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5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

5 GREAT AND EASY MIDWEEK DINNER IDEAS

MIDWEEK MEAL IDEAS HAVE YOU STUMPED? HERE ARE SOME EASY ANSWERS.

What’s for dinner, maaaaaaaaa? Sound familiar? We all get a little “over” cooking, especially around Wednesdays when the energy and patience levels dip. So that TastyMoments team have looked at 5 easy midweek meals for you to try this Easter.

Vegan-Veggie Vibes

Tomato Vegetarian Pizza & Mushroom, Onion & Bell Pepper Vegan or Vegetarian Pizza

Everyone is on the vegan bus now; it’s better for the planet, healthier for you and can be pretty affordable if you do it right. So, if you’ve got a vegan at home – or just feel like trying it out, you can’t go wrong with these two fantastic vegan or vegetarian pizza recipes.

TOP TIP: You can either use Happy Days Pizza Bases or Ital Pizza Classic Bases. Always keep a couple in the freezer for DIY pizza days.

Butter Chicken Roti In A Flash

Making proper butter chicken at home is quite the chore! Now you don’t have to schlepp cause this recipe hack uses Nice ‘n Easy’s famous Butter Chicken ready-meal for the filling. We promise we won’t reveal your secret! You can get all the glory.

TOP TIP: This recipe shines when you add a bit of mango chutney!

Make It Mexican

Mexicana Pizza And Mushroom & Goats Cheese Pizza

We all love a bit of Mexican food, so why not spice things up with this two-topping wonder recipe that will make everyone in the family happy? Make your own guacamole, a fresh tomato and onion relish and serve with spice tortilla crisps. And just like that, you have your own Mexican feast. Just add a frozen margarita cocktail (or mocktail) to make a proper event!

Caprese Salad On a Pizza? Say No More!

We love this fresh take on a classic, Caprese Salad On Pizza. Simply add tomato slices, mozzarella & rocket to a pizza base. This is a perfect midweek meal when the weather is hot. The real magic comes from the Balsamic Crema (or reduction) that gives this salady pizza its sweetness and acidity. YUM!

Pizza Pops For Little People

When you’re a kid, everything tastes better when it’s on a stick. Why not wow your little ones with Pizza Pops tonight? TOP TIP: Get them involved in the cooking process. It might be a little messier, but it’s an excellent opportunity to bond as a family and chat about ingredients and nutrition. Yes, it’s a spoil meal, but it can be topped with a host of healthy, fresh veggies to help them get in their green. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Enjoy!

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5 Amazing facts about Venice

5 Amazing facts about Venice

Venice is one of the jewels in the crown of Italy

Venice, the jewel in the crown of Italy

Venice, the jewel in the crown of Italy

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5 Fascinating facts about Venice

Italy, the inspiration behind Ristorante Pizza is home to many of the world’s most beautiful old cities. Venice (the home of romantic dinners for two) is probably one of the most amazing places in the world. Once an extremely wealthy, powerful, independent republic (for over 1 100 years) that ruled over countries as far away as Crete and Croatia, the city boasts astonishing architectural masterpieces, canals and fine food, which makes for a non-stop adventure.

Built On Tree Trunks

The city rests on logs – the trunks of cedarwood trees, because of their water repellent properties. Elaborate and ornate structures were erected on 118 islands – which explains the 177 canals that crisscross its layout. There are 400 footbridges over the channels which make for a labyrinth in which one can easily get lost. And yet, only four bridges carry the millions of visitors over the main waterway, the Grand Canal.

There Are No Cars – Non Ci Sono Auto!

While their counterparts in the rest of Europe were using horse-drawn carts, the Venetians used an iconic boat – the gondola. There are now only 400 of these left, whereas there were over 10 000 back in the 16th century. Back then, wealthy people had their own, bespoke, gondolas complete with ‘drivers’. These boats were elaborately painted and decorated until a law was introduced that the exterior of gondolas could only be black. That’s why so many are elaborately decorated on the inside.

