Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba Ganoush Recipe

At least twice a week, I feel the need to escape from the culinary tradition and prepare new special dishes, inspired from far even exotic countries. I tried this sauce years ago at a friend’s house and it was love at first sight. So I promised myself, I absolutely had to try preparing it in my kitchen. I’m talking about an alternative version of Baba Ganoush, also called eggplant caviar, which is a Middle Eastern sauce mainly prepared from vegetable pulp from which it takes its name.

Aubergine is a vegetable full of benefits: it’s good for brain, it is high in fibers, it has depurative properties and it is ideal to prevent bad cholesterol. This sauce is perfect as an appetizer or side dish…. So, let your taste buds enjoy this delicious irresistible sauce! Read More

Altenative Pesto | Summer recipe

Altenative Pesto | Summer recipe

The noise from the pages of a novel that joins  the rippling of the waves, the Sun on my skin, the sand under my feet and the freshness of the water, which removes any negative vibes: if you are free today, I advise you to reach the nearest beach!

A day at the beach is not just a way to relax, but an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits that this place hides.

The benefits of the Sea

It is well known that sunbathing reduces depression and bad mood; however it does not only improve mood: sunlight stimulates vitamin D synthesis and it is essential for the growth and health of bones, hair and skin.

Salt water contains many minerals with antibacterial properties, which can be absorbed by human bodies through an immersion in the water. Mineral salt also stimulates and contrasts blood circulation and fluid retention. In addition, sea water eliminates skin impurities due to its salt and makes it smooth and shiny. The sand can be used as an exfoliating and the sea air helps breathing.

The sea improves physical shape: go for long walks to lose weight and tone up the muscles. The Sea has also a draining effect, it enhances relaxation and wellness: the ocean is a free spa, that maybe you have always underestimated.

I’m super busy with my job and, at the right time, the beach is only a mirage. To enjoy what is my desire, though, I’m going to enjoy a fresh and flavorful dinner. I will combine toasted pine nuts, arugula, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, for a creamy, versatile and fragrant pesto sauce: prepare it for your snacks at the seaside!

Ingredients:

  • 100 g Rocket
  • 100 g Basil
  • 20 g Macadamia nuts
  • 20 g Brazilian nuts
  • 30 g pine nuts
  • 70 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt.

 Method:

  1. In a baking pan, toast pine nuts, and often shake the pan, until they become brown and leave to cool.
  2. With a kitchen mixer whisk the garlic, pine nuts and walnuts.
  3. Add rocket and basil (wash it before), a little oil and blend them together.
  4. Continue to mix arugula leaves and basil until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
  5. Add salt to taste

My advices:

  • Blend the pesto quickly to avoid overheating and basil turns black for the heat. (you can also add some ice, to avoid it).
  • If you do not have to consume pesto immediately, put it in a jar and cover with the olive oil to preserve.
  • This pesto is excellent for seasoning a pasta with cherry tomatoes.

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Stuffed Avocado With Quinoa | Summer Fresh Recipe

Stuffed avocado with quinoa | Summer fresh recipe

How do you start the beginning of a new week?

I have welcomed this Monday with a fruit extract, a cup of coffee and the purrs of my cat Noir. I left home early to have a walk in Victoria Park and relaxing for a while, before dealing with work commitments. I am walking along the pathways, loving and hating the grey skies of London.

I consider Monday lunch one of the most important of the whole week: it should be healthy, simple yet tastier than usual, because it should give a proper energy to face a tough week. I enter a supermarket, I stop at my favorite department (fruits and vegetables, of course) and with caution and patience I choose the best pieces. Choosing vegetables is very important to prepare healthy and tasty dishes.

Avocado, for example, should be neither too hard nor too soft, but react to the pressure of the hands without can dent. Will be the avocado the protagonist of today’s recipe: a fruit antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, which helps weight loss and skin beauty, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure is good and versatile. In short, it is the perfect ally to fight boredom on Monday!

The avocado fruit, for example, should not be neither too hard nor too soft, but it should react to the pressure of the hands without warping itself. The avocado will be the protagonist of today’s recipe: an antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory fruit, which helps weighting loss and helps skin beauty, it lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and it is even good and versatile. In short, it is the perfect ally to fight boredom on Monday!

Ingredients for 4 portions:

  • 4-5 avocados
  • 100 g quinoa
  • ½  red onion
  • ½ cucumber
  • 50 g pre-cooked peas
  • 50 g cherry tomatoes
  • 20 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon juice
  • Some fresh coriander or parsley leaves
  • A pinch of salt

 Method:

For the quinoa:

  1. Wash quinoa to remove saponines (which makes it bitter);
  2. Heat a pan with a little olive oil and toast quinoa for about a minute;
  3. Add twice as much water than quinoa;
  4. Simmer until water is completely absorbed;
  5. Peel and chop onion, then add it to quinoa;
  6. Wash cucumbers, cut into chops and add them to quinoa.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and peas to the mixture.
  8. Season it with oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

 For the avocado:

  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and brush with olive oil and lemon;
  2. Grill the avocados on a burner for a few minutes. (until grill marks appear.);
  3. With the help of a spoon, fill the avocados with quinoa;
  4. Serve them cold.

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