Hope you have fun with some of my favorite recipes!
1. Savoury cupcakes
I tried this recipe after I bought a nice cupcake machine
250g self raising flour
120g grated Cheddar cheese
I like self raising flour, it’s practical. What I do here is pretty simple – mix all the ingredients, add (chopped) olives and basil if you like, of course. You can add walnuts, artichokes, really whatever pleases your taste. The machine is kind of fast – it took around 10 minutes to bake the cakes. Delicious! It must be great to serve them during a party!
2. Spinach risotto
1 cup of arborio rice
Spinach according to your taste
1/2 cup of peas
1/2 cup of white wine (optional)
Grated parmesan cheese
2 tbs of butter
Chop the onion and fry it with salt in olive oil. Add the arborio rice and fry a little before adding hot water, enough to cover it. Peel and chop the carrots and the spinach. Add them and the peas to the mix. Always add some hot water to the pot, whenever you see the rice is getting dry, but still not totally cooked. Now add the wine, stir a bit and when the rice is cooked, add the two table spoons of butter and grated parmesan cheese, according to your taste. When I cook it, it normally takes around 20 min for the risotto to get ready.
Still about the cupcake machine… finally nice…
3. … Chocolate Cupcakes
Very easy to prepare – you will bake them in 10 min using the baking machine!
3/4 cup butter
1 cup powder chocolate – I use Cadbury
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups self raising flour
In a bowl, first put the flour, the chocolate and the sugar. Then, little by little start mixing the other ingredients by stirring them.
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups powder sugar
Mix the two ingredients till you get a reasonable texture to put on the cakes. Add a raisin to each – enjoy!
These self baked bread rolls with sea salt… oooh, they are so delicious!
4. Bread rolls
5 cups self raising flour
2 tsp salt
marine salt to put on the bread rolls (before oven)
3 tbsp soft butter
1 cup milk
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese, if you wish
Put the flour, salt (not the marine one) and cheese in a bowl, then add the butter and mix all well. Whisk the eggs together with the milk and add to the mixture. Shape the bread rolls (around 10), sprinkle sea salt over them and place them on a tin with some brushed oil. They should be ready after 40 min in the oven, at 220 ° C. But please check them out – if brown at 25 min or less, they are ready! Now enjoy – I tell you, they’re gooood!
1 cup water (250 ml)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp rosemary
3 cups self-raising flour
You can add a tbsp of grated parmesan and some chopped olives, if you wish
Mix the ingredients in the order they were written and work on the dough for around 15 min, till it doesn’t stick to your fingers Leave the mix for around 1 hour and then place it in a tin (with some brushed oil before), cover it and leave it for 15 more minutes. Brush some olive oil on the dough and take it to bake for around 15 min at 200ºC. You can serve it with olives, sun dried tomatoes, even with some tomato sauce over it… the choice is yours!
World Cup 2014 inspired recipes
1) Coxinha de palmito – a very famous Brazilian snack!
Actually in Brazil they eat coxinha de galinha, which means “chicken thighs”. I don’t eat chicken, so I made it with hearts of palms.
200 ml of milk, 2 cups of water, 2 tbs of butter, 3 cups of flour, oil to fry – whisk an egg and roll on bread crumbs to fry – in Brazil they have a special flour for it, “rosca flour”
In a pot, put the milk, water and butter. Boil them and immediately take out of fire, adding the flour and stirring it vigorously, till you see the bottom of the pot. Now leave it to rest and use it to model the snacks to be fried.
For the filling, just prepare a tomato sauce a bit thicker than normal and mix it with chopped hearts of palms or anything you like, such as capers, ricotta, anything you like for a sauce. Make a circle with the dough and fill it, and model it as a thigh Fry it.
2) Vegetarian sushi
Just prepare rice as you like, and model some squares. They must be a bit cold, so that they get harder. Top them with boiled egg yolk, carrots and avocado. Serve with wasabi and soya sauce.
3) Bibimbap (Korea)
I loved it! Prepare in the same pot rice, chopped kale, carrots, courgette. Serve it with chili sauce. As I don’t like chili, I prepared a thick tomato sauce. Serve with a raw or fried egg – I like fried better.
