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Veggies Farinata

My happiest time of everyday is sipping wine and munching on snacks in late afternoon.  People usually start aperitivo around 7-ish but I start mine a little earlier meaning let’s say around 5ish at home before I start preparing for dinner.  That’s because I am still semi-unemployed.  Yes, semi- it is.  Marco's business keeps me pretty busy sometime.  ;)

Due to my utmost passion for aperitivo, I’ve also been exploring to pair my glass of prosecco or white wine with somewhat healthier snacks such as oven roasted chips and roasted chickpeas.  I recently got a bag of chickpea flour and since it was my first time, I spent a bit of time doing some research.  And that’s when I learned about farinata.  Some people call it socca, some call it cecina or torta de ceci depending on the region.  Well, my source, and that is Marco (who else), calls it farinata but after I added those vegetables on it, it shouldn’t be called farinata anymore.  But who cares.  It was delicious!  That’s all it counts.  So hey, chickpea flour has become our new best friend.  

Veggies Farinata

Servings: 2 small farinata (I used a small 8 inches ovenproof skillet)

Preparation Time: around 40 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

1 cup chickpea flour 

1/2 - 1 cup water (depending on your flour)

1 tbsp chopped rosemary

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for cooking 

Toppings: 

3-4 thin sliced eggplant

2-3 tbsp diced capsicum

2-3 tbsp thin sliced red onion

6-8 olives

2-3 tbsp grated mozzarella *optional for vegans

Instructions: 

  1. To make the mixture, whisk together chickpea flour, salt, pepper, olive oil, and water in a large bowl.  Let the mixture rest for 20-30 minutes.  
  2. Preheat the oven at 200ºC.  Preheat the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.  
  3. Once the skillet is hot, remove it from the oven.  Pour 1/2 of the mixture to the skillet and assemble the toppings except for the grated cheese.  Bake for about 10 minutes then add the grated cheese and bake for another 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and ready to serve.   
  4. Repeat the same steps for the second slice of farinata.  

Ingredients to make a simple farinata are: 

1 cup chickpea flour 

1/2 - 1 cup water (depending on your flour)

1 tbsp chopped rosemary

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for cooking 

To make the mixture, whisk together chickpea flour, salt, pepper, olive oil, chopped rosemary, and water in a large bowl.  Let the mixture rest for 20-30 minutes.  

Preheat the oven at 200ºC.  Preheat the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.  Once the skillet is hot, remove it from the oven.  Pour 1/2 of the mixture to the skillet and assemble the toppings except for the grated cheese.  Bake for about 10 minutes then add the grated cheese and bake for another 3-5 minutes.  

veggies farinata

Just try....

For the past few days, I've devoted a lot of time to reading heaps of different kinds of books and articles, from photography to styling, cooking to writing, and blogging to language speaking.  I jumped from topic to topic every hour or so.  It seems endless when it comes to learning.  An anxiety forcibly arises inside me, feeling as there is too little time yet so much to learn.  I start to find my time precious.  And I am indeed SO behind.  Today's world is changing so fast causing my focus constantly shifting to adapt.  This whole multi-tasking culture is becoming hard to follow especially if I want to deliver something with values at the same time.  I would need to invest more time.  All I'm trying right now is to keep up.  I have no idea where all this gorging leads to but the one thing I know is -- try.  Just try.  I'll never know unless I try.  "Try with an open heart and an open mind," as Marco always reminds me.    

this savory crepe is a perfect alternative to bread in my house :) 

For the crepes:

Servings: 6 crepes

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp butter, melted

Instructions: 

1) Whisk the eggs and flour in a large bowl, add milk and water.  Stir until smooth. 

2) Add salt and butter.  Stir well.  

3) Preheat a frying pan with a little oil/butter on medium-low heat.  

4) Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter to the frying pan and tilt the pan to make a thin round layer, cook for 1-2 minutes on this side, then use a spatula to flip to the other side and cook for another 1 minute.  Just don't burn the crepe.  Lower the heat if you need to.  :) 

easy homemade crepe - an excellent munchies for the kids.  

Servings: 2 persons (I used 4 crepes)

For the mushroom and cheese filling:

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

250-300g baby oyster mushrooms

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup grated mixed cheeses ( cheddar and mozzarella) 

1/4 glass white wine

1/2 cup milk/cream

1 tbsp chopped parsley

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a frying pan with a little olive oil and an oven at 180ºC.

2) Add onion and stir to cook for about 10 minutes until the onion is caramelized on medium-low heat.

3) Add mushroom and turn the heat to medium-high, mix the onion and mushroom evenly.  Add white wine and allow the alcohol to evaporate.  Reduce heat after.  

4) Add milk/cream.  Mix well.  Season.  Heat off. 

5) Transfer the mushroom and onion mixture to a baking dish.  Add cheese on top and bake for 5-10 minutes.  

6) Fill each crepe with 2-3 tbsp of the creamy mushroom n' cheese filling and start to roll each of them.  

7) Garnish with a little chopped parsley before serving.  :) 

mushroom n' cheese crepe