Banana loaf.

Finally my version of the famous banana bread, which appears in every food blog and cooking website! Well, not much to say, just that it is delicious! 🙂


Banana bread
Ingredients: (make 1 loaf)
200gr flour
3 ripe bananas
100gr brown sugar
small glass of milk
pinch of cinnamon
15gr baking soda
chocolate
poppy seeds

Directions:
Preheat the oven at 180°C. Smash the bananas into a bowl and mix with sugar until you get a creamy dough. Mix the flour with baking soda and a pinch of cinnamon, strain the flour as a fountain and pour the banana cream in it. Add milk and stir energetically. Add finally chocolate chips, poppy seeds and stir well. Grease a baking tin, pour the dough into and bake for 35 minutes. Serve.

Pasta al forno.

Italy popped up on table last week with this delicious pasta al forno, aka lasagne aka vincisgrassi, as called in my native region (click here for a bit of more info). I have just revisited the original recipe, which includes ragù and besciamella cream, by filling the pasta with courgette and a simple tomato sauce, ending up in a vegetarian version. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to prepare fresh pasta, but I found a nice ready to use alternative which affected a little bit the finally result. Despite of that, it was a success!

Pasta al forno
Ingredients:
ready to use lasagne-pasta
1 large can peeled tomatoes
1 large onion
1 large carrot
garlic cloves
1 large courgette
grated cheese

Directions:
Prepare the tomato sauce first: chop the onion, grate the carrot and smash the garlic cloves and sear into a pan with olive oil. Add the tomatoes, season with paprika, pepper, basil, chives and salt and let it cook for half an hour on low heat. Preheat the oven at 190°C, grease a rectangular baking tin and start to assemble the lasagna: put one layer of pasta, one layer of tomato sauce, one layer of courgette slices and grated cheese, one layer of pasta…and so on till you fill the tray. Sprinkle a little bit of tomato sauce and grated cheese on top and set in the oven for 40 minutes. Serve warm.

No milk pancakes.

I was on my lunch break few days ago when my boyfriend sent me a photo on my mobile: a bunch of fresh pancakes on a plate with a sprinkle of icing sugar on top. I start drooling! There were looking amazing and surprisingly he didn’t use any milk to prepare them, but just some ripe bananas. I was really looking forward to taste them while sitting at my work, when finally, in the evening, I took a bite and I was delighted! The taste is really nice, not too sweet and perfect for a sunday morning!

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Banana pancakes

Ingredients: (for roughly 8 small pancakes)
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
3 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch of salt, 2 of cinnamon

Directions:
Peel the bananas and smash them into a bowl. Add the eggs and whisk well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix till you get a creamy texture. Preheat a pan and pour a small quantity of the dough into it, let the pancake cook for 5 minutes on each sides. Serve warm with icing sugar or jam or what your imagination better suggests!

Homemade stuffed pasta.

The other day I had so much energy, which I concentrated in making something nice and appetizing. Something really yummie!! The table was so inviting at dinner time… guess why? Just scroll down to see the result of this easy peasy recipe! With my dose of ingredients you will get around 20 tortelli, I stuffed the pasta with a filling based on vegetables, but feel free to stuff it with meat, other veggies or what you like most.

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Homemade stuffed pasta
Ingredients:
250gr corn flour
curcuma powder
water
salt

For the filling:
200gr spinach
one onion
half of a courgette

Proceeding:
Mix the flour with a generous pinch of curcuma and salt till it gets a yellowish colour. Add an egg if you are not vegan and mix with the help of your hands. Add a little bit of water and knead till you get a nice and compact dough. Let it stay in the fridge for half an hour while you prepare the filling. Set the chopped veggies into a baking tin, cover with your favourite herbs and grill in the oven till they get smashed. Reduce in cream with a mixer. Roll out the dough, cut it in circles, just use a glas or a cutler, and stuff each one with the filling prepared. Be aware not to put too much filling into! Close the pasta by glueing one side to the other with some water and shape it in a tortellino. Let the pasta stay for a while. Cook in boiling water for 5 minutes and season with fresh chives and raw olive oil.

Enjoy your meal!

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Beans’ hummus cream.

Here I am, finally!
It’s a very very very busy period for me now, between work, friends, discovering the city and unfortunatly no time for cooking 😦
Actually I didn’t post anything neither for my birthday on the 17th of august, well, I had a very great time with my friends in Amsterdam and I have beautiful memories about my 23rd, but no home baked cake this year!

Here it is a fast and super healthy recipe, a cream to spread on crackers and toasted bread for appetizer or for snack. Enjoy!

Beans’s hummus
Ingredients:
a can of beans (kapucijner)
juice of half a lemon
paprika, curry, pepper and curcuma
coriander
two or more table spoons of olive oil

Proceeding:
Wash the beans with fresh and cold water, or cook them if you have dry beans.
Put all the ingredients in a bowl, spicing as taste.
Mix untill you get a soft but consistent cream.
Store in a jar and keep in fridge.

Coffee sorbet.

Last week we reached 33°C here in the Netherlands thus it was the perfect time to prepare an homemade sorbet. I have never had an icecream machine, so I follow my creativity and try to make a sorbet only with the aid of my freezer and a fork. This is my successful result: a perfect refreshing sorbet with an italian espresso coffee taste. Simply delicious!

Coffee sorbet
Ingredients: (x 8 people)
750ml water
120gr brown sugar
1 moka of coffee

Proceeding:
Make a moka of espresso coffee.
Put the water in a large pan with sugar and make a light syrup by boiling it on light heat.
Add coffee to the syrup, stir well and let it cool down.
Put the liquid in a plastic box and put it in freezer.
After one hour and a half take it outside the freezer and break all the ice crystals with a fork, melting and mixing from the bottom to the top.
Do the same proceeding every 40 minutes for three or four times.
After one day or one night the sorbet is ready.
Take it out of the freezer 15 minutes before serving.

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Carrot jam.

Yes, you have read well. A carrot jam.
Maybe it will sound a little bit strange, but I made this experiment the other day and the result is soooo tasty 🙂 It’s even so easy to make and it doesn’t require a lot of pans and materials, only creativity and patience.



Carrot jam

Ingredients: (x 1 medium jar)
300gr sweet carrots
100gr brown sugar
150ml water
half of an apple
one lemon

Proceeding:
Wash accurately the carrots and the apple and remove all stems.
Chop the carrots and the apple in cubes, put in a large pan with water and let it cook at light heat.
Add sugar, the lemon juice and the lemon curd and cook for about one hour, stir every 15minutes.
Add water if it too dry.
When the carrots are mashed the jam is ready, you can melt better with the aid of a mixer, but first remove the lemon curd if you don’t like.
Put the jam in a jar and let it cool down upside down.
Add a pinch of cinnamon as taste. 😉