400 g of flour, 1 egg, water
Just make dough with the ingredients. Add water when you see it’s needed, till you form the dough, ready to be cut in a rustic way, not straight as spaghetti or fettuccine. Boil salted water and put the stringozzi there. When it “floats” it’s ready! For the sauce I mixed 3 different kinds of cheese with milk and a tbs of flour to make it a bit thick. Over it I grated some muskat and that was delicious!
5) Chivitos (Uruguay)
Uruguay has amazing sandwiches and one of them is this simple one here – delicious! They usually prepare it with ham, but I don’t eat it, so I melted cheese, prepared homemade mayonnaise and put it in a toasted bread roll, with tomatoes, a boiled egg and chopped olives. Believe me, very good!
I love bruschetta! One day I thought of making something different. Actually, whatever is different is considered “toast“. OK, so I prepared toasts and canapes. From left to right:
* I toasted some ciabatta bread and chopped mushrooms (use them raw, but wash them well) and tomatoes – mix them with olive oil, salt and some lime juice. Add pine nuts and chopped olives. What for a delicious toast!
* The canapes would be good for a party The one in the middle is actually bruschetta – toast pieces of baguette and top them with chopped onions and tomatoes, plus basil. It’s so delicious! The others: black and green olive tapenade – I topped with chopped olives in contrasting colors (the black tapenade with green olives, for ex.); grainy mustard, tartar sauce and even a sweet canape, with mango chutney and topped with maraschino cherry.
* Another toast with ciabatta and a mix of peas and chopped carrots, plus parmesan pieces and a boiled egg. As I love olives, I added them as well Pure joy!
Don’t worry, obviously not real injections… but dishes that boost our health!
Pumpkin and asparagus soup
It’s sooo simple – in my opinion, delicious! Chop an onion and fry it in olive oil, with some salt. When it is tender, add boiled pieces of pumpkin (a medium one will be good) and some asparagus. Mix them and add water – you may put the spices you most like, of course. When the water is boiling, taste it – it may need more salt, if you wish. Now get this mix and use the blender, to make it a bit like a cream (not too thick). Add grated parmesan cheese and some basil and enjoy it! Great for winter evenings!
Leeks, rocket leaves and carrots – be creative!
I love leeks! So I created this simple dish… Be creative, add whatever you most like! Chop leeks and fry them a bit with a chopped onion in olive oil and some salt. When this mix is tender – it’s quite fast – put it on a plate with grated carrots, rocket leaves, chopped cheese, raisins, tomatoes… add some lime juice with olive oil to the mix and believe me, it’s healthy and you will feel happy!
Spinach for your energy!
Spinach is a good source of iron and it’ll make you feel more energetic – if you eat it regularly, of course, not only once. It’s, as usual, a simple dish – I don’t like complicated dishes. Boil spinach in water with some salt. When ready – not too soft – place it on a plate with some asparagus (boiled as well) and, in this case, I also cooked 1) pumpkin puree, fusilli pasta (just boil it) and 2) homemade mayonnaise. Recipes now
1) Pumpkin puree
Simple, simple, simple! Chop an onion and fry it a bit. Add cubes of boiled pumpkin to the mix and some salt. When the mix is ready – please taste it, maybe more seasoning is needed – just smash the mix with a fork. It’s OK if some small pieces of pumpkin remain. I like it
2) Homemade mayonnaise
There are different recipes for mayonnaise – this one I got from an aunt from the French side of my family. Since then, I can’t eat any other mayonnaise!
Boil one or two eggs – the yolk has to be really hard, you’ll only use them. On a plate, smash the yolk (s) with a fork. It’ll look like thin yellow powder Add a raw yolk to that and some salt. Mix everything – with a fork. Now start adding oil to the mix. Just a bit, and go on mixing with the fork. Go on adding oil little by little and mixing with the fork. You will notice that at a certain point the oil doesn’t blend with the mix anymore, so this is the time when the mayonnaise is ready! Now add a bit – just a bit – of lime juice and mix it again – now it’s ready to serve. Do believe me – although it has plenty of oil and we can’t eat it very often, it tastes simply fantastic!
Fried delicious “sins”
You see… eating something fried, now and then, won’t harm you. It’s how regularly we eat sweets and fried food that makes them bad to our health.
