Bread and Pizza, Brunch, Uncategorized

Thank you and a homemade pizza

Thank you so much to all of you, my over 200 followers, for taking the time to stop by and following my blog.

Thank you for your comments but also for all your posts that inspire me daily.

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This week, I had a¬†couple of days off, so called a short vacation that I needed it so much. My mind and body were crying for some time off. When I was asked what my plans were, I said that I just wanted to relax. Now I believe we are all different and we relax in our own way. Usually, when I relax means, I want to be equally productive and physically active and just at the end of the day, lazy. ūüôā¬†I really like exuberance and happiness I feel after a good and thoroughly¬†house cleaning or after a five-kilometer ( or more ) walk.

I just wanted to share with you what a day off means to me. I woke up at 06:00 AM instead of 05:00 AM. I started as usual with coffee and getting the breakfast ready. Becuase there was no rush I decided to make a frittata with feta cheese and fresh dill.

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Around 06:50 hubby and daughter left for work and college, so there were only my babies left in the house and me. After a few coffee sips, I put my furry boys in the crate on the balcony so they can enjoy the warm¬†morning, so I started to clean the house. By 08:30 I finished two laundry loads and by 09:30 the cleaning was done. The cleaning included the windows as well. ūüėČ

After a quick shower, I could finally enjoy the fresh scent of a clean house and my second cup of coffee while browsing the internet for lunch ideas. Homemade pizza was the winner. I decided for a Three Cheese¬†Tuna- Crab Meat Pizza. I have to admit it turned out delicious. My daughter said: “I have no idea what you do or put on your pizza that makes it always the best pizza comparing with ¬†the takeout ones ;)”

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups of whole-wheat flour ( I used 1/4 cup when kneading the dough )
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • the juice of one lemon

For the pizza topping:

  • sweet basil tomato sauce
  • 100 gr mozzarella
  • 100 gr feta cheese
  • 50 gr of Parmigiano ¬†petals
  • 1 large tuna in water ( no drain one )
  • 1 can of crab meat ( well drained )
  • 1/2 of a large organic¬†white onion
  • green olives

Combine the flour, salt,  turmeric and chia seeds if using.

Put the yeast in a cup of warm water. When it start to bubble, pour the mixture over the flour. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix all together.  Once combined, knead by hand for about 5 to 10 minutes. The dough is ready when it feels soft, springy and elastic.  Place the dough in a clean, oiled bowl, cover it and set it in a warm place.

In about an hour the dough should triple the size and be ready for the pizza. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Oil a work surface and roll the dough into a rectangle shape. Rol the dough in half and place it on the baking tray and start topping it.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Using a ladle add the sauce and using the back of the spoon swirl it all over the top of the dough. Top it with tuna, crab meat, thin slices of onion and green olives. Crumble the feta cheese and sprinkle shredded mozzarella and Parmigiano petals.

Cook in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

 

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It feels like I’ve been making pizza since I was young. I started by using the ready made dough, but once I learned to make the dough, it became so natural to have a homemade pizza a few times a month.

Some people might think that is time-consuming, but I like it because while the dough is getting ready, I have the time to prepare the topping. While the pizza is in the oven, I got ready and left to wait for my daughter so we could enjoy 3 kilometers walk back home. We kept hydrated with lemon infused water. It was a good exercise that made us hungry, so when we reached home, we were so eager to enjoy that pizza and watch our favorite show: The Bridge.

 

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In the evening I didn’t do much but watched some videos on Youtube, planning my new knitting – crochet projects ūüôā when I did not play with my furry babies ūüėČ

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast, Brunch, Chicken, Uncategorized

Long Weekend Specials

We celebrated Victoria Day this Monday, so we had a long and relaxing weekend. The weather was not friendly, and I had in mind a weekend with smoothies and salads, but it did not turn as I wanted.

The strawberries that I bought for the smoothies ended up in a melt-in-the-mouth goodness: Strawberry Clafoutis. I know I have another post about Clafoutis, which you can read here.  This time I used strawberries ( abut 250 grams) but they were giant in size, so I cut them into pieces.

