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No-Knead French Baguette with Overnight Poolish

2018-08-10T12:19:35+00:00Bread, Method|

This is another no-knead bread recipe with a twist. The rustic baguette is airy with all size of air pocket in its crumb. The bread is soft and slightly chewy with a crunchy crust. It is perfect for you everyday sandwich.     This is such a simple recipe for no-knead bread.  Just be aware that a little planning is necessary for this recipe since it requires an overnight fermentation. The addition of an extra step of making polish the night before is so worth it, it sure adds an extra deep flavor to the bread. Another nice thing…since the poolish is a pre-fermented dough the fermentation time of the final dough is much shorter, therefore in a fairly warm [...]

Lemon Curd with Blueberries

2018-08-10T12:10:09+00:00Dessert/Sweet|

Homemade lemon curd is the best…tangy and yet sweet…creamy and silky…and together with fresh blueberries is just heaven on earth.     After eating lemon curd by the spoons and mixed with homemade yogurt I decided to add some fresh fruit with it…and what is the match in heaven with lemon curd? Fresh blueberries…I made them into small serving portions, but if you like you can make it into large portion… There is really no recipe…just crumbled a few biscuits, such as almond biscotti or graham crackers and place on the bottom of the little glass, fill with a mix of lemon curd and add as much blueberries you can fit in it… Oh! Before I go on...talking about lemon [...]

Air Fried Sweet Mini Peppers with Onion and Zucchini

2018-07-20T16:44:25+00:00Air-Fryer, Appetizer, Vegetarian|

This is one of my favorite method to “roast” sweet mini peppers. It is super easy and fast…it’s lightly caramelized and perfect on bread, crackers or salad.   I love the colors of the sweet pepper, so summery and refreshing.  Many times we just eat them raw…crunchy and sweet, but sometimes I like to enhance the sweetness of the peppers by roasting… I used to roast mini peppers in the oven…but since I got the air-fryer, this is my preferred way to “roast” almost anything…I love how even and caramelized the sweet peppers turned out in the air-fryer.  All the excess liquid, either from the washing or the pepper itself just drains out of the basket. This recipe is very [...]

Homemade Lemon Curd

2018-07-23T16:08:36+00:00Dessert/Sweet, Make-Ahead|

Homemade lemon curd is much tastier than the store bought ones, it is so easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.  The color and flavor is pure summer…blasting with flavor, rich, creamy and so flavorful…   I love everything that has lemon in it…from bars to ice cream and our Meyer lemon tree was loaded with lemons, after picking them up and freezing some of them for making smoothie I still find myself with a lot of it…not to mention that we still have other kind of lemons tree in our backyard. Since I had made pavlova recently I found myself with leftover egg yolks and I absolutely dislike throwing food away, I thought that the best way [...]

Simple Homemade Yogurt

2018-07-07T12:23:30+00:00Breakfast, Method|

This is such a simple recipe for homemade creamy yogurt. The yogurt is made using non-fat milk and inoculated with previous batch of homemade yogurt…confused?  Continue reading and you will find out how… We always have yogurt in the morning and the amazing thing is that I do not even remember when the last time I bought yogurt was.  I make my own yogurt from organic non-fat milk using the yogurt that I made previously…so it is a continuous production of yogurt by taking approximately 2 tablespoons or so from the jar that it is in used. The recipe is very versatile, you can use 1% fat, 2% fat, or whole milk. The more fat content in the milk the [...]

Apple Mint Salad

2018-06-27T15:03:11+00:00Side Dish, Vegetarian|

This is a very simple, refreshing salad made mainly with apple, fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh mint. This salad is a great side dish for any occasion, especially with grilled meat or poultry…the refreshing and crisp apples with a hint of mint is very invigorating with fatty meal, giving the meal a nice balance. I learned this recipe with my little sister when she brought a large bowl of this apple salad and we all loved it…I could not believe that such a simple recipe with only a few ingredients could be so good. The combination of the crispy apples with orange and a hint of mint is so pleasant for the palate. I meant to share this recipe [...]

Almond Croissants

2018-06-18T10:47:14+00:00Bread, Breakfast, Make-Ahead then Freeze it!|

Today I am sharing with you a very simple and yet delicious recipe for almond croissants using store bought croissants. The combination of flaky layers of croissant dough and smooth almond cream is just divine.  This is a perfect treat for a weekend brunch or afternoon tea.   As I mention many time throughout my blog, I love to shop at Costco and one of the many “problems” shopping at Costco is the large quantity…well, with this said once in a while we do not resist and get the croissants and sure enough they come in a package of 12…huge ones. I do freeze some for sandwiches and the other ones I turn into tasty and delicious almost fancy bakeries [...]

Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

2018-06-18T10:48:13+00:00Meat|

This is a very simple and easy recipe of Hungarian stuffed red peppers with a mixture of ground pork, beef and rice spiked with lots of paprika. This is a very popular dish and I loved it when I was traveling throughout Hungary. We just came back from a 2 week vacation in Europe which started in Prague and ended in Budapest with a river cruise in between the two cities. It was wonderful… we met lots of interesting, fun and knowledgeable people. We ate all the traditional food of the area and visited all the places that tourists go (of course). When in Budapest we had a chance to eat at the Fanakal restaurant located at the Central Market.  [...]

Air Fried Shrimp over Pesto Zucchini Noodles

2018-06-18T10:49:00+00:00Air-Fryer, Fish and Seafood|

Have you ever tried cooking shrimp using an air fryer? Well, this is a super simple way to have your shrimp cooked fast and without fuss...and it is delicious topped on zucchini noodles tossed with pesto sauce. It has been a long time since I last posted a recipe or anything…I had a long break and during this time so much had happened, some good and some not so good…I should start with the “not so good” one… When I decided to come back blogging I encountered a major mess on the website as we had some glitch on the hosting/server system and all the posts and pages got lost and the comments nowhere to be found.  I am still [...]

Simple and Nutritious Black Rice Bowl

2018-06-18T10:49:15+00:00Asian Inspired Recipe, Pasta and Grain|

Have you ever tried black rice?  Black rice has a nutty and slightly chewy texture as compared to regular rice and it is packed with nutrients… I had black rice once in a local restaurant, since the black rice was mixed with white rice and quinoa, I could not tell the “real” texture of it. Well, I got very curious and it is when the search for the black rice started...after checking into a few stores I finally found it at Sprouts, one of my favorite places to buy organic vegetables and fruits.  I was so happy to find organic black rice selling by the bulk and yes, it is a bit more expensive than your regular white rice, but [...]

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