Tofu & cashew cheese

Cheese, dip, or sauce! Whatever you want to call it, it tastes really good! Here’s a very simple recipe for making a delicious, healthy and protein packed cheese. It’s great as is, but you can also use it to substitute soft cheeses in other recipes. For example I made a tart with greens mixed with…… Continue reading Tofu & cashew cheese

Hazelnut butter with a twist

Nut butters….yummm! Once you try them you get fixed on them! On the market today you can pretty much find nut or seed butters of any kind..not only tahini, almond or peanut butter, but hazelnut, cashew, sunflower etc. They are so good and full of protein and good fats, so versatile, eaten on toast (for…… Continue reading Hazelnut butter with a twist

Didactic Garden & Green Tomato Chutney

It’s been too long since my last blog post… Guilty! I started my second year at UNISG and, like the beginning of last year, it’s been overwhelming: there’s been the SlowCheese fair which happens every two years here in Bra lasting 4 days with crazy amount of tourists and cheese producers from all over the…… Continue reading Didactic Garden & Green Tomato Chutney

Creamy Almond Ricotta

More and more alternatives to dairy products are entering the market. Lots of people are either Lactose intolerant or want to cut on cholesterol so avoid dairy, or others are looking into cutting out dairy from their diet for environmental/ethical issues. Nut and seed cheeses are great plant-based alternatives that provide protein and other high…… Continue reading Creamy Almond Ricotta

Foraging wild garlic

This past weekend I spent it in my countryside house in the Piacentini hills, with some friends from uni. A pleasant way to spend the time there is to take walks in the fields, surrounded by nature. We’ve noticed in the past years lots of wild garlic in the fields, but never paid much attention…… Continue reading Foraging wild garlic

Pumpkin Sunflower seed Miso bowl

I use miso paste a lot in my cooking..some of you might be wondering what is that dark paste found in health food supermarkets? Miso is a traditional Japanese food and it means “fermented beans”. It is produced by the fermentation of soybeans and sometimes also grains  (usually rice or barley), together with “koji”, which…… Continue reading Pumpkin Sunflower seed Miso bowl

Super creamy Pasta w/ Avocado sauce

We’ve been hit with some cold and rainy weather here in northern Italy. How best to survive it? with a lil’ Comfort food! Ok, I admit, I shouldn’t be buying avocados in Italy, they are imported from South Africa, or South America most of the times. So sustainably speaking (and being a slow food student)…… Continue reading Super creamy Pasta w/ Avocado sauce

Unique Green soup w/ scented tofu sauce

First of all, don’t forget to go see Leonardo Dicaprio’s new documentary on climate change. It’s great and you can watch it for free on YouTube here. It’s an eye opener. I found this recipe in a South American cookbook. It has very unusual recipes, many containing nuts for soups or stews, used as a…… Continue reading Unique Green soup w/ scented tofu sauce

Red Lentil Hummus

I have been spending a lot of time at the beach here in Southern california, after work, on weekends, watching the sunset, walking on the beach, swimming (the water is so warm this year, you can easily chill in it which is very unusual), getting seaweed everywhere, watching kids build sand castles, elder couples walking…… Continue reading Red Lentil Hummus