Zucchini flowers and eggs

Happy summer amazing friends.

What do you like to cook during hot summer days? I enjoy easy, light and fast meals and Zucchini flowers and eggs is the perfect meal to enjoy during hot summer days. The best part of this meal is that is ready in under 30 minutes….so give it a try, and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

 

Zucchini flowers and eggs.

Ingredients for 5 pax
750gr baby zucchini with flowers
5nos eggs
10ml evo oil
2nos minced garlic cloves
Chopped parsley to garnish
Salt and pepper
Remove flowers from baby zucchini.
Wash and dry flowers.
Wash zucchini and cut in 3 slices.
Heat evo oil in a non stick pan.
Add garlic and fry for few seconds.
Add zucchini and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Add flowers, and cook for few more minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low, and with the help of a spoon make a small well for each egg and crack egg into it.
Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Agretti, Monk’s beard, with poached eggs and shaved parmesan cheese

I cannot believe that I haven’t post any new recipe since I got back to Doha.
Time do fly, and now is time to get back into blogging all the great recipes that I have been cooking lately. This agretti with poached eggs and shaved parmesan cheese is ideal for a quick and healthy lunch; can be prepared in advance and can be made under 30 minutes…..what more do we want?
Agretti, monk’s beard, looks like chives and have a salty citrus like taste. It’s perfect served with poached eggs and parmesan cheese.
Let me share my favourite recipe with all of you.
Agretti, Monk’s beard, with poached eggs and
shaved parmesan cheese
Ingredients 4 pax
04nos poached eggs
500gr agretti, monk’s beard, washed
04nos garlic cloves
01nos red dry chilli
80gr parmesan cheese, shaved
05ml EVO oil
Salt and pepper
  • Add to 250ml of water a tbsp of vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and poached one egg at a time.
  • Poach for 5 minutes for a soft yolk.
  • Keep eggs on a side.
  • Heat evo oil in a non stick pan.
  • Add to evo garlic, chilli and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add to the sauté the agretti.
  • Sauté till cooked, 5-8 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning.
  • Remove chilli.
  • Divide agretti on each plate.
  • Top it with poached egg and parmesan cheese.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Dragon fruit salad with dairy free almond fudge ice cream

 

The first time I tried dragon fruit I was in Cambodia and let me tell you….although the taste was bland I fell in love with this fruit. The outside is fuchsia with dashes of green and the inside is white with black seeds, just looking at it makes me happy. I used to enjoy dragon fruit drizzled with honey and crunchy almond for a healthy breakfast.
Dragon fruit is available almost everywhere nowadays and what better way to enjoy this fruit, than by mixing it with berries and top it up with dairy free ice cream? Serve it inside the skin that turns into a bowl and……here we go, your fancy fruit salad, is served.
Find recipe below….and don’t forget to let me know what you think…

Dragon fruit salad with dairy free almond fudge ice cream

 

Ingredients for 4 pax

02nos dragon fruit sliced in half lengthwise
80gr blueberries
60gr strawberries cut in quarters
40gr papaya cut in cubes
01tbsp muscovado sugar
10ml lime juice
04nos ice cream scoops
Few mint leaves for garnish
Remove dragon fruit pulp with a small spoon.
Keep dragon fruit skin ( it will be your bowl to serve the salad)
Wash blueberries and strawberries.
In a bowl toss blueberries, strawberries, papaya and dragon fruit with sugar and lime juice.
Fill each dragon fruit skin with few tablespoon of fruit salad.
Scoop on each fruit salad a ball of ice cream.
Garnish with mint leaves.
Enjoy.

Idli with Smoked Salmon

What is this mold for?

What is an Idli?

Let’s answer this basic question if you have never seen, heard or tried an Idli. Idli are: exquisite, fluffy, savoury, rice pillow shape cakes; perfect breakfast food in South of India. And, for my kids perfect snack any time of the day.

Idli with smoked salmon

Lately I grew bored with blini, bigne, crostini or any of the usual way of serving smoked salmon. After enjoying smoked salmon on Capers Madeleine with smoked salmon and coriander chutney, I wanted to try it with Idli and the result leaves no doubt….love at first bite….. The sourness of the Idli marries perfectly well the saltiness of smoked salmon and creaminess of the mascarpone to finish add some lemon to clean up your palate and be ready for the next one.

Find the recipe below, and hope you will enjoy as much as we do.

Idli with smoked salmon

Ingredients for 16 idli

500gr already made idli/dosa batter.         Idli with smoked salmon
200gr smoked salmon
90gr mascarpone cheese
01tbsp oil
To garnish
Fresh dill
Lemon
Brush idli pan with oil.
Spoon batter on each idli mold.
Add 150ml water in the steamer and bring it to boil.
Put the idli stand inside and close the lid.
Steam idli for 13-15 minutes.
Remove from idli pan with the help of a wet spoon.
Let idli cool down.
Put a dollop of mascarpone cheese on each idli.
Arrange half slice of smoked salmon on top of mascarpone.
Garnish with fresh dill and lemons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose del Deserto cookies

I don’t know about your kids amazing friends, but mine like to eat all kind of cereals except cornflakes. Once in a while I buy mono portion cereals for school, and the only ones that never end up in the back pack are…..you guessed…. the cornflakes. That make me think on how to incorporate cornflakes in a recipe, and what better way to use cornflakes than by making Rose del Deserto cookies of course…..
……Desert Rose cookies are deliciously crunchy cookies on the outside and soft on the inside…..perfect way to utilise the not so loved cornflakes.
This is an easy and fast recipe, that will make everyone agree that cornflakes are not that bad.
Looks like I have few issues uploading recipes on the correct page today.
So, here it is.

