I’m not huge on sandwiches…If I have to choose for a quick meal, I’d rather go for a salad or some fruits. however for my last bike road trip (100 km) I needed to make some easy-to-carry snack and well, sandwich was definitely the way to go. I still wanted it to be light but packed …The post Grilled Tofu and Zucchini Sandwich appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Tired of dining out every day? Want to learn new easy and tasty dishes to make conveniently at home? Want to impress your loved one by making him/her a delicious dinner? Come join us on May 26th at 11 am for a 2 hour, hands-on cooking class! We will learn how to make: Handmade pasta Basil …The post Italian Cooking Class – May 26th appeared first on Expat Cucina.
I just got back home from the ICS studios where I’ve spent the morning recording a talk show on cooking culture in China. I was invited to talk, together with other 2 Chinese guests, about the whole phenomenon of celebrity chefs that is now so popular in the west and compare it with what is happening now in China. It …The post Apple Pie appeared first on Expat Cucina.
You guys know I LOVE cooking and eating and treat myself with tasty meals. but I also love taking care of my body, exercise, eat clean and be healthy. I regularly workout (running, cycling, dancing) and I do integrate my diet with protein supplements like protein powder and bars. Unfortunately all food integrators are quite …The post Homemade Protein Bars appeared first on Expat Cucina.
With all the food safety issue that is pleading China – bird flu, dead pigs found in the river, sick pork meat, contaminated water and so on – eating has become no easy matter here. Many people have started given up on eating meat and of course are looking into some alternatives and some have …The post Vegeterian Tofu Meatballs appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Today, because it’s raining because after a whole month of intense running training I’ve now injured my ankle and I’m forced to rest for 1 whole week because I’ve had 5 lindt chocolate bars in the past 36 hours and because I love chocolate and coffee I’ve decided to bring to the front page these fab …The post Walnut-Mocha Mini Pies appeared first on Expat Cucina
I’ve spent the last 2 Saturdays cycling. First we went to the ocean, 80 km in total and last weekend we went all the way to Kunshan (100 km round trip). For most professional cyclists these distances might sound ridicules but for me who has never cycled before, those numbers are quite an achievement. Since …The post Beef Stew with Peas appeared first on Expat Cucina.
You guys know I am not a huge fan of beans, I eat them because they are healthy and very good for my body, which is why I always try to find alternative, tasty recipes to incorporate them into my diet. This time I came up with a hummus made with white bean and basil. A perfect …The post White Bean & Basil Hummus appeared first on Expat Cucina.
I think last time I made an apple cake was when I was in high school and on my German textbook there was this recipe with a beautiful picture and I couldn’t resist…I remember the result I got back then was not a great one…but I blame my poor German and my very poor ability to …The post Apple Cake with Black Cherries appeared first on Expat Cucina.
What a weekend! My mom last days in Shanghai and all the last minute errands, shooting for the first cooking video tutorial, a new project I’m participating and that I am very excited about. I will share more with you as soon as more detailed will be finalized. For now it is still in a pioneer stage And on …The post Saute’ Brussels Sprouts with Ham appeared first on Expat Cucina.
On April 1st I got the absolute honor to attend, for the second time, the International Culinary Exchange organized by Wujie Restaurant here in Shanghai. You guys might remember my post about last year dinner, my very first whole vegetarian dining experience, and how THAT experience completely changed my view on vegetarianism. Those of you who …The post WuJie 5th International Culinary Excha
I ran the Jinqiao 8k race last Saturday here in Shanghai! It was such an amazing experience. Thousands of people gathered together to run and get some exercise. I ran my 8k in about 38 min and got 20th in the female group, which is a result I’m very proud of! This is me with …The post 10-min Tuna Pasta appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Come join us this Sunday afternoon – April 21st – from 2 pm to 4 pm to learn how to make 3 delicious dishes using only one pot! ONE -POT-MEAL ideas I will demonstrate are: 1- Chicken with mushrooms in white wine sauce 2- One pot pasta 3- Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup with rosemary …The post ExpatCucina’s Cooking Demo for LeCreuset – April 21st, 2pm appeared first o
Did you know that April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? I, for one, didn’t know this until last weekend, while I was going through the virtual lounge of Cheekybingo.com. Some members were talking about their plans to honor this celebration. I joined in their conversation, and got a lot of recipe ideas from …The post Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese appeared first on Expat Cucin
Hello world! Sorry I’ve been away for a few days but my mom came visiting me in Shanghai last Friday and I’ve spent the whole weekend hanging out with her and showing her around. She will be here for a couple of weeks which means I will be SUPER busy but I will still try …The post Big Ravioli with Spinach, Ricotta and Rolling Egg Yolk Filling appeared first on Expat Cucina.
