Fried bananas in orange sauce. An unusual dessert for a hedonist.

  1. Two bananas for two servings,
  2. Two oranges,
  3. Three tablespoons of clarified butter,
  4. Two or three tablespoons of cane sugar / Demerara /,
  5. Two tablespoons of brandy or cognac,
  6. A pinch of cinnamon,

Squeeze the orange juice. Peel the bananas and slice them in half. Fry in butter on both sides in a pan, then put aside. Pour sugar into the pan and lightly caramelize, pour cognac and evaporate when stirring. Then add the juice, sprinkle with cinnamon and reduce the sauce till a slight thickening / about 5 minutes /. Put the bananas into the sauce and heat them. Serve warm, why not with a glass of cognac / who still drinks cognac today? /.

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photo by Stella Grzela

Chicken thighs with soya beans and cherry tomatoes. It is delicious!

  1. Four chicken thighs,
  2. A cup of boiled soya beans,
  3. A few cherry tomatoes,
  4. Sweet pepper, salt, pepper, chili pepper, a pinch of savory and rosemary,
  5. Olive oil,
  6. A teaspoon of tomato paste,
  7. Two shallots, two cloves of chopped garlic,

Rub the chicken with spices and tomato paste, fry in a hot pan with olive oil on both sides, add halves of shallots and garlic at the end. Add the soy beans and tomatoes to the fried chicken, add a little water and stew under cover for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt to taste and chopped parsley before serving. /Two persons/.

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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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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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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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photo by Stella Grzela