Cherry-Lime Popsicles

June 27, 2014 AllDesserts  2 comments

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When I woke up today it was 38 degrees Celsius. At 8 in the morning. And it’s only June.

Cherry-Lime Popsicles

This summer we’ve had an incredible abundance of cherries, and we’ve been buying them by the kilo every week. I’ve been having fresh cherries and limeade as a snack everyday at the hottest part of the afternoon. I thought, wouldn’t that make a delicious combination as a popsicle?! I was right. Not only is it delicious, but it’s so simple to make and flavourful enough that it doesn’t need any added sugar or sweetener.

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Later in the afternoon (it was about 40 degrees) my neighbour asked if I had looked outside today. I stepped onto the balcony to find the mountain next to my house was ablaze. It was definitely time for a popsicle.

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For 4 popsicles:

  • approx 300 grams of ch...
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Pasta con Broccoletti

June 18, 2014 MainsPasta  4 comments

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Pasta con broccoletti is one of my favourite pastas to have during the winter. It’s wholesome, very easy to make, and naturally vegan. My Nonna taught me how to make this dish a few years ago, and ever since then I’ve made it frequently on my own. However, nothing can compare to your own Nonna’s cooking. Unfortunately, I tend to only come back to Sicily during the summer, when broccoletti aren’t in season, so I’ve been unable to enjoy this fantastic meal with my grandmother. This past winter my grandmother very thoughtfully froze some of the fresh crop for me to enjoy this summer. We made it today for lunch and it was so delicious I had to share the recipe!

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In Scotland, broccoli grows mainly in the spring and fall, and according to Edinburgh Community Food’s calendar, it will be in sea...

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Pomodori Imbottiti di Riso

June 10, 2014 MainsSides  No comments

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Today my Nonna showed me how to make these gorgeous tomatoes stuffed with rice. She was actually surprised when I told her that her recipe was naturally vegan and gluten-free. These are simple to make and look quite impressive too! This would be great idea for a dinner party when you want to show off some culinary skills while offering something that hopefully all of your guests can eat.

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Serves 6 (as a main dish)

  • 12 tomatoes- must be ripe, round, and large
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, depending on taste
  • a handful of basil
  • a handful of parsley
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Wash the tomatoes, removing any stems.
  2. Turn the tomatoes upside down (so they are more stable) and slice off a ...
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Hazelnut & Banana Porridge (Oatmeal)

April 26, 2014 AllBreakfast  4 comments

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Happy belated 25th of April! I spent the day of Italian liberation finishing up my last two pieces of coursework of the semester! Though the first part of the day was stressful, once both essays were handed in, it felt like sweet liberation indeed! Exams are just a few weeks away now, but I thought I’d give myself the weekend off. I had a lovely (but very cold) evening in St Salvator’s Quad viewing the Anthropological Art Installation organised by my social anthropology class and got to catch up with a dear friend after...

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Fresh Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

April 16, 2014 Salads  One comment

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I had my last International Relations tutorial of the year on Monday and while part of me rejoiced at the idea of summer’s proximity, the other part of me had several heart attacks. While summer is indeed approaching, so are all my final deadlines and exams. This semester (not so different from past semesters) has just been non-stop coursework, meetings, rehearsals, events, and early morning essay marathons. I like to think I’m pretty invincible and even though I have pneumonia I can still hand in my essay on time and perform three nights of Ivanov in a row (true story) while still maintaining my sanity. However, much to my dismay, I’m not invincible and this past week has done a brilliant job of reminding me...

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Raspberry Vinaigrette

April 16, 2014 Sauces and Dips  2 comments

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Raspberry Vinaigrette


All of the following ingredients should be altered to taste. If you like a sweeter, fruitier taste then add more raspberries etc…

  • 1.5 cups raspberries
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • (optional) 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • (optional) pepper, to taste



  1. Add everything to your food processor and process until everything is fully incorporated.
  2. Enjoy as a dressing for salads, wraps, etc!
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Homemade Wholemeal Tortillas

April 13, 2014 Bread  No comments

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Wholemeal tortillas

Yesterday morning I hesitantly agreed to go to a boxfit class with one of my friends before cooking lunch together. I consider myself to be a rather active and healthy person; I practice yoga every week, go to the gym on a regular basis, and go on walks as often as I can. However, the idea of boxfit seemed a little bit intense for me. My friend assured me that it would be fine, that the class was totally do-able and I’d leave the class feeling great! So I went. Turns out that the “box” half of the class is fine -really fun even. It’s the “fit” part that killed me. I huffed and puffed my way through what felt like three billion shuttle runs, squats, and mountain climbers...

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Butternut Squash & Kale Wraps with Chimichurri Sauce

April 13, 2014 Mains  One comment

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I’ve had a butternut squash sitting in my kitchen for a while now (they last such a long time!) and I’ve been trying to think of something exciting to do with it, since butternut squash are about to go out of season and they are one of my favourite things to eat. I considered making my butternut squash pasta or turning it into some soup, but with the change of the weather, I’ve been craving something a bit lighter and more refreshing.

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I really think that all vegetables taste delicious just sauteed with a bit of olive oil, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, so you could potentially make this wrap with anything you’d like. I liked the paired texture of the creamy butternut squash with the sauteed kale...

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse

April 8, 2014 Desserts  5 comments

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Okay, so I know I’m late to jump on this avocado mousse train, but I have to admit I was more than a little skeptical. Chocolate and avocados are, hands down, two of the greatest foods of all time. Growing up Mexican, avocado and chocolate made regular appearances in my daily diet. And my family is from Puebla, home of Mole, so I am no stranger to the mixture of savoury foods and chocolate. However, this combination still didn’t have me convinced. Recently though, I’ve been trying to look for ways to still indulge in my daily dosage of chocolate without all of the added sugars and unnecessary ingredients. On Sunday evening as I was reading about the ‘New Wars’ Thesis, I found myself REALLY craving chocolate...

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Spring Onion, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Pasta

April 6, 2014 MainsPasta  No comments

Spring Onion, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Spring Onion, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Pasta

The sun has finally made an appearance for the first time since I’ve been back in St Andrews! To celebrate this welcome sign of spring, I’ve made my mother’s Spring Onion, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Pasta with Pine Nuts. This pasta is incredibly simple to make, and is full of nutrition and flavour. When I was younger, I absolutely hated eating raw tomato, but I adored them when they were sun dried. In order to make sure I wasn’t missing out on the nutrients from tomatoes, my mother often made this pasta for me. Though I now eat raw tomatoes, I still firmly believe that tomatoes of the sun dried variety are far superior...

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