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Hi guys!

Yes, I am back. Feeling so much better.

Even though I still have no clue what has been causing my health to deteriorate recently, I know for sure that I am getting better and feel new waves of energy entering my body. After almost four long months of living like a zombie.

It feels great to come to life again!

Oh, and the most important thing – I’d love to thank all of you who’s thought of me, or sent me a comment or an email. You’ve really helped lift my spirits. Big THANKS, guys! You are the best. I have always thought so. And I always will.

Love you !

 

So, with this new energy in me I walked into the kitchen the other day and I decided to prepare something very colorful, healthy and energizing.

It is this Spring Chicken Salad.

With noodles.

And it is yummy.

 

Here’s what we need.

 

If you feel inspired and would like to have this salad on your plate too, then this is how you can prepare it.

 
 

1. First, rinse the green onions under cold running water, pat them dry and slice them.

In this dish we are going for long strips of colorful vegetables.

 
 

2. Peel the carrot and cut it into thin strips too.

 
 

3. Core the red bell pepper and remove all seeds.

 
 

4. And, yes, strips again.

 
 

5. Then grab your herbs.

You can use parsley or cilantro (coriander).

And you can either use whole leaves or chop them finely.

Depending on what makes you happy.

 

And that’s it for the vegetable part.

Now let’s make some sauce.

 
 

6. To make the sauce, peel two cloves of garlic.

 
 

7. Press or mince the garlic finely.

Place it into a small bowl.

 
 

8. Squeeze half a lemon.

Add the juice to the garlic.

 
 

9. Add the soy sauce and the sweet chilli sauce.

Stir a little.

And that’s our flavorful sauce.

Easy!

 
 

10. Now we need two pieces of washed chicken breasts.

 
 

11. Slice each breast in half horizontally to make it thinner.

Then cut each piece into strips against the grain.

 
 

12. Pour the vegetable oil into a larger pan and heat it over medium-high heat.

 

13. Then add the chicken and salt.

 
 

14. Fry, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes.

 
 

15. Then add the vegetables.

 
 

16. Add the parsley leaves and the sauce.

 
 

17. And stir-fry for about 5-6 more minutes.

The vegetables should still remain a little crunchy.

This is a salad, after all.

A warm salad.

 
 

18. Taste the chicken and add more salt if necessary.

 
 

And that’s it.

So simple.

All we need to do now is to prepare some noodles.

 
 

19. These are noodles.

I love noodles. So I’ve put this poem together.
 

MY ODE TO NOODLES:

Noodles are good.

Noodles are pretty.

They make this world a better place.

I love noodles.

If they were on facebook, I’d be a fan.

The end.

 

A little too sophisticated, I agree with you.

But that’s how I function.

 
 

20. Cook the noodles.

 
 

And serve your dish.

Like this.

 
 

Or like this.

 

Or mixed together.

The choice is yours.

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

Love,

Petra

 

(The recipe has been adapted from www.taste.com and makes 2-3 portions.)

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Chicken Stroganoff is a lovely variation of the well-known and famous Beef Stroganoff.

 

Beef or chicken, frankly, this dish is amazing.

Just imagine – tender chunks of meat covered with flavorful creamy sauce served over hot noodles.

 

And I haven’t told you everything yet.

Ladies and gentlemen… there’s bacon!

See?

You just have to make this…
 
 

This is what you need.

Plus noodles.

 
 

1. First, chop the leek.

You can also use onion instead.

 
 

2. Cut the skinless and boneless chicken breast into strips or cubes, whatever you prefer.

 

I parted that chicken myself.

Early in the morning.

There’s nothing like parting a chicken while drinking coffee early in the morning.

There’s certain magic to it.

Horror magic.

 
 

3. In a large non-stick skillet or pan, fry the slices of bacon over medium heat…

 
 

… until crisp.

 

4. Remove the bacon from the pan and cut it into small chunks (or crumble it).

 
 

5. Add the leek to the drippings in the pan.
 
 

6. Then add the chicken cubes/strips.

 
 

7. Sauté together for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently.

 
 

8. Now we need our spices: ground black pepper, red paprika, pressed or minced garlic cloves, and salt.

 
 

9. Throw all the spices into the chicken-leek mixture. Add the bouillon and bacon.

 

10. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

 

You may want to transfer the whole mixture into a smaller pot if you don’t have a lid that large.

 
 

11. In the meantime you can cook the noodles.

 

12. Also, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream and the flour and stir until smooth.

 
 

13. Add the sour cream mixture to the pan/pot. Bring to a boil.

 

14. Then reduce heat and let simmer for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Your sauce will become thicker and creamier.

 
 

Serve your Chicken Stroganoff over hot noodles.

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This recipe was adapted from ivillage.com and make 2 portions.)

 

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Are you one of those people who, like me, had thought that cheesecake and chocolate are not possible together?

