Shaved Fennel Salad

I’ve never tried fennel before, so I was extremely curious about the taste when I first saw it in the store at an affordable price. It tastes really original and the other ingredients in this salad do nothing else than improving the taste experience. Enjoy!

Shaved Fennel Salad
1 fennel bulb, shaved paper-thin with a mandoline or knife
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons cheese
salt and pepper to taste

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Gently toss all the ingredients together and serve immediately.

Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie

For today, I’ve prepared you a simple recipe with rhubarb: strawberry and rhubarb pie. I’ve recently discovered this amazing vegetable and if you have the occasion to test it don’t hesitate to do it. You won’t regret it. Rhubarb is a very old plant and its medicinal uses have been recorded in history since ancient China. It has a sour taste if you eat it raw.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
1 portion of pate brisee
400 g rhubarb, cut into chunks
400 g strawberries, sliced into four
120 g white sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
a bit of salt

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Prepare the dough using the pate brisee recipe.
Step 2: Divide the dough into 2 disks. Roll out 1 piece of dough to make a bottom crust. Place it into a pie dish.
Step 3: Mix rhubarb and strawberry with sugar, corn starch, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
Mixed Strawberry Rhubarb
Step 4: Pour out the fruit mixture into chilled crust.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Step 5: Brush edges of pie crust with egg white. Roll out the other piece of dough and place over filling.
Step 6: Cook at 190° C for 60 minutes.

You can also serve strawberry and rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Sliced Rhubarb Pie

Pate Brisee (Pie Dough)

This butter based pastry dough is a recipe that’s popular in France. Use it to make both sweet and savory pies and tarts. The reason why I share this recipe with you is that I have prepared a little surprise for tomorrow and you’ll need this recipe.

Pate Brisee
230 g cold butter
350 g all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
60-100 ml ice water

How It’s Made?
Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter, large-tined fork, or a food processor on pulse setting, cut the chilled butter into the flour until it resembles coarse sand.
Step 2: Sprinkle the water evenly over the mixture and toss gently a few times, just until it forms a ball that holds together.
Step 3: Separate the dough into two balls, flatten slightly into thick disk shapes, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for several hours before working with it.

Grilled Chicken Skewers

First of all I want to say that I’ve missed you all. I’ve been so busy lately and I know I’ve promised to try posting more often, but I couldn’t keep my promise. I had to prepare so many things for the exam session and I barely had time for cooking. I’ll start posting as usual and to keep my promise, I have scheduled a few posts for the following days.

For today, I present you a very simple recipe (grilled chicken skewers) that can be done in a few minutes and it’s in perfect accordance with the changing weather these days.

Grilled Chicken Skewers
8 wooden skewers
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 small onion, cut into chunks
6 whole fresh mushrooms
1 small chicken breast, cut into pieces

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Soak skewers in water for 10 to 20 minutes.
Step 2: Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Alternately thread mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, bell pepper and chicken breast onto the skewers.
Step 3: Whisk olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a bowl; brush mixture over vegetables.
Step 4: Cook skewers on preheated grill until vegetables are tender, turning and basting vegetables with olive oil mixture occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes.

Egg and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

This is an excellent recipe for breakfast. It takes only a couple of minutes to prepare and it’s extremely healthy. It has everything you need for starting a perfect day. The avocado contains high amounts of antioxidants that protect your eyes and heart. Also, the potassium present in avocado regulates blood pressure. The eggs add a little protein, so you won’t feel hungry for a couple of hours after serving breakfast and you will feel right all day long.

Egg and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

1 avocado
2 eggs
2 slices of toasted bread

How It’s Made?
Step 1: I’ve blended the avocado with a bit of onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper before spreading it on bread. You can use pure avocado if you prefer so (or use your favorite guacamole recipe).
Step 2: Prepare fried eggs and settle them over the bread. Enjoy!

Fresh Mint Cookies

A few days ago I was browsing through my recipe files and I found this old cookie recipe. I almost forgot how good these cookies are, so refreshing and reinvigorating. I had to share with you this recipe which is perfect for breakfast, served along with a big cup of milk. Enjoy!

Fresh Mint Cookies

180 g white sugar
120 g margarine or butter
1 egg
1 packet vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
200 g flour
a pinch of salt
1 bunch of fresh mint

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Mix the sugar with margarine until you obtain a soft cream.
Step 2: Add the egg, the vanilla sugar and the baking soda and mix well.
Step 3: Combine flour with salt and add them to the wet ingredients.
Step 4: Mince the mint leaves and incorporate them into the dough.
Step 5: Make small cookies and cook them on parchment paper for 10-15 minutes or until they turn golden.

Mint Cookies

May — the 1st

On May the 1st, we celebrated the International Labor Day, which in Romania is an official public holiday. Most people celebrate together with friends and family, organizing picnics and barbecues. Only now I managed to share with you the traditional dish we serve in this special day. To understand better what’s all about, I think the English translation for this dish would be ‘Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls’ and hope this explains a lot. I decided to eat a fresh salad too (lettuce, green onion, black pepper and soy sauce), because this is a stodgy food and you need fibers to digest it properly. This month I’ll try to be more active and post more often. I have so many things to share with you, but so little time to arrange my posts. :( See you next time!

Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls