Farinata

               

Farinata is a type of thin pancake made from chickpeas flour. It originated in Genova and then became a popular food all over the Ligurian sea coast. Farinata has different names…..if you are in Genova it is called faina, in Nice is socca, in Tuscany cecina and in Sardinia faine……

Originally farinata is sliced in irregular slices and enjoy with fresh crushed black pepper. In Tuscany is served between two slices of focaccia and at home I enjoyed warm with cold cuts……

Give a try to this recipe and let me know what you think.

Detail recipes is under Appetizers

Roasted pumpkin filled with quinoa and sauté vegetables

    

Easy vegan meal for every occasion. Want to wow your vegan friends during this festive time? here it is the perfect recipe, Roasted pumpkin filled with quinoa and sauté vegetables,  ready in under 1 hour.

Clean and empty your pumpkins, sprinkle with salt, pepper and drizzle with Evo oil. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180C. When you pumpkins are baking, cook one cup of quinoa in 3 cups of water for 17 minutes or according to the packaging instructions. Drain when ready and keep aside till need it.

Concasse 1 eggplant, 1 zucchini, 1 tomato, 1 red bell pepper.

In a hot skillet add 10ml Evo oil and sauté vegetables for 15-18 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove pumpkins from oven, mix vegetables and quinoa together, fill each pumpkins with the quinoa mix; garnish with pomegranate and micro greens. Enjoy.

Let me know what you think of this easy recipe…. and Happy Holidays.

 

 

 

Black ink arancini filled with mussels, saffron white wine sabayon on a tomato sauce

 

Raise your hands if you like arancini…..Arancini are sensationally delicious fried rice ball filled with ragu and mozzarella cheese. Now, lets take arancini to the next level, a fancier one, Black ink arancini filled with mussels, saffron white wine sabayon on a tomato sauce for “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. In collaboration with https://mya-zone.com I pair this mouth-watering recipe with a Pinot Grigio from Giusti Wine.

Find full recipe Pastas, Gnocchi and Co

 

Lentils and mushrooms strudel with baby spinach salad, butternut squash and beetroot chips

 

Vegan friends for the holidays?…..Do not fret….This delicious Vegan lentils, mushrooms strudel with a refreshing baby spinach salad butternut squash and beetroot chips is the perfect main for this festive time. I pair mine with Pinot Grigio delle Venezie from Giusti wine, that with its crisp and flavoursome bouquet enhance this main course. This post is in collaboration with @roomwinekenya at https://mya-zone.com

Find recipe below.

Lentils and mushrooms strudel with baby spinach salad, butternut squash and beetroot chips.

Ingredients 4 pax
04nos 10 by 10cm puff pastry vegan
100gr brown lentils, boil till soft
50gr orange lentils, boil till soft
200gr champignons mushrooms, washed and sliced
02nos garlic clove, minced
30gr yellow onion, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
10ml Evo oil
200gr tomato sauce
250gr baby spinach, washed
20nos butternut squash chips
20nos beetroot chips
40gr pomegranate
For dressing
2tbsp Evo oil
5ml lemon juice
1/2tsp dijon mustard
Salt pepper to taste
Few tbsp almond milk to seal the strudel
For the chips:
Peel butternut squash, and thinly slice 20 slices.
Do the same with beetroot.
Sprinkle salt and pepper on butternut squash and arrange on an oven tray.
Do the same with beetroot.
Drizzle with few tbsp of Evo oil and back at200C till crispy.
Keep aside till need it.
Heat 1tbsp Evo oil in a non stick pan.
Add garlic fry for few seconds and then add mushrooms.
Season mushrooms and cook till ready, around 12-15 minutes at medium heat.
When ready keep aside till need it.
Heat 10ml Evo oil in a sauté, and add onions.
Let onions sweat for few minutes.
Add to onions lentils and mushrooms.
Sauté for 5-8 minutes.
Check seasoning and keep aside.
Fill each square of puff pastry with few tbsp of filling.
Brush almond milk around the edges, and roll puff pastry close.
Arrange puff pastry, closing facing down, on a baking tray.
Make few incisions on top of puff pastry and brush some more almond milk.
Repeat with the rest of puff pastry.
Bake in the oven at 180C for 25-30 minutes or till golden brown.
For the salad:
Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing.
In a bowl toss baby spinach with pomegranate and chips.
Add dressing and orange on on 4 plates.
Heat tomato sauce.
Spoon few tbsp of tomato sauce next to the salad.
Slice strudel in half and put it on top of tomato sauce.
Pair with Pinot Grigio delle Venezie from Giusti wine.

