Gold in your Fridge – Grana Padano and Slow Food Kids

Francesco Mazzei’s Roasted Vegetables with Raspberry Dressing

You can never turn a great invitation down, particularly if you already use a lot of the key ingredients. Grana Padano invited us to an event encouraging kids and parents/carers to think about responsible eating and nutrition through their collaboration with the Slow Food Movement. It was also a great way to demonstrate how much even young kids can do to make family meals. They had lots of fun, particularly enjoying decorating plates with vegetables and Grana Padano. I love the Slow Food Movement and buy food that reflects their aims of clean, fare and good. It’s not difficult; you eat great, fresh food and save money.

Francesco Mazzei, Owner of Lanima and Slow Food Ambassador took us through three simple, dishes that everyone could make. They were delicious. However, he was such fun and generous with his food knowledge he could have made beans on toast and we all would have shouted “great”. Below are some of the photos recording the dishes with prompts for the ingredients. All recipes are either his or Grana Padano.

Grana Padano like all Italian, hard cheese has a great heritage of responsible food production and in the olden days was even used as currency equivalent as such high value was placed on it. As each cheese is monitored and recorded from the start of its journey there are parallels with the finest hand-made bags that I covet although much more useful in the kitchen. The Italian’s use it in a completely different way to the Brit’s. We use ours in Cheese Sauces, Macaroni Cheese, the rind in soups (thanks Nigella), Scrambled Egg, Home-made bread, Potato or Root Veg and Fish or Chicken Pie and French Toast.

Francesco also introduced us to Mosto Cotto a product from grape juice that can be used instead of balsamic vinegar. It has a slight figgy taste and is delicious poured sparingly over berries, watercress, any other green salad or hard cheese.

Pumpkin Gnocchi coated in sage butter and grana padano

Grana Padano makes delicious cheese crisps

Grana Padano Cheese Crisps


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