Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunday Sweets - Strawberry Kiwi Tart with Lemon Glaze (no gelatin)

Hello lovelies! It's been a while since I posted a Sunday Sweet recipe so today I wanted to share with you a simple dessert recipe that we made yesterday.  My Aunt made a strawberry kiwi tart with a lemon syrup glaze covering the fruit instead of the typical gelatin glaze used for fruit tarts. It turned out fantastic! 

Ingredients for the pie crust:

 - 400grams flour
 - one teaspoon baking powder
 - 1 egg and 1 yolk
 - 180 grams sugar
 - 200 grams room temperature butter 
 - zest from 1 lemon

Wrap the pie crust dough in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Add beans (or pie weights) to keep the crust from bubbling up during baking.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Ingredients for the egg custard

 - 500ml whole milk
 - 4 egg yolks
 - 100grams granulated sugar
 - 50 grams all-purpose flour
 - zest from 1 lemon

Mix the ingredients well and stir continuously in the same direction on low heat until you achieve the typical thickness of egg custard. 

 Wash and cut the fruit you are using and decorate to your liking. 

 Lemon glaze

In a sauce pan add a half cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a half cup of water, 100 grams of sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for about 3 minutes and then let cool. Once cooled, pour the glaze over the tart and keep refrigerated until it is ready to be served. 

Enjoy :-)

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Hello Spring!

This is my favorite time of year...the weather is perfect, neither too hot nor too cold..flowers are blooming all around and some of my favorite fruits and vegetables are in season. 

It's funny how as soon as April comes around, I start to really take my healthy eating and working out seriously. I bought a Nutribullet last week and I am so in love with it! It is NOT the same as a blender at all. 
It's small yet powerful and my smoothies taste so much better. I don't know what it is...I think it's because it really blends everything well and doesn't leave any chunks (which I hate!). I've been having a green smoothie every morning for breakfast and am amazed at how much my energy level has improved. 

I usually add some strawberries, celery or spinach, an apple and lemon juice. I'll throw a banana in there every once in a while and that's pretty much it. I can't get over how good it is. I just feel so healthy after having one in the morning. Starts me off on the right track I guess. 

So what else have I been up to? I mentioned before how much I miss the foods that I can easily find in the States but that are not easily found here... one of those foods are fajitas! 

Whenever I fly to the States my first stop is this little Mexican restaurant near my house. It's a family owned restaurant and I absolutely love it. I was craving some chicken fajitas and decided to make them myself, tortillas and all! 

I found a recipe online and was surprised at how easy it is to make homemade tortillas. 

Basically all you need is 250 grams of all purpose flour, 120 grams of water, 30 grams of olive oil, a dash of salt and that's it. 

Mix everything together, divide the dough in four sections and let sit for about 30 minutes. 

Then all you have to do is roll the dough out very thinly with a rolling pin and heat in a wide flat skillet on high without greasing the surface at all. 

You'll see it start bubbling up a bit and that's when you gently flip it over. They really only take a couple minutes to cook. The recipe makes 4 tortillas.

I cut some chicken breasts into strips and made a quick stir fry with onions and added some spicy paprika. 

I didn't add any cheese or sauce...just kept it simple with some lettuce and cherry tomatoes. 

It was light and I didn't feel as guilty after eating it as I would have if it was smothered in sour cream and guacamole...

I suggest you make the tortillas as soon as you're ready to eat the fajitas since they do tend to dry up after sitting out for too long. 

This weekend the weather was wonderful and I had been eying a gazebo at Ikea for a couple summers now. This year I caved in (well, my honey did) and he bought it as an early birthday present for me. I love it. I'll do a separate post on my outdoor patio and get some better pictures soon.  It needs some more work before showing and telling :-)

We set up the furniture and decided to have Sunday lunch outside since the weather was so nice.

I made the salmon that I shared with you in this post and made baked gnocchi with mozzarella cheese. 

Sooo good!

I pretty much just added two layers of gnocchi, tomato sauce small mozzarella balls and grated Parmesan cheese and baked for 25 minutes at 175°.   

I'm really excited about the warmer spring weather and ready to get out more. Sunshine always puts me in a good mood. 

Hope you all are well. 

Until next time xoxo