Vegan cannelloni | Cruelty free Recipe

Vegan cannelloni | Cruelty free Recipe

Special quite days and occasions need to be filled with goodness to be really special.

In Southern Italy still exists a particular culinary tradition, where is still possible to taste authentic genuine food, as it once was. Yet,  Southern Italy regional food and tradition are considered, by non- Italian cultures, as a complicated, but genuine, combination of ingredients. “Add a seat at the table, if there is one more friend” is the perfect motto to describe what normally happens at Italian tables.

Sunday lunch, birthdays, Christmas and any other holidays: you spend them laughing and eating around a table full of delicacies. It’s a real challenge against someone’s limits but unusually there’s always a free part in every stomach to accept a little more food.

It may seems strange, even crazy, but during these days the atmosphere is really special, so you have to grow up in such Italian families to really understand what it means. When you grow up adults and you move from your native place, of course, you lose such habit. (in fact, when you go back home to you relatives it sounds ironically traumatic).

Yet, despite the distance, I still have the habit to cook for all my family, especially during special days, and enjoy food made with love.

Unfortunately, there are some dishes cannot be enjoyed every day. Today is an important day for me: I am going to bake cannelloni stuffed with tofu, basil, spinach and nuts and covered with sauce and all my love.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 12 Cannelloni;
  • 1 kg fresh spinach;
  • 350 Tofu
  • 50 g cashew nuts;
  • 100 pine nuts;
  • Just enough basil;
  • Organic oil;
  • A pinch of salt.

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1/2 golden onion;
  • Garlic cloves;
  • 500g tomato sauce;
  • Organic oil;
  • Just enough salt;
  • Some basil;
  • Fennel seeds;
  • Half lemon juice.

 Method:

For stuffing:

  • Clean spinach and eliminate stems. Wash and rinse.
  • Cut tofu and let it marinate with salt, olive oil, lemon and chopped basil for 30 minutes.
  • Mash spinach, marinated tofu, cashew nuts and pine nuts
  • Add to the mixture all the ingredients and stir them well
  • Leave the mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes

For the sauce:

  • Put a pan over the heat with a little olive oil:
  • Mince onion. Peel a clove of garlic.
  • Add onion and garlic in a frying pan, wait until it becomes browner;
  • Add tomato sauce, salt, pepper, fennel seeds and a few basil leaves.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes
  • Stir often with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking on the bottom;
  • Eliminate garlic cloves.

For the cannelloni:

  • Cover the base of a roasting pan with the sauce.
  • Add the filling for cannelloni, using a piping bag.
  • Cover the surface of the cannelloni with the sauce.
  • Cover the pan with an aluminum foil and bake at 180° for 30 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the foil to sear the surface of cannelloni.
  • Serve hot.

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Donna Fugassa: Italian “focacce”, nice coffee and Vegan dishes

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Donna Fugassa: Italian “focacce”, nice coffee and Vegan dishes

Donna Fugassa, the Italian style baking café, has just opened its doors in London. I’m proud to announce that you can delight your palate with home-made Vegan cakes baked by Natureat also in this café.

The idea of Donna Fugassa comes from two wonderful Italian-born women: Maia and Alessia. Since when they opened this shop, they have started having an unexpected extraordinary success!

Try authentic food at Donna Fugassa

What you can try here is, first of all, the delicious focaccia from Liguria (a seaside region in the north of Italy), cakes, nice coffee and very much more! You can find the real authentic idea of Italian focaccia, and from today, many vegan delicious delicacies!

What also makes this café irresistible concerns its position in one of the coolest area of London. So, if you are visiting London for holidays of just for fun, I recommend you to stop and try the authentic Italian home-made focaccia and other delicious specialties at this café.

Donna Fugassa would really like to make its customers “feel the real authentic Italian taste of genuine food”, exactly as Maia and Alessia have imagined.

Get yourself involved in this café and delight your palate by enjoying food at Donna Fugassa.

You can find it at this address:

Dalston Square, E8 3BQ London, Bakery cafe

We are looking forward to see you!

http://www.donnafugassa.co.uk/

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Italian Blog: http://www.natureatblog.com/donna-fugassa-focacce-ottimo-caffe-e-opzioni-vegan/