venerdì 14 dicembre 2007

The Story of Stuff


Get the message about out-of-control consumerism with the Story of Stuff!
See the 20 min. video here:

www.storyofstuff.com
Each of us can promote sustainability and justice at multiple levels: as an individual, as a teacher or parent, a community member, a national citizen, and as a global citizen. As Annie says in the film, “the good thing about such an all pervasive problem is that there are so many points of intervention.” That means that there are lots and lots of places to plug in, to get involved, and to make a difference. There is no single simple thing to do, because the set of problems we’re addressing just isn’t simple. But everyone can make a difference, but the bigger your action the bigger the difference you’ll make. Here are some ideas:

10 Little and Big Things WE Can Do

  1. Power down! A great deal of the resources we use and the waste we create is in the energy we consume. Look for opportunities in your life to significantly reduce energy use: drive less, fly less, turn off lights, buy local seasonal food (food takes energy to grow, package, store and transport), wear a sweater instead of turning up the heat, use a clothesline instead of a dryer, vacation closer to home, buy used or borrow things before buying new, recycle. All these things save energy and save you money. And, if you can switch to alternative energy by supporting a company that sells green energy to the grid or by installing solar panels on your home, bravo!
  2. Waste less. Per capita waste production in the U.S. just keeps growing. There are hundreds of opportunities each day to nurture a Zero Waste culture in your home, school, workplace, church, community. This takes developing new habits which soon become second nature. Use both sides of the paper, carry your own mugs and shopping bags, get printer cartridges refilled instead of replaced, compost food scraps, avoid bottled water and other over packaged products, upgrade computers rather than buying new ones, repair and mend rather than replace….the list is endless! The more we visibly engage in re-use over wasting, the more we cultivate a new cultural norm, or actually, reclaim an old one!
  3. Talk to everyone about these issues. At school, your neighbors, in line at the supermarket, on the bus…A student once asked Cesar Chavez how he organized. He said, “First, I talk to one person. Then I talk to another person.” “No,” said the student, “how do you organize?” Chavez answered, “First I talk to one person. Then I talk to another person.” You get the point. Talking about these issues raises awareness, builds community and can inspire others to action.
  4. Make Your Voice Heard. Write letters to the editor and submit articles to local press. In the last two years, and especially with Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the media has been forced to write about Climate Change. As individuals, we can influence the media to better represent other important issues as well. Letters to the editor are a great way to help newspaper readers make connections they might not make without your help. Also local papers are often willing to print book and film reviews, interviews and articles by community members. Let’s get the issues we care about in the news.
  5. DeTox your body, DeTox your home, and DeTox the Economy. Many of today’s consumer products – from children’s pajamas to lipstick – contain toxic chemical additives that simply aren’t necessary. Research online (for example, http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/) before you buy to be sure you’re not inadvertently introducing toxics into your home and body. Then tell your friends about toxics in consumer products. Together, ask the businesses why they’re using toxic chemicals without any warning labels. And ask your elected officials why they are permitting this practice. The European Union has adopted strong policies that require toxics to be removed from many products. So, while our electronic gadgets and cosmetics have toxics in them, people in Europe can buy the same things toxics-free. Let’s demand the same thing here. Getting the toxics out of production at the source is the best way to ensure they don’t get into any home and body.
  6. Unplug (the TV and internet) and Plug In (the community). The average person in the U.S. watches T.V. over 4 hours a day. Four hours per day filled with messages about stuff we should buy. That is four hours a day that could be spent with family, friends and in our community. On-line activism is a good start, but spending time in face-to-face civic or community activities strengthens the community and many studies show that a stronger community is a source of social and logistical support, greater security and happiness. A strong community is also critical to having a strong, active democracy.
  7. Park your car and walk…and when necessary MARCH! Car-centric land use policies and life styles lead to more greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel extraction, conversion of agricultural and wildlands to roads and parking lots. Driving less and walking more is good for the climate, the planet, your health, and your wallet. But sometimes we don’t have an option to leave the car home because of inadequate bike lanes or public transportation options. Then, we may need to march, to join with others to demand sustainable transportation options. Throughout U.S. history, peaceful non-violent marches have played a powerful role in raising awareness about issues, mobilizing people, and sending messages to decision makers.
  8. Change your lightbulbs…and then, change your paradigm. Changing lightbulbs is quick and easy. Energy efficient lightbulbs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than conventional ones. That’s a no-brainer. But changing lightbulbs is just tinkering at the margins of a fundamentally flawed system unless we also change our paradigm. A paradigm is a collection of assumptions, concepts, believes and values that together make up a community’s way of viewing reality. Our current paradigm dictates that more stuff is better, that infinite economic growth is desirable and possible, and that pollution is the price of progress. To really turn things around, we need to nurture a different paradigm based on the values of sustainability, justice, health, and community.
  9. Recycle your trash…and, recycle your elected officials. Recycling saves energy and reduces both waste and the pressure to harvest and mine new stuff. Unfortunately, many cities still don’t have adequate recycling systems in place. In that case you can usually find some recycling options in the phone book to start recycling while you’re pressuring your local government to support recycling city-wide. Also, many products – for example, most electronics - are designed not to be recycled or contain toxics so recycling is hazardous. In these cases, we need to lobby government to prohibit toxics in consumer products and to enact Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws, as is happening in Europe. EPR is a policy which holds producers responsible for the entire lifecycle of their products, so that electronics company who use toxics in their products, have to take them back. That is a great incentive for them to get the toxics out!
  10. Buy Green, Buy Fair, Buy Local, Buy Used, and most importantly, Buy Less. Shopping is not the solution to the environmental problems we currently face because the real changes we need just aren’t for sale in even the greenest shop. But, when we do shop, we should ensure our dollars support businesses that protect the environment and worker rights. Look beyond vague claims on packages like “all natural” to find hard facts. Is it organic? Is it free of super-toxic PVC plastic? When you can, buy local products from local stores, which keeps more of our hard earned money in the community. Buying used items keeps them out of the trash and avoids the upstream waste created during extraction and production. But, buying less may be the best option of all. Less pollution. Less Waste. Less time working to pay for the stuff. Sometimes, less really is more.