Well, then I have something to tell you.

Something very important.

Something enlightening!

Dear friends, cheesecake and chocolate ARE possible to exist together.

SO possible.

Beyond possible!

Finger-licking possible!

Let me show you…
 
 

These are our lovely ingredients.
 

1. First, place the first three ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer…
 
 

2. …and beat them at medium-low speed until combined.

Then increase the speed to medium, and beat until well blended and crumbly.
 
 

3. Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch (33 x 22 cm) pan.

A good trick is to use the bottom part of a measuring cup or a glass to do that.
 
 

4. Preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

This is a lovely, delicious and easy substitute for crushed wafers that are often used in cheesecake recipes.

Cool, huh?
 
 

5. Now, let’s make the cheesecake filling.

Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer and beat at medium speed until creamy.
 
 

6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition.
 
 

7. Finally, add the sour cream, vanilla, and one cup of the chocolate chunks.

Beat just until blended.

Of course, you can use chocolate chips instead of the chunks.
 
 

8. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked crust.
 
 

9. And using a spoon or an offset spatula, even out the surface.
 
 

10. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 25 minutes or until set.

 

11. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
 
 

12. Then melt the rest of your chocolate chunks.

Microwave oven will work just fine.

(Oh, and use microwave friendly dishes, please. The one in the picture hadn’t gone to the microwave oven. If it had, things would have gotten sparkly… I guess. Don’t ask me how I know. Please.)

 
 

13. Stir the melted chocolate until smooth. Then drizzle the chocolate over the cheesecake.

 

14. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Then cut into bars.

Also, I’ve found out that it’s fine to reheat the bars in the microwave oven for a little while before serving. That way the chocolate will melt slightly making the whole eating experience even more divine.
 
 

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This lovely recipe was adapted from here. The recipe makes about 14 3×1.5-inch (8 x 4 cm) bars. The recipe takes about 1 hour to prepare and about 4 hours to chill. And the whole thing takes about 10 minutes to eat. Funny but true.)
 

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I’ve found a gorgeous recipe!

I may also have found my favorite chef.
 

The recipe took me into the world of delicious mushrooms which are cooked in a creamy thyme sauce.

Yum!

As if not head-spinning enough already, it’s all served over a fragrant and scrumptious garlic toast.

I really loved being in that world.
 

The moment I saw the original recipe presented by John Mitzewich it became completely clear to me that I had to have that thing in my life.

And would you like to know what that lovely chef said about this recipe? Well, he said the following: “If you make this, people will think you can cook.”

Awesome, ha?

And now I completely understand what this cute and helpful guy was talking about…
 
 

These are our ingredients.

 
 

1. To make your own mushroom ragout, first slice the mushrooms.

I am using white button mushrooms (Champignons) for this recipe.

 
 

2. In a large, large (large!) pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

If you want to go super yummy, you can use 1 tablespoon of melted butter instead of the oil.

 

3. Place the mushrooms in the pan – just pile them up, they will fit.
 
 

4. Then add the salt and pepper, stir and sauté the mushrooms until brown.

This should take about 15 minutes.

Your mushrooms will cook down substantially.
 
 

Okay, the next step involves wine.

And this is what happens when I see wine around me.

It seems that my hands start to tremble with joy.

Or maybe it’s not joy.

Anyhow, cheers!
 
 

5. When the mushrooms are nicely suatéed, slice the garlic, throw it in and sauté for about 30 second.

 

6. Add the wine and let cook for another 30 seconds.

 

7. Then pour in the chicken stock, cream and add the thyme.

Stir and let cook for about 3 more minutes. Our ragout will slowly start to thicken up.

Then taste and add more salt if needed.

 

 

8. And since it’s done now, remove the pan from heat.

 
 

Oh, my!
 
 

9. Now we can get our garlic toasts ready.

This couldn’t be easier.

Just toast a slice of bread in the toaster and rub it with a clove of raw garlic.

And you have a quick instant garlic toast.

This is a very nice trick.
 
 

10. Finally, spoon the ragout over your freshly made garlic toast.

And enjoy!

 

This yummy treat can be also served in other delicious ways – with a salad or over a piece of chicken or steak.

Mmm!
 

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Lentils are my favorite legumes.

My body loves them and craves them very often.

Well, sometimes my body cannot decide between legumes and eggnog. But all-in-all, I really love lentils.

 

I’ve made this particular soup for the first time in my life.

I make lentil soups quite often but not the Indian ones.

The thing is that I had been playing with the idea of making this kind of soup for some time and all I needed and was trying to find were the right Indian spices.

The day I saw Garam Masala and Turmeric in one magical shop my vision was finally free to turn into reality – the yummy Lentil Soup with Indian Spices.

So, here’s what I did and how I improvised…
 
 

These are the ingredients that I’ve used.
 
 

And here they are again.

