Bulgur salad.

I am writing this post while I am eating this delicious salad just prepared. Easy, perfect for the coming summer, with a taste of Mediterrean sea… This dish is a success (despite of my picture 😉 )

 

Bulgur salad

Ingredients:

200gr bulgur

one red pepper

cherry tomatoes

black olives

one carrot

one small onion

homemade pesto

fresh mint

pistachio nuts and almonds

Directions:

Cook the bulgur in boiling water for 15 minutes. Chop the veggies and toss them in a large bowl, add olives and smashed nuts. Rinse the bulgur and let it cool down for 10 minutes, set in the bowl. Add some tablespoons of pesto and fresh mint, mix well and be delighted! You can add avocado slices and hard boiled eggs if you like.

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.

The orange soup.

Since I moved to Amsterdam it happens to see the color orange everywhere, especially on 27th April, and it happens to be one of my favourite colours, besides red. Orange reminds me of autumn, falling leaves, rainy days when the only thing you want to do is cuddling your beloved in front of a film after you spent the whole afternoon baking cookies. Orange gives me a sense of tranquillity, warmth and nostalgic happiness. Feelings that also this easy soup evokes to me…

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Carrot & onion soup
Ingredients : (2 servings)
2 cups of water
2 (very) large carrots
1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
curcuma, white pepper, paprika, nutmeg

Proceeding:
Wash accurately the carrots and chop them, without peeling. Chop the onion and garlic too.
Toss all the ingredients into a large pot and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Let it cook for 5 minutes. Add one cup of water and let it boil for 15 minutes. Reduce the veggies into a cream with a mixer and add the remaining water. Stir well. Boil for other 5 minutes, add the herbs and serve it.

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The power of ginger.

I love cooking with spices and natural ingredients and since I discovered the benefits and the simplicity of preparing drinks and food with ginger, I am not abandoning it anymore. In my fridge there is always a fresh root of ginger plus in my cabinet I never miss plenty of herbs and spices in little cans and bottles. I think this is a tradition of my family, to always prefer spices and herbs instead of salt and artificial seasonings and I am more than glad about it!
Talking about ginger, last week I had a strong pain in my abdomen and I felt like exploding, so I decided to follow a simple recipe for a hot drink based on this root. In 20 minutes I was able to prepare and taste this special and relieving drink, which helped me to kick out my pain and warm me up before going to bed. It worked!
Ginger is good for your stomach, it relieves nausea and motion sickness, it is good for mentrual discomfort and it boosts your blood circulation by helping your arteries, it reduces infiammations and fights colds, it warms you up and kicks up your energy. If you want to read more : http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72


Ginger tea
Ingredients:
4cm of a fresh ginger root
5 glasses of fresh water
juice of half a lemon
honey

Proceeding:
Put water into a pot with minced ginger root. Cook on moderate heat and let it boil for 5 minutes, add lemon juice and take the pot out from the fire. Add honey if you want to give a sweet taste to the tea. Drink it hot and enjoy the benefits of this amazing beverage.

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. 😉

The spicy guacamole.

We had an avocado standing in the fruit-plate for a few days, it became riped between apples and cherries so yesterday night was the perfect time to get it into a mexican guacamole sause.
Guacamole it’s perfect in wraps, tortillas and with raw vegetables as carrots, sellery, peppers and fennel, but also served at barbeques with meat and salads. A little bit of freshness for this summer which is at its door… (Today will be 30°C!)

Guacamole sause
Ingredients: (x 1 medium jar)
one riped avocado
three tablespoons of lemon juice
one tablespoon of capers
one tablespoon of parsley
three teaspoons of olive oil
one teaspoon of kerry, paprika and nutmeg
one big pinch of salt

Proceeding:
Peel the avocado and mash it with a fork into a bowl.
When you get a kind of puree mix, add lemon juice, olive oil and capers.
Stir well and add spices.
Store the guacamole in fridge in a hermetic jar.

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Mango and banana muffins.

Summer is finally arrived in Nederland (except for today that is pretty cloudy outside) and the sun shines from early in the morning untill 11 pm. Sounds amazing!
Long daytime, barbeque smells all around, pop music from little local bars, children playing in the streets and city-centre-squares full of people…
Perfect time also to go for simple and fresh food to feel light and healty!
To load up these summer mornings I prepared those mango and banana muffins which are delicious, believe me! 😉DSCF0752

Mango and banana muffins
Ingredients: (x8)
250gr whole wheat flour
80gr plain flour
80gr brown sugar
half of a mango
two riped bananas
one cup of (roiboos) tea
15gr baking powder
one teaspoon of baking soda
plus: raisins, chocolate chips, cocoa, cinnamon

Proceeding:
Peel the bananas in a bowl and reduce the flesh in a purea.
Add sugar and melt it with a cup of tea.
Add peeled and dice-chopped mango.
Add flour and baking powder little by little, mixing well.
Add a teaspoon of baking soda.
When you get a soft dough transfert it to muffin’s moulds and bake ’em for 25 minutes at 190°C in a previously warmed oven.
Decorate them with your favourite frosting! (Can you suggest me some of ’em,please?)

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Apple, cinnamon and almonds plumcake.

I have nothing to add, this plumcake is fabulous. And so frugal indeed.
I love the fresh smooth apple inside, I love the cinnamon aroma and I love the cruncy chopped almonds. All in one slice.

