Blackberry, Orange and Banana Smoothie // Smoothie alle more, arancia e banana

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

There's definitely something wrong with me. I love smoothies and yet this Summer I've barely made them which means there still are a lot of frozen bananas in my freezer. And you know what? I'm using them now before Autumn comes because I don't want to keep them in there until Spring 2018.

Crunchy Zucchini and Tomato Pasta // Pasta alle zucchine croccanti e pomodoro

Monday, September 18, 2017

I don't know how many of you have read my first post, so to recap I said my recipes would have been easy and that's what I've been doing. I use pretty basic cooking techniques and it usually doesn't take a lot of time to make the recipes either.

Rye Berry Salad with Salmon // Insalata di segale con salmone

Friday, September 15, 2017

Organic stores are my wonderland for two reasons. The first is that the foods are clean and have way more flavour; the second is that there I can finds foods I can only dream of finding in regular stores. And one of those foods being rye berries, the star of this dish.

Avocado Toast and Poached Egg // Avocado toast e uovo in camicia

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Didn't I tell you I was trying to eat avocado every day? Well, sometimes I add it to my salads, sometimes I blend it to make a dressing or a pasta sauce, and sometimes, actually most of the times, I make avocado toasts.

Blueberry Quinoa Salad // Insalata di quinoa e mirtilli

Monday, September 11, 2017

I'm pretty lazy lately. I don't feel like doing anything, really. I just want to eat, watch movies and TV shows, and that's pretty much it. But yesterday it was different. I have had this recipe in mind for days, and I really wanted to make it. And you know what happened? It rained all day long. And it was also very cloudy.

Turmeric Roasted Zucchini // Zucchine alla curcuma arrostite

Friday, September 08, 2017

I'm one of those people who just can't stay away from the oven and as such, I've been roasting vegetables all Summer long. Actually, I've been roasting zucchini all Summer long because my garden was filled with them.

Roasted Purple Yam and Maple Chickpea Tofu Bowl // Bowl con batata viola arrostita e tofu di ceci allo sciroppo d'acero

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

In the past few days, we basically went from tank-tops to hoodies, so there's really nothing I'd enjoy more than turning on the oven and cooking. Actually there's something I enjoy more, it's eating huge amounts of food which is why I made this rich bowl that has everything you need for a delicious and nutritious meal that won't make you feel heavy afterwards.

How to Make Chickpea Tofu // Come fare il tofu di ceci

Monday, September 04, 2017

Since I've started eating healthy and incorporating more plant-based foods into my diet, tofu has become of my best friends. I just love its taste, the different consistencies it can have, its versatility and how simple it makes to add proteins to a meal.

Roasted Okra // Okra arrostite

Friday, September 01, 2017

 At the beginning of this week I told you I would talk a little more about okra and here I am, keeping my promise, with these delicious roasted okra, my favourite way to enjoy them cooked.

Beet and White Bean Dip // Dip alla barbabietola e fagioli bianchi

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I love hummus so much that a couple of weeks ago I didn't simply make a hummus but two. One was a fava bean and spirulina hummus; the other a sun-dried tomato and wheatgrass hummus. Why am I talking about them? Because they had something in common with this beet and white bean dip, they all were delicious!

Super Summer Pasta Salad // Super insalata di pasta estiva

Monday, August 28, 2017

August has already come to an end and soon Summer will be over soon and I realised that I've been short on salads this year. I did pasta, fish, meat, snacks and desserts, and I (almost) completely forgot about salads. It's probably because that's what I've been eating most of the time and I wanted to do something different for the blog.

Pink Peppercorn and Lime Dogfish // Palombo al pepe rosa e lime

Friday, August 25, 2017

Last winter, my mother bought a lot of different species of (frozen) fish to make a soup if I'm not wrong. But that's irrelevant. My point is that she bought too much of some fishes and dogfish was one of them and since she had no idea whatsoever to cook it I claimed it as mine. As if somebody else was interesting. But who cares, right? More delicious dogfish for me.

Buckwheat Bread // Pane di grano saraceno

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I've been trying to stay away from gluten for a couple of weeks now to find out whether or not it is the cause of some health issues I have (I'm still trying to figure that out, to be honest) and that brought to my attention how hard to it is to find good gluten-free bread. They are usually low in everything - especially fibers and proteins - but carbs. Another thing I've noticed is that most recipes online call for ingredients such as xanthan gum, tapioca starch, or other ingredients I don't have in my pantry and that are not very easy to find where I live.

