first hello for this year :)
I was thinking to show you my latest drawing/watercolor. always fascinating subject - ballet and ballerinas, perhaps, I will try more drawings in the future.
For the moment, let me know what you think.
Summer is here, with high temperatures and not so much desire to stay in a hot kitchen cooking :)
Well this recipe is fast and the it can be a perfect romantic dinner for your loved one.
I absolutely adore seafood and mussels in particular, especially with a glass with a wine ;)
So let's get down to business.
1 kilo mussels
7-8 garlic cloves
1/2 kilo fresh tomatoes
1/2 glass of white wine
basil or parsley or mint
Start by peeling and cleaning the garlic and onion, while keeping the mussels in fresh water.
In a pot, fry the garlic and onion in a bit of butter and olive oil, then add water to cover the content.
Be careful not to get splashed by hot oil, so cover the pot with a lid. Boil some water and then drop the tomatoes inside that pot - it helps to remove the peel faster.
Add the tomatoes and tomato juice in the pot, along with the glass of wine and the spices.
After 8-10 min, you can add the mussels as well.
Cover them with a lid, and steam for another 7-8 min. Hint: the mussels which didn t open, throw them away.
You can serve them warm with the sauce in which they boiled or next to some pasta. A glass of wine is mandatory :)
Hello :) Hope you all enjoyed the Easter Holidays and had a wonderful time with your families. Because it is spring and we are already looking forward to the bikini body, I know cakes are out of the question, but once in a while, I guess we can indulge ourselves :) Here is what I managed to put together, with whatever ingredients I had in the fridge/cabinets. It is very easy to bake and not (very) fat either. So what you need: - 1 banana; - 250 gr flour; - juice from 1/2 orange; - 1/2 cup sugar; - 2-3 spoons of oil; - baking powder; - 1 cube of dark chocolate; - 50 ml milk; - peel from an orange; - baking paper.
First, pre-heat the oven at 180 °C. I peeled the orange and grated the little piece of chocolate, also I smashed the banana and squeezed the juice from the orange (only half of it):
The rest is easy: you need to mix the banana, the chocolate flakes, orange peel & juice, add the sugar, and the oil. And then gradually add the flour. I also mixed the baking powder with a bit of lemon juice and added the milk to the overall dough:
Then I prepared the baking tray, covering it in baking paper and poured in the dough. It stays in the over for about 30-40 min, at 180 °C. When it is done, don't take it out immediately, but let it "rest" in the oven.
The result is very fluffy and yummy, you can actually feel the banana taste. For the future I would try to add more orange ;)
Helloooo!!! Although Valentine's day is approaching I am not going to post a recipe for cakes to sweeten your days. I have something more filling and less "cheesy" :)
So here it is my recipe for meatballs done in a healthier way - meaning no frying.
500 gr minced meat (whatever you prefer, I had pork)
6-7 cloves of garlic
one small onion
2-3 potatoes, depends how big they are
The potatoes are grated and then pressed between hands to release the water from them.
The carrot and onion are boiled, garlic is just minced.
In the mean time, you pre-heat the oven at about 150 degrees C. So now it comes to the messy part of mixing all these ingredients together, add the eggs in the end, and of course as many spices as you please.
Then I made more or less equal meat balls and placed them on baking paper, in a tray.
I left them in the oven for about 30-40 min at 200 degrees C.
They become golden and the are simply delicious.
They can served as they are, they work like snack for beer, or next to some garnish or salad.
The only downside to this process, is that you would have to roll them a bit in the tray when they are getting done, otherwise they will be flat on one side :)
Don't you have days when you crave for something sweet but easy to bake, and perhaps healthy? I do. And recently I was wondering how to make banana bread and I found out - the result is delicious :)
So here it is the recipe I used:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
vanilla sugar or vanilla essence
100 gr butter
estimated time: baking 1 hour + 20 min preparation
Start by preheating the oven at 180 degrees.
Then separate the egg yolks from the white parts and mix the white parts very very well, with just a pinch of salt.
In another bowl, mix the yolks with sugar, vanilla sugar. the flour, butter and baking powder. The baking powder needs to be mixed with some lemon juice before.
You can peel the bananas and blend them or just use a fork for this purpose.
Then you can add the bananas in the bowl with flour and at the end add the white parts and mix gently.
Now it's the moment to pour the entire mix in a tray which you covered with baking paper before.
Put it in the oven at 180 degrees C and leave it there, without opening the door for one hour.
After one hour, you can check if it's ready - the wooden stick test - and if it'sok, still leave it in oven for 10-15 min to get colder.
You can serve it like this or next to vanilla ice- cream. It makes a perfect cake for coffee or tea.
I want to share with you some of the photos from my latest trip to Prague - been there couple of times already, but every time is different and magic :) The architecture, Vltava river, Charles' bridge, the Castle, the crowd, the food, the beer, the absinthe everything adds up to the amazing atmosphere of this great city.
So here are my recent impressions:
view from Visherad
National Theatre - classic and modern
Charles' bridge from ship
art is everywhere
Cafe Louvre, a very special place
always wonderful sight - the old town square Staroměstské náměstí