These days gondoliers have to undergo 400 hours of training and a long apprenticeship. They are required to memorise historical facts and landmarks. But, only 3 or 4 new gondoliers are allowed new licences each year.

Thought Your Driveway Is Narrow?

There are many narrow walkways, but none as thin as Calle Varisco. It is a mere 53 cm wide. A bit of a squeeze …

Masking Your Movement

The city is synonymous with masks. These face coverings, much more decorative than those we are wearing for self-protection against the dreaded virus, can still be bought at tourist shops. But back then, the masks served a more specific purpose. In those puritanical times, they were worn to conceal an illicit lover’s identity – or even a smuggler carrying booty.

The Rialto Bridge Market

 This famous trading ground has been in operation since 1097. During the Venetian Empire, it was one of the largest and most important ‘shopping centres’ in the world. Selling everything from gold, precious stones, jewellery, cloth and every known type of food – including the early versions of pizza – it was one of the most powerful establishments in its time – and it’s still working today!

TOP TastyMoments TIP:  Simply chop up some lettuce, tomato, onion and a bit of feta cheese and drizzle with salad dressing to compliment your romantic pizza meal tonight.

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SEE QUARANTINE DIFFERENTLY

SEE QUARANTINE DIFFERENTLY

SEE QUARANTINE DIFFERENTLY

SEE QUARANTINE DIFFERENTLY

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Is the COVD grind getting you down?

Is the COVD grind getting you down?

Here is a little bit of inspiration to help you see the light in the dark.

Could this become a time of curiosity and imagination?

In the hope of creating an attitude of acceptance of our lockdown status, we repeat a saying frequently used in Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous book and movie, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. In this autobiography, while Liz is eating her way through Italy, her handsome guide in Rome teaches her the phrase ‘dolce far niente’. It means, ‘the joy of doing nothing’, a concept the Italians seem to have perfected. It probably can also be translated as ‘the ability to live in the now’. 

Instead of viewing our lack of freedom of movement as a scourge, is it possible to see this time-out as a bit of a blessing? For starters, it is an opportunity to spend more time with your immediate family and to develop a new mindset together – a can-do mentality in a ‘time abundant’ period.

Happiness comes from within – never from outside. Otherwise, our celebrities would not be making headlines with each edition of a magazine. Film and rock stars seemingly have it all – fame, oodles of boodle, the mansion, the body, the beauty queen or handsome hulk by their side – but it is all too obvious that they are often profoundly unhappy.

How do we help our kids to see the ‘downtime’ as ‘uptime’? Here’s how: teach them to view life as an adventure. Helen Keller, the revered blind and deaf author, said:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. 

Wow, what an inspirational attitude. Ms Keller went on to become a prolific writer, lecturer and political activist. If she could make it, so can we.

This is the time to set an upbeat example. And what better place to start than the kitchen? To the sound of some cool tunes, teach your kids how to put together a meal they would enjoy. An avocado and tomato salad could serve as a starter, followed by a hearty spaghetti bolognaise. Or, better yet, spread a blanket on the lawn or the lounge floor and allow them to tailor-make their own picnic pizza.

While munching, ask them about their hopes and dreams, and encourage them to work towards their aspirations. Virtually anything is possible. Remind them about Helen Keller. She said that curiosity and imagination were the greatest gifts, together with the happiness of achievement. Now, all together, reach for the stars…

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8 FAST FACTS ABOUT ITALY

8 FAST FACTS ABOUT ITALY

TASTYMOMENTS PRESENTS…
8 FAST FACTS ABOUT ITALY

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8 FAST FACTS ABOUT ITALY

8 FAST FACTS ABOUT ITALY

(AND A BIT ABOUT ITS MOST FAMOUS EXPORTS)