Greek Yogurt Banana Split // Banana split allo yogurt greco

Monday, August 21, 2017

I don't think I need to tell you how much I love bananas. I love eating them like a monkey. I love making ice-cream with them. I love them as a sweetener in my desserts. And I obviously love them split.

Deconstructed Moussaka // Moussaka destrutturata

Friday, August 18, 2017

My French mother who is obsessed with Greece and Greek cuisine would often make moussaka during my teenage years and having been the typical Italian teenager who hates vegetables, I would never eat it. I've given it a try only 3-4 years ago and fell in love with it.

Lupini Bean Salad // Insalata di lupini

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I've always been fascinated with lupini because of their yellow colour. Then one day, about 5 years ago, I decided to try them and their taste ruined them for me. They were disgusting. Now I don't know if that's normal with store-bought lupini or if my tastes have changed over the years - I bet it's the latter though -, but I do know what I love them. And I also love preparing them myself.

Tagliatelle with Tempeh and Mushrooms // Tagliatelle con tempeh e funghi

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's been months since I first tried tempeh and now it's my new obsession. It tastes so good, I don't even know if I'm ever going to eat tofu again. Why even bother, right?

Salmon with Mango and Radish Salsa // Salmone con salsa di mango e ravanelli

Friday, August 11, 2017

Salmon with mango and radish salsa.... sounds delicious right? Well, trust me, it really is!

Raw Peach and Coconut Mini Cake // Mini torta crudista alla pesca e cocco

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

I know that I said I don't believe in desserts made almost entirely of fats - even if those fats are the healthy ones - and yet here I am with a dessert made almost entirely of fats. To my defence, I wanted to have something sweet, fresh and raw for breakfast and this was the easiest way to get what I wanted.

Buckwheat Penne with Zucchini and Zucchini Blossoms // Penne di grano saraceno con zucchina e fiori di zucca

Monday, August 07, 2017

Buckwheat is one of those grains I love so much I would eat every day. So you can imagine my joy when I saw on the supermarket's shelf buckwheat pasta made of, guess what, buckwheat! I know it sounds pretty obvious, but believe me when I tell you that finding 100% buckwheat pasta where I live is a real struggle since there always are other flours such as corn and rice.

Chickpea Pizza with Zucchini Blossoms and Cherry Tomatoes // Pizza di ceci con fiori di zucca e pomodorini

Friday, August 04, 2017

I can't believe how long it has been since the last time I made pizza and the reason is quite simple: there's a restaurant very close to my house - it's only a 5 minutes walk away - that makes the best pizza I've ever eaten. Still, as delicious as it is, it's not the healthiest of the foods which is why I decided to make another unusual pizza, this chickpea pizza, so that everyone can enjoy it, from those on a diet to those who can't eat gluten. And basically all you need to make it is chickpea flour.

Ginger Lime Roasted Chickpeas // Ceci arrostiti allo zenzero e lime

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

When it comes to snacking, I prefer sweet over savoury. It's just that having some fruit is way easier and faster than having to prepare a savoury snack like popcorns, for example. Unless it's microwave popcorn which I obviously don't eat. So I usually have an apple with some yogurt as a morning snack and some other fruit with some nuts as an afternoon snack. The problem? Apples aren't in season anymore.

Raw Coconut and Beet Bites // Bocconcini crudisti al cocco e barbabietola

Monday, July 31, 2017

Since those raw carrot cake bites I made a while ago turned out to be a great snack because a, they were refreshing, b, they were delicious and c, they were ready to be eaten, I decided to make more. Not more carrot cake bites, more bites. And, since I had already tested the coconut and beet pairing in the past, I went with those two. Needless to say, they were delicious.

Mixed Roasted Vegetables // Verdure miste arrostite

Friday, July 28, 2017

Temperatures have dropped a little – it’s still pretty hot though – which makes this the perfect moment to share with you my favorite Summer “recipe”, mixed roasted vegetables.

Greek Couscous Salad // Insalata di couscous alla greca

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

After making the Mexican quinoa salad, I felt the urge to make a Greek inspired salad. This time around I decided to go with couscous as it is the only grain I have that doesn't require any cooking. Which is crucial with this heat. Unless you want to melt like a popsicle under the sun.

