Broccoli and vegan cheese Arancini.

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It is not easy to be Italian and having to prepare meals that do not contain tasty cheeses and mozzarella. I always thought that life for Vegans or lactose intolerant was unfair.. I had tried some vegan cheeses but they did not melt so I had given up..

A week ago I went to London to meet my friend Vincenzo. To surprise me, his mum prepared some amazing “calzoni” (kind of Cornish pastry for the shape, but similar to a pizza for taste and ingredients) with a very tasty and melted cheese. They were delicious. If I did not know that Vincenzo is vegan, I would have thought that the cheese was a real one… However Vincenzo’ s smile and cheeky face was telling me: “What did you say about Vegan cheese?”

Finally I can say that the Vegan food industry has made progresses with cheese and, few days after my visit to Vincenzo, I went to the shop and bought the magic vegan cheese.

As I had some rice left from the day before, I decided to use it prepare a cult Italian dish that Italians (or better said Sicilians) prepare when they have some rice they want to recycle: Arancini!

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Back on track…Citrus fruit cake

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Once upon a time there was a blogger who wanted to share her creative passion for cooking. Then she got stuck in multiple jobs and often had no time to cook or invent new recipes.

Cooking and writing “Free From Intolerance” recipes requires commitment, time and joy. Finally I have dropped one job and I am working less hours. I have time again, I am happy and feeling creative. I have time to think what I would like to eat, go to the shop and choose my ingredients. I have time to travel more and understand what other people eat around the world. I have understood that there is nothing nicer than having time for yourself. There’s no money which can give you happiness if you do not have time to do what you like. So, be gentle with yourself and do not forget that life is too short to be wasted!

I have a Facebook page where I share my Free From Intolerance meals now. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/freefromintolerance/

To start my new season of recipes and to warm you up with sweetness, I am going to share with you a tasty citrus fruit cake! It is delicious!

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Filled potatoes focaccia

Today it has been snowing and this cold weather makes me feel hungry all the time.

In winter, salads, light food, and greens only, seem not to fill my stomach enough, so I have to eat multiple times during the day. Cold weather has a huge impact on our body in terms of energy. To keep warm we need to burn energy so we need to eat! I don’t feel guilty when I eat several times per day if I eat snacks as fruits, nuts, veggies, dark chocolate and nice filling meals for lunch and dinner.

This recipe is filling, so eat healthily and think that your body is asking you to do so! 😉

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A heart of polenta and cooked apples

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Today I have a nice breakfast recipe for you! Well, if you are in Europe like me, it is more likely you have just finished your lunch at this time, but if you are in the Americas, you might be on time for your breakfast (assuming that the first thing you do in the morning it is to read some recipes from your followed food blogs!).

If you are having lunch or dinner, this could be your dessert or you could prepare it tomorrow morning or… at San Valentine day…why not? (It would be nice to read some of your comments to know at what time of your day you read this post!)

Anyway, I hope my sweet recipe reach your hearts and make you feel cared. Take care of yourself with nice food and enjoy every single spoon of this sweetness!

So here you have a heart of polenta with blackcurrant jam covered by cooked apples and blackberry juice.

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