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Giant Bean Salad....Interesting And Refreshing

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During summer we have to wrack our brains to think of new salads to make because they are light, and refreshing. Since beans are good for you, here is an idea I came up with...





Sauce Bolognese....Meat Sauce

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Meat Sauce:

Method:


How To Cook Rice The Middle Eastern Way...

One last way I know how to cook rice is the Middle Eastern way

How To Cook With Steam....

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I believe that vegetables should be vapor cooked.  Cooking them in water, they would lose a lot of their nutritious qualities.

How To peel a clove of garlic and How to Make it digestible...

How to peel a clove of garlic:
-  Take clove and set it on a hard surface. With the hard part of the palm of your hand, give it a strong hit. Depending on how hard you hit it, peeling it will be esy. In other words slam the clove with the palm of your hand.
How to make garlic more digestible:
-  Once you have peeled it, take the central part out from both halves.
That's it
Thank you for your attention and for reading this.
Stelio

How To Peel And Dice An Onion....

How to peel and dice an onion:

Canned Sardines And Vegies

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The following my friends is not a recipe but an idea I would like to share with you for a very lazy day.






How To Boil An Egg...

This is a funny (ha ha) question.  You will be surprised how many people do not know how to boil a hard boiled, medium, or soft boiled egg.

How To "Bain Marie".

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Method:

How To Make A Ganache

Ganache is the mixture of cooking chocolate with fresh cream in a ratio of 50/50.

Feta And Watermelon.....Thirst Quencher Yet Filling

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This reminds me of the famous Columbus Egg.  Nobody thought of just slamming it on the table to make it stand on its end.
Feta and Watermelon....they are both out there, and maybe if you were not Greek (because it is very common in Greece during summer) you would  have never thought of it.



How to Cook Pasta...

Pasta is a general term used to describe a spaghetti, tagliatelle, ravioli, tortellini, stuffed or not stuffed which are found dry in supermarkets in boxes.

How To Cook Normal Rice...

You cook normal rice by basically playing it by ear because there are many types of rice which may or may not need more water than just 1½ cups per cup of rice. The rule is for every 1 cup of rice, you should boil 1½ cups of water and add the rice as soon as the water boils.

How To Cook Basmati Or Thai Rice.

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Lentil / Corn / Sweet Pepper / Fresh Ginger Salad....My Imagination At Work

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Well, as I said yesterday, salads, salads, salads. 
Today I will share with you yet another dish with lentils.but this time it is cold.
You will need:
-  200 gms of lentils plainly cooked with a little branch of fresh rosemary.
-  285 gms of drained sweet corn
-  1 Orange bell pepper roughly cubed.
-  1 red sweet pepper roughly cubed.
-  1 big tomato cubed.
-  1 inch worth of fresh ginger cut Juliénne style
-  ¼ cup roasted pine nuts.
-  Salt, pepper, some chili powder if you wish.
-  Olive oil.
-  Or a dressing by Maria
-  1/3 cup apple vinegar.
-  1 whole egg
-  1 Tbsp. sweet paprika. It can be normal paprika or smoked paprika.
-  1 Tbsp. light brown sugar.
-  1 tsp. salt.
-  1 pinch chili powder to taste.
-  1/2 cup olive oil.
-  1/2 sunflower oil.
Method for Maria's sweet paprika dressing.
-  Mix all the dressing ingredients in a blender.
-  Start adding oils slowly until you obtain a thickish fluid and the quantity you need. Refrigerate.
Method for the salad:
-  Mix all ingredi…

Salade Tunisiènne....Tunisian Salad

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This is the season for salads I suppose, no more those heavy dishes with sausages, sauces, etc.   I don't like salads, never did.  That why I guess I weigh 150 kgs!! This is the point of blogging no?? Is to express ones feeling and thoughts. So Maria comes along and suggests this Salad which we used to eat very often when we were based in Tunisia.

Just two words about it:  it consists of cucumber, green sweet pepper, yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, tomato, radishes, and canned tunafish.mixed up all together. The catch here is that all the vegetables have to be cut very very small, nearly into a brunoise .  Please see photo above.
You will need:
Serves 4
-  4 cucumbers medium size cubed very small.
-  3 big tomatoes cubed as small as possible.  Juice and seeds included.
-  1 yellow bell pepper cubed very small.
-  2 green sweet peppers cubed very small.
-  1 red sweet pepper cubed very small.
-  1 bunch radishes cubed very small.
-  4 hard boiled eggs sliced with egg slicer.

Lasagna.....My Way

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There is no doubt that Lasagna is a festive dish, a dish for special occasions,  a dish for Sundays.
I would like to share with you my quick lasagna.
You will need:
Serves 4
-  A 30 cm x 35 cm  baking dish.
-  18 dry, no precook, white or green lasagna rectangles.
-  500 ml of milk.
-  500 ml of tomato juice for sauces.
-  50 gr. of butter.
-  50 gr of flour.
-  Salt, ground black pepper, ground dried chili flakes to taste.
-  1 cup of milk extra.
-  150 gr of freshly grated parmezan cheese.
-  150 gr grated mozzarella cheese (optional).
-  150 gms. ricotta cottage cheese in small pieces (optional).
-  2 tbsp. of  already prepared or home made pesto to be dissolved in the 500 ml of milk for the tomato béchamel.
Method:
-  Add butter to saucepan, and stir fry the onion.
-  Make a 50/50 béchamel sauce with the milk/pesto mix and the tomato sauce juice by making a roux with the butter and the flour, and cooking it well.
-  Start adding alternatively the milk and the tomato juice starting w…