Euroflora 2018 – Cooking with Wild Herbs

This year Euroflora, one of the biggest flower shows in Europe, was held for the first time outside Genova-Nervi in the beautiful parks of this seaside town. One of the interesting exhibits featured wild herbs and how to use them in cooking. Many of these plants are commonly known as “weeds” and eradicated from our gardens without realising their medicinal virtues and usefulness in cooking. This exhibit showcased their use in various recipes, many of them from age old Italian traditions. Of course these herbs should be collected from pollution free areas and following advice from experts! Continue reading

Foraging in the Oltrepo’ Pavese Countryside

At the end of April “Joia Academy” organised an interesting course on wild herbs. You could call this “foraging” as the group, led by Pietro Leemann, trekked through the Oltrepo’ Pavese countryside near the Boscasso farm to collect and learn how to use these herbs. This was truly a “hands on ” experience as these herbs were also prepared in the farm kitchen and served to the group. A wonderful getaway from our day to day routines and immersing ourselves in nature at its best! Continue reading

Terrina di Broccoli con Salsa di Mandarino

This refreshing broccoli aspic is the fruit of an interesting vegan course at the “Joia Academy” kitchens in Milan. The “Joia” restaurant is one of the most well known vegetarian restaurants in the region run by chef Pietro Leemann. Here chef Nabil Bakouss demonstrates how this “Terrine di Broccoli con Salsa di Mandarino” is prepared. Carefully following the recipe, ours came out delicious too! The idea to add an edible pansy was ours. Continue reading

Roasted Pumpkin on Robiola Clouds

These roasted pumpkin slices on Robiola clouds are really elevated to new heights in this recipe inspired by the Ratana’ restaurant in Milan. This simple vegetable surrounded by flavourful touches of pumpkin mayonnaise, roasted pumpkin seeds and marinated onions can turn this humble vegetable into a first course or even a main dish! And best of all it’s very easy and quick to prepare. Continue reading