Oatmeal cookies

Christmas is coming and what’s more Christmassy than cookies?!

Actually, the recipe that I am about to give you is not typical of this period, it does not smell of winter or Christmas, in fact, it is a recipe light enough to fit every season. However, I decided to publish it now because I think that, in these days when you work late, you run from one side of town to another to pick up gifts, you are very busy with last plans, dinners, etc. a recipe for some relaxing time with your friends is necessary :)

Ready?

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Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of oatmeal;
  • 150 grams of wheat flour;
  • 3 tablespoons honey;
  • 1 egg
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons sunflower seed oil;
  • q.b. milk.
  • a teaspoon of baking powder

Are they  healthy or not?

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Mix all the ingredients, the consistency should be like the one of a pastry for crostata (pasta frolla), thus, if the ingredients do not mix well, add a little  bit of milk or oil. Once you have the dough you can roll it out with the aid of a rolling pin between two sheets of baking paper. The dough should be about 1 cm thick. With a pastry rings formed the cookies and place them spaced from each other on baking paper on the baking sheet.

Bake at 180° for 15 minutes or until the edge becomes a light amber color and the inside is still a bit soft (do not worry about this because once cooled they will have the perfect consistency!)

I did also a version with a hole inside in order to fill them with jam but this is up to you. You can also add to the ingredients some dried fruit or chocolate chips or also a bit of cinnamon! Give space to your imagination :)

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ADVICE: To make them keep longer put them in a tin can be closed.

 

Comfort Food: Pasta with ham, zucchini and cheese cream!

Today is Monday is and we have to start the week by pampering ourselves! How? Follow me in this recipe!

This pasta remember me the 80s and 90s. Indeed, in Italy the use of cream and ham on pasta, if nowadays is almost disappeared, during the 80s – 90s it was very common: ham, cream and peas; ham, cream and zucchini; ham, mushroom and cream..Unfortunately this cook style is no longer in vogue but sometimes I like to savor again, with a bit of nostalgia, the feeling of home, of pampering, of girlhood that this recipe gives me! I remember me, eating this pasta after 5 hours of school watching “Non è la Rai” (The Italians will understand me) in front of the TV…moments of high culture :)

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Ingredients:

  • more or less 100-150g of pasta per person depending on how hungry you are (mezze penne are the best for this recipe!)
  • 2 zucchini
  • 100g ham
  • philadelphia cheese (3 spoons)
  • Parmesan (4 spoons)
  • a bit of milk or cream
  • salt and a lot of pepper (if you like it)

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 Slice the zucchini and brown them in a pan for 10 minutes with a bit of salt. In the meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water and cut small pieces or strips of ham slices that you will add to the zucchini once they are soft. Stir-fry zucchini and ham in the pan for another 1 or 2 minutes and then add the cheese mix (philadelphia + Parmesan) and the milk or cream (just a little bit, enough to stretch a bit the mixture of cheese and make it more creamy). The sauce is done!

Drain the pasta and toss it in the pan with the other ingredients. Serve with plenty of pepper if you like it.

Buon appetito e buon inizio settimana :)

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