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The joy of free feijoas, and feijoa smoothie The joy of free feijoas, and feijoa smoothie By Alessandra Zecchini 06/09/13 11:48 Feijoa is one of those fruits that really symbolize Kiwiana for me, and in particular the joy of sharing produce in New Zealand. There is always someone ready to share feijoas in New Zealand, and this to me is like sharing joy: no matter how little fruit...
Antipasto easy easy: pickled peppers stuffed with feta and herbs Antipasto easy easy: pickled peppers stuffed with feta and herbs By Alessandra Zecchini 06/05/13 22:41 You can see them in the deli department of all the supermarkets, little red peppers stuffed with feta, and they are not cheap! But mostly, if you have a big party they go too quickly! But for a fraction of the deli price you can buy a couple of jars of...
Little Italy in Auckland Little Italy in Auckland By Alessandra Zecchini 06/05/13 02:41 The Food Truck episode with the Italian Festival, screening soon! The Food Truck series 3 will start on TV ONE this Sunday at 800pm. And if you would like to watch Michael Van de Elzen at our last Italian Festival make sure not to miss episode 4, on 30th...
How the Italians celebrated the Festa della Repubblica on the other side of the world How the Italians celebrated the Festa della Repubblica on the other side of the world By Alessandra Zecchini 06/03/13 05:29 We celebrated at Gina's, with our Italian Ambassador, the Honorary Consul and many Kiwi friends. C lick here for more images (o per leggere il post in italiano).
Frittelle di castagne Frittelle di castagne By Alessandra Zecchini 06/01/13 12:44 This was my last batch of chestnut flour (pity!) and I made the chestnut fritters that I always ate as a child in Italy. When I say always I mean every week in Autumn and Winter (and sometimes every day), I ate so many that for many years I didn't miss...
On frying mochi, and hanging Japanese garments On frying mochi, and hanging Japanese garments By Alessandra Zecchini 05/26/13 10:19 I really like the mochi cakes, the Japanese glutinous rice blocks that are traditionally found in the traditional New Year soup (zoni). Mochi is usually grilled before going into the soup, but I don't have a grill for it, and tend to just boil it into it...
How to make Labne How to make Labne By Alessandra Zecchini 05/23/13 04:49 Labne is a strained yogurt 'cheese', to make it you just need plain yogurt (I used a pot Straight Up from The Collective Dairy). To strain the yogurt I used a cotton cloth, not too fine, but finer that a muslin cloth or cheese cloth. Place the cloth in...
One pot quick and easy frozen mango yogurt One pot quick and easy frozen mango yogurt By Alessandra Zecchini 05/20/13 12:12 Nothing could be easier, and with only two ingredients (and yes, two of my favourite NZ products: Fresh As and The Collective Dairy). I used many different Fresh As powders and freeze dried fruit slices (you can find a few recipes here) in the past, but...
Fashion Food Fashion Food By Alessandra Zecchini 05/18/13 06:53 I am thrilled to feature in the Autumn-Winter edition of New Zealand Fashion Quarterly Entertaining with ten pages of Italian vegetarian recipes. Thank you to fashionable Fiona, FQ editor, and art director Marcel (he found some beautiful props too!). It...
Dulce de leche cupcakes for Sweet New Zealand Dulce de leche cupcakes for Sweet New Zealand By Alessandra Zecchini 05/15/13 07:00 In Uruguay, Chile and Argentina I ate a lot of dulce de leche, the delicious caramelized milk that you find in almost every sweet dish, from the famous alfajores to flans, from cakes to ice creams. This is a variation of my classic vanilla cupcake recipe,...
Some serious (non-alcoholic) drinking in South America Some serious (non-alcoholic) drinking in South America By Alessandra Zecchini 05/13/13 12:37 There is a reason why there aren't photos of wine here (except a strange medio y medio). Well, two reasons really: first I didn't drink much wine, it doesn't really go well with active traveling with kids, second, there is good wine in South America, especially...
Happy Mother's Day and Alpine (wild) strawberry smoothie Happy Mother's Day and Alpine (wild) strawberry smoothie By Alessandra Zecchini 05/12/13 00:05 Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums! Alpine (wild) strawberry smoothie Ingredients: All the wild strawberries you can find One banana Natural apple juice Photos and Recipe by Alessandra Zecchini ©
Coca leaves and coca tea for altitude, and visiting some amazing Inca sites Coca leaves and coca tea for altitude, and visiting some amazing Inca sites By Alessandra Zecchini 05/10/13 01:14 Before going to Cusco we were advised by a number of friends who had been there to take it easy about altitude. Don't drink the night before, relax for one day in the hotel, drink coca tea... all good advice that helped us to adapt to the altitude. And...
Lima, the gourmet capital of South America, and it never rains Lima, the gourmet capital of South America, and it never rains By Alessandra Zecchini 05/07/13 10:36 When we arrived in lima the sky was grey and the air humid. I asked the taxi driver if it was going to rain and he told me that it never rains in Lima. "Never?" I asked again, "Never!" he replied. Wondering if my Spanish was failing me, over the next two...
Peru through Arantxa's lens Peru through Arantxa's lens By Alessandra Zecchini 05/05/13 07:04 Cusco Saksaywaman, outside Cusco and at 3,701 m high Inca terraces This is an interesting image for a vegetarian blog, but some of you may be interested in seeing it: roasted Guinea pigs, a delicacy in Peru, where they are raised just like any other farm...
Beautiful textiles of Peru, alpacas, and the cochineal (E120) Color Beautiful textiles of Peru, alpacas, and the cochineal (E120) Color By Alessandra Zecchini 05/03/13 23:30 Can you see the white stuff on the cactus? And the black stuff in the bowl with the red wool ball? That is cochineal, or natural colour E120 (found in lots of red and pink food). Yes it is an insect, I have seen the dried ones before when I was studying...
Food market in Cusco (Mercado de Wanchaq), Peru Food market in Cusco (Mercado de Wanchaq), Peru By Alessandra Zecchini 05/02/13 21:12 If you go to Cusco look out for this place, the name is Mercado de Wanchaq, it is mostly a food market and there are hardly any tourists here (they are all in the craft markets in the touristic part of the city), but plenty of locals selling and buying...
My birthday and Machu Picchu My birthday and Machu Picchu By Alessandra Zecchini 04/30/13 18:57 April 29 was my birthday, and a very special one too, since we spend it in Machu Picchu. I always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, and what an amazing place it is! We got up at 3:30 in the morning to go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo...
Riding like a Gaucho! Well... sort of Riding like a Gaucho! Well... sort of By Alessandra Zecchini 04/28/13 11:30 Our Spanish school organized a trip in the countryside, about one hour from Montevideo, horse riding. I cannot ride, I have been on a horse before but that's all, but I had a wonderful time and did pretty well considering that they gave me the tallest horse!...
Pasta with Salsa de Zapallitos Pasta with Salsa de Zapallitos By Alessandra Zecchini 04/27/13 10:30 In Uruguay I have discovered this vegetable, and I thought of using it to create a pasta sauce before going back to New Zealand (where I guess that I could use zucchini or small marrows??? We'll see). Ingredients 3 zapallitos 1 tbsp butter 500 ml vegetables...

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