MTChallenge February: Bread, Anise and Lemon Zest Baci / MTChallenge di Febbraio: Baci al pane, anice e scorza di limone

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What is love? This month Mtchallenge challenges us with baci, Perugina’s world famous chocolate confection and with the daunting task of opening our hearts. Difficult task, tempering chocolate as exploring the darkest recesses of our hearts. Looking back I can see how my view on love has changed, through relationships and heartbreaks. Different shades of the same colour, or so it seems. Have I yet understood what love really is or will my perspective change once again? One thing is clear, however, falling in love is to love as bran to wheat and only in trust, freedom, respect and above all sharing one can find true love. I consider myself lucky having had such a love in my love, even though it’s over now.
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Multigrain Flour, Sesame Seeds and Polenta Taragna Grissini / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Grissini alla farina 4 cereali, semi di sesamo e polenta taragna

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And it’s Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook time again! I love grissini, just ask my family and friends. One of the easiest and tasty way to use sourdough leftovers, those crunchy breadsticks (even though I loathe the word, bread is bread and grissini are…grissini!) never fail and I usually bake a batch once a week or on special occasions as having dinner with friends. Actually I have the habit of giving away tons of bags of grissini, being single and living on my own! The best thing is there are no limits to your fantasy when it comes to baking grissini. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Oops I did it again! Almond, Candied Orange Peel and Aniseed Sweet Rice Cakes! / Oops I did it again! Tortine di riso alle mandorle, arancia candita e anice

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Oops I did it again (didn’t I say I would no longer post sweet recipes?)! Well this is an old recipe, part of a menu I made up a few months ago for a project that never came to life. I kept those recipes aside for any emergency, a Plan B to keep the blog post flow constant. It was a smart choice. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Traditional Wheat Loaf, baked in a Cast Iron Pot / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Pane classico di frumento cotto in pentola

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Yet another Friday and to make up for my macaron incident two weeks ago (for those who don’t know I should have posted a recipe fro Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook but messed up with the schedule) yet another recipe for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook. For today’s post I baked a simple, classic loaf. A round loaf with a crispy and fragrant crust.

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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Rye and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Bread Rolls / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Panini all’olio e farina di segale

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Ooops, I messed up with the blog. Many of you may have noticed that last Friday I mis-scheduled my post. Instead of posting a recipe for the Mill I posted a recipe for macarons…too many things to do, appointments, too many bad days and then I lost track of the usual scheduling (I have to go back to the good habit of writing down a special calendar only for blog posts). I apologize to Alessandro, who has to deal with my head in the clouds, and all of you that expected a new recipe for Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook. I have to get used to the new routine Macro-Monday and Baking-Friday. The recipe that I am finally posting was developed very spontaneously, going with the flow feeling the dough as it takes shape under the kneading hands. Bread rolls so fragrant, soft and tasty you simply cannot fall for them. To give them a special flavour and rustic texture I added whole rye flour (I think it is quite plain to everyone how much I love this flour) and extra virgin olive oil. Have them for breakfast or just a quick snack to fill your hungry belly. Want to try and make them together? Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Happy Birthday Ale!

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Oggi non avrei dovuto postare qui, ma poi ho ricevuto un messaggio privato in Facebook da Flavia di Cuocicucidici  e non potevo certo negare il mio apporto alla affettuosa iniziativa che la redazione dell’MTC Challenge ha pensato per fare gli auguri di Buon Compleanno a lei, la boss dei boss, La Van Pelt. L’idea è quella di riproporre una ricetta dal blog di Alessandra o anche detta Van Pelt, e postarla tutti tra la notte del 26 e quella del 27. Purtroppo la comunicazione mi è arrivata un po’ tardi, avendo in programma vari impegni oltre il lavoro dipendente (sfortunatamente sabato ho lavorato) non ce l’ho fatta seppur ci abbia provato. Peccato mi sia scordata l’impasto fuori a temperatura ambiente, ritrovando un blob che aveva superato la lievitazione e per questioni mie di tempistica irrecuperabile. Quelli tra di voi che mi conoscono bene non saranno sorpresi nel sapere la ricetta che mi ero prefissata di proporre oggi: l’amata fugassa genovese. La ricetta di Alessandra è zeneise doc, che richiede largo uso dei polpastrelli per creare profondi occhi nell’impasto, ricoperta con salamoia e olio, croccante sopra e sofficissima dentro. Querlla che nel giro di un mese mi ha fatto mettere su un paio di chili, quando ho preso a frequentare assiduamente Genova e difficilmente resistivo al fascino conturbante di un rettangolo di focaccia DOC. Andate a spiarla, ne vale assolutamente la pena. Per quel che mi riguarda ne approfitto per mandare un grande abbraccio ad Alessandra, che da inizio anno si è trasferita a Singapore, e augurarle una splendida giornata di compleanno. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALE!

