Monday, September 29, 2014

Pork Roulade with Grapes and Herbs - Savory and Flavorful

With an earthy stuffing of fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley and sweet red grapes, this pork roulade recipe is perfect for special occasions or the Sunday dinner

Popular in European cuisine, a roulade is one of the most elegant preparation for a pork tenderloin. It's a thin cut of lean meat that is rolled around a filling and sliced before serving. With an earthy stuffing of fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley and sweet red grapes, this pork roulade recipe is perfect for special occasions or the Sunday dinner. Serve it with warm roasted Brussels sprouts, potatoes or cold as a delicious appetizer.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Blueberry Clafoutis - Rustic Charm

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruits with a rustic charm

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruits with a rustic charm. Traditionally, it is made using black cherries although many variation include other fruits such as plums, apples, blackberries or blueberries. The today's blueberry clafoutis recipe is prepared by covering the fresh berries with an orange infused pancake-like batter and then baked in a hot oven until puffed. Serve it warm with a dust of confectioner's sugar and scoops of vanilla ice cream, yogurt or whipped cream alongside.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Homemade Pear Nectar - Rich and Smooth

Turning the fully ripened pears into nectar is a delicious way enjoy these flagrant autumn fruits

Turning the fully ripened pears into nectar is a delicious way enjoy these flagrant autumn fruits. Basically, a pear nectar is a puree thinned to drinking consistency that is smooth, rich and refreshing. It has a much higher fruit content since it's made from fruit pulp. The most delicious pear nectar starts with fresh pears that are sweet, moist and flavorful.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Gnocchi with Ricotta and Fresh Garden Peas - Pillows of Goodness

Gnocchi is a unique pasta with a long history in the classic European cuisine

Gnocchi is a unique pasta with a long history in the classic European cuisine. They are petite, potato pillows with a light and airy texture made primarily from flour, potatoes, eggs and cheese. In today's recipe, I used ricotta cheese and thyme for a burst of flavors and fresh garden peas for balance. Serve them warm, as a delicious main course.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Roasted Beetroot Soup - Vibrant and Nutritious

Roasted beetroot soup has not only a wonderful vibrant color but it's delicious too

Roasted beetroot soup has not only a wonderful vibrant color but it's delicious too. This soup is healthy, rich and nutritious. Beets have an earthy and sweet flavor with a rather unique taste. When cooked, they develop a dense, velvety almost creamy texture making them the perfect fit for a delightful soup. Serve it as a lovely starter or as filling yet light lunch.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - Healthy Snack

The texture of the roasted chickpeas is surprisingly crispy, they make a beautiful, loud crunch in your mouth 

Today I am presenting you a very easy and delicious recipe that does not take away the time to chat but rather draws to it: crunchy chickpeas with smoked paprika. This is a healthy savory snack alternative, perfect for a casual meeting with your friends, parties or for movie night. They are slightly salty and spicy, with a hit of garlic and paprika. Roasting enhances the chickpeas texture and infuses them with wonderful flavors. 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Beef Sirloin with Cranberry Sauce and Potato Purée - Elegant Dinner

Tender beef sirloin served with a rich and velvety cranberry sauce is a beautiful option for a deliciously romantic dinner

Tender beef sirloin served with a rich and velvety cranberry sauce is a beautiful option for a deliciously romantic dinner. Instead of going out for a date night, stay in and cook this elegant and lovely dinner for two. What comes as a surprise is the simplicity of this recipe. For a sophisticate take on beef sirloin steak, I chose subtle hints of fresh herbs and spices to enhance the meat's natural flavors. The sweetness of the cranberry sauce complements this beef cut beautifully. Serve with a flagrant rosé wine.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Mexican Sweet Potato Skins - Southwestern Flavors

If you enjoy Mexican flavors than you will definitely love these delicious roasted sweet potato skins

If you enjoy Mexican flavors than you will definitely love these delicious roasted sweet potato skins. They are soft and tender, filled with zesty black beans, bell-peppers and salsa, drizzled with lime-spiked sour cream and topped with parsley. They have an unexpected hit of flavors that are amazingly delicious together. This sweet potato skins can be served as a tasty sweet and spicy appetizer or as a side dish.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kale Smoothie - Nutrient-Rich and Delicious

his vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples

Are you looking for something healthy and surprisingly delicious to start your morning? This vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples. It's light and creamy and extremely easy to prepare. It's also cold and refreshing suitable for the last few hot days of this year though the apple flavor alludes to the tastes of autumn.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Ricotta Fritters - Soft Bites of Heaven

Ricotta fritters are deliciously light and airy, delicate and very easy to prepare

Ricotta fritters are deliciously light and airy, delicate and very easy to prepare. They are similar with donuts but they have a softer texture with just a little sweet vanilla flavor. A light dusting of powdered sugar and a smooth chocolate sauce to dip them and you have the perfect treat. They are a wonderful option for a fancy breakfast or brunch but they are also acceptable for dessert. The choice is yours!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Homemade Granola - Crispy Nutritional Cereal

Granola is a healthy, nutritious and delicious type of crispy cereal that is often served for breakfast or as a snack

Granola is a healthy, nutritious and delicious type of crispy cereal that is often served for breakfast or as a snack. Essentially, it's prepared from rolled oats, nuts and/or seeds and dried fruits and is often sweetened with honey, agave or maple syrup. Today, I am presenting you one of the easiest granola recipes that gets its flavor from dried cranberries, almonds, pecans and a pinch of cinnamon. Serve it with yogurt, milk, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or any other seasonal fruit for a nutritious and healthy breakfast.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Coconut Dark Chocolate Banana Bread - Soft and Moist

Banana bread is perfect for breakfast of brunch. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk, as a side for caffé latte or toasted with a scoop of yogurt

Banana bread is a wonderful way to use over-ripe bananas. With a moist and cake-like consistency this recipe is easy to prepare and delicious. To elevate its flavor I used coconut, vanilla and chocolate. Banana bread is perfect for breakfast or brunch. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk, as a side for caffé latte or toasted with a scoop of yogurt.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Drumsticks - Quick and Easy

Sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks are easy to prepare and even easier to devour

Sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks are easy to prepare and even easier to devour. Delicious crispy skin, juicy meat coated in a wonderful sticky sauce is all this dish is about. These budget-friendly pieces are a great choice for week nights dinner. Serve them with cauliflower puree and a salad and you'll have a delightful quick dinner ready in no time.