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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...
Yerba Mate Class Yerba Mate Class By Alessandra Zecchini 04/16/13 22:42 15 years ago I was in Argentina and I bought a mate and a bombilla to drink yerba mate. I saw many people drinking "mate" in the street and I really liked the look of the mate (gourd) and bombilla (straw), but I never used them. My husband was also presented...
Faina de zapallitos, a recipe from Uruguay Faina de zapallitos, a recipe from Uruguay By Alessandra Zecchini 04/15/13 02:59 A couple of days ago I showed you a market in Montevideo and introduced the zapallito, a vegetables that looks like a round zucchini. Today I will show you a recipe we made during an Uruguayan cooking class. Faina is like a flan, but be aware: this is not...
Fruit and vegetable market in Montevideo, and where feijoas (guayabas) come from Fruit and vegetable market in Montevideo, and where feijoas (guayabas) come from By Alessandra Zecchini 04/13/13 04:33 There is a market on Tuesday morning, 10 minutes walk from home, and the prices are much better than the supermarket, of course, and the choice much better. It is quite similar to an Italian market, possibly with lightly less choice, but still many more...
Two easy and filling Italian style vegan dishes: quick Fregola (or Israeli couscous) di verdura and quick Risotto di verdura Two easy and filling Italian style vegan dishes: quick Fregola (or Israeli couscous) di verdura and quick Risotto di verdura By Alessandra Zecchini 04/10/13 19:22 These recipes are so simple that I wasn't even sure if to publish them, but sometimes we need simple, quick and filling food, and since these dishes taste great and are very healthy too, I thought that some readers may like them. Also FYI, in NZ it is very...
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay By Alessandra Zecchini 04/09/13 03:39 We are in Uruguay now, based in Montevideo. On Sunday we drove to Colonia del Sacramento (but usually referred to simply as Colonia), a small city with a beautiful historic centre. Colonia is the oldest city in Uruguay and has been both a Portuguese and...
Postcard from Santiago, and meeting a food blogger from Chile Postcard from Santiago, and meeting a food blogger from Chile By Alessandra Zecchini 04/07/13 03:58 We only had one day in Santiago, so the sightseeing was a bit rushed (and it is a big city!), but we still managed a stroll in the city centre in the afternoon, a museum the morning after, and a special dinner with a Chilean Food Blogger (scroll down for...
Valparaiso through Arantxa's lens Valparaiso through Arantxa's lens By Alessandra Zecchini 04/05/13 22:36 Street Art Artists love cats... ...and dogs! Buildings Doors and windows Stairs Sweets treats Photos by Arantxa Zecchini Dowling ©
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...

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