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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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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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This soup is super yummy.

It’s one of my all-time favorites, actually. This one and a wonderful lentil soup that I am going to prepare for you soon as well.

The vivid and optimistic colors of this soup are a pleasure to look at and its high content of vitamins and fiber means that this gorgeous soup is a powerful health bomb.

Your body will be thankful if you make it.
 
 

These are the ingredients.

 

I’d like to let you know that if you don’t have or can’t find parsley root anywhere there’s no need to pull out your hair. You can replace it with about 3 tablespoons of chopped leaf parsley.

Also the celery root (celeriac) can be replaced with about 3-4 chopped celery stalks.

No problem at all.
 
 

1. To prepare your own delicious bean soup, first rinse the beans, place them in a large bowl and cover with four times their volume of water. Leave the beans to soak for at least 6-8 hours, overnight is even better.

 

2. When the beans are soaked, drain the soaking water and rinse them.
 
 

3. Place the beans into a large pot and add 5 cups (1.25 l) water.
 
 

4. Then add 2 bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

 

5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer, cover and let cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until beans are tender.

The length of this process also depends on the variety of beans you are using. The larger the beans the longer the cooking time. I was using large red beans and they needed about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

6. When the beans are cooked remove the bay leaves.
 
 

7. In the meantime (while the beans are cooking), you can prepare your vegetables.

What we have here is the celery root, onion (I am using shallots here because life gets interesting sometimes and you might not find onions in your fridge but you don’t give up on your dream anyway), parsley root, carrot, potato and garlic cloves.
 
 

8. Here are the vegetables again. This time nicely cleaned and sliced, chopped and diced.

The celery and the potato were diced.

The carrot and parsley root were cut in half lengthwise and then sliced into little crescents.

The garlic was sliced and the shallots were chopped finely.

Nice.
 
 

9. Now pour the olive oil into a large pot and heat it until hot.
 
 

10. Add the vegetables (except the garlic).

 

11. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook your vegetable mixture over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
 
 

12. Add the ground cumin, chile powder and garlic. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
 
 

13. Then add the beans along with their cooking liquid, …

 
 

14. … the chicken stock …
 
 

15. … and the lemon juice.

 

16. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until all vegetables are soft.
 
 

And serve.

I like to eat this soup as is or with slices of fresh bread.

It’s so good!

Enjoy, dear friends!

 

(This soup makes 8 cups/2 l and serves 6 hungry people.)
 

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I’ve been craving nice homemade rolls for quite some time.

The instant I saw the recipe for these heavenly Soft Garlic Knots over at AnniesEats I knew my fate was sealed.

With the recipe as flawless as this one, everything went perfectly.

Oh, and yes, there’s yeast. Please, don’t let that fact scare you off. The yeast in this recipe is nothing more than one of a few ingredients that creates the dough and that’s it. The magic will happen by itself, dear friends, there are no special tricks of trade involved.

This is a simple recipe which yields amazing results.
 
 

In case you really need to have these knots too, of which I am just sure, here are the ingredients.

 

 

These knots can be kneaded in an electric mixer or simply just by hand. That really depends on your decision.

1. To start, place the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, yeast and salt) into a bowl and stir them to combine.
 
 

2. Then add the wet ingredients (olive oil, milk and water) and stir again just to combine.
 
 

3. Now, using the dough attachment of your electric mixer, mix the dough for about 8 minutes.

If you want to do this by hand, the process will last a little longer.

What we are going for here is a smooth and elastic dough.
 
 

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat…
 
 

…and cover with a plastic wrap.

 
 

5. Allow to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
 
 

6. Turn the dough onto a very lightly floured surface and divide it into 8 equal pieces.

To do that I used a knife. I first divided the dough into halves. Then I cut each half into halves again so I had 4 pieces. And finally I cut each piece into halves again which resulted in 8 equal pieces.

 

7. Use the palms of your hands to roll each ball into a 10-inch (26 cm) long rope.

If the dough is too sticky then use a little flour to dust it with. The ropes can’t be sticky because you wouldn’t be able to form the knots.
 
 

8. Now tie the rope into a knot.
 
 

9. Take the end lying underneath the knot and bring it over the top, tucking it into the center and take the end lying over the knot and tuck it underneath and into the center.
 
 

10. Transfer the knots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover with a clean kitchen towel.

 

11. Let the knots rise for another 45 minutes.
 
 

12. In the meantime you can prepare the glaze.

Melt the butter (microwave is perfectly okay) and press the garlic into it.

Instead of pressing the garlic through the press you can just mince it finely.
 
 

13. Add the dried oregano…
 
 

14. …and mix it all together.
 
 

15. When your knots are nice and puffy…
 
 

…brush the glaze onto them.

 

 

16. Place the knots into a preheated oven (350 °F – 175 °C) and bake for about 15-18 minutes.

This will smell like heaven, I’m telling you.

It’s amazing!

Your neighbors will come knocking on your door begging for the recipe.
 
 

These cuties taste best when still a little warm.

They perfectly accompany a delicious soup, or, when I think about it, they perfectly accompany just anything.

