Orzo and Vegetable Soup

So, I love Italy.

I love the history, the culture, the language, the climate, the people, the fashion and, of course, the food!

Rome, Siena, Venice, Naples, Florence, Arezzo…I would be hard pressed to choose my favourite part of Italy! All I know is that it is one of my most favourite places in the world.  Continue reading “Orzo and Vegetable Soup”

Strawberry, Cardamom and Pistachio Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is something that since I turned vegetarian, has largely been off the menu. But no more! I discovered something quite magical when I was doing my monthly shop – Vege Gel! This amazing sachet of powder is a vegetarian-friendly setting agent that can be used in  both sweet and savoury recipes!

I had a carton of soya cream in my cupboard, along with some over-ripe strawberries and I knew what I had to do. It was panna cotta time…

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Simple Italian Bruschetta

We have just got back from an amazing trip in Arezzo, Tuscany. We spent four days walking around the beautiful medieval streets, enjoying the warm weather and enjoying endless plates of delicious Tuscan food! Unsurprisingly, ever since I got back I have had crazy cravings for Italian food. So this afternoon, I whipped up a plate of bruschetta. The beautiful fresh flavour really took me back to Italy and I’m sure you are going to love it!

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Aubergine Parmigiana

This is quite possibly one of my favourite recipes. Like my Butternut Squash and Kale Risotto, this recipe really showed me that I just don’t need to eat meat. It is SO easy to make and it tastes delicious. It really is just a matter of assembling, as opposed to laborious cooking.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Risotto

I am a new(ish) vegetarian. I celebrated one year meat free this Easter. This is one of my favourite veggie dishes. I pretty much lived on this for most of last winter! I think it is one of the most comforting, warming dishes. The trick is to roast the butternut squash with some garlic and sage, it really provides an amazing depth of flavour. The porcini powder adds an incredible savoury umami flavour!