Radicchio apple salad

November 19, 2014

radicchio apple salad with walnuts

Oh, radicchio! Do you like it? I have to say that apart from putting it on a pizza, I normally don’t really eat it enthusiastically. It’s just bitter when not cooked, and I’m usually just not in the mood for that. My mom loved it though. She made this salad from one part radicchio, one part iceberg salad and cooked chopped potatoes. I ate the potatoes first and then took a few bites of the radicchio, but I do remember that the vinegar took away some of the bitterness of radicchio so the flavor didn’t bother me that much. While I use it in recipes rarely, I now see that radicchio is useful, but it needs a balance and I plan on cooking with it a lot more. The first thing on the menu? This autumnal radicchio apple salad with walnuts.

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caramel croissant pudding

Where do I start with this amazing croissant pudding? It has two stories, or two sides of a story I should say. I’ll start with the more important bit – the origin. If you watch cook shows you may know this dish already, or if you’re a Nigella Lawson fan you definitely do. I’ve always liked cook shows and I still watch them occasionally. It all started when I was really young and my favorite TV shows would be on at the same time as the cook shows my mom loved to watch. We made a compromise and watched both. And since then on, I’ve always paid attention to them. I remember when they first introduced Nigella in my country, I immediately loved her. This beautiful woman with a seductive voice just appeared on TV and talked about food in a way that instantly made anyone hungry, and she cooked like it required no effort at all. Everything she made looked amazing, including this croissant pudding.

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Creamiest creamed spinach

November 12, 2014

creamiest creamed spinach

There are certain things I think we all have that we’ll never grow tired off. Certain foods, certain songs, certain books. Things you can eat, listen to or read over and over again and they’re just as good as they were the first time. We form memories around them and they’re the first answer to “what’s your favorite…” questions. Well, for me, in terms of food, that’s creamed spinach. It’s so simple it’s almost not good enough as an answer, but it has always been my favorite. It’s definitely in my top 5 of favorite dishes. My favorites depend a lot on my mood, but when I need a pick me up, comfort food, something simple and easy, I always go for this. And this isn’t just any recipe, it’s the creamiest creamed spinach you will ever have and it’s the kind my mom always made.

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persimmon smoothie with apricots and cranberries
Remember the last smoothie recipe? Well, I actually didn’t make one that week, but two. I rarely make recipes ahead of time, I normally cook and post here in the same week, but making another smoothie was easy, so here I am with a persimmon smoothie.
persimmon smoothie with apricots and cranberries
I did challenge myself a little bit by using dried fruit. I don’t hate it and I have used it in recipes before, but I don’t like to nibble on it as some people do. But dried fruit has its benefits so I took a leap of faith and put some dried apricots and cranberries in the smoothie. And they work! I’ve actually had this a few times now and I really like it. And about the benefits? Well, dried apricots are a great source dietary fiber, they are rich in potassium which is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure, they’re rich on vitamin A and iron. So much goodness in such a tiny piece of fruit! Which is why it’s a “magic” smoothie.

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