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Our 'tramp' to raise money for The Moodie Report Charity Educathlon Our 'tramp' to raise money for The Moodie Report Charity Educathlon By Alessandra Zecchini 06/30/13 12:16 Today we did our tramp for The Moodie Report Charity Educathlon. We were set to do 7 km, but in the end we walked about 10 km in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges. There was mud, and a little rain too, but mostly we were blessed with good weather and fantastic...
Wholemeal apple cake Wholemeal apple cake By Alessandra Zecchini 06/28/13 01:58 I have lots of organic apples to use, so this cake is actually packed with apples! I use about 10, peeled and thinly sliced and sprayed with lime juice (I usually use lemon, but I have lots of organic limes too). For the batter I used 3 large free range...
Chocolate, vanilla, cream... and grappa desserts in fancy grappa glasses Chocolate, vanilla, cream... and grappa desserts in fancy grappa glasses By Alessandra Zecchini 06/24/13 07:44 I have these really cute grappa glasses, they are small straight tubes with one side of the glass almost 'melted' into it, like a thumb had been pressing it... and in fact it is quite nice to hold! Possibly these are not so practical for dessert (fortunately...
A big cheese scone ring A big cheese scone ring By Alessandra Zecchini 06/22/13 06:23 I was feeling like baking something savoury, like cheese scones, but instead of making individual ones (like you are supposed to do with scones) I felt like experimenting and I made a cheese scone ring, it was soft and delicious, especially when still warm...
A 'tramp' to raise money for five educational charities A 'tramp' to raise money for five educational charities By Alessandra Zecchini 06/21/13 01:35 Hi all, On Sunday 30 June our family (Peter, Arantxa, Max and I) will be doing a 7 km tramp in the Waitakere Ranges as part of The Moodie Report Charity Educathlon. This global event is raising money for five educational charities in Brazil, India, Haiti,...
Flowers on Pinterest Flowers on Pinterest By Alessandra Zecchini 06/18/13 12:23 Are you on Pinterest? Well, I have so many food boards, quite an addiction really, and guess what... my most popular board is the this one about flowers! But I have to admit that it is an easy board to manage: no recipe links, just images, and flowers are...
Minestrone with the last veggies from the garden Minestrone with the last veggies from the garden By Alessandra Zecchini 06/17/13 10:28 My garden is now empty, except for some miniature leeks (a kind name for leeks that haven't grown) a few solitary small potatoes trapped in clay, and some mizuna. Pots still have herbs and some timid Alpine strawberries (incredible!), but for the rest......
The human, the cat and the fridge The human, the cat and the fridge By Alessandra Zecchini 06/15/13 03:46 Marameo spends more time in the kitchen than me these days, always positioned in front of the fridge. I am sure that she resents humans for being able to open it, while she cannot. And she needs milk! Meow meow meow stupid human the fridge door is here,...
Feijoa zest agar agar jelly Feijoa zest agar agar jelly By Alessandra Zecchini 06/12/13 12:04 In this post you can find the recipe for the feijoa zest syrup, and from it I took about one tsp of sezt for the feijoa zest meringues. The leftover syrup (full of zest) was about 350 ml, and I decided to use it to make a little jelly with agar agar. I...
Feijoa zest meringues for Sweet New Zealand Feijoa zest meringues for Sweet New Zealand By Alessandra Zecchini 06/11/13 11:26 In this post I mentioned using feijoa zest, I have use them before for this cordial, but I wanted to experiment more. Feijoa zest is bitter, that kind of bitter that makes you think that in large doses could be poison (possibly, anyone knows?) just like...
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,...

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