Food for thought

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Food for thought

After spending a super fun evening with friends from all over Europe, I woke up today to the confirmation that the times they are a-changing and are in fact bat shit crazy. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having this WTF feeling for the better part of a year now. I mean Europe is a hot mess, right? Things in Greece have been bad for quite some time now, the shit’s about to hit the fan here in the UK as well, the States are not doing too swell either.

There’s so much to think about and endless debates and conversations to be had; there’s gonna be uncertainty and worry. But that’s not all there’s gonna be, that’s certainly not all there is. The world around us is changing, and it’s precisely at times like this that we need to breath in and out, pause and be appreciative of what’s dear to us, be thankful and calm.

A shy, timid sun finally came out today and along with lots of wishes for a better weekend, here’s a bunch of feel-good links to help with the process.

Let’s start with baby animals & vegetables. Seems about right, especially today.

And easy summer cocktails? Yup, we’re gonna need these as well.

Ron Swanson is the boss. ‘Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing’ must be one of my main life philosophies.

London lindos: because hope for summer never ceases.

Peanut butter, sriracha & lime creamy sauce for this cool, fresh and colorful noodle salad. On repeat.

Dancing on the NY subway. We need more of that, everywhere.

At the very top of summer DIYs are these washi-revamped chairs. (I’ve already mastered this simple spray paint version.)

This rhubarb & strawberry pie is so breathtakingly beautiful, it makes me want to lock myself in the kitchen and bake till my feet hurt and my heart & brain feel light again.

*Chocolate for breakfast. Great for mid-week hangovers and shitstorms.

Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos

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Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos

Who was it that invented food trucks? Especially those serving quick, perfectly flavoured, spicy little bites of food wrapped in something delicious? Who was that genius mastermind? My hat off to them, because all of the above describe one of my favourite things to eat and pretty much sum up the perfect summer bite. More specifically, tacos. Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos even more specifically. The one taco recipe I’ve shared here before is filled with flavours and veggies and this one follows the same principles: lots of freshness, lots of colour, a little heat- pretty much all you need for that perfect bite. [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

While the weather in London continues being very British (sun! black clouds! tropical style night rains! humidity! sun again!), in Greece summer has officially arrived. It’s hot and sunny and my family and friends are already off to the beach. No biggie. I’m not jealous at all. Like really. I’m just as happy here, carrying my umbrella and sunglasses everywhere, constantly checking the weather and then whining about it. Oh! And seeking all things summery and holiday-y. [READ MORE]

Avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad

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Avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad

One of the things I love more about the summer months is how my appetite and cooking changes. When it’s cold, I enjoy heartier, somewhat heavier dishes and I’m happy to spend hours in the kitchen making soups, bread or decadent desserts. As soon as it gets a little warm though, all I crave is speedy, refreshing meals with light textures. I mostly lean towards salads and I’m always impressed by the countless combinations one can come up when it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits. So, these days, that summer has finally arrived here in London (I mean, kinda- rain still keeps us on our toes) my cooking is almost exclusively dedicated to all sorts of things light, colourful and quick. From this one pot pasta and the easiest, hands down most delicious molten chocolate cake, to this avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad. [READ MORE]

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Summer is finally making an appearance in London- albeit somehow reluctantly. I’m looking forward to things slowing down a little and to spending the weekend relaxing, catching up with friends and testing some season-appropriate recipes. Coming soon to a screen near you: a colorful bean salad, peanut butter M&M whiskey ice cream and a beet & goat cheese tart tatin.

Stay cool, stay positive, have a great weekend y’all! [READ MORE]

Molten chocolate cake

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Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. For the past ten years or so, I’m not around to celebrate with her, but I always try to mark the occasion by making her a delicious dessert. Even though she’s not around to enjoy it, I’m always very happy to do it (and eat it, of course). Last year it was this airy, crunchy and fruity cookie & raspberry tart, but this time, I went the crowd-pleasing  molten chocolate way. [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

As the saga of hectic weeks continues, once again, I find myself feeling silly tired yet super extra giddy about the weekend. Mike is in LA on business, which usually means the following: house up to my OCD standards, late evening mini yoga sessions, lots of recipe testing and my girls coming over for a long cheese & wine session. I hope your weekend is also filled with whatever makes you relax. [READ MORE]

Mascarpone, pea & tarragon one-pot pasta

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Mascarpone, pea & tarragon one-pot pasta

Pasta is probably my favourite thing to eat; it’s easy, simple and delicious, aka the definition of comfort food. Although I can’t resist a serving (or two) of a classic tomato sauce slow-cooked with all sorts of herbs, garlic and onion, or a big plate of this stunning, pitch black squid-ink spaghetti, I’m usually partial to more speedy sauces, which you can whip up almost on the spot, with pretty much any ingredient you have in hand. [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

This past week has been very busy, filled with long business calls, endless emails and an overwhelming desire for the weekend (and sunny weather) to come already. On the plus side, I’ve been experimenting with a couple new no-churn ice cream flavours, have fallen hard for savoury tarts tatin (recipe coming soon) and decided to give my beloved vampire TV dramas a rest and go back to old favourites only to discover that Rear Window gets better every time and His Girl Friday helps my crush on Cary Grant to remain in tact. [READ MORE]