Apple, cinnamon and almonds plumcake
Ingredients:
300gr whole wheat flour
100gr brown sugar
one cup of soy milk
one large apple (I used Yona gold)
four tea-spoons of cinnamon
a handful of chopped almonds
oil as needed
15gr baking powder

Proceeding:
Mix flour plus baking powder with sugar, add soy milk and stir.
Wash and cut the apple in tiny slices or as you wish.
Add chopped almonds, half of cut apple and cinnamon to the dough.
Add a little bit of oil if you like.
Place it in a plumcake mould, place the left apple slices into the dough and bake for 40 minutes at 180°C.
Let it cool down and serve.

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Zucchini, onion and tomato focaccia.

I cannot resist to focaccia, expecially when it is home made and does not exceed in oil and greases. And what about the one with fresh tomatoes, basil and raw oil on it… Amazing!
A couple of days ago I prepared this whole wheat focaccia enriched with zucchini, onions and fresh tomatoes which is heavenly delicious and perfect for every appetizer or a picnic in a park!

Zucchini, onion and tomato focaccia
Ingredients: (x 1 large tin)
450gr whole wheat flour + 15gr dry yeast
300ml warm water
one zucchini-courgette
one large fresh flesh-tomato
one large onion
three tablespoons of mixed herbs: oregano, pepper, basil, marjoram
three tablespoons of olive oil

Proceeding:
Mix the flour with dry yeast, add herbs and stir.
Add warm water little by little, untill the dough is smooth and uniform.
Wash and chop the vegetables and marinate them in a bowl with oil and pepper.
Lay the dough in a baking tin and add chopped vegetables on the surface.
Bake in warm oven at 200°C for 40 minutes.
Let it cool down and enjoy!

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Lentil spiced hummus.

This recipe was rounding in my mind for several days.
Yesterday I soaked lentils in water for the entire night and, after I cooked them for 20 minutes in a pan with water, I prepared this delicious and tasty hummus.
I enjoy spreading it on a slice of bread or, even better, on toasted bread!
It’s amazingly fine and healthy 🙂



Lentil spiced hummus

Ingredients: (x 1 large pot)
400gr cooked and cooled large lentils
1 tablespoon of kerry
1 tablespoon of paprika
3 tablespoons of parsley
1 tablespoon of poppy seeds and cumin
4 tablespoons of olive oil

Proceeding:
Cook the lentils, previously soaked in water for one night, in a pan with water for 20 minutes. Let them cool down. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix all toghether.
Put hummus in a pot and store in fridge for one week at last.

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Appel Mousse: Mum’s recipe.

Apple mousse is like drug for me: I can probably be diagnostified with apple mousse addiction if it would exist in a DSM manual! Plus the combination of cinnamon, omg, h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y!
A couple of days ago my mother surprised me with a pan full of apple mousse when I got back home and you can imagine my joy!
Here it is my mum’s recipe of apple moes made in dutch way, just to celebrate her and every mother’s day! 🙂 ♥

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Apple Moes
Ingredients:
1kg Jona Gold apples (or you can choose you favourite kind)
100gr brown sugar
100ml water
cinnamon

Proceeding:
Wash and peel the apples, chop them and put them in a large pan.
Add the water and let it cook for 20 minutes covered.
Stir often with a wooden spoon.
When the apples are soft and reduced in a puree, add sugar and cinnamon and cook for another 5 minutes.
Let it cool down and serve at room temperature.
Do not store in fridge, it will be more tasteful. 😉

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Zucchini-courgette, olives and nuts pesto.

A variation of pesto sauce. Another delicious dip to spread on a slice of toasted bread. Here in Netherland they get crazy about pesto in every flavour.
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Zucchini-courgette and olives pesto
Ingredients:
one medium-big courgette
a dozen of black olives (italian or turkish ones are better)
a handful of mixed nuts (pinenuts, pumpkin’s seeds, nuts and almonds)
some leaves of fresh basil
one clove of garlic (by taste)
olive oil

Proceeding:
Wash the courgette and chop it in dices.
Put the chopped courgette in a bowl with nuts, olives and garlic and mix with a blender.
Add washed and accurately dried basil leaves and mix again.
As you get a uniform sause, put in a jar and store in fridge covered with olive oil.
Enjoy on a slice of bread and remember not to melt pesto in the jar!

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When ginger meets raisins and tea.

Delicacy and softness with a taste of character.
This cake has all of those details: the delicacy of the roiboos tea, the softness of the dairy-free dough and the spicy taste of ginger. The time of rising is the secret of this deliciousness.
Probably one of my favourite piece of cake for brekfast! 😉


Ginger, raisins and tea cake
Ingredients:
350gr flour
15gr of dry yeast + 1 pinch of baking soda
80gr brown sugar
juice of half a lemon
1 large cup of rooibos tea
half of a fresh ginger root
half cup of raisins
2 table spoons of oil

Proceeding:
Blend the sugar with oil, lemon juice and tea in a bowl.
Add chopped ginger root and raisins.
Add the flour, dry yeast and baking soda little by little, combining all the ingredients untill the dough is smooth and uniform.
Let it rise for about 2 hours in a warm place, far from drafts.
Bake the cake in a pre-warmed oven at 175°C for 40 minutes.
Serve at room temperature with jam.

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