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Tuscan holidays: Zucchini and red pepper fritatta.

DSC07076This is the last of my Tuscan recipes. While London is not really cold at the moment and there are still flowers in my window…


Flowers which, by the way, I bought to replace my lovely gerberas which died during the week we were away in Spain. That’s how hot London was that week. Crazy.

Ah, what’s with the blue bottle you ask? Well, that’s my Blue Solar Water, even more important to prepare some during Autumn. So I just put the bottle out while I sat to write this post.

Anyway, it is not particularly cold today in London, even though judging by my hair we are having a 100% humidity, and yet it clearly feels like Autumn: the air smells and feels different. Even the sunlight is less yellow and more on the grey side of the spectrum.

So it feels right to let go of the last summer post and finally embrace Fall. I’ll be cooking all of October with pumpkin pure. I’m planning to do some pumpkin latte, pumpkin bread and pumpkin-cinnamon rolls.  But for today…




4 eggs

1 zucchini

1 red ramiro pepper (or just a bell pepper)

1 small onion or half a big one.

2 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper to season.

2 tablespoons of oil to cook the veggies.

Optional: Cubed pancetta. If you do use pancetta, avoid adding extra salt.


How to:

1.- Slice your zucchini thinly, and chop your red pepper or cut them into thin stripes.

2.- Chop your garlic and onion.

3.- In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the pancetta (if using) and all the vegetables until they begin to soften and the onion goes translucent. If your pan is big, and you are not using pancetta which in itself is a source of fats you may have to add 1 more tablespoon of oil.

4.- While the vegetables cook, whisk your eggs with salt and pepper in a bowl.

5.- Once your vegetables are cooked, add them to the eggs, mix to integrate evenly.

6.- Place the same pan you use for cooking the veggies (no need to wash unless something burnt) on a low heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and pour the egg and vegetable mixture into it. Let it cook uncovered for 5 minutes, then cover with a lid (or you can try using foil if your pan doesn’t have a lid) and continue cooking.

7.- Between 15 and 20 minutes later, your fritatta will be ready. It should look cooked on the top and not burned on the bottom.

8.- Serve with a side salad, fish or alone for a lovely Summer’s lunch.



Simple Salmon & Avocado toast

DSC06196Say it’s hot, like today in London, say you just got home and you are starving but you are too tired to cook.

Say you don’t want to fix yourself anything too complicated but you want something other than a ham sandwich, something that feels like proper food but is still light, because as we said at the beginning, it is also hot.

Well, say no more! Here is the dish of the day, simple to put together, nutritious and filling, because, after all,  you don’t want to be grazing 20 minutes after lunch.

Ingredients (for 1 person)

150 grs. Smoked salmon (approx.)

1 small avocado (or half of a big one)

2 slices of toasted bread (Use spelt for an even healthier lunch).

A bit of dill.

DSC06183How to:

1.- Toast your bread.

2.- Scoop the avocado using a spoon and place in a plate. Season with salt and (a lot) of lemon juice.

DSC061863.- Divide the avocado evenly between the two toasted slices of bread. If your avocado is very soft, you can use a fork to mash and you’ll have something like an avocado spread ( a lot better than cream cheese or mayonnaise) if it’s on the harder side, use a knife to chop it a bit, so that it is easy to bite into.

DSC061924.- Top with the salmon and some chopped dill (optional, but it does add a lot of flavour). Enjoy!!!

DSC06195Have a great day and enjoy the sun!