I’ve discovered this amazing creamy salad two years ago and now I can’t imagine my life without it. Since it’s so easy to make and since it tastes absolutely delicious, it’s no wonder I tend to make it at least once a week every summer. Those vibrant green beans are cooked in salted water just until they become tender, without losing their bite. After they are cooked to perfection, I cool them down in ice cold water, to make sure they keep their lovely color. While the beans rest in cold water, I make mayonnaise, I mix it with Greek yogurt and season it with garlic and parsley. I dress my chilled beans with this creamy sauce and I devour the salad without regrets.
Ingredients (for 4 servings):
- 500g green beans
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- salt to taste
- Trim the beans. Wash the green beans and trim their ends. Cu them in half using a sharp knife.
- Cook the beans. Fill a large pot with water, cover with a lid and bring to a boil.
- When the water starts to boil, add 1 Tbsp of salt. Add the beans and simmer them for 7 – 8 minutes.
- Blanch the beans. Meanwhile prepare the ice bath by adding 1 cup of ice to a bowl filled with cold water. Carefully drain the beans and immediately place them in the ice bath. Let them cool completely and drain them using a colander.
- Prepare the sauce. Meanwhile prepare the mayonnaise (this is the technique I use). In a large bowl mix it with Greek yogurt, lemon juice and minced garlic.
- Serve. Add the green beans to the bowl and stir. Season with salt and serve it with toast.
- Leftovers. Place the leftovers (if any) in a bowl, cover with cling film and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Since my adorable pultry farm has seen the light of he day Ițve been testing and developing lots of egg-based recipes. We enjoy chicken eggs as well es quail eggs, goose eggs, duck eggs, guinea fowl eggs and if I forgot to mention any other cute feathered creature that carelessly lounges in backyarg, I ask for forgiveness. The business is quite simple we give them love (and corn) and they give us eggs. I’ve noticed that I tend to cook quail eggs more often than any other variety of eggs and I base my decision not as much on the nutrition aspect, but on the fact that it takes no time for them to cook. An whenever I eat a whole quail egg I like to pretend that I’m having a regular-sized egg and I’m just a giant but that’s a whole other level of childness.
My favorite quail egg recipe is also the simplest recipe I know, not to mention it hardly takes more than 15 minutes. For this recipe I like to boil the egg for about 3 minutes. I remove their shell and I serve them with a velvety garlic and Greek yogurt sauce. I don’t know exactly what makes them perfect. Maybe the fact that the simplicity of the sauce make the eggs shine. Maybe the fact that making the aioli sauce reminds me of graceful my grandmother used to make the mayonnaise. Or maybe hypnotic traces the torn bread leave in the yellow sauce. I simply don’t know. Continue reading Quail Eggs with Garlic & Greek Yogurt Sauce
Sometimes, I’m simply not looking for symmetries, geometries and flawlessness. Sometimes, a rustic dessert chaotically dropped on a white plate creates for me an ecstatic state of mind, a genuine satisfaction that no other form of perfection could ever bring. Moments like that tell me it’s time to make a crumble.
Fruit crumble isn’t the most aesthetic dessert that you could think of, I give you that, but the taste is simply divine. Those fresh fruit that bake in their own juice, creating a silky, flavorful sauce go wonderfully with the crunchy buttery crust. For this particular crumble I used meaty June cherries, I flavored them with rose water (vanilla or almond extract work beautifully too) and I topped them with a buttery almond flake mixture. A delicious madness! Continue reading Cherry and Almond Crumble
Veggie pasta salad is a wonderful dish. It is a satisfying salad, as well as delicious and it tastes even better the next day. Regarding the ingredients, sky is the limit; you can add in your salad all kinds of veggies, herbs, dairy products or even fruit.
I tried to make my recipe healthier but I still wanted that rich taste, so I made a few changes. I used whole wheat fusilli, juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh snow peas and for the creamy dressing I used Greek yogurt, fresh mint and only 2 tablespoons of homemade mayo. The result was mouth-watering! Continue reading Pasta Salad With Cherry Tomatoes and Snow Peas
These hearty baked salmon croquettes are simply exquisite and easy to make. They have a flavorful and creamy center and a crispy crust. They are delicious served alone, maybe paired with a slice of homemade bread but I decided to serve them with horseradish sauce and mango salsa. Continue reading Salmon Croquettes with Horseradish Sauce and Mango Salsa
This potato salad is a healthier approach to classic mayonnaise potato salad. Since I started cooking, I tried a lot of recipes, but I haven’t found the perfect one. I tried to include lots of different ingredients, some of them fitted like a glove, some of them made my salad taste at least… weird. So, I finally have my own version, a version that is both tasty and nutritious.
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I serve stuffed eggs on each and every single Christmas dinner. I remember that my grandmother used to make huge amounts of stuffed eggs. I mean two or three platters. I loved those eggs so much that I used to live only on them for at least three days after Christmas. My grandmother’s recipe was very tasty; she used to fill hard boiled eggs with a flavorful butter and pork loin pâté and serve them with a decadent sour cream and mayonnaise sauce.
I took her recipe and made a few swaps so I developed a healthier vegetarian version. I dye my hard boiled eggs with beetroot juice, fill them with a cream cheese mixture and serve them with a tangy remoulade sauce.
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