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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...
Buenos Aires Buenos Aires By Alessandra Zecchini 04/25/13 23:00 Leaving the port of Montevideo Buenos Aires is only 3 hours by ferry from Montevideo, up the delta of the Rio de la Plata. I have been here once before, about 15 years ago, and truly enjoyed it. This time I revisited some places, like La Boca and the Teatro...
Palermo Soho, La Boca, and Recoleta Cemetery Palermo Soho, La Boca, and Recoleta Cemetery By Alessandra Zecchini 04/24/13 16:11 Palermo Soho Palermo Soho was one of my favourite spots in Buenos Aires. Monica took us there for dinner and it was lively and full of funky restaurants, bars, shops and a night craft market. Arantxa bought some of these hand made spooky dolls and I promised...
Yarn (wool) bombs in Buenos Aires Yarn (wool) bombs in Buenos Aires By Alessandra Zecchini 04/22/13 23:11 Have you heard of yarn or wool bombs? A sort of colourful graffiti/street art done ( usually secretly at night) around objects (or trees) in the streets. These are in Buenos Aires, aren't they cool? Do you have yarn bombs in your city? Photos by Alessandra...
Doors of Montevideo Doors of Montevideo By Alessandra Zecchini 04/21/13 10:30 I love old doors, I have a pin board on Pinterest only for doors (and one for windows too...). In Montevideo there are so many beautiful doors, although they are so high that they are difficult to photograph. Anyway, if you are also a "door pinner" here...
A very easy semifreddo dessert for Sweet New Zealand A very easy semifreddo dessert for Sweet New Zealand By Alessandra Zecchini 04/20/13 17:45 Because I am traveling in South America, I don't have an oven and I have very little time for cooking, but I really wanted to take part to Sweet New Zealand. So I am recycling an old recipe that never fails to impress, specially because it is easy to assemble...
Red onion, thyme and parmesan crust soup Red onion, thyme and parmesan crust soup By Alessandra Zecchini 04/19/13 19:27 This is real 'cucina povera', a simple dish made with humble ingredients and leftovers. Chop two red onions and sauté with a couple of tbsp of olive oil and some fresh thyme. Add 1 litre of vegetable stock and one or two crusts of parmesan cheese. Simmer...
Piriápolis, Punta del Este and Punta Ballena Piriápolis, Punta del Este and Punta Ballena By Alessandra Zecchini 04/18/13 22:03 Now is autumn in Uruguay, possibly a good time to visit the famous Punta del Este and the other summer resorts in the Maldonado Department. The weather is still nice but there are no tourists around. This is Piriápolis and we are not on the Atlantic Ocean...

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