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Mandarin Quinoa Stir Fry – An Intercontinental Fusion

Although I like great tasting food as much as the next guy, I do tend to pay attention to my health and diet. All of those college biology courses might be to blame, but I I have also had an innate interest in health since I was just a little tike. Recently I have been on a workout routine that requires me to have a large amount of good quality protein in my diet. As I don’t want to overload myself with too much saturated fat, I began considering adding some plant sources to meet my protein needs and lo and behold I came across Quinoa. Continue reading


Getting Back on Track: Stuffed Baked Portobello Mushrooms and Cannelloni with Broccoli and Breadcrumbs

It has been a long while since I felt the urge to cook something more intricate than a season salad: I have to admit though that I have been entangled in personal business.

My TB Clint and I got engaged and we were busy with preparations that an engagement entails. We also were preparing for his recent visit in June and my move with him to USA. But some events prevented my move and it had to be postponed.

So now life is back to its normal routine and I think I am back to my Sunday lunch preparation.

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Crêpes with Asparagus and Mushrooms in Béchamel Sauce

Today, Mom made a local dish made of veal and rice. I am not a great fan of red meat and I did not feel like eating just the rice. So I decided to finally try a crêpes dish I wanted to make since ever… well since I tried it a few years ago at a family lunch where my great-aunt cooked it. My great-aunt worked as a cook and she always made the most amazing dishes. When I tasted this one, I asked what it is and she told me in her usual soft voice: it is crêpes.

Although then the filling was made with ground meat and the crêpes rolled like cannelloni. And we all already know I was not in the mood for meat…

I had to find a replacement. I have not long ago read on a Foodbuzz fellow’s blog (Frank Fariello), a crêpes recipe which was filled with Swiss chard and ricotta. Also the crêpes were folded in triangles.  I did not want chard either; neither did I want its cousin the spinach. Finally after a little concerting with Zahrah, my Taste-Bud, I finally decided on an Asparagus/Mushroom filling. Initially I wanted to add mozzarella to the filling and top with parmesan, then I went for cream cheese.

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Sofficini Success!

I finally had the chance to make the sofficini today. I ended up making three dishes! I made saucy chops and potatoes for dinner and the sofficini. I also had left over béchamel sauce, so I cooked some macaroni, and made a quick mac and cheese for my lunch.

At Viviane’s suggestion, I made my own pasta sauce as well as béchamel sauce. She had explained how to make them both. I made the pasta sauce first, which I found quick and easy. I had never made béchamel sauce. I had previously made cheese sauce, but cheated, using the microwave. So Viviane insisted that I try and make the béchamel on the stove as it is meant to be. I found it quite intimidating, as I know a great white sauce is not that easy to make. But, in the end I managed it well and ended up with a thick sauce.

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After Work Sofficini

I set myself to make the Sofficini today.

I have had the tomato sauce prepared a while ago. I am against buying what you can easily prepare yourself. I also had some very ripe tomatoes.

Not to mention a basic tomato sauce could always come in handy in a wide range of recipes.

Here is how I make it: I brown diced onions and crushed garlic then when they get a golden color, I add the cored and peeled tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Some add some sugar but I prefer the acidity of tomatoes, so it is a matter of taste. Then I let it simmer till it becomes a little less thick than a paste and blend when cold.

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Paprika Chicken, Mushrooms and Potatoes

I have made this recipe before, so I felt comfortable to make it again, and be more adventurous with the amount of seasoning.

I did not use chicken breasts, but rather leg pieces, as my family do not eat breasts unless in a pasta. I also did not skin the legs, and as unhealthy as this is, I enjoy the taste the skin gives to the food. I seasoned the chicken pieces in a bowl with salt and pepper, but did not use the prescribed amount of paprika. Instead, I sprinkled the paprika until it covered all the chicken. I also used ground garlic because I did not have garlic powder. I used about a teaspoon and a half for luck. I love garlic, so I do tend to use more.

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Parmesan Chicken Paprika with Apple and Raisin Salad

I got to cook the chicken paprika as lunch for my family today.  I decided to serve it with apple and raisin salad which oddly enough was to my dad’s taste. For those who know my father, they would be extremely surprised to hear that he said a dish is good. The chicken was approved also, but everyone mostly liked the caramelized onions and mushrooms.

I did not cook the recipe exactly as in the posted challenge.

First I made little pouches in the chicken breasts and stuffed them with Parmesan. Although, next time I would cover the chicken with the cheese and bake them for like five minutes in the oven.

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Challenge 2: Paprika Chicken with Mushrooms

I’ve been asked to set the next challenge. I decided to go for a paprika chicken recipe I recently discovered. Follow the link for the recipe. It has lovely strong flavours which I really enjoy. As a beginner, I have been choosing easy recipes that are versatile. Have fun with this one!