Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jerusalem artichoke patties

You will need 2 servings
300g Jerusalem artichoke (topinambur)
100 g zucchini (one small)
1 small onion
1 small carrot
20 ml of olive oil
1 egg
50-100g flour

Here you can find a Wholegrain pasta with topinambur, zucchini e walnuts recipe. This is another recipe, easy to make and very tasty. The taste of topinambur is similar to artichokes and potatoes at the same time, very gentle. 
Let’s begin! Clean topinamburs - peel the skin thoroughly, otherwise there will be undercooked pieces. Cut into medium pieces and put them to boil until tender, about 30 minutes. Almost at the end add zucchini.  
Clean and finely chop the onion and carrot. Fry them on low heat. When topinambur is cooked grind it in the food processor, adding other vegetables. Pulse until it becomes a paste and everything is well combined. Mix vegetables with 1 egg in a bowl. Then add flour because with egg dough will be too liquid. If you see that 100gr of flour is not enough add some more. 
Fry on medium or low heat. Cook one side then flip and brown the other side.  Only takes a about 3-5 of minutes on each side.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Work wardrobe outfits

What is the secret of looking chic and ladylike at work?  The secret to really chic style isn't really a secret: it's a formula — a set of tried-and-true essentials that can be worn and worn again, no matter the season or the year. Invest in quality pieces that you’re going to wear or use regularly—especially shoes and bags. 
I found some work wear wardrobe essentials that would be great for this year - they are anything but basic, just a touch special details or color.

Bright yellow blazer is going ideally with white shirt and black pencil skirt. Complete the look by adding some green detais

Mix classic office grey with bright spring coral or mint green accessories
Add some turquoise on grey background

Classic black and white combination, but how freshier it seems with some fuchsia accessories

We see a black wrap belted coat worn a top burgundy slouchy top. The top will look pretty sweet styled with checkered pale grey pants. Complete the look by adding burgundy bag and pumps

Another burgundy outfit

Go for a black sleeveless top and pair it with floral pale pencil skirt and white tuxedo blazer:

Retro inspired look is made of dotted beige top and  brown pants

Other beige outfit  - timelessly chic

Simple and elegant? -  go for a burnt orange blouse instead of beige one

If you want to be more femminine or just need to go elsewhere after work these looks will be perfect

Another stunning but classic look navy blue and white with red touch. 

I adore this wrap knitted cape, it will remind you about home

Friday, May 6, 2016

Wholegrain pasta with topinambur, zucchini e walnuts recipe

Uh, the name of this recipe is too long, but it's very simple to cook)) Actually, I used wholegrain farro pasta or emmer (farro dicocco), but it would be even longer to write it in the title)) In general, the you can choose pasta as you want.

You will need 2 servings

  •  130-150 grams of pasta, depending on your appetite)
  • 400g Jerusalem artichoke (topinambur)
  • 200-250 g zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 60 g of crushed walnuts
  • 20 ml of olive oil
  • 50g grated pecorino romano cheese
  • salt

Jerusalem artichoke has many names - sunchoke, sunroot, earth apple, but in Italy we call it topinambur. For myself I have discovered it recently. I started to look for recipes and I tried different ones. I can say that this recipe is my own creation)) Ahead you will find another recipe of burgers made of Jerusalem artichokes and some vegetables, but I will write about it next time. The Taste is similar to artichokes and potatoes at the same time, very gentle. 

So, it is necessary to clean topinamburs -  peel the skin thoroughly, otherwise there will be undercooked pieces. Cut into medium pieces and put them to boil. It needs not less than half an hour too cook, pierce it with a fork from time to time. 
Lets prepare the cream - clean and finely chop the onion. Fry it on a low heat until soft. Zucchini should be cut into thin strips. Add them to the onion.

In a separate small pot fry the walnuts with olive oil and then add to the pot with zucchini and onions. When the topinambur is cooked, remove it with a slotted spoon and put pasta into the same cooking water. Topinambur you need to grind in a blender into cream and mix with zucchini, onions and walnuts.

Now you can turn off the fire under them and wait for the pasta.

Of course, you can boil pasta in a separate pot, it will be faster, but in topinambur cooking water pasta will be tastier) a little secret)

When pasta is al dente, drain,  and mix it with the cream. Sprinkle with the  pecorino romano before serving. 

Bon Appetit! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

10 Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Spring is finally here with warm weather and sunny days, which means new, exciting looks. So, It’s time to shop for springtime. There are so many amazing pieces right now that are feminine and flirty and perfect for spring. There are so many trends out there, which ones should we invest in? From cold shoulders to clinched in waists, long floral dresses, pastel tones, ruffled dresses, metallic fabrics, pleats, stripes and mini handbags, the list is endless. I must admit that really will depend on your style preference and budget. Check out my list of spring wardrobe essentials that are must-haves in your closet this year.

