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Asparagus and Zucchini Cake

ASPARAGUS AND ZUCCHINI CAKE
Written by Veronica Lavenia

Asparagus and Zucchini Cake is an ode to Spring.

Spring is asparagus season, time for outdoor meals and recipes to be enjoyed cold for picnics or brunch. This is one of my most popular savory dishes with wild asparagus. Not always easy to find, wild asparagus is as precious as its distinctive flavour. Even the choice of puff pastry should not be random. I buy the organic one and palm oil free. Unfortunately, often, vegan puff pastries palm oil free are still difficult to find. In this case, it is better to prefer those made with butter or to prepare a simple dough with flour, water and a pinch of olive oil.

Asparagus and Zucchini Cake: Ingredients

Serves 4-6

4 zucchini (courgettes) (3, if large)

1 onion

15 asparagus

Sea salt and white pepper, to taste

2 large free range organic eggs

75 g (3 1/2 oz) Parmigiano cheese, grated

Extra virgin olive oil, to taste

1 sheet puff pastry

Asparagus and Zucchini Cake: Method

  1. Wash and slice the zucchini, peel the onion and steam cook all for about 15 minutes.
  2. Clean the asparagus, removing the ends, and blanch in salted water for 10 minutes. Once cooked, mix all the vegetables in the pan and season with salt.
  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and season with salt, pepper and Parmigiano.
    Roll out the pastry on a greased baking sheet or covered with parchment paper. Add the vegetables and cover with the beaten eggs.
  4. Bake, in preheated oven, for 15–20 minutes at 180°C (350°F/gas 4).

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica, PhD, is an Italian based food writer. Born and raised in Italy, surrounded by the thriving culture and spirit of Sicily, Veronica was a University academic before becoming a food writer. In the context of academic research, she has published essays on the Spanish-American narrative in national and international Academic Journals. As freelance journalist, she wrote about book reviews and tennis. Food was the subject she thought about most so, inspired by family recipes, and valuable Italian culinary heritage, she moved into writing her experiences and studies on the subject.
Sustainability, seasonality and selection of raw materials (as much as possible local, organic and unrefined) are the basis of Veronica’s natural food philosophy.
Cookery author, "Gluten Free Heaven" magazine contributor, some of her works have appeared in "Vegetarian Living", "Veggie Magazine", "Lifestyle FOOD", "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide" and "Chickpea", among others.