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Festive tower salad – dress to impress

by viviana on February 28, 2012 in Festive,Salads

This recipe is for all of us trying not only to cook, but to impress with our cooking. Appetizers rule when it comes to colorful arrangements, as we can use vegetables, cheese, meat and all sorts of decorations. Most probably, unless we use all kinds of props, we cannot make our potato stew look gorgeous! It can taste like heaven, but always look like… let’s say plain.

I love when people look at what I cook and say: it looks wonderful, I hope it tastes the same. Usually, they are not disappointed :). So, I decided to tell and show you how to turn a simple vegetable selection into a wonderful arrangement. Dress to impress is the name of the game today! My daughter does not like salad dressings very much, so I did not use anything. Of course you can use a little bit of vinegar, olive oil, lemon, salt, etc.

Ingredients: half a red bell pepper, half a long cucumber, 24 cherry tomatoes, 10 olives, 2 slices of ham, 2 toothpicks, 4 pieces of cheese

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Pasta with vegetables

by viviana on February 17, 2012 in Mains,Ovo Lacto

This is one of my daughter’s favorite dishes. She is 11 and a little bit picky when it comes to homemade food. So I am very happy to share a highly appreciated recipe, even by the most demanding client (considering that when she is not a customer she is my help in the kitchen, I give her all the credit :).

Ingredients: pasta (gnocchi, pipe rigate, or similar, 2 cups), 1 yellow bell pepper, 2 tomatoes, 2 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, juice of half a lemon, water, olive oil, dried basil

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Baked Dorada on vegetable bed

by viviana on February 13, 2012 in Mains

I cook dorada very often. After cooking salmon for a very long time (baked, with or without vegetables, with or without cheese, etc) I have decided to cook dorada instead, as it is less fat and has white flesh. Here is a lovely recipe of fish on a vegetable bed that takes quite a while to cook, but the reward is stunning!

Ingredients: 2 dorada fish, 1 large potato, half a red bell pepper, 4 small carrots, 4 small tomatoes, 2 large onions, 4 garlic cloves, olive oil (4 tablespoons), water (1 large cup), salt, basil, juice of 1 lemon

Deep fried vegetable dumplings

by viviana on February 13, 2012 in Appetizers,Ovo Lacto

Totally enjoyed making deep fried dumplings for the first time in my life. For some reason you can all understand I felt the pleasure of watching Kung Fu Panda again! My daughter and I love that cartoon (especially the first one) and we both think it is full of good advice for grown ups and kids alike. Well, I for one was thinking of Kung Fu Panda because Panda’s father makes noodles and dumplings, but this is not the main part of the cartoon.

I have been dying to make some sort of stuffed something that looked like Chinese something, and I think that these deep fried vegetable dumplings are delightful! I am going to try to use other ingredients in the future: minced beef, some other vegetables, maybe some cheese paste. Anyway, for the time being take my word: they are wonderful! I ate 15 of them with soy sauce…

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Potato stew

by viviana on February 9, 2012 in Mains

Every time I cook potato stew I think of summer :). My Granny used to cook it on hot summer days. I remember coming back from the beach and smell the stew from downstairs. The secret? Well, add some smoked sausages or rashers of pork ham and the stew will smell and taste like heaven.

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Mixed Salarico and vegetables salad

by viviana on February 6, 2012 in Ovo Lacto,Salads

Salarico (it sounds funny, yes!) is a kind of lettuce from Spain. I like the name big time, so I dedicated a post to this wonderful vegetable :).


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Ingredients: 6 eggs, onion (a half/third), 1 bell pepper, 1 or 2 tomatoes, ham (150 g), milk (150 ml), salt, pepper, dried basil, hard cheese (200 g), cooking oil (2 tbls)/butter (1 tbls)

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