venerdì 7 dicembre 2007

Pomegranates and Kiwi Cake


I have posted the recipe of this nice cake before but I never made it with pomegranates before, it's a winter version of the fresh fruit cake and i thought it would have been nice to share it with you. I made it for my sister's birthday party and I believe it was a success! :)

I love the colour of pomegranates!

are humans omnivores or vegetarians?

mercoledì 21 novembre 2007

Fried Tofu with Pumpkin seeds


I use one or two packages of firm tofu. Cut in two triangles and then slice each triangle in 4 thin slices. Then I marinate the tofu in soy sauce for an hour at least, otherwise it doesn't go brown inside. I make a light batter using white flour and half water mixed with half beer. A pinch of salt. I dip the thin triangles in the batter then coat evenly with breadcrumbs and pumpkin seeds. I fry in sesame oil until golden. Add more salt as they cool and dry on a clean cloth (I never use kitchen paper, it's trees!).... Enjoy! This Tofu is very crispy and you could use other seeds as well - sesame seeds, sunflower seeds...)

venerdì 2 novembre 2007

My shower and animal testing...


Animal tests are not necessary to save the lives of humans, would I die if I chose Weleda shampoo instead of a Procter and Gamble Shampoo? Some companies still test on animals, some don't. So all we have to do is watch out for these, read the full list at www.caringconsumer.com
In the photo you can see Weleda, Lavera, Argital, and Aleppo soap.
Stay away from:
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Unilever
L'Oreal
Procter & Gamble (hidden under the names: Max Factor, Noxell, Cover Girl, Pantene, Crest, Gillette, Iams...)
Reckitt Benckiser (hidden under the names: Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Veet, Woolite...)

Please note that Revlon and Avon Cosmetics no longer test on animals after the release of investigations.

[Cosmetic testing on animals is used to gain inaccurate results to legally market potentially dangerous products, as animals re-act completely differently from chemicals than we do, faulty results can be achieved - this is why some companies prefer to use them, despite the fact they are more expensive, but they're inaccurate so when they hurt someone because they sold a dangerous product that they didn't test accurately, they don't get their ass' sued off and they can blame their research. But cosmetic animal tests have been replaced by cheaper, safer and more accurate tests that won't gain faulty results.]
UPDATED:
Urban Vegan suggests:
http://www.vegan.org/campaigns/certification/company_list
http://www.peta.org/living

