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Bilingual version of my eBooks

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet and L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet are now available on Amazon.

Fruit Alphabet cover

Vegetable Alphabet Cover.jpg

These bilingual books  will help children enrich their vocabulary in Italian and English and get familiar with fruits and vegetables.

Studies show that food preferences and eating patterns are established early in life and tend to be carried into adulthood. Therefore, it’s very important to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Learning fruit and vegetable vocabulary and fun facts about different fruits and vegetables will encourage children to try them because the more they learn about the foods on their plates, the more likely they are to eat them.

Colourful illustrations and short and simple sentences will help children learn the alphabet, the names of fruits and vegetables, adjectives to describe them, colours and seasons names and discover interesting facts about fruit and vegetable.

Perfect for children studying Italian or English as their second language.

The eBooks are registered in KDP Select so if you have the Kindle Unlimited subscription you can enjoy them for free!

Thank you and Happy reading! Grazie!

You can find them here↓




L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/ Fruit Alphabet e L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet sono disponibili nella versione bilingue.

Questi due eBook aiuteranno i bambini ad arricchire il loro vocabolario della lingua italiana e inglese e ad avvicinarli al mondo della frutta e della verdura.

Insegnare ai bambini sin da piccoli l’ importanza di una corretta alimentazione li aiuta ad acquisire sane abitudini alimentari che consolideranno e porteranno avanti durante la crescita.

Con questi libri, i bambini impareranno nomi e curiosità su frutta e verdurra e questo li incoraggerà ad apprezzare questi cibi nutrienti e importanti per la loro crescita perchè, più i bambini conoscono il cibo che portiamo in tavola, più saranno interessati a mangiarlo.

Colorate illustrazioni e brevi e semplice frasi aiuteranno i bambini ad imparare l’ alfabeto, i nomi dei frutti e delle verdure, gli aggettivi per descriverli, i colori e le stagioni.

Ideale per bambini che studiano italiano o inglese come seconda lingua.

I due eBook sono registrati in KDP Select quindi se siete abbonati a Kindle Unlimited li potrete leggere gratis!

Grazie e buona lettura!

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Pasta con piselli e fave

Springtime reminds me of my grandmother sitting on the stairs outside the house, shelling fresh fava beans and peas in her apron. While I always loved the latter, I’ve never been a huge fan of the fava beans, and haven’t eaten them for long time.

Then Sunday I went to pick some fresh legumes at the family garden; they looked so nice, green, fresh, and decided to give it a try.

I decided to pair them with my favorite food, pasta, and prepared a very traditional Mediterranean recipe, pasta with fava beans and peas, tasty and nutritious like most Mediterranean dishes.

Beneficial effects:

Peas and Fava beans are a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, B2, B6, C, zinc, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, folate.

Both legumes are also a good source of protein especially when they are combined with grains so that they provide all of the essential amino acids.

Concerns to be aware of:

Sometimes, raw fava beans can cause allergic reactions in some people; cooking may prevent it.

Eating fava beans could cause adverse reactions to people who take Monoamine oxidase inhibitors  (MAOIs).

People with favism, an inherited disease characterized by the lack of the enzyme G6PD, develop hemolytic anemia when eating fava.

If you belong to the above categories and still want to try this recipe, double the amount of peas.


Yelds: 2-3 Servings      Total time: 45 minutes (15’ preparation, 30’ cooking)


¾ cup pasta (150g)

½ cup fresh peas (120g)

1 cup fresh fava beans (150g)

½ diced onion

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ cup canned diced tomatoes (100g)

Salt (optional)

Chili flakes or powder (additional)

Parmigiano Reggiano (optional)


Remove the peas and fava beans from the pods. Wash.

In a sauce pan, heat the olive oil and onion for a couple of minutes. Then add tomatoes and fava beans, and stir a little bit. Add enough water to cover. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the peas, and more water if needed. Cook for 5-8 minutes, it depends on tenderness of the legumes.

Meanwhile, put some water to boil in a large pot and cook the pasta. I used large penne this time. You can add a pinch of salt to the water if you like it.

Check the pasta, when you think it needs only few more minutes to cook, drain it and mix it to the peas and fava. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Add some grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at the end.

Serve warm. No liver, some Chianti if you wish 😉

Buon Appetito!!

Late Summer Harvest

I’ve been spending some time with my family in my hometown in Calabria, a region in Southern Italy. A few weeks ago I went with my brother to pick some veggies from the family garden near our house. Although it was October, it was warm so we still had zucchini, eggplants, peppers, chili peppers, watermelons too!!

I used the veggies to make a quinoa salad. It was such a delicious and nutritious dish! I’ll post the recipe soon.

Growing your vegetables really connects you with the earth and your roots, and makes you appreciate better what you eat.

From farm..


… to table!!!