Vellutata means velvety in Italian. Lentils are legumes rich in nutrients, which are typically enjoyed as a side dish or a main soup entrée. Lentil Vellutata is cooked in sautéed vegetables, flavored with aromatic bay leaves, coriander seeds, and a rich red wine reduction. In Italy, when lentils are prepared in large quantity, it symbolizes good fortune and abundance coming throughout the year, especially if they are cooked for New Year’s Eve. Chef Alba
Hummus is a rustic chickpea dish of ancient Middle Eastern origins. In Arabic the word "hummus" or “houmous” means chickpeas. Another essential Middle Eastern ingredient to make a good hummus is, tahini. Tahini (means ground in Arabic) is a paste made from lightly toasted sesame seeds, ground and mixed with sesame seed oil. Hummus, spicy, fragrant, and packed with plant-based protein, can be served as a mezè (appetizer), a sauce, or a side dish. Garnish with olives, tomatoes, spices,...
The samosa is a delectable Indian and Tibetan pastry, similar to the Greek spanakopita. A samosa is normally a triangular shaped pastry, containing vegetables or meat with spices. It is usually fried but can be baked as well. Probably the most well-known of all the Indian snacks. In this recipe, we are using potato and peas for a vegetarian version using ready-made puff pastry. Chef Ravi
Moroccan cuisine is among the ones I love the most, it is colorful, particular, and delicious. Here is a “tajine kefta", a traditional recipe that includes meatballs, tomato sauce with some spices, and lastly the eggs are nestled in with the cooked meatballs and tomato sauce. Definitely a hearty, sophisticated, yet simple dish. Chef Alba