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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...
Cuisine CheeseFest today at The Langham Cuisine CheeseFest today at The Langham By Alessandra Zecchini 02/27/13 04:17 Today I went to the Cuisine CheeseFest at The Langham, New Zealand’s largest cheese event. The event is also open tonight, greatly recommended if you are in Auckland and love cheese. This is a chance to taste our NZ award winning artisan cheeses, and to...
March Dante Alighieri Society Event: a trivia quiz about Italy March Dante Alighieri Society Event: a trivia quiz about Italy By Alessandra Zecchini 02/26/13 09:44 Posted by Alessandra at 9:44 PM Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Labels: Auckland, Dante Alighieri Society, news No comments: Post a Comment Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) LinkWithin Only Recipes for Vegetarians...
Eating horses and Lies on the Plate, a must read from Slow Food International Eating horses and Lies on the Plate, a must read from Slow Food International By Alessandra Zecchini 02/24/13 01:18 Being a vegetarian has many advantages, and one is that I don't eat horse simply because I don't eat beef either (or lamb, or pork, or chicken, or... you name it). Of course you never know these days! I never buy ready made food as I tend to cook from scratch,...
 French  Caprese Salad? Cherry tomatoes, bocconcini and blue borage flowers "French" Caprese Salad? Cherry tomatoes, bocconcini and blue borage flowers By Alessandra Zecchini 02/23/13 07:13 I can never get tired of Caprese, the classic tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil salad that represent Italy both in taste and in colour. But just for once, and just for a change, when I picked my cherry tomatoes from the garden I also got a few borage flowers...
Un giro nella mia foresta Un giro nella mia foresta By Alessandra Zecchini 02/21/13 10:08 Post per gli amici italiani che mi hanno chiesto com'è la foresta dove abito. Eccola, foresta nativa, durante gli anni che abbiamo vissuto qui abbiamo costruito alcuni sentieri, e allora vi porto a fare un giro virtuale. Spero che vi piaccia :-) Photos...
Louise Plum Cupcake, perfect for summer and Sweet New Zealand Louise Plum Cupcake, perfect for summer and Sweet New Zealand By Alessandra Zecchini 02/19/13 04:36 I love summer and stone fruit! The orchard near my house sells a variety of plums, and these Louse plums are just a treat! You could also use some black doris or any free stone plums for this recipe. Ingredients 120 g butter 3 eggs 130 g sugar 1/2 tsp lemon...

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