I learned that from my mother – I love this recipe. It’s so so simple, as normally all of my dishes are. These are “rough” arancini – cause they are not shaped as little balls (little oranges, the translation for arancini). Nevertheless, they taste so good! Around them I put nests of sliced carrots – the taste matched really well!
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 330g (1 1/2 cup) of arborio rice if you cook from scratch – it can be the leftover of a cooked risotto. Other rice taste good as well, so be free to use the one you have
- 40g (1/2 cup) shredded parmesan
- 2 to 4 eggs
- 180g (2 cups) packaged breadcrumbs
- 150g (1 cup) plain flour
- 100g mozzarella, cut into small pieces (optional)
- Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
As I stated above, I use risotto leftover (the recipe is on this Vegetabible page). The rice has to be cold, so if you prepare it from scratch, make sure to use the risotto after 2 or 3 hours after it is ready (and in that case, the chopped onion is used to cook the rice). Then mix either the leftover or the freshly cooked risotto with parmesan cheese, flour and one or 2 eggs – it depends on the amount of arancini you want. After that, when you have the consistency of a dough, shape the arancini as a ball or, in my case, I use a tablespoon to get each portion. Whisk one or two eggs and roll the shaped dough there, and after that, cover it with breadcrumbs. Fry the arancini in oil and serve them. I prefer them that way, but I know some people also like them cold.
The optional mozzarella is in case you want it melted, inside the arancini. For that, before the whisked egg step, make a dent on the arancini, place the cheese cubes there and shape the ball again, to cover the cheese. It’s sooo tasty and reminds me of my childhood!
Fried aubergine with Moroccan style rice
Oh, that is a creation, for sure. That’s why I wrote Moroccan “style” rice. I don’t claim to be an international cuisine expert, but I like to create dishes inspired by different cultures. For that rice, prepare a risotto, like one of the recipes of this page – but add to it red lentil and parsley. When ready, then add chopped cashew nuts.
For the fried aubergine, nothing can be that simple! Cut aubergine in slices (use the peel as well) and just place them in a pan, with some oil. Season them with sea salt. The dish gets ready very fast. My father told a friend of mine that I cooked “very good fried aubergines” She then told it to me. Surely, a proud father spreading a daughter’s skills
Avocado, I love you!
If I had to choose one thing to eat forever – although then it gets boring – that would be avocado. I love it! The picture above is my take on a Chilean dish called Palta Reina, that I’ve learnt in 2010 from a friend of mine. So I decided to be creative and came up with this version: cut an avocado or half of it in irregular pieces, add some cherry tomatoes, asparagus and some pasta (penne here) and basil salad. Season with salt, lime juice, olive oil and… wow, for me, so delicious! Enjoy it!
It’s so easy because… I confess, I am not a garlic lover, on the contrary… but everybody who has ever tasted my cooking, says that it tastes good, and garlic was not needed. For this soup, just fry very well chopped onions in ollive oil, then add chopped courgette, carrots, potato, broccoli, cauli flower and some squash cubes. When tender, “smash” part of the content and add again to the pot, so it is not so liquid like a minestrone. Of course, add salt and muscat nut if you like! I swear, it’s so delicious!
Cottage cheese salad
Not many people like cottage cheese… it doesn’t really taste like… cheese or whatever. But it’s light and good for diets, for example. I like it very much! I added basil, chopped cherry tomatoes and black olives, pieces of hearts of palms, raisins and olive oil. It is delicious!
Creamy rice with leeks, spinach and raisins
This is a simple, practical and delicious recipe – in my opinion! Just chop one onion, or even half of it. Fry it in olive oil and add salt. Add one cup of rice and “fry” it a bit. Now add chopped leeks, spinach and raisins, frying them a bit, too. After a minute, add hot water to cook the rice and vegetables and when they are soft, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of double cream – in fact, it all depends on your taste. Mix it well, serve and enjoy it!
I discovered this dish in Sept 2015 through a blogger-friend, and immediately decided to try it! It’s the Nasi Campur rice dish – rice and some side dishes. For the rice, I cooked it with olive oil and salt, only. It tasted good, believe me I added some fried carrots over it, they are crispy! Then I added to the dish a boiled egg, some squash puree – just cook squash, add olive oil and salt and that’s it! Steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and green beans and tempura made with the same vegetables. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you like (I love) and enjoy what sounds like a plain dish, but no, it’s full of flavor!
