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Royal icing Christmas decorations Royal icing Christmas decorations By Alessandra Zecchini 12/12/13 23:13 I made some royal icing (or fondant) decorations last year and they still look good. This is a good and inexpensive way to make your own beautiful decorations, and very little skill is required (just a few cookie cutters!). Last year my decorations were...
Fondant Xmas tree decorations, step by step Fondant Xmas tree decorations, step by step By Alessandra Zecchini 12/10/13 05:01 These cute Xmas trees are made out of green fondant, I had a pack but I don't really use it (i.e. eat it) so I thought of making little Xmas tree decorations. Roll the fondant, use corn flour so it doesn't stick to the table and rolling pin. Cut using cookie...
An amazing Slow Food Lunch An amazing Slow Food Lunch By Alessandra Zecchini 12/09/13 11:07 Salsa verde, starters and salads, and fresh watermelon juice with mint A couple of weeks ago Slow Food Waitakere held a Forage to Feast lunch. We asked Ben Barton from Pop Dining to cook for us, and we foraged and collected food and flowers from our gardens,...
The Edible Journey Cookbook The Edible Journey Cookbook By Alessandra Zecchini 12/07/13 03:17 Photos by Bron Marshall © Today I would like to share with you some extracts from Bron Marshall's blog. Bron is one of the photographers (but also cook and stylist) for what I think must be the most beautiful school fundraiser cookbook ever: The Edible...
Rain in Auckland, and thinking about a friend in the desert Rain in Auckland, and thinking about a friend in the desert By Alessandra Zecchini 12/05/13 00:52 Well, a few days ago I was thinking that the garden needed a bit of rain, and when the first rain started I was happy, and so were my young veggies and seedlings. But this is ridiculous! Rain rain rain ... it is hard not to complaint, so I console myself...
Christmas Cake and Fruit Mince Tarts Christmas Cake and Fruit Mince Tarts By Alessandra Zecchini 12/03/13 08:24 I got a Christmas cake and a some mince tarts (pies?) from Bakers Delight (thank you!), I never bake Christmas cake or mince pies myself (being Italian and having different Xmas traditions) but I do enjoy them if they are made by someone else :-). And what...
Panforte for National Honey Week, and a lovely lunch at Vinnies Panforte for National Honey Week, and a lovely lunch at Vinnies By Alessandra Zecchini 12/01/13 10:02 Last Friday I ate a wonderful lunch at Vinnies to celebrate NZ National Honey Week. It was great to meet other people passionate about honey, and also my fellow blogger and friend Mairi from Toast (btw, Mairi just posted the November round up for Sweet...
Kawakawa meringues and biscuits Kawakawa meringues and biscuits By Alessandra Zecchini 11/28/13 09:01 Kawakawa meringues If you like to forage in the New Zealand bush you may be familiar with kawakawa, and know that it was used in traditional Māori medicine. Also, the leaves make a great tea! But you can also use the leaves instead of vanilla to flavour...
National Honey Week recipe: Parmigiano with Airborne Bush Honey and coffee - Parmigiano con miele e caffè National Honey Week recipe: Parmigiano with Airborne Bush Honey and coffee - Parmigiano con miele e caffè By Alessandra Zecchini 11/25/13 07:38 New Zealand's first National Honey Week ( 25- November - 2 December) starts today, and to celebrate I am proposing something a bit different: Parmigiano con miele e caffè! I wish this was one of my creations, but I cannot take the credit: it is in fact...
Elderberry Flowers Syrup and Elder flower Tea Elderberry Flowers Syrup and Elder flower Tea By Alessandra Zecchini 11/20/13 04:55 Yesterday I posted these Elderberry Flower Fritters, and today I have another recipe (and a half) that you can make with elderberry flowers: Elderberry Flowers Syrup For this you will need 1 l of water, 1 kg of sugar, about a dozen elderberry flower heads,...
