Dark Chocolate Ganache & Vanilla Valentine’s Cookies

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner which means there’ll be lots of chocolate and sweet treats.
My sweet treat for you are these vanilla heart cookies dipped in rich dark chocolate ganache.
They remind me of my favourite digestive biscuits but so much richer and thicker.
Be creative when decorating, or why not let your kids do the decorating.
It takes them a while to dry so be sure to leave them to rest for at least two hours.

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g/10oz plain flour
  • 100g/3.5 oz sugar
  • 100g/3.5oz butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tsp baking powder
For the ganache:
  • 200g/7oz dark chocolate
  • 100g/3.5oz milk chocolate
  • 1 cup double cream 
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder.
  3. Gradually add the eggs, butter and vanilla bean paste and make a smooth dough.
  4. Roll it out on a flour dusted surface to about 5mm thin and start cutting the cookies.
  5. Arrange them on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  6. Remove from the oven, let them cool down and dip in the chocolate ganache.
  7. To prepare the ganache – melt the chocolate and cream using the bain marie method.
    Enjoy!
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    Tip: Why not try making some white chocolate ganache too?

Meatless Monday: Quick & Easy Ribollita

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Have you tried Ribollita before?
I have just recently tried this delicious bean soup for the first time and I’m in love with it.
It is so simple, packed with lots of vegetables, beans and bread.
Oh, and lots of good quality olive oil. It all sounds amazing doesn’t it?
I’ve been making Ribollita every week now. It’s become like a tradition of ours.
I love how comforting and heart-warming it tastes, there are so many different flavours but so well combined. 
Don’t forget to soak the beans overnight though. It’ll make your life much easier.
Here’s how I made my version of Ribollita.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g/10oz beans (I used cannelini)
  • 300g/10 0z tinned tomatoes
  • 4-5 kale leaves, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1tbsp dry thyme
  • salt
  • bread (I used stale bread)

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Preparation:
  1. In a pot, cover the beans with water and bring to boil. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and leave for another 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the carrots, kale and celery. Cook for 10 minutes and add the tomatoes, olive oil, thyme and salt.
  4. After you’ve added everything, mix well and simmer for another 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Soak some bread in and serve!
Enjoy!

Tip: There are various Ribollita recipes there so feel free to use other veggies – cabbage, peppers or may be other green stuff!

Meatless Monday: Urid Bean Hummus Dip

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Happy Meatless Monday!
Another hummus recipe is on the blog today – Urid Bean Hummus.
I have never tried urid beans before and I only regret it.
I found these healthy protein packed goodies in an international store and was very excited to try them out.
As you know, I love love hummus, so this is what I made of them.
And the result was not disappointing at all!
What else can I add – tasty, healthy, easy and toddler friendly!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g/10oz urid beans, cooked
  • 200g/7oz tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • salt
  • water
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Preparation:
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and work the mixture with a hand blender.
  2. The beans are really thick and creamy so you need to add a bit of water. I added about 1/2 a cup but if you wish, add more. I like my hummus thick.
  3. Serve with extra olive oil on top and throw a few urid beans for decoration.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not try this Urid Bean hummus with some radishes! They’re crunchy, tasty and colourful!

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Meatless Monday: Roasted Red Peppers, Feta Cheese & Walnut Dip

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Meatless Monday recipe of the day is Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Feta Cheese & Walnuts.
It’s really good with cucumber, carrots or on Ryvita crispbread that I’ve been snacking on a lot recently.
Also, I realised it tastes good in pastas, too. May be just add some basil. Oh, and in pitas, sandwiches or wraps!
Really, it’s good on everything and with everything.
And it takes a minute to blend the ingredients.

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 400g/1lb red roasted peppers
  • 200g/7oz feta cheese
  • 150g/5oz walnuts
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and work them with a hand processor until a smooth consistency.
  2. Serve on a cucumber slices or crispbread.
  3. If wished, add some chopped parsley.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not try adding some celery into the pepper mix!

Pistachio Trofie Pasta

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Here it is guys – one of my favourite pasta recipes.

It is one of the simplest but tastiest I think.
And I had only recently discovered it during my Florence trip.
Oh, how I love Italian food, and to be honest everything there tasted divine but it was different to the Italian food I’ve tried here. Well, I’m sure that those of you who’ve been there and tried the food will agree with me.
As it appears(at least in Tuscany), local people like their food really nice and fresh. They pick the best from what’s in season and use everything they can. And the result is amazing – simple but delicious homemade food.

As a matter of fact I loved the tripe I tried there. I know it’s not common here in the UK but if it was easier to find it here, I’m sure I would be making lots of tripe.

Anyone with a hint where can I find tripe in London, please contact me! I’m being serious!

So I tried to recreate the pistachio trofie and it worked. To me and my family, it tasted even better than the one we tried! Absolute success! And simplicity! Oh, and I’m so glad I found trofie in the local store. I know I could’ve made homemade but I will do that next time, I promise!


Here’s what you need for this insanely delicious pasta!

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Ingredients:
  • 500g/1lb trofie
  • 200g/7oz pistachios
  • 100g/3.5oz basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 olive oil
  • grated Parmesan or other cheese, if wished
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. To prepare the trofie – follow the instructions on the back of the pack. Make sure to make them al dente – just remove 3-4 minutes before the time stated on the pack.
  2. For the pistachio pesto – combine all the ingredients, apart from the pasta and blend to a smooth consistency. Stir in the pasta. If necessary, add more olive oil.
  3. Serve with some Parmesan on top.
Enjoy!
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Tip: Why not try adding some whole pistachios on top for extra crunch!

