Tuna stuffed tomatoes

Here is my recipe for tuna-stuffed tomatoes with mayonnaise. Choose small-sized tomatoes if you want to make an appetizer out of this recipe, and cherry tomatoes to serve as an appetizer.

Tomatoes stuffed with tuna

Tuna stuffed tomatoes

Natalija
Choose small-sized tomatoes if you want to make a starter out of this recipe, or cherry tomatoes to serve as an appetizer.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 180 g canned tuna drained
  • 1 hard-boiled egg peeled
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 small-sized tomatoes or 24 cherry tomatoes

Instructions
 

  • Mash the tuna using a fork.
  • Grate the egg (or crush it with a fork).
  • Mix the tuna with the egg and mayonnaise.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the tops off the tomatoes to form a lid. Hollow them out without damaging the skin.
  • Stuff the tomatoes (with the tuna mixture) and close the lids.
  • Cherry tomatoes take longer to stuff, but they will make an impression at a party. 😉
Keyword tomates farcies, tomates farcies au fromage, tomato, tomatoes stuffed, tomatoes stuffed with tuna
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Fried mushrooms with sour cream

Here is a hearty vegetarian dish with mushrooms, onions and sour cream. That’s all you need for this pan-fried mushrooms.

Fried mushrooms with sour cream

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This dish can be served with boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes or rice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 500 g button mushrooms (or portobello mushrooms)
  • 10 g butter
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Some fresh herbs (cilantro, green onion, parsley)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the mushrooms. If they are not too dirty, do not wash them, but simply wipe them with a damp cloth. If you decide to wash the mushrooms, do it quickly so they are not saturated with water.
  • Thoroughly dry the washed mushrooms with a paper towel.
  • Slice the mushrooms.
  • Peel the onion and garlic, then finely chop them.
  • Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a pan. First, sauté the onion over medium heat.
  • Then add the garlic (if garlic is added to the pan with the onion, it will fry too quickly and start to burn).
  • Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Add the sour cream.
  • Mix well. Add salt and pepper. Keep on the heat for another 1 to 2 minutes, and it's ready.
  • Delicious with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta.
    Don't be lazy and sprinkle with fresh herbs: it will be even more tasty and appetizing on the plate.
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Prunes with prosciutto

The prunes are wrapped with thin slices of Italian raw ham, the prosciutto. Easy to prepare and quick to cook!

Prunes with Prosciutto

Prunes with prosciutto

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It is possible to cook the prosciutto prunes in a pan but it is better and easier to prepare them in the oven.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 7 thin slices prosciutto
  • 20 prunes pitted
  • 20 tooth picks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 240°C (thermostat 8) and cover a baking tray with baking paper or aluminum foil.
  • Cut the prosciutto slices into thirds lengthwise.
  • Wrap each prune with a slice of prosciutto.
  • Secure with a wooden skewer (tooth pick).
  • Place the bites on the baking sheet and cook in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
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Zucchini Salad

A delicious and very simple way to consume raw zucchini. You will love this salad drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil.

Zucchini Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 personnes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 zucchinis washed
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • A trickle olive oil
  • Salt and pepper from the mill
  • A bit grated cheese (parmesan)
  • A few leaves parsley finely chiseled (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut both ends of the zucchinis. Using a mandoline or a vegetable peeler, slice them lengthwise into long, thin slices.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.
  • Place the zucchini slices in a dish, pour the sauce over them. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately, or chill first in the refrigerator. Add fresh herbs just before serving.
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Creamy Zucchini Soup

This deliciuos Creamy Zucchini Soup is extremely easy to cook. Only three main ingredients: zucchinis, onions and milk.

Creamy Zucchini Soup

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If you like Maggi broth cubes, add one to the soup while it is being boiled. By doing so, it is no longer needed to add salt, pepper, or herbs.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5 zucchinis
  • 3 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 300 ml water
  • 300 ml milk (2%)
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp mix of herbs de Provence
  • Few pinches of paprika for serving

Instructions
 

  • Peel and chop onions.
  • Peel and chop garlic.
  • Cut the zucchinis.
  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic. Cook until golden, while stirring constantly.
  • Add zucchinis, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  • Add water, milk and heavy cream. The level of liquid should just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the herbs of Provence and simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some milk or heavy cream. Bring to a boil once again and remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup, and add salt and pepper accordingly.
  • Serve the creamy soup and don’t forget to sprinkle with paprika or decorate with fresh herbs.
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Easy roasted chicken

Miam, who can resist this roasted chicken with its golden and crispy skin?! A very easy recipe.

Why not bake potatoes at the same time? Potatoes can be left unpeeled, and if they are small in size, you don’t even need to cut them into pieces.

