GRILLED PINEAPPLE

Pineapple is delicious on it’s own, but if you want something quick and easy to make for dessert try grilling it. It becomes so testy and spicy. It is also served hot and juicy so it gives it a touch of warmth.If you add a scoop of ice cream, wow you will be satisfied.
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There are so many ways you can use pineapples to flavor your meals and it is so easy to make and adds a ton of flavor. I know it is winter but I decided to add a touch of summer in the middle of winter and it worked. Me, my family and a dear friend of mine who came to visit us from Finland (Maki) have enjoyed it sooooo much. And I am sure you will too.
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The lemon juice will help to cut some of the sweets, if you decided to go sweet all the way by all means don’t use the the lemon juice.
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Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple ( peeled, cut and cored)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 small cubbed butter
  • splash of white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

procedure

  1. In a big bowl add the maple syrup, the cinnamon, the white wine, pinch of salt mix very well then add the pineapple again mix till every part of the pineapple is covered and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  2. preheat grilled pan( preferably the one with a cover) for medium heat
  3. when it is hot enough trough the cubbed butter and immediately put the pineapple wedges on the grill ( don’t wait till the butter is burned)
  4. when the pineapple is heated trough, 5-7 minutes add the rest of the marinate from the bowl and the lemon juice in to the grill and cover your grill so that the steam will soften the pineapple
  5. after a minute you are done. Serve hot and ENJOY.
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CINNAMON AND VANILLA COOKIES

Late Christmas cookies, finally they are here. These rich cinnamon and vanilla cookies are great for the holidays or anytime you want a tasty cinnamon treat. They are so delicious, and have the best texture. They are so fast to put together too!

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 These cookies are always a hit when I make them at home. Two days and they are all gone. You can yield about 50 medium cookies.

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Yield– more than 50 cookies

Ingredients

  • 200g (7/8 cup) butter
  • 115g ( 1/2 cup  ) sugar
  • 1 egg ( separated)
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 400g (3 1/3 cups) flour + some for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 150c/302F and cover the backing tray with parchment paper or cooking spray
  2. Now we are going to start by mixing the butter and the sugar in a big bowl.
  3.  in another bowl beat the eggs with the vanilla, lemon zest, pinch of salt and baking powder mix well
  4. separate the mixture in half using another bowl
  5. mix half of the flour( 200g or 1 2/3 cups)with the first half of the butter mixture and when mixed well and becomes a dough roll with a film and put in the fridge for 30minutes
  6. for the remaining second half of the butter mixture put in the cinnamon mix well and gradually add the rest of the flour. when mixed thoroughly roll with a film and put in the fridge for half an hour
  7. when the dough run its course,take out the first half and roll it out 1/2 an inch thick on the counter with a little bit of flour.
  8. cut the dough with the cookie cutter with the shape of your desire and spread on the cooking tray and cook for 25 minutes
  9. do the same operation for the second dough
  10. when done leave 10 minutes to cool and ENJOY.

TIRAMISU

Tiramisu literally means pick me up. And trust me it dose, from what ever situation you are in and you need some thing to lift you up, it could be your go to sweet. In my opinion tiramisu is Italian’s most favorite dessert. I have no doubt in my mind about that.

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It is considered a semifreddo (a dessert served cold, but not frozen). This dessert has many variations, the only constant ingredient being the mascarpone cheese. But there is no tiramisu like the original. I have made my version more light by adding the heavy cream. It really makes a difference.

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This is a great make-ahead recipe, since the cake tastes better the longer it sits. At the moment we finish making it the biscuits are going to be still hard and the cream a little bit warm. By the time it run its course in the fridge the biscuits will be soft and the cream as cold as it is supposed to  be. Now you will garnish it with unsweetened cocoa powder and ……..

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium eggs ( separated)
  • 5 tablespoon white sugar
  • 500g (2 and 1/4 cups) mascarpone cheese
  • 200ml ( 3/4 cups) heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1kg ( 1,000g) savoyardi biscuits
  • enough coffee for socking the savoyardi biscuits ( useful tip:the coffee must be cold or else it will ruin the tiramisu cream)

