20 July 2014

CARROT TOP PESTO



ingredients

1 bunch of carrot greens (stems removed)
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
100-80 g almonds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
sea salt/pepper to taste

directions

roast nuts and seeds on the dry skillet for about 5 to minutes.
in a food processor process nuts and seeds; add the cut carrot leaves, oil, garlic, salt, pepper and process until finely minced. taste and adjust the seasoning. put into a jar and refrigerate up to 2 days.



27 February 2014

POLISH APPLE PANCAKES (GLUTEN FREE)



ingredients

250 g buckwheat flour
4 medium apples
(peeled and thinly sliced)
water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp backing soda
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
(shredded)
1/2 tsp salt
vanilla extract
cinnamon
canola oil for frying

directions

in a bowl combine flour, salt and backing soda. add oil and water (around 1.5 cup) to dry ingredients and stir until smooth and creamy. add apples and blend it with a hand blender for a few seconds (so that it remains crunchy).
heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat.
use a large spoon to scoop the batter onto the hot pan. fry each side until golden brown.
sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with vegan cream if desired. 

20 February 2014

FARINATA

/LIGURIAN CHICKPEA FLATBREAD/ 



ingredients

250 g chickpea flour
750 ml water
80 ml olive oil
1 tsp salt
fresh rosemary (optional)

directions

put chickpea flour into a bowl and slowly add the water, whisking to keep lumps from forming. cover the bowl and let it sit for at least 4 h in a warm place.
preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. remove the foam from the surface of the batter and mix in half of the oil, rosemary and salt.
oil a large pizza pan or cast iron skillet with other half of oil and then pour the batter into the pan. bake for 40 min or until it has firmed up and become golden.
cut into wedges and serve hot.

31 August 2013

SUSHI


ingredients

1 cup short grained sushi rice
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt/sugar
2 cups water
3 nori (roasted seaweed) sheets
bamboo sushi rolling mat
1 carrot (peeled and cut into matchsticks)
1/2 avocado (thinly sliced)
1/2 cucumber (peeled and cut into matchsticks)
1/2 yellow bell pepper (cut into matchsticks)
1/3 zucchini (cut into matchsticks)
pickled ginger
soy sauce
wasabi paste

directions

rice preparation::
rinse and drain the rice. place the rice and water into a medium saucepan and cover with lid. bring to a boil and cook until the water in absorbed (about 15 min). remove the rice from heat and set aside for 15 min.
transfer it into a medium bowl, add vinegar, salt and sugar and gently mix with a flat spoon. cover and let it cool.

to make the rolls::
place bamboo mat with the slats running crosswise on a clean working surface. lay a sheet of nori shiny side down and lined up with the closest edge of the mat. spread evenly about 1/3 of the rice on the nori, with 4 cm uncovered at the far edge and 2 cm border on each long side. line up the fillings about 3 cm from closest near edge, evenly across the rice.
beginning with the closest end of the mat tightly roll up the nori, rice and fillings into a cylinder. press the roll firmly inside the bamboo roller. open the mat, dab unsealed edge of nori with a bit of water and roll the sushi forward to seal. repeat with remaining rice and fillings.
transfer rolls to a plate, cover with a damp towel and place into a fridge.
cut each sushi roll into 8 pieces with a sharp knife.
serve with a bowl of soy sauce for dipping, wasabi and pickled ginger.

19 June 2013

GAZPACHO 


ingredients

5 large ripe tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cucumber
1/2 small onion
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
salt, black pepper

directions

put the chopped and peeled tomatoes, cucumber, onion, pepper and minced garlic in a food processor or a high speed blender and blend well until smooth. add the olive oil and vinegar and season with salt, pepper and cumin.
chill in the fridge.