Enjoy, dear friends!
 

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Farfalle pasta is the best!

Don’t you think?

This kind of pasta has grown closest to my heart. For some reason it even tastes better than the other kinds.

Yum!

 

This time I’ve decided to prepare these lovely little bow-ties with a very simple tomato sauce.

But there’s this thing I need to own up… I saw Feta cheese in the fridge and just couldn’t resist and had to add it to the sauce. The temptation was too strong. Stronger than me.

The result?

The cheese has given a unique tang to the sauce and it was all perfectly yummilicious!
 
 

These are the ingredients that you need if you want to make your own Tomato-Feta Farfalle.
 
 

1. First, peel and slice the garlic thinly.
 
 

2. Then pour the olive oil into a pan and heat it up.

 

3. When the oil begins to sizzle add the garlic.

Cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly.
 
 

4. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt and sugar and stir again.
 
 

5. Now cut your Feta cheese into little cubes (or just crumble it if you feel especially mischievous)…
 
 

6. …and add it to the sauce.

 

 

7. Stir it all and let cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Stir every two minutes or so.

 

I wonder, will I ever tire of this color?

I don’t think so.

The color of tomato sauce might actually be the reason why I fell in love with food photography.

 

8. In the meantime, grab the basil leaves, give them a rough chop…
 
 

9. …and add them to the sauce about 18 minutes into the cooking process so that the basil can cook with the sauce for about two minutes.

 
 

You’ll notice that the sauce has reduced in volume a little and has become more thick.

 
 

10. Cook the bow-ties according to the package instructions.
 
 

And serve.

You can even sprinkle a little Parmesan on top. That will transfer you to heaven instantly.

Enjoy, dear friends!


(This recipe makes 6 portions and will take you about 30 minutes to prepare.)

 

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If you are looking for a nice comfort meal that will satisfy you and your loved ones then you need to look no longer.

Because this is the right thing for you.

I just know it.

It’s Chicken Parmesan.

A flavorful combination of chicken, tomato sauce and cheese.

The best thing ever!
 
 

Here are the ingredients.
 
 

1. We are going to start by preparing the tomato sauce.

First, grate one half of the onion and place it into a medium saucepan.

It sounds like a strange thing to do – to grate an onion – but doing so will create smaller onion pieces and release more of the onion’s juices.

But then, you know how it works – rules are made to be broken. So if you don’t feel like grating it, then just give it a good chop.
 
 

2. Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the onions and place the saucepan over medium-high heat.
 
 

3. Heat the mixture up and let the onions saute for about 2-3 minutes.
 
 

4. Peel the cloves of garlic, press them and add them into the saucepan.

If you don’t have a press then just mince the garlic finely.
 

5. Cook until fragrant – for about one minute.
 
 

6. Then add the tomatoes.
 
 

7. Add the oregano, salt and sugar.
 

8. Bring to a simmer. Then reduce the heat to maintain the simmer.
 

9. Cook uncovered for about 10-12 minutes.
 
 

Meanwhile, we can prepare the chicken.

 

10. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
 

11. Rinse the chicken breasts under cold running water and pat dry – this is the thing I just always do, probably because my Mom said so.
 

12. Working one at a time, place a chicken cutlet between two layers of plastic wrap (or wax paper).

With a meat pounder, pound the chicken pieces to flatten them to an even thickness – between 1/4 – 1/2 inch (0.6 – 1 cm).

If you don’t have a meat pounder, you can use a rubber mallet, an empty wine bottle or a heavy rolling pin.

Working in kitchen can be a lot of fun sometimes.
 
 

13. Salt the chicken pieces generously.
 
 

14. Now we need two bowls.

In one bowl whisk together the eggs.
 
 

15. And in the second bowl mix together one half of the Parmesan cheese (grated) and  the breadcrumbs.
 
 

16. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
 

17. Dredge the chicken pieces (one piece at a time) first in the egg mixture…
 
 

18. …and then in the breadcrumbs.

I like to use tongs or two forks to do this.

Or both if I feel especially mischievous.
 
 

19. Then lay the pieces in the hot pan.
 
 

20. Turn the heat to medium, then gently fry the cutlets until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
 
 

21. Spread about 3/4 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) casserole pan or baking dish.
 

22. Once the cutlets are nicely browned on both sides, arrange them on top of the tomato sauce.
 
 

23. Spoon the rest of the tomato sauce over each of the cutlets.
 

24. Slice the basil leaves roughly and sprinkle them over the sauce.

Me love basil!

Me have my own plant!

Me is happy to have my own plant!
 
 

25. Grate (or slice) the mozzarella (or Edam cheese) thinly…
 
 

26. …and place the slices on top.
 

27. Sprinkle the whole dish with the rest (1/2 cup – 50 grams) of the Parmesan cheese.
 
 

28. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
 
 

Oh my!
 
 

Serve this scrumptious meal with spaghetti and the remaining sauce.

Or… mm… in a large roll.

And most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!
 

(This recipe was adapted from SimplyRecipes.com.)
 

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