Elderberry Flower Fritters Elderberry Flower Fritters By Alessandra Zecchini 11/18/13 22:20 In this post you can see Regina and Sue collecting some elderberry flowers for our Slow Food Waitakere Pop Dining Lunch this coming Sunday. I used the flowers to make a syrup (recipe coming in the next post, watch this space!), and since I had so many I...
Best 7 of Taste of Auckland Best 7 of Taste of Auckland By Alessandra Zecchini 11/17/13 06:33 Burratina (made by Massimiliano) with eggplants, tomatoes and almond pesto from Non Solo Pizza Whitestone cheese A macchiato with Massimo at Caffè Italiano Meeting Collective's Head Chef Michael Meissner Eating Michael's deconstructed five layer strawberry...
Wild strawberry skewers, and the memory of foraging, plus a very special Slow Food event Wild strawberry skewers, and the memory of foraging, plus a very special Slow Food event By Alessandra Zecchini 11/15/13 10:50 Photo by Alessandra Zecchini © Did you ever pick wild strawberries as a child? If you did maybe you too made skewers with grass! It was more like a game really, mostly when I went out picking wild strawberries I was 'on a mission', i.e. out with a bag to...
Cavolfiore al forno: do you like cauliflower cheese Cavolfiore al forno: do you like cauliflower cheese By Alessandra Zecchini 11/14/13 04:04 When I was living in London, over 20 years ago now, every eatery I went to (unless it was some sort of hippy/alternative/macrobiotic/ethnic restaurant) would have two hot veggie choices: vegetarian lasagne and cauliflower cheese. I am not joking: that was...
Pasta e fagioli soup with Cavolo nero and a ... purple carrot Pasta e fagioli soup with Cavolo nero and a ... purple carrot By Alessandra Zecchini 11/09/13 08:46 I love pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) soup, especially when there is cavolo nero too, this Italian kale is my favourite brassica and makes any soup taste amazing! But the surprise here was a purple carrot. Carolyn brought me one, thinking that with me...
2013 national honey week  “cook something yummy with honey”  nz food bloggers competition 2013 national honey week “cook something yummy with honey” nz food bloggers competition By Alessandra Zecchini 11/06/13 22:27 The other week I mentioned this competition, so if you are interested please read on and start to think about honey! How to enter: All you have to do is concoct a recipe that showcases New Zealand honey. It couldn’t be easier. Manuka honey is our hero honey...
Crêpe cake with Cointreau butter and flowers Crêpe cake with Cointreau butter and flowers By Alessandra Zecchini 11/05/13 09:26 Our friend David came to stay, it was his birthday a few days ago, but I didn't have time to bake a cake. So I just used some ready made sweet Crêpes (pack of 9) and whipped about 100 g of unsalted butter with one heap tbsp of icing sugar and a good dose...
Northland, Woolley's Bay and around Northland, Woolley's Bay and around By Alessandra Zecchini 11/03/13 09:17 Woolley's Bay I just had a fab girls' weekend here, what a beautiful place is Northland! Here are some photos. Bonnie the dog A walk on the beach Paua shellsRiding in the bays Photos by Alessandra Zecchini (except the one were we are all on horses!) ©
Culinary Quill Awards Culinary Quill Awards By Alessandra Zecchini 11/01/13 05:30 Party Food for Girls is one of the finalists in the NZ Guild of Food Writers Culinary Quill Awards, winners will be nominated tomorrow night, so wish me (and Arantxa, my daughter and co-author) luck! This is the only children's book in the awards (there...
Pasta with asparagus and cream sauce Pasta with asparagus and cream sauce By Alessandra Zecchini 10/31/13 10:16 More asparagus! For the pasta I used penne, and for the sauce: 1 onion 1 bunch asparagus 2 tbsp olive oil 1 glass white wine salt to taste 200 ml cream black pepper chopped Italian parsley Parmesan to serve (optional) Finely chop the onion and the asparagus...

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