Monday, July 21, 2014

Taboulleh Salad



I love the vibrant colors of refreshing Taboulleh salad. It is a very simple, but yet delicious cold dish of Lebanese cuisine, so easy to make and if you use fresh, organic ingredients, it will make the salad even more special.

Ingredients:

1 cup of bulgur
3 tomatoes
1 red onion
1 cup of chopped parsley
1 cup of chopped mint
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 t.s. of olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Firstly, prepare your bulgur by placing it in the bowl and cover it up with 50 ml boiling water. Stir well, cover with the lid and set a side for about 30 min, until bulgur absorbs the water.

Chop tomatoes, red onion, parsley and mint. Fluff bulgur with the fork. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients, garnish it with lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. Toss well and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Toss again prior serving. Serve it as a part of meze or with your meat or fish, Delicious!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spicy Ahi Tuna with Cucumbers

Spicy tuna is one of my favorite things to order in Asian restaurants. Once I tried this delicious starter in Zurich, then I fell in love with it and wanted to recreated and modified this dish at home. It is so easy to make, it literally takes 15 minutes to prepare the dish. Moreover, it looks gorgeous on your hors d;oeuvre table.

So let's get started!
For this dish, you will need the following ingredients:

1 pound of fresh sashimi grade ahi tuna
1 t.s. of sesame oil
1 t.s. soy sauce
1 t.s. of mayonnaise
1 t.s. of Sriracha sauce
1 t.s. of sesame seeds
1 t.s. of lime juice
3 cucumbers
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Combine diced sashimi grade tuna with sesame oil, hot sauce, little bit of mayo, and soy sauce, mix well. Slice the cucumbers with the peeler to make long thin strips. Put the tuna mixture into the cucumber slice and roll it. Garnish with sesame or poppy seeds. Voila, it is ready! You can also substitute tuna with smoked salmon. Delicious!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Homemade Frozen Berry Ice Cream

As it gets incredibly hot here in SoCal, we try to stay cool and enjoy the delicious homemade ice creams. This time I made frozen berry ice cream. My daughter loves it, so do I. I love making healthy homemade treats for my little princess. For me it is important, because I can control the amount of sugar in the desserts. Sometimes I even add honey or agave nectar instead of sugar, which makes it even healthier. This recipe is so easy, delicious and you only need the following 4 ingredients:

3 large frozen bananas
2 cups of frozen blueberries
1 cup of frozen strawberries 
2 tablespoons of honey

Place frozen strawberries, bananas and blueberries into the blender. Start blending. Add honey to make it easier to blend. You can also add a little bit of milk, if you see that you are having hard time blending the ingredients. Place your delicious ice cream into a pretty glass, decorate with mint leave and sprinkle with flax seeds. I told you, it is super easy.
Enjoy!





Sunday, June 22, 2014

Strawberry Preserve with Ginger

I love to preserve fresh fruits and berries when they are in season. If they are fresh and organic, they glow with beautiful bright colors and they smell amazing. Moreover, I just loooove how they look in the cute little jars. I don't like to put a lot of sugar, but you can adjust the sugar according to your preferences. I also love to balance the sweetness with a little bit of freshly cut ginger.

For this delicious strawberry preserve you will need the following.

Ingredients:

3 cups of organic strawberries
1/2 cups of brown sugar
4-5 tiny pieces of fresh ginger



Wash 3 cups of organic strawberries. Remove hulls and stems.



Put the strawberries into the pan on medium heat. Add a little bit of water and stir well.



Add brown sugar and 4-5 tiny pieces of ginger. Stir well.



Bring to boil. Remove from hit. Let it cool. Fill the jar with the jam. Overall it takes about 20 minutes. Very easy!



Consume within 2 weeks. Store in the fridge.

It's delicious!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast Stuffed With Rosemary Goat Cheese



Today, I would like to share with you quick and easy recipe that can be serve on every occasion. The ingredients are very basic, however, I will show you how to transform them into elegant and sophisticated meal. This is the easiest meal you can imagine, in less than 30 minutes, you can have a dinner ready, which is not only delicious, but also looks fabulous on the plate.

So let's get started!

Ingredients:

2 pieces of chicken breasts
4 slices of bacon
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 cups of soft goat cheese
Fresh rosemary for decoration
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil

Start by preheating the oven for 350 degree F.



Mix the goat cheese with freshly chopped rosemary, add salt and pepper, mix well.



With the sharp knife cut 1 inch long slit into the thick side of the breast, creating a pocket. Stuff each chicken breast pocket with goat cheese mixture. Wrap each breast with two slices of bacon. Place the rosemary leaves between chicken and the bacon, as it shows on the picture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and put some olive oil on top, place the chicken breasts on the baking sheet and bake it for about 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink and the bacon is crisp. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

French Onion Soup



Hello my dear friends! Today I want to share with you my way of making French Onion Soup. It is one of my favorite dishes, it reminds me of time when I lived in France and enjoyed French cuisine almost every day. I always thought that French Onion Soup is a very difficult dish to make, because it looks so sophisticated and tastes amazingly yummy. However, it is so easy, it just takes a little bit of time and you need to be patient caramelizing the onions. It is important to use the right pot for caramelizing the onions. My favorite one to use is Le Creuset Dutch oven.
This dish is perfect for French party or just a cozy family gathering.

Let's get started!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of butter
6-8 sweet onions
1 pinch of brown sugar
I pack of beef broth
1/2 cup of white wine
Fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon of salt and pepper
French banquette
Gruyere cheese



Peel and slice the onions.



On a medium to low heat melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Place your onions into the pot and saute them for about 15 minute. Then add a pinch of sugar, salt and oregano leaves, cook the onions uncovered for about 45 minutes. When the onions are soft and caramelized, add white wine, bring to boil and let the wine evaporate. Add the beef broth and simmer the soup for about 10-15 minutes.



When the soup is ready, distribute it into oven proof bowls. Put a slice of baguette on top and add the Gruyere. Broil it until bubbly and golden brown.


Bon appetit!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Perfect Green Smoothie


I have super simple and healthy green smoothie recipe that I would like to share with you today. It is delicious, will make you feel better and give you plenty of energy. For this smoothie you will need the following ingredients:

1 cup of organic kale
2 cups of organic spinach
1 cup of coconut water
1 organic avocado
1 organic kiwi
1 organic lemon, squeezed

Instructions:

Blend everything together. The greens will provide your body with protein and minerals. While the fruits will provide with vitamins such as A, C, E. You can use ice, or a frozen fruit to make your green smoothie cold. As well as, you can add more coconut water, if you have hard time blending it all up.

Enjoy! Stay healthy and radiant!

 

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