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A Picture A Day: May 2, 2015


This month I will be celebrating this beautiful season by publishing a picture a day of fresh ingredients.

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Home-Made Pizza With Tomatoes, Rocket and Parmesan Cheese

A crunchy pizza base, topped with fresh Piccadilly tomatoes, some rocket leaves and Parmesan cheese…

An easy recipe, perfect for this season!



Pizza with tomatoes, rocket and Parmesan cheese.


for 2 large pizzas

Buy 2 ready made pizza bases or follow this recipe

For the pizza toppings

2 fresh mozzarellas (or you can use stracchino)

300 g Piccadilly tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

60 g rocket leaves (arugula)

50 g Parmesan cheese (thin slices)

Extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


1. Wash and dry the rocket leaves and the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in half.

2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough and make two large pizza bases.



3. Bake the pizza bases at 200 ° C (392°F) until they are crunchy (I am using a use a pizza stone, but you can use a baking tray greased with olive oil).

4. Add the mozzarella cheese and put the bases back in oven for a few minutes, to melt the cheese.



5. Turn off the oven and garnish your pizzas. Place the tomatoes, the rocket leaves and Parmesan cheese onto the pizza bases, then season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.





Pizza con pomodorini freschi, rucola e parmigiano.


Per 2 pizze grandi

Per fare due basi per la pizza seguite questa ricetta

Per guarnire le pizze

2 mozzarelle (oppure stracchino)

300 g di pomodorini Piccadilly

60 g di rucola

50 g di scaglie di Parmigiano Reggiano

olio extra vergine d’oliva

sale e pepe q. b.


1. Lavate e asciugate la rucola e i pomodorini, poi tagliate i pomodorini a metà.

2. Stendete la pasta con un matterello.

3. Infornate le basi della pizza a 200° C (uso una pietra per la cottura della pizza, ma potete usare una teglia unta). Fate cuocere fino ad ottenere una pasta croccante.

4. Aggiungete la mozzarella e infornate ancora per qualche minuto, per far sciogliere il formaggio.

5. Sfornate le pizze e spegnete il forno. Disponete i pomodorini, la rucola e il parmigiano sulle pizze, poi condite con abbondante olio extra vergine d’oliva, sale e pepe.

Crock Pot Quinoa and Veggie Stew.

 This dish is very healthy and nourishing, perfect for the winter.
Quinoa is a plant that can be used as a grain, in fact it is quite similar to couscous. It takes 15 minutes to cook, usually it’s boiled and added to the dish, however here I cook it together with the vegetables at end of the preparation of the recipe.
Quinoa is considered a superfood because it contains important amino acids and it’s gluten-free. As a matter of fact it’s not a cereal, but it can be used like one in many recipes.
Cooking tips.
To cook this stew I used an eco-friendly crock pot.  Some crock pots can release harmful chemicals contained in their paint, when they are used at high temperatures for slow cooking recipes. There are specialised shops that sell these eco-friendly crock pots, painted with harmless natural paint, they are a little bit expensive, but you’ll only need one….Although, a crock pot is nice, but it is not strictly necessary, you can also use a normal stainless steel pan or a slow cooker to prepare this recipe.
Serves 4
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 medium carrots
2 stalks of celery
2 large potatoes
3 zucchini / courgettes
1 red bell pepper
300 g (10.6 oz) sweet tomatoes, like cherry tomatoes
1 can of cannellini beans (or baked beans)
150 g (5.3 oz) quinoa
3 bay leaves
700 ml (23.6 oz fl) water
extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
1. Peel and cut all the vegetables into small pieces.
2. Fry the onion with plenty of olive oil, then add the garlic after a few minutes.
3. When the onions are golden, add all the vegetables with the bay leaves and 700 ml of water.
4. Stir and continue to cook over a low heat for 1 hour and 20 minutes (but add the beans after 40 minutes of cooking time).
5. Wash the quinoa, using a strainer, under running water for a few minutes.
6. When the vegetables are cooked add the quinoa, then stir and cook for another 10 minutes.
7.  Turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Season with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and serve after 5 minutes.
Zuppa di quinoa con verdure.


4 persone 

1 cipolla grossa

3 zucchini

2 spicchi d’aglio

2 carote medie

2 gambi di sedano

2 patate grosse

1 peperone rosso

300 g di pomodorini piccoli e dolci

1 scatola di fagioli cannellini

150 g di quinoa

3 foglie di alloro

700 ml d’acqua

olio extra vergine d’oliva, sale e pepe q b

1. Mondate e tagliate tutte le verdure a dadini.

2. Mettete a soffriggere la cipolla, aggiungendo l’aglio dopo qualche minuto per non farlo bruciare.

3. Quando il soffritto sarà dorato, aggiungete tutte le verdure con le foglie di alloro. Innaffiate con 700 ml d’acqua, poi coprite con il coperchio e fate cuocere lentamente.

4. Mescolate e continuate a cuocere a fuoco molto lento per 1 ora e 20 minuti (aggiungete i fagioli dopo 40 minuti di cottura).

5. Lavate la quinoa, usando un colino, sotto il getto d’acqua del rubinetto per qualche minuto.

6. Poco prima di spegnere il fuoco aggiungente la quinoa (circa 10 minuti prima), spegnete e coprite con il coperchio.

7. Lasciate riposare per 5 minuti. Condite con un po’ d’olio, sale e pepe e servite.

Pinzimonio (vegetable crudites) with yogurt and mustard sauce.

This week we are going to prepare a lovely platter of Italian-style vegetable crudites (Pinzimonio) with a nice creamy sauce. Light and healthy, this colorful platter consists of a mixture of crunchy vegetables, usually cut into sticks and served with a dressing on the side. For this recipe I prepared a slightly chilled dipping sauce, made with yogurt and mustard.


