Ricotta for Lunch

April 4, 2013

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I’m just tickled pink to be sharing my new lunch love with you. Isn’t is grand when you find a novel and delicious obsession joy to brighten your lunch platter? As someone who adores food, I find myself easily giddy at new ingredients. It kind of feels like a school-yard crush. And every day, come lunch hour, I look forward to meeting this crush. I race to the playground kitchen, heart a flutter, eager to meet again…

What ingredient has sent me in such a spin? The answer, sweet friends, is ricotta.

Ricotta. It’s simple and it’s true.

Now, while the former is not such a favoured attribute in a partner, the latter is desired both in the culinary world and in love. Long ago I associated ricotta solely with chain restaurant dinners. My fourteen-year-old self would devour sloppy spinach and ricotta cannelloni, along with a lemon lime and bitters, and chat with girlfriends about boys.

Many years on, I now associate ricotta with Sicily. Ahh, Sicily, the place where I learnt to enjoy ricotta in it’s purest form. Find yourself a slab of the finest ricotta and you have restrained elegance and assured deliciousness. I would now describe myself as mildly obsessed. All I seem to want want is ricotta for lunch. And so that’s what I’ve been having.

My ricotta-kissed lunches start with a generous scoop of the divine Floridia ricotta cheese. This cheese…I have no words.

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Next up we need a few basics. Wholesome fresh sourdough is always welcome. I’ve fallen for the divine loaves at Red Hill Epicurean. I’m partial to their wholegrain sourdough but so adore their walnut and rye (and their dark rye loaf with caraway seeds is truly swoon-worthy).

I then prepare some salad goods – warm and taut tomatoes from the garden, thinly sliced onion, pickled or fresh cucumber, radish (radish is always welcome)… A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil usually seals the deal, but if I’m feeling like something more I’ll add a spoon of pesto or avocado.

And there we have it, ricotta for lunch. How sweet is that?

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Heidi xo

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12 Comments

  • Reply Hannah April 5, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I must admit I’ve never fallen for ricotta (the stinkier the better, in my cheese world), but I will high five you for dark dark rye bread with caraway. Just, you know, with blue cheese…

    Oh my, babe, you are going to have SUCH a time with the bread on the West Coast!

    • Reply Heidi April 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

      I am so bread ready x

  • Reply Josie April 5, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Hi Heidi! My family is of Italian background so totally understand your love of ricotta! It’s a staple in our house. We have the same brand as you but also love Alba’s ricotta, which is amazing warm and fresh from the deli! Great for breakfast toast too 🙂

    • Reply Heidi April 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

      Thank you so much for the recommendation, Josie! I will find some & devour it 🙂 x

  • Reply Iron Chef Shellie April 5, 2013 at 5:20 am

    What a gorgeous array of colours ricotta can bring to the lunch plate!! <3 I've just finished drafting you into a post for next week.

    Have a great weekend! I need to get some ricotta in my life. xx

    • Reply Heidi April 6, 2013 at 2:52 am

      oooh really, how special, thanks! & yes, yes you do 🙂 x

  • Reply jac April 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Love ricotta. Avocado and ricotta = heaven!

    • Reply Heidi April 6, 2013 at 2:52 am

      I hear ya! x

  • Reply KittyCate April 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Oh gosh I miss ricotta so much! Pregnancy no-no food *cries*

    • Reply Heidi April 6, 2013 at 2:53 am

      Oh man & look at me just teasing you outright! 😉 x

  • Reply Lyf April 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Love the simplicity of your lunch and ricotta is my favourite all rounder cheese. I’m not sure if we can get Florida in Sydney, can you recommend any others?

    • Reply Heidi April 6, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Thank you 🙂 Yes I just had a look at the website & they may stock in some places in NSW, but perhaps your best bed would be to just visit a good Italian deli & ask for their recommendation. x

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