Monthly Archives: November 2010

Speculaas cookies

The winter is coming to The Netherlands. You can notice it from several things: first, the temperature nowadays are really low, second the days are getting shorter and shorter and finally, the food stores are full of cookies like Speculaas for Sinterklaas or winter time. Usually those cookies are not vegan, so I decided to make them in a vegan way. Here is the recipe 1 that I followed, however you can also check at recipe 2, to personalize it in your way.

Matteo's gnocchi

I have a really good Italian friend that by mistake or not a mistake, he did gnocchi in a vegan way. Even if his grand mum would think that this is a nonsense recipe.

So lovely home-made gnocchi, …

I am sure that I will make them really soon, yum yum


  • 11 small red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • A big bowl of water boiling with salt

Some tomato sauce as you prefer for eating them.


This recipe is explained by photos.

The red small potatoes cooked in microwave oven, after being pierced with a fork to prevent explosion

mashed potatoes

a ball of mashed potatoes, flour, salt and pepper and
a fine cylinder and a few already cut gnocchi in the background

gnocchi ready for being boiled

Lemon – Orange cake

I just came back from a short trip to my family but still I had time to bake a nice vegan cake for them. Always when I go home, it is lovely to find the kitchen full of vegetables and fruits from the land of my dad and they contain almost zero chemical products! One problem is that you have to eat a lot of these vegetables when it is their season, however you can always try a lot of different recipes. Winter season is the season of the oranges, mandarins, endives, artichokes (coming soon a post on artichokes), pomegranates, kakis and a lot more winter vegetables and fruits. This cake is a mix of flavors from this season.

So looking around the kitchen, I could only see oranges and more oranges, so why not making a cake out of orange juice and its skin. On the top, you can see a cream made of cinnamon, cloves and orange skin.


  • Lemon-Orange cake

- 1 cup flour

- grated skin of 2 oranges

- juice of the same oranges

- grated skin of 1 lemon

- 3/4 cup sugar

- 1/2 no-dairy milk

- 2 tbsp baking powder

- 2 tbsp cinnamon

  • Cinnamon-cloves-orange cream

- 1/2 no-dairy butter

- 1 tbsp cloves powder

- 2 tbsp cinnamon

- 1/4 cup grated orange skin

- 1/4 cup mashed cashew nuts

- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar


  • Lemon-Orange cake

Pre-heat the oven at 180ÂșC. Mix all the ingredients except the baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk well and then add the baking powder. Pour it in a cake shape (if the shape needs it, apply oil before) and bake it for around 30min. Leave it until it has cooled down before pouring the cream.

  • Cinnamon-cloves-orange cream

In a small sauce pan, heat the butter then add all the sugar, cashew, cinnamon and cloves. Whisk it harder and harder until all the ingredients are well mixed. Then leave it in the fridge for around 20 min. It will become a hard paste in case you heated the butter too much. Later before pouring it in the cake, make sure that the cream is smooth and soft by whisking it more and more. The longer you do it, the better the texture of the cream will be.

Ethiopian dinner

Vegan life doc

Interesting documentary about vegan life. Please have a look, it actually discusses about most of the important aspects of being vegan and vegan life style.



Vegan documentary from The Vegan Society