Curry chickpeas croquettes with eggless tartare sauce

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I like legumes so much! Whatever they are lentils, beans, chickpeas… “Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber.” source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/legumes/NU00260 In … Continue reading

Roasted Mackerel

Mackerel is a fish of the same family as tuna. But it is way less expansive (only 6 euro for 1 kg), it is very rich in omega 3, and absolutely delicious.

The first time I bought it I was very scared by the smell, which seemed too strong for me! But believed me, once cooked it tastes very good.

All I did was:

  • put the fish skin-down on a plate and soak with 1 lemon juice all over. Wrap with plastic paper and let it rest in the fridge for as long as you can. ( I did it for 6 hours)
  • When it’s time for dinner, put a no-stick pan on a high heat to get really hot.
  • In the meantime chop some parsley together with 1 clove of garlic, very finely.
  • Put the parsley-garlic all over the fish, sprinkle some chilly flakes and salt to taste.

  • Put the fish skin-side down on the hot pan  and cook  until the skin is crunchy and the fish is cooked.

I served with cabbage and fennel salad.

  • Slice the cabbage very very thin and do the same with the fennel
  • salt, lemon, black pepper and olive oil to taste!

Chill-out weekend

Hi all!

Last week-end we went to a little mountain village named “Fiumalbo” which is only 1 hour and 20 minutes driving from here. 

Since it is about 0.7 miles above the sea level, the temperature was around 70F while here was (and still is) around 95 F
I love summer, warm weather, but 95 well….kind of hot! I appreciated the colder weather of those days!
I love mountain atmosphere, it is very familiar and casual.
The mountain food-product are amazing, the area is famous for its blueberries. Of course I came back home with a lot of them, and I can’t wait to try some recipe!

Zucchini guacamole

I had those beautiful zucchini, not too large, not too dark, they are available only on summer and have this wonderful flower attached to them!

I’ve prepared the classic guacamole recipe, but with zucchini instead of avocados.

It was experimental, but it turned out deliciously!

My husband appreciated it even more the day after, when I’ve spread some on his sandwich!

Ingredients

  • 4-5 zucchini
  • 1/2 tomato, seeds and pulp removed
  • 1/2 red onion
  • cilantro leaves
  • fresh lime juice to taste
  • 1 fresh chili

Cut the zucchini into little chunks and cook them as you prefer, I’ve cooked over a no stick pan by adding some water (few at the time)  but I think other ways will work the same.

Using a fork mash the zucchini and add cilantro, chili, lime, salt. When it’s ready add the chopped tomatoes.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

I served with whole grain bread, toasted.

 

 

 

Deliciously diet roasted veggies

Hallo everybody.

It’s been a year since I’ve post my last recipe.

Since then a lot of thing have changed in my life. I graduated from a master degree in Clinical Psychology and I’ve got married!!!

Now that I came back from our honeymoon, I can finally get back to food and blog :-)

Over this year also my attitude on food as changed. I am trying to eat more healthy, and I can’t wait to share my attempt with all of you.

Yesterday I’ve made this delicious veggie casserole, oil free, butter free…. just vegetables!

I’ve just cut the vegetables into chunks and put in a casserole that I’ve covered with parchment paper. I’ve sprinkled mixed herbs, salt and pepper and put into the oven for just 30 minutes + 10 minutes of broiler function. That’s it!

Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper

2 zucchini

1 eggplant peeled

10 cherry tomatoes

1 or 2 red onion

fresh chili pepper

1 tblp mixed mediterranean herbs (oregano, rosmery, basil, thyme, majoran)

1 tsp smoked paprika

salt to taste

I am so sorry for the poor picture that I took with my phone, but believe me it was delicious even though no fat was added :-)

Cinnamon roll!

We don’t have Cinnabon roll in Italy and that is such a shame!!

Since I love them so much I Tried to make it. There are a lot of recipe on the website, but I choose this one

The only thing I did differently was to put half dose of sugar in the filling, I have to say it was the perfect choise since it’s already really sweet!

They were really good, the dough tasted the same than Cinnabon roll, the frosting was close to the original one, but the filling didn’t convince me….

The real one is more “creamy” inside, it seems like there is some chocolate….but I haven’t find any recipe with chocolate so i tought I was wrong…but next time I’ll melt a piece of chocolate with the butter and I’ll spread it all over the dough before adding the cinnaon/sugar thing.

What do you think?

Farro bread

About a month agò I found out an amazing organic store, you should know how much I love organic food…so I had to go in and buy something!

Between all the stuff I bought, there was a pack of farro flour (spelt) and dried “mother yeast”.

Farro is an ancient grain which as a lot of healt benefit…(check it out on this link!) but the thing that I love most is the taste, even though it has all the nutrients of the whole wheat, it tastes so much better!! So it’s a good compromise between health and flavour.

I added just the 25% of  strong bread flour.

Ingridients

17.6 oz (500 gr) Spelt flour

5.3 oz (150 gr) Strong bread flour

13 fl oz (350 ml) lukewarm water

salt

0.8 oz (25 gr) dry active yeast

0.5 oz (15 gr) dry mother yeast

Procedures

Mix togheter the dry ingridient and then add slowly the water .

Knead the dough until smooth.

Put the dough in a bowl and cover.

Place a pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven and put the bowl with the dough on the rack in the middle od the oven.

Let it rise until doubled.

Sprinkle some flou on a clean surface and knead the dough again for a couple of minutes.

Divide the dough in two, strech it out and roll it up.

Sprinkle some flour on the rolled dough and place on a parchment paper, cover and place again in the oven.

Let it rise for a couple of hours. It has triple!!!!

Take it off the oven, and turn it on at 390 F°  for 30/40 minutes

Enjoy!