Panoramic shot of a hill, green with grass and hit by the soft and warm light of the autumn Sun. On the top of the hill there are a lot of olive trees and acacias. In the middle, there is a young food forest, with baby apple, pear, almond and apricot trees. At the foot of the hill, still on the slope, there are more olive trees and a vegetable garden, built with wooden boards. Closer to the camera, there is a bush with lavender, sage and rosemary and a big table with bench, built with grey wooden boards. Finally, on the right side of the camera, there is a young almond tree with its hay mulching.
A hillside orchard and garden glows under the warm light of autumn sun. Photo by Na Haby Stella Faye.
Star, bell, and tree shaped cookies are plated on a white table cloth.
A shadow casts over plated cookies. Photo by Na Haby Stella Faye.

I am passionate about food. Maybe because I’m Italian. And a Taurus. 

Food has been all my life a great vehicle for emotions and values. This is the reason why in 2020 I chose to volunteer at an organic farm on the gentle hills of Marostica, Italy and follow some cooking courses; to reconnect with myself and the earth after a rollercoaster of a year through clean, healthy and fair nutrition and food production. Permaculture teaches you to observe and listen to what nature suggests, and this is what I did during the month I spent there. I would work on fruit trees or in the vegetable garden, learning about silence and care. And then stop every couple hours, to breathe the sun, the cold air, the smell of weeds, to remember to listen. When it was raining, and the soil was too damp to be worked on, I would bake in the warmth of a soft coloured kitchen. I had the opportunity to participate in a vegan pastry-making class from the “Centro di Alimentazione Consapevole” (Conscious Nutrition Centre, Naples, Italy), where I learned the cookie recipe I am sharing with you. Baking and learning about the amazing, healing power of food was a cathartic experience for the whole of me, mind, body and feelings. I hope this recipe can instill some of this light in all of you!

Portrait of Na Haby Stella Faye

Na Haby Stella Faye (she/her)

I am a Senegalese-Italian nature lover! I have a bachelor’s degree in international relations and I recently approached the world of sustainable food systems, hoping to contribute to the just transition to a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future!