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5 Stress Busting Cooking Tips – Take a Break!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Stress-busters |

If you are like me, you love cooking, baking, researching, adding, mixing and the whole nine yards, but there are times when I just want to lay back, relax and de-stress, not think about measuring cups, ratios, food allergies, meat temperatures etc. I am sure you guys have experienced it too and are sometimes looking forward to your piece of mind and creative ways to bust that stress. To that vibe, I thought I should list the top ways I stress bust:

1) Nature
This one is a no brainer and I guess not a surprise by any means if you read my blog. I love the outdoors, I love nature, it can really help elevate your mood and just forget about you iPad or Facebook Likes.

2) Meditation/Mindfulness
This one has been gaining momentum and people have started looking at alternate Eastern philosophies to de-stress. The picture of the calm monk or venerable guru are enough to stir up stereotypes and for good reason. I actually downloaded this app called HeadSpace which is really a good intro and step by step guide into mindfulness and how you can achieve some peace by meditation, give it a try!

3) Coloring books
Alright, this is the one on the list that is the latest and in-rage. Adults are buying coloring books by the drones and it seems to be helping some. Personally I enjoy a little bit of coloring, it does relax my mind and allows me to get lost in the mandalas (which is my favorite). Give it a try, but make sure you check out a good set of coloring pencils so you don’t rage while trying to sharpen a crappy quality one! Same goes for the quality of the paper for the coloring books.

4) Positive Attitude
This is one of the harder ones on this list, because it has to be learned. It takes time, practice and most of all patience. It does seem to have made a positive impact on my life though and I highly recommend it.

5) Good Food
Ha alright this one is kind of a cheat since we reached here to take some time off cooking. But it can be something that was cooked by someone else or something you bought. But good food is the spice of life and eating food such as fermented food with probiotics has a positive impact on the gut flora and this is vital for your second brain which is the gut and to keep your well being intact.

There you have it folks, my top 5 stress busting techniques. List yours in the comments below.

All About Asian Cuisine You Should Know

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Asian Cuisine, Chickpeas, Food, Healthy Diet, Hummus |

If you are a person who likes to try new thinks then you are at the right place. I did some research and discovered a lot about Asian cuisine. When I say Asian cuisine, I mean on South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian and Middle Asian food, and Central of course. This type of cuisine is based on specific type of culture (and tradition as well) which is very different from others. Here we talk about a large consumption of these kinds of ingredients such as sesame seeds, dried onions, soy, ginger (very healthy ingredient, and good in a fight against cancer by the way), rice and tofu. A very common and method that is applied in this part of the world is deep frying and stir frying. These methods make food tastier than it is with regular cooking, at least to me.

Since I have been on maternity leave, I had so much time to do a little research about this hidden treasure. I tried so many dishes whose name I couldn’t even pronounce. This doesn’t change the fact that they are out of this world. They are mouthwatering even at the first sight. All those bright colors mixed in your plate – it is just outstanding.

When I started with experiments in my kitchen, I discovered the best ingredient ever called chickpeas. You can’t imagine how many dishes you can make with only this single ingredient and those dishes are wonderful. Hummus is my favorite one. It goes with everything. You can eat it with bread or as a side dish. You can mix it with onion, pepper, basil or sesame and it still will be tasty. This is a light dish with strong aromatic components. The stronger aromatic components have a stronger taste. You can combine it with mint and coriander because it simply goes with everything.

The second thing you should know is the fact that Hummus is very nutritive and easy to prepare. All you need is chickpeas that you are going to boil. When the chickpea is done, you should put it in the blender. Add onion, olive oil or sesame oil some salt and lemon and blend it until it becomes smooth.

 This seeds are very high in protein and you can eat especially if you are doing any kind of workouts. The name chickpea comes from French “chiche” to “cicer” that comes from Latin and it means stingy, and if you translate it in Arabic, you will get the word “hummus”. Opposite to the meaning of its name, it is very high in proteins as I have already mentioned.

The best way to use it is as an appetizer or combined with flatbread popular named “pita”. It is served with falafel or grilled fish and chicken. You just simply can’t make a mistake. Personally I eat it for breakfast instead of chicken mash and when it is combined with yogurt it is outstanding. My husband likes it more as a side dish served with chicken.

Karadjordjeva’s Steak

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Food, Karadjordjeva’s Steak |

Being on my maternity, woke up my desire for cooking. I was so bored that I didn’t realize that I had slipped into the world of cooking. I wasn’t aware how cooking could be interesting. We all know to cook, well, at least most of us. We cook regular meals and that sometimes is boring, only because of the fact that we are cooking the same type of meals. When I stopped working I decided to explore and play with different traditions and cultures in the kitchen. I make an experiment and I try all kind of dishes.

For today I decide to talk about Karadjordje’s steak. I discover it on You Tube. The whole link was on Serbian language and I didn’t understand a word of what the girl was saying – maybe Novak Djokovic could help me with the translation. Anyways, I decided to look for a recipe and I found it on the internet. I combined what I saw the link and what I read and it turned out very tasty.

If you search it on the internet, you will find it on the Wikipedia – a precise explanation of its name for example. Who was Karadjordje at all? It was the Serbian Prince, who represents some kind of ideal for them. He is the symbol of bravery in their country betrayed by his own best man. You can learn a lot about history if you just do a little research about the origin of the names.

