Saturday 19 August 2017

Recipes: Catherine Fulvio's favourite recipes

Create your own culinary memories with Catherine Fulvio's favourite recipes

Catherine Fulvio

My fondest foodie memories are sitting around a large table at home in Ballyknocken with family gathered, enjoying heavenly home-cooked food and great banter with the people I grew up with.

When my grandmother was around, eventually, after the meal had been cleared away, the cards would come out. And only then did things get very serious.

My mother was a wonderful hostess, always inviting friends and family for some occasion or other. She was never shy of trying a new recipe or experimenting with ingredients, which made cooking with mum such fun.

I try to sit down for dinner with my family most evenings. I insist that the TV is turned off and it gives us a great chance to learn about each other's day.

Years ago, when the children were small, I started including them in the fun of cooking. Though to be honest, it wasn't as much fun for me -- the clean-up afterwards was a nightmare.

But this was far outweighed by the quality, relaxing time we shared together, creating in our kitchen.

One of our favourites was making soups together, and I've included some recipes today for you to enjoy making together. The curried chicken noodle soup is a meal in itself if you bring it to the office, or school, in a flask for lunch the next day. Soups are so practical, and inexpensive to make and you can take them on picnics, or hikes, plus freeze them so there's always half a dinner on standby for those busy days.

Ensuring that you are cooking to meet everyone's tastes, especially as there are so many varied age groups in families, can be a little stressful.

I like to keep it reasonably simple and do-able, and, most importantly, I like to have a little twist in a recipe.

'Catherine's Family Kitchen' is published by Gill & Macmillan, €22.99

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