Battered and deep fried – com’on, just once in a while! I love broccoli and cauliflower, plus carrots. Whisk an egg with salt and cover the vegetables and then “roll” them in a container with wheat flour. Fry them. Simple like that. You can steam the vegetables before or not. Your choice. I love this dish!
Vegetarian moussaka – or call it potato lasagna
Taboulleh – that’s my take, because some ingredients of the “real” one I don’t like So mine has bulgur wheat, parsley and tomatoes, plus olive oil, salt and lime juice. I added some chopped olives this time
Baked rice – so simple! Prepare a vegetarian risotto, or add meat if you like it. Put a layer of risotto in a bowl, then cover it with cheese and put another layer of risotto and add some grated cheese on the top. It goes to the oven for around 20 min, till the grated cheese is golden and crisp!
Lemon ice cream – amazing! Add some lime or lemon juice, according to your taste, to some condensed milk – try it a bit to decide when it’s too sweet or too citric. Make it a bit too sweet and then add double cream – again, try to see when the taste pleases you. And.. to the freezer! So practical and simple! Suggestion – it tastes even better if you have it with fruits, like melon!
Milk rice pudding
Another very easy and practical recipe, just the way I like it Three ingredients: one cup of rice, 4 cups of milk and 1 cup of condensed milk Cook the rice with 3 cups of milk, and don’t allow it to get dry – then you add the 4th cup of milk and the condensed milk. Go on cooking, stirring. It will be delicious, sweet and moist, guaranteed! I added some caramelized slices of apple and strawberry jam mixed with a bit of water, so it was not so sweet. The result was yummi!
Food for thought series To improve health
Recently I started to pay attention to what I eat, it means, it has to be a bit healthier (orr a lot more) than what I am used to eat – i.e., junk food. From time to time I have these insights, and abandon them, but I hope that now I change my (bad food) habits.
This is my take on Palta reina, a Chilean dish. They stuff avocado halves with a salad with prawns or chicken, but I have seen many other things, too. So this is my take with a cottage cheese, leeks, cabbage and carrots’ salad, with olive oil, lime juice and some salt – it really tastes good! Just boil leeks, the rest can be grated. I added some boiled leeks, tomatoes, basil and dried apricots, with some olive oil and toasted bread.
A very simple dish, but as I said, hopefully healthy. I did add something not so healthy this time, but I’m not perfect! Simply whisk some eggs with grated cheese and a bit of double cream, a pinch of salt and “fry it”, as an omelette. Prepare the creamy spinach with some chopped onions in olive oil and chopped leaves of spinach, after boiling them a bit. Add a bit of double cream and grated cheese if you like, for it to be creamy. Place the mix on the omelette with some caramelized rings of onions and aside, I prepared apricots in melted sugar, with raisins. For me it was good
I know some would hate this dish, but I love it! I like the sweet-sour taste of it! Chop some pieces of ricotta cheese and any “yellow cheese” you want (because it’s firmer). Add some grated cabbage and carrots, and small pieces of melon and strawberries, as well as tomatoes and raisins. Now, the sauce – which is really addictive, in my opinion! Mix some olive oil and mustard – the one you prefer, with some honey – a small spoon to start, then try the sauce and decide how much of mustard and honey you prefer. The proportions are up to you. I can have the sauce alone, by the way, so much I love it!
Ramen is a Japanese soup, but I prepared it here more like a noodle dish, though with sauce that can be “the soup”. Very practical – steam some vegetables and later cook them with soy sauce and olive oil, in a frying pan. Boil the noodles and after that, add them to the vegetable mix (here, courgette, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots). Add some rings of onions like in the first picture, if you like, or pieces of a bit like an omelette, like in the second photo and there you go – enjoy!
SPINACH ON TOAST WITH POACHED EGG
Another very simple dish, the way I like it – practical. This is a childhood dish, a variation of the Spanish Tomato on Toast (but different from Bruschetta!) – we used to eat many Spanish dishes throughout childhood. Toast a slice of bread and boil spinach. Prepare it with some double cream and/or grated cheese, both being optional. In the past it was without sweet corn, but I like it Place the mix over the toast. Add a poached egg – but here I prepared more like scrambled eggs/omelette – so good!