Festive ideas: Scallops au gratin with mussels and shrimps

 

In collaboration with RooM Wine Kenya and Giusti Wine

Hello friends, ready for the Festive Season? Still not sure what to prepare to entertain friends and family? Let me help you, with easy recipes for my favourite time of the year. This year I am super lucky, because I am collaborating with @roomwinekenya https://mya-zone.com  and Giusti Wine to pair delicious meals with amazing wines.  Today I would like to share one of my old recipe, so perfect for this time of the year, Scallops Au Gratin with Mussels and Shrimps, rich and tasty main course for a delicious festive meal. I pair this flavourful dish with Augusto Recantina red wine from Veneto region. Recantina is a native vine, that can be found only in the north east part of Italy, with an ancient history that documents back to the 1600s. When Napoleon was ruling Venetian Republic, all vineyards were destroyed. In recent year Recantina vine was rediscovered. Giusti wine is the biggest producer and only exporter of Recantina wines. I picked Augusto Recantina, because of its freshness enhances the flavour of this dish.

 

Find detail recipe Scallops Au Gratin with Mussels and Shrimps under Appetizers, and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

 

 

 

 

Zucchini flowers and eggs

Happy summer amazing friends.

What do you like to cook during hot summer days? I enjoy easy, light and fast meals and Zucchini flowers and eggs is the perfect meal to enjoy during hot summer days. The best part of this meal is that is ready in under 30 minutes….so give it a try, and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

 

Zucchini flowers and eggs.

Ingredients for 5 pax
750gr baby zucchini with flowers
5nos eggs
10ml evo oil
2nos minced garlic cloves
Chopped parsley to garnish
Salt and pepper
Remove flowers from baby zucchini.
Wash and dry flowers.
Wash zucchini and cut in 3 slices.
Heat evo oil in a non stick pan.
Add garlic and fry for few seconds.
Add zucchini and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Add flowers, and cook for few more minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low, and with the help of a spoon make a small well for each egg and crack egg into it.
Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Idli with avocado and spicy prawns

Ready to dazzle your friends and family with a new, fancy appetiser? Look no further, Idli with avocado and chilly prawns, is your perfect wow dish. Put on your party shoes, as you can whip this dish up in under 30 minutes.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Find detail recipe below.

Idli with avocado and spicy prawns                        

Ingredients 16 idli

01nos already made idli/dosa batter
16nos prawns clean and devein
02nos avocado
01nos minced garlic clove
Pinch chilly flakes
01tbsp EVO oil
01 teaspoon lime juice
Salt and pepper
16nos cilantro leaves
Follow packaging instruction for idli.
Steam idli for 12 minutes.
Remove from idli pan.
Keep it aside.
Heat evo oil in a non stick sauté.
Add prawns and chilly flakes to evo oil.
Fry for a minute and then add prawns.
Sauté prawns for 5-6 minutes.
Adjust seasoning.
Remove from pan and keep it aside.
Mash avocado with teaspoon of lime juice, adjust seasoning.
Assemble idli.
With the help of a teaspoon, make a small indent, on idli.
Fill the indent with a tbsp of avocado mash and top it with a prawn.
Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Pumpkin gnocchi filled with wild mushrooms and Robiola cheese

      

How much do you like gnocchi? Me…a lot…..but I get bored of the same potato gnocchi or spinach and ricotta or again basic pumpkin ones; so last time I was home, I prepare this delicious Pumpkin gnocchi filled with wild mushrooms and Robiola cheese.  If you want to impress your friends and family with a not-so-boring kind of gnocchi, this is what you are looking for. Easy to make, but fancy enough to impress everyone. The making of pumpkin gnocchi

Prepare pumpkin gnocchi dough, sauté wild mushrooms and cut your cheese. As you can see from the picture above, I flatten the dough and put in the middle of it mushrooms and cheese.

Wrap the excess dough around, and roll it into a ball. Your gnocchi are ready to be cooked.

Hope you will try this recipe, and enjoy it as much as we do.

Find detail recipe below.

