Friday, January 29, 2016

COMFORT FOOD



 Comfort food:
   is basically food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically having high sugar or carbohydrate content and associated with childhood and home cooking. Is food that not only comforting to the taste buds, but all the senses.
Food that provides a sense of comfort and puts your mind at ease. Food that makes you forget your troubles, and set you in peace...

SO, I decided to share two of the foods I consider comfort food..


HOT CHOCOLATE

Expected ? well, chocolate is well known at making people happy and relaxed. 

This recipe is good for those who crave sweets as comfort food.

The ingredients are basic, but this version has a tiny little change in it.
-1 cup of milk
-50 grams of dark chocolate 
- any flavoring substance ( vanilla extract, cinnamon,....)

- Using real chocolate instead of hot chocolate mix will make it creamy, rich, and of course comforting-

METHOD:

1. Chop up your chocolate very finely. Using a double boiler method met the chocolate. To make sure the chocolate doesn't burn, stir it every 30 seconds.


2. heat up the of milk and leave it aside until the chocolate is ready.

3. When the chocolate is completely melted, add it to the milk and stir them very very well.






MASH POTATO 

If you love savory stuff, this is perfect for you
For me, mash potato is the ultimate comfort food, It's so creamy, so rich, and so warm (mmm, best thing ever)

INGREDIENTS:


METHOD:

1. Boil the potatoes for 40 minutes, peel them, and let cool for a bit.

2. In a food processor, add all the ingredients at once, blend on medium speed, you want to reach a  rich consistency, season it with salt to balance the flavors.

-If you don't have a food processor, you can use a mashing tool, yet the consistency won't be the same-


Then basically serve, it can be topped with some olive oil, or plain as your choice.


To be continued...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A MEAL FOR ONE



        I'm sure that every single one of you has at least been once hungry and had no idea what to eat,, it happens a lot to me, and I end up drinking tea instead.

Well, to prevent that I came up with a three-course meal thing that will make you satisfied every single time.



The appetizer:
 It's a salad that you might have never tasted before, it might seem weird though, yet it's so delicious.

Ingredients:
- Thyme 
- Green onion 
- Tomato
- Olive oil 
- Pinch of salt

1. Chop up the green onion and the tomato, then add them in a bowl with the thyme, drizzle some olive oil, and season it with some salt. and basically that's it.

This mixture can also be a great sandwich filling ;)





 

 
     The main course:
 Broccoli, chicken pasta with white sauce.

Ingredients:
- pasta, the shape you want
- Broccoli
- Chicken breast
The sauce:
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of cream
-1/2 cup yogurt 
- Thyme
- dill


1. cook the pasta until it's ready and leave it aside.

2. steam the broccoli for ten minutes.

3. slice the chicken breast, and in a hot pan, cook it with diced onion and sumac for ten minutes.

4. In a mixing bowl, add all the sauce ingredients and mix them very well.

TIME TO ASSEMBLE 

5. In a Pyrex, add a layer of the sauce, followed by a layer of the pasta, followed by the steamed broccoli and the cooked chicken. repeat until the Pyrex is filled.




6. Add the Pyrex in an oven  preheated to 180C, leave it for about 20 minutes.





The drink/dessert:
Chocolate banana ice cream smoothie.

Ingredients:
-2 frozen banana
-1 cup milk
- 50 grams dark chocolate

1. In a food processor, blend together the banana and the milk until it has a smooth consistency.

2. chop up the chocolate into tiny pieces, then blend it one more time with the banana mixture.

3. put the mixture in the freezer for one hour, and enjoy.




Sunday, January 10, 2016

Apple Pie Tart


What better than a delicious warm dessert in the winter season? NOTHING.

Ingredients:
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted
- 4 apples 
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 stick of cold unsalted butter, small diced
- pecans 
- cinnamon

- preheat the oven to 180C   Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.


Method:

cut up the butter into cubes and put it in the freezer for a bit to chill.



Remove the stems and cores of the apples. cut them in half through the stem. Slice the apples crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick slices.


Place slices of apples diagonally across pastry, switching directions with each row. Sprinkle the apples evenly with the sugar, cinnamon and butter.


Bake for 35 minutes, until the pastry is browned and the edges of the apples start to brown.
Allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.


Saturday, January 09, 2016

THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY



     I really cannot believe that it's been an entire year since my blog ever started, it feels so special yet so weird. it feels so nice yet so terrifying. I'm so happy that I was able to stand for a whole year and face all the difficulties in my way. it's my little daughter I grew, and it has a special place in my heart, it's my aim and objective I want to carry on doing and grow even more. it is a part of my life now and a thing I'm so passionate about, I thank  every single one who ever helped me raising my blog, and being in the place I am in now. whether giving me tips, support, ideas, or even made me feel how fancy is the thing I'm doing. I'm so grateful I started making my dream come true, I'm grateful too for being in my second year already!! and I'm so excited for what is coming up, and I hope you are too!

Thanks for everyone who trusted me and believed on me and my abilities ©

Thanks for everyone who read my posts and got inspired ©

Thanks for everyone who made it possible ©

And finally, thanks for my family who gave me all the love, support, and positiveness©


Much love©

Saturday, January 02, 2016

LIFE IS SO BEAUTIFUL



I can consider myself good at life advice, which why by the now I'll be posting general life posts alongside the cooking ones of course.

The one thing I can start with is to acknowledge all the little things around us whether we feel their existence or no,, I was in a place where it's all about nature, the beauty I found there was irresistible. so I had to take photos, things I've never thought I would find them beautiful that much and worth taking photos of.
when we realise how beautiful our world is, we will be able to live beautifully..

So the next time you go out, make sure to roll your eyes on every single thing around you, who knows what will you see and what is it going to do with your life.

For me, all the photos I took taught/showed me that the life around me is much prettier than I'd imagine.


best wishes, and good luck©