venerdì 19 ottobre 2007

Italian Pumpkin Soup


I love soups in the winter and I'm a pumpkin maniac. In Italy pumpkin is considered a vegetable so we don't eat it in cakes and sweet things, only with savoury stuff.
This is one those soups I make up when i have nothing planned and very few ingredients. Infact I had a little brown rice that my baby did't eat, and some cooked canellini which are small white beans, very tasty. Half of a nice pumpkin in the fridge. So i thought: soup! I put all ingredients together and added water, a very little salt (i like to add soy sauce at the end, because I never use stock), a quarter of a pumpkin cut into chunks and a lot of dried rosemary. I cooked it a few minutes in a pressure cooker and stirred it to melt the pumpkin, there is no need to use a blender. This soup is delicious, but I like to make new ones depending on what I got left!
I think I could be a friend of these people from New York called Freegans... LOL I found their website this morning and I must admit I'm fascinated! LOL
See their website and you'll know what I mean:
www.freegan.info

domenica 14 ottobre 2007

The Green Apple now sells Tippitappi!


The Green Apple online Store now sells some of my design Tshirts! Take a look!
The Green Apple sells lovely organic and ethical stuff, from clothing to bathroom, kitchen, office, gifts, toys, games, lounge... almost everything!
PS: the owner is vegetarian! :)

mercoledì 10 ottobre 2007

Tomato Focaccia


These are the last tomatoes from Sara's garden, my neighbour. Autumn is here and Tomatoes are all going yellow... I usually make a wish in the spring with every fruit I eat for the first time each year, perhaps I should make one also when I know It's the last? Anyway, these are my last fresh tomatoes for this year, I don't like buying off season stuff, coming from Spain or Argentina, I think it's ridiculous. So here's my wholemeal focaccia with slices os tomatoes, oregano, salt and some good olive oil, I think some olives would be nice here too, but then it will become more of a pizza, focaccia should be more like a bread, which is what it actually is, a flat bread.
I am getting lazy with this blog, but I also have been quite unlucky, I made a cake yesterday following an american recipe called blondie something and it was with chocolate and peanut butter, uuuhh I felt like it so much, but it came out like ... I don't know, I couldn't even slice it, it is too crumbly, but the taste is nice. Because I don't like to throw away anything, I had a cool idea I think! :) This mixture could be a fabulous topping for a soya icecream or vanilla icecream, so what I'm doing today is buy some icrecream and try the combination. Simone is away all week for work and of course he's got the camera with him, so I'll have to use the little one, hope it works! I'll have to enjoy it on my own. I hate to be on my own!

lunedì 8 ottobre 2007

Fair of the ancient fruits at Paderna Castle



This is where we went on saturday, it was a nice day and we enjoyed it so much.
I was astonished by the beauty of the castle, it's near Piacenza in the north of Italy, It's dated ninth century and it's an organic farm today, somehow...
Look at the pics, click to enlarge.



The flowers that I bought, amazing colours!

Spelt salad with capers and olives .... VEGAN! Incredibile.

mercoledì 3 ottobre 2007

Date and Macadamia nut Tart


Even if these dates and nuts were bought from a Fair Trade Shop, it's not the perfect organic stuff I could have bought locally, but Simone loves brazil nuts so I thought it would have been nice to give him a treat. This cake is 100% vegan, of course!
Ingredients
flour 250 gr.
margarine 100 gr.
sugar 100 gr.
a small glass of milk (rice, soja...)
pinch of salt
grated zest of two lemons


three cups of dates (one package)
one or two cups of brazil nuts

Method:
Lets make the pastry. Put all ingredients except the milk in a large bowl and combine with both hands. Add enough milk to form a nice ball, keep it in the fridge or cool place while you prepare the rest. If you accidentally add too much milk, add a bit of flour to balance the dough.
Soak in a little hot water the deseeded and chopped dates. Wait until they go soft and blend into a cream using a blender. It will become like a date jam, but with no sugar added!
Place the pastry in the tin and spread the date mixture. Place the chopped nuts on top. Bake in a fairly hot oven for 40 minutes or until golden. When it's cold brush with honey or maple syrup to give it a nice shiny effect. Enjoy! :)

giovedì 27 settembre 2007

Stickers for my vegan tees...


This was one of my designs that i made for my stickers... Unluckily it was dumped, but it's cute, isn't it?!

mercoledì 26 settembre 2007

My Vegan Tshirts


Hi again, my vegan online store Tippitappi.com has been open for two months now and is not going too bad. I sold mainly in Italy, Us and Australia. My tshirts will also be soon sold at thegreenapple.co.uk an online store based in the Uk that sells organic and it's so exciting!
I also donated several tshirts to animal rights associations like AgireOra (italian), VivereVegan (italian), and PETA.