Poulet au four facile

Easy roasted chicken

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To calculate the baking time for the chicken, a formula is usually used: 1 kg of chicken – 1 hour, plus 5 minutes for every subsequent 100 g, i.e., if the chicken weighs 1 kg 200 g, the baking time is 1 hour 10 minutes.
Personally, I never weigh the chicken, I rely on the color of the crust, and if there are any doubts, I pierce it with a knife or use a kitchen thermometer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole chicken giblets removed
  • 1 kg small-sized potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 cloves crushed garlic
  • a bit aromatic herbs Herbes de Provence
  • 1 lemon optional
  • a bit olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200C (420F).
  • Place the potatoes in an ovenproof dish or on a baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, and sprinkle with aromatic herbs.
  • Wash and pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Rub with salt, pepper, garlic, not forgetting the inside of the chicken. Place the lemon cut in half inside the chicken. Brush the chicken with olive oil.
    Place the chicken in the dish on top of the potatoes.
    Poulet au four facile
  • Put the dish in the oven for about 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Occasionally, baste the meat and potatoes with the cooking juice.
  • When the chicken is cooked inside (the juice that runs out is clear when pierced) and golden brown on the outside, remove the dish from the oven.
    Don't forget to check if the potatoes are cooked as well. If they are cooked before the chicken is done, they can be removed beforehand.
    Poulet au four facile
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Walnut Cake with Plums

You will love this walnut cake with plums.

“All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes. When dried, plums are called prunes, but the prune fruit comes from a different type of plant than plums.”

Whatever you call them, they’re the best combination with walnuts! 🙂

Walnut Cake with Plums

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 240 g softened butter
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g sifted flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 160 g ground walnuts
  • 6-12 pieces pitted dried plums (cut into 2-4pieces)
  • 8-10 halves walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Generously butter a skillet.
  • In a medium bowl combine butter and sugar together and beat until creamy.
  • Add eggs, flour, baking powder and mix until the batter is smooth. Add ground walnuts and mix.
  • Scrape the batter into the skillet and smooth the top with spoon. Lay slices of plums and walnuts halves on top of your cake.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. (Check often last 5-10 minutes).
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Pumpkin Soup

French recipe for a silky and smooth Pumpkin Soup with two main ingredients. Healthy, colorful, and easy to make. If you have a blender, you have to try this recipe as soon as pumpkins are in season.

To impress your guests, serve this soup in individual pumpkins.

Pumpkin Soup

Natalija
This soup is delicious and silky even without any cream. I add very little, just to make it look beautiful.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 leeks (white part only)
  • 1 medium pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkin (about 1.5 kg)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Some heavy whipping cream or sour cream (optional)
  • Some fresh herbs (cilantro, green onion, parsley) to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Wash and chop the leeks.
  • Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop (you can use the seeds for another recipe).
  • Peel and cut into regular cubes.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin cubes and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Transfer the veggies into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked.
  • Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add a little more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Taste for flavor, and feel free to add more salt or pepper.
  • Serve hot, with sour or heavy whipping cream and fresh herbs.

For a special presentation:

  • Cut off the top of a small pumpkin and scrape the inside.
  • Before adding the soup, heat the pumpkin for few minutes in the oven, then add the hot soup and serve immediately.
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Almond Croissant

How do you transform a simple croissant into a delicious almond croissant? If you find that the croissants from your supermarket are not good enough or if you want to “revive” yesterday’s croissants, fill them with almond cream and put them in the oven. Here’s an easy way to enjoy almond croissants for breakfast at home.

Almond Croissant

Almond Croissant

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You can prepare the almond cream and fill the croissants in the evening. In the morning, all you have to do is take the croissants out of the fridge, preheat the oven and prepare the coffee while waiting for your delicious almond croissants to be cooked.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 croissants (not so fresh)
  • 50 g softened butter
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp liquid vanilla (or a little rum)
  • A bit flaked almonds
  • A bit icing sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (400F).
  • In a bowl, beat the softened butter and the sugar together, then beat in the egg.
    Stir in the almond powder.
    Add the vanilla (or rum) and set it aside.
  • Cut the croissants lengthwise, without cutting them completely.
  • Fill the croissants with the almond cream.
  • Spread a little almond cream on the surface of the croissants.
  • Finish by putting the flaked almonds on the top, so they will stick together.
  • Place the croissants in the hot oven and let brown for 7-10 minutes.
  • Let the croissants cool a little then sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.
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Italian bell pepper salad

Another delicious recipe from the cookbook “Delices d’Italie” by Loukie Werle.

Salade de poivrons à l'italienne

Italian bell pepper salad

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A delicious salad, found in an Italian cookbook (Délices d'Italie by Loukie Werle).
A recipe that will please everyone, vegetarian or not. The peppers are roasted under the grill and then mixed with a tomato. An appetizer that is best eaten cold, so it can be prepared ahead of time.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refroidir 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large bell peppers (of different colors)
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 handful of basil leaves chiseled
  • 1 handful of mint leaves chiseled
  • 1 Tbsp capers (rinsed)
  • Salt and fresh pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill.
  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and membranes.
    Place peppers on a broiler rack, skin side up
  • Roast until the skin is blackened. Remove the peppers from the oven and put them in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into small cubes.
  • Chop the garlic cloves. Chop the basil and mint leaves
  • Remove the skin from the peppers and cut them into strips
  • Put all the chopped ingredients in a serving bowl. Add the capers. Season with salt and pepper then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for about one hour before serving.
    Salade de poivrons à l'italienne
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