Preparing vegetarian balls needs time. During my cooking classes I hear many people who declare that they do not have time to stay in the kitchen; but I am sure, they could find it 😉 The real problem is that we give priority to other activities that are often not so important for our lives. If we really feel that cooking something, for us or our family, with high quality food is a good habit, we can create moments to do it. For these long preparations, you can, for example, organize cooking evenings with some friends, sharing the shopping, and making a lots of tasty balls for everyone. It can be a way to spend pleasant hours together and do something useful: you can then freeze your balls and create a good food supply. Here is the recipe for potato and spinach vegetarian balls … I hope you enjoy it 😉
A tradition that is always alive,: to stay together with my family and cook: adults and children knead, shape cookies and sweets to share at Christmas. In the kitchen, the atmosphere is warm and we have the occasion to meet each other, to listen to music, to sing Christmas songs, to talk and stay in silence and get in touch with the real Christmas atmosphere. Today I share with you a traditional family recipe: black and white cookies that I have slightly revised, using a type “1” flour, ghee instead of butter and brown cane sugar. I wish you to be able to spend happy holidays and to feel the beauty that is behind the simplest gestures and the most authentic encounters. Merry Christmas.
When I buy green leafy vegetables like beets, spinach or turnip tops, I wash them immediately and cook in boiling water to reduce their volume. This helps me to find them in the fridge ready for use. In this way I can quickly prepare a side dish by sautéing them in a pan with garlic and extra virgin olive oil, or use them to prepare green flans. In this recipe, I will fill a quiche.
Passatelli are a typical dish of two regions of Italy: Marche and Emilia Romagna; traditionally served in meat broth, we can also taste this recipe in different vegetarian versions, without broth, with the most varied seasonings: with vegetables, with truffles, with a cream of legumes or, as in this case, with baked mushrooms on tasty green spinach bechamel. This version has an extra feature: instead of wheat flour, it contains chestnut flour. I hope you like them 🙂
Another time so many colors on our table, with this flan that you can eat as a simply starter or as a second course. We are going to serve it on a violet béchamel, with purple cabbage. Finally we will garnish with some parmesan slices and walnuts. Enjoy 😉
Flans are always very elegant and attractive; they can be a nice appetizer or a light side dish, especially if you mix classical ingredients (like eggs and cheese) with some lighter ones; in this case I’ve used soy cream instead of fresh cream. Flans can be served in different kind of ways: here is a delicious version with a velvet carrot and curcuma cream.