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Making Pasta…….

With a Toddler!

This afternoon I made pasta for the first time ever (well I did attempt ravioli once upon a time but they were a bit of a failure).  Matteo was pretty impressed with the machine and so of course he had to be my assistant.  My one fear was that he was going to stick his fingers into the pasta machine as my sister had her finger sliced quite badly in the exact same machine (we are talking 11 stitches!) and so I can only imagine what damage it could have done to a little toddler finger!

He was very enthusiastic and a great help although my kitchen now has a new dusting of flour from one end to the other.  Also trying to explain to  a three year old the speed that the pasta machine needs to be set only to have him do as he pleases and set it to the highest speed proves that it was a miracle that no one got hurt.

And then there was the predictable toddler dummy-spit when I made fettucine and Not spaghetti as he was expecting…

I was very impressed with how much Matteo ate in the end though as he is a very fussy eater and even more surprised with his skill at twisting the pasta onto his fork.  He has obviously observed us much more closely than we realised.  The best part was seeing how proud he was of His spaghetti that he had made himself!

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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I always love discovering new fashion brands and so you can imagine my delight when I was recently introduced to a beautiful new Florentine brand called @pavonefirenze.

Founded in 2019 by Creative Directors Angela Testani and Massimo Brilli, PAVóNE FIRENZE is a women’s shoe and accessory collection, designed and created in Florence.

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