My thirts cost 30 euros but I offer a free worldwide shipping. It is high quality 100% organic cotton and not thin; it sometimens happen when you buy online, that you end up with a very thin tshirt. It's not my case, my tshirts are made of thick natural cotton.
I never had a complaint so far, so that's good! :)))
Ok, enough now, back to the kitchen!

martedì 18 settembre 2007

A snack for my vegan baby


There are a lot of vegan mums that read my italian blog, so I was asked to post a recipe for our little angels too! I posted this quick sweet cream because it's made of nuts and dry fruits. They are very important for vegan kids and I think that this type of food is sometimes neglected. I soak the dry fruits in water overnight and then I blend it into a cream with a food processor.

This time I have used dry apricots, almonds and sesame seeds.

It is up to you to mix the fruit and make different combinations. You could use only one type of fruit (apricots, plums, figs, dates) or add some hazelnuts, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds...) Presoak and blend thoroughly. It's a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fat, protein, sugars. Vegan kids need it to grow!

Bubu is 14 month old and wants to eat on his own, but he's no good! :)

lunedì 17 settembre 2007

Meme!


Amey from Vegan Eats and Treats tagged me for a meme, this is my first meme, I don't want to let you down with this, but I'm not too clever, sorry!

Too many words in tippitappi, although my real name is Jenni Shortt (I have an english name because my father is English, my mum is Italian :)
I'm not not good at this, I told you!
P is for... no I won't say it
P again???
I love vegan food and all vegan people! (Although I once met a vegan girl at VegFestival in Torino called Monica, she was absolutely horrible, unkind and rude to me, I hate her.)
T like Tippitappi.com, my new job!
A lot of imagination... I'm gifted, I know
Pumpkin
Potato
I love you all!

thank you Amey for my first meme! :)
Ps: on the photo you can see my sweet friend Gazelle, the nicest and calmest horse I've ever met. She lives with my boyfriend's cousin in the mountains, in France. In a beautiful place, he sleeps in a caravan with no electricity, no phone, no heating... ahh it's incredible! I want to go again, it's so wild! :)

domenica 16 settembre 2007

Homemade Herbal Teas


I found a nice recipe for homemade fruit and herbal teas, that is, natural with no artificial flavourings but with the real taste and goodness of real herbs and fruits. I actually copied the recipe from a nice italian brand of organic teas in bottles called Achillea (see here). The secret is to mix nice herbs like Rosa Canina, it's the red fruit of the wild rose or hybiscus flowers, or any herb you like with other herbs like Raspberry flowers or other healing herbs, make an infusion and use concentrated apple juice as a sweetener. Raspberry leaves are very good for children, they are very rich in minerals and vitamins and also they help to reduce fever. Rosa Canina is a bomb of vitamin C. In Italy we have Erboristeria, which is a shop that sells loose herbs and a trained person that will tell you what herbs are best for you. That's where I go. Adding the apple juice is a good way to make it taste nice, because some teas are sometimes too herby! :)
These teas are excellent cold in the summer.
Ps: A lot of herbs can be picked in the wild and dried at home, like mint, thyme, lemongrass, vervain... It's free and so exciting!

venerdì 14 settembre 2007

Zucca alla menta - Pumpkin with mint


I used to hate pumpkin and I used to hate mint with savoury foods, now I absolutely adore it.
It was my friend Francesca Davoli that once cooked it for me and I've always made it ever since especially at this time of the year. Oh by the way Francesca is a home stylist, you can see her work here


This is what it looks like before going into the oven


And this is what it's like just out of the oven, quite crispy this time, notice how much the pieces have shrunk!
This is a simple but rather nice recipe, trust me!

domenica 9 settembre 2007

Conchiglioni


Pasta again! I know... but I love pasta, I eat it almost everyday and I'm Italian so I can't help it! This is a special kind of pasta, it's conchiglioni which means big shells, and they are usually filled with a rich sauce and then baked to make a nice crust on top. My rich sauce was made today with a nice tomato sauce and tofu, ok nothing spectacular but if you think I have used lots of onion and herbs like thyme and rosemary and the tofu was smoked with almonds and sesame seeds from Taifun make, then I can assure you it was quite tasty.
Ingredients:
200 gr. or 1 1/2 cup of Tofu (flavoured one, like this one it's better)
One big onion
Olive oil
One can of tomato sauce (I used Passata di Pomodoro, which is usually homemade: fresh red tomatoes cooked for a long time with basil and olive oil, much tastier and darker than tomato puree. I don't know if you can find it in the shops)
thyme and rosemary, fresh or dry
salt

