Caramelized pear with walnuts. Orgy of taste.

  1. One pear per person.
  2. A spoon of honey for pear
  3. A tablespoon of butter
  4. A handful of walnuts
  5. A pinch of cinnamon

Peeled pear cut into oblong parts / You can sprinkle the sliced pear with lemon juice /, put them on a hot pan with the butter, honey and nuts. Fry lightly and stir gently. Finally, add cinnamon. Serve directly or as an addition to a custard cream. Caramelized pear tastes the best with Prosecco or Cava.

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Cream of green peas soup with pesto.

  1. A cup of cooked peas
  2. A young onion
  3. Two teaspoons of green pesto
  4. One teaspoon of lime juice
  5. A little olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and pepper

Chop the onion and fry lightly in olive oil. Blend all components with adding 3/4 cup of water. Boil the soup and add a spoon of olive oil.

Serve the cream sprinkled with Parma cheese or parsley with toast. Yummy!
Recipe for two bowls of soup.
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Sweet confiture from seasonal fruits. It’s so easy!

I promise a delicious addition to toast, pancakes and desserts in 15-20 minutes!

Buy more than usual seasonal fruits such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, small plums or apricots. Remove the stones, if necessary, and cut fruits into smaller particles (except raspberries). Put straight into the medium-hot pan and stir. When they soften and release the juice, increase the heat and reduce the sauce. After a few minutes, add a few tablespoons of sugar to taste, stir and ready. Insert immediately into the scalded jars and close them.
The rule is simple, the less on the pan, the faster you reduce juice.
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Are you starting the adventure with cooking? Here are the basic components you need.

  • Fresh products: garlic, lemons, green parsley, extra virgin olive oil, butter, clarified butter /ghee/, basil, wheat flour, potato and corn flour, Parma cheese or Grana Padano,
  • Dried products: herbs / oregano, thyme, savory, allspice, bay leaf, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, grainy pepper, red paprika, curcuma, vanilla stick  /, dried tomatoes, spaghetti, tagliatelle, basmati or jasmine rice,
  • Preserved products: pelati tomatoes, passata, coconut milk, soy sauce, green and red curry paste, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar,
  • Frozen products: ginger root, dill, chili peppers or pepperoni,

We do not take a shortcut, no spices mixes, bouillon cubes and ready sauces! Good cuisine are healthy, natural and original ingredients.

I also try not to run out of fresh eggs, 18% cream, milk and olives in the pantry, I like when there is a chili sauce in the fridge, good mustard and mayonnaise. In this way, even when you do not make new purchases, you can always conjure up something tasty to eat.


Did I forget something?

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Spinach, walnuts, grapes and blue cheese salad. Superfood for gourmets.

  1. Two handfuls baby spinach
  2. A handful of red grapes
  3. A few chopped walnuts
  4. A few cubes of gorgonzola cheese / Italian blue cheese /
  5. Crushed one clove of garlic
  6. Two tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of lemon juice
  7. Half a teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients, blend the lemon juice with garlic, sugar, a small pinch of salt and pepper, pour the salad and enjoy!

As an addition, you can serve a baguette or toast and white rose wine. The recipe for one serving.

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Pudding with wheat grits, elegant dessert or a quick breakfast?

I have tried both Arabic and Indian version and I have to admit that the dish tastes the best as my European grandma made it.

  1. Four or five tablespoons of wheat grits
  2. A cup of milk
  3. One tablespoon of butter
  4. Two tablespoons of cane sugar
  5. A bit of salt
  6. Jam or confiture, dried or fresh fruit, cinnamon

Heat the milk, add the wheat grits, sugar and butter. Carefully boil, stirring continuously, keep cooking like this for two or three minutes. Place the pudding on a plate, decorate with fruit or confiture. I like cinnamon and dates.

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Ready for an exciting journey? Japanese Yaki-tori, literally fried chicken.

It is a simple dish, but it must be prepared. Recipe for two portions made from one chicken breast and a green section of a leek. And now the sauce:

  1. Five tablespoons of soy sauce
  2. Three tablespoons of sugar
  3. Two tablespoons of mirin /it is a type of sweet rice wine/
  4. One spoon of sake /optional/
  5. One clove of garlic
  6. A slice of fresh ginger
  7. Lemon peel bar

Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and cook for 5-10 minutes until it thickens. Leave to cool. Cut the chicken and leek into similar pieces about 5cm in length. Dip them in a sauce and stick them on the double sticks. Fry or grill for about 3 minutes on each side on strong fire, smearing them with the sauce. Glaze should be created on the surface. Sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds. Yakitori is popular in Japan as a beer snack.

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Salad with pancetta, Parma cheese and dried tomatoes.

Another of these simple and nutritious salads in my menu. You will prepare in 20 minutes for any number of people.

  1. Two handfuls of garden rocket per person
  2. Three or four slices of pancetta
  3. Three dried tomatoes
  4. A few slices of Parma cheese
  5. Red balsamic vinegar, sugar or honey

Soak the dried tomatoes in a mug of boiling water for 5 minutes, fry pancetta in a pan for a while, add the soaked and cut the tomatoes. Remove everything from the pan. Add a spoon of sugar and few drops of water or tablespoon of honey, caramelize. Then pour few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, reduce while stirring until the vinegar smell off. Put the ingredients on a plate, pouring the sauce from the pan and decorate parmesan cheese. Yummy! You are master!

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Pork baked with red pepper, onion, tomato and rosemary for feast with your friends.

Something really undemanding and ingeniously simple, but what en effect!

  1. A few pieces of pork shoulder or turkey shin
  2. Red pepper thickly sliced
  3. Two halved shallots
  4. A few cocktail tomatoes
  5. Olive oil, pepper, salt and two pinches of rosemary

Mix all ingredients and place in a casserole. Put into a preheated oven and bake about 40 minutes, i.e. insert when guests arrive. We can serve it with a baguette or any other addition and of course red wine. Bon Appetit!

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Dare yourself! A traditional chickpeas hummus of Middle East.

  1. Two mugs of cooked chickpeas /for cooking use a teaspoon of baking soda/
  2. Two cloves of garlic
  3. Two spoons of Tahini paste
  4. Juice of one lemon
  5. Salt as you wish
  6. Some water, a lot of olive oil and a red pepper spice.

Blend the chickpeas, crushed garlic, tahini paste, salt and lemon juice, add a little olive oil and water for the right consistency. Hummus can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks if you top it with oil. Pour over the oil and sprinkle with red pepper spice.

Would you like to have something delicious at hand all the time? As an appetizer or a late supper or for unexpected guests? Hummus served with pita bread will be the best companion of red wine.

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