Broccoli Melody

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The cold breeze of this evening is definitely a call for a warm rich soup that would spread love and happiness both in your tummy and among its tasters. As a child I always loved the look of the broccoli vegetable but sadly not its taste at the time, so I would always want it there to beautify my plate (food designer at a young age) yet did not really enjoy it much. Later on in life you realize that there are absolutely beautiful flavors that you can tackle to get the most of this pretty sort of “flower”.

To make this heartwarming soup you need:

– 2 Tbsp Butter

– 1 Onion (Chopped Fine)

– 2 Celery Sticks (Chopped Fine) (Optional)

– 3 Cups Of Chicken Stock

– 8 Cups Of Broccoli Florets

– 3 Tsp Butter

– 3 Tbsp Flour

– 2 Cups Milk (You can also use cream)

– Salt & Pepper To Season

We melt the butter in a medium sized pan adding the onions and celery to saute lightly, then we add our broccoli followed by the chicken stock to boil till they cook. We take the green full of aroma mixture to blend either in the pot itself with a hand held mixer or pouring it into the separate mixer to get your creamy texture going. Blend 1 cup of milk with the flour and butter over low heat, then pour it in with the soup and add as much milk as you would like to make the soup as creamy as you want and get it thickened.

Enjoy this with toasted bread and butter and let your load of the day work melt away.

Warm Loving Wishes To All

Lama

Beetroot Lentils Hoot

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Beetroot and winter to me go together hand in hand as this sweetness it adds to the salads makes it just the thing you need for such a cold weather. Beetroot stains your hands and your working area, yet it’s worth it as its velvety taste melting in the mouth brings about a burst of flavor in your mouth and adds this oriental taste to your dish.

To make this salad you would need:

– 2 Small Onions (Chopped Fine)

– 4 Garlic Cloves (Chopped Fine)

– 250g Green/Brown Lentils

– 1 Tbsp. Rosemary

– 1 Tbsp. Oregano

– 1 Tbsp. Sage

– 150g Raw Beetroot Peeled (Sliced Thin)

– 100ml Rice Vinegar

– 50ml Soya Sauce

– Handful Of Mint

– 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Molasses

– 1 Tbsp Apple Vinegar

– Juice Of 1 Orange

– 100ml Olive Oil

– Salt (To Your Liking)

Saute the onions along with the garlic in a dash of olive oil until they are golden, adding the lentils and herbs tossing them around to be fully coated. Cover the lentils with water and simmer around 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft. We take that off heat and  let it cool down on a side after adding the soya sauce. We mix all the ingredients together and sprinkle with the dressing to your liking along with the mint.

Warm Loving Wishes To All

Lama

Hearty Minestrone Soup

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Who does not like a hot cup of soup on these days of autumn? The smooth taste and fullness of flavor makes you feel warm inside out. That feeling that you crave during office hours and just makes you feel satisfied and not heavy. Italians have a brilliant soup that has this brilliant effect, we all know that one as “Minestrone” and it comes in so many variations yet the same fantastic rich intensity.

To make this soup you would need:

– 1 Fillet Of Beef (250 Grams) (Note you can make it vegetarian)

– Conchiglie (Shells) Pasta (Small Ones)

– Carrot (Chopped into cubes)

– Potatoes (Chopped into cubes)

– Zucchini/Squash (Chopped into cubes)

– 1 Large Onion (Chopped into cubes)

– 2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)

– Can Of Red Kidney Beans

– Fresh Ripe Tomatoes (Chopped into cubes)

– Bunch Of Parsley (Chopped Fine)

– Tomato Paste

– 1 Vegetables Stock Cube

– 1 Tsp Of Chili Flakes

– Parmesan Cheese To Grate On Top Before You Serve It

– Salt & Pepper To Season

This soup is super easy to make yet it is an absolute pleasure to devour, toss the garlic and onions in the pan with some olive oil. Soon as the aroma starts spreading add chopped bits of beef to the mix and keep stirring, slowly start adding tomatoes, potatoes, squash, carrots and a drained red kidney beans. Pour water till it covers the mixture leaving it to simmer, when it boils you can add your vegetable stock, chili flakes as you desire and two spoons of tomato paste then the pasta. Leave to simmer until the potatoes are well done. You can your salt and pepper a couple of min before you turn it off.

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Stir in the parsley and leave for 3 min before serving in lovely bowls with some grated Parmesan cheese and a lovely warm piece of bread to the side. This would be just a sensational hit for all winter long and you can vary the vegetables you use in it as much as you like. Full of healthy nutrients and flavorful sensational taste.

Loving Warm Wishes To All.

Lama

Crunchy Sweet Cookies

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All I can think of today is that I need something sweet and crunchy to munch away during this stressful day at work. Something that would go well with a cup of tea and make everything seem okay. I guess all I truly need is a couple of my  healthy cranberry hazelnut cookies.

To make these yummies you need:

– 50 g Unsalted Butter (Softened)

– 40 g Sugar

– 25 g Soft Brown Sugar

– 1 Egg Beaten

– 150 g Self-Raising Flour

– 50 g rolled oats

– 50 g Dried Cranberries

– 40 g Toasted Chopped Hazelnuts

– 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Essence

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Beat the butter, sugars, egg and vanilla essence till they are smooth in a bowl. Add your flour, oats along with the cranberry and hazelnuts to the mix and stir to combine them. Now spoon the mixture on to a baking sheet (waxed sheets so it won’t stick to the baking pan) and try flattening it a bit with the spoon.

Bake them at 180 degrees for around 6 min until they are golden brown, transfer them onto a cooling rack and of course enjoy responsibly. Overdosing is common.

Loving Wishes To All

Lama

PS: The photos are not mine, I shall replace them with mine soon as they are ready.

Chilled Chocolate Heaven

Who doesn’t love chocolaty treats? On a hot day and a long one you always look in the fridge for a quick fix for that sweet tooth but sometimes it’s a drag to make them. This pudding is easy to make and would hit all the right notes with your taste buds as you can vary the toppings to your liking.

To make this pleasurable sin you would need:

– 4 Cups Milk

– 1/2 Cup Sugar

-1/2 Cup Corn Flour

– 1/2 Cup Dark Cocoa Powder

– 110g Unsweetened Dark Chocolate (Chopped)

– 1 Tsp Cinnamon

– Few Drops Of Vanilla Essence

You stir in the milk along with sugar, corn flour in a pot on low heat till it boils then we add the cocoa powder, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Soon the mixture will thicken and you can pour it in serving bowls and refrigerate. At serving you can get creative you can use:

– Colored Sprinkles

– Crushed Hazelnuts

– Coconut

– Slices Of Fruits

This pudding would just make everyone you serve it happy and take them back to being children with its smooth texture and velvety taste.

Loving Wishes To All

Lama

PS: The photos are not mine, I shall replace them with mine soon as they are ready.