Garnish

  • enough unsweetened cocoa powder to sprinkle over the tiramisu

Procedure

  1. we are going to use a 2 and 1/2 quarts or 9 inch square baking dish with out any parchment paper or oil spray
  2. beat the egg yolks with the sugar till creamy, of course using an electric mixer
  3. add the mascarpone cheese and mix well with the mixer. It has to be without lumps
  4. In another bowl add the heavy cream and with the mixer mix it till stiff
  5. add it to the previous mixture and with a spatula, by hand, mix them till homogeneous
  6. mount the white of the egg using the mixer with a pinch of salt till stiff
  7. then little by little mix the white with the cream
  8. now your cream for tiramisu is done
  9. on the prepared square baking dish first spread the cream on the bottom then sock the savoyardi biscuit( 1 second for each side), one at a time, in the coffee and arrange on top of the cream.
  10. like this go on till you run out of the cream and refrigerate at least for 2 hour
  11. serve sprinkling the cocoa powder, further from its aesthetic value, it will balance the sweetness of the cream with the bitterness of the cocoa powder. So it is better if you use the cocoa and then ENJOY.

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TENERINA OR BROWNIE

Tenerina or Brownie? So, after testing this succulent, fudgy and delicious tenerina or brownie you can decide what to call it for your self. For me it is a hybrid. It has got that richness and tenderness that a tenerina should have and the chewy, moist and gooey any good brownie is suppose to offer us. But ether way I love it and my family loves it. For me that is what matters.

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With this sweetness by my side I am going to have the best Christmas ever. On top of that you can freeze it too, I recommend with out the frosting.  Just wrap the whole (with out cutting it to pieces) in a layer of foil and another layer of film and freeze up to a month or two.

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Ingredients

  • 400g (2 and 1/4cups) dark chocolate
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 4 medium eggs( separated)
  • 150 caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoon white flour
  • pinch of salt

Frosting

  • 55g (1/4cups) softened butter
  • 45g (3/8cups) confectioners sugar
  • 45g (3/8cups) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 45ml (3/8 cups) hot water
  • 75g ( 3/8cups ) dark chocolate chips
  • splash of hot water

procedure

  1. preheat oven at 150C/ 302F
  2. Line with baking/parchment paper a 2 and 1/2 quarts or 9 inch square baking dish and set aside(using the parchment paper will help to take it out of the baking dish easly)
  3. In a double boiler melt the chocolate and the butter
  4. In the mean time beat the egg yolk and the sugar with an electric mixer( useful tip: every time you mix egg yolk and sugar it is better to add a little bit at a time and beat it till creamy white)
  5. Add the vanilla and the flour mix well again
  6. now if the chocolate is melted completely take it off from the heat mix it well with the butter till smooth and homogeneous
  7. let it cool a little bit
  8. mean while beat the white of the egg with a pinch of salt ( useful tip: always wash the——-very well before using it to mount the whites )
  9. now mix the the cooled chocolate with the yolk when finished mix the white with the rest of the mixture a little bit at a time and always from the bottom to the top

Frosting

  1. beat the softened butter and the icing sugar till creamy
  2. In a bowl mix the cocoa powder with the hot water
  3. In a double boiler melt the dark chocolate with a splash of hot water
  4. at the end mix all of them together and set aside for 10 minutes
  5. then pour on the tenerina/ brownie, cut and ENJOY.

 

CHICKEN STEW (DORO WOT)

Hello, to day I am going to present to you one of the many delicious Ethiopian dish. It is made for special occasions like holidays, weddings, family gathering….So I thought this will be a perfect meal for Christmas to enjoy with family and friends. It is a chicken stew with lots of caramelized red onion, a well balanced spice, boiled eggs and tender chicken meat.

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In the original recipe to cook this dish it is going to take around 6 hours. It should be cooked on a charcoal and very slowly.The final result is going to be the combination of  unbelievable flavors, the perfect balance between sweet and sour. The sauce is going to be thick and spicy. You can eat it with fork or bread. If you wish you can add goat cheese, which will go really well with the test.

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My version of our precious chicken stew can be realized in less cooking time but  with  intense flavor. Around step 8, before adding the chili pepper, you can set aside some of the caramelized onion to make a stew with out the heat. But to intensify the flavor of the sauce with out the chili pepper, we will add curry. Then we will enrich it with the chicken meat and the boiled eggs.

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Ingredients

  • 10 eggs (medium or large as you wish)
  • 5 big red onion (cut in big chunks)
  • 1 big carrot ( cleaned and cut in pieces)
  • 1 medium celery (cleaned and cut in pieces with out the strings)
  • 2 fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (grated and with out strings)
  • enough olive oil to cook the onion
  • 5 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry
  • chicken broth
  • 2 kilos / 4.5 pounds  1 liter bone less chicken meat
  • white flour seasoned with salt and pepper (sufficient for dusting the chicken)

Garnish

  • chopped parsley

Procedure

  1. preheat the oven to 150c/302f
  2. oil the tray
  3. boil the broth (useful tip: it is better to heat the broth, because every time we add a cold broth or water in to the hot sauce it will lower the temperature which we have to bring up again and again and this will prolong the cooking time)
  4. cook the eggs in a cold salted water for 15 – 17 minutes. when cooked put them in cold water and when cool enough to handle take off their shells
  5. treat well the onion, the carrot and the celery together in a food processor
  6. put all in a large nonstick pot and cook in medium heat till the water is almost evaporated. you need to stir every now and then
  7. now pour the oil in and reduce the heat to low. cook the onion till transparent and soft.Of course string more frequently so that it will not burn
  8. add the minced garlic and ginger and mix well.
  9. by now you should be able to smell a well caramelized onion.  It is time to add the chili pepper incorporate very well
  10. cook it for 30minutes, stirring frequently and adding broth when tends to dry( useful tip: I suggest that after the 30 minutes are done test the sauce and see if it pinches, if so it means the chili is not cooked well, then you need to  add another 10 – 15 minutes)
  11. while the onion is cooking, in a separate chopping board, cut the chicken to either a bite size or if you like bigger
  12. heat a pan with a bit of oil, dust the chicken with flour and cook them till golden brown
  13. do not to forget to stir the sauce and add the broth frequently
  14.  then cook the chicken in the preheated oven for 20 minutes
  15. now when they are done, take them out of the oven and mix them with the sauce
  16. pock the eggs with a fork and mix them in the sauce. obviously pocking the eggs will help the sauce to inter inside and give them a special flavor
  17. spread the delicious sauce on a plate, parsley, a dash of olive oil and ENJOY.

BAROZZI CAKE

The Barozzi cake is a sweet typical of Emilian cuisine. In particular it was devised in Vignola, near Modena. Barozzi is a chocolate dessert where simple ingredients combine to create a unique taste. It is prepared in a short time and does not require particular capacity.

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I have made this cake kids friendly by not adding the alcohol. So in my house this delicious dessert will not last a day may be 2, but if it is going to last more in your house it would be better to refrigerate it up to 3 days.

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If you guys like how I took the photos, I got the idea from this amazing blog by Charisma on charismaticbaking ,check it out it is beautiful.

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Ingredients

  • 250g / 1 and 1/4 cups dark chocolate (70%)
  • 80g /3/5 cups butter
  • 4 medium eggs(separated)
  • 80g/ 3/8 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 100g /1/2 cup ground almond
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee powder
  • pinch of salt

procedure

  1. preheat oven at 150C/ 302F
  2. Spray a 2 and 1/2 quarts or 9 inch square baking dish with oil and line with baking/parchment paper and set aside
  3. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler with the butter ( useful tip: spill a little bit of water with the chocolate, it will help it melt much quicker)
  4. with an electric mixer mix the yolk with the sugar till creamy
  5. then add the cinnamon , vanilla and chili pepper mix well
  6. by now the chocolate must be melted. Now we have to mix it well with spatula and pour it in the bowl of the eggs ( useful tip: if possible it is better to wait till the chocolate is a bit cooler, so that the heat will not dismount the mixture we just prepared with the yolk)
  7. now put in the almond (leaving some aside for decor) and the coffee, then mix till the mixture is homogeneous
  8. the last step is mounting the white of the eggs with a pinch of salt and incorporate with the rest of the mixture
  9. cook for 20 minutes wait 10 minutes to cool and ENJOY.

Christmas Market

Christmas is around the corner every body, and me and my family are so excited. To day we went to the Christmas market, it was marvelous. Lights every where, Christmas gifts for family and friends, the smell of Christmas tree and happy people. It was beautiful. It was priceless, some thing money can never ever buy.

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Believe it or not this place, on the top, is our biggest piazza here in Trento. It is called piazza del Duomo. As you can see it is filled with light and at the left there is a beautiful fountain. Here you can find shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques, ice cream shops (ummm…. Italian ice cream as they call it gelato it is extraordinary ) so on and so forth.We took a walk near the piazza then we bought a Christmas tree and headed home. Tomorrow we are going to decorate it beautifully.

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This is one of my favorite. When you pass by the smell of the smoked bacon, sausage,salami, ham….will absolutely make you stand, turn and buy some.Good for you cause later you are the one who is going to enjoy it. May be make a sandwich and buy the hottest mulled wine, which you are going to find there, and ENJOY. Merry Christmas everyone.

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