Seasonal Radishes Salad

Even with it’s simplicity, this seasonal radishes salad will look good on any table arrangement. You just need fresh radishes and fresh herbs for this recipe. These thinly sliced radishes create a colorful and delicious entree that will please any veggie-lover. Add your favorite fresh herbs, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. You can use any vinegar you like: white, apple or balsamic. I like to make this salad with white vinegar. This salad looks amazing if served in a white salad bowl.

Seasonal Radishes Salad

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If prefer it, you can replace the vinegar and oil with a tablespoon of sour cream or Greek yogurt .
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bunches radish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh herbs (dill, green onion, parsley) chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Wash and cut off roots from the radishes, slice thinly. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.
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Homemade Olive Tapenade

The homemade olive tapenade is a dip or paste made with olives (black or green), anchovies and capers. This appetizer comes from Provence, France and is great with fresh bread or toast. With the help of a food processor, or blender, this hors d’oeuvre is ready within 5 minutes.

Homemade Olive Tapenade

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The anchovies are very salty. If you find your tapenade too salty, add more olives or olive oil.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g black olives pitted
  • 1 Tbsp capers (optional)
  • 20 g anchovies filets in oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon (juice only)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in an electric blender. Pulse a few times until finely chopped. The tapenade should have small pieces of olives. Do not over blend!
  • Serve with crackers or fresh baguette slices.
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Greek salad

This Greek salad is one of my favorite things. No matter how much I make, it seems to always disappear.

Greek salad

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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dry oregano leaves
  • 100 g greek Kalamata olives pitted
  • 100 g feta cheese
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Cut the tomatoes in quarters.
  • Slice the cucumbers in half long ways (remove seeds if desired) and cut 1/4 inch slices, starting at one end, so that you end up with bunch of half moon shapes or the letter “C”.
  • Remove the core and seeds from the bell pepper and cut into strips.
  • Peel the onion and cut into perfectly thin slices.
  • Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper and olives in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and dry oregano. Mix.
  • Top it with sliced feta cheese. Squeeze the lemon on salad and drizzle with olive oil.
  • If you like to serve your Greek Salad in individual cups, you can cut the vegetables into small cubes.
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Stunning French Chocolate Tart

You don’t have to be a famous chef or spend days in your kitchen to make a delicious dessert. You can make this amazing, stress-free chocolate tart in no time, especially when using a ready to bake pie crust. The hardest part is to wait for chocolate to firm up, then you can finally try a piece…. or two 🙂

 

 

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Stunning French Chocolate Tart

Higher quality chocolate makes a better tart. Decorate the tart with nuts or raspberries.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet ready to bake pie crust
  • 360 ml heavy cream
  • 300 g dark chocolate (60-70% cacao)

Instructions

  • For easy removal, grease the bottom of the tart pan with butter or line the bottom with parchment paper. Roll the dough out, transfer to the tart pan, trim the excess dough and prick all over with a fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the tart in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and set aside on the serving plate.
  • Meanwhile, bring the heavy cream to a boil, then pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes. Stir gently until the mixture becomes smooth and dark.
  • Pour chocolate ganache into crust to the top. Cool completely. If you made this dessert during the hot summer, it will be the best to refrigerate it. If it's not too hot in your kitchen, let it stand on the counter top at room temperature.

Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese

It’s a super simple and fantastic 10 minutes appetizers, that I could eat a plateful. And when it comes to cheese, you are the boss. You can choose any hard/firm cheese that you like, as long as you’ll be able to grate it.

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Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese

Please don't use store-bought shredded cheese, it will not taste the same trust me, it is not so hard to shred the cheese after all.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 4-6 tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to aste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 100 g hard cheese
  • some olive oil (optional)
  • some fresh herbs parsley, green onion, dill,

Instructions

  • Wash and cut the tomatoes into circles and layer them on the plater. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grate garlic, using microplane, sprinkle it on top of the tomatoes. Using the same microplane shred the cheese. Evenly layer on top of the tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with some olive oil and garnish with fresh herbs.

Cucumber Tomato & Green Onion Salad

Looking for a “quick” salad  to make? This cucumber and tomato salad is not just fast and easy salad to make, it is also a great summer side dish that goes perfectly with fish, potato, rice, omelet or just by itself.

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Cucumber tomato & green onion salad

Adding any other vegetables to this salad is not prohibited! Use olive oil instead of sour cream if you don't like sour cream.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cucumber sliced
  • 5-6 tomatoes quartered
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Some green onions chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream

Instructions

  • In the bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and gently toss. Serve right away.

Chickpea salad with bell pepper

Cans are usually pretty handy at home or on the go; there is no need to go to a store and they are quick to prepare. This chickpea salad is a great example of the usefulness of cans. Just open a can and mix it with other ingredients available at home.

There are multiple recipes of salads with this legume: here is one of them with bell pepper, olives and fresh cilantro.

 

 

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Chickpea salad with bell pepper

This salad can by served immediately or chilled for few hours to get all of its flavors.
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 400 g (1 can) garbanzo beans drained
  • 1 bell pepper cored and slices
  • 80 g olives (black or green), drained and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1/2 red onion cut into thin slices
  • Fresh herbs (cilantro or parsley), finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 Tsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine all veggies in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with freshly pressed lemon juice and olive oil. Toss gently.

Quick Almond Cake

This is very unique recipe. All you have to do is whisk all the ingredients together in the mixer bowl for 1-2 minutes, bake for 30 minutes and voilà, you can enjoy the cake with your favorite cup of tea.

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Quick Almond Cake

You can use any cake pan you like or have. My favorite one is loaf pan, and I usually make it without the almonds on top. Easy to cut and easy to pack for lunch or picnic.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 190 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g unsalted butter softened
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 100 g almond flour
  • 60 g all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds (optional)
  • 1 tsp confectioner's sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Grease a cake pan.
  • In a medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan. You can sprinkle with almonds if desire.
  • Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove your cake from the oven and allow it to cool. Transfer to a plater. Dust it with powdered sugar before serving.

Heart-shaped Ice Cream

This heart-shaped Ice Cream will please your significant other without having to spend the whole day cooking. Ice cream in the shape of a heart served with a cloud of whipping cream dusted with grated chocolate. This icy dessert will melt hearts!

Heart-shaped Ice Cream

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Choose your favorite sorbet or ice cream flavor (or your significant other’s) and serve this dessert with whipping cream, chocolate and fruit.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g chocolate ice cream (or another your favorite ice cream/sorbet )
  • 50 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%) very cold
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Grated chocolate
  • Few red berries (blueberry, raspberry…)

Instructions
 

  • Take the ice cream out of the freezer and leave it out for 5 minutes to make it softer. Put the ice cream in a heart shaped mold. Cover with plastic wrap and put it back in the freezer for around 45 minutes.
  • Submerge the mold under hot water for a couple seconds (wipe the water off of the mold with a towel so that the serving plate does not get wet).
  • Remove the ice cream from the mold onto a plate. Put the plate into the freezer.
  • Whip the heavy cream with the sugar until fluffy. Don’t over beat.
  • When serving, put the whipping cream on the heart. Decorate with nuts, grated chocolate, and red berries. Serve right away.
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