Month: January 2015

puttanesca

Puttanesca: Tuna, Olives and Capers in a Tomato Sauce

Traditionally, puttanesca sauce is served with spaghetti in a dish known for being “in the style of the whore”. Oooh so devilish. There is a tale, saying its origins stem from the word “puttana” which in Italian means whore — why you ask? Well they say it’s so quick and easy. Ooooh dear! Although there […]

Avocado 3-Ways

Avocados. Rather supercados, are just the best thing ever! Not only is this tasty green fruit (yes fruit….a berry to be exact) super versatile, it’s also fabulously healthy and a great anti-aging tool for your skin. With all its nutrients, healthy fat and vitamins it feeds your skin from the inside and out. Avocados contain […]

Parsnip Apple Risotto

I have to admit, I recently developed a soft spot for, yes, here it is…parsnips! Subtly sweet and a touch earthy, I would have never imagined that I would ever touch a parsnip. My early recollections of them are, well, just that one time a year, when they were roasted in the oven along with […]

Wiener Schnitzel

Traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Veal Cutlet)

The true origin of Wiener schnitzel may very well not be Vienna but the Viennese are indeed proud to say that it belongs to one of their best known culinary specialties. A true Wiener Schnitzel is a breaded cutlet of veal served with a lemon wedge to add some extra zing and if you’re luck […]

Pasta in a Gorgonzola Sauce

Pasta in a Gorgonzola Sauce with Spinach, Mushrooms and Fresh Herbs

This dish is inspired by a pizza that ABSOLUTELY love and used to quite often make for myself. I remember this phase well. I constantly had a hankering for wild mushrooms, gorgonzola and spinach. Something I secretly enjoyed when I had evenings on my own. Yes, we all have people in our lives that have […]

Butter in Coffee? Bulletproof Coffee – a Cultishly-Weird Trend

What’s all this talk about butter in coffee? Yes, butter in coffee. I recently read an article in the Huffington Post that “Bulletproof” coffee, a cultishly-weird following of so-called “Upgraded Coffee” (upgraded in the form of butter being added to your coffee) is all the trend in the United States. Stars such as Ed Sheeran […]

Roasted Beans in Tomato Sauce (Greek Gigantes plaki)‏

The only thing requiring when cooking beans from dry is a little extra foresight. If tomorrows dinner is going to beans, then plan ahead. It’s easy. The easiest way is to just put tomorrow night’s beans into a big bowl of water with a ratio of about 3 cups water per 1 cup beans before […]

Olives: a Staple of Mediterranean Cuisine

There are mainly two types of olives; black and green olives. The rest are the further varieties of the these two types. Raw olives are incredibly bitter, so once harvested they are cured and then usually preserved in salt or brine. They can be harvested at any stage – the young, immature fruit is green […]

Chicken Mango Red Thai Curry

Oh how I love sweet happy mangos! Yes, with all their B vitamins, they help boost the production of serotonin, a natural mood elevator. Mangos make you happy! Together with tender chicken breasts, in a red thai curry full of warm flavors, with tastes of ginger, garlic and lemongrass – utterly delicious and healthy too! […]

Pasta with Smoked Trout in a Creamy Lemon-Dill Sauce

What I love about this recipe, other than the ingredients (smoked trout, pine nuts, yum!) is that it can be pulled together so quickly. The essentials are smoked fish, garlic, lemon, dill and pasta with some olive oil, wine, and crème fraîche to bind them together in a delicious and tangy sauce. Topped with a […]

Mediterranean Tuna and White Bean Salad

Inspired by a salad I recently enjoyed at Vapiano, this Mediterranean tuna and white bean salad is bursting with healthy, light flavors—from the fresh parsley and mint, to the crisp celery, red and green onions, and peppery arugula. Together with big, creamy butter beans and tuna, it’s rich in protein and fiber. It’s a complete […]

Celery – The Sex Boosting Veggie

People triumphantly write about so many things that can positively affect fertility. Well, guess what? Celery is among them—and definitely not for its phallic form. Truth be told, celery actually stimulates the mucus glands, which is key to the production of sex hormones. On top of that, there is also evidence that the smell of […]

Roasted Garlic Chicken Lime Soup‏

Welcome the warmth of the sun in the dead of winter with a welcoming bowl of sopa de lima — chicken lime soup. This simple chicken lime soup has a surprisingly deep flavor; thanks to whole bulbs of roasted garlic – a garlic lover’s dream! Roasted garlic adds a subtle, sweet, and buttery soft sophisticated […]