Peach Crisp | Recipe Box

Last week, on the 21st of June, we welcomed the best season of the year! SUMMEEEER! But, I forgot it… so the days went by and two days ago I remembered! Daaahh….. Summer has become my favourite season, so I decided to welcome it properly, no matter what! I mean, I had to bake something, so I decided to make a peach crisp! Peaches are summer fruit, right?!

Oh man, I adore summer! SUN, SEA, HOLIDAYS… you cannot go wrong!  ❤

Ingredients:

8 medium peaches, cut in wedges

1/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp corn flour

Crisp topping:

3/4 cup AP flour

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup ground almonds

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp pink salt

 

Instructions:

1) Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

2) Peel the peaches and cut them in wedges. In a large bowl mix together the peaches with the sugar and the corn flour. Add the peach mixture in a baking dish and set aside.

3) In a the food processor, fitted with the blade attachment, add the topping ingredients and pulse until the crumble is formed. ** You have to work quickly because you do not want the butter to melt.

4) Sprinkle the topping over the peaches and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

5) Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Serves 4 people

Enjoooy! 🙂

Whole Roast Bream with Lemon | Recipe Box

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Here in Cyprus fresh fish can be found everywhere. I purchased these two breams from the market and I asked the guys there to clean it for me! I am gonna be honest here… cleaning fish is not something I have ever done, nor I ever intend to do! :p

This recipe is my favouriteee because it makes for the best lemony fish.

Ingredients:

2 sea breams

1 lemon, peeled and cut into slices

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp soumac

1 tsp oregano

salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

1. Prepare, aluminium foil and parchment paper “beds” for the fish and place the fish on it. *** Wear gloves when touching the fish

2. Season the fish with salt and pepper. ** Do not forget to season the cavity of the fish, as well.

3. In the belly cavity, lay half of the lemon slices, season with 1/4 tsp soumac and  1/4 tsp oregano. Sprinkle the other 1/4 tsp soumac and 1/4 tsp oregano  on top of the fish.

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4. Before wrapping the fish, drizzle with a 1 tablespoon olive oil.16652031_10212344815565610_1613378618_n

5. Repeat the process with the second fish.

6. Wrap the fish by pinching the edges of the foil.

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7. Bake at 185 °for about 40 and then open the foil and let the fish brown for about 10 min.

You can serve the fish with rice or baked potatoes.

Serves 3-4

Enjoyy!

Hugs, Mariana xx

Indian Garam Masala Chicken | Recipe Box

16522275_10212296390875023_812837452_oI am not saying that is an original Indian chicken recipe, but this is what I make, when I crave something Indian! I find it very easy and very quick, and it always comes out delicious.

Side note! I add red bell peppers in my “curry”, as well, but, this time, I did not have any on hand… so I did not add any! Buuut I will include it in the recipe below!

Ingredients:

450g (1lb) chicken thighs, bone – in

3 Tbsp ghee (butter) or olive oil  #Mediterranean :p

 1 bell pepper, cut into strips

1 Tbsp garam masala

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp granulated garlic or 4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp chili flakes

3/4 cup light coconut milk

salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

1. In a pan over high heat, bring 2 Tbsp of oil to temperature and seal the chicken on both sides, until it develops golden brown colour.

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2. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the other tablespoon of oil and cook the pepper for a couple of minutes.

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3. Now you have to work quickly because you do not want to burn your spices. Sooo, stir in all the spices, the garlic and add 1 cup of water.

4. Place the chicken into the spice broth, lower the temperature to medium  (4-5) and let the chicken cook for 15 minutes. Check every 3 minutes and turn the chicken on the other side to make sure it cooks evenly. Add more water if needed.

5. At this point the water should be evaporated. Pour in the coconut milk and let it cook for about 5 minutes or until it is thick enough.

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6. Serve over rice or any other grain you like. I served it with millet this time, and I must say that it was very tasty.

Serves 3 people

Enjoyy!

Hugs, Mariana

Healthy Granola | Recipe Box

16443880_10212275296707682_629194894_o Granola is usually filled with added sugar and fat which make it nothing but healthy!

