Food & Wine

Archive for November, 2015

Sandwich crispy hot prosciutto crudo – Creamy cheddar – Crunchy purple cabbage

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Roasted purple cabbage

Ingredients: 1 purple cabbage – gorgonzola (or another blue cheese . roquefort etc) – walnuts – pesto – olive oil1-CUCINA 415   1-1-CUCINA 4201-CUCINA 4191-CUCINA 4141-CUCINA 411-0021-CUCINA 4211-cab-001

Purple soup

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Beetroot & purple carrots velvety soup with goat cheese

Ingredients for 6 serves:

  • 3 beetroot chopped into small pieces
  • 3 purple carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 lt chicken or beef stock
  • fresh goat cheese
  • salt & pepper

Method: Peel and chop onion, carrots and beetroots.

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium – high heat. Add the onion & carrots , cook for 5′ or until onion is tender.

Add the beetroots and cook for 10′.

Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil partially covered for about 1 hour or until beetroot is tender. Season with salt and pepper

Trasfer the vegetables to a blender and process until smooth

Ladle soup into bowls and serve topped with goat cheese or feta . Sprinkle with chopped herbs (parsley , chives)

Purple foods are good for your heart , liver , kidneys , stomach , and immune system. 

 Darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Enjoy purple soup!
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Baby spinach salad with purple carrots & dried fruits . Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

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Ingredients for the salad: Baby spinach , pistachio , pecans, dried cranberries

Ingredients for dressing sauce: 1 cup raspberries – 1 tbs honey – 1/3 cup olive oil – 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Salad: Wash baby spinach under cool water. Place in salad bowl and add the rest of ingredients: purple carrots julienne or slices , pistachio , pecans & dried cranberries.

Dressing: Mash berries until liquefield. Put all ingredients (berries- honey -oil-balsamic vinegar) into a jar and shake well until dressing is creamy.  Season to taste with salt before serving and enjoy this healthy gift from nature!

Baby spinach is high in

  • vitamin A (necessary for healthy vision, immune function,  skin and bone health)
  • vitamin K ( important for proper blood clotting)
  • folate (  important for woman of childbearing age, because it helps to prevent neural tube defects in developing babies)


  • Rich in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Vitamin C

Purple carrots:

  • contain higher amounts of phenolics (especially anthocyanins) and show higher antioxidant capacity than their orange and yellow counterparts . Anthocyanins may provide the following health benefits:
  • Anti-Carcinogenic Effects Against Colon Cancer Cells
  • Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Eye Health Protecting Qualities
  • Improved Vascular Health