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‘No time for cooking…think again’


Hello my gourmet lovers:)

This week I’ve been extremely busy at home and work…life is just taking a whole different speed and I think we all experienced it at some point:)

Coming home…no ideas for dinner…not much time on our hands…

We all want to eat healthy…cook as much as possible and still be able to spend as much time we can with our loved ones:)

There is not enough hours in the day…

…and even with the time running away from us, we can still create some amazing dishes that will delight our family members or guests!

I will share with you one of the fastest dishes I ever cooked…and guess what…it’s delicious!

Couscous with creamy parsley chicken
Couscous with creamy parsley chicken

Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts cut in cubes, salt, pepper, a pinch of chopped parsley and oregano, 200 ml double cream, 150 g couscous, 1 vegetable cube.

Method: Dissolve the vegetable cube in 300 ml of hot water and pour it over the couscous; cover for a few minutes until the couscous softens. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over it and mix it with a fork.

Place the chicken breast cut in cubes in a hot pan with a bit of vegetable oil and parsley and oregano. Cook over medium heat until chicken turns slightly brown ( 5-10 minutes). Just before taking it of the heat pour in the double cream and slowly mix for a couple of seconds.

Serve as suggested or add your own twist to it:)

I’ve decorated with fresh chilli and coriander…just for a bit of kick:)

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Enjoy a wonderful week!

Bon appetit:)

Your Girl with the Apron,

Julia

xxx

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‘Your Savoury Fromage’


Another Beautiful Day to share tasty food!

Join me and step into my Secret Kitchen Corner:)


Today I’ve decided to keep it simple and share with you something I love very much!

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Cottage cheese spread

Ingredients: 900 g cottage cheese, 6 spring onions, fresh coriander, sea salt, homemade mayonnaise (1 medium egg, 2 tsp mustard, oil, lemon juice).

Method: When cooking, I always make mayonnaise, it is healthier and the taste doesn’t compare with the one you buy in store.

Separate the egg white from the yolk, you will only use the yolk. Add the mustard and use a hand mixer to make the mayonnaise. While you’re mixing pour slowly the oil, there is no specific quantity, use as much oil as you need. As soon as you have enough mayo you can stop adding oil. When done, add  1 tsp of lemon juice.

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Chop the spring onions and add them to the cottage cheese.

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Mix the mayonnaise, cottage cheese and spring onions with a wooden spoon, add a bit of sea salt and finely chopped coriander.  Place the spread in the fridge for about 15-25 minutes.

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This is one of the easiest and most savoury snacks I make as often as I possibly can:)

Serve on crusty bread with fresh coriander!

Let me know what you think:)

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Bon appetit 🙂

Your Girl with the Apron,

Julia

xxx

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‘Eating out while staying in’


Welcome back to Julia’s Kitchen Corner:)

I totally love saying this…Julia’s Kitchen Corner:)))

This week is all about what is fresh…tasty…healthy…and easy to make!

I love cooking but I don’t always have enough time to spend in the kitchen, so I like to try recipes that are quick, fresh and fill your body with love! Initially, when I’ve started blogging the cooking/baking segment was meant to be an opportunity for me to share some tasty recipes that I’ve discovered/put together along the way…but I know now it’s turning out to be so much more:)

So…just to let you know for the future, I will continue to share my collection of best recipes but I will add here and there some good practice tips, some secret ingredients you can always have in the cupboard…easy ways you can turn your kitchen into one of the most loved places you would always want to be!

…I am also open to suggestions…if there is anything you would want to see or learn in this segment, feel free to ask…I believe sharing what we love, what we learn and what we can make will enable us to create some beautiful dishes.

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Turkey steak with roasted vegetables and mustard sauce

Ingredients: Turkey steak( 1/person), salt, pepper, chilli powder, white potatoes, carrots, radish, plum tomatoes, fresh lettuce, 3 tsp dijon mustard, 200 ml creme fraiche, few black peppercorns and 2 tsp of lemon juice.

Method: Fill a pot half way with water, add a bit of salt, place over medium heat and bring to boil. Cut the potatoes in shape of wedges ( I’ve used around 2 medium potatoes /person), slice the carrots and add everything to the boiling water. You can use any other vegetables you like, from parsnip to brussels sprouts.

Pre-heat the oven while the vegetables are boiling.

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I usually leave them to boil for exactly 10 minutes, drain the water, then place them into the oven with a bit of salt and olive oil on top.

Place a non-stick pan over low heat, get your turkey steaks ready with a bit of salt, pepper and chilli powder, when the pan is hot add the steaks, frying them 5 minutes on each side.

Make sure you keep an eye on the vegetables, they are ready when the potato wedges turn crispy golden.

You are now ready to make the mustard sauce:)

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For the sauce, add the creme fraiche, dijon mustard, black peppercorns and the lemon juice into a small pan over medium heat. Simmer for about 3-4 minutes until it turns smooth and saucy. Remove from heat and place aside.

This sauce will be enough for 4-5 servings.

To make the salad that accompanies the dish, I’ve used some fresh plum tomatoes, radish and curly lettuce, a bit of salt and a few drops of lemon juice.

Serve as seen above making sure you add the warm sauce at the end.

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I’ve loved this dish so much that I’ve got carried away with the pictures, especially because it was a beautiful day and we had lunch in the garden…but it looks tasty from every angle:)))

Bon appetit!

With Love,

Julia

xxx

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‘Julie and Julia’


I have three good reasons to love this movie:

  • It’s all about food…lovely, tasty food…the amazing art of cooking
  • The “read between the line bit” – it’s a story that we can all find ourselves in…yes, us…all you bloggers out there, future writers that have a dream but don’t really know how to make it come true 
  • …and finally, I have a saying…”Us Julia’s have to stick together” :))

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Picture, courtesy of http://www.cordonbleu.edu

Director: Nora Ephron

Writers: Nora Ephron, Julie Powell, Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme

Lead actors: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams

2009 Drama, Biography, Romance

As a baby blogger, that’s how I like to call myself sometimes:), I love this movie because I find myself in the story so many times…between the food lover and cake baker…the loving wife and the night-time blogger…we all have a dream… to find our purpose!

New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) starts on a daring project: she pledges to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”, while blogging about it.

Along Julie’s story the movie plays the true tale of how Julia Child (Meryl Streep) herself conquered French cuisine, quote ” with passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter”.

This movie it’s about love…love for the smell of melted butter…love for the un-accomplished dream…love for the person that will never leave your side…love for the life that you’ve imagined once…love for sharing the joy through taste and sweetness…love for everything that makes you hope that one day a miracle will reveal you’re purpose in this world.

So, if you never seen this movie or just heard about it once…if the excitement of opening the herbs cupboard sounds familiar …if you found yourself in front of your computer, being mocked by the empty white page looking back at you…. or if you just want to sit back and enjoy a feel-good movie…you will love this one!

Enjoy your weekend movie choice:)