Although this historical hero of the Serbian culture comes from the XIX century, the dish was made in the middle of the XX century. It is an invention of the chef Mica Stojanovic from 1959. This dish was made basically by accident, because the chef was supposed to prepare Chicken Kiev for visitors from the Soviet Union and due to a lack of poultry he was forced to make it with veal. When he realized that dish was not tasty as with chicken, he decided to add the famous tartar sauce.  At the end, he named it Karadjordje’s steak and the dish became a real success.

The preparation is very simply and the result is remarkable. This meal is more than delicious. You just need veal or pork steak. You should stuff it with famous kajmak. If you don’t know what is kajmak, then you don’t know what you are missing. After that you should bread it and fry it in hot oil. The second part is preparation of tartar sauce and French Fries, which is more than easy.

Personally, I adore this meal because it is easy to prepare. You won’t need more than half an hour and you will be more than satisfied at the end. Don’t prepare it if you are on some kind diet. Don’t prepare any kind of Serbian food if you are on a diet! Their dishes are very strong and full of calories but the taste is outstanding. Usually I prepare it for celebrations, birthdays or any other events, but it is also an excellent Sunday lunch.

Chicken, Prosciutto And Zucchini

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Chicken, Food, Healthy Diet, Prosciutto, Zucchini |

May is around the corner and the market is full of fresh vegetables straight up from the farm onto your table. Spring onions, radishes, tomatoes, zucchini and many others, oozing with deliciousness, piled up on the stands, just waiting to be picked up and taken home. I went to my market yesterday and spotted my favorite vendor, Margaret, with a batch of fresh zucchini, beautiful in both color and shape. Immediately, I felt an urge for a zucchini flavored dish. I bought a good 3 pounds, just in case, and headed home in a hurry to see what to prepare tonight.

My relatives from Italy spoke of a wonderful prosciutto the last time i visited them; it was a few months ago. It is something you cannot buy in a store, because a friend of theirs makes it at home, for them and a selection of friends. I managed to smuggle a pound or two back home, but do not tell anyone! Anyway, you can use any kind of prosciutto for this meal, it will do just fine. Also, I had a few pieces of chicken breasts in my fridge from last night, and this is basically all i needed for a wonderful meal for my family.

You will also need some garlic, salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil, but these ingredients are a must-have so I assume that you have these in your kitchen at all times.

So, once you clean up the chicken breasts, if you had not removed the skin and the bones (or you cheated and bought the fillets), you will, of course, season the tender meat with some salt and pepper. Bring out your skillet and heat up some olive oil, maybe a tablespoon. Place the chicken in the hot oil and cook it for about 2 minutes on each side, just until you get that beautiful golden color. Then, you will put the chicken into your heat-proof bowl and cook it in the oven for about 8 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in a second skillet, heat up some more olive oil on medium heat. Once you cut up the prosciutto into small strands, you will cook it for about 1 or 2 minutes, just so it gets crispy. Once it is done, transfer the prosciutto into a plate. Using the same oil, cook the zucchini (which you previously cut up into thin half-moons), together with some thinly sliced garlic, just so the zucchini becomes tender and sweet. Of course, season well with some salt and pepper. Then, in a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients – the chicken, the prosciutto, and the zucchini – and toss it about, seasoning the whole mixture with some lemon juice.

I am sure you will love this easy, simple and delicious meal, and I am sure that your kids will love it, too! It will not be long before your son or daughter will sneak up to you and ask you when you will prepare this meal again.

Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Drinks, Food, Healthy Diet, Smoothie |

Probably the best way to lose weight is by adopting those methods that are scientifically approved. The number of smoothie recipes for weight loss in the recent times has grown exponentially. However, the standing question becomes, are all these smoothie recipes for weight loss genuine? In other words, can this recipes be relied on? Obviously the answer to this question is a big no.

In the recent past, there has been reported cases of people being greatly affected by such unapproved recipes. Such recipes may lead to very terrible diseases. Critical thinking involves gauging a procedure before enacting it. Therefore, it is better if health professional are consulted before any technique is put to test. The main reason why many people rush for such unapproved smoothie recipes is because they are more alluring. That is to say that most of these recipes give very promises.

Smoothie Recipes

There are so many smoothie recipes that can be used to reduce weight. If there is one diet you should consider as one of the smoothie recipes for weight loss then it is high fiber carbs. Some of the meals rich in fiber carbs include kidney beans, lentils and black beans. Research suggests that consuming large amounts of this meals significantly leads to weight loss. It is important to note that these high fiber carbs are good alternatives to white carbohydrates. Recent studies reveal that majority of those who consumed this meal category fared well in relation to weight loss.

Another smoothie recipe for weight loss is consumption of meals that are rich in protein. Obviously, there are so many foods in the market that have protein, but not all are good. You need to consider a meal of soya. Its protein content is without doubt so massive. You may be asking the relevance of a protein rich meal. The reason for this is that proteins help a lot in the burning of calories in your body. Therefore, it may be assumed that the more proteins a food has the more fats it burns which translates into weight loss. Scientists also allege that proteins help in maintain your lean muscles.

Milk is also another smoothie recipe for weight loss. It should be a milk that has no fats or has fats not exceeding one percent. Milk has both calcium and vitamin D. these two nutrients are essential in the breakdown of fats in the body. It is obvious that when fats are crystalized, then the weight loss is significant. This also means that one should avoid dairy products as they contain large proportions of fat. Finally, you should also include in your meals healthy fats foods such as Avocado. Fats are important in the generation of energy in the body and therefore their consumption will provide energy required in the burning of calories. It is important to say that fats should only be consumed in the required proportions.

In summary, there are so many smoothie recipes for weight loss. In fact, it is impossible to enumerate them. However, only adopt the most common and approved.