Sunday, October 25, 2015

Beetroot Salad

I confess that since now I've never prepared something with fresh beetroots and knew them only in the pickled way... But then I found a recipe in the new cookbook from Ottolenghi that I had to try and adapted it a little bit to my taste. So in fact trying this salad you'll have to confess that beetroots are underestimated. I ate this salad with some good, fresh bread and a variation of savory cheeses.... Also can imagine in a Tramezzini style Sandwich..... Oh and preparing this dish I recommend to wear some plastic gloves.... At least when dealing with the beetroot.. You will see why....

You need (serves 2-3):

- 1 medium sized raw beetroot
- 1 Apple
- 1 fresh carrot
- 150 g Greek yoghurt
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (if you don't like fennel just omit them..the salad will nonetheless taste great)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp Apple balsamic vinegar
- a handful coarsely chopped walnuts
Some salt to season

To prepare:
1. Mix together yoghurt, crushed fennel seeds, vinegar, olive oil and some salt
2. On a grater rasp the peeled beetroot, the carrot and the peeled Apple in julienne style
3. Yeah and now it's almost done... Mix together the grated vegetables and Apple with the seasoned yoghurt, add the walnuts and season with some more salt if needed...

That's it!  Enjoy!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pumpkin - baby spinach Quiche

Quiches can be varied in many ways and are always a tasty dish. Here I combined some leftovers from my fridge... Pumpkin, some baby spinach, some feta, some grated cheese.... And here we go..... Heat up your oven and a little bit later .... savour a delicious quiche....

You need (for one Quiche about 24 cm)
- 100g butternut squash, cut in small cube
- 1  small onion cut in small cubes 
- 100g grated cheese (like Edam)
- 50 g feta cheese ( = Greek style cheese)
- 30 g baby spinach leaves
- 250 ml Milk
- 2 medium sized eggs
- 25 g walnuts 

For the dough:
- 250 g flour
- 150 g butter
- 1 medium sized egg
- some salt
For lazy days: take a ready to use puff pastry or ready to prepare quiche / Tarte dough one can get in a good supermarket 

To prepare:
1. First prepare the dough by kneeding together all the ingredients. 
2. Between two baking papers roll the dough to a circle, big enough for your baking form.
3. Grease your baking form/quiche form. Transfer the prepared dough in it and reserve for about 1/2 h in the fridge.
4. Mix together milk, eggs and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
5. In a pan with little olive oil soften the onion and add the baby spinach for one minute.
6. Disperse onion, Baby spinach and squash on  the on the base of the dough. Then pour your egg-cheese mix in the baking form and sprinkle all over the roughly cut feta and walnuts.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes (you might have to cover the top with some baking Paper if getting to dark..).
Before cutting into pieces and serving let cool down for some minutes.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Double Choc Ricotta Mousse

Midweek.... Need a treat.... Some fast to prepare and to take with to the Office ...... In th fridge some ricotta, chocolate ever to find in the cupboard.... So let's do a sort of chocolate mousse...
You need (2 serving)
- 250 g Ricotta
- 30 g dark chocolate (I used chocolate drops from sarotti)
- 30 g white chocolate 
- 1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean
- 1/2 tsp  palm sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking sugar
- Optionally: some Fruit purée (I took Mange purée) and 1 Passionfruit 

To prepare:
1. Melt in separate bowls both chocolates in the microwave (this will take on,y few seconds. Alternatively you can melt it over boiling water)
2. In one of the bowls mix together with a handheld mixer the melted white chocolate with vanilla, baking sugar and 125 g ricotta
3. Mix in the other bowl the dark chocolate, Palm sugar, cinnamon and 125 g ricotta
4. Fill first white Mousse, then dark mousse in glasses. (Best is to pipe the Mousse in the glasses, so you'll obtain distinct layers. I did it with a spoon....layers are not so perfect...)
5. Top with Mango purée and Passionfruit
6 . Reserve in the fridge overnight and take to your office for a great Lunch-dessert and savor! Of course also perfect as dessert at home :)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Zucchini - Tarte

I have a new favorite Cookbook: "the Forest feast" from Erin Gleeson. On every page there is a tremendous recipe, easy to make, not to many ingredients and mouthwatering pictures and drawings. So  I already tried some of the recipe. One of them is a sort of Tarte with little yellow pumpkins. As I couldn't find some small pumpkins I did the Tarte with zucchini. The result was great! And here is the recipe....

You need (serves 2):
1 puff pastrie 
1 small zucchini 
1glass Italian Pesto Genovese 
100 g Ricotta
A handful, roughly crashed cashews and some sweet corn
Some salt and a good lug of olive oil

To prepare:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
2. Cut the Zucchini in thin slices.
3. Roll,the puff pastrie to a square. Smear on it the ricotta and then the pesto.
4. Place the Zucchini slices on the pesto, disperse all over the nuts and sweet corn and fold in the edges.
5. Season with a little bit salt and sprinkle all over some olive oil.
6. Transfer the Tarte on a baking tray armed with some parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown. 

Enjoy warm or cold, with some salad as side dish, also delicious when cut in small pieces to accompain a after work Drink.... 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Chia Pudding with Matcha and Yoghurt - ready to go Breakfast

Always looking for some tasty and easy to prepare breakfast, somewhat of a take away Breakfast, I found different recipes of chia pudding. Here I combine Chia with Matcha, Greek Yoghurt and some fruit purée. In my opinion the tastiest way eating Chia.

You need (for 2-3 servings)

- 3 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 tsp Matcha powder
- 1/4 tsp ground vanilla
- 200 ml soy milk ( or any other milk you like..)
- 1 Greek Yoghurt (250 ml or more) 
- 2-3 Tbsp honey (if vegan replace for example by cane-, maple - sirup or ....). Amount depending how sweet you like it.
- 6 Tbsp fruit purée ( I took a ready to use Mango purée. One can also prepare the purée by taking a good ripe mango, peel it, slice in medium sized cubes and then mix it to purée in a blender).

To prepare:
1. Pour over the chia seeds the milk, add the Matcha tea, the vanilla, 1 tsp honey and mix well. Refrigerate for about one hour or longer and stir from time to time. The prep will turn to a pudding-like consistence. Might be that you have to wait a little bit longer if you want really beautiful layers. I waited too short ��.
2. Sweeten the yoghurt with some honey.
3. When the Chia is thickened, pour it in a glass, top with the yoghurt and then with the purée. You can add to the purée some fruit cubes (for example some fresh Mango cut in cubes and stirred to the purée. I added some raspberries).

That's it! Reserve the Chia pudding in the fridge until eating. It's perfect to prepare in the evening for your office breakfast next day.....

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