Chop the onion finely and fry in a little olive oil and salt for 10/15 minutes or until nicely brown. If you don't want it to burn, put a lid on and use a low flame.
Add the tomato puree and let it cook for as long as you can (even half an hour) always with the lid on and low flame. Add the herbs, finely chopped and the shredded tofu (use your hands to make it crumbly) and cook another 3 minutes. The sauce shouldn't be too dry like I did this time, it is better if it is juicy enough not to let the conchiglioni dry out. Although some people like crispy pasta.
Cook the pasta "al dente" which means a little bit under-cooked, drain and add a little olive oil to prevent the conchiglioni from sticking. When they have cooled down fill them with the sauce. Place on a baking plate or any container you may like and bake at medium high until they are nicely brown on top.
Hope you like it!
Ps: I also put some chopped parsley after baking to give a bit of colour!

martedì 28 agosto 2007

Coming back from our trip in the mountains...


What a summer! I have been away in the mountains with my family and here are some photos...

Picking rasperries...

Raspberry and Soy Yogurt cake! mmmm!

Gnocco fritto! This is typical of my area, they are squares of white pastry fried in oil, really simple but really nice, and vegan too!

This is Simone trying to put Bubu's shoes on!
I had a nice and quite relaxing time in the mountains, we slept in a rented caravan and explored the place from every angle. We couldn't do much trekking because we didn't have a proper baby carrier, but we managed to see lakes, flowers, berries, sleep under trees and just relax, that is what we wanted.
Tippitappi.com is going strong: I sold many tshirts especially in Italy, Spain, US and Canada. Thank you so much for your support!

giovedì 26 luglio 2007

They talk about me...


hey check out this interesting Vegan Blog from Grand Rapids, he wrote 2 great articles about me and Tippitappi. He explained better that I did! Fantastic!
www.g-rad.org/vegan
www.keetsa.com
and this from the Uk:
www.newconsumer.com
www.alternativeconsumer.com
and from Spain:
www.visteadecuadamente.com
If you wonder who is the nice guy with me in the pic, that's a donkey I met in France.. :) I was passing by and couldn't resist, I love donkeys, I had to meet him, he was so funny!

Verdure Ripiene


These are Stuffed Zucchini and Onions.. I think this is the exact translation. It's a typical italian dish and the vegetable are usually filled with a mixture of Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmisan Cheese), breadcrumbs, garlic and parsley.
But we don't like cheese (read why I hate cheese) so I used Tofu, yeast flakes and a drop of soy sauce. What I do is cut a big zucchini in half legthwise and scoop the inside with a small knife so that it looks more or less like a boat. Onions are good too for this: use big onions, cut in half and try to scoop the inside of the onion, make it look like a cup.
Put tofu, breadcrumbs, yeast flakes, chopped parsley, a finely chopped clove of garlic, pinch of salt in a food processor and blend to form a thick cream. Add some olive oil if necessary. Spread this on top and inside the vegetables and cook in the oven until quite cooked. You could eat it like this or you could continue cooking in a pan with some chopped onions and tomatoes, olive oil and water. This makes a nice sauce to put on top of the vegetables. To make it even easier you could cook them in a pan altogether covered with a lid. Enjoy
Ps: Red, yellow and green peppers are great for this aswell, but try to find small ones otherwise you'll get bigger portions.

mercoledì 25 luglio 2007

why am I vegetarian?


This is for all non vegetarian people that come to see my blog...
Why am I a vegetarian? There is more than one reason:
1- Because it isn't fair
2- Because we don't need meat to be healthy and strong
3- Because I care about the environment
4- Because there are still millions of people starving to death
READ MORE

venerdì 13 luglio 2007

Blog is growing + Almond Crostata


Hello everyone, thanks to Google Analytics I can see that my blog is seen by more people than I ever expected, I am flattered! I have two languages so everything is doubled for me, but I like to interact both with Italians and with foregneirs abroad. Thanks to Celine from Have cake, Will Travel more people came to know me, (thanks Celine!), I am happy, my blog is slowly growing.
I thought I would be ready by now to invite you to my online eco-vegan shop, but I can't. I won't tell about the boring problems we've had, but, :( We're not ready yet. I can't wait anymore, I want to see "the fruit" of what I have been planting, it's an italian saying and you'll probably know what it means.
Ok, I made this cake to cheer me up a bit.. It's a french recipe, a crostata with an almond/sugar/rice cream filling, not extraordinary, my boyfriend suggested to add a thin layer of jam in the middle, I need to try it again before posting the recipe. Love, Jenni

mercoledì 11 luglio 2007

Plastic Bags? NO, Thanks!