4-6 servings

1 large tomato

3 medium carrots

1 yellow pepper

1 red pepper

1/2 fennel

1 bunch of red radicchio leaves

1 bunch of radishes

3 stalks of celery

 for the sauce

1 low-fat greek yogurt ( 170 g, 5.99 oz, unsweetened)

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons strong mustard

a pinch of honey

salt and paprika to taste


1. Wash and prepare all the vegetable, then cut them into sticks ( except the radicchio leaves and radishes). Put all the vegetable to soak in cold water for a few minutes and drain.


2. Separately, prepare a sauce combining the yogurt with mustard and the honey.


3. Add vinegar, olive oil, salt and paprika to the mixture.



4. Put the sauce to cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.


5. Serve the vegetables on a large dish (or two) with the sauce in the centre.


Pinzimonio di verdure con salsa di yogurt e senape.

1 pomodoro grande

3 carote medie

1 peperone giallo

1 peperone rosso

1/2 finocchio

1 mazzetto di radicchio rosso

1 mazzetto di ravanelli

3 coste di sedano

 per la salsa

1 yogurt greco magro (170 g, non zuccherato)

1 cucchiai di aceto di mele

1 cucchiaio di olio extravergine di oliva

2 cucchiai di senape

pochissimo miele

sale e paprica q b


1. Lavate, mondate e tagliate le verdure a bastoncino, tranne il radicchio e i ravanelli. Immergete le verdure in acqua molto fredda per qualche minuto.

2. A parte, preparate una salsa unendo lo yogurt alla senape e al miele.

3. Aggiungete l’olio, l’aceto di mele, il sale e la paprica.

4. Mettete la salsa a raffreddare in frigorifero per 30 minuti. 

5. Servite le verdure in un piatto grande da portata (o due) , con la salsa al centro.

My Favourite Oven-Baked Falafels.

Oven-baked broad bean falafel (front view 1 with yellow cloth)

Falafel is delicious middle eastern food, usually prepared with dried chickpeas or dried broad beans (fava beans). Broad bean falafel is a traditional egyptian recipe. Being rich in vegetable protein, this food is an excellent alternative to meatballs in vegetarian diet. In this recipe, I changed a few steps in order to get a little lighter dish. Falafels can be served with a yogurt and cucumber sauce, or with fresh tomato salad.

Oven-cooked broad bean falafel (raw on a plate, front view) 

Oven-cooked broad bean falafels.


Serves 2-4  (16 falafel)

preparation: 20 minutes + 12 hours to soak the beans in water + 30 minutes (minimum) refrigeration

cooking time: 30 minutes

150 g (5.2 oz) dried broad beans

1 large onion

1 clove of garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon cumin seeds (ground)

1 teaspoon coriander seeds (ground)

1 tablespoon sesame seeds (ground)

1 tablespoon wholemeal flour (or plain flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder or baking soda

3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt (maybe a little less)

pepper to taste


1. Let the beans soak in a bowl overnight (12 hours, at least).. Lay a kitchen towel on a table and rub the broad beans to dry them up.

Step 1. Soak the beans, then dry them with a towel.

2. Put the beans in a food processor and chop finely with the onion, garlic and parsley. Add the seeds (already finely ground), flour , salt , pepper and baking powder. Mix well.

Step 2. Chop the beans with garlic, the onions and all the other ingredients.

Step 2. Chop the beans with garlic, the onions and all the other ingredients.

3. Place the mixture to cool for 30 minutes in the refrigerator (sometimes I leave it in the fridge for hours, I think my falafels taste even better afterwards). Form small balls with the mixture.

Step 3. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes, then shape small balls.

4. In a frying pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil, then fry the balls until they are golden on all sides. Place all the falafels in a greased baking tray and cook in the oven at 170 ° C (338° F) for about 20 minutes. Serve while still warm.

Step 4. fry the falafel until golden, then bake for 20 minutes.

Falafel di fave cotti al forno.


2-4 persone (16 falafel)

Preparazione: 20 minuti + 12 ore per fare ammorbidire le fave in acqua + 30 minuti (minimo) per far riposare l’impasto nel frigo.

Cottura: 30 minuti

150 g di fave secche

1 cipolla grande

1 spicchio d’aglio

2 cucchiai di prezzemolo fresco tritato

1 cucchiaino di semi di cumino tritati

1 cucchiaino di semi di coriandolo tritati

1 cucchiaio di semi di sesamo tritati

1 cucchiaio di farina integrale (o farina normale)

3 cucchiai di olio extravergine d’oliva

1 cucchiaino di lievito in polvere o bicarbonato per uso alimentare

1  cucchiaino scarso di sale e pepe q. b.


1. Lasciate le fave a bagno in una ciotola per tutta la notte. Stendete un panno sul tavolo e asciugate le fave strofinandole bene. 

2. Mettete i legumi in un tritatutto e tritateli molto finemente con la cipolla, l’aglio e il prezzemolo. Aggiungete i semi ( già finemente tritati), la farina, il sale , il pepe e il lievito in polvere (o bicarbonato). Mescolate bene tutto.

3. Lasciate riposare l’impasto per almeno 30 minuti nel frigorifero ( lasciandolo riposare più a lungo, ho dei risultati anche migliori). Con l’impasto ottenuto, formate tante polpette di piccole dimensioni.

4. In una padella scaldate 3 cucchiai di olio extravergine d’oliva, poi fate soffriggere le polpette facendole dorare su tutti i lati. Quando le polpette saranno completamente dorate, mettetele in una teglia leggermente unta e fatele cuocere a 170° per 20 minuti. Servite i falafel quando sono ancora caldi.