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Green seduction: avocado & cucumber salad

Yes! I am most happy about this simple summery salad. Ready to eat just under 5 minutes, it’s an ultimate green-dream lunch for a rushed Londoner. Creamy avocado with a bits of crunchy cucumber work amazingly well under fresh lime&chilli dressing. Green magic! Green seduction: avocado & cucumber salad Preparation + cooking time: 5 minutes / A stunning light treat for 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 1/2 cucumber, chopped 2 small avocados, stoned and sliced 2 scallions, finely sliced 2 tbsp of mayonnaise 1/2 lime juice Sriracha sauce, to taste sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste a handful of arugula, to garnish DIRECTIONS: Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Make the dressing by whisking mayo, lime juice and sriracha sauce together. Taste and adjust levels of seasoning. Drizzle salad with dressing, garnish with arugula and serve immediately. Bon app! With love, Marie Inspired by Smitten Kitchen   Žalioji vilionė: avokado ir agurkų salotos Ypatingai džiaugiuosi dėl šių paprastų vasariškų salotų atradimo. Greitai pagaminamos, šios žalios salotėlės yra puiki skanių pietų alternatyva skubantiems. Kreminis …

My 20 min after work Korean dinner

Last few weeks were extremely busy for me, which resulted in having almost no time for cooking. In a way it was good as I had an opportunity to get creative and improvise on a speedy after work  dinner options. Here is what I came up with: Taking just 20 minutes from kitchen to plate, this Korean-style 4 dish-dinner makes a perfect healthy midweek meal. Delicious tuna pancakes are served with rice and lightly stir-fried courgette with a tangy lettuce & scallion salad on the side. Prepare to be amazed! My 20 min after work Korean dinner   / Serves 2 Preparation + cooking time: 10 min Tuna pancakes (Chamchijeon,참치전) We would need: 1 can of tuna, drained 3 tbsp of onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 free-range egg a pinch of sea salt a pinch of ground black pepper 1 tsp of roasted sesame seed oil 1 tbsp of flour 1-2 tbsp of canola oil, for frying DIRECTIONS: In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well together. Place a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and pour 1-2 …

Summer on a plate: Arugula & Peach salad

March 5th. Snow gently covered rooftops and avenues of Paris. As beautiful the city in white is, the heart is longing for warm, fresh and sun-filled days. Following the feeling, I quickly tossed together this gorgeous salad that just epitomizes summer to me – peppery arugula with sweet juicy peaches along with creamy fresh mozzarella and crunchy almond flakes. It is beautifully refreshing lunch plate that brings summer days just closer. Summer on a plate: Arugula & Peach salad Preparation + cooking: 15 min / Serves 2 We would need: A knob of butter 2 nice & firm peaches, pitted and halved into wedges 1 tbsp. of runny-honey 2 handfuls of arugula salad 1/2 mozzarella or burrata cheese ball, roughly torn salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. of aged balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. of almond flakes, toasted DIRECTIONS: Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When it is hot but not smoking, add the peaches cut side down and sauté them for 2 to …

Magnificent Egg Clouds

I dumped meat years ago, though some of my treasured summer moments have involved shashlyki (skewered meat cooked on a grill next to the lake or forest in a company of friends or family).  Nonetheless it was relatively easy breakup for me – for one thing sure, I couldn’t go completely vegan as eggs & dairy, especially cheese, kept me tight. I love eggs too.  For their simplicity and yet limitless possibilities with egg-based dishes. Like this dreamy delicious egg-treat with whole creamy yolks and a cloud of egg whites baked to perfection. If you keep a good relationship with meat – you can also mix in some cooked breakfast sausage or bacon, for the rest of us – sautéed onion & fresh herbs will make an excellent choice. Magnificent Egg Clouds Preparation + cooking time: 15 min / Serves 2 We would need: 2 free-ranged eggs a good pinch of  grated parmesan cheese salt & pepper to taste some freshly chopped chives DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to Gas mark 8/ 450°F/ 230 °C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate …

Homemade cream of mushroom soup

Funny things happen once you find yourself stuck at home with a sore throat and the battle for Middle Earth unrolling in the background. It got me thinking that Hobbits, too, have a great passion for good food, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People. Particularly, J.R.R. Tolkien’s small & homey people love mushrooms. Do you remember – when they have set off on their epic-journey-quest, firstly,  they shortcuted through a field of mushrooms? :) Sam: Trust a Brandybuck and a Took. Merry: What? That was just a detour, a shortcut. Sam: Shortcut to what? Pippin: Mushrooms! As it happens, though, I am not a hobbit (my husband especially is happy about me not having hobbit feet), I share the everlasting love for mushrooms. We both do. Making a cosy warming bowl of this delicious soup was a great way to continue adventure with Frodo&Sam out of  the TV screen and keeping our bellies nicely full. This full of earthy mushroom flavours soup is fairly quick and easy to make. A delightful dish, I am happy to revisit regularly. Try it with dinner today! Homemade …