1. Lace-Up flats
These flats are probably the trendiest thing on this list. The laces make simple flat shoes a little more interesting – you can bunch them up under a rolled up skinny jean or wear them laced up your leg with an easy spring swing dress

2. Silver Jewelry
While gold may have shined last year, it’s all about silver this year.

3. Classic White Sneaker
Lowtop or hightop, a white sneaker is a must-have in your spring style.  I like them with long dresses, cropped pants, tailored shorts…

4. Basic White or grey T-Shirt 
You can wear it alone with a great accessory or layer under your jackets and t-shirts is crucial. Can be also striped one)

5. White Jeans
White jeans make a crisp statement and pair well with everything from neutrals to pastels to brights. I cannot imagine my spring and summer wardrobe without them.

6. Cropped Trousers
A cropped pant is the perfect spring staple ans can be paired with flats, boots, or heels for a classic, clean look. It’s nice to show a little ankle after months of winter)
Cold shoulder tops and dresses took this year’s Fashion Week by storm.

8. Bright Blazer
While black and white blazers are always classic, a bright color will add a spring-y infusion to your ensemble. I generally think of blazers as work wear, but it’s chic and on trend to pair a blazer with boyfriend jeans or skinny jeans for a fun date night or weekend look. 

9. Flare jeans
Flares are super flattering, particularly when worn with heels and a turtleneck, but can be paired with almost anything. You can wear them according to your personal style and even carry them forward for summer.

10. Trench coat

Trench coats are timeless, genderless, perpetually stylish, and ridiculously practical. They come in a multitude of silhouettes, colors, and fabrics.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wholegrain pasta with broccoli and walnuts cream

I like traditions of Mediterranean cuisine, because there are used a lot of greens, vegetables, fresh salads and of course extra virgin olive oil)) Perhaps this is th reason that people live here almost 100 years, taking a coffee in a local bar in the morning, going to the hairdresser, taking a glass of red wine in the evening with friends (other old age people))) Tasty and healthy food from the field near the town directly to the table what can be better! 
Now, of course, young people are spoiled and use white flour instead of whole wheat. Previously, all the bread and pasta were made of whole wheat flour and white one was used only for making sweets for the holidays, it was very expensive. Now everyone eats a lot, whereas previously there was a fish day and a meat day and not everyone could afford it.

But I have moved away from the topic, and today I show you how to cook wholegrain pasta with cream of broccoli and walnuts. This is a very simple and quick recipe. You can try to cook this pasta for your the children))

You will need 2 portions:

  • 300g of broccoli
  • 70-80gr of wholegrain pasta
  • 40g of chopped walnuts
  • 1 small hot pepper, can be dry or fresh or in powder (optional)
  • 20 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 50g of grated pecorino romano cheese
  • salt and pepper

Break up the broccoli florets so the flowers are quite small. Put them to boil in salted water. 

When they are cooked, remove them from the water and leave it to boil pasta. Grind the broccoli with mixer, adding a bit of cooking water, pepper and olive oil.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions,  until the pasta is al dente

Meantime, chop garlic finely. Heat olive oil in a large pan, add garlic and fry for 1 minute, then add chopped walnuts (and hot pepper) and fry gently for 1 min. The final touch - add the cream of broccoli. If pasta is not ready, then turn off. Turn it on later before adding pasta.

When pasta is al dente, drain, leaving 1/2 cup of cooking water, and mix it with the broccoli cream. Gently stir on the heat for 1-2 minutes. Add pasta cooking water if necessary.
Sprinkle with the  pecorino romano before serving. IT's a really mandatory final touch!

As you can see, everything is very simple)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Italian pasta types

Some time ago I found this amazing image of pasta types in internet. I thought it’s interesting and will be great to post it on my blog.  You can download it here in large size. 
There are roughly 350 different shapes and varieties of pasta in Italy, even more counting regional differences. It comes in all shapes and sizes.  It is impossible to remember them all)) But all Italians know mostly used types of pasta and how to cook it and with which condiment. 
Some are great with sauce, others stand on their own, just asking to be drizzled with olive oil and eaten 'al dente'. Pasta shapes with holes or ridges like mostaccioli or radiatore are perfect for chunkier sauces. The tiniest shapes are often used in soups. Some shapes are large enough to be stuffed and baked. 
Pasta can be homemade or produced commercially and often is available in different flavors or colors, seasoned with vegetables and also with wine. But also there are a lot of regional artisan pasta producers and many people prefer to by their products, which can be dried or fresh one day made.  Lastly the producing of whole wheat, spelt or made from other cereals pasta is growing too.


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