Saturday, September 27, 2014

When I read romantic suspense...

Just Romantic Suspense is hosting TAKE this weekend!

Just Romantic Suspense: When I read romantic suspense...:



With: Silvia Ami

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When I read romantic suspense, I look for something different, something that would make the story...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Maple Syrup" tasting

My family never gets tired of pancakes. 
Especially on Saturday's breakfast we sit around the table and dip the fluffy, golden discs in a sea of Maple Syrup.
Italy isn't a Maple Syrup's producer or a massive consumer. Honestly, it isn't so easy to find a good one (A quality).
Today we got lucky because we had two different bottles: the one I usually buy at the grocery shop and one my little bro brought back from the States for us...

How was the tasting?




Positive!




My  Bluberry Pancakes tasted the same with the imported and the original Maple Syrup! And, next time I'll ask my little bro to bring back something different in his luggage ;)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Debut Novel


I wrote a book!!!
See? That's me!



Amazon.it link Take (English Edition) 


The secret is not a secret anymore: I'm a first-time Indie author! I've a book on Amazon! 
I'm scared to death!!!

So, pretty please  

and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads ;-)


Friday, August 29, 2014

Kids and Meatballs. A perfect match ;-)

This happened in my kitchen a few minutes ago:
#TheNakedBiker asked, "Wadda doin'?" (What are you doing?)
"Meatballs," I replied, arranging ingredients on my countertop. 
Noise of footsteps approaching the kitchen. "Which kind?" #TheSweetTalker asked suspiciously.
"Mini Meatballs in Tomato Sauce," I whispered.
"YEAH!" they yelled, jumping up and down like I'd just offered them an ice-cream.


Yup. I've two very carnivorous kids. Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor they call themselves when I try to offer them a bowl of Vegetable soup without a treat on the side (Focaccia, Bruschetta,...).
By the way, today I'm going to give you my super-secret recipe for Mini Meatballs from scratch. Enjoy! ;-)

First of all Meatballs:
400  gr 1st quality ground beef
1 Italian sausage (ca. 100gr)
1 large egg
100 gr Parmesan
100 gr Bread crumbs 
1/4 cup Milk or less
Spices: Dried Onion, or garlic, and/or parsley (If you like it), and/or chili pepper (If you like it spicy)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand (Use your bare hands!). Roll meatballs to about the size of a chestnut ball, the smaller are the meatballs the better they will taste. Fry the raw meatballs in a large pan wit four tablespoon of olive oil until they are golden brown.



Tomato Sauce:
700 gr Ripe Organic Tomatoes
1/4 Onion
Basil
Celery
Salt

Slice the onion and gently cook it for three minutes in a large pot. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the onion, with basil and celery (I used two small pieces that I removed once the sauce was ready). 
Cook for half an hour then use an handblender to obtain a smooth sauce.




Add the meatballs to the sauce and let all simmer for a hour.


You can eat the Mini-Meatballs with bread or you can use the sauce to dress up your Spaghetti your choice!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TANDOORI CHICKEN BURGER

I was looking for a low-fat, easy and tasty recipe and eventually stumbled over this post BakedBree: tandoori-chicken-burgers. My older boy appreciate spicy Indian food so I decided to give it a try, modifying something here and there.

BURGER
Ingredients:
1 pound ground chicken breast
2 teaspoon Tandoori Spices Mix (I bought it in an Indian shop)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water

TZATZIKI SAUCE (Greek cucumber yogurt dip)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup finely-chopped cucumber (It's best to remove the seeds of the cucumber so the sauce doesn't get too watery.)
1 finely-chopped garlic clove
Salt
I teaspoon Fresh dill (If you like)

EASY-FAST NAAN
200 gr All purpose flour
100 gr yogurt
60 gr water
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast

HOW TO...
Put the chicken and all of the spices in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Prepare the Naan bread mixing the ingredients in a bowl and letting the dough rest for at least 30 minutes. Preheat a large pan to medium. Form four balls and then roll the dough balls out quite thinly, ideally in a round shape. Place a naan into the hot pan and cover with lid. Grill each side for just 1-2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Fold the naan in the middle and cover it with a tablecloth to keep it warm.
Mix the Tzatziki yogurt sauce in a small bowl.  Set aside. 
Form into four patties. Cook the Tandoori burgers on a preheated grill over medium-medium high grill.  About 5 minutes per side.
Place the burger in the middle of a naan, top it with a tablespoon of Tzatziki sauce and a slice of fresh tomato.
Enjoy it!