Quinoa | Salad with Sweet Potatoes


Friendly inspiration. This gorgeous veggie recipe is inspired by the recipe of a dear friend. The combination of fresh carrots and sweet potatoes is so surprising! Quinoa, ‘the golden grain of the Andes’, is rich in fibers and a great source of protein. It has a firm structure and a rich, earthy taste. It combines very well with brown rice. I used a mix of red, white and black biological quinoa.

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Pasta | Potato Dumplings Gnocchi


Thursday is Gnocchi Day in Rome Let’s enjoy some pasta made from potatoes!

Gnocchi is the plural of Gnoccho which are little potato dumplings. The documentation on the potato dumplings dates back to the 14th Century. This dish is cheap to make, so in the olden days it was a popular dish to prepare at the end of the month when there would hardly be any money left.

There are many food oriented festivals in Italy. The gnocchi are also celebrated. Every year the last day of the carnival in Verona is dedicated to ‘Baccanal del Gnoco’/Festival of Gnocchi. Besides all the meal is tasty and also filling: great comfort food! A very accessible dish to the ordinary cook. Gnocchi can be served with a wide variety of sauces. As shown in the photograph, this is a simple version with a  sage and butter sauce. Continue reading