"Every time we use a new plastic bag they go and get more petroleum from the Middle East and bring it over in tankers," said Stephanie Barger, executive director of Earth Resource Foundation in Costa Mesa, California. "We are extracting and destroying the Earth to use a plastic bag for 10 minutes."
Some 13 billion plastic bags a year are given away in Britain, of which eight billion end up in landfill. Othe
rs get blown away and end up in the sea.
Once let loose into the environment, plastic bags can suffocate or slowly kill wildlife mistaking the bag for food.
HAPPY NEWS: We don't need plastic bags! Reuse the ones you have at home, if you forget, simply keep one or two in your bag or in your car. Buy or make
one yourself with fabrics from old clothes. 

martedì 3 luglio 2007

Francesca and Elvis



Sorry for not posting any new recipe but I am really busy with this Tshirt business and it is almost ready, about a week, I promise!
This is Francesca and her pony, Elvis, she volunteered to be a model for my eco-vegan Tshirts... She is vegan and lives in Monte Pastore, Bologna. We weren't very lucky because my boyfriend's camera had a slight problem, it's a CANON EOS1, and a straight white line appeared on every photo. The camera is in Milano now to be repaired. Nevermind, Francesca and his friends prepared rolled seitan and mashed potatoes for us, lovely!

This Tshirt is about global warming and says "
Plant more Trees".
Over 80% of the world's original forest are gone. Trees are crucial to life on our planet. They generate oxygen, play host to a spectacular variety of wildlife, and provide us with raw materials and shelter.
Planting a tree can have tremendous influences on our lives.
Trees reduce sound, produce oxygen, store carbon, clean the air, give shade and cool.
So, Take Action! :)

venerdì 29 giugno 2007

Re-Usable Baby Wipes


Where are all our eco-friendly old handkerchiefs?
I was determined not to use disposable baby wipes for my baby, or anyway to use them sparingly (only when I was out for example) For two reasons:
I don't like the idea of washing my baby's bottom with chemical detergents and leaving them on with no rinsing.
I don't like disposables. I am trying to recycle everything and babywipes go in the "mix bin" because they can't be recycled.
So I made myself about 30 cotton baby wipes ( 30 x 20 cm. ) cut in rectangular shapes. I find them very handy: I keep them near, i take one and I rinse it in warm water, clean my baby and throw it in the basket. I don't use soap more than once a day and my baby has never had nappy rash. I use these cloths also when the baby is messing about with food, water, milk...(if you're a mum you'll know what I mean) So I don't need to buy kitchen Paper. I use them once and then I wash them at 90° C. hottest temperature if necessary. I really cannot count how many kitchen paper rolls and baby wipes I have spared. And these are Trees!

mercoledì 27 giugno 2007

Pasta with Green Pesto


Sorry for not posting anything new recently but I have been really busy with my Tshirt business, We took the photos on sunday and monday and must say I am quite happy with them, I found vegan models and that was great because they were so enthusiastic about the whole thing that it was a pleasure to work with them... thank you guys, you were great!
Coming back to our recipes I want to post this really simple pesto for pasta that originally comes from Liguria, same italian region where Farinata comes from. By the way, my parents just bought a small apartment in Rapallo, Liguria, and that's where I am going for a little break next week... I will post some photos of the place if you wish.
Ok this pesto doesn't need any cooking, you just need to mash and mince finely all the ingredients, preferably with a pestle and mortar...
30 basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoon of pine nuts (or walnuts)
1 small glass of olive oil
salt to taste

I love to cook one or two little potatoes and some french beans (cut into little pieces) together with the pasta. Remember that potatoes and french beans go in first, boil 5 minutes before adding the pasta, then continue to boil all together for the time suggested on the package of the pasta. When it is cooked, drain and add the pesto, enjoy!
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