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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

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicken thighs with herbs on a potato bed

I am sure you all have days like that when you feel like 24 hours are just not enough. When that happens I don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen and yet I would like to cook healthy and tasty meals for my ‘peeps’ ūüėČ

In my opinion the fastest way to cook is to season veggies and meat and bake them in the oven. Why ? Because while the food is cooking by itself, I have time to complete other tasks:  to write on my blog , to play with my cats, to knit or just to watch a favorite TV series.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large casserole chicken thighs ( 8 to 10 pieces )
  • 8-10 yellow potatoes
  • 10 baby tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp tandoori powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ( you can substitute for garlic cloves, I just wanted to save time )
  • olive oil
  • juice from 1 small lemon
  • salt and black pepper

Directions:

Place the thighs in a large bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, tandoori powder, oregano, salt and black pepper. Using your hands mix all together. Refrigerate for at least half an hour or at least until you get the veggies, in this case potatoes and tomatoes, ready.

Peal the potatoes, wash them and cut them in chunky pieces. Wash the tomatoes.¬†Add ¬†them to the meat mixture. Mix together. Now you can either put all the ingredients in a backing tray or just make a bed of potatoes and place the meat on top and the tomatoes in between. I like the tomatoes on top better so they won’t be to mushy.

Bake for about 40 – 60 minutes depending on the oven.

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Chicken

Curry Chicken Spaghetti ~ re-post

(Why I am re-posting this recipe? I was making this again and I wanted to check if I posted the recipe and I just found a few display errors in the first post that needed to be corrected.)

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I love the challenging myself to cook for Friday meals (because come Thursday night, our fridge is almost always empty) with what I have left in the fridge and pantry from previous grocery shopping.

In contrast, our pantry is always well stocked. And while I was looking for something, anything, that I could turn into a delicious recipe, two ingredients stood out to me: a box of spaghetti and a package of curry paste.

Combining that with the pint of mushrooms and chicken ground casserole that had managed to survive the week, I realized I had all I needed to make a delicious Curry Chicken Spaghetti.

What I used for about 4-6 portions:

  • 1/2 package ¬†spaghetti, cook them following the package instructions
  • 375 g chicken ground
  • 227 g white mushrooms
  • 1/2 bottle tomato pasta ( strained )
  • 1/2 package curry paste ( I like to use Kitchen of India brand )
  • 5o ml cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry dill
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • chicken broth – home made if you have

 

Add a large pot with water to boil. When it starts to boil cook half of 450 g pasta package following the package instructions.

In a non stick, hot, skillet add the chicken ground. Give it a few stirs until the meet is not red anymore. Add about 2 cups chicken broth, stir and let it simmer for about 10- 15 min .

Clean and cut mushrooms in small cubes. Add the mushroom to the meat.

In a small bowl add half of the curry paste and 1 more cup of chicken broth. Add the cream and stir the paste to combine. Pour it over the chicken and mushroom mixture. Add the mustard and garlic powder. Reduce heat to medium-low  and cook for about 10 Р15 min.

Mean while pasta has cooked. Drain it and put it back into the pot. Pour over the curry mixture. Add dill, salt, pepper. Give it a stir and cook for 2 more minutes.

So easy and no time needed for  a delicious dinner or lunch !

P.S. My husband and daughter, who are not normally fans of spaghetti, came asking for seconds!

Bon Appetite!

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