New Years Resolution and ish.. so I am on a healthy kick these days, so I decided to transform this sugary goodness to its healthy version.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats

1/2 of a spotty banana (spotty bananas are very sweet, so you do not need any extra sweetness)

1/2 tsp pure cocoa powder

1 tsp flax seed or chia seeds

Optional: You can also add nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnut etc or cinnamon

To serve:

1/2 banana, chopped or 1/2 cup of berries or any other fruit you like

Instructions: 

  1. Place all the granola ingredients in the food processor and blend until the granola starts to form.        16443898_10212275298387724_873104722_o
  2. Transfer the granola in a bowl and top with the other half of the banana.

Serves 1 person

Enjoyy!!

Hugs, Mariana xx

 

Melomakarona or Honey Cakes | Recipe Box

img_20161219_122909Stable recipe of my recipe box… Melomakarona or honey cookies, in English, are the traditional Greek Christmas cookies/cakes!

I apologize, in advance, for the lack of the pictures… I neglected to take the step-by-step pictures, but I still want to share the recipeee…

I cannot wait for the next time, because it will probably be next Christmas! :p

Let’s get to it!

 

 

For the cookies: 

500grams all purpose flour

50grams semolina

40grams sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon cognac

180grams sunflower oil

50grams olive oil

220grams orange juice

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1/4 teaspoon salt

Zest of 1 orange

 

For the Syrup:

300ml water

400grams sugar

100grams honey

Orange peel and juice from a 1/2 orange

Lemon peel of a 1/2 lemon

2 cinnamon stick

5 cloves

 

Decorate:

Honey

Crushed almonds or walnuts

 

Instructions: 

1. Combine all the ingredients for the syrup and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 1-2 minute, on medium heat and set it aside, to cool down completely. It will be a good idea to start with your syrup a few hours before!

2. Now that the syrup is cooled down, start with the dough. Take two bowls. In the first bowl mix all the dry ingredients and the spices, except the baking soda.  In the second bowl add the oils, the orange juice, the cognac, the orange zest and the baking soda!

3. Add the dry mixture into the liquid mixture and fold with your hands, until you see no more flour. As soon as the dry ingredients are incorporated stop mixing. It is ready!

4. Preheat the oven at 185 Celsius!

5. Take the tablespoon measuring spoon and spoon your cookies. Shape them in an oval  and place then on your baking dish, lined with parchment paper.

6. Bake for about 22-26 minutes or until they are crunchy and golden brown.

7. Once you remove them from the oven, deep them in the cooled syrup for about 7 seconds on each side.

8. Drain them and serve them with nuts! Drizzle with some honey!

 

Makes around 45 cookies

 

Enjooyy!! 🙂

Hugs, Mariana xx

Banana & Orange Smoothie | Recipe Box

img_20161217_115116Smoothie Time… you know what i’m sayin’ 😉

Yeah, I know… it’s winter, it’s cold and all… but I really wanted a smoothie! Well, it is not that cold, anyway…
So… here we go!

My smoothie today had two nanas, one orange, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 cup milk…. and a teaspoon of coconut sugar!! okay, I know I am not supposed to add any sugar but my nanas were not ripe…. booo… so I had to add some sweetness or I wouldn’t enjoy my smoothie!

I do not think that you need directions for a smoothie… throw your fruit and liquid in the blender and Bleeeeend out, until smooth!

The smoothie should be smooth… you know!

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Hugs, Mariana xx

Pancake | Recipe Box

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It was about time!! Pancakessss!!

I  make these all the time because they are very good! I mean anything with carbs and sugar is very good!

Buuut, I have to admit something! I actually haven’t made them in a long time… This pictures are maybe a month old.

oops, I neglected to post the recipe…. Sawryy! 🙂 #Exposed hahaha

This is my stable recipe, so let’s get to it!

 

Ingredients:

1 cups AP flour
1 eggs
3/4 cups milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 vanilla
1 Tbsp (28gr.) melted butter or vegetable oil, if you are lazy

Instructions:

1) In a large bowl, crack the egg, add the milk and the sugar and whisk until mixed.