It’s easy, quick and super tasty and everytime I make one all my guests love it. I’ve made many types of quiche already: Stracchino and ham quiche Sundried tomatoes and feta quiche I also made one with mushrooms, ham and mozzarella (which I havent posted yet tho…sorryyyy) but this is the very first time that …The post Quiche Lorraine appeared first on Expat Cucina.
High in protein, low in carbs and gluten-free…this is a dream coming true! I’ve wanted to try making pasta using bean flour instead of normal for a long time, but for one reason or the other, I never got myself to until a few weeks ago. This is a very basic pasta recipe with eggs and flour, only difference …The post Homemade Garbanzo Bean Flour Bow-tie Pasta appeared first on Exp
Hello word! Sunday is Easter and my friends and I are trying to put together big lunch. We have about 30 people and each of us will be bringing a dish. There is going to be LOTS of food and it’s going to be SUPER fun. I am so looking forward to celebrating! As for …The post Pork Scaloppine with Ham and Caramelized Lemon and FancyCellar Givaway! appeared first on Expat Cucina.
After watching a video of Julia Child making Beef Bourguignon for about 5 times in a row last week, I couldn’t help but making it! http://youtu.be/zA2ys8C-lNk Have I ever told you how much I love that woman? She is just amazing, I just adore how she explains everything so well and detailed, all hr videos …The post Julia Child Beef Bourguignon with Mushrooms and Onions appeared first on
Easter is approaching and there is NO proper celebration without a chocolate egg! A few years ago I shared here on Expatcucina an easy recipe for making Dark Chocolate Egg. A few days ago the web editor of Shanghai Family asked me to write a similar recipe to share on their website so I decided …The post Easter Crushed Almond Chocolate Egg appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Hello world! Good news today Our grocery shopping life is gonna to be easier! Just a few weeks ago while surfing the Internet I found this new online grocery shop that just started serving Shanghai. It is called epermarket and it mostly sells imported food (canned, fresh, meats, seafood, cleaning products and much more). Even …The post New online supermarket and Giveaway! appeared first on E
Last Christmas my sister got me the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment. I don’t think I need to say how happy I was! I’ve wanted to buy it for years and always kept on procrastinating, but now I finally have it – Thank sis Yesterday, since spring is finally here and it’s getting a bit …The post Homemade Blackberry Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream appeared first on Expat Cuc
I was surfing the Internet the other night and I stumbled across this recipe by Marta Stuart for making peanut butter and jelly fudge. I immediately loved the idea but had no jelly at home so I decided to adapt it a bit and use some blackberry jam instead. This is one of the BEST …The post Peanut Butter and Jam Fudge appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Today, because I’ve finally taken a whole weekend off with – almost – no cooking, because I ate 3 cakes in 3 days, and I am not kidding because it was SUMMER here in Shanghai last Saturday, with 27 C because sadly today Winter is back – with 7 C and because I don’t want …The post Some of my favorites! appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Weather in Shanghai has been AMAZING! We have had a full week of sunny and hot (20+ c) days. I could not feel any better! This weekend I’m start training for the Jinqiao 8k marathon, I’m excited! Plus I’ve got a busy birthday celebration agenda with more than 4 birthdays over 3 days… Before I …The post Roasted Spring Potatoes appeared first on Expat Cucina.
