Veronica Lavenia

Veronica is a born and raised Italian. She inherited her love for travel, passion for cooking and natural, sustainable, healthy slow food from her parents. Her works have appeared in ‘Vegetarian Living’, ‘Veggie Magazine’, ‘Lifestyle food’, ‘Australian Good Food & Travel Guide’, ‘Chickpea’ and ‘Free from Heaven’, among others. She is the author of “Panini: the simple tastes of Italian style bread”; ‘The Rustic Italian bakery”, “The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen” and “A Modern Italian table”, published by New Holland Publishers Australia.

Baked Tofu and Herbs

Loaded with Mediterranean spices, fresh herbs, olive and the last of summer’s tomatoes, this baked tofu is a delight to devour.

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Chocolate Glazed Carrot Cake

A soft, moist cake with a delicate flavor. Ideal for dipping in milk, it is perfect also as a dessert after a light meal. In this recipe, pistachio is the ingredient that makes the difference.

Pizza Margherita

Make one of the most representative dishes of Italian cuisine that crosses the lines in history between myth and reality.

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Vegan Pistachio Cookies

Rich in flavor, but without eggs or butter, these Sicilian vegan pistachio cookies are rustically beautiful and perfect dipped into coffee or tea.

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Gluten-Free Paradiso Cakes

Take some time for you and for this little piece of cake heaven. Invented by Italian priests, this dessert really is a slice of paradise.

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Mediterranean Winter Salad

A crisp winter salad, rich in colors and flavors. The dates and vinaigrette are the special ingredients of this recipe that makes for a perfect side dish or snack.

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Baked Chiacchiere

A traditional treat of Carnival, chiacchiere are scraps of dough flavored in different ways, stretched thin, and fried in oil. Try this baked version.

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Italian Baking: Fig Cake

Suitable for a sweet winter snack, this Italian favorite with dried figs and nuts is soft and great with wine or a glass of milk.

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Amalfi Mini Lemon Cakes

This moist and fragrant recipe is a tribute to the Amalfi Coast, full of colors and scents. A unique place where everyone feels at home.

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Hearty Fava Bean Soup

Warm up with a protein rich soup. A traditional Apulian recipe,the soup retains all the simplicity and the taste of a Mediterranean dish.

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Vegan Tramezzini

Tramezzini are popular triangle Italian sandwiches. Hazelnuts and tofu fill this rendition for a delightfully nutty bite with plenty of protein.

Sicilian Honey Cake

Traditional orange cake from Sicily is sweetened with honey to create a rustic and fragrant dessert.

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Italian Chocolate Salami

The “Salame di Cioccolato” is a traditional sweet of Italian home cooking. Enjoy a sweet treat filled with delicious nuts and without using the oven.

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Roasted Chestnuts

In Italy, you know that fall has arrived when you begin to smell roasted chestnuts. Here’s how to make them at home.

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White Chocolate Muffins

They’re soft, made with olive oil, and just sweet enough. Whip up a batch of these white chocolate muffins for a perfect snack or breakfast to-go.

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