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Churros con Chocolate, Alfajores, dulce de leche, Neruda... so many things in Valparaiso Churros con Chocolate, Alfajores, dulce de leche, Neruda... so many things in Valparaiso By Alessandra Zecchini 04/03/13 20:13 So many things to do and see in Valparaiso! And to learn! First I learned that in Chile cappuccino coffee is a strange coffee drink with whipped cream on top, and if you want something similar to an Italian cappuccino or flat white you need to ask for a...
First photos from Chile: Valparaíso First photos from Chile: Valparaíso By Alessandra Zecchini 03/30/13 15:57 We are here, fantastic city, so colourful and artistic, full of history and interesting sights. This is the view from our hotel's terrace, and this is from our bedroom's window. We spent a day just touring the streets, will post more photos in the next...
Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua By Alessandra Zecchini 03/27/13 23:10 Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua! To all my readers and blogger friends, have a great holiday! I am going to South America, I will resume posting soon, for the time being... Ciao!!! From Party Food for Girls, eggs colored with natural vegetable dyes, recipe by...
Raw Food Pastry Class with Slow Food Waitakere Raw Food Pastry Class with Slow Food Waitakere By Alessandra Zecchini 03/26/13 10:52 Unfortunately I won't be in New Zealand for this class, yes, I am off traveling again, will keep you posted... see if you can guess where I am going! But I really need to share this because I had other classes and dinners with Eri and she is really talented....
Italian black rice Italian black rice By Alessandra Zecchini 03/25/13 10:17 Well, I couldn't resist and I bought it, I never seen it before! The first thing that I tried is a classic risotto and the verdict is that this is not rice for risotto :-). Anyway, here it goes: sauté the onion in butter, add the rice, add a glass of white...
More goods from the garden More goods from the garden By Alessandra Zecchini 03/24/13 07:56 Celery New potatoes... there are always new potatoes in the garden because I thrown in potato peels all the time! Wonder of Venice Bean Mizuna, Japanese salad, very easy to grow Some crops are flops, but I still eat them Lots of carrots, but so ugly......
Wonder of Venice beans with parsley and garlic Wonder of Venice beans with parsley and garlic By Alessandra Zecchini 03/23/13 07:42 One of my best crop this year is Bean Wonder of Venice Runner from King Seeds, I have a few plants growing so high that they are reaching the nearby trees, so much that the bamboo support poles are bending (great stuff bamboo, it bends!!) Wonder of Venice...
Kimono Tango Kimono Tango By Alessandra Zecchini 03/21/13 10:49 Kimono Tango When I was in Japan in January I met my old friend Chizuko, and she presented me with these beautiful cushions (she calls them pillows), plus some table runners. They are all made by hand using kimono and obi (Kimono belts) materials, and you...
Ethiopian food: Slow Food dinner at Cafe Abyssinia Ethiopian food: Slow Food dinner at Cafe Abyssinia By Alessandra Zecchini 03/20/13 05:10 Last night I went whit the Slow Food Waitakere group to Cafe Abyssinia for dinner. What a great evening, I even got a chance to wear my Abyssinian skirt! Do you like Ethiopian food? For more photos click here. Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©
Two quick ideas: fruit pearls, and baked halloumi rolls Two quick ideas: fruit pearls, and baked halloumi rolls By Alessandra Zecchini 03/19/13 03:32 Quick post today, and two food ideas (ideas rather than recipes...) I make fruit salad with watermelon and blueberries quite often, I really like the colours together, and there is no need for sugar. This time I also had some Cape Gooseberries and some...
Monday night vegetarian.... extra good with fish? i don't think so Monday night vegetarian.... extra good with fish? i don't think so By Alessandra Zecchini 03/18/13 05:19 This is the first thing that I read when I opened Bite, the food insert NZ Herald this morning: In the paper this morning... I read it again. Can this be possible? The recipe itself is Pan-fried polenta, ripe tomatoes and Mexican salsa, and it consists...
The best meringues ever (yes ever!) and the Italian Quiz Night at the Dante Auckland The best meringues ever (yes ever!) and the Italian Quiz Night at the Dante Auckland By Alessandra Zecchini 03/16/13 08:16 Passion Fruit Meringues I like making meringues more than I like eating them. I mean, they are nice and all, but I am not crazy about them. Or at least, I wasn't until the other day, when I had 3 egg whites in the fridge that needed to be used and I decided...
Making fresh pasta in the garden, and over 76,000 page views Making fresh pasta in the garden, and over 76,000 page views By Alessandra Zecchini 03/14/13 23:09 According to Blogger my page views have increase dramatically in the last three months, in February they were almost 60,000 (and it is a short month) and looking at them again today they counted over 76,000 in the last month. I have a couple of visitors'...
Pumpkin with coconut cream and basil, first a side dish and then a main Pumpkin with coconut cream and basil, first a side dish and then a main By Alessandra Zecchini 03/13/13 21:39 I had half a pumpkin to use, but just a little bit of Thai herbs mix (ginger, lemon grass, chili, garlic and coriander), certainly not enough to give my pumpkin a spicy flavor! Still, I felt like coconut, so I cut the pumpkin and two celery stalks with...
Instant Breakfast Instant Breakfast By Alessandra Zecchini 03/12/13 21:43 This is for the boy, as he prefers to "drink" his cereals in the morning (takes less time!) Ingredients: Half glass pouring yogurt (I use boys'nberry - yes, a different spelling from boysenberry, good for boys!) Half glass milk 1 Weet Bix 1 banana (I use...
Panna Cotta with Rangpur agar agar topping Panna Cotta with Rangpur agar agar topping By Alessandra Zecchini 03/11/13 08:35 Yesterday I posted about this citrus fruit, which I believe to be a Rangpur "lime" (technically not a lime!). And as promised, here is the recipe: Panna Cotta with Rangpur agar agar topping ingredients 500 ml cream (if you are Vegan use Coconut cream, I...
Rangpur, not Tahitian limes Rangpur, not Tahitian limes By Alessandra Zecchini 03/10/13 09:56 Sue brought me some organic citrus fruit from a friend's garden in Coromandel, she told that they were Tahitian limes. I heard this before in NZ, I think that this is the common name here, but they don't look like limes, more like yellow mandarins, and...
Apple slice cake Apple slice cake By Alessandra Zecchini 03/07/13 00:23 This is an incredibly simple and quick recipe that makes an amazing apple cake! Ingredients Rind from 1 lemon, plus the lemon juice 5 apples (I used Oratia Beauty, from the orchard down the road) 150 g butter 200 g sugar 4 eggs 250 g self raising flour...
Raita, or Tzatziki Raita, or Tzatziki By Alessandra Zecchini 03/03/13 08:50 Still in yogurt mood, and why not, it is hot and summery and I feel like eating refreshing food. I love making this yogurt sauce, I call it raita when I serve it with Indian food, and tzatziki when I serve it with Greek-Turkish food. The only difference...
Roasted spicy chickpea salad with minty yogurt dressing Roasted spicy chickpea salad with minty yogurt dressing By Alessandra Zecchini 02/28/13 02:30 1 can chickpeas 1 tbsp Moroccan spices 1 pinch salt A few cherry tomatoes 4 tbsp natural yogurt A few mint leaves 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 apple cucumber 80 g mixed salad leaves to finish Drain the chickpeas and place in a bowl with the Moroccan seasoning...

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