helped my mum to make them and how we worked around our her kitchen table.

She often serve her gnocchi with a hearty meat sauce, this autumnal version is served with roasted butternut squash, rosemary and smoked hard ricotta cheese.

This amazing cheese is traditional from my region, Friuli Venezia Giulia, where they had a little shelf inside the fireplace to store and smoke the fresh cheese. This is a great way to preserve a kind of cheese that otherwise would go off in few days.

This are the flavours of my land of origin, few ingredients to make a filling meal to warm you up in the chilling autumn evening.






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