Pumpkin gnocchi filled with wild mushrooms and Robiola cheese

Ingredients 8 pax

For gnocchi
700gr  pumpkin mashed
300gr flour
Nutmeg pinch
Salt & pepper
Filling
100gr robiola cheese cut in small cubes
250gr sauté  wild mushroom
For the hazelnut sage butter
150gr butter
6-8nos sage leaves
Grated parmesan cheese
Prepare gnocchi.
In a bowl combine pumpkin, flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper to form a dough.
Take a tablespoon of gnocchi dough and flattened out in the palm of your hand.
Fill gnocchi with 1cube of cheese and few mushrooms.
To close gnocchi wrap the excess dough around, and close it into a ball.
Drop gnocchi in salted boiling water.
When gnocchi have risen to the top reduce heat to a simmer.
Let it cook for 4-5 extra minutes.
In a saute, melt butter till foamy and then add sage leaves.
Drain gnocchi on a serving plate and pour butter on top.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garnish with extra mushrooms.

 

 

 

 

Singapore

 

Singapore…an organised beautiful city…..but chaos breaks loose when it comes to food, just joking, they are super organised when it comes to food too. First evening in Singapore we got out at Bugi stop with the metro, and my son’s eyes just popped out when he saw the amount of food that was around. He decided to try prawns and octopus balls and a spicy beef Bao, no need to say, it was love at first bite. I am sharing my Bao buns recipe below.

 

If you have never been to Singapore the first thing that will strike you is how well organised and clean the city is. And no, after thinking for more than a week I cannot find faults in this amazing city. It’s been 5 days of absolute fun….from divine food, to visiting Universal Studios, the Aquarium and the Wings of Time show in Sentosa Island; to the 360 view from Skypark at the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Little India, Chinatown and so much more.
After been back we were missing Bao buns so much that I decided to make my own ones.
Let me share my recipe for the best Bao buns that you will ever taste.
After 3 hours and 30 minutes of proofing and reworking the dough, this beauties are ready to be steamed.
This how Bao buns should look after being steamed for 8 minutes
Fill your buns with what you like the most.
Mines were crunchy veggies, for my daughter, and pulled beef for the rest of the family.
Love those buns you can turn them into a vegan meal using a milk substitute, I used almond milk, and fill them up with crunchy veggies in a soy dressing.
Hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did.
Bao Buns

Ingredients for 15 Bao Buns
530gr flour
01and half tbsp sugar
01teaspoon dry yeast
50ml milk, or almond milk
01tbsp sunflower oil
01tbsp rice vinegar
01teaspoon baking powder
180ml water
1/2teaspoon salt
Extra
Vegetable oil
Thick wooden skewers or chopsticks.
Dissolve yeast in few tablespoons of warm water.
In a bowl mix together flour, sugar, milk, oil, vinegar and baking powder.
Add to the above ingredients yeast.
Add 180ml of water to the mix and work it for 5-10 minutes.
After 10 minutes cover dough with a cloth and keep it in a warm place for 2 hours.
After 2 hours rework the dough.
Roll out dough into a sausage shape, around 4cm thick.
Cut into pieces 3cm wide.
Form a ball with each piece of dough and let it rest for 2-3 minutes.
Use a rolling-pin to roll each ball into an oval around 3-4mm thick.
Brush some vegetable oil on each oval.
Oil each chopsticks or skewers.
Put skewers or chopsticks in the middle of the oval.
Fold the dough onto the skewers/chopsticks, and then pull carefully out the skewers/chopsticks.
Place prepared buns on a baking tray.
Cover buns with a kitchen cloth.
Proof for 1 hour and 30 minutes or till doubled in size.
Steam buns for 8 minutes.
Fill it with barbecue pulled chicken or beef or pork or crunchy veggies or delicious seafood.
Serve it hot.

Vegan lentils, spinach and chickpeas stew

Comfort food at is best. Finger licking smacking good Vegan Lentils, Spinach and Chickpeas stew, perfect for rainy evening.
Vegan lentils, spinach and chickpeas stew

Comfort food at its best. Finger licking smacking good Vegan Lentils, Spinach and Chickpeas stew. I shouldn’t add anymore words to describe this dish…. just go to Vegetarian page to find detail recipe, and don’t forget to let me know what you think about this recipe.