Mmm, this looks promising.
 
 

1. Firstly, let’s get some chopping done – chop the onion and the chili pepper finely. Then dice up the tomato. And give the garlic cloves a nice fine chop as well.
 
 

2. Rinse the lentils under cold running water. Place them into a pot and cover with water (3 1/2 cups – 870 ml).
 

3. Cook the lentils until just almost ‘fully tender’. We need them to be almost done.

I was using halved red lentils and this process took only about 4 minutes. If you use whole red lentils it might take a little longer. To check how tender the lentils are just eat a few. Easy!

 
 

4. In the meantime, heat the oil in a larger pan or pot.

 

5. Add the mustard seeds and watch the magic happen – they will enjoy the warmth of the oil so much that they will start to pop with joy. As a result, they will taste sweet and nutty.

Let the seeds pop for about 20 seconds.

 

6. Then add the cumin seeds, turmeric and chopped onions.

Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
 
 

7. After that, add the garlic. Stir and cook together for about 1 minute.
 
 

8. Add the chopped tomato and chili pepper.

Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring every now and then.
 
 

9. Then add the lentils and their cooking water.

 

10. Add the garam masala powder and salt to taste (I used about 3/4 tsp).

 
 

11. Let come to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 more minutes.
 
 

And that’s it!

This is an unbelievably simple, delicious and quick-to-make soup.

Enjoy, dear friends!

It’s healthy, yummy and good for you.
 

(This recipe makes 3-4 portions and takes about 30 minutes to make.)

Source: Saboot Masoor Masala Dal from ItsLife.in.

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I’m in love with apples and cinnamon.

Forever.

I’ve noticed that I can go without some treat from the cinnamon-apple realm for about two days.

Hm.

It seems that I have issues.

Wonderful and delicious apple-cinnamon-fall issues.

 

Anyway, as I was searching for the right recipe I found out there were loads and loads of different variations of the apple cake.

I borrowed a little from here and a little from there and created this ultra-simple and easy version.

Luckily, everything turned out perfect and the cake tasted just as I’d wished it would have.

Yummilicious!
 
 

Here’s what you need if you want to make it too.

Which is highly advised!
 
 

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
 

2. Then prepare your dry ingredients.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
 
 

3. Now, in the bowl of your electric mixer, whisk the butter and 1/3 cup – 70 grams (!) of sugar until light and fluffy.

Please notice that I am using only half of the sugar amount for the batter.

The other half will go on top of the cake.

 

4. Add the whole egg and mix just until blended.
 
 

5. Add the flour mixture in three additions, …
 
 

6. …alternating with the milk, beating until just combined.

The batter is done.

Easy.
 
 

Now we need one apple – any kind, sweet or tart.

 
 

7. Peel the apple.
 
 

8. Cut it in half.

 

9. Using a sharp knife, remove the core.
 
 

10. And slice the apple.

 
 

11. Grab a round pie pan (it should have the capacity of 4 cups/1 liter) and grease it with some butter.

 

12. Pour the batter in the pan and even out the surface.

 

 

13. Lay the apple slices on the batter in concentric circles, starting at the outside edge.
 
 

14. Now, for the final touch we need the remaining sugar (1/3 cup – 70 grams).

Combine the sugar with the cinnamon in a bowl…
 
 

15. …and sprinkle the heavenly fragrant mixture over the apples.

Just like this.

It might seem like a lot but it will be all right.

I promise.
 
 

16. Bake for 25 minutes.

 

17. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool on the wire rack.
 
 

Oh, yum!

You can serve this cake as is or (OR!) with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

I thank heavens for that combination very, very often.

 

Enjoy, dear friends!

(This recipe was vastly adapted from SimplyRecipes.com.)

 

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Mulled wine is my favorite fall and winter drink.

It’s hot and sweet and it possesses a very special power – it makes both your limbs and your soul beautifully warm.

 

I got this recipe from my beloved Mom. It’s traditional in our family, it’s simple, it’s fragrant and it’s beyond delicious.

If you’ve never tried it before, you definitely need to.

It’ll make you happy!
 
 

Here are the ingredients.

Simple, right?
 
 

These are the ingredients posing again just for you.

The water couldn’t make it to the picture ’cause it’s just too slow.

(Oh, yes, I am drinking the wine when writing this… how could you guess that?)
 
 

Cinnamon.

I love cinnamon.

Cinnamon is the spice of my life.
 
 

1. To make your own mulled wine, pour the wine into a medium saucepan.

2. Add the water.
 
 

3. Add the lemon juice, sugar and spices.
 
 

4. Place the saucepan over low heat.

5. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

This mixture shouldn’t be boiling – that would make the alcohol evaporate. And, gee, that is the last thing in the world we want, right?

 
 

6. Remove from heat and strain into a large jug (or just remove the spices).

7. Serve in glasses while still warm.

 
And most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!
 

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