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Cannelloni topped with Fior di Vita Shredded Mozzarella
Feb28

Cannelloni topped with Fior di Vita Shredded Mozzarella

  Cannelloni a Mediterranean (Italian) pasta tradition, so let’s try out this vegetarian version of cannelloni that is a totally meat free recipe and so so yummy. Ingredients: Cannelloni tubes Ricotta – 1kg 1 free range egg Salt & pepper Soya or rice based cream Fior di Vita Shredded Mozzarella Vegetarian Pecorino cheese Method: Prepare ricotta mixture by mixing the fresh ricotta with the free range egg and season...

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Vegetable Fritters “pulpetti”
Feb27

Vegetable Fritters “pulpetti”

When I was a girl, my mum used to try to make me and my siblings eat vegetables as often as possible.  My favourite vegetables then were raw chickpeas and broad beans, when in season, straight from the pod. We peeled them, ate them and left a mess. Nowadays, I always say that if my mother had known I would become vegetarian, and later vegan, she wouldn’t have stressed so much.  One of my mum’s  vegetable meals I do...

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Fried Fior di Vita fresh mozzarella pearls
Feb16

Fried Fior di Vita fresh mozzarella pearls

Here is a simple and easy recipe to prepare something crunchy using soft mozzarella balls. I used Fior di Vita fresh mozzarella pearls. The kids will love helping out in this one. Ingredients: mozzarella balls four eggs (free range if possible) vegetarian parmesan or pecorino cheese (if desired) breadcrumbs flour two small chilli peppers de-seeded Method: Beat eggs in a bowl and mix with a spoonful of a vegetarian brand of parmesan,...

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Another Winter Warmer
Feb14

Another Winter Warmer

Another one of my cold weather staples is chilli. If you love spicy, hearty food, this is a perfect meal for cold winter evenings. For vegetarians, vegans and people who are cutting down on their meat consumption, beans and pulses are an essential part of the diet. They provide protein and fibre. This dish provides plenty of these and vegetables too. It is easy and quick to put together. Just leave  enough time to simmer  to get a...

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Farmhouse Minestrone
Feb12

Farmhouse Minestrone

This farmhouse minestrone is filled with seasonal veggies. It is incredibly hearty and filling. Farmhouse title really suits because I grew all the veggies and herbs that I used myself! It’s wise that we use local vegetables while they are so tender as we have had abundant beneficial rainy winter. A personal word about the local vegetables. First of all nothing can beat its freshness. I cut these veg while they still had the morning...

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One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)
Feb05

One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)

Living life in the fast lane Let’s talk about the struggle of putting delicious, healthy meals on the table while also juggling everything else on your plate (pun intended). Most of us today live a packed, fast-paced life, and we have some much going on all the time. At some point, we start feeling the pressure of keeping up with our social lives, families, friends, and pets….getting the right amount of exercise, being...

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Hot meals for cold weather
Feb04

Hot meals for cold weather

This type of weather calls for warm, hearty, nourishing comfort foods. Stews, chillies and curries instantly come to mind. Pots of delicious vegetables, nicely spiced and served piping hot. I am very partial to Indian food, so recently started experimenting with curries. Vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, peas and broccoli are great in curries. As are dried varieties of beans, chickpeas and pulses such as lentils. It...

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Fior di Vita fresh Mozzarella Tower
Jan25

Fior di Vita fresh Mozzarella Tower

A simple and tasty vegetarian recipe to make and very presentable using just a handful of ingredients including Fior di Vita new fresh Mozzarella. Ingredients: 1 aubergine Pesto sauce Mozzarella Tomatoes sliced Salt and pepper to season Method: Cut aubergine into round slices, sprinkle with salt pepper and oil and grill in oven (alternatively can be fried). Sliced tomato into round slices. Slice mozzarella into slices. Then start...

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Oodles of Noodles
Jan23

Oodles of Noodles

I am sure we have all experienced this situation at some time : We get back home after a busy day at work and the easiest thing to make for dinner is to grab some instant noodles. I also think that most of us have consciously, or otherwise, promised ourselves to try and eat more healthily, especially by trying to include more vegetables in our daily meals. This does not mean that we have to cook very elaborate meals everyday. Quick...

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Peanut butter and banana porridge
Jan16

Peanut butter and banana porridge

Bringing breakfast back I’m sure we have all heard the old saying ‘Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ at some point in our lives, but as our lives get more hectic and our social lives are more focused around dinners, we tend to end up skimping, or, even worse, completely skipping the most important meal of the day – Breakfast! While I am not a nutritionist or dietician, I...

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Protein packed, vegan meatballs
Jan11

Protein packed, vegan meatballs

Plants and Protein ‘But… if you don’t eat meat, where do you get your protein from?’ This is a question I got asked all the time when I first started moving towards a plant-based diet. This was around 7 years ago and I did not have all the answers.  Going plant-based was new to me, something I was doing because it made me feel good and it felt like the natural way to go as I started exploring clean living....

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Risotto, endless variations on a theme.
Jan09

Risotto, endless variations on a theme.

I love risotto, but until some time ago I only ate it in restaurants as I always thought it was very difficult to cook. Traditionally the rice to use in your risotto would be arborio or carnaroli. When I used these types of rice I found that it took a long time to cook, and sometimes ended with it still being too firm for my liking.  So I started experimenting with parboiled rice. This rice cooks quicker, so it was easier for me to...

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Soup, Glorious soup.
Jan03

Soup, Glorious soup.

If I had to be totally honest, winter is not my favourite time of year. I am more a summer person. But one thing I love about this season is that I can spend hours in the kitchen cooking my favourite comfort foods. I absolutely love soups. Any type of soup, and I am always experimenting with different vegetables, grains and legumes. The following is a soup you can serve at a nice dinner party, make into a main everyday meal or have...

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Imbuljuta: A Traditional Maltese Treat
Dec27

Imbuljuta: A Traditional Maltese Treat

It’s a perfect recipe made during the Christmas festive season when you want to drink something hot, spicy and delicious. How about some Imbuljuta, a traditional Maltese seasonal drink. It may be more nutritious than it actually looks. Let’s see what’s in this recipe. Chestnut is the main ingredient of this recipe which is relatively low in calories and fats but are a rich sources of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients that...

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Festive lunches
Dec23

Festive lunches

It is practically a few days until Christmas. I love organizing a nice festive lunch for our families, one is on Christmas Day and the other on New Year’s Day.  I find that planning in advance and not letting anything to chance is the secret to enjoying this occasion without unnecessary stress. When I start planning the meal, I keep in mind any guests’ dislikes or dietary requirements. If your guests are family, this...

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