Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Mediterranean pork chop

I consider Mediterranean cuisine to be one of the most flavoursome, vivid and healthy. Growing up, mediterranean flavours were daily in my meals since I come from an island of southern Europe. Today, I'm presenting you my twist of a pork chop that is easy to prepare and enjoy.
The following ingredients are for 1 portion, you may multiply accordingly.

You need:
  • 1 pork chop 
  • mushrooms
  • corn
  • 1 onion
  • half lemon
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • half glass of mushrooms
  • 1 dry bay leaf
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • spread cheese (I used philadelphia cheese with garlic)
  • salt
  • pepper mix
  • dried oregano
  • fresh oregano
  • paprika

You put a bit of olive oil in a tray, just enough to cover the whole surface.
Season the pork chop with salt, pepper and paprika.
Spread the cheese on top (not too much)
Sprinkle some dried oregano on top.
Put the bay leaf on it.

Add the corn in the same tray next to the chop, put some salt on it, and a knob of butter.
Then, put the mushrooms on the other side with some salt.

Slice half onion, and slice that in rolls. Put them on top of the chop (mostly there), corn and mushrooms. The other half just place it in a corner in your tray, so it aromatizes the whole thing.

Do the same with the tomatoes.
Half one lemon, and squeeze some of its juice on the meat, and then place the rest on another corner.

Lastly, sprinkle with fresh oregano.

Put it in a pre-heated oven until your chop is ready and juicy!

You may accompany it with fresh salad and a glass of wine.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Super tea

Ok, so you woke up feeling knackered, tired, coughing, weak or ill in general?
We've all been there. This morning I woke up with a horrible zombie-goat cough...
I know that many herbs have antiseptic and toning abilities, and also that certain types of teas can do miracles.
So I decided to mix them up, and make my own supertea (which btw tastes quite funky), and try to beat that cough in 1 day.

You need:

  • green tea and/or oolong tea
  • fresh ginger
  • star anise
  • a slice of lemon
  • turmeric
  • honey

Make it!
Green tea is well known for its amazing healing properties, it's antioxidant, antiseptic, toning etc. Similarly oolong tea offers pretty much the same things.
Brew a mixture of green/oolong tea (or just green), together with 1 piece of star anise (which too has antibacterial properties).
In the meantime peel off a knob of fresh ginger and place in hot water for at least 3 minutes.
Put them all together, and add a tablespoon of turmeric powder, or fresh if you have some.
That thing is a miracle worker!
Instantly the whole beverage turns yellow, but don't let that turn you off.
Lastly add a tablespoon of honey, and a slice of lemon.

All these super natural ingredients in combination, will accelerate the healing process.
Take a cup 3 times per day, and you'll feel better soon.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Cod with wild rice

This is a real tasty fish dish, which you can make using cod (or other white fish of your choice), easily in your oven.

You need:
  • 1 fish fillet
  • 1 onion
  • half cup of brown wild rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • chilli flakes
Season the fish with salt, pepper, paprika and chilli flakes, drizzle with olive oil, and put in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (or until cooked). Slice the onion and put on top of the fish. While is cooking, the onion with become sweet adding more flavour to the fish.
In the meantime, boil the rice until done.
Serve with fresh veg on the side.
Bon appetit!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Honey coffee

You are a coffee fanatic. OK. However when it comes to making it sweet here it becomes a bit puzzling.

Adding sugar? They say it's fattening, not healthy.
Sweeteners? You hear all these stories how they are pro-cancer, bad for your body and so on..
So what do you do?

I really like honey, and I'm used to adding it in my tea. But I tried once adding it in my coffee. And as weird as it seemed in the beginning, I then realized how great it was!

 It's richer in flavour than sugar, and healthier! (as long as you don't put a whole bee-hive in there).

So really, just prepare your coffee and add a teaspoon of honey!