Ingredients :

  • 250 g strawberries¬†

  • 4 eggs

  • 400 ml cashew milk (warmed up)

  • juice from half of lemon

  • 1/4 cup of grape seeds oil¬†

  • 3 tablespoons¬†of sugar¬†

  • 1¬†cup of all purpose flour

Preheat the oven at 350. Oil a baking dish. Wash, drain and cut the strawberries.  Place the strawberries on the baking tray.

Lightly beat the eggs; add the sugar and whisk together until smooth. Stir in the flour.

Add the milk ( warmed up ) and the lemon juice. Pour into the baking dish over the fruits.

Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown.

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Sunday’s Specials

This Sunday I was very busy, and because of that, I had to think of a really easy and fast meal. There was no time for my Sunday pancakes, so I made a fresh batch of muffins. I know what you might think, but I did it again. This time I decided for a Peanut butter coffee flavor.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashion oats
  • 5 teaspoons of chocolate peanut butter powder¬†
  • 1 teaspoon French vanilla instant coffee
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon¬†
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup grape seeds oil
  • 2 cups cashew milk
  • 1 1/2 cup¬†unbleached¬†flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • a few almond flakes for topping

They were moist and delicious, and they had to keep us going until 3 PM when we returned home for a late lunch.

peanut butter coffee muffins

First, I was thinking of ordering out for lunch today, but before I left the house I browsed the internet for a few minutes, and I found a  recipe that inspired me.  My inspiration was Sabrina from Dinner and then dessert: Easy Greek Pasta Salad. I adapted the recipe with my ingredients and here is the result: Easy Tuna Pasta Salad. 

Ingredients:

Makes: 4 servings; Prep time: 15 min; Cooking time: 20 min

for the salad:

  • 225 gr rice and quinoa fusilli¬†pasta
  • 1/2 of an English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¬†1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup green olives
  • 3 small tuna cans in olive oil
  • 50 gr feta cheese

for the dressing: 

  • I saved the olive oil from the tuna cans, but I did not use all of it. ( approx¬†3-4 tbsps )
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Boil the pasta as per the instruction from the package.

Place the cooked pasta in a large porcelain bowl. Add the chopped cucumber, halved tomatoes, red onion, green olives, and tuna.

In a small bowl whisk together: olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and black pepper.

Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta mixture and stir slowly. Add some extra black pepper if you wish.

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 We spoiled ourselves a bit today by having a Chocolate mousse topped with Pistachio Ice Cream ( Indian style. Both, the mousse and ice cream were storebought).

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There is a frost advisory here in Toronto, but I would like to end my post with some beautiful¬†yellow tulips and the hope that Spring will come soon ūüėČ ‚̧

yellow tulip

Brunch, Cakes

Banana Peanut Butter & Oats Muffins

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I woke up with an undeniable urge to bake. As you might know from reading my previous posts, sometimes I make pancakes or crepes when the mood strikes me. And there’s also that odd batch of sweet and/or savory muffins that makes the cut as well.

Today, while the rest of the family slept I scoured the fridge to see what I could make for breakfast. There wasn’t a lot to pick from (we had yet to go grocery shopping, heh) but that didn’t stop me. I see an (almost) empty fridge as a challenge, not a defeat.

¬†And so, here we are: Banana Peanut Butter & Oats Muffins. Not bad, if I do say so myself ūüėČ

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashion oats
  • 6 teaspoons of chocolate peanut butter powder¬†
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon¬†
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup grape seeds oil
  • 2 cups cashew milk
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

 Whisk together: flour, oats, sugar and peanut butter powder. Make a hole and add the two eggs, milk, vanilla extract and grape seeds oil. sprinkle the baking powder and add over the lemon juice. Stir until the flour mixture is moistened Рdo not overmix. 

 Using a medium size ice-cream scoop, pour the batter into the muffin cups. Each cup will get 2 ice-cream scoops. 

 Bake until muffin top springs back when lightly pressed, it should take no longer than 20 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the pan then move the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

¬†And, if you‚Äôd prefer a bit more sweetness you can top the muffins with a teaspoon of Nutella. Yum! ūüėä

Bon Appetit! ‚̧

Makes: 12 muffins; preparation: 10 – 15 minutes; baking 15 – 20 minutes.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I know my last post was about a nomination and here I am again posting about a new nomination. This time Jessica from DaringtoJess¬†thought about me. I am very humble and accept her nomination. Please check out her blog. I promise you won’t regret it. She is a wonderful, talented and inspiring young person.

