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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.

A New Summer Bruschetta

This bruschetta has all the freshness summer, like tomatoes and basil and the delicacy of a pesto, made special by avocado.

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.

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.

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.

Sweet Tramezzini

Serve these Italian tramezzini sandwiches as a sweet snack for a good serving of fruit.

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.

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.

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.

Italian Lemon Cookies

These cookies are a staple simple dessert in Southern Italy. A fresh and delicate taste, made even lighter by rice flour.

Fennel Salad with Sicilian Pistachios and Sesame Seeds

It’s hard to think of salads in the cooler months that use seasonal produce and are still refreshing. This Italian-inspired side made with fennel, sesame seeds, pistachios and Parmigiano Reggiano is a great way to get your winter vegetables.

Palermo’s Breadcrumb Pasta with Anchovies

This recipe is a version of the famous classic Sicilian dish “Pasta with sardines” from Palermo concocted to make the peasant’s sardine more exciting.

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.

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.

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.

Classic Cacio e Pepe Pasta

Cheese and pepper pasta is a classic Italian culinary excellence. An old, simple dish born from tradition with the traveling shepherds.

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.

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.