Everything I cook MUST be practical. That’s the way I like things to be in every aspect of my life. Desserts are no exception For this jelly, prepare three flavors of your preference – I used lemon, strawberry and pineapple. Freeze them in a “soup plate”, so that you can later cut them in small squares. Now, prepare a red gelatine (I used raspberry) with double cream. Place it in a good sized bowl or individual dessert bowls. Put the small gelatine squares you cut before in the new mix and take it to the fridge. It’s ready To spice it a bit up, in the picture above I smashed some meringues and garnished the jelly, with a strawberry.
Another variation is strawberry mousse in a very easy way! Smash some meringues and mix them with double cream, with a blended mix of strawberry and water (like a puree – or just chopped strawberries (like in the second picture). Place it on the jelly and leave the mix to rest for an hour, at least. Really amazing – you can eat the mousse alone, if you want.
And another variation is to freeze the strawberry mousse to the point of ice cream – this is really so delicious!
Experiences with the microwave oven YES!
It’s amazing what we can do with the microwave oven – quick and preserving flavor! These cakes and bread were baked so!
On the top left corner – Carrot cake
It is so soft! Ingredients: 2 1/2 carrots (don’t cook them), 2 cups of flour with baking powder, 1 1/2 cup of sugar, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of corn oil. Mix everything and put in a silicon form, then to the microwave oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Put powder sugar on it when ready
Top right corner – Orange cake
Ingredients: Peeled orange, 4 eggs, 2/3 cups of corn oil – these ingredients go to the blender. Put the liquid from the blender over 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of flour with baking powder. Microwave for 9 to 10 minutes.
Bottom left corner – Corn cake
Ingredients: 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal, 4 eggs, 100 g margarine, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour with baking powder, 1 cup corn oil. Mix the ingredients and put in a silicon form, then into the microwave oven for 8 minutes.
Bottom right corner – Olive, basil and onion bread
It was so delicious! Ingredients: 1 onion, some green olives, basil, olive oil, 4 eggs, 1/3 cup of corn oil, 1 cup of flour with baking powder, 1/2 tbsp of salt. Chop the onion and fry it with some olive oil and a pinch of salt. When tender, mix it with the rest of the ingredients – olives and basil should be chopped as well. Microwave for 8 minutes.
Honey and sultanas meringue cake
1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 tbsp. honey, 4 eggs, 2 cups self-raising flour, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. salt, 2 cups grated carrots, sultanas, chopped almonds or pecans (optional)
Easy peasy! Put in the blender the eggs, the oil, carrots, honey, lemon juice and almonds or pecans. Pour the mix with the dry elements in a bowl. Mix them and place the mix in a silicon form and take to the microwave oven for 10 to 12 min. Cover the cake with meringue – 1 egg white and 2 tbsp. white sugar, made with the food mixer. Decorate with guava jam or any jam you prefer!
CAKE IN A JAR
That was so good! Place some corn cake or a cake you prefer in a jar, then top it with meringue (1 egg white and 2 tbsp of sugar), some raisins with bourbon and go on with this process. On the top, put some orange cream made with the juice of one orange, 2 tbsp of corn starch and 2 tbsp of sugar – heat this mix till it’s a bit firm. This cake mix was really delicious!
TAHCHIN – Iranian rice cake
An easy recipe, as a vegetarian version To add color, instead of saffron, I added curry, yes, curry! And it was delicious and appreciated by many people on the new year’s eve! So, cook rice as normal, with olive oil, salt, chopped onion and curry.
For the filling, cook some vegetables, as you prefer. I used courgettes and carrots, with chopped onions and spring onions. Salt, as preferred, and instead of yogurt (as the original recipe asks), I used double cream. Place a “bed” of rice in a round form, put the filling over it and then a second bed of rice to form the cake. After that, it goes to the oven for around 10 min. Proceed as usual to take the cake out of the form, be careful – so it won’t “break”. Decorate it with cherry tomatoes and olives or anything you like – lettuce, carrots, etc. On the top I also placed a bit of courgettes and carrots with double cream. People said it was excellent and asked for the recipe
You will notice that I don’t add garlic and pepper to my dishes, but you can do it, of course!
Hope you liked the recipes!