Rose del Deserto Cookies

Ingredients for around 30 cookies
100gr butter, room temperature
150gr sugar
02nos eggs
280gr flour
10gr baking powder
100gr almond flour
100g corn flakes
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar to dust
Preheat oven at 180C.
With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs.
Sieve together flour, baking powder, almond and salt.
Add the above ingredients to the butter mix.
If dough is to sticky add few tablespoon of flour.
Roll hazelnut sized ball of dough in cornflakes.
Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes.
Cool it down on a rack.
Sprinkle with icing sugar.
……..And don’t forget to let me know what you think about it.

World Nutella Day(5th February)

World Nutella day is just 2 days away and here are few delicious way to enjoy Nutella.
What is more satisfying than “Pane e Nutella” or “Bread and Nutella”?
According to my son only crepes with Nutella.
…..but my daughter declared that nothing is better than vegan Nutella spring roll (spread vegan Nutella on your spring roll pastry and then fry)
So for the undecided at heart, here are few easy and super fast way to enjoy Nutella on Nutella day, or spoil your loved ones on a Nutella breakfast to start the most romantic day of the year.
I  squeezed in a French toast, with peanut butter and berries jam, that can be easily enjoyed with a nice dollop of Nutella.
Check my Breakfast for French toast recipe and Basics pastry for crepes basic recipe.
Hope you will enjoy….and don’t forget to let me know what you think.

Homemade Soft Pretzel

Homemade soft pretzel
October and the Oktoberfest…..what better way to celebrate your Oktoberfest at home than with this super tasty Pretzel. This is our favorite recipe and kids always help me making the perfect soft homemade pretzel…
The most difficult part is to wait till pretzel are warm to enjoy it with hot mustard or dipped in melted cheese.
Find detail recipe under Snacks Page.

Apple Strudel

         

Let’s start with a bit of history about this pastry.
Apple Strudel or Apfelstrudel, is a famous Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many parts of Europe that once belonged to the Austro Hungarian Empire.
Strudel is related to the Ottoman Empire’s pastry baklava, that came to Austria from Turkey via Hungarian cuisine, Wikipedia docet…….
Apple Strudel is a long strudel  pastry jacket with an apple filling.
There are so many different recipe for this extraordinary pastry but the one that our family enjoys the most is the one that I am sharing with you today.
I think the trickiest part of preparing a Strudel is in rolling the dough in an almost see trough sheet. I usually start rolling the dough with the rolling-pin and then I pull it with my knuckle, this picture will show you what I mean.
I have a friend from Austria that told me that the dough is ready when you can read a newspaper trough the dough…..with mine I could see the shape of Lake of Garda on the kitchen cloth underneath…..
After making your dough super thin you just have to add apples and fold sides.
   
With the help of the kitchen cloth roll the Strudel tight.
Seal it and bake it.
I like to serve my strudel dusted with icing sugar, but feel free to enjoy it with Creme Anglaise, a dollop of whipped cream or a yummy scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Find detail recipe under Dessert Page.
Find detail recipe of Creme Anglaise under Basic Pastry Page
If you like this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment. I like hearing from my readers.

Breakfast all around….

     

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”

Shouldn’t we all do it? Haven’t we heard enough time how important is a balance breakfast? But, how difficult it is in the morning to prepare a healthy or healthish breakfast for the family?
So many thing can go wrong in the morning: kids not waking up, alarm not going off or been snoozed for to long…..
I am sure you like to look at Pinterest perfect breakfast pictures and wonder how can I have a great healthy breakfast ready in no time in the morning? How fantastic will be to wake up and prepare in under 10 minutes poached eggs on toast with super healthy steam asparagus or have your favorite spinach and peas crustless quiche ready to bite or than again not so healthy but super delicious berries french toast? It all comes down to planning ahead and be organized. Make your prep in the evening. Don’t leave anything to last-minute. I know it sound like a cliché, but let me tell you, it is all true, the more we organize our days the less stressed(at least food wise) will be.  Ok listen I am not a super organize person, I like to improvise and be super creative with what I see at the market, but to make my life easier and like I said above stress free (food wise) I need some planning.
Do you want to impress your family everyday of the week and not only on week-ends with delicious, healthy and fast breakfast?
Than follow my new breakfast page and it will be a walk in the park.
If you make any of my recipes don’t forget to leave a comment.
I like to hear from you.
Check the new Breakfast page for delicious inspirations.