Like most summers, this one flew by so quickly. It would be nice if the pandemic took the same route of seasons, but we know by now that the virus won’t be going anywhere soon and it will be some time before we can call it history. Although this year has been an insane rollercoaster,…… Continue reading End of summer Gazpacho!
I’ve recently learned how to bake sourdough bread. It’s been so fun to experiment and see the promising results. I’ve realized it takes a long time to make a good loaf of sourdough bread, but the results are so much better than baking with instant yeast instead of a sourdough starter. The aroma, the taste…… Continue reading Ribollita soup!
This week in Italy, and in most of Europe, we had a cold storm coming from Siberia. The temperatures went down to -10 ° during the night and here in Bra for the last couple days. As much as we love snow, we are all really tired of this freezing weather. I can’t wait for…… Continue reading Cauliflower & Turnip soup and thoughts on Climate Change
It has been so hot and dry here in north of Italy, it hasn’t rained in ages and the heat storm arrived earlier than usual. This time of year calls for a light and fresh diet, the last thing I would want to eat is something overcooked, filling and simmering hot. Gazpacho is a traditional…… Continue reading Summer Gazpacho
I found this beautiful celery “bouquet” at our local vegetable lady in the country and couldn’t resist. Celery isn’t a very popular choice of vegetable usually. But it is so good for you and very versatile. If you just google celery’s benefits you will find out it’s full of antioxidants, great for anti-inflammatory, helps the…… Continue reading Simple Celery Soup
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
I’ve hurt my ankle quite badly a couple of days ago, have been home not able to walk or stand. I’m sure it’s nothing too serious but will go check it out at doctors soon. I started icing it but since yesterday I changed to heat and it is improving. I don’t know if it’s…… Continue reading Carrot soup w/ crunchy Black Chickpeas
I’ve made this soup three times last week…you can’t get enough of it. Making the same dish several times can be a bit boring but at least you can try to swipe out or add some ingredient until you get it down to the point, perfect. For example, the first time I made this soup…… Continue reading Pumpkin-Red Lentil soup
Last night I really wanted to have something soupy but still with some consistency…something “asiany” with some miso flavoring…I had recently bought some soba noodles, so why not make a noodle soup with miso and gomasio? When I visited Japan, about 4 years ago, one of the memories that will always come back to me…… Continue reading Soba-noodle soup
This week I went to visit my friends in Biella, which is near Torino, two-hour drive east from Milan. It is almost in the mountains so it’s usually colder there than in Milan. She is from Sweden, he is italian. Whenever I go visit them we spend the whole time cooking or eating…it’s so fun!…… Continue reading Pumpkin soup from Biella
I’m in love with pumpkin right now. I guess because we don’t eat it all year around but that’s with a lot of vegetables too when they are in season. It’s so comforting and delicious and also very versatile; you can eat it just by itself, cook it in the oven, use it in a…… Continue reading Split Pea-Pumpkin soup
This past weekend was the Vegan festival in Milan. Maybe for americans it’s not a surprise to hear of these things, but for us here in italy, it’s a big deal…I guess it’s the third year they do it but I heard of it for the first time just this year. I sent a request…… Continue reading Carrot ginger soup with Black Chickpeas