Corn and Octopus Soup // Zuppa di mais e polpo

Friday, July 21, 2017

I think it was around January when I became obsessed with making a corn and octopus soup. I don't know what's the reason behind my obsession, but I do know that I really wanted to make it. And I did make it, but it was terrible.

Pasta Salad with Basil Goat Cheese Sauce and Roasted Beet // Insalata di pasta con salsa al basilico e formaggio di capra e barbabietola arrostita

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Turns out I actually like love pasta. If not, why would I be making tons of pasta salads? They are even more time-consuming than regular, warm pasta. So I guess it's love after all.

Matcha Tea Zucchini Noodles and Chickpeas // Noodles di zucchine e ceci al tè matcha

Monday, July 17, 2017

You know when you are craving some food and that is all you want to eat? I'm in a chickpea phase right now and because of the heat I pretty much end up making salads all the time.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Happy Bastille Day! Or as French would say, Bonne Fête Nationale! Or is it Joyeux 14 Juillet? I should probably know since I'm half French. Anyway, for this very reason, as a way to celebrate this festive day, I made ratatouille. No, I am not talking about the Disney movie. Although the mouse did cook ratatouille. And it looked way prettier than mine.

Apricot Bites with Goat Cheese and Pistachios // Bocconcini di albicocca con formaggio di capra e pistacchi

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This is that time of the year my grandfather brings me crates full of apricots. Now, I've never been an apricot person. I always liked peaches better. But nothing tastes as good as homegrown fruit and vegetables, so if I have to pick between store-bought peaches and homegrown apricots, I'll always pick the latter. Which is why I've been eating apricots like crazy lately. Mostly as a snack.

Mexican Quinoa Salad // Insalata di quinoa alla messicana

Monday, July 10, 2017

I love eating salads this time of the year. Actually, they are pretty much all I eat these days. They are so fresh and cooling, not to mention the fact that it doesn't take a lot of time to make them. Which is great since lately I'm being the laziest I've ever been.

Eggplant Noodles with Peanut Sauce // Noodles di melanzane con salsa alle arachidi

Friday, July 07, 2017

My vegetable garden is finally producing a lot of vegetables. Beetroots, carrots, zucchini. And eggplant, of course. And the easiest way - and my favourite - is to roast them. But there's also another way I love eating my vegetables, and that's making noodles out of them. And that's exactly what I did with my first eggplant.

Coconut Shrimps // Gamberi al cocco

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A while ago, I wanted to eat coconut shrimps but I really wasn't in the mood to measure everything and write the recipe. I just wanted to make something simple and fast because I was hungry. And so did I. And they looked pretty good too so I decided to share a picture on Snapchat. One of my friends there, Nadine, saw them and asked for the recipe.

Grilled Tempeh and Peach Salad // Insalata con tempeh e pesca grigliati

Monday, July 03, 2017

Salads are pretty much all I eat these days. I guess it's because of the heat but I just don't feel like doing anything in the kitchen. All I can deal with is chopping some vegetables, and mixing them with beans, corn or couscous.

Banana Coconut Granola // Granola alla banana e cocco

Friday, June 30, 2017

I've said this before, but I think breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as such it's important to feed the body with some real food right away. That's why I eat oats almost every day. When it's cold, I make warming oatmeals; when it's hot, I make overnight oats. Unless when I forget. That's when granola comes handy.

Red Cabbage Salad with Salmon Sashimi // Insalata di cavolo rosso con sashimi di salmone

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I go grocery shopping once a week so there usually are a lot of items on my shopping list. This time there were just a bunch and one of those was fresh tuna. I already had a recipe in mind - actually, it was a remake of a delicious dish I've eaten last December at a restaurant and it involved red cabbage as well - but there was a problem, there was no tuna left. Needless to say, I went home very disappointed.

Green Hummus // Hummus verde

Monday, June 26, 2017

Did you know that in Arabic hummus actually means chickpeas and what we call hummus it's actually called hummus bi tahina aka chickpeas with tahini? Well, I didn't. I've just found out and I thought it'd be nice to share this discovery with you.

Zucchini Noodles and Shrimps // Noodles di zucchine e gamberi

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shrimp and zucchini is a classic pairing when it comes to pasta. And it's one I love because it beautifully combines the products of the land and those of the sea. This dish, however, has one problem, there's pasta and, like I said last week, I can't handle it right now because of the heat, and cold pasta, unless you're making a pasta salad, doesn't really taste good.

