Vegetable and sausage quick lunch

by viviana on February 26, 2013 in Appetizers,Mains

I am not a professional cook and never pretended or wanted to be one. I express myself in many ways (from my teaching style to the way I wear my clothes, from the way I capture life through my Nikon lens to the way I cook for my family) and I put a lot of love and passion in everything I do. My entire life is about passion, caring, love and sharing what I feel and what I’ve learned. “Cooking with Vivi” is my statement about love for my family. I cook for my family almost every day and from time to time I choose to share the recipes and photos with my readers. Most of you are busy ladies who are looking for easy recipes and that je ne sais quoi that makes a lunch or dinner more enjoyable. Today I am sharing a simple recipe of vegetables and sausage that my daughter liked very much. Enjoy and try at home!

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New Year’s Eve (2013)

by viviana on January 2, 2013 in Appetizers,Festive,Sandwiches

I cooked galore on Christmas and it seems that all that excitement drained me a little bit. Still, I found the energy to prepare a nice platter for New Year’s Eve and a nice and simple dinner for January 1st. Check out the photos!

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Cheese, olive and tomato snack

by viviana on August 23, 2012 in Ovo Lacto,Salads

I am a strong advocate of food design. I think that there is no one on this planet who can resist a beautifully designed dish. I was showing a smart 17 year old lady some photos I took on March 8, 2012 in our office, when we celebrated Women’s Day (link here) and she told me: “you can feel the taste of the sweets in these photos”.

I agree. There are platters of food that just make your mouth water. There are cakes and pastry in window shops that just make you die to have one! Here is a beautiful salad I arranged for my daughter. She had it for breakfast, but it can be served at any time of the day.

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Mango and garlic fajitas

by viviana on July 14, 2012 in Guests,Mains,Ovo Lacto

A brand new and extremely exciting recipe from Octavian, my BFF! Check out the…Fajitas!!! All photos and text courtesy of Octavian 🙂

This is a quick and refreshing recipe you could make a healthy and unpretentious dinner of; I tried it once for myself and once for my boyfriend and it was definitely well received. It’s easy to make, ingredients can be changed to suit your taste.

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Potato and peas omelet

by viviana on March 6, 2012 in Breakfast

Another awesome omelet after my magic Saturday morning omelet :). This one looks like a birthday cake but tastes like the perfect combo of egg, cheese and vegetables. Try it at home and enjoy with family/friends!

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Stuffed marrows and eggplants

by viviana on March 6, 2012 in Appetizers,Ovo Lacto

So here we start stuffing stuff! I am amazed at the amount of recipes with stuffed vegetables from all around the world on the Internet. It’s my turn to show you a recipe I learned from my Grandmother, Victoria when I was probably 6. I changed it a bit, as there are better and faster ways of cooking food these days, but it is basically the same juicy, tasty recipe :). Enjoy!

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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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I had to make something really nice for my daughter and a friend this morning. The 2 little girls love vegetables, so I thought I could trick them into something more than just some green stuff ;). So:

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Just beautiful! Another guest post from my friend, Octavian who is really doing his best in teaching us how to prepare fast and delicious meals.

Ingredients: rye bread, butter, ground pepper, cheese, eggs, lemon, salt, stuffed green olives, pesto

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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