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Meatless Monday: Warm Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Honey Dressing

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Happy Meatless Monday guys!

Recipe of the day is sweet root veg salad generously covered with tasty honey dressing.
What is in the salad – roasted beets, roasted carrots, goats cheese and walnuts.
It is so nutritious you can actually have it on itself, or why not add it as a side to roast meats.
And one more thing, I know many of you are not fans of goat’s cheese but good news, you can easily substitute it with feta cheese. It still tastes amazing!

Here’s what you need for this super food honey salad.

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Ingredients:
  • 2 beetroots
  • 2 carrots
  • 100g/3.5oz goat’s cheese
  • a handful of walnuts
For the dressing:
  • 4tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt

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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Cut the beets in cubes, place on a greased baking tray. Drizzle some extra olive oil and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  3. Repeat the same with the carrots but for about 5 minutes.
  4. Combine the veggies. Add the walnuts and crumble the goat’s cheese.
  5. Mix the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not try adding some parsnip or sweet potatoes?

Quince & Berries Honey Oatbran Bundt Cake

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Have you guys tried oat bran cake?
I can assure you, it tastes as good(even better) as normal cake but it’s also good for you.
I made Mixed berries & Quince Oat bran Bundt Cake the other day for the first time and I absolutely loved it.
I quite like oat bran ( I have made Oat Bran Muffins before and they are amazing) so I decided I might make and oat bran cake as well.
And the quince – what can I say, I feel it’s very underestimated, but it shouldn’t be. It tastes divine and it is so aromatic.

Bottom line, this is delicious and healthy cake with lots of lovely berries and quince which I think works for every diet!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g/10oz oat bran
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 150g/5oz mixed berries
  • 1 quince, cut into small pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla paste
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • powder sugar for dusting, if wished
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/392°F.
  2. To poach the quince – cover with water and add 1tbsp cinnamon and 5tbsp sugar. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  3. In a bowl mix all the cake ingredients apart from the fruit.
  4. Grease a bundt cake tin and arrange the berries thoroughly.
  5. Pour over the cake mixture and arrange the quince on top.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
  7. Leave it to cool down, turn upside – down and dust with powder sugar, if wished.
Enjoy!

Tip: Why not serve with some extra honey on top!

Meatless Monday: Chickpeas, Avocado & Feta Cheese Tomato Salad

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Happy Meatless Monday guys!

Beat the January blues with this lovely and nutritious salad with chickpeas, avocado, feta cheese and tomatoes.
I was trying to get rid of the rest of the chickpeas I used for my brown chickpea hummus  and this is what happened. Just added ripe avocado, tomatoes and feta cheese.
I think this is a good example of not throwing any leftovers away but on the contrary, making tasty meals from them. And I believe I’m quite good in that. Probably because I hate throwing food away!
So here’s what you need for this leftover salad.
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Ingredients:
  • 200g/7oz chickpeas, cooked or from a can
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 200g/7oz feta cheese, cut into cubes
For the dressing:
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
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Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, combine all the salad ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.
  3. Mix gently and serve.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not add some Kalamata olives?

Brown Chickpeas Hummus Dip

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Happy Friday guys!

Here’s an amazing hummus recipe with brown chickpeas. 
IT was so delicious we only had hummus for dinner for the last couple of days.
I served it with carrot sticks, cucumbers, celery and red cabbage.
Yes, cabbage! Haven’t tried hummus with cabbage before but because I had a small piece in the fridge I decided I’d give it a go.
And honestly, I think it would go well with almost every vegetable because it simply is delicious.
On top of that it is very healthy, so I say you give it a go too!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g/10oz brown chickpeas, cooked or from can
  • 150g/4oz tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 a cup olive oil
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients and work them with a blender to a thick mixture.
  2. If necessary add a bit of water (if the mixture is too thick).
  3. Before serving drizzle some extra olive oil and throw a few chickpeas on top.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not try this Mung Bean Hummus – it is healthy and tasty too!

MeatlessMonday: Red Pepper & Black Olive Cheesy Galette

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Happy Meatless Monday guys!

The recipe of the day is on of my favourite to make and eat – galette.
So far I’ve tried pumpkin, zucchini and tomato and can’t really say which one I lek best.
These are so good, I love them all.
So the other I tried different filling – sweet red peppers and olives, and of course lots of feta cheese, cheddar and eggs.
What’s not to love about it.
It takes 5 minutes to make the dough and 20 to bake and about 5 minutes to eat it all!
Seriously, it was still hot when when we finished it!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 300g flour/10.5oz
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 red peppers, sliced thinly, lengthwise
  • 100g/7oz black olives
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 200g/7oz feta cheese
  • 100g/3.5oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 150g/5oz butter, melted
  • 1tsp thyme
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/392ºF.
  2. To make the dough – combine the flour, butter, yogurt and a pinch of salt.
  3. Mix well and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the eggs, feta and cheddar cheese.
  5. Grease a baking  tray and layer the dough, leaving extra dough on the sides so you can half wrap the galette.
  6. Pour the cheesy egg mixture.
  7. Arrange the pepper slices and drizzle with some olive oil. Sprinkle salt and thyme.
  8. Wrap the galette and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready
  9. Remove from the oven and serve.

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Tip: Why not try these – zucchini galettetomato galette or pumpkin galette! You won’t be disappointed.