First courses (Primi)
Orecchiette means “little ears” and refers to the resemblance of the pasta shape to that of ears. This shape has existed since the 12th or 13th century and is thought to either be invented in Bari or have been imported by the Angevins who ruled Apulia during the 13th century.
Broccoli is a super-star food as it is rich in vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium, phosphorous and sulforaphane (a phytonutrient shown to lower the risk of some types of cancers). Check out the recipe here.
The dish is very nutritious and suitable for children as it has lots of vegetables in the stock which are unseen and rice and sweet peas are a favourite of children. The goal here is a pea per grain of rice. The broth used in making risotto needs to be hot otherwise it increases the cooking time and the correct texture is not achieved. See the recipe here.
Main courses (Secondi)
Nowadays, sugar is public enemy number one. Never one for extremes, I always believe that moderation is the best policy. These recipes are lighter on the sugar.