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Fluffy coconut candy – Raffaello copycat recipe 馃崿 馃尡

If you want to create a simple – no baking needed – dessert, then this is a perfect choice for you. The coconut candies are fluffy and moist with a touch of earthiness. You need only a handful of ingredients and it is done quickly. Great choice for parties and Sunday brunches.

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Vanilla cupcakes with cheesy butter frosting 馃嵃

Everybody thinks that cupcakes must be so complicated to make. They are actually one of the easiest desserts to create. You can vary the ingredients and decorations in a million ways. The聽cupcakes聽are like little servings of cake: fluffy and moist.

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Rustic garlic bread with tomatoes (Pa amb tom脿quet / Pan con tomate) with jam贸n serrano 馃崝

This dish stands as the identity of Catalan cuisine. It is very basic and super simple, but in the same time contains all the aromas of the Mediterranean. Served cold as tapas in any Catalan restaurant or bar or you can enjoy it as a flavorful breakfast as well.

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Coffee grilled beef steak with button mushroom vinaigrette and chimichurri sauce 馃惍 馃崉

The Korean cuisine often uses ground coffee for pork chops or steaks. The coffee gives the meat a level of spiciness and earthy flavor. This is perfectly balanced with the sourness and spiciness of the fresh Argentinian chimichurri sauce. Finally this flavorful dish is garnished with a freshly made vinaigrette with aromatic tarragon.

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Loaded potato soup with smoked sausage and red beet chips 馃嵅

Who doesn’t like cheap and easy recipes? What if I can tell you that this easy and cheap soup is also very nutritious and delicious. I boosted up a simple potato soup recipe with amazing flavors and colors. Let’s get started.

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Tuna spread sandwich with baby spinach in ciabatta bread 馃悷 馃崝

Every household has聽its聽own tuna spread recipe. I learned it from my mom, that a great tuna spread must contain boiled egg and onions. I boosted up the recipe learned from home and created a rich flavored spread great to bring it to work or for a聽picnic.

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Creamy pork stew in a mustard cider sauce with quinoa and zucchini noodles 馃惙

A creamy pork stew is always comforting. In a cold winter day or at聽a hot summer brunch – reminds us of home and coziness. Today I’ve chosen a great flavoring for the stew: the mustard, cider and horseradish will aromatize our dish along with the dried herbs. Continue reading “Creamy pork stew in a mustard cider sauce with quinoa and zucchini noodles 馃惙”

Coconut blintzes with mascarpone-ricotta stuffing and blackcurrant sauce 馃嵀馃尡

Blintzes are one of the types of bliny. Blintze is a thin usually wheat-flour pancake – similar to French cr锚pes聽– folded to form a casing (as for cheese or fruit) and then saut茅ed and/or baked. It is originated from聽early Slavic culture (pre-Christian times) and was a symbol of the sun, due to its聽round form. Now it takes part of the orthodox聽culture and brought to the American cuisine by the Jewish community. It is crispy and soft in the same time, usually made sweet and sour – perfect for a Sunday brunch.

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Bavette pasta with butter shrimps in a wine sauce 馃崵

People always say: “I can cook pasta – that’s all my cooking talent”. And then they throw everything in the sauce to make an over-complicated dish – this way the sauce has a chaotic flavor. The key of a perfect pasta is balance and simplicity, but with one or two key ingredients. In today’s pasta dish my heroes are the shrimp and the dry white wine.

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Korean spicy beef soup with wild garlic 馃惍

We all like Asian food, especially the ones which are rich in flavor and have a balance between acidity and spiciness. This soup is great to eat it hot and also cold, it can stay in your refrigerator up to 5 days. All you need is some patience, as the beef needs some to become tender.

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Peanut butter curry chicken stew 馃悢

We all love tasty comfort food. But comfort not always meets out health needs. This colorful Asian inspired silky stew is reach in聽nutrition. It is cooked slowly and filled with lots of flavors. The聽earthiness of the peanut butter is perfectly balanced with the vibrancy of the curry. It is a perfect choice for a spring lunch or for a family dinner.

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Cinnamon scotch pancakes with caramelized bananas topped with homemade frozen yogurt 馃嵀 馃崹 馃尡

As the weather outside is getting warmer, our body is craving for some fresh flavors, but in the same time we all love comfort food. I created you a colorful breakfast聽which can also be served as dessert. This savory dish is hot and cold and sweet and sour in the same time: just a great way to boost your mood for a new聽day.

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Saut茅ed spring vegetables with chicken braised in mushroom soy sauce 馃悢

The spring is here and the markets are full with fresh green vegetables. For the celebration of the green and red vegetables I prepared for you a tasty and nutritious side dish which goes well with chicken, beef or lamb. I chose chicken, as i love to combine the earthiness of the mushrooms soy sauce with the tenderness of the chicken breast.

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Mussels with tomatoes in a wine & cider broth 馃悷

Tired聽of bruschetta or regular tapas for starters? Or you say: I cannot cook fish or shellfish myself? Then just take a look at this easy and delicious appetizer. Mussels are very easy and quick to cook. They are rich in protein and they are an excellent source of: selenium and聽 vitamin B12. This Mediterranean inspired dish contains just a handful of ingredients and it will make your mouth water and crave for more.

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Guacamole bites with sunny side up eggs 馃尡

It is always nice to change a regular breakfast menu. As the聽plain scrambled egg, cereals or fruits can become boring. A good start of the day can also contain a fresh avocado dish which is聽rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium. This simple vegetarian dish is rich in flavor, very cheap and easy to prepare.

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Citrusy salmon steak with curry quinoa and millet salad 馃悷

Ten-twenty years ago nobody really heard about quinoa. Especially in Europe. As in 2016 it fought out it’s place in the modern cuisine. It takes an important part in vegan diet as it is high in protein and contain essential amino acids like lysine and acceptable quantities of calcium, phosphorus and iron. As far as most of the people know, the millet is only served to birds and to make beverages – we wouldn’t think that it can add a great flavor or nutritional value to our dish. But if that’s the case the quinoa and millet mixture is a perfect combination for a great garnish next to a salmon steak.

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Prosciutto croissants with soft smoked cheese rolls

What a great way to start the day with this delicious breakfast. You can always do this when you still have some leftover prosciutto, cheese and tomatoes. The only thing you need to buy is fresh butter croissants from your closest bakery.

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