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30 October 2015

Miso Ramen (with Homemade Ramen Noodles)


No, I did not disappear from the face of the earth even if I feel like it after not writing for almost two weeks in my blog. At the moment, I am in Sofia, Bulgaria, waiting for my flight back to Rome. I had been away the past days in Wine Press Tours in Turkey and Bulgaria plus a Wine Convention to get to know the indigenous wines of both countries. That will be a series of posts that I will be writing as soon as I sort out and organize the notes that I had been jotting down everywhere. If you want to take a peek at how these two countries are, just visit my Facebook page where you can see all the photos I had been posting. Maybe you will even find Bulgaria and Turkey as new travel destinations. But for now, let me get back to my old routine and share with you this Asian recipe that you can make from scratch even from the ramen noodles (if you feel like it).

17 October 2015

Cheese-Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers


I like creating food with less ingredients as possible and these Cheese-Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers use only three basic ingredients: bell peppers, cream cheese and chives. If you really want to stretch it, you can skip the chives. But only if you can't find them or you don't like the oniony taste like my husband. He takes his time in picking them away one by one. I always tell him that he is missing out on such a delicious combination of flavors but any uncooked relative of the allium family really can't stay on his plate.

16 October 2015

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken


There's nothing easier than to gather a few ingredients, throw them all in the slow cooker and just forget about it while you mind other things. And I can even say that it's pure magic when the dish that was so effortlessly put together is a big winner. Slow cookers are really great help in the kitchen. With its slow cooking at a low temperature, the flavors blend amazingly well while the meat becomes very tender. I especially like using it when I am cooking chicken because I find the meat to be more tender than usual and the absorption of flavors is ten times more.

12 October 2015

Roasted Whole Chicken with Oranges, Fennel and Olives


Sunday is the only day of the week when we can be lazy and be allowed to stay much longer in bed (dog included). After a very late night of staying up with friends over a great dinner and getting home at almost 2 in the morning, we were all groggy with sleepiness. Only our dog had the energy to jump around as if we didn't see each other for years when we actually just separated for a few hours. But dogs are done that way. Loyal, perennially happy and just beaming with love for his family. We love you to the moon and back too little one.

10 October 2015

Spicy Asian Salad with Tofu, Peanuts and Shrimp


It may not compare to a tender, juicy beef burger but it can go down smoothly to a much better digestion and abundant nutrients backing up every single forkful that you eat. Shrimp, tofu and and fresh salad leaves. That is a very healthy choice that your body would probably be thankful for right now. And it has exciting blends of flavors too. If you love Asian food, then hop right in and find out how good this salad is.

Easy Roasted Cauliflower


I have to be honest, cauliflower is one of my least favorite vegetables. There are only three cauliflower dishes that I can really enjoy and this Easy Roasted Cauliflower is the fourth one.  Mentioning the other three recipes, I think I should share them with you. I suggest that you try them because they are worth your time and effort. Pasta with Cauliflower  and Raisins is a traditional Sicilian dish that my mother-in-law taught me, Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole is a simple and healthy vegetarian dish that you can pop in your slow cooker anytime and lastly, the Roasted Cauliflower Soup which is one of the 3 detox soups that are great to have on the days you want to go light.

08 October 2015

Baked Coconut Shrimp


These shrimp have the hearty notes of a tropical island. I can imagine the sun, sand and the sea and I can also smell the coconut. Coconut and shrimp are two of the biggest representatives of tropical islands because they grow there in abundance with superior quality. These shrimp are simply coated with the coconut along with some Panko then baked in the oven. And the lime - don't forget to include it because it gives a much better taste. It is more aromatic than lemons so if you can, try not to substitute with this recipe.

06 October 2015

Social Media Day (#SMDayExpo) at the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy


Travel the world in one place. At the EXPO in Milan, you can do just that. To see everything, you need days to see most of the 1.1 million square meters of sprawling area of exhibitions of incredible pavilions from different parts of the world. Left and right, as you walk along its grand main corridor, various participating countries, 145 in total, showcase pavilions of every imaginable architecture exhibiting their unique interpretation of the EXPO's theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

02 October 2015

Iced Coffee with Homemade Muscovado-Coconut Creamer


I took out my socks today. I have been going around with sandaled feet for the past four months that it feels strange to start covering up again. I had an extra-long summer this year because I went to the Philippines (tropical weather - hot!) at the end of May and when I came back to Italy in July, summer just started. This had been my longest summer and I guess, I am ready to say goodbye to it and make room for some autumn cold. But I am not letting go of it just like that because I still have a coffee drink to share with you. It's a very refreshing one with loads of ice and an exotic flavor of coconut and muscovado sugar together.

01 October 2015

Sautèed Tofu and Vegetables in Oyster Sauce


The local fruit and vegetable vendor seems to have a bright smile everytime his shop is full of shoppers. True, for economic reason, that is a probably the best reason behind that curved angle but I think there is more to that amused smile than just good business. He seems to be the kind of person who likes to promote good health and good food through what he knows best - the fresh vegetables and fruits that he is selling every single day. I have a feeling that if doesn't need to pay his bills, he will stuff all our bags with fresh produce that we can cook and feed our families with - for free!

Frozen Blueberry Cheesecake Balls


As much as blueberries as very healthy, they are also very fun to be creative with. It remains one of my favorite ingredients in making something good, delicious, purply and healthy in the kitchen. The kind that pulls my daughter's attention because she is crazy about everything purple. These Frozen Blueberry Cheesecake Balls are are great to pop in the mouth (maybe if you make them lightly smaller than my version).