Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Small Sweet Vegan Treats



Mango Agar Agar Flowers



Mango pudding is a staple at home, and the kids like to take it to school for lunch. For the lunch boxes I usually cut it into squares, but just for fun this time I used some little flower cutters. Agar agar is easier to shape and cut than jelly, and it is healthier too. The basic recipe for mango agar agar pudding is here.


Hazelnut Gold Chocolates




Toast some hazelnuts and remove the skins, then drop into some melted dairy free chocolate, the darker the better. Collect 3 hazelnuts at the time and let them set together (I also spoon just a little more chocolate on top to make it more like a proper chocolate). I had a very little edible gold paper left from an old job, so I sprinkled some on the chocolates. It didn't give it any particular flavour, I must say (maybe I had too little?), but it looked pretty and sophisticated :-). Unfortunately is was dark by then and the photo is not too clear, the flash also made the chocolate look less dark that it actually was. Still, everything got eaten pretty happily!





The last image is more chocolate, but I don't think that I will be cooking with this one!!! My husband brought it back from Latin America this morning, single origin special dark form Ecuador, I tasted a bit... uuhh! Intense chocolate heaven! Form Republica del Cacao.


Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

22 comments:

  1. Non conosco ancora l'agar agar ma la tua proposta è davvero simpatica, la seconda è golosa. Ciao e buona giornata, Ale.

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  2. Uhmmm...le prime formine mi incuriosiscono, ma il mango non lo mangio, che faccio, provo con le pesche??? e la seconda è una delizia, e così attendo le mie nocciole quest'autunno...però una cosa simile la faccio pure io con il mix di fiocchi e cereali per la colazione!!!
    e che dire della cioccolata sudamericana...acquolina e tanta!
    Bacioni ^_^ Elena

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  3. Ehhh anch'io è un sacco che vorrei convertirmi all'agar agar, non ci ho ancora provato!! Sono belle tutt'e due queste proposte, come sempre!! Sei molto produttiva in questo periodo!!! ...io ci metto un pò a leggere perchè ne approfitto per esercitarmi con l'inglese :-)

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  4. abbiamo un feeling culinario, guarda questo post, tieni presente ceh avevo finito l'agar-agar...sono molto belline e buone...
    http://unpezzodellamiamaremma.blogspot.com/2010/07/stelle-in-gelatina-di-pesche-con.html

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  5. Ripeto, sembra ancora estate lì!!!che bontàààààààààà bacioni :)

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  6. wow they are really little and cute!!

    Happy Blogging!!!!
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  7. What a lovely treat for the children and what lovely chocolate for you. I suspect you had a houseful of happy people today :-). Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

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  8. ho l'agar agar che attende di esser collaudato, peccato che qui si trovino solo dei manghi...tristi... poco dolci, poco maturi, poco tutto... cercherò!!

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  9. Can I have all the three vegan treats? The first two look so yummy, and you know I'm nuts for quality dark chocolate!

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  10. @ Elenasole, con le pesche va benissimo, infatti hai visto cosa ha risposto Tam? ecco la sua ricetta:
    http://unpezzodellamiamaremma.blogspot.com/2010/07/stelle-in-gelatina-di-pesche-con.html
    (lo stesso vale per Merendasinoira, se i manghi sono brutti usa le pesche :-).

    Grazie Tam :-)

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  11. Too cute to eat! :) I want some of those intense chocolates! Yum!

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  12. Yummy chocolate! Would love to have one of those for my coming birthday hehehe...

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  13. Thanks for vising my space and am glad to found yours ..it's beautiful ....I just drooling over your recipes n pictures. And ya I boil the dumpling long and then cut them, but one can cut in to pieces and boil too ...it's our own preference.

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  14. Thank you for the answer Priti, maybe I'll cut them first, after all I am used to gnocchi ;-).

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  15. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog which eventually brought me to yours...I have visited Christchurh in April this year and bought lots of chocolates back with me...they were delicious! Maybe I could melt some of the dark variety and make this! Looks delicious! Great looking blog!

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  16. What cute little shapes! :) And the chocolate looks really interesting. I don't blame you for tasting it! :P

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  17. I'm sure cutting things into interesting shapes actually changes the flavour and makes it better. Am I right??

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  18. I think so, anyway, they looked amazing in the lunchbox with a Hello Kitty pick, all the girls in my daughter class went gaga, and the boys wanted to eat them too!

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