Tag Archives: Recipes

A Picture A Day: May 12, 2015

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This picture reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey! Only with a slice of cucumber … 😉

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Green Tomatoes On Blue Painted Wood

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I am taking some time off from the blog, in order to work on my portfolio and personal website. I’ll publish the new recipes as soon as possible….In the meantime I share some photographs taken in studio. Your feedback is very much appreciated, as always 🙂

Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes With A Kick! (Gluten-Free)

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Decadent, hot and velvety creamy inside, this dessert is to die for!
It took me several days to get this recipe right! It is quite difficult to achieve the right consistency, when you make this kind of dessert without flour or caster sugar. However, the result it is simply superb!!

Yes, these wonderful lava cakes are gluten and refined sugar free (I added a little icing sugar on top, in order to take better pictures, but you don’t have to)… No one will know they are secretly healthy!


But be careful, because the chocolate-chilli combination can be very addictive!

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Dark chocolate lava cakes with a kick (gluten and refined sugar free)

Cooking time: 18-19 minutes

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

for 4 small cakes (4 servings)

80 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

40 g almonds (with skin)

2 medium eggs, plus 1 yolk

1 pinch of salt

10 g unsweetened cocoa powder (plus a little more to dust the cake moulds)

80 g butter

100 g acacia honey (or the honey of your choice)

2 small dried chilli peppers (or a pinch of chilli powder)

icing sugar to decorate (optional, don’t use it if you don’t want refined sugar in the cakes)

4 small disposable aluminium cake moulds

Method.

1. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. When the chocolate is completely melted, add the butter, let it melt and mix well; then remove from the heat.

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2. Lightly toast the almonds in the oven at 170° C / 338° F (just for a few minutes). Let cool, then, using a food processor, grind the almonds with the cocoa powder and the dried chillies.

3. Separately, beat the eggs with honey with an electric beater, until the mixture is soft and fluffy.

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4. Incorporate the melted chocolate and butter with egg mixture. Beat for a few more minutes, then add the cocoa with the ground almonds and chillies.

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5. Grease 4 small cake moulds with butter, then dust with a little cocoa powder.

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6. Bake at 160 ° C/ 320° F for 18-19 minutes.

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7. Garnish with icing sugar (optional) and serve hot.

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Note. The cakes should be cooked on the outside and slightly soft in the centre, make sure you don’t overcook them
One more minute can make a huge difference!

Tortini con cuore fondente al peperoncino (senza glutine)

80 g di cioccolato fondente al 70 %

40 g di mandorle (con la buccia)

2 uova medie, piĂč un tuorlo

1 pizzico di sale

10 g di cacao amaro

80 g di burro

100 g di miele di acacia (oppure il miele che preferite)

due peperoncini secchi (oppure un po’ di peperoncino in polvere)

zucchero a velo per decorare (facoltativo, non usatelo se non volete lo zucchero nella ricetta)

4 stampini di alluminio (usa e getta)

Preparazione.

1. Fate sciogliere il cioccolato a bagnomaria. Quando il cioccolato sarĂ  completamente sciolto, aggiungete il burro e mescolate bene.

2. Tostate leggermente le mandorle nel forno caldo per qualche minuti. Lasciate raffreddare, poi tritate molto finemente insieme al cacao e i peperoncini con un tritatutto (fate qualche pausa per non riscaldare troppo le lame).

3. A parte, sbattete le uova con il miele, fino ad ottenere un composto soffice e spumoso.

4.  Incorporate il burro e il cioccolato sciolto alle uova. Sbattete ancora per qualche minuto, poi aggiungete il cacao con la farina di mandorle e il peperoncino. Mescolate bene.

5. Imburrate gli stampini in alluminio e ricoprite con una spolverata di cacao amaro.

6. Infornate a 160° C per 18-19 minuti (non di piĂč perchĂ© i tortini rischiano di solidificarsi troppo, mentre al centro devono restare cremosi).

7. Decorate con zucchero a velo (facoltativo) e servite i tortini caldi.

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A year in pictures!

Ok, I couldn’t help it! I had to make a mosaic with all the recipes from 2014!

A year of blogging, photography, gluten-free, new and traditional recipes…

And many more recipes are on the way! 🙂

Just click on the picture to view the recipe.

New and traditional recipes

Cranberry And White Chocolate PandolceChickpea Flour Bread With Pumpkin SeedsLight onion soup served with chickpea flour bread (zuppa di cipolle con pane di farina di ceci)Dark Chocolate And Marrons Glacés TartPenne al Pesto (pasta with Genoese pesto, method with mortar and pestle)Torta della nonna (grandma's cake) Pizza with fresh tomatoes, rocket and Parmesan cheeseLight Wholemeal Spelt BriochesTraditional Recipe: Focaccia Alla Genovese (Genoese Focaccia Bread)Fried sage leavesGorgonzola Salad With Rustic Bread.Torta Paradiso (Heaven cake)Mixed Seed Wholemeal Bread Recipe (High-Fibre Food)Tasty Pizza With Cannellini Bean Hummus And MusselsTraditional Recipe: Salsa Verde (Fresh Parsley Sauce)Spelt Bread With Home-made HummusPasta e fagioli (Pasta with borlotti beans)Super Tasty and Healthy Rocket Pesto

Traditional Recipe: Baked Peppers Au GratinBarley and shrimp salad in red cabbage leaves

