To the gorgeous lady (my dear friend Laura’s daughter) celebrating her birthday today… Cumpleanos Feliz, A !!!
I send you this strawberry flower cake here, but we are looking forward for your visit someday ;) , and all the pixie dust in the world to make all your heart’s wishes come true.
Spaghetti and Spicy Meatballs
This is my very first proper food photo shoot after a few months of what seemed to be a very long hiatus. I am very happy that I finally got my food photography mojo back, very inspired to again cook simple but beautiful and scrumptious food and share the wonderful colours and texture of food through my photographs.
© Jeannie Gust 2013
Upside-Down Bacony Italian Meatloaf
This is my husband’s meatloaf masterpiece, I see it as a beautiful rustic bacon-enrobed brick of succulent spiced meat.
I love that my husband is indeed very capable in the kitchen, and I love the fact that even in the kitchen we are a solid team, meaning I can never and will never claim the kitchen as “my” turf in our home, but it will always be “our” place where he is as passionate as I am