Bulgur Salad with Edamame and Radishes // Insalata di bulgur con edamame e ravanelli

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Do you know what I've noticed recently? That I've never posted a recipe with bulgur which is insane considering how much I love it and how often I eat it. For those of you who don't know it, bulgur is a kind of cracked whole wheat which means it's rich in nutrients and vitamins, and because of the process it goes through, it takes no time at all to cook. That's why I love it so much.

Raw Falafel // Falafel crudisti

Monday, June 19, 2017

These are not your typical falafel. But I guess you already guessed that by the recipe name. And by the photo. These falafel are in fact green and raw. What can I say, the heat is really getting to me, and I'm trying to eat as much cold/raw food as possible.

Turnip Noodles with Olive Walnut Pesto // Noodles di rapa con pesto di olive e noci

Friday, June 16, 2017

I love making noodles out of vegetables and with the arrival of the Summer heat they are my favourite way to enjoy noodles. This year, I decided to extend my obsession to turnips, cause who said you can only make noodles out of zucchini or cucumbers?

Beef Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce // Filetto di manzo con salsa di ciliegie

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Oh, cherries. How is even possible not to love them? But I guess I'm biased because, and I've said this before, I have so much memories of me eating them straight from the cherry tree in my old house's garden. What I've never mentioned, however, is that my old house is now my grandparents house and that cherry tree is still there, delivering goodness every year. And that brings me to the fact that my grandfather brought me a huge basket of cherries.

Raw Carrot Cake Bites // Bocconcini crudisti di Carrot Cake

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ahhh, carrots. They are one of those few vegetables I've always loved and yet I've never had carrot cake in my entire life. That's crazy, right? To be honest though, I'm not even that interested in trying it because of all the sugar, white flour and other not-so-healthy ingredients.

Moroccan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous // Pollo e couscous di cavolfiore alla marocchina

Friday, June 09, 2017

I've been making cauliflower rice so often to make those damn cauliflower buns that now that I've mastered them, I miss cutting cauliflower into florets and magically transform them into rice. What I'm trying to say is that I needed to find an excuse to make it and that's when I remembered saving this Moroccan chicken cauliflower couscous bowls recipe. I wanted to try it back in February but I eventually ended up using the chicken breast to make a quick curry.

Cauliflower Buns // Panini di cavolfiore

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

 Remember what I told you a couple of months ago? That my first failed attempt at making cauliflower bagels wouldn't be the last one. So, as promised, here they are, my beautiful cauliflower bagels buns.

Black Forest Smoothie // Smoothie foresta nera

Monday, June 05, 2017

Black forest cake, or as Germans called it, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is my favourite cake. I love it so much, my mother has been making it for my birthday since I was 15. I'm 23 now, and that's still the tradition. That said, black forest cake isn't the only black forest dessert my mother has made during the past 8 years. There have also been black forest cupcakes and black forest crêpes.

Pasta alla Norma

Friday, June 02, 2017

I can't believe it's already been a year since I made my first risotto. Why am I bring that up in a pasta dish? Because it was the Caprese risotto I made to celebrate the Italian Republic's 70th birthday. Which makes today its 71th birthday. I know 71 isn't special, but I still wanted to make something so I made pasta alla Norma.

How to Make Fermented Chile Paste // Come fare la pasta di peperoncini fermentata

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A long time ago, thanks to Sabrina, I found out about this book called Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. Yes, that's a long title. Anyway, as you can tell, it is about fermented foods and since I love fermented foods for all the benefits they have, I decided to buy it. And it was probably one the best purchases I've ever made because this book truly is amazing.

Orecchiette with Broccoli and Gorgonzola // Orecchiette con broccoli e gorgonzola

Monday, May 29, 2017

Remember a while ago when I mentioned my cravings for gorgonzola? Well, they haven't stopped yet and that's pretty much all the cheese I eat now. What I can say, I just can't say no to its slightly spicy taste and its mould. And it's not even as unhealthy as many people think. Actually, it is one of the most healthy cheeses.

Steamed Salmon with Fennel and Dill Yogurt Sauce // Salmone al vapore con finocchi e salsa all'aneto e yogurt

Friday, May 26, 2017

I'm pretty sure I've already said this before, but I was a picky eater when I was a kid. And by kid, I mean until I was about 21. Anyway, what I'm trying to say here is that fennel was one of the few vegetables I liked. But I was so picky, I only liked it raw.