Pasta with Eggplant

This recipe is simple. There’s no meat in it, so it’s a perfect choice for vegetarians. An easy summer dinner ready in a couple of minutes. Enjoy!

Pasta with eggplant recipe
Ingredients:
400 g pasta
2 medium eggplants
500 g tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
12 leaves fresh basil
Parmesan cheese to taste
salt and pepper to taste
5 tablespoons olive oil

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Cook pasta according to package directions.
Step 2: Cut the eggplant into cubes and set aside.
Step 3: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil and cook onion and garlic until starting to change color.
Step 4: Add eggplants, stirring gently. Cook for about 5-8 minutes.
Step 5: Add tomatoes and simmer until eggplants are tender.
Step 6: Add salt and pepper and then toss in cooked pasta and chopped basil.
Step 7: Stir in grated Parmesan cheese and decorate with mozzarella balls.

Pasta with eggplant recipe

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is a wonderful recipe with very cheap ingredients. I admire the French for this soup. They managed to transform an ordinary onion soup in a landmark of their culinary tradition.

French Onion Soup

Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. Throughout history, they were seen as food for poor people, as the onions were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of this soup originated in France in the 18th century, made from beef broth, and caramelized onions. It is often finished by being placed under a grill in a ramekin with croutons and cheese melted on top.

Ingredients:
10 yellow onions
100 ml dry white wine
2 liters chicken/beef stock
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sugar
1 slice of bread (per serving)
20 g grated cheese (per serving)
salt and pepper to the taste

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the onions for 5 minutes until they soften.
Step 2: Add sugar, salt, pepper and thyme and let the onions caramelize (it should take about 10 minutes), stirring often.
Step 3: When the onions are ready, add white wine and cook for another minute.
Step 4: Add the flour, mix and then add the chicken stock. Cook on low heat for about an hour or until the liquid is reduced and the soup has a stew-like consistency.
Step 5: On a cooking tray put slices of bread with grated cheese on top. Cook in oven until crispy brown (about 5 minutes), then cut the bread into four pieces.
Step 6: Ladle soup into a bowl and decorate with cheesy toast onto the top of each bowl of soup. Enjoy!

French Onion Soup

St. Patrick’s Day Cake Recipe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this vanilla white cake and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a special dessert. To respect the tradition of adding green food coloring, this cake has a green jelly coat and green sprinkles on top.

St. Patrick's Day Cake

Ingredients:

For the White Cake:
350 g plain flour
225 g white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
100 g butter
5 egg whites
250 ml milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon almond extract

For the Topping:
1 package gelatin
250 ml apple compote (the liquid part)
green food coloring
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 package whipped cream
200 ml cold milk
green sprinkles or green sugar crystals

How It’s Made?
Step 1: To prepare the white cake, mix together the plain white flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
Step 2: Cream butter in a separate bowl.
Step 3: Add egg whites, one at a time until mixed.
Step 4: Add milk, vanilla and almond extract.
Step 5: Stir in all the dried ingredients until you obtain a smooth mixture.
Step 6: Bake at 170° C for 20 – 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for an hour.
Step 7: In a small bowl, prepare the gelatin respecting the instructions on the label. Mix it in the apple compote and add a few drops of green food coloring.
Step 8: Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Cover and refrigerate.
Step 9: In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped cream and spread over cake. Decorate with sprinkles or green sugar crystals.
Step 10: Cover and refrigerate until serving.

St. Patrick's Day Cake

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Fruit Salad

A pleasing combination of strawberries, blackberries, bananas and pineapple stirred into a fruity gelatin. Add a whipped topping and you’ll have a complete, refreshing and romantic dessert.

Valentine's Day Fruit Salad
Ingredients:
10 g gelatin
160 ml canned pineapple juice
70 g crushed pineapple, drained
100 g strawberries
50 g blackberries
1/2 banana, peeled and sliced
whipped topping (optional)

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Prepare the gelatin respecting the instructions on the label or just melt it on bain-marie.
Step 2: Dissolve the gelatin into pineapple juice.
Step 3: Arrange the fruits into individual glass cups and pour the liquid over them until covered completely. Chill until firm.
Step 4: Top each serving with whipped topping and pomegranate seeds. Serve!

Love Fruit Salad

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

With vanilla flavor and cocoa powder, these Valentine’s Day Cupcakes are filled with love. Impress your lover with this simple recipe and (s)he will not be able to resist you. Remember that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.

Valentines Day Cupcakes
Ingredients:
115 g butter
300 g white sugar
2 eggs
235 ml buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon white vinegar
250 g all-purpose flour
20 g unsweetened cocoa powder

Valentines Day Cupcakes

How It’s Made?
Step 1: In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until they become light and fluffy.
Step 2: Mix in the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and vinegar.
Step 3: Combine the flour and cocoa powder and stir into the batter until blended.
Step 4: Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, dividing evenly.
Step 5: Bake in the preheated oven at 175° C for about 20-25 minutes.
Step 6: Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack and then decorate with desired frosting. I used these wonderful pink sugar crystals to decorate my cupcakes.

Pink Glaze Cupcakes

Chocolate Flakes Valentines Day Cupcakes

Make Own Colored Sugar

I’ve seen for some time in the stores, colored sugar crystals for decorating baked goods. I haven’t bought any, but after a few investigations I realized it’s so simple to do it yourself and it’s much cheaper.

DIY Colored Sugar

Ingredients:
sugar
liquid food coloring
fork
bowl

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Put the sugar in a bowl and add food color.
Step 2: Mix together using a fork or your fingers. As the color saturates all of the crystals, you’ll get a good idea of how deep the color is. Add more color or sugar to adjust the depth of color.
Step 3: Spread the colored sugar on a plate and let sit out to dry for at least one hour. You can use an oven to speed up the process. Once the sugar is dried, break the large clumps that have been formed during the drying process.

DIY Colored Sugar

Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Fluffy couscous mixed with green onions, red pepper and black beans. This makes a great lunchbox filler for a day out; interesting textures and flavors combined in one delicious salad.

Black Bean Couscous Salad

Ingredients:
85 g uncooked couscous
170 ml chicken broth
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can black beans, drained
salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable Couscous Salad

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan and stir in the couscous. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or according to the instructions on the package.
Step 2: In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. Add green onions, red pepper and beans and toss to coat.
Step 3: Use a fork to fluff the couscous, breaking up any chunks. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Black Bean Couscous Salad

Chocolate Fantasy

Who can resist chocolate? It’s such a great treat, but what if you add peanuts and dried cranberries? You’ll have something divine and using a mixture of dark and white chocolate you can’t go wrong. Also this can be a wonderful gift for your friends and family.

Chocolate Fantasy

Ingredients:
100 g white chocolate
100 g dark chocolate
50 g peanuts
50 g dried cranberries (or other kind of dried fruits: raisins, apricots etc.)

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Melt dark chocolate on bain-marie and pour it on a parchment-lined tray.
Step 2: Melt white chocolate on bain-marie and pour it over the dark one.
Step 3: Using a toothpick combine the two chocolates by creating a nice model (you can move the toothpick clockwise in circles to create swirls).
Step 4: Sprinkle peanuts and dried cranberries.
Step 5: Let it cool until it becomes solid again.

Dark and White Chocolate Fantasy