Monday, September 21, 2009

jamie oliver love affair: with spaghetti fritters

jamie oliver love affair: with spaghetti tettrizini

Today I experimented with Jamie's italian cookbook (thanks Chris and Maria!!!) Quite evidently, this is not the healthiest dish, but if jamie makes it, well then it's alright with me. (ingredients: chicken, cream, parmesan and pasta.... yum)

celery and beets, nuts and greens....

Simplicity: Toss celery, beets, greens, red onion, and roughly chopped chestnuts with a sprinkle of parmesan and olive oil/lemon dressing, and of course S&P to taste. The crunchy celery sliced on a "bias" was the highlight of this salad, it added so much brightness to the dense falvours of nuts and beets. yum

new fancy plate #1

This one is "honeycomb". it made my quesadilla and dip that much fancier. thanks Laura, I've never had such an original and interesting plate collection. You're right, they truly add new dimension to my food photos....

Thursday, September 17, 2009

itsy bitsty tini weenie banana flax muffins

These marvelous mini muffins are perfect for breakfast or on the run. They are filled with healthy things like bananas, ground flax seed, whole wheat flour, non fat yogurt and nuts.
I found this recipe here. but i modified it a bit by adding in a handful of rolled oats and placed ONE big walnut on top instead of crumbling them into the batter. I also sprinkled some flax seeds on top to give hints of what's inside. enjoy!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

pumpernickel mushroom bruschetta

Who said bruschetta had to be topped with tomatoes? Today, I decided to slice up some mushrooms, saute them in olive oil, chillies, and fresh chives instead. I pre-baked slices of pumpernickel bread until crispy, drizzled them with olive oil, and lay my mushrooms down politely on top. I took this photo before I topped them with cheese and put the back in the oven to melt.... but they looked so good I couldn't wait to eat them up.... good thing i got a photo before they were all gone.

grilled chicken skewers and summer salad

This is my favourite summer salad!!! It's made with thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes combined with chives from the garden, lemon juice, S&P and a dollop of plain non-fat yogurt. Soooo fresh and soooo lovely, I learnt this one from my mom. Served with a simple red pepper, onion, chicken skewer. If you don't eat meat....simply exchange chicken for tofu cubes or simply skewer more red peppers. mmmmmm