Farinata

               

Farinata is a type of thin pancake made from chickpeas flour. It originated in Genova and then became a popular food all over the Ligurian sea coast. Farinata has different names…..if you are in Genova it is called faina, in Nice is socca, in Tuscany cecina and in Sardinia faine……

Originally farinata is sliced in irregular slices and enjoy with fresh crushed black pepper. In Tuscany is served between two slices of focaccia and at home I enjoyed warm with cold cuts……

Give a try to this recipe and let me know what you think.

Detail recipes is under Appetizers

Idli with avocado and spicy prawns

Ready to dazzle your friends and family with a new, fancy appetiser? Look no further, Idli with avocado and chilly prawns, is your perfect wow dish. Put on your party shoes, as you can whip this dish up in under 30 minutes.

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

Find detail recipe below.

Idli with avocado and spicy prawns                        

Ingredients 16 idli

01nos already made idli/dosa batter
16nos prawns clean and devein
02nos avocado
01nos minced garlic clove
Pinch chilly flakes
01tbsp EVO oil
01 teaspoon lime juice
Salt and pepper
16nos cilantro leaves
Follow packaging instruction for idli.
Steam idli for 12 minutes.
Remove from idli pan.
Keep it aside.
Heat evo oil in a non stick sauté.
Add prawns and chilly flakes to evo oil.
Fry for a minute and then add prawns.
Sauté prawns for 5-6 minutes.
Adjust seasoning.
Remove from pan and keep it aside.
Mash avocado with teaspoon of lime juice, adjust seasoning.
Assemble idli.
With the help of a teaspoon, make a small indent, on idli.
Fill the indent with a tbsp of avocado mash and top it with a prawn.
Garnish with cilantro leaves.

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.

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.

Potatoes and tuna patties

Potatoes and tuna patties

School is finally over and what better way to enjoy time with kids outdoor than having a nice yummy picnic. I like to take the kids to the park where they can play and enjoy the beautiful weather and then sit all together and enjoy easy food. This potatoes and tuna patties are delicious and can be made the day before and pack it ready for picnic day. How do you entertain your kids during summer holidays? Would love to hear from you.

Find detail recipe under Fish & Seafood page.

If you like this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from my readers.

Tapioca veggie fritters

Do you like tapioca but you usually use it only for sweet? Here is a great savory recipe to enjoy tapioca in a different way.

What you need for this recipe are basic ingredients that we all have at home: broccoli, potatoes, corn and tapioca.

Bring all the ingredients together and season.

  

Shallow fry patties till golden brown on each side, or form little ball and cook it on this special  hopper pan.

Tapioca veggie fritters

Enjoy it as a snack with walnut pesto  Basic recipes

I add mine to a yummy Buddha bowl.

Find detail recipe under Snacks page.