Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa Casserole

March 2, 2015

Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa Casserole




Imagine a lake.
Algae begins growing in the lake.
Every day the algae doubles in size and it keeps increasing in that ratio.
On the 48th day the lake is completely covered with algae.
On what day is the lake half-covered in algae?
Think about it for a moment, don’t blur out the answer just yet.

Cranberry Green Tea Smoothie

February 27, 2015

Cranberry Green Tea Smoothie




Can anyone please help me identify what is that yellowish blob in that Tupperware container sitting in the back of my freezer?
Is it soup? Sorbet? Mashed potatoes maybe?
Who knows, who knows…
And what about those depressing looking freezer-burned veggie burgers. How long have they been lurking there? Months, years, decades?
Maybe I shouldn’t have started cleaning out my freezer, it was not a great idea after all.
These encounters are starting to get scary.

Creamy Avocado Pesto Zoodles

February 25, 2015

Creamy Avocado Pesto Zoodles




It’s weird for me to say this but “Enough with the cold weather!
I've had it. You have, too.
A cold snap here or there, is OK.
But for two months and more?
Stop it, already. Seriously, it’s not even fun anymore.
I want spring to arrive, and finally be able to venture outside for my morning runs without freezing to death and risking my life on those icy sidewalks.
Is it too much to ask?

Crock-Pot Honey Sesame Pulled Pork

February 23, 2015

Crock-Pot Honey Sesame Pulled Pork




This is the sort of recipe that falls into the category of ‘Vaguely Oriental’ recipes.
I use the term ‘vaguely’ whenever I make something that has some oriental flare — but I won’t go as far as labeling it ‘Chinese’, ‘Thai’, ‘Vietnamese’, or ‘Japanese’.
Using orientalish ingredients in a dish - such as soy sauce or sesame seeds - doesn’t grant an ‘oriental Passport’ to that dish.

12 Cauliflower Crust Recipes

February 22, 2015

12 Cauliflower Crust Recipes
Happy Sunday friends!
I hope you're staying warm with this crazy cold weather. As I look outside my window I’m thinking if the real danger facing humanity is not global warming after all, but rather the coming of a new Ice Age.
In reality, Mother Nature is just doing what she’s supposed to do — giving us the seasons.
Still I can’t wait for this winter to pass soon, so I can finally go outside, breathe in fresh air, breathe out ‘stale’ air, and enjoy spending free-time outdoors.
Unfortunately it’s way too soon for spring, so in the meantime all we can do is to cook for ourselves something delicious that will warm us from the inside out.
What about something made with cauliflower crust?

Lemon Potatoes

February 20, 2015

Lemon Potatoes




Do you get angry when playing video games?
I myself am not big on video games — growing up I’ve never owned an Atari, PlayStation, XBox or Nintendo Wii. But ever since the dawn of smartphones and tablets, I’ve started playing video games on my mobile devices like the rest of the world population.
Angry Birds, Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja, etc, you name ‘em.
During a subway ride, while waiting at the checkout line, when you do your business in the restroom (to me, a sacred moment), playing a quick video game on your phone it’s the best.
That is, until you start getting angry at the video game. I’m talking about full on exasperation, to the point that you want to smash the device against the wall.
NEVER.A.GOOD.IDEA.

Simple Ricotta Fritters with Marinara Sauce

February 18, 2015

Simple Ricotta Fritters with Marinara Sauce




If you read this blog often, you obviously are smart, have a great sense of humor, AND you know my obsession with cooking everything from scratch.
You probably also know that I like simple and quick recipes — because you and I don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen on weeknights.
Even more so when it’s freezing outside (btw, why does it have to be this cold people?) and all we want to do is crawl on the sofa, wrap ourselves in the warmest, softest of blankets and read a good book.

Kale Walnut Pesto

February 16, 2015

Kale Walnut Pesto




Last week I posted two recipes with kale pesto (this one and this one).
Though you guys seemed to have liked ‘em both, I had the feeling - through your comments on the blog, FB, IG and Twitter - that you were more interested in the kale pesto than the recipes themselves.
So yesterday I was like “Uhm, maybe I should post just the recipe for the kale pesto. If the readers want just to print/save the kale pesto they should. It totally makes sense!
I know, I’m smart as a whip (Ha!)

Quinoa Kale Pesto Bowls with Poached Eggs

February 13, 2015

Quinoa Kale Pesto Bowls with Poached Egg




There are three phrases I want to say before I’m sprawled on my deathbed.
To be honest I don’t think I will ever be in a situation where I could actually say those phrases (i.e., very dramatic scenarios) but I still want to believe that the right occasion will come one day — hope dies last after all.

Sauteed Mushroom Gouda and Kale Potato Skins

February 11, 2015

Sauteed Mushroom Gouda and Kale Potato Skins

The other night I was discussing reality television with a friend of mine.
We both agreed that reality TV was somehow interesting at first, but the fact that it's gotten so over-abused proves that its 15 minutes have largely passed.
Nowadays, every channel has a reality show about pretty much everything: drive a truck on ice -> get a show; have a bunch of kids -> get a show; have an embarrassing complaint/lump -> get a show; make your daughter a star -> get a show; be a complete idiot -> get a show.
It’s not even interesting anymore.
Even cooking shows are getting boring and old to watch.
There are too many of them: Top Chef, Master Chef, Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, The Taste, The Kitchen, The Next Food Network Star, the list goes on forever.