Recipe: Summer Salad

 
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When the weather gets warmer I prefer to eat more salads and sandwiches rather than warm, cooked food. At the moment one of my favourite recipes is "tomato-strawberry-salad". I know this combination sounds a little strange but I promise, it tastes lovely.

The sweetness of the strawberries and the nuttiness of the olive oil balance out the sharper flavour of the tomatoes.

Ingredients: (one portion)

- three big tomatoes

- eight strawberries

- 3 tbsp olive oil

- a dash of apple cider vinegar

- fresh basil to taste

- fresh mint to taste

 
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Slice the tomatoes and strawberries. Mix them with the olive oil and vinegar in a bowl.

Add the basil and mint. This is so simple and your taste buds will be very happy.

This tastes especially lovely with toasted sourdough bread. Enjoy!

Recipe: Cinnamon Noodles

When I was a child "Mohnnudeln" (poppy seed noodles) was one of my favourite foods. They are sweet, filling and can be eaten as main course or dessert.

Inspired by this classic Austrian dish, I created cinnamon noodles for you. A simple potato noodle recipe with a twist.

 
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Ingredients (for four portions):

- 500g potatoes

- 100g flour

- 50g butter

- 1 egg yolk

- a pinch of salt

- 50g caster sugar

- cinnamon

Boil the potatoes, peel and grate them. Put the grated potatoes in a bowl adding the flour, butter, salt and yolk.

Knead the ingredients. Roll out the dough and cut into 3 - 4 cm long pieces. Shape them in your hands until they look more or less like slugs. (I know, I know... could not think of a better word)

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and let the little potato noodles simmer for about 5 minutes or until they start floating.

Take the potato slugs out of the water and set aside. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan.

Fry the noodles in the pan on low heat until they get slightly crispy. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.

 
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Eat immediately and enjoy.

 

Pizza Fiorentina - Illustrated Recipe

During the day I am so focused on painting that I sometimes do not even notice when I am hungry and I forget to eat. My lunch often consists of leftovers or a quick sandwich. Also, eating heavy, warm meals around midday makes me really sleepy which in turn is not exactly good for my productivity. So it is very important to me that I take time to cook at the end of the day and eat a nice dinner. Nothing beats a homemade meal shared with your loved ones. 

Sometimes I stick to a recipe but  more often than not I research food images online and make it up as I go along. This is a great way to get inspired. Especially when you are making pizza. The creative possibilities for toppings are seemingly endless.

For the base, which I always make from scratch, I use my mum's tried and tested recipe (makes a medium sized pizza). It is super easy to make and only has a few ingredients:

- 250g pizza flour

- a pinch of salt

- 7g dried yeast

- a dash of olive oil

- some lukewarm water

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add only as much water as you need to shape a smooth and soft (not sticky) dough ball. Knead the dough thoroughly (with lots of love) on a clean kitchen counter. Then place the dough into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour.

Last Sunday I made the Florentine Pizza which I found under Tesco's recipes.

 
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Recently we discovered Matthews Cotswold pizza flour at Lidl and I am loving it. This flour is extremely fine and makes a very smooth, soft dough. It was the packaging that first caught my eye. I really love the logo, the font, the colours and the vintage inspired print job. And I can say, that the product is as good as the packaging.

 
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What is your favourite pizza?

Spiced tea recipe

Do you like tea as much as I do? I especially love herbal tea. During the winter I enjoy drinking spiced tea to warm me up after a long walk and to get me into the festive spirit. Of course there are many tea options you can purchase from the shop but I believe it is really fun to make your own spiced tea.

Personally, I find fruit tea often too acidic for my stomach and even though I love black tea I cannot drink it too late in the day as the caffeine will keep me awake at night. The spiced tea recipe that I am sharing with you today is based on rooibos tea, sometimes also called redbush tea. It is perfect for drinking at any time of the day as it does not contain any caffeine and has low tannin levels. Rooibos tea is offered by several companies and easy to get a hold of. My favourite is from Clipper tea.

 
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Ingredients for two cups of spiced tea: 

- two and a half cups of water

- two rooibos tea bags

- four whole cloves

- one cinnamon stick

- two star anise pods

- four cardamom pods

- four slices of fresh ginger

- honey or sugar

- milk

 

How to:

Pour water in a pot, add all the spices and the ginger.

Bring to a boil, add tea bags, take off the heat and let the tea steep until it is your preferred strength (at least 5 minutes).

Strain into your cups, add milk (optional) and sweeten to taste with honey or sugar.

I prefer this tea strong, with a tiny dash of milk, honey and a slice of Linzer torte (might write a post about the recipe soon). If you try it please let me know how you liked it.

Enjoy.