Thursday, October 16, 2014

Israeli cous cous with grilled eggplants and capsicums


I cannot wait for summer, capsicums and eggplants! Nearly there, in the meantime I use char grilled veggies preserved in oil, they are very versatile for a quick meal. For this dish I cooked a packet of Israeli cous cous (but fregola pasta is perfect too) with just water and salt, then I drain it and rinse it under cold water to cool it down and separate the 'grains'. I added extra virgin olive oil, a few drops of lemon juice, and finely chopped herbs and garlic. Then I mix it with the eggplants. Finally I filled some of the capsicums with it. It needs to rest for a few hours at room temperature, so that the cous cous gets more flavour. Easy and quick, and it makes such an impression!

And now just some pretty things I saw: loved this wallpaper with plates, + real plates!




Cans and tins look good on tables, although I wander if this mackerel was also on the menu too… I don't eat fish so I wouldn't know, and the restaurant, albeit rustic, was not a cheap one!


Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Festival Italiano 2014 - photos by Joe Shearman

KSDA Kim Santarelli Dance Academy students performing the Tarentella at the Festival Italiano - Auckland

Italian market in Osborne St 

Crowd

Art of Produce stall

Kid's area

Gina's boy

Piazzetta and kids area

Osborne St.

Gina's restaurant

Osborne St

KSDA Kim Santarelli Dance Academy students performing Mambo Italiano at the Festival Italiano - Auckland

United Travel Newmarket stall

Pranzo, Italian lunch

Deanna Tolj and Ken Were from United Travel Newmarket

Luca Manghi and Mary-Ann Di Cesare

Sandro, Renee and Paolo Rotondo

From left: Paolo Rotondo, Festival Italiano MC;
H.E. Carmelo Barbarello, Italian Ambassador in NZ,
Shale Chambers, Chair of the Waitemata Local Board, Mark Knoff-Thomas - Chief Executive New Market Business Association


Face Painting

Selling raffle tickets

Eating area

Face painting

Lunch

Mark Knoff-Thomas - Chief Executive New Market Business Association

Ciro

Eating area


From left, Christopher Dempsey - Waitemata Local Board, Pippa Coom - Deputy Chair Waitemata Local Board, Mike Hannan - Peroni Nastro Azzurro NZ, Alessandra Zecchini, Massimo Ciccioni - Dante Auckland President, Shale Chambers – Chair Waitemata Board, Mark Knoff-Thomas - Chief Executive New Market Business Association, Rob Thomas Waitemata Board 

Osborne St

Fans of Italy

Italian cheeses

Gina's

Alessandro and Spiderman

Cool T-shirts!

Alessandra, John and Fiorella

Luca and Niccolò

Osborne St

From left: In front, Paolo Rotondo, Festival Italiano MC;
Back: H.E. Carmelo Barbarello, Italian Ambassador in NZ, Massimo Ciccioni, President, Dante Alighieri Society,  Mark Knoff-Thomas - Chief Executive New Market Business Association, Shale Chambers, Chair of the Waitemata Local Board

Tastings

Sandro Aduso and Mario Magaraggia

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Festival Italiano in Auckland - this Sunday!


Come along to the Festival Italiano in Newmarket this Sunday, free entry, spot prizes, great food and drinks and music, children area, lots of Italians!



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