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Octopuss....Absolutely Delicious !!

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Today we had the most delicious octopus ever and am dying to share it with you.

Purée Of Lentils....Yet A Different Way

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There is no two ways about it, lentils are good for you...read this:

* www.tandurust.com on Google: Lentil Nutrition Information: Facts Of Nutritional Value Of Lentils

Nutritional values of lentil are:
ProteinsEssential amino acids.Dietary fiber.FolatesVitamins and minerals.Nutritional Value Of Cooked LentilsValues for boiled lentils without salt with serving size 198 gms or 1 cup.Calories= 230.Fat= 1gm.Cholesterol=0mgProtein=18gmCarbohydrate= 38gm.Vitamins
A= 15 IUC= 3 mgD=—-E=0.3mgK=3.5mcgFolate= 350 mcgCholine=64mg.Minerals
Calcium= 35mgIron=6mgMagnesium=71mgPhosphorus=350mgPotassium= 700mgSelenium=5mcg. Now for the fun part:
You will need for today's recipe:
Serves 6
-  500 grms brown lentils well washed.
-  Water to cover and then some.
-  4 bay leaves.
-  4 cloves garlic crushed and finely cut.
-  1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder ( the kind you use for chili con carne). It is not at all hot and has a back taste of cumin.
-  3 Tbsp. fresh cream.
-  Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Dressing For Asparagus...Delicate

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Spring is the time for asparagus. You can eat asparagus every day in a different manner. There are many ways to prepare this delicate and refined vegetable so it needs special handling, care and preparation. I will not go further to explain more about the how's and the do's but I will share with you a dressing recipe a friend of mine gave me a few years ago. You will need: -  500 ml of full fat cream. -  1 Tbsp.  prepared mustard (Dijon by Maille).
-  1 Tbsp.  lemon juice.
-  Salt and Pepper to taste.
Method:
-  Wipp cream until it starts to set. 
-  Start adding mustard and lemon slowly.
-  Add salt and white pepper to taste.
Et Voila!
Enjoy
Stelio

Focaccia Bread....Yummy Yummy And Interesting.

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Focaccia is a typical Italian type of bread similar to pizza but using a filling as opposed to topping. It is bread with yeast. It can be made with whatever type of flour and filling you want.  The focaccia recipe I would like to share with you today is with all purpose flour and a filling made up of pitted sliced black olives, capers, oregano, chili pepper, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and oil.

Fegato Alla Veneta....Typical Italian Dish

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Fegato alla Veneta means calf's liver Venecian style. It is quick and easy. All it takes is calf's liver and onions. The "Veneto"is one of the twenty regions of Italy, in the north east of this beautiful country. They have a very distinctive accent when they speak. The capital is, of course, Venezia!! Our lovely Venice....Oh how romantic, during winter without all those tourists around...so beautifully sad.....Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, the little narrow streets with little bridges across the canals....Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) .....the movie Anonimo Veneziano (1970) in Milan...41 years ago.... memories.








You will need:

Serves 6

-  1 kg of fresh calf's liver cut in strips, washed well under cold water and dipped in milk with oregano for at least two hours as per my photo -  5 big onions thinly sliced in rings and shredded. -  Milk to dip in the calf's liver. -  2 Tbsp. oregano. -  50 gms. of butter. -  1 Tbsp. olive oil. -  Salt and black pe…

Shrimp Loaf........Light, As The Days Grow Warmer

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Has anybody heard of a shrimp loaf?

Light Saturday Salad.....................Healthy / Low In Fat

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I have to admit that people are now eating food with less % fat due to their awareness of the many health problems caused by eating "rich" food.
Maria is going to share with you today a simple, Saturday lazy salad, with a dressing of her own using Anthótiro or ricotta  (10-13% fat) instead of Feta (40% fat).

You will need:
Serves 4
-  200 grms. ricotta cheese or fresh unsalted cottage cheese (Anthótiro in Greek) cut in small triangles.
-  3 big tomatoes cut in wedges.
-  1 scalion (fresh onion, spring onion) finely sliced.
-  1 tsp. dry oregano.





-  30 grms. parsley coarsly chopped ( leaves from 3-4 sprigs or more if you like much parsley)
For the dressing:
-  50 gms. Anthótyro.
-  1 Tbsp. from the above fresh onion.
-  1 Tbsp. parsley.
-  3 Tbsp. Olive oil.
-  1 Tbsp. Vinegar.
-  Zest of a medium sized lemon.
-  Chili flakes with seeds to taste (Boúkovo).
-  Some water for dilution.
Method for the Salad:
In a beautiful salad shallow bowl :
-  Arrange tomato wedges,
-  Sprinkle …

Announcement To All My Friends And Relatives!

First of all I would like to thank all my English School Heliopolis, AUC, Guezira Sporting Club, Agami, American Community Cairo and Greek friends and relatives for your support and encouragement.
I would like to remind everybody that I would highly appreciate it if you guys would  use the "COMMENTS" section of the blog to post for any, I mean any, comments you may have, good or bad. This will help me imporve and help you eat better.
I just realized that I have written 110 recipes until today since I began on December 16th 2010 and even I can't find my way around my site. It takes me forever to find a recipe even though they have been automatically listed alphabetically by Blogger according to their labels. It is neither practical for you nor for me.
Therefore my blog site will look and may act funny for the next few days until I put things right. This job will be done by me and I don't have the foggiest idea how to do it!! I've been through the "help"s…

Black And White Chocolate With Cereal And Strawberry Jello / Yogurt Topping

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Happy Sunday!! Time for our sweet!! Yey!! Maria has been experimenting the past two days on this cake and she would like to share it with you all.  We would really appreciate your feedback and comments on it as it is her idea of a fresh yet chocolatty cake for spring where the weather is not so hot but yet not that cold either.