I believe this is going to be the last winter soup I’ll be posting for this season…guess why? …. Winter is over in Shanghai! Temperature gone up to 20 C during the day and 12 C at night and the sun has been shining. This means one thing: I AM IN SUCH A GOOD MOOD! …The post Creamy Chickpea Soup with Rosemary Shrimps appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Last Saturday has been a very busy day for Expatcucina. Busy but awesome at the same time I hosted a Kid’s birthday cooking class in the morning for 10 adorable 5 year old kids. We learned how to home-make pasta and cookies. They had so much fun getting messy with the dough and then eating …The post Pizzaiola Cod Fillet and my Cooking weekend appeared first on Expat Cucina.
This weekend is looking like a VERY busy one! Here is what I will be doing: Saturday 7 am wake up 9 am arrive at Fagor Showroom to get everything ready for the morning Kid’s birthday cooking party 10 am – 12 pm Kid’s birthday cooking party (we will be making pasta and cookies) 12 …The post Honey Walnut Pumpkin Muffins appeared first on Expat Cucina.
This Saturday, to celebrate the new cooperation between ExpatCucina and Fagor, I am happy to invite you to a FREE cooking demo at Fagor showroom in Shanghai. Here all the details: Date: March 2nd Time: 2pm to 4 pm Venue: No.651-653 Waima Road, Huangpu District, shanghai I will be demonstrating how to make Pasta Carbonara and …The post ExpatCucina for Fagor: Cooking Demo Saturday March 2nd a
Expatcucina got a bit fancy! Yes we did! Le Creuset has decided to sponsor my recipes and support my love for food by providing me with some of their extraordinary products. After meeting their marketing manager and after doing a cooking demonstration for them, they have given me their product catalogue and let me pic …The post Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crashed Almonds and Cranberries ap
It snowed in Shanghai yesterday! When I woke up in the morning and went to open the curtains in my bedroom I found outside everything was covered in snow. You guys know I do not deal very well with cold weather but if there is one thing I love about it then that is snow. During the holiday it …The post Pork Chops with fresh Herbs and Champagne appeared first on Expat Cucina.
After all the dining out and celebration over the Chinese New Year holiday, I definitely need now a couple of cleanse days. As you guys know, I am not too keen on those programs that call for 3 to 10 or more days of just juices or lemonade, i find them unbalanced and unhealthy. When …The post Easy and Fresh Beetroot Salad appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Holiday is almost over…on Monday I will be back to work and for at least until the Summer there will be no more vacation for me….sad times. This past week I’ve finally had the time to relax and rest, enjoy my friends’ company and get some proper cooking. I also finally had the time to review …The post Chicken with Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce appeared first on Expat
HEALTHY, HEALTHY, HEALTHY and SUPER TASTY! That’s what I always seek into a recipe! This cookies are going to rock your boat pleople. They only call for 6 ingredients, are flourless so perfect if you’r intollerant, only downside is that the dough needs to be refrigerated for at least 1 hour in order to get …The post Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies appeared first on Expa
This is the second year that I spent Chinese New Year in China. I think, in fact, this to be the best time to enjoy the city, as Shanghai gets completely empty, quite and clean. Like last year, my friends and I celebrated the new year’s eve at my friend Morgan’s. She lives on the …The post Speck and Mozzarella Rolls appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Thank you all for having supported ExpatCucina! I wish this new year will bring you happiness, love and success. Love - LittleDaniThe post Happy Year of the Snake! appeared first on Expat Cucina.
