Sunday, September 30, 2012

Penne with seitan ragù

In italian cuisine, there is a meat sauce usually consumed with pasta or gnocchi: the ragù, internationally (and improperly) called "bolognese sauce".
Grandmothers love to cook it in big pots, for a long time (sometimes even for a full day), because the minced meat needs to boil with tomato until it's reduced and this process take some hours. You can also add some chilli, rosemary, basil or other herbs and spices... it depends on your tastes and on the recipe you're following, there are a lot of different kind of ragù in Italy.
But there's another tasty way to make ragù: using seitan instead of meat. The best seitan ragù is made with a soffritto of onion, carrots and celery, with the addition of zucchini when the other ingredients are already lightly browned.

This is what you'll need for the soffritto. Then, just add in the bowl some chopped seitan, and olive oil. It will be ready in ten-fifteen minutes.

So good! The best idea is to cook a large amount of sauce at one time, and then freeze little portions, so you can have it ready when you don't have much time to cook.
It's a wonderful solution for a meat-free pasta and it's easily digested.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stockholm recap

This summer we decided to spend our one-week-holiday in Stockholm, Sweden.
It was wonderful, the city is beautiful, the food was delicious, and everyone in Sweden is so kind, pretty and good-looking! Ok, it's no surprise that Sweden is a cool place, but we wanted to see this wonderland with our own eyes... and we had a blast!

Mini-language course on a blackboard in our hostel. Hilarious and absolutely useful...

1 // Lovely wurstel packaging :)
2 // Best sushi we have ever eaten. With free miso and tea.
3 // Cecilia drinking a blackberry smoothie and eating some salad. On a fabulous wallpaper.
4 // Two lobters made out of bread, in a shop window. 
5 // A delicious snack in one of Gamla Stan bars (the old town).
6 // A tipical swedish dinner, a Räkmacka (a shrimps opened sandwich) and a boiled potato with sour cream and salad.
7 // Compositions with cookies in the morning.
8 // Kanelbullar: swedish cinnamon buns.
9 // Another traditional meal: another Räkmacka, a salmon opened sandwich and some Kanelbullars <3
10 // Waffles are always good. Especially if you are in an amusement park! Yeeeeeaaah Grona Lund was so much fun.
11 // Fudges are always good too!
12 // This is a Rocher fudge. 

Look at that restaurant! We were on the top of a building!

We could live an entire life in a place like this, definitely! But it's so cold. 
For now, we prefer to travel there during the summer :)
Have a good thursday!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday trip lunch

We went on a little trip last weekend, up to Conegliano, Veneto. It was incredibly hot and we were desperately hungry because we couldn't find a restaurant or a bar (it was sunday) but finally, we succeeded! We had lunch at the old castle's bar with a salad, two eggplant toasts and a plate of prosciutto and melon.

We really enjoyed the place and recommend you to check it out if you're in the area. Here is the website to the retaurant (yes they have a regular meal menu if you don't get there after 3pm!).

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Saint Seitan Salad

Summer is here!
It makes it so much easier for us to make prettier stuff to eat. Like this dish: a hot seitan salad with chopped tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas and a little soffritto. To accompany it and stay fresh, we used the remaining chickpeas to mix them in a cucumber salad. We topped it with some mint and olive oil.

It's a really good dish 'cause it fills you but you don't feel stuffed. And it was good to finally be able to eat in the garden!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wonderful kitchens all over the web

A collection of some of those that might be the kitchen of our dreams. 
In case you're curious, we're going to cook something, really soon, we promise!

Source: Nordic Design
(they also have Clipper tea! Love it)

via Favim

Source: LMMDI

Source: Design Sponge

(A. Pasinelli is a great italian interior designer!)

Source: MCM

Source indefinite :(

Source: H&H