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‘Juice Diary’ – Day 4


‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there’

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Most used word today…CRAZY!

Today I’ve had to travel for work…wasn’t really sure on how it will work, being on the road and juicing but I’ve made it!

I’ve prepared all of the four juices the night before, kept them chilled and added some ice just before I left….all looked perfect.

As good I’ve felt yesterday, today seems to be a bit of a struggle not to have a bite of anything:)

I am truly doubting that I will manage to keep this up for 28 days, so I am reconsidering my options…not thinking about quitting one moment but I am fully aware that it will be difficult to keep this going…might need some tailoring!

I’ve kept busy throughout the day, not thinking about food until one of my colleagues asked me how I feel after a few days of juicing!

I’ve said I feel just fine…because I do…but obviously my face was telling a different story as this person standing in front of me didn’t really believe me.

Her comment made me think: “you say you’re fine but your eyes say something else”.

Is it that my eyes are showing the doubt that I am feeling regarding the hopefully successful completion of this Juice plan or is it something else?

To be honest, I am proud that I’ve managed to make it another day and I will keep going because I feel great…

I might show signs of uncertainty but who wouldn’t?!

At this point I cannot foreseen the next three weeks or even the next few days…my plan is to take it step by step and see what happens:)

This evening I’ve made my all time favourite…tomato and red pepper soup with a hint of fresh basil:)

Torture?

Yes…

But not as bad as the day before…I feel I am on the right track!

I sincerely believe that this Juice Plan has so much more to it than loosing weight…because at this point I don’t know if I’ve lost anything but I can guarantee that I’ve been having some great nights of sleep and mastering self control at its finest:)

Day 4 down…24 to go!

 

Your Juice Girl,

Julia

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Just a Treat Box


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Was it just a treat box?

This Christmas we’ve decided to create a special gift for our friends and family members…

It gave me great joy to know that I can make a sweet moment even sweeter 🙂

To be honest I am not the person who does homemade gifts very often…but every now and then, especially if it involves chocolate…I just cannot help myself.

So…here is what Santa left under the tree, just for you!

Homemade Raffaello

Ingredients: 300 g vanilla cream wafers, 1 tbs icing sugar, 3 tbs milk powder, 1/2 unsalted butter, shredded coconut ( a lot 🙂 ).

Method: Crush the wafers, the best way is to place them in a bag and use a wooden rolling pin. Combine the sugar with the butter, mix until you get a creamy texture. Add spoon by spoon the crushed wafers and milk powder.

Add 1 tbs of coconut into the mixture.

Mix everything until you get a paste like texture…then the fun can start.

Using a small spoon make little round balls and roll each candy into coconut flakes.

Dip…roll…and repeat:)

PS. Depending on the size, you will get between 15 to 25 raffaello candies.


 

I’ve also made, Guinness Brownies, Jam Cups and Chocolate Pistachios Shortbread…recipes which I will share with you next time.

 

 

It was a messy, crazy and sticky kitchen…but the end result was delicious taste, happy smiles and a beautiful Christmas.

I hope yours was as you’ve planned as well 🙂

 

Your Girl with an Apron,

Julia

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‘Your New Savoury Snack’


Welcome back to my beautiful and tasty Kitchen Corner 🙂

Red Onion Savoury Jam
Red Onion Savoury Jam

This week I am sharing with you a new recipe that I’ve discovered just recently:)… beautiful and delicious red onion jam.

Absolutely perfect with all kinds of meats…great addition to sandwiches…and amazing snack with rosemary crackers!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 kg of red onion (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbs wine vinegar (I’ve used red but white will work as well)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme (fresh is the best but dried will work)

Method: Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan, add the onions and let them sweat for a few minutes.

Add the sugar and stir until dissolved, pour in the wine and the vinegar, add the bay leaves, chilli flakes. Cover the pan with a lid and leave to simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring from time to time until it thickens.

Remove the bay leaves add salt and pepper.

It can be served immediately along side your main dish or stored away into a jar to be consumed within 2 weeks.

Best to store in the fridge!

Red Onion Jam

We’ve made it this weekend and just enjoyed it as a snack with delicious rosemary crackers:)

Let me know what you think once you’ll try your own savoury jam!

Bon Appetit!

Your Girl with an Apron,

Julia

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‘A bite of pure indulgence’


Welcome back to my beautiful and tasty Kitchen Corner 🙂

Lamingtons
Lamingtons

Today I will share with you one of my favourite recipes for an easy, quick and delicious dessert!

Ingredients:

 Cake
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
Chocolate Icing
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
You will need about 2 cups of shredded coconut to cover the squares.
Lamington with cranberries

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 C.
Grease and line the bottom of a square pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix everything really well.
Using a bowl of an electric mixer or a hand mixer, combine well the sugar and eggs. Gradually add oil and vanilla and mix until just smooth.
Slowly add half the flour mixture while the mixer is on; mix until just blended, then add the buttermilk. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, until everything is blended.
I’ve used one square baking pan, but if you have two small ones, just divide the batter between the two.
 Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Once done, let the cake cool completely. Cut the cake in small squares.
To prepare the chocolate icing, melt the butter and mix it with milk. Whisk in cocoa powder until completely dissolved. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and whisk slowly until thickened. Let it cool for about 5 minutes.
To assemble, put the coconut in a bowl and set aside. 
Use forks to dip and turn a cake square into the chocolate icing to coat all sides. Allow excess icing to drip off. Then place the square in coconut. Sprinkle coconut on the top, then start turning in coconut to coat other sides. Place the square on a wire rack and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes to set.
Repeat the same process with all of the remaining squares.

As I’ve baked the lamingtons, I was thinking that next time I could add some dried cranberries into the batter and make it a bit more interesting:)

It was a sunny weekend so we’ve decided to make a delicious orange and mango smoothie next to the beautiful lamingtons!

If you never made lamingtons before, this is your time…or maybe you would like to give it a twist…a sweet cranberry twist 🙂

Enjoy!

Lamington with smoothie

Bon appetit!

Your Girl with an Apron,

Julia

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‘Tempting Morning Embrace’


Welcome back to my beautiful and tasty Kitchen Corner 🙂

Red pepper, asparagus and  pepperoni folded omelette
Red pepper, asparagus and pepperoni folded omelette

I am happy to have you back…taking the healthy cruise with me 🙂

Today I am sharing with you an old classic…the beautiful omelette with a twist, in the real sense of the word!


Ingredients: Butter, 3 eggs, 200 g asparagus, half red pepper, finely chopped, a few slices of pepperoni cut in small pieces, salt, black pepper, a pinch of dried coriander/ basil/ oregano, 50 g feta cheese, fresh parsley to serve.

Salad: baby tomatoes, fresh radish, lemon juice.

Method: Wash the asparagus and red pepper, finely chop them both.

Melt a small piece of butter in a pan, add the red pepper, asparagus, pieces of pepperoni, pinch of salt and black pepper and sauté everything for about 5 minutes. Mix the 3 eggs in a bowl, add the dried coriander/ basil/ oregano mixture.

Omelette

Pour the egg mixture over the sautéed ingredients and cover the pan with a lid for about 4 minutes.

Before starting to fold the omelette, top it up with pieces of feta cheese and you’re ready to fold.

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First, fold one side half way then the other side, leave for a few seconds in the pan until the feta cheese melts a bit.

Serve with fresh parsley and a beautiful fresh summer salad.

Bon Appetit!
Bon Appetit!

Your Girl with an Apron,

Julia

xxx

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‘The Captivating Taste of Fennel’


Welcome back to my Kitchen Corner 🙂

This week…we are continuing our healthy cruise with a new recipe that I’ve put together just for you!

Roasted Fennel with red wine sauce chicken
Roasted Fennel and Chicken breast with red wine sauce 

Ingredients: 1 chicken breast/person, 1 fennel/person, olive oil, salt, black pepper, parsley, rosemary, thyme, dried chilli flakes.

For the sauce: 1 onion, 1 carrot, rosemary, thyme, 100 ml chicken stock (I’ve used chicken stock cube), 100 ml red wine, pinch of salt and pepper.

Italian salad: Fresh tomato, cucumber, radish, salt, lemon juice and olive oil.

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Method: Heat up olive oil in a non-stick pan and add rosemary and thyme. Season the chicken breast with salt and black pepper, turn the heat to medium and cook the chicken 2 minutes on each side until it turns a bit golden.

Turn the heat down to low, cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes. Once done, turn the heat off and leave the chicken to rest for another 10 minutes with the lid on.

Chicken breast and rosemary

Wash and cut the fennel in half, season with salt, black pepper and chilli flakes.

Heat the pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and roast the fennel, five minutes on each side.

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Prepare the sauce: Heat the olive oil and sauté the chopped onion and carrot for about 5 minutes, add thyme and rosemary and mix with a wooden spoon. Pour over the chicken stock and red wine, pinch of salt and black pepper, cover the pan with a lid and leave it to simmer until it’s reduced and thickened like a sauce (about 10-15 minutes).

Turn the heat off and strain the sauce through a sieve and it’s ready to serve 🙂

Salad

Italian salad: Slice the tomato, radish and cucumber, season with salt and lemon juice. Mix everything and dress it with olive oil. Place the salad in the fridge and serve cold.

Fennel and chicken

Cut the cooked chicken breast in medium pieces, serve next to the roast fennel and red wine sauce.

Decorate with parsley or coriander.

Serve with the beautiful fresh salad…absolutely amazing!


This is the first time I’ve cooked fennel and I am in love with it…

I would love to hear from you if you cooked with fennel before and maybe share your own recipe 🙂

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Bon appetit!

Your Girl with an Apron,

Julia

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