About me

Valu's kitchen My name is Valentina, but since I was a little girl my parents have always called me Valù. As they passed on to me their love for food, cuisine and cooking traditions, I decided to call my blog Valu’s kitchen. I like the sea (obviously), sailing as well as skiing; I would like to live in a quiet place in a big city; I love sleeping, singing, dancing tango and reading Murakami; and I am moved every time I listen to “Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” sung by Maria Callas. I was born under the sign of Pisces therefore I don’t do things by half measures nor do I have a clear head, but I am sure of one thing : I am crazy about chocolate with orange! I was born in Napoli, in the South of Italy, where food and cooking traditions are everywhere, and every family has their very own tradition. It doesn’t matter which one, the importance is to have one! We Neapolitans also love to talk about food whilst we are eating! I grew up in this atmosphere, with my mother preparing lunch every day at 1 o’ clock for my brother and me, and my father with his universal theories about the proper colour that the filling of Pastiera (Easter cake) must have and the perfect consistency of Struffoli (Christmas cake) “they should not be too hard nor too soft, but just right!”

I love Napoli deeply although I have not lived there for eight years now, and perhaps that is partly why I am so attached to its cooking traditions and I feel the desire to share my passion in a blog. Or perhaps because it is simply delicious! I enjoy spending entire days cooking, exploring new recipes, photographing the dishes I make and planning dinners with friends. Often I open a cookbook and try my hand at new dishes, including the most difficult and obscure ones. I am a perfectionist and so, if something does not turn out the way I expect, I am able to try again and again until it is perfect. Sometimes I even find myself still cooking at two in the morning!

With this blog I would like to gather and share the recipes I cook, many of which my mother taught me and that remind me of my loved ones. Each recipe is linked to a memory that I want to write about and share with those who will enjoy reading it. Valu’s Kitchen is about Italian cooking, which is simple and within everybody’s abilities. The main thing is that it should be made with passion! As a good Neapolitan I have been surrounded by many people who supported me in setting up and improving this blog; my friend Anne (from Anne’s kitchen), a passionate food blogger who helped me to enter the world of food blogging. There is also Jessica, who helped me with the pictures, Francesca, who keeps me going with her enthusiasm, and my lovely friend Verena who listens to all my new ideas and projects.

How to reach me email address: info@valuskitchen.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ValusKitchen

Twitter: @valuskitchen

Comments: 23

  1. manu April 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply

    sei brava e bella!!!

  2. Marta April 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm Reply

    Ma brava la Vale…sosteniamo (tutta la famiglia) la tua opera! Grande! Martaasiloventotene

    • Valù 's kitchen April 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Grazie Marta, che piacere!!! Metterò tante ricette!!! A presto un bacione

  3. Anthony May 3, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply

    What a lovely blog. My Nonno was from Napoli, and moved to Australia after WW2. My Nonna is Croatian (still going at 97!) but they spent much time in the south, so we were brought up on some beautiful traditional southern Italian food. I share your passion and look forward to checking out more of your recipes and stories! A.

    • Valù 's kitchen May 3, 2012 at 8:52 am Reply

      Hi Antony, so happy to hear this story about your granparents! Do you have any recipe or tradition that you remember and you want to share with me? I would be very very happy! You also have a nice blog (just seen it)very useful for me, I want to learn how to cook well meat on the fire! Looking forward to hearing your traditions. A presto

      • Anthony May 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm Reply

        Thanks for your reply. I have a few somewhere… I will make a point of digging them out for you. A.

  4. girlinafoodfrenzy May 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Hello Valentina! I look forward to reading of your stories and wonderful food. It sounds like a labour of love with your (friends input) in helping you to build this wonderful blog along with your loved one at home! I have a dear friend in Italy (Le Marche) she and I learnt much from each other with our food! Can’t wait to learn more here too :)

    • Valù 's kitchen May 9, 2012 at 10:02 am Reply

      Hello! Thank you for following me! I am really keen to learn a lot, please share also with me all your knowledge :-) Does your friend have a blog? Can’t wait to have a look at your recipes too! :-)

      • girlinafoodfrenzy May 9, 2012 at 11:01 am Reply

        Youre very welcome! Your blog is beautiful and the photos are gorgeous. My friend in Italy is some I know from (when she visited Australia) she doesn’t blog but she was my friend who taught me how to make pasta properly! I will always be grateful for her advice!

        Looking forward to sharing food ideas together on your blog & mine, :)

  5. forchettinagiramondo May 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Valù, il tuo blog è carinissimo!! E fai delle foto molto belle. Complimenti!

    • Valù 's kitchen May 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm Reply

      Grazie!!! :-) provo a fare del mio meglio sono presissima da questa nuova avventura! Grazie per aver visitato il mio blog a prestissimo!

  6. Nico June 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Bella e brava la mia Vale! Ciao tesoro io aaaadorooo cucinare 😉 un bacio

    • Valù 's kitchen June 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Nico tesoro!!!! Che bello che mi hai lasciato un commento! Lo so che ti piace cucinare, dammi idee, consigli, ricette tutto!!! Baciii

  7. fulvia July 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Bello questo blog, Bella tu!! Appena capito a Londra ci facciamo una cenetta?? Nù Bacioneeeeee.

  8. ornella vesci July 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Fekice di ritrovarti. bella,bellissima e creativa.Congratulations,my dear!

    • Valù 's kitchen July 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm Reply

      Grazie Ornella! Sei un tesoro mi fa piacere sia passata a vedere il mio blog Spero di vederti presto

  9. quartopianosenzascensore August 20, 2012 at 11:16 am Reply

    Ti ho conosciuto tramite Raimondo… mi sono già innamorata del tuo blog in un attimo! Ci vedremo presto!

    • Valù 's kitchen August 26, 2012 at 8:38 am Reply

      Mi fa troppo piacere! Grazie spero ti piacerà
      A prestissimo

  10. Lety September 29, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    Ho appena scoperto che abbiamo due cose in comune: le stesse origini e lo status di emigrante! Mi ha incuriosito una foto del tuo ultimo post dovo si intravedono i mitici pelati Tagliamonte!
    Sono contenta di essere passata nella tua cucina!

  11. Giuditta September 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm Reply

    Valù sono entusiasta del tuo blog! Perfetto per migliorare il mio “pessimo” rapporto con i fornelli e con l’inglese!
    un abbraccio
    ps io ovviamente attendo la ricetta della Bruno’s Pastiera

    • Valù 's kitchen September 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm Reply

      Giudiiiii! Che bella sorpresa!! Metterò sempre ricette super facili napoletane perciò ti potrai cimentare anzi se poi mi dici come vengono le cos emi fa ancora più piacere perchè aspetto sempre con ansia feedback! Dove sei tu non ti trovi a passare per london? Mi piacerebbe tantissimo rivederti! Hai visto mio padre citato con la pastiera? Chiunque lo conosce può capire! a Pasqua la faccio. Ti abbraccio a prestissimo

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