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2) Then, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until combined.

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3) Preheat a non stick skillet over medium heat and add the tiniest amount of butter to help them not stick.

4) Cook up the pancakes in batches for about a minute on each side or until golden brown

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Serves 2

Enjoyy! 🙂

One Pot Pasta Bolognese | Recipe Box

img_20161207_170230I absolutely love one-pot recipes, because I am not only saving time and effort, I also do not have to clean the whole kitchen and wash dishes for ages… Okay I am overexaggerating, but still…. I mean who likes cleaning dishes anyways?! :p

Ingredients:

1/2 onion, diced

2 Tbsp Olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

250g (1/2 lb) chicken mince

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp paprika

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning (basil, thyme, oregano mix)

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/4 cup crushed tomato

2 cups water

1 1/2 cup short-cut pasta

3 Tbsp cilantro or parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

1) On medium-high heat, take a high-side skillet, add in the olive oil and the onions. Let the onions cook for a few minutes or until translucent and slightly brown.

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2) Add the minced chicken-meat and garlic, stir by breaking it out, and let it cook for 2-3 minutes or until cooked.

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3) Now, add the tomato sauce, the spices and the water. Cover it partially and let it cook for 5 minutes or so on low heat.

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4) The sauce will look watery, but that is totally fine. Adjust the heat to medium, add the pasta,  and cook according to package instructions. I used shells, so it took about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed!

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5) At this point the pasta should be cooked, the sauce should be thick and creamy!

6) To finished it up, stir in the parsley or cilantro and the grated cheese!

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Before serving, I would suggest to let the pasta sit aside for 5 minutes, this will make creamier and just perfect!

The food is readyy to be served!

Enjoy! 🙂

Serves 2 people

 

 

Potato Avocado Salad | Recipe Box

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Easy peazy potato salad!

Ingredients:

1/2kg potatoes, peeled and cut in cubes

1 small onion, sliced

3 Tbsp Olive oil

1 small avocado, mashed

2 Tbsp lemon juice or 1/2 lemon squeezed

salt & pepper, to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Peel and cube the potatoes in  large chunks. Add them in a pot, cover with water and boil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Note: the potatoes should be tender but still hold their shape. img_20160904_151655
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, slice the onion, mash or cube (if you like it chunky) the avocado.
  3. Drain the potatoes and add them to a large bowl along with sliced onion, the lemon juice, the olive oil, the avocado and salt, pepper.
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  4. Toss the potatoes to make sure they are all coated, allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 an hour and then serve!  During this time the potatoes will cool down and absorb all the flavors.
  • You can also add a small chopped tomato, if you want.

Serves 4 people

Enjoyy! 🙂

Peanut Butter Porridge | Recipe Box

img_20160910_102708The fall season is officially here and porridge is becoming one of my favourite breakfasts again! This is how I do it… but the toppings I used  here are not my favourite! I was out of bananas 😦 I used dried blueberries and cinnamon, instead…  Yeah, surprise, surprise, I know cinnamon is very good, but for some reason I do not like it in my porridge, all that much.

I will write below my favourite toppings and combinations.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quick oats (or rolled oats)

1/2 cup milk (add 1/2 cup more milk, in case you do not add any water)

1 Tbsp sugar, or any sweetener of your choice

1 Tbsp peanut butter

Toppings – Option A: 

1/2 banana sliced, walnuts and a splash of milk

Toppings – Option B: 

1/2 tsp cocoa nibs (or shaved dark chocolate) and 1/2 banana sliced

Toppings – Option C: 

1/2 peach, cubed and 1/2 tsp toasted almonds

 

Instructions:

1) In a small saucepan, add the milk, 1/2 cup water, the oats, the sugar and bring to a boil.

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2) Cook for about 2 minutes until it gets creamy and the liquid is adsorbed. Remember to stir constantly, so that is does not stick to the bottom.

3) Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, until it melts.

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4) Place your oatmeal in a bowl and top it with your favourite toppings or you can choose one of my options.

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Single Portion
Enjoyy! 🙂