Asparagus Salad..spring is coming!

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Ingredients for 2 people:

  • 300 g of asparagus tips
  • Mixed salad
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • parmesan
  • capers
  • pepper
  • oil
  • salt

Cook hard-boiled eggs, then clean the asparagus and cook them in steam for 5 minutes. I used the white asparagus but are fine even green ones. The important thing is to use only the tips.

In the meanwhile prepare an emulsion of oil, salt andpepper, then add the capers.

Cut the asparagus into pieces, add the eggs as well already cut and put them in a bowl, together with the salad. At this point season with the emulsion obtained and enjoy!

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Multivitamin Autumnal Salad

I think I can disagree with those who prefer summer for its seasonal fruits and vegetables. Who said that you can only find colorful meals when the sun is shining and 30 degrees are warming you and your garden? Let me show you this quick but genuine and very colorful recipe that will bring you a perfect balance of taste, vitamins and delight for your sight, for enjoying the amazing season of ‘foliage’, when you can have those long walks in enchanted forests turning red and yellows before Christmas’ snow will come. Despite it’s exotic appearance, my salad gather together the best products Mother Nature offers in this time of the year. And provides you with an excellent combination of C vitamins, essential minerals and Omega 3, containing not only fruit and vegetables, but also some good proteins from smoked salmon. Follow ingredients and procedure, and enjoy this little spot of colors directly on your dish!

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Ingredients for 2 people

  • 1 pomegranate (the little red seeds)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 papaya (soft and well mature)
  • 1 pear
  • 50 gr walnuts
  • 200 gr rocket
  • 300 gr smoked salmon
  • E.V. olive oil (2 spoons)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • fresh lemon juice

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Procedure

Peel the papaya and the avocado and remove their seed(s). Cut them horizontally into slices. Cut the pomegranate and, with the help of a spoon, take the red seeds, putting them directly into a large bowl where you will also add almost all the slices of papaya and avocado (keep 3-4 slices for decorating the salad at the end). Peel and cut the pear the same way you did with the first two fruits. Add the rocket, and gently mix fruits and vegetables, being careful to not break the slices. Add one spoon of olive oil, and the walnuts. On top of your veggie mixture, put the slices of salmon, add one more spoon of olive oil, some drops of fresh lemon juice, some pepper and salt, and finally the remaining seeds of pomegranate and slices of avocado and papaya. If you appreciate the taste, you can even add few drops of Balsamic Vinegar. Serve it immediately, while the scent and fragrance of fresh cut fruits is still there.

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Exotic Salad

Unfortunately winter is coming back here in Brussels but this should not stop us from preparing nice summer recipes isn’t it?

The one of today is perfect for a romantic aperitif on the terrace but also as a fast and light lunch to bring to the office. Ready? It only takes 2 minutes to prepare it!!

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Ingredients for 2:

  • 10 red prawns
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango (but also papaya can be a very good combination)
  • Lime
  • white wine
  • salt
  • pepper
  • a bit of chilli if you like it

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 Clean and shelled the prawns, then cook them for few minutes in a pan adding a bit of wine till when the the wine has evaporated and the prawns have done a bit of crust. At this point add the prawns to the avocado and the mango (both cleaned and cut in pieces) and seasoned all with the juice of 1 lime, olive oil, salt, pepper and chilli (optional)!

I didn’t have at home but I think that that also some mint leaves and maybe some fennel could be a very good alternative!).

Now you just need to open a good bottle of white wine very cold and…enjoy!

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Happiness is homemade: the collection in pdf and youritaliancookmates is in there!!

Did you remember the contest “Happiness is homemade” to which youritaliancookmates has participated with a spring salad?  http://youritaliancookmates.altervista.org/happiness-is-homemade-insalatina-primaverile-from-brussels-with-love/

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Unfortunately we did not win the contest but we have been selected by Roberta Paris from The Dreaming Seed for being part of the pdf collection with the most interesting recipes that participated at the contest!

Here is the introduction to the pdf:

With the excuse of lack of time, of a thousand things to do, thoughts, and commitments, often people end up thinking that cooking is a gesture that can been done only by few privileged who have nothing better to do from morning to night. However, we often forgot that a pasta with fresh tomato, a little bit of olive oil and a basil leaf, is one of the best dishes in the world that gives off scents that are a real dose of well-being and for which we need few minutes of preparation!

Take twenty minutes of time to devote to the ancient gesture of preparing food, soaking your hands into the ingredients, smelling the scents that emanate fresh products, it’s a great choice for many reasons: to rediscover simple pleasures of forgotten taste, to  take care of ourselves and people we love by choosing healthy and natural foods, to contribute to the development of a food that is more human-scale ……
And then from these considerations started the idea of a contest before, and this collection then.
Seven menu, 28 recipes, quick, tasty, healthy, but with an eye to raw materials, the seasonality of the products, the production chains ….. because eating does not mean only feed, and choose well today is more than ever an obligation to ourselves and to the world in which we live.

Are you curios to discover all the recipes? click here to download for free the pdf and have fun in cooking!! Inside there are many interesting ideas for good and easy menus!

Our salad is here:

Menu dall’Orto #2
Insalatina primaverile from Brussels with Love di Your Italian Cookmates
I fusilloni allo yogurt di Con Un Poco di Zucchero
I fiori di zucca ripieni al profumo di timo di Mariintkitchen
La crema al caffè di Zucchero Pandizucchero