  1. Did you know that the soft, smooth, mild-flavoured, mouth-watering cheese called mozzarella originated in the south of Italy near two towns called Battipaglia and Caserta near Naples? That is also why we refer to one style of soft-based pizza as a Napolitana pizza.  
  2. Way back then, mozzarella was ,and still often is, made from the milk of water buffalos. That is why you will sometimes see ‘Buffalo Mozzarella’ as an ingredient on the menu of good Italian restaurants. 
  3. When mozzarella is made from cows’ milk, it goes under a different name – Fior di Latte. It is made in exactly the same way, and the same process is used to create the soft, moist cheese for which Italy has become world-famous.
  4. Due to the immense popularity of Italian food, mozzarella is exported to hundreds of countries. And, even more impressive, due to Italians migrating to various regions of the globe, mozzarella is nowadays being produced in factories in many countries other than Italy. Yes, it is that popular! Lucky us! 
  5. Another type of Italian cheese that competes for first prize is called Parmesan or Parmigiano. This is a strongly flavoured hard cheese that is usually sprinkled over pasta dishes as a topping. 
  1. Italy’s real name is Repubblica Italiana. But it is sometimes also referred to as Bel Paese, which means ‘Beautiful Country’.
  2. A calzone is simply a pizza that has been folded over like a closed envelope. Yum.
  3. In restaurants in the cities and towns of Italy, pizza is typically cooked in a wood-fired, dome-shaped oven. Luckily for us, if we don’t have access to such a specialized oven and the time to stoke a fire, there is always delicious, convenient Ital Pizza with which to impress family and friends. Don’t forget that side of Nice ‘n Easy Creamed Spinach. It can even be heaped over the pizza!

So now teach your kids a few facts about the country from which their favourite food originates. And when next you are in the supermarket, remember to buy some mozzarella. Sometimes pizza is just that much tastier with a bit extra!

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FAST FACTS ABOUT OUR FAVOURITE, PIZZA

FAST FACTS ABOUT OUR FAVOURITE, PIZZA

Pizza facts

TASTY MOMENTS PRESENTS… FAST FACTS ABOUT OUR FAVOURITE, PIZZA

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Fast Facts About Our Favourite, Pizza

Want to know more about everyone’s favourite food?

Here are some fast facts about pizza.

It’s a fact, folks, pizza is America’s numero uno fast food. 93% of all Americans eat pizza at least once a month. That includes the littlies and those in retirement homes. The celebrated delicious disc has become their most loved food, thereby dethroning the beloved hamburger—quite a thought. 

There is even an entire magazine dedicated to this cheesy, delicious tomatoey delight – Pizza Today, which was established in 1984. And October is pizza month – it’s actually a thing! So, how did this happen? In the early 1900’s an Italian by the name of Guiseppe Papa opened what is now the longest-running pizza restaurant in the US, in New Jersey. It is called Papa’s Tomato Pies, if you’re keen on bragging rights and find yourself in that part of the world one day …

The first pizzas in New York City were baked in the domed oven of a restaurant called Lombardi’s in Little Italy in 1905. A pizza cost 5c back then. And in 1964, a family with the surname “Pizza” (not joking) started to produce and sell the first frozen pizzas. Because frozen pizzas are so delicious and convenient, they have just about become the staple diet in the US. After the Allied troops returned from World War II, having been exposed to Italy’s premier export product, pizza became an exotic novelty, associated with foreign lands. And soon it became synonymous with that handsome, somewhat rebellious young man sporting the crew cut, a tight white T-shirt and a pair of fitted, faded blue jeans. Imagine him cradling his pizza box between his arms on a Vespa scooter. A girl can only dream! 

Not surprisingly then, alongside Thomas Jefferson’s desk and George Washington’s mesh kit, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC features a proud display of the history of pizza. Talk about having taken ownership of Italy’s pride and joy! 

It is estimated that in the USA, 350 slices of pizza are sold every second. And at a mere $12 000, the most expensive pizza in the world is served in Salerno, Italy, in a restaurant called Luis XIII. The topping includes lobster and various types of caviar. The largest? The Guinness World Book of Records has recorded a pizza covering an area of 4 500 sq m. Speaking about books, Amazon lists more than 25 000 books on pizza.

Considering that many an aspiring (and maybe now-famous) actor has made a living off delivering our favourite food (Jean Claude van Damme was a piiza delivery boy!) we have many things for which to thank this flavourful, go-to meal. What would movie night be without a delicious Ital Pizza?

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