Apple, ginger & celery juice

This zingy bright green drink is full of fresh ingredients to make you feel refreshed and energised. Perfect for start of the day. Preparation time: under 5 minutes / a vitamin shot for 2 We would need: 4 apples, cut in half, each half cut into wedges 2 celery sticks, trimmed 2 cm – piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced DIRECTIONS: Put apples, celery and ginger in the juicer and juice following the instructions of your machine. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. With love, Marie   Šviežiai spaustos obuolių, imbiero ir salierų sultys Maloniai aitraus skonio šviežiai spaustos obuolių sultys padės Jums jaustis energingiems ir žvaliems visą dieną. Skani puikios dienos pradžia. Paruošimo laikas: iki 5 minučių / Vitaminų šaltinis dviems Mums reikės: 4 obuolių, supjaustytų skiltelėmis 2 salierų stiebų 2 cm imbiero gumbo gabaliuko, nulupto ir supjaustyto GAMINAME: Sudėkite obuolius, salierą bei imbiero gabaliukus į  elektrinę sulčiaspaudę ir išspauskite sultis. Supilkite į stiklines ir iš karto patiekite. Į sveikatą! Su meile, Marie

Blissfully delicious: Coconut milk pancakes

A fun twist on pancakes: these fluffs are made with coconut milk and served on a bed of black cherry home-made jam, topped with maple syrup drizzle. A soft sweet piece of heaven. Preparation + cooking time: 15- 20 min / Serves 2 We would need: 1 ½ cup of plain flour 1 heaped tablespoon of baking powder a pinch of salt 1 ripe banana, mashed 2 eggs 1 cup of coconut milk a little oil or butter for greasing the pan DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and pinch of salt. Make a well in the center, add mashed banana, eggs & coconut milk. Whisk to a smooth batter. Cook on a non stick pan over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes per side. Serve hot with jam, syrup or whipped cream if you like. Bon app! With love, Marie Palaimingai skanūs: Kokoso pieno blyneliai Smagi kombinacija: šie puručiai yra pagaminti su bananais ir kokoso pienu, patiekti su namine juodųjų vyšnių uogiene ir paskaninti klevų syrupu. Tikras nuosavas, minkštas bei saldus gabalėlis …

Radish garden salad with a cranberry spin

A lovely light starter with fantastic sweet&salty flavours. Easy to toss together, and is everything salad should be – fresh and crunchy.  Tried, loved and adopted from my mom’s kitchen. Preparation time: under 10 minutes / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 2 handfuls of mixed greens (crisp romaine, baby spinach, rocket works well) 1 small cucumber, peeled lengthways into ribbons 4 radishes, ends trimmed, thinly sliced 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped chives 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped dill Salt & pepper to taste a pinch of roasted sesame seeds (optional) For the dressing: 1 tbsp. of cranberry jam 1 tbsp. of light soy sauce 1 tbsp. of water DIRECTIONS: Place greens in a large serving bowl along with cucumber, radishes and herbs. Season with a tiny bit of salt & pepper. Toss together.  Add some sesame seeds if using. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small jug until well combined. Drizzle the dressing over salad just before serving. Bon app! With love, Marie

Breakfast ideas: avocado & egg

You might say that warm avocado might seem like a bad idea, however, I think, it is worth to try at least once. You might be surprised, but beautiful creamy avocado and baked egg remarkably go well together. It’s fast&easy to make and surely is a good option to start your day with. Preparation + cooking time:  ~15 min/ Serves 2 We would need: 2 medium sized avocados 4 free-range eggs fine sea salt & black pepper   DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven, Gas mark 4/350 °F/ 180 °C. Halve the avocados and remove the pit, scoop a little extra of the flesh out in order to fit in the egg. Crack an egg into the avocado half and season to your taste. Bake roughly for 15 min, or until the white is opaque and the yolk is done to your liking. Serve with a diced tomatoes, sauces, and a few toasts. Bon app! With love, Marie  

Tangy carrot & red cabbage salad

If it is a Gray and rainy day outside, just as one I had today, you will find this incredible easy-to-make salad very much enjoyable. It’s a perfect healthy snack as well as a great side-dish for any burger or sandwich. Colourful, crunchy and fresh with lovely lime juice tang, a definite mood booster. Serves 2 / Preparation time: 10 min / Veg-friendly We would need: 1 carrot, cut into thin sticks or grated 1/8 red cabbage, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced handful of mint leaves handful of coriander leaves handful of toasted peanuts, roughly crushed For the dressing: juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp of groundnut oil some chilli flakes to your taste 1 tbsp of soft brown sugar   DIRECTIONS: Tip the carrot, cabbage and onion into a bowl. Toss in mint&coriander leaves along with a crushed peanuts. In a separate bowl or a jar, combine the dressing ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved. Pour over the salad just before serving. Bon app! With love, Marie Gaivios morkų ir raudonųjų kopūstų salotos …