Stuffed Zucchini

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This is another typical representative of Italian cucina povera from Liguria. Poor people all over the world tent to bake leftovers and stale bread, flavoring them with local typical products. Without any doubts, Liguria is one of the best spots on earth for fish-lovers: in any restaurant you can find the fresh fish of the day, and fishermen sell their catch right on the street like in good old times. A trip for Cinque Terre seems to be a journey into past: people still go fishing on their colorful boats, which their drag on the land overnight and place right on the street next to the house. It is amazing how people manage to live there, in the tough simplicity of a life without twitter, the last collections in the shops and other actually not so relevant things. Without the coverage of these digital epoch attributes, life there seems to be so real and genuine, that it becomes material, and you can see it hanging in the air, under the crowded markets, street musicians, bums, prostitutes, and churches. Liguria is a Northern region with all the smells, noises, mess, chaotic movements and problems of the South. But after Rome, it is the most beautiful place of Italy.

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But back to the recipe: of cause, it can be done with numerous variations. As I skip fish and anchovies, to keep it salty and rich in taste I add several spoons of sun-dried tomato pesto (you can find the recipe in my blog among earlier post).
Time of preparation: 40 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
Zucchini______8 medium
Onions_______2
Bread________70 grams (third day bread)
Milk_________ 3 tablespoons
Pine Nuts____ 20 grams
Eggs________2
Anchovies___ 4 fillets (omit for vegetarian version)
Capers______ 2 tablespoons
Tuna________150 grams (omit for vegetarian version)
Marjoram____1 tablespoon (optional)
Parmesan___ 50 grams

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Zucchini Soup

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When I told my bf in an exited voice we were going to have cream zucchini soup, he asked me several times to leave this idea. But I decided to let it go and it turned out amazing – I would never think zucchini can give such rich taste to a soup! But it is very important to bake the garlic before you use it, otherwise the dish looses a lot of flavor. You can do it in advance, wen you bake something.
Time of preparation: 30 minutes    Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
  • One whole garlic
  • Zucchini_______4 small
  • Potatoes_______3 small
  • Vegetable Broth_3-4 cups
  • Onion_________1
  • Butter________1 tablespoon
  • Oil___________1 tablespoon
  • Cream_________200 ml
  • Salt,Pepper

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Vegetable Strudel

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A salty version of the famous Austrian dessert is delicious and very easily can be adjusted for a vegan diet

A salty version of the famous Austrian dessert is delicious and can be easily adjusted for a vegan diet

I am quite crazy about strudels, and after making classic Apple Strudel I decided to try with a salty version to take as a lunch to job. It came out very nice, as usual vegetables and cheese you can pick up up to your preferences and tastes. I think mushrooms would fit here perfectly. I think it is also a good idea to try it with beer dough like in this recipe Anyway, indeed a very nice main dish idea worth trying it.
Time of preparation: 60 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
For dough:
  • Butter______100 grams
  • Water______ 70 ml
  • Flour_______200 grams 
For filling:
  • Onion______1
  • Carrots_____1
  • Eggs_______1 (optional)
  • Aubergine__ 1
  • Zucchini____1
  • Cheese_____50 grams
  • Broth

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Sour-sweet Vegetable Pasta

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As I just moved to London and have to sort out million things, for two weeks I’ve cooked jut the simplest and fastest dishes (and as my BF is Sicilian, pasta had a solid presence in our menu) P.S. as you may have noticed, now we have square plates! 🙂

Time of preparation:  35 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients (for two portions):
  • Spaghetti______200 grams
  • Aubergine_____ 1
  • Zucchini_______1
  • Onion_________ ½
  • Red hot pepper_1
  • Wine/water_____1 glass
  • Vinegar________1 tablespoon
  • Sugar_________ 1 tablespoon
  • Tomatoes______2

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Pasta with Zucchini

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Farfalle, or "butterflies" is a type of pasta for cooking with vegetables.

Farfalle, or “butterflies” is a type of pasta for cooking with vegetables.

Time of preparation: 20 minutes Difficulty: Easy
 
Ingredients:
 
Farfalle/Penne__200 grams
Tomato_______ 1
Zucchini_______2 middle
Cheese________100 grams*
 
* Italians use mozzarella, which I wouldn’t recommend as when melted it becomes concentrated in one place. I usually use goat cheese for more peculiar taste.

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