Here are the Rules

  1. Display the award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate bloggers.

The seven things about me

This is my favorite part of any nomination. Trying to say something new every time. LOL

  1. I studying piano when I was younger¬†for about 7 years and I performed¬†in the City Concert Hall once ūüėČ
  2. My father thought me how to swim. I can make 30 lapse at once on my own speed LOL
  3. I had to give up cheese. I haven’t¬†had any in six months. Do I miss it ? A lot ! I cannot eat vegan cheese either. ūüė¶
  4. At work my colleagues are calling me : Miss Good ūüėČ I am wondering why ? LOL
  5. I saved all the plants from one of my colleague from my office when she was on sick leave for about one year but I successfully kill all of mine. ūüė¶
  6. I love to walk. My record is 15 km a day. I made it only twice.
  7. Recently I discovered I have gluten intolerance. ūüė¶

 

The Nominees Are ( not in a particular order but these are blogs that I just love visiting almost daily ūüėČ )

  1. Bea from Beafreee.com
  2. Frida from Fridayfrida.com
  3. Love and umami
  4. Kleopatra from kitchenfabits.com
  5. Schnipelboy.com

Congratulation to all the nominees and I really hope you will enjoy this nomination.

I hope that all of you that celebrated ¬†Easter had a happy one and lots of delicious food and family and friends around the table ūüôā

And I am going to end my post with a picture from my sister-in-law’s garden from back home: ¬†Romania, where spring has arrived and green is marked by colorful flowers

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Knitting and Croche, Uncategorized

Hats

Along with cooking and photography I have another hobby that’s very dear to me, even though I never seen to have enough time to actually do it. However, this winter I decided to change that.

I started knitting again. I made myself and my daughter a few hats and scarves. Two of my coworkers were really impressed and I promised I will make them a few hats as well.¬†For two weekends, all I did was: coffee-knit and repeat ūüėČ LOL

Here are a few of  my results I thought I would love to share them with you:

Red Hat, Red and Gray scarf and a curious visitor during the photo session ūüėȬ†

Blue hat:

blue-hat

Multicolored Hat:

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Crochet Hat: 

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Let me know if you liked my hats ūüėČ

Wish you all a great week !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016/2017 Tag

So I’ve been tagged in by Jess ( Thanks, Jess ūüôā ) and I decided to go for it. The tag was created by David from The Guy Who Said Always No.

Here are my answers to the questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Stressful, restless and yet blissful.

2. Write the name of 2 people who have characterized your 2016.

Every day I am characterized by my mother.

Also I am impressed and inspired daily by all of the wonderful bloggers out there sharing their story, their life to inspire others ūüėČ

3.¬†Write about the most beautiful place¬†you’ve¬†visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

Sandbanks Beach; we haven’t traveled too much in 2016 due to work and school duties ūüôā but my better half and I discovered a beach not too far from our city that really made our summer: Sandbanks Beach:¬†best beach in Ontario, Canada.

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4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

As  you might know by now I love curry so in 2016 for my birthday my husband invited me to a Indian Buffet: Tate of India, so all I could eat was curry. LOL

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5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

Donald Trump getting elected. ūüė¶

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want, link a photo.

  • Ninja Blender, 1000 Professional. ( Cashew milk in the making ūüėČ )

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7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

  • Try to make a new recipe each month ( sweet and/or savoury )
  • Be more active
  • Write more on the blog

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

I don’t have a new place in mind but I would love to go back to ¬†Cabot trail, Nova Scotia.

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9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017. 

  • Pavlova (a personal challenge for me)

Here are the lucky tagged 9 people ūüôā

  1. Snapshotsincursive
  2. lapetitepaniere
  3. cookiesnchem
  4. Milanka’s Fine Food
  5. TiTaNiUm
  6. alittleswissalittlecanadian
  7. arusuvaiunavu.wordpress.com
  8. elsielmc.wordpress.com
  9. gypsybus28.com

Here are the Rules

  • Use the image that you find in this article.
  • Mention the blogger who has chosen you:¬†Jess
  • Answer the questions.
  • Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Thank you¬†Jess¬†fro thinking of me. ūüôā