Good old fashioned Aussie rissoles. A quick Google search tells me they are actually of French origin, but nevertheless, most Aussie kids grew up eating them and they are often on the menu when I visit mum. My mum’s rissoles are simple to make with minimal ingredients but full of flavour. You can add your own spin with additional ingredients and spices if you like.
Now that I am based in Florence and mum a good 24 hour flight away, this was my first time making them myself. I know that H loves them and I can make a big batch and freeze what’s left. I received many messages when I posted a pic on my Instagram feed asking for the recipe so here they are.
To make you simply add the mince, grated carrot, egg, onion, herbs, sauce, salt and pepper to a large bowl and combine. Form into rissoles and coat in flour. Cook in a medium pan until golden brown and cooked through. About 10 minutes or so. Easy. Serve with gravy, mash potato and peas – or however you like.
Another of my mum’s recipes that feature on this blog are her salmon patties, another simple recipe that uses tin salmon and potato. I am yet to find tinned red salmon here in Italy so I haven’t made them recently but I’m sure cooked fresh salmon would also work.
Speaking of Italy I haven’t posted here in so long as we have been making the most of the summer vacation. We have been to some beautiful places in this most beautiful country. I have shared a just a few favourites below.
- 500 grams beef mince (not too lean)
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp dried mixed herbs (I also added fresh herbs but mum uses dried herbs only)
- 1 tbsp smokey bbq sauce (or you could use Worcestershire sauce, or even tomato)
- plain flour to coat the rissoles
- oil for frying
- Add all ingredietnts to a large bowl (excluding the flour) and combine – your hands work best. Form into balls (whatever size you prefer) and then flatten a little with your hands.
- Coat rissoles in flour. Add enough oil to a frying pan to coat the surface, cook over medium heat until cooked through. About 10 minutes.
Fattoria Di Maiano is only a short taxi ride from the city centre of Florence. There are beautiful grounds and a botanical garden, kids can feed the animals and there is a hillside full of olive trees where you can sit and have a picnic. There are also apartments if you wish to the stay.
The above pictures are from a wonderful few days in Cinque Terre. We stayed in Vernazza which is the prettiest and most perfect of the 5 villages for children. The last pic is of Monterosso and we hiked from Vernazza on ‘The Azure Trail’ to reach it. It is a 2 hour hike (3.5 km) around the mountain and it is well worth doing. The views are spectacular.
Another must see when you are in Tuscany is Sentierelsa in the Colle di Val d’Elsa area. The trail along the river is approx 4 km and it’s a very easy walk. The waterfalls and swimming spots feel like something from a fairy tail. It is one of the most stunning swimming spot I have seen. To reach the trail you will need a car and it is a 45 minute drive from the centre of Florence.
If you make my mum’s rissoles, be sure to take a picture and upload to Instagram with the hashtag #littlebigh. I’d love to see your creation. xx