Zucchini & ricotta casserole

Zucchini is a very comfortable fruit. Yeah, right , it’s a fruit 🙂 In a culinary context, zucchini is treated as a vegetable; it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, zucchinis are fruits, a type of botanical berry, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.

I use zucchini to bake desserts, to make soups, salads, risotto, pasta, pastry cream, etc., etc., the options are endless.

One of my favorite dishes made with zucchini is this savory zucchini casserole with zucchini, eggs, ricotta cheese, hard cheese and oatmeal; a simple vegetable dish that highlights the summer flavors and lightness. It makes a great dinner or a perfect side dish to grilled chicken fillet.

Zucchini and ricotta casserol

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Healthy cake with fruits

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetSeptember is here, school starts in a while and I still get good vibes and the good feelings of a new beginning even though I’ve said good bye to school years ago. One of the things I loved about school were the homemade goodies my mom made to enjoy at school. This fruit cake is a perfect snack to give your children to school. It is full of fruits, has an amazing smell and tastes light and fresh.

I’ve got this recipe from a friend which used to cook it very often back on her student days. The original recipe uses all-purpose flour and butter, while I used partly whole wheat flour and tahini. It requires 1 kg of fruits of your choice, like apples, banana, pears, peaches, plums etc. It almost looks like a fruit salad rather than a cake.

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Cocoa pasta with caramelised pears and walnuts

Cocoa pasta with caramelised pears and walnuts

I thought I wasn’t a pasta lover, I mean I liked them a lot, but I wasn’t craving them all the time, or dream about them.  After I tried the fresh made pasta at Luga e Argjendtë, an artisanal pasta shop in Tirana, everything changed. Yes, now I dream about pasta all day. My favorite ones are cocoa pasta.

Cocoa pasta is traditionally just regular pasta enhanced with cocoa powder. When you hear cocoa you probably think of something sweet, but it’s not the case. There isn’t any sugar in it, so it isn’t sweet like you might expect it to be. The flavour of the pasta itself is really interesting. Once it’s cooked it has an intense chocolaty aroma, but the flavour is very subtle.

Cocoa pasta pairs perfectly with caramelised pears and toasted walnuts. Don’t forget a pinch of cinnamon  and nutmeg 🙂 yummyyy

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Whole wheat & ricotta peach galette

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetThis summer is so sunny and warm, I can only count 2-3 days of rain. That’s maybe the reason that peaches have been great and at a very low price. You may imagine the rest, I end up getting a basket of peaches every time I go to the farmers market.

Beyond being perfect to eat freshly picked, or in smoothies, they’re perfect for baking too. I prepared a peach galette with whole wheat crust and ricotta filling to celebrate summer blossom. It is wonderful the date it is baked and even better the day after. I use maple syrup to sweeten it. It gives a very nice caramel taste and is healthier too, but if you wish you may use brown sugar instead.

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Savoury zucchini bread

IMG_2102 (2)This savory zucchini bread was at first an experimental recipe. I wanted to prepare something savor for a bake sale at work. I kind of mixed whatever I had in the fridge and ended up with this beauty. To my surprise the result was wonderful and when I brought the cake at work everyone was asking me for the recipe. I tried hard to remember everything, wrote it down, baked it once again, took some photos and Voila 🙂

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Coconut popsicals

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I have tried to experiment with healthy ice creams lately. You may remember my Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream, which is really easy and healthy. Well now it’s time for an even easier recipe, Coconut Popsicles.

All you have to do is mix yogurt, coconut milk, natural sweeteners and desiccated coconut together. Pour it in Popsicle forms. Freeze and enjoy.

Time : 5 min + one night in the freezer

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Homemade oat milk

Oatmeal milkIf you’re a oatmeal lover like me you should definitely try oat milk. You’ll love it. The recipe is super simple, while the result is just wow. All you need to have is a blender, a fine sieve, and a large bowl.

The oat milk is sweet, grainy, and a little grassy the way a bowl of oatmeal would taste. I use it in coffee, smoothies, to make hot cocoa, or just warm a little bit add a bit of cinnamon and drink it as it is. I’ve read it may be used like normal milk in baked goods, puddings etc, but haven’t tried it yet.

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Coconut macaroons

macaroonsCrunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle, full of chocolate flavour, these coconut macaroons are irresistible.

I’ve done them so many times, because they’re so easy to make and everyone loves them. It’s one of the few recipes with which I’m happy and I’m not working to improve.

Good news for gluten intolerants, omit the all-purpose flour or replace it with rice flour and these cookies are immediately transformed in gluten free cookies.

Time  : 20 min Continue reading