Friday, October 12, 2012

Homemade Ravioli

Homemade Ravioli

After watching some TV series called "Simply Italian" I was obsessed with making homemade pasta. This is one of my many tries of making the famous Ravioli.

What You need:
(serving 4 people)
400g flour
4 eggs
Pinch of salt
Ricotta cheese
1 egg

Start making.

First make the pasta dough. Mix the flour with eggs and a pinch of salt. Knead it well and then leave it covered for about 20min. When it's done start rolling the dough. If You have the pasta making machine it's even better but I do it the old-fashion way - with a rolling pin. Even though after rolling the dough with my hands I can not move them the next day, it feels pretty good that You make Everything yourself. So your pasta dough should be as thin as possible. 

Now lets make the filling. It's as easy as it can get. Just chop the spinach, mix them with ricotta cheese, one egg and some salt and pepper.

I make my ravioli very simple. Cut evenly square pieces of dough. Put o tea spoon of filling in the middle and cover with another square piece of dough. Push the air out from where the filling is by tapping the around it while You close the filling completely. Then I like to use my rolling pin to make sure the edges are sealed properly and no water will get in. Just one roll outside the filling on each edge and it is done.

Boil in salted water for about 4-5min. It depends on Your ravioli size and thickness for how long You need to boil them.

Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese and if You like have them with Your sauce of choice.

Enjoy xxx

Saturday, September 8, 2012

To + Ba + Mo

My all time favorite salad.
For me - they go with anything, but I like them all alone.

Three basic ingredients that go together in such harmony that cannot be replaced with anything else.


Prepare them however You like with a pinch of salt, pepper and a little olive oil and You're good to go.

Enjoy xxx

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



One of the best cuisines, in my opinion, is Italian. Perfectly matching tastes and seasoned flavors.
This time I'll share the all time Italian favorite - Cannelloni.

You will need:
16 Cannelloni pasta rolls
250g Ricotta cheese
Tomatoes (canned)

Set your oven for 180 C degrees.

First of all I cook the spinach together with crushed garlic and a little bit of salt and pepper. Don't worry if there's a lot of spinach - it will all cook down eventually. Try to not overcook them because the spinach will become dark and will loose all its color.
Then after about 5 min. take out all the spinach and let it cool while we make tomato sauce in the same pan that the spinach was cooking.
Chop onion and cook for about 2 min. until they get nice yellow color. Then take two canes of tomatoes, pour them into the pan and heat up with some salt and pepper.
The spinach should be not that hot anymore so we take a handful and squeeze all the juices out of them, but do not throw out anything. Then mix ricotta cheese into the spinach and all its juices.

You should get something like this

Then stuff the cannelloni pasta rolls with the ricotta filling. I use a plastic bag with a 1-2cm hole cut in the corner. Then lay your cannelloni in a baking pan with the tomato sauce (my pan that I used for cooking spinach and then tomatoes is also fit for cooking in the oven). And lay them over with mozzarella.

Try to fit all of the cannelloni in one pan

Cook for about 40min.

Enjoy xxx

Monday, August 6, 2012


It's hard to keep up with the posting when its summer. So many things going on :) I'll try to post something again as soon as I can. 
Be patient - then it tastes better... :)
Have a nice week and while I'm gone leave me some notes what would You like to read about. Maybe something special You want to see?

Thank You for reading!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crunchy Shrimps

 Crunchy Shrimps

One more recipe in the fish "family".
I could only live with sea food. Shrimps are no exception :)
This recipe I also borrowed from some book that I can not remember right now. I don't even remember the exact recipe, only that You need to cover the shrimps with crumbles.

For this You'll need:

Shrimps (frozen or fresh, but boiled)
Crushed rusk or toast
Parmesan cheese
Olive oil

I start with heating up the oven - 180 degrees will be enough. Then I prepare the crust. Mix the crushed rusk, or You can use very small and well crushed toast crumbles, with finely chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese. Don't forget some salt and pepper. Then whisk one egg in a separate bowl with just a little salt and pepper. Then take Your shrimps (unfrozen if they were and of course boiled first. If they are not boiled - just put them unfrozen or fresh for 2-3 min into boiling water and dry them well) and holding its tale put it in the egg to cover it all and then into the crumble-parsley mix. Do this with all of them and put them on a baking tin (first I cover it with baking paper to avoid all the washing. After the shrimps are done I just throw it away) and pour a little olive oil on so they don't get very dry. If You have any of the crumbles left just put them on top of the shrimps and maybe some of them will still stick. If You like cheese You can sprinkle even more Parmesan on top. Bake until they start to get brown and You see the crust getting darker - I would say around 10-15 min.

I did not write how many shrimps or other ingredients You will need because everything depends on what You have. Try to guess how much of the mix You could need :)

Enjoy xxx

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fish meets bacon

Fish meets bacon

I love fish and I love fishing for it.
This is one very simple recipe for light dinner or a strong lunch.

What You need:

Any white fish filet
Bacon (How many? Bacon pieces = fish pieces)
Olive oil

Lemon juice
Olive oil

What I do first is wash the fish a bit and then salt it. Not too much. You don't want it salty, just a little for the salt to push out the water from the fish. Then while the fish is sitting I prepare salad. Any salad that You like. Here You'll see simple salad that i make very often: salad leaves (I really like french ones called Frisee or Rucola, tomato, corn and dressing. Then the fish has been sitting long enough. Pour out the water and then I dry the fish with paper towel just to get it really dry. After that take some pepper and rosemary and put on the fish. The fish is ready. 

Then take a piece of bacon and wrap around the fish. Spread it a little, don't roll it in one place because then not the whole piece will have this great bacon taste. And You're ready to cook. Heat the pan with some olive oil and cook until the outside of the fish starts to become  little brown. But always make sure that it is well cooked. If You don't want it to even more crispy You can cook it in an oven. Or if You have prepared the fish first before the salad, keep it in the oven to keep it warm and crispy. 

Then serve with the mayonnaise sauce. Mix two spoons of mayonnaise, one tea spoon of lemon juice and one tea spoon of olive oil. I also like to put some pepper and some Dijon mustard to spice it up :) With salad on the side it's a perfect fast and easy meal.

Enjoy xxx

Sunday, July 15, 2012

First Meal

My two passions that I have started to share - the one for style and fashion ( and the other for food. Not just food. What I like the most is preparing, creating and making. I now end my short introduction and let the food talk for itself. 

I will start off with breakfast - first post, first meal.
Further on You will see what I came up with. I take many recipes from very well known cooks and chefs, from internet and from magazines and apply them to myself. Sometimes it happens that I make something myself and it actually turns out not that bad :)

So here's what I have for You now...

 One cup pancakes 
... that I borrowed from Jamie Oliver and his amazing recipes.
 They are as simple as they sound.

First You'll need:
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
25g butter

Start mixing!

Take a bowl and mix flour, milk and egg together. Mix it well :) Then mix in just a pinch of salt and about a half tea spoon of sugar.
Melt the butter in a pan and You're ready to go! Take a spoon-full of dough and pour into the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they get slightly brown. Make sure to cook them long enough but not for too long. You don't want them raw :) Take them out and You're ready to serve.

What I do sometimes is whip egg whites separately from the egg yolk. I mix in some sugar very slowly into the egg whites while I'm whipping them. Then I whip the egg yolk in another bowl until it is almost white.After that I just mix everything together as normally.

I like them with yoghurt that you can also make yourself or any other topping. This time I had them with toffee syrup and orange juice.

They are perfect for strong Saturday breakfast.
Enjoy xxx