20/04/2017

Four cheese spicy tart with baby corn. Healthy, interesting idea for dinner.


Have you ever tried the baby corn cobs? I love them, especially spicy. Although I think you need to spiced it very well otherwise it will be quite plain. 

Ingredients:
  • 100g of butter
  • 200g of wholemeal flour
  • one egg yolk
  • baby corn 150g
  • teaspoon of rapeseed oil
  • ricotta 50g
  • brie 50g
  • cheddar 50g
  • stilton 50g
  • 100ml of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, pepper, chillies


Method:
Pastry: knead flour with butter and egg yolk. Roll the pastry and place it in baking dish (my was 20cm long). Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Then bake in the oven 20 minutes 180°C.
Fry baby corn in a pan with a teaspoon of rapeseed oil. Season with salt and chillies. Mix eggs with milk, salt and pepper. On prebaked tart but baby corn, four chesses and egg mixture. Bake in the oven - about 25 minutes at 180ºC



18/04/2017

Tortilla wraps with spicy hummus and spinach - healthy and interesting lunch idea.



Tortilla wraps with spicy hummus and spinach - healthy and interesting lunch idea. This is an alternative to sandwiches, and if you spice it well it taste really nice.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole wheat tortillas (recipe here)
  • A handful of fresh spinach
  • 250g of chickpeas
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • onion
  • a teaspoon of rapeseed oil
  • 50g of mushrooms
  • turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, chillies, salt, pepper

Method:

Fry finely chopped onion on rapeseed oil until soften. Add the chopped garlic and fry for few minutes. Add chopped mushrooms and fry for about 5 minutes. Mix with spices and chickpeas. Blend it with mixer. Place the spinach on the tortillas and then the hummus. Serve it on lettuce.



06/04/2017

Aubergine and tomato trottole. Can you eat aubergine skin?


It seems that the aubergine needs to be piled before eating, because the skin is hard and thick ... I strongly disagree!!! Leave the skin as it contains fibre and phenolic compounds. Remember this old principle? Most of the vitamins are under the skin. The only thing to consider is to eat it cooked because raw aubergine contains solanine. It is also worth to put some salt on it and put aside which will help to get rid of bitter taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized eggplants
  • 500g of canned tomatoes
  • onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • basil
  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • chilli, ginger, salt, pepper
  • 150g of pasta (trottole)

Method:
Cut aubergine into cubes. Put it aside and leave for 15 minutes. In a pan fry the finely chopped onion. When caramelised, add chopped garlic and then aubergine. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes more and at the end add chillies, ginger, basil, salt and pepper. Cook the pasta, drain and mix with the sauce. Serve sprinkled with fresh basil and linseed.




04/04/2017

Scrambled eggs with avocado, breakfast for the toddler


Dear moms, this post is for you!!! How do you deal with picky eaters? Does the fancy composition of the ingredients have any meaning for the kids? Maybe you have some cool ideas for toddler meals? What do you think about this happy avocado scrambled egg?

Ingredients:

  • slice of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 50ml of milk
  • Half of avocado

Method:

Mix eggs with milk. You can either steam the eggs or microwave them. Just mix eggs and milk in a bowl and set the microwave for half a minute. Mix and put for another minute. Repeat until the eggs are cook. Put the scrambled egg on a slice of bread. Lay out an avocado to create a funny face.


29/03/2017

Spinach, almonds and cranberry salad with sesame vinaigrette. How much iron does spinach really contain?


Is that true that spinach contains a lot of iron? Let's start with the fact that the absorption of iron depends on the chemical form. There is haem and non-haem iron. With the first one we can absorbed in 5-35% while with the second only 2-20%. In the daily ration, heme iron is about 10% while the rest is non-heme iron. Daily requirement for women is 16-19mg and 14-15mg for men. Spinach contains 2.8mg of iron per 100g. So to cover the minimum need for iron for women should consume 570g of spinach. In addition, we must take into account that 10% of this value will absorb up to 35% and the rest up to 20%. In conclusion, if we wanted to cover our daily intake for iron only with spinach (a little absurd situation) we would need to eat over 2.5kg which even Popeye wouldn't manage to do that. Therefore, it is worth to reach for other sources of iron such as offal, red meat or legumes.

Ingredients:

  • 250g of fresh spinach
  • 100g of dried cranberries
  • 100g of almonds
  • 4 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • spoon of sesame
  • spoon of molasses
  • tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Method:
Mix molasses with apple cider vinegar and sesame oil. Mix vigorously to create a thick sauce. Then mix the sauce with spinach. Put the cranberries and almonds (roast it first) on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.



21/03/2017

Delicious vegan curry, boosting your metabolism and immune system.


Great alternative to meat dishes. Rich in flavour, full of aroma and very healthy. Contains many spices and vegetables, used regularly, will boost the metabolism and immune system, improving skin colour, and  improving the body's immunity or speeds up digestion.


Ingredients:


  • large butternut squash
  • 250g of canned chickpeas
  • onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 250g of canned tomatoes
  • 200ml of coconut milk
  • 150g of cocktail tomatoes
  • 2 cm ginger
  • 2 cm tumeric
  • teaspoon of ground cumin
  • table spoon of desiccated coconut
  • Chilli, salt, pepper
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Method:
Peel butternut squash and cut into small cubes. Dissolve the coconut oil dissolve and mix together with the butternut squash. Put in the preheated oven (180ºC) and bake for about an hour until the butternut squash softens. In a saucepan on the remaining coconut oil, add a finely chopped onion. After few minutes add chopped garlic, ginger, chillies and turmeric. Fry for a moment. Add the half-cut cherry tomatoes, stir well and pour chopped tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes. Add coconut milk and the rest of the spices. Boil another 10 minutes. In the end, mix with the butternut squash and chickpeas. Serve with rice or naan bread.



10/03/2017

Courgette and prawns spaghetti, low in carbohydrates meal rich in omega 3.


How many times have you heard you eat not enough fish? Did you know that fish can be replaced with seafood for example prawns? They are a very good source of omega 3 and has a very low content of mercury.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 3 small courgettes (about 700g)
  • 150g of prawns
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • small onion
  • 2 tablespoons of cream creme fraiche
  • chilli, cumin, salt, pepper

Method:
Peel courgettes using special peeler to make spaghetti. You can also take an normal vegetable peeler and make thick strips a la tagliatelle. Put some salt and set aside for half an hour. Then fry the courgettes on a tablespoon of rapeseed oil for about 5 minutes until slightly softened. Don't do it to long because cougette will become to soft.
Fry finely diced onion and garlic on rapeseed oil. Add prawns and fry it for about 5 minutes. Put some cream and season with salt, pepper, chilli and cumin. Mix with courgettes.