I’m very much into tea recently…not sure you have noticed…have you? Well, more than into tea itself I’m very much into the cookies that pair it…Last experiment I did resulted into this tea-bag-shaped cookies. Definitely an original idea to space things up a bit and to offer something a bit extravagant to your guest for …The post Tea Bag Cookies appeared first on
Oh boy what a hectic time of the year this is! Right after the Christmas holiday and before the Chinese New Year one, these are 3 weeks of what I call “hell”! I’ve been working really late hours at the office trying to catch up with work and to plan a whole bu\unch of activities …The post 15-min Meal Idea: Pasta with Tuna and Lemon Cream appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Hello friends! No recipes today but a big announcement to be made. Le Creuset (yes, the big French cookware company) has decided to sponsor and support EC! We will be doing lots of activities together and some giveaway as well, so stay tuned cause you might be the lucky one winning one of Le Creuset …The post ExpatCucina cooking demo for Le Creuset! appeared first on Expat Cucina.
A few weeks ago I got invited to the opening of Prime Fitness, a new and completely alternative gym in Shanghai. The whole concept of Prime is based on primal training and paliolitic diet! You guys know that beside food, my biggest passion is sport. I exercise regularly and try, as much I as I …The post Palio-friendly Fried Rice (with cauliflower) appeared first on Expat Cucina.
A few weeks ago I got invited to the opening of Prime Fitness, a new and completely alternative gym in Shanghai. The whole concept of Prime is based on primal training and paliolitic diet! You guys know that beside food, my biggest passion is sport. I exercise regularly and try, as much I as I …The post Paleo-friendly Fried Rice (with cauliflower) appeared first on Expat Cucina.
Italians don’t drink tea, I’m sure we all know that. We prefer strong, black espresso. However, ever since I met Alex, who is the most British person I’ve ever known, he has tried to introduce me to the world of afternoon tea. Soon after we became friends he invited me to the Westin Hotel and offered me …The post Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies and British Afternoon Tea Party
Weather in Shanghai has been very cold recently. January and February are, in fact, the coldest months of the year. Coming back from 2 weeks in warm Lecce and 1 week in Thailand, copying with these cold temperature has been particularly hard. As you guys know, cold = soup for me, tho after all the holiday …The post Healthy Lettuce Soup appeared first on Expat Cucina.
A few weeks ago Chiara from La voglia matta, contacted me as she was interested in including my blog into her column Blogs Got Talent where she introduce to her readers other interesting food blog! So this week ExpatCucina got a little article on Chiara’s blog. It’s written in Italian so I believe not many …The post Blogs Got Talent for ExpatCucina :) appeared first on Expat Cuci
While I was back home my mom made this pasta dish for my sis who loves it. I am, honestly speaking, not a huge fan of stock fish, despite it being quite popular in the South, specially in Sicily. This recipe is very easy and make a complete meal! The sauce, in fact, is perfect …The post Pasta with Stock fish – Sicilian Style appeared first on Expat Cucina.
I’m back in Shanghai! Landed from Italy on Sunday afternoon, then Tuesday morning I head to Thailand where I got back from just yesterday. I feel like I’ve been away from China for months, while it’s only been a bit longer than 3 weeks. Now it’s time to focus and work on my new year …
Back in Shanghai! and it’s cold, soooo cold here! Good news is tomorrow I will be heading to Thailand which will definetely do good to my southern Italian body! Before departing again, I want to leave you with a new recipe, a tasty jam that I made right before my trip to Italy. During winter …
Last day in Italy! Tomorrow I will be flying back to Shanghai where I will land on Sunday afternoon. It’s always hard to leave, to say good-bye to my family, to see off my mom at the airport and knowing that, as soon as I will board, she will be crying in the car driving …
Happy 2013 everyone! A new year has just started and we are all very excited and curious about finding out what it will bring us: a new job? a new love? Exciting adventures? The 2012 has definitely been a great one for me! I’ve achieved so much: I started a new job, moved to a …
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved eating vegetables. My mom’s family used to own several farms where they cultivated and produced pretty much anything, from vegetable and fruit to cheese, olive oil and wine. After my grandparents passed away, their children (my mom and her brothers) did not continue farming. They …