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Meat(less)-balls

As I said in the previous recipe, I am determined to try some traditional Italian recipes using alternative brands of plant-based meat substitutes.
This week I make a few changes to the traditional meatball recipe from “La Cucina Italiana” Magazine , and I use a different brand of meat substitute than in my previous test.
The result is much more satisfying than the previous attempt. The texture is excellent, and the taste is fairly close to that of the traditional meat recipe. It is important to use high quality tomatoes – such as the San Marzano variety I have used – and blend them using a mixer, because the combined flavors of the meat(less)-balls and the sauce are what make the dish so delicious.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Plant based meat 1 pack
egg 1
100 g grated Parmesan cheese
Slices of bread 2
Milk or stock 1 dl
breadcrumbs 3 tbsp

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How can you tell if a recipe is good?

How can you tell if a recipe is good?

In fact, you cannot really tell it until you make it – until you have made it several times.

How can you tell if a gnocchi recipe is good? Why gnocchi?

I have chosen gnocchi because there are hundreds of different recipes, it is a classic staple of Italian cuisine, and if the recipe is good, it is delicious. (According to Massimo Montanari, Professor of Medieval History at Bologna University and scholar in Food studies, gnocchi has been a favorite recipe since the Middle Ages.)

In this post and in subsequent posts, we will study the various recipes and procedures for making gnocchi that you can find online. We will see that some recipes are good because they include photos of key steps, some are good because they explain how to vary the recipe depending on qualities of the key ingredients, and some are good because they are bad, because they show you what not to do.

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So, it’s been two years

So, it’s been two years since I updated my blog.

First: thank you for reading my blog in the meantime. I hope it has been helpful for those searching for info about the University of the People. 2muchfood was born to describe my experience as a student, my passion for cooking, and numbers.  After living in 3 different cities in 3 different countries, after working for 2 IT companies, after meeting 64 new colleagues and making 7 + 1 new friends, after 52 flights between 18 cities, after staying in 35 hotels, B&Bs, and apartments, after taking 13 online MOOC courses in data analysis and programming, after trying 93 new recipes, I confirm I still love food and numbers. 

In short, I lived in Belfast, then in London, and now I am back in Italy. 

The next posts will touch on our favorite topics –  food trends, recipes, reviews, and analytics – and the words we use daily to describe them.

Here we go.


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Black rice with grilled vegetables and mixed olives

 

 

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups black rice

4 cups cold water

1 red, 1 orange and 1 yellow pepper

2 zucchini

200 grams ripe cherry tomatoes

10 black and 10 green olives, halved

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

5 leaves fresh basil, washed and chopped coarsely

salt and pepper to taste

1 strainer

1 nonstick frying pan

1 large pot

1 large mixing bowl

1 large baking tray

baking paper

Place rice in strainer and rinse with cold water.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in nonstick pan.  Add rice and toast for 1 minute stirring to avoid sticking.  Transfer rice to large pot, cover with all of the cold water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook at a simmer for 35-40 minutes (add water if necessary).

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Vegetarian super burger

Vegetarian super burger

 

This healthy recipe is perfect if you’re on a diet: it’s light and it satisfies your hunger. Select high quality ingredients, since they’re the secret of its success.

Ingredients

Lentils 1 cup

Black Rice ½ cup

Dried tomatoes in oil 8 (8 half dried tomatoes)

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Pasta with Zucchini, curry and soy-cream

#easypastarecipe #easyrecipe #courgettespasta #pastaeasytaste #vegetarian

Serves 3

Ingredients

3 Zucchini (in Summer you can use Zucchini blossoms)

1 pack of soy-cream (or double-cream) – about 100 g.

1 teaspoon of curry

200 g fusilli or other types of pasta

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Millet, pepper & aubergines, smoked scamorza (or smoked tofu).

Today I visited my mother and she said a farmer donated her some vegetables and she wanted to share them together with me. I went home and opened the kitchen cabinet while wondering: “so, what do I cook today for my vegetarian daughter?”. I took a pack of millet, then reminded of some leftovers of smoked cheese in the fridge. I thought, if I cook everything well, I can get a great taste from this almost “for free” recipe (in short, I just paid the millet, cheese, salt, pepper and oil, how much is it? 4 €? maybe less).

Marta said it was tasteful, delicious, light and original; what is more, I was happy to see her approval.

#mirnarossirecipe #cheaphealthyvegetableseasy #mile #vegetarian

Ingredients

100 g  millet

1 red pepper

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Dried fig, almond, and ricotta cheese tart

Ingredients

Pie dough

120 g butter (room temperature)

1 egg

100 g powdered sugar

220 g wheat flour

pure vanilla essence

Filling

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Re-targeting. Evil or Divine Marketing tool?

#digitalmarketing #mooc

Even if I’ve just finished my studies at the University of the People, I’m already enjoying the amazing courses the web offers. I confess, I’m actually enrolled in 5 MOOC courses, since after my Bachelor in Business Administration I distinguish what my favorite topics are. In short, I reveal an insane passion for Digital Marketing and Web Analytics; as a consequence, the Coursera MOOC courses perfectly satisfy my curiosity.

I’ve just finished the second course: “Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Theory, 1 of 6 courses in Digital Marketing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign”. Continue reading