Strawberry and chocolate cake

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This vegan, gluten-free, and raw cake is the result of a recipe sent me by my Spanish friend Maria (Cheché), who became vegan few years ago. As usual, I have changed few ingredients and definitely reduced the doses to make a smaller cake, as you can see in the picture. It is a very easy recipe but it takes two days!

The taste is definitely amazing. Thanks Cheché!

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Lemon polenta cake

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I have just woken up and I am craving for something sweet. The shelves are pretty empty and I don’t have many fruits for my breakfast but lemons. It’s Sunday morning: my baking joyful day!

I go through a gluten-free book and I find a polenta cake with lots of ingredients that I don’t have and with eggs (which I don’t eat). As usual, I pick up few ingredients I have and mix them in search of an alchemy…

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Flax seeds and fruit truffles

 

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There are periods of the month when it is just impossible to ignore sweet food cravings. And I have finally come to the conclusion that ignoring what the body desires is wrong because it might just need some special nutrients. So listen to your body and try to please it in an intelligent way, with good nutrients and vitamins that make you feel better and can boost your health.

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Amaretto rice pudding

Nothing new under the sun! How many recipes have been written on how to prepare a  rice pudding??

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Yesterday morning I was starving. On Sunday night I had completely forgotten to eat (I was busy dancing, I guess. I had a very long bank holiday weekend full of parties). In the morning I felt I definitely needed some carbs but my fridge was quite empty.

I woke up thinking: what can I eat? in Italy we always have sweet breakfast, so I am used to eating a sweet meal in the morning, even though I have spent the last seven years of my life in England. I needed a kind of filling dessert. I always have rice in my house (especially rice used for risotto) and have quite a few sweet spices and ingredients. Then I opened my cupboard and I found it: a bottle of Amaretto was calling me! The magic ingredient I needed for a different rice pudding.

For who doesn’t know, Amaretto is a sweet almond flavour liqueur (the most famous one is the Disaronno). It is slightly alcoholic but perfect if you just sip one shot. So, why not to include a shot of Amaretto in my rice pudding? 🙂

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La crostata dell’amore

 

Today I was inspired to bake and, as tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day, I decided to make the “cake of love”, or “Crostata dell’amore” (in Italian). Of course the name is just made up for the event, and of course I don’t care about Saint Valentine’s day… But any excuse is good to wake up in the morning and find some nice dessert that tells you: I love you! Yes! We should let love speak for every moment, end express it with gestures, smiles, words and TASTE! Tomorrow I will wake up happy knowing that I can taste my sweet crostata dell’amore, and share it with my flatmates.

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Well I wanted to bake something quick and easy and of course, gluten, dairy and egg free so I found a recipe that I slightly transformed to put a bit of my creativity and love.

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Crunchy apple crumble snacks

I hate food waste and love buying fruit at a low price, so often on Sunday afternoon I go to the local fruit and veg shop which sells three boxes of fruits and vegetables which are going off for one pound only. I also buy other fruits in good condition and at a standard price, but what I like about semi rotten fruits, it is the possibility to turn them into some tasty food using my creativity.

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