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A Wholesome, Clean(ish) Carrot Orange Cake

February 2018, Rome. I went to the giardino degli aranci for the first time. It is an easy climb to a quaint corner with four romanic churches, and, amongst them, a garden of orange trees from which St. Peter’s cupola…

Champagne, Shallot & Truffle Risotto for a Festive Dinner

This post is in partnership with Millésima, a wonderful online shop of French and Italian luxury wines. I love working with wine – it is a wonderful world full of passionate, hardworking sellers and producers. Hop over to their channels…

Thoughts and a Peculiar Carbonara Recipe from the Barilla Pasta World Championship

This post was sponsored by Barilla for the #barillaworldchampionship and the #pastaworldchampionship.Head over to my IG stories highlights to see videos and snaps of the event! —– I’ve been reading about marketing for a few years now. I’m not saying…

The Season for Lemon Rosemary Cookies

I stood in front of my closet, in a state of apparent confusion, for several minutes. I knew it would be unseasonably hot in Rome the following day, and yet everything around me was screaming ‘it’s fall, for God’s sake,…

How to Make Rosolio (Rose Liquor): Preserving the Smell of May Roses

My centifolia bushes flower continuously, but they are still so small that they make no more than 5 or 6 roses at a time. This forces me to make vials of liquid at a time, hoping that the delicate petals…

On Creative Process, and Artichoke Tagliatelle

NOTE: Check out my pasta workshop in London with The Pasta Lab here, and a full wonderful Photography workshop with Harvest and Honey in the most beautiful Salento, Puglia! Registrations are now open!  I have been ace at drawing ever…

Vegetable Literacy #2: Veggie Kale Burger, & on Blog Writing

When I was a kid we lived in a tiny apartment that overlooked the sea. Our kitchen, which consisted roughly of a sink and a stove and a fridge cranked next to it – that fridge that my mom always…

Vegetable Literacy #1: Onion-y, Creamy Cauliflower Pasta Bake

‘You may not be able to change the world, but the world cannot change without you’ Vegetable Literacy is a new series to help you get more knowledge about seasonal vegetables and ways to cook them and help you implement…

Creamy Radicchio Risotto with Mascarpone (or Not – Vegetarian & Vegan versions)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin The 2018 Workshop calendar is OUT! See it HERE. Listening to: Tarantela de Ribayaz, Arianna Savall When I was a kid, I wanted to be an adventurer. It started with me reading way too many…

3 Creamy, Vegan Soups for a Pre-Christmas Cleanse

(scroll to the bottom to jump to recipes) These soups are simple and essential, as I wish my new year to be. And as I wish my Christmas and New Year’s celebrations to be, in fact. When I switched to…

Christmas ‘Buche de Noel’ Cake #HortusChristmas

Note: below is a little encouragement to share content that you really care about and that will eventually draw people closer to you. If you want the recipe for this delicious cake, scroll to the bottom and ignore my ramblings.…

Superfood Hot Chocolate Jars For Christmas (make vegan) + Workshop Announcement!

ANNOUNCING OUR ANNUAL FOOD BLOGGER CONFERENCE WORKSHOP! Over 4 Saturdays in January, you’ll be able to stream in from your home or office & start your new year off with creative inspiration. (PS – Can’t stream live? No problem – just…

Almond Crostata (Tart) With Ricotta & Jam Filling from Naturally Vegetarian

Naturally Vegetarian is up for grabs on Amazon or on all these other places!  I bought three bushes of ancient roses last spring, the kind you can use for cooking: I imagine that, if the garden of Eden had flowers,…

Fennel Salad with Oranges, Toasted Almonds and Lemon Thyme (from Naturally Vegetarian)

You can get my book, where you can find many simple, Mediterranean, vegetarian and vegan recipes, by clicking here! This is an ode to fennel, one of the most beautiful winter vegetables and, indeed, the most elegant. Fennel id the…

Pasta with Herb Butter Sauce from my Cookbook ‘Naturally Vegetarian’

My cookbook, Naturally Vegetarian, is out today! Visit this page to grab a copy, or go straight to Amazon! And also… The photos of myself in this post were taken by the wonderful Serena Cevenini, and the video on the…