Ceci n’est pas un macaron: Black Tea “Macarons” / Ceci n’est pas un macaron: “Macarons” al thé nero

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Yes I know, I promised myself I wouldn’t be baking sweet treats anymore…but this recipe had been waiting for more than a year to be published only waiting for me to improve my macaronage and piping skills. Since many egg whites have been stored in my freezer since December I thought it might be the right time to give it another shot. And I gave it, actually three shots (two of which turned out ok, one of which turned out too runny to even bake the batch). The result is okay but not quite the thing. As you well know proper macarons look like this. Flat top, nicely raised foot. Mine look like the Swiss famous Luxemburgerli sort of a sweet mini hamburger. But my guinea pigs assured me, they taste good and have the right chewiness to them, so I decided to post the recipe and share it with you. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

New “Macro Monday” Blog is online! / Il “Blog Macro del Lunedì” è online!

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My dearest friends, finally I made it and am online with the new blog!
If you are interested in healthy recipes and look macrobiotic lifestyle follow me there too, I will be posting on Monday there and keep on with bread recipes and all sort on this blog.
Here is the link to the first post, a recipe for Liquorice Oat Milk: http://wp.me/p5CJtV-D
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Il “Blog Macro del Lunedì” è online!

Cari amici, finalmente eccomi online con il nuovo blog!
Se siete interessati a scoprire nuove salutari ricette oppure siete curiosi di saperne di più sullo stile di vita macrobiotico potete seguirmi anche lì, dove posterò di lunedì mentre il venerdì rimarrà il giorno fisso per i post di pane e affini su questo blog.
Qua trovate il primo post con la ricetta per fare un latte di avena aromatizzato alla liquirizia: http://wp.me/p5CJtV-D
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Macro dumplings for MTC Challenge / Canederli macro per l’MTC Challenge

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New year, new challenges. It seems only yesterday that Francesca challenged us with a her literary inspired muffin, but it has been two months now. Enough to relax and forget how the MTC Challenge can put my brain and creativity under enormous pressure. Couple this with my macro lifestyle adventure and you can just imagine how difficult it will be for me from now on…but stubborn as I am the goal this year will be to be able to participate to all of MTC’s challenges by inventing all sorts of macro alternatives to the recipes and ingredients we will be given. Honestly these dumplings were a walk in the park if I consider the risk of running into a dessert recipe, or worse a brioche dough rich in eggs, butter and sugar. But challenges are vital in my life and for my blog(s) too and I am ready to face any recipe, even though I fear many tears will be shed being failure and disappointment just around the corner with macro cooking!
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Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Rye, Toasted Flour and Thyme Crackers / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Crackers di farina di segale, farina tostata e timo

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New year, new life, new recipe. I start the year with new recipes, with Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook and some news. As already anticipated shortly I will be opening a new blog where I will talk about my new adventure with macrobiotics and develop my own recipes according to my new lifestyle. Some changes are necessary for this blog too. It is unthinkable for me to be able to publish twice a week in both blogs, so I decided to split up the posts on two different days, keeping Fridays as posting day for the current blog and keeping Monday for the macro blog. Here the focus will be mainly on bread, and if possible I will try to participate to the various bread collections and contest I took part to the past year and a half, as Twelve Loaves, Daring Bakers and MTC Challenge. Of course Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook column will stay so I will have to make some choices, probably picking just a few challenges from month to month. But now let’s move on to the recipe with which I greet the new year.

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