Not everyone have the same family dinner time setting. A recent experience with a couple who are empty nesters was inspiring. Every evening, we all sit down at the table, eat and talk for a long while after our meal. Was it because they need the extra company? I don’t think so; if there is anything to learn from Gino D’Acampo family cooking adventure, family dinner time helps work-life balance; bonding with family and friends.
According to Gino D’Acampo, what’s on the dinner table is actually far less crucial than what’s going on around it. […]
The look of Aubergine parmigiana from Gino’s Italian family adventure is inviting. Gino D’Acampo has written, Easy Recipes the Whole Family will Love, and it is published by Bloomsbury.
The 45 years old Italian chef who is known for his tan, family-friendly recipes and a certain level of moodiness has some cute advise for all. He says at dinnertime, the “talking is more important than the food, to be honest with you, because there’s no point having a great meal and everybody don’t talk to each other. Or everybody is distracted watching television – that is not the way.”
We Don’t Eat The Talk At Dinner
The D’Acampo household which consist of himself, his wife Jessica, and three children, Luciano, 19, Rocco, 16, Mia, 8, all eat together at 8pm every night. “We don’t have mobile phones or television on; or radio or anything like that. My family knows that when we eat, there is no distraction,” he explains. “We enjoy the meal, and we talk.”
Family life is at the core of D’Acampo’s new cookbook and TV series, Gino’s Italian Family Adventure. But how does he balance work with family life? He is a chef with three kids, a restaurant empire, cookbooks to write, and Family Fortunes to present. He also has many a trip booked with Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix for their buddy series, called, Gordon, Gino And Fred: Road Trip.
How Gino D’Acampo Integrates Business And Work-Life Balance
When asked how he integrates it all, he has this to say, “Very easily; I don’t work a lot. No, I holiday with my family about six months of the year and I work the other six months. So, my balance is at the moment, perfect,” he explains. “I only work if I can take the same amount of holidays.”
It’s a very fortunate position to be in. “I was not born to work like a donkey,” he continues. “Otherwise, I would have been born a donkey. You know? I have the luck to be born a human. And I want to enjoy my life.”
Perhaps strangely for a chef and cookbook author, D’Acampo says he doesn’t want to “force anybody to cook”.
“If you approach the kitchen with negativity, look, just go and get a takeaway, get a ready meal,” he says blithely. “It’s about creating a balance. Right? So, if throughout the week, one day you’re getting a takeaway and one day you get a ready meal and the rest of it you cook yourself, fantastic.” And on those nights you do cook, he and his family are happy to provide the recipes.
Spicy Aubergine Bake Recipe
- Serves 6–8
2. 6 large aubergines (about 2kg in total)
3. 5 eggs
4. 150g plain flour
Put the aubergine slices on to some kitchen paper and pat dry. Place the eggs, one teaspoon fine salt and half a teaspoon of pepper into a medium bowl and beat well. Pour the flour on to a medium flat tray. Dip each aubergine slice into the flour and then into the egg to coat all over. Heat 10 tablespoons of the olive oil into a large frying pan and fry the aubergine slices until golden on both sides, about two minutes each side.
Have we missed part of the ingredients and steps to complete the baking? Let’s ask Gino D’Acampo.
Gino D’Acampo family cooking adventure that shows how they integrate food and work-life balance should be an inspiration for you to do something different this coming holiday season.
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