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The child who lives in every great chef – Italian Cuisine

The child who lives in every great chef


What is that thing that brings everyone back in time in an instant and as if by magic? We asked some great Italian chefs and each one told us what the special ingredient is that still makes them feel like they were wearing short trousers

Who hasn't happened to breathe a perfume and suddenly find yourself reliving a moment of the past? The emotional power of food is so strong that it takes little, an image, a gesture, a flavor, to awaken in the memory those sweet moments that each of us has always carried with us and that perhaps, as in the case of cooks and cooks that we interviewed, they left a mark for the future.

So ad Antonia Klugmann it is enough to smell the scent of tomatoes, the one that is perceived stronger if the leaves of the plant or the stalk are rubbed, to remember when her grandfather Antonio took her to the market to do the shopping. He loves them above all else and therefore he kept adding: "If you asked me what I would take to a deserted island, I would have no doubts: spaghetti with tomato".

Valentino Cassanelli is Ugo Alciati they are united more than by a perfume by a gesture. The one from Emilia and the other from Piedmont, remember when they stole the stuffed tortellini (the first) or agnolotti (the second) from the kitchen table, the kingdom of grandmothers and mothers. Neighbors Mazzucchelli they heard Mama Maria alternately saying "just eat" to the eldest son Massimo (a great gourmet since he was a child) and "eat" to Aurora, who preferred rice in white with a drizzle of oil and a generous grated parmesan cheese, more than tortellini (which today are one of his masterpieces on paper).

For many chefs, the link with the dishes they ate as children is so strong that they have brought them back to their menus. Discover these and other stories of chefs, children, food and love in the June issue of the report and then try to close your eyes and search your memory. What is your special ingredient or dish, what will remain in your heart forever?

My child does sport: what is the best nutrition for small sportsmen? – Italian Cuisine


My child does sport: what is the best nutrition for small sportsmen?
My child does sport: what is the best nutrition for small sportsmen?
My child does sport: what is the best nutrition for small sportsmen?
My child does sport: what is the best nutrition for small sportsmen?
My child does sport: what is the best nutrition for small sportsmen?

It teaches sacrifice, team spirit, patience, loyalty, helps to release energy into the most active kids and to focus on a goal. Besides being formative, sport activity is good for health and fights sedentariness typical of our age. However, the nutritional needs of children who play sports change, because they need more energy support. It is easy to notice: when my daughter returns from a volleyball training she is very hungry! But what should sports children eat?

The ideal menu for young sportsmen

A small athlete's day must be divided into meals with combinations of food of both animal and vegetable origin: the former, in fact, as nutritionists explain, provide medium-high biological value proteins, while the latter guarantee a supply of vitamins, antioxidants, fibers and minerals. Everything contributes to an adequate growth of muscle mass and the support required by physical activity.

Breakfast includes Greek yogurt, whole grains, such as spelled and barley, and the dried fruit your children prefer (my daughter for example loves almonds and nuts!). For lunch, for those who eat at home, you can propose a beautiful autumn risotto with red pumpkin, seasoned with grated cheese, and end with fresh fruit, such as kiwi or apple. At dinner, instead, white meat, for example chicken or turkey, will be perfect with a side dish of potatoes. The meal always ends with fruit. This menu is simple to make and also suitable for other family members, so it will be easier to dine together and enjoy each other's company, telling the day around the table!

The snack of the sports child

And if children burn so many calories already in their daily activity, the days in which sports sessions are added require an extra dose of energy. Between daily meals it is therefore important not to forget the snack, which should not weigh them down if they are about to attend a swimming, volleyball, basketball or whatever they like most, but they must recharge them and make them arrive at dinner in force. The energy requirement of a child aged 9 and up is around 1900 calories a day divided into 5 meals. Of all these, the adequate intake for the snack is 193 calories. Unduetris Merenda Sport by Citterio it is a balanced and tasty answer to this need: it is a combined and delicious snack, based on a strawberry, banana, grape and apple smoothie, grissini and salami slices. Very comfortable to carry and put in the gym bag, thanks also to the fact that it is kept out of the fridge for up to 8 hours, it is a complete snack and definitely good!

Toddler lunch

Kitty will eat perhaps a third of this

I have recently noticed an unusually high number of women confiding in me that their toddler hardly eats anything. “He’s only eaten two of those Organix carrot stick thingies today,” said one on Twitter. “And I bet he won’t eat anything else for the rest of the day.” Others fret about fruit and vegetables. “How,” they whisper, “do you get Kitty to eat vegetables?”

Answer: I DON’T. I read, earlier this year, a book that changed my attitude towards Kitty’s diet and therefore my whole life, as I was so neurotic and anxious about what she ate. The book was called My Child Won’t Eat! by a Spanish nutritionist called Carlos Gonzalez and it is the most brilliant book on childcare I have ever read. And as you can imagine, I’ve read a lot.

He basically says this:

1 It doesn’t matter how much your child eats. Your child is not small and spindly because it doesn’t eat, it doesn’t eat because it is a small and spindly child. You cannot, he says, turn a chihuahua into an Alsatian by making it eat a lot.

2 Your child will naturally, as long as he is given a range of food to choose from, balance his own diet. It might seem like the child eats no fruit or veg, but even a little lick of broccoli here, a nibbled end of carrot there, a tiny bit of apple somewhere else, will fulfill his nutritional needs. The important thing is that fruit and veg are offered, not that they are always finished.

Small children, says Gonzalez, have tiny tummies so they go for very calorific, high energy foods – cake, sweeties, chips, toast, crisps etc; fruit and veg are all very well but they are mostly water and fibre, useless is large quantities to the small stomach.

Children in deprived areas, (like in the Third World), will become malnourished faster than adults because they cannot physically fit enough of the sort of food that is available (vegetation, berries) in their tummies in order to draw out the relevant nutrients and calories.

3 You are very unlikely to be able to cajole, bribe or force your child to eat more than it wants to, to the extent that you will alter the child’s food intake in any significant way.

So, he says, don’t bother. You will only upset yourself and the child.

Put the food in front of the child, let the child/children get on with it for a reasonable amount of time and say nothing about uneaten food. Never try to get more food in than they want. No “here comes the airplane” or “you have to eat this or no pudding” or anything.

“Hurrah!” I screamed, after finishing the book. I threw it over my shoulder, rubbed my hands together and vowed from that day forth not to give a shit about how much Kitty eats.

She gets food, three times a day, with snacks. She gets carbohydrate and fruit and vegetables. But I do not care – DO NOT CARE – how much she eats. I cannot begin to tell you what a release it has been.

And, further, I have now banned any cooking at lunchtimes. She gets a cold lunch every day and she loves it. She has

1 carbohydrate – crackers, bread and butter
1 sort of cheese – chedder, Jarg, Dairylea, mini baby bell, whatever’s floating about
1 veg – carrot sticks, cucumber, baby tomatoes or a bit of sweet pepper
1 dollop of hummous if we’ve got some
1 protein – some leftover chicken, or ham, or a mini pork pie

Then she has some fruit and a biscuit.

And I can’t tell you how great it is not to have to cook or fucking wash up pots and pans at lunchtime as well as dinner time. And there isn’t a big hot lunch stink about the house AND if she’s not in the mood to eat much, you can usually put back the uneaten stuff rather than throw an entire fish-pie-and-rice concoction in the bin.

I feel like women must have felt when they first started doling out the Pill – liberated. I feel, in fact, as relieved as when I confessed to Kitty’s paediatrician Dr Mike, (when Kitty had a fever of 104 for three days), that I was worried that she would get brain damage and he said: “When was the last time you heard of someone getting brain damage from a fever?” And I said “Err,” and he said “Unless you put her, with her temperature of 104, in a sauna, she isn’t going to get brain damage.” And I said “Ok,” and have ceased to worry about fevers, too.

One can wind oneself up terribly about the strangest things, when there are so many better things to get your knickers in a twist over. Like steaming!! I have had the most terrific feedback on my miracle cure and have already this morning dispensed two separate specific steaming instruction miracle cures.

I can die happy.

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