Gluten-free recipes

Rosemary and garlic skinny “fries”.La farinata genovese (Genoese socca)Traditional Recipe: Sicilian Almond Biscuits With Candied Cherries (Pasticcini Alle Mandorle)Quick And Easy: Chestnut Salad With Apples And EscaroleQuick And Easy: Prawn Salad With Rocket And PomegranateRice flour chocolate cookies with pomegranate (gluten-free, low sugar) Light orange flaovured sabayon with pomegranate and pistachios.Stuffed Vegetables (Gluten-Free and Vegetarian)Traditional Recipe: Saffron RisottoTraditional Recipe: Roasted Bell Peppers With Garlic VinaigretteTraditional Recipe: Torta CapreseTraditional Recipe: La Peperonata (side dish)Delicious summer veggie kebabsPrawns With Pineapple In Sweet And Sour SauceMango Panna CottaRisotto With Fresh Peas And Corn Salad.Salmon with lime and balsamic vinaigretteCrunchy and Colourful Salad (Low-fat And Packed With Vitamin C!!)Rich Chocolate Tart with Fresh RaspberriesGluten-free Buckwheat Gnocchi (Step by Step)Special stuffed calamari quinoa recipe (front view 1, diagonal close-up)

How-to recipes

Cooking Method: Pizza MargheritaHow To Make (Almost) Perfect MeringuesHow to make amazing roasted chestnuts.Traditional Recipe: Crema Pasticciera (Italian Custard Cream)How to Make Perfect Pastry. (top view tart case) Cooking Method: Shortcrust Pastry Tart Case (top view) Traditional recipe: saffron risotto (front view 1)How to make seitan (piece of seitan on a fork, front view,close-up)Make the Best Pizza Dough (Part 1)Fresh Egg Pasta with Flour 00 (Step by Step)Easy Fresh Egg Spelt Pasta (Step by Step)Make the Best Home-made Yogurt!

Best Christmas treats!

Here are some ideas for your Christmas Party! I hope you like my choices! 🙂

Click on the links or the pictures for the recipes.

Pandolce al cioccolato con le nocciole ( a wonderful traditional Christmas cake made with lots of hazelnuts and chocolate)

Pandolce alla genovese con nocciole e cioccolato (hazelnuts and chocolate pandolce)

Baci di dama (Absolutely gorgeous! Hazelnuts and chocolate joined together for pure pleasure!)

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Bavarian cream with chocolate -caramel sauce (an incredibly soft vanilla dessert, served with a delicious sauce)

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 Shortbread biscuits with black pepper and fennel seeds (So sweet and spicy, these cookies melt in the mouth and can be very addictive!!! )

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Dark chocolate and marrons glacés Tart (Decadent and delicious!)

Slice Of Dark Chocolate And Marrons Glacés Tart

Torta Paradiso with Crema Pasticciera (This is a gorgeous sponge cake that can be served with any filling you wish… I would serve it with this delicious Italian custard cream)

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Step 6. Stir the custard before using.

Torta della Nonna (An amazing cake, made with a shortbread crust and top layer, filled with a thick custard and topped with lots of pine nuts! Truly special!)

Torta della nonna (grandma's cake)

French meringues (I know this is a recent post, but I think meringues are a perfect Christmas treat!)

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Some Of My Favourite Recipes…

A few months ago I published the viewers’ favourite recipes, this week I am publishing a selection of my favourite recipes, perfect for this season!

Follow the links, give them a try and let me know! 🙂

 Mixed Seed Wholemeal Bread (high in fibre, very crunchy and delicious!)

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Pizza Bianca Con Mozzarella E Stracchino see Make The Best Pizza Dough (Part 2)

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Pasta E Fagioli (creamy borlotti bean pasta)

Pasta e fagioli (Pasta with borlotti beans)

Wholemeal Chestnut Bread With Rosemary And Pine Nuts (try it warm, with a little piece of butter on top!)

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Gluten-free Buckwheat Gnocchi (already a viewer’s favourite, these gnocchi are incredibly soft and delicious!!!really something to try!)

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  Special Stuffed Calamari (quite a popular quinoa recipe!)

Special stuffed Calamari (front view 2)

 Deliciously Intense chocolate and chestnut biscuits (dark, not very sweet,  delicious served with a glass of milk)

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Double Chocolate Panna Cotta (best dessert ever! This is a single serving recipe, but you can make as many as you like!)

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Two amazing years…

This months we celebrate foodfulife’s second anniversary! I have to thank all of you, friends and bloggers, for supporting the blog and keeping me going! Blogging is an amazing experience!!! I hope to continue this journey with a lot of new ideas and recipes…

Here is a collection of the most viewed recipes from this year.

Enjoy your day!

Fried sage leaves

A traditional genoese starter.

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Buckwheat gnocchi

Very tasty and soft gluten-free gnocchi.

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Salmon with lime and balsamic vinaigrette 

So simple and tasty! This is one of my favourite dishes!

Salmon with lime and balsamic vinaigrette (front view with seasoned salmon)

Focaccia alla genovese

Focaccia prepared in the traditional way.

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Torta Caprese

A wonderful dark chocolate cake made with almond flour…To die for!

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Torta Paradiso (heaven cake)

A heavenly soft and delicate cake that kids simply adore!!!

Torta Paradiso (Heaven cake)

Rich chocolate tart with fresh raspberries

A vegan dark chocolate tart, so rich and delicious!

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Also very popular the how to series of posts…