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Skiing (and not skiing) in New Zealand Skiing (and not skiing) in New Zealand By Alessandra Zecchini 07/18/14 11:46 Well, the skiing holiday started off promising, driving towards the mountains and Methven and seeing some snow at the top. But skiing in New Zealand is a bit of a gamble: the first day we managed, although there was only snow in the ski fields, and not...
Crunchy Bean Sprout Winter Mediterranean Salad Crunchy Bean Sprout Winter Mediterranean Salad By Alessandra Zecchini 07/13/14 07:50 I love beans and lentils, but I also love salads and raw food, my body feels like it needs them! I usually mix cooked beans with raw salad vegetables, but when I remember I get some bean sprouts, and I particularly like this crunchy bean combo from Sproutman....
Vegan Goulash Vegan Goulash By Alessandra Zecchini 07/08/14 10:06 Ingredients: 2 blocks of tofu, frozen for one day and then defrosted 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion 1 tsp sweet paprika 1/2 tsp hot paprika (or to taste) 2 carrots 4 large potatoes 1 green capsicum (bell pepper) 1 red capsicum (bell pepper) 2l l vegetable...
Raw, vegan, sugar free and gluten free chocolate truffles Raw, vegan, sugar free and gluten free chocolate truffles By Alessandra Zecchini 07/03/14 13:15 Yes these are raw, vegan, sugar free and gluten free chocolate truffles, but what's more they are made using only 4 Fair Trade ingredients: Trade Aid Palestinian almonds, Trade Aid cinnamon, Trade Aid Madjoul dates, and Trade Aid baking cocoa, plus one...
Limoncello Zabaione Limoncello Zabaione By Alessandra Zecchini 06/30/14 06:55 My mother told me that to make zabaione one must measure the marsala wine with the egg shell. I.e., for every egg yolk use 1 tsp of sugar and the broken eggshell of the same egg for the marsala. And it works, but for this zabaione I wanted to finish the...
Poor Italy, Viva Mexico and an improvised Vegetarian Mexican dinner Poor Italy, Viva Mexico and an improvised Vegetarian Mexican dinner By Alessandra Zecchini 06/25/14 05:38 Well, Italy is out of the World Cup, and I am just glad that I didn't get up at 4 am to watch it happen! But before the games started the four members of our family picked another nation to support (random, out of a hat) and I got Mexico! You had to dress...
Torta Bianca allo Yogurt - White Yogurt Cake Torta Bianca allo Yogurt - White Yogurt Cake By Alessandra Zecchini 06/20/14 08:18 I am very pleased with this recipe, of course I always eat all my experiments, even when I am not so happy about them, but this one… I devoured it! It was so soft and light, possibly the softest-cake-with-taste ever (if you know what I mean… some 'soft'...
Cavolo nero soup with chickpeas and pasta Cavolo nero soup with chickpeas and pasta By Alessandra Zecchini 06/13/14 10:32 A low fat, high protein vegan dish 1 bunch of cavolo nero 1 shallot 1.5 l vegetable stock 1 can chickpeas plus the same amount of water 1 cup of small pasta salt and pepper to taste extra virgin olive oil to drizzle Wash the cavolo nero and remove the white...
Homemade mascarpone with honey, pistachio and dried strawberries Homemade mascarpone with honey, pistachio and dried strawberries By Alessandra Zecchini 06/06/14 10:02 Making mascarpone at home is one of my favourite occupations these days! A part from the 'magic' of it, and the resemblance to a chemistry experiment (I made this with Max, actually, he made it with me in the background giving instructions and liked doing...
Polenta e lenticchie (polenta with lentils) Polenta e lenticchie (polenta with lentils) By Alessandra Zecchini 06/03/14 06:10 Brrrr it is cold! I envy my friends in the Northern Hemisphere now that evenings are becoming chilly, but on the other hand I like to cook nice winter casseroles! This dish is vegan and gluten free, for the polenta recipe I just use polenta flour, water...
Tofu and spring onion skewers Tofu and spring onion skewers By Alessandra Zecchini 05/27/14 10:18 My friends Astuko and Hideko often send me this dried tofu which I find super versatile! I just soak it in water (or stock) and then use it in a variety of dishes. This time I just soaked it in water and then cut each blog into four pieces, and put them...
Potatoes and carrots with sage, rosemary and garlic, and do you know this flower Potatoes and carrots with sage, rosemary and garlic, and do you know this flower By Alessandra Zecchini 05/24/14 07:17 Digging up the garden I pulled some ugly carrots and a few potatoes (white and yellow). I cleaned them and boiled them until cooked but firm, then I remove the skins (from the carrots too!) and sautéd them with olive oil, garlic, sage, rosemary and a pinch...
Pumpernickel sandwiches with herb cream cheese and edible flowers Pumpernickel sandwiches with herb cream cheese and edible flowers By Alessandra Zecchini 05/19/14 06:31 I first created these cute sandwiches about 20 years ago in Japan, the lack of brown bread there meant that every time we had a party I was really keen to offer something that was rare - yet not expensive (I was able to buy pumpernickel, cream cheese and...
Tip for peeling ginger Tip for peeling ginger By Alessandra Zecchini 05/14/14 06:38 This I discovered by chance, and I am sharing because I love grated ginger but I never knew how to peel it, except with a knife. But this only works with frozen ginger. I always have frozen ginger, when I buy some I use a bit and then I put the rest in...
Bruschetta Caprese Bruschetta Caprese By Alessandra Zecchini 05/10/14 07:35 I feel like one of those fancy New York bloggers publishing this, as it isn't really a recipe but just a snack, or a quick summer lunch, and mostly it isn't something new and original, probably all the Italian bloggers are giggling too: hahaha Caprese salad,...
Tea Party at my place to raise money for Oxfam Tea Party at my place to raise money for Oxfam By Alessandra Zecchini 05/08/14 23:22 Slow Food Waitakere High Tea to raise money for Oxfam A Fair Trade Fortnight Celebration Sunday May 18th at 2pm The cost is a Koha for Oxfam An exclusive afternoon tea experience with four delicious stations Click here to make a donation to Oxfam Oxfam's...
43 nz authors  21 May - 29 June 43 nz authors 21 May - 29 June By Alessandra Zecchini 05/08/14 01:48 Arantxa and I will feature among the 43 NZ authors photographed for this exhibition in Christchurch (Arantxa is the youngest author). For more info go to http:// majamoritz.photoshelter.com /#!/p/photo-art
Feijoa jam... is like guava paste Feijoa jam... is like guava paste By Alessandra Zecchini 05/05/14 10:21 I made feijoa jam using my usual ratio of 60% sugar (i.e. 60g sugar for every 100g fruit - in this case you need to scoop the pulp our first, as the jam is made only with the pulps, not the skins). Most Kiwis seem to use the same amount of sugar as the...
Hazelnut and vanilla verrines with quince jelly, figs and cape gooseberry… or with alpine strawberries Hazelnut and vanilla verrines with quince jelly, figs and cape gooseberry… or with alpine strawberries By Alessandra Zecchini 05/02/14 09:46 Crema di nocciola e vaniglia con gelatina di cotogne, fichi e alchechengi A few days ago I was in Christchurch where I bought some hazelnut flour (Hazelz). I love hazelnuts! For 4 verrines I used: 2 eggs 3 tbps sugar 1 tbsp (level) cornflour 400 ml full...
Win tickets to Andrea Bocelli in Concert in Auckland Win tickets to Andrea Bocelli in Concert in Auckland By Alessandra Zecchini 04/30/14 04:02 Festival Italiano ’14 is thrilled to open the official Italian Festival season in Auckland with the concert of Italy’s (and the world’s) most beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli on 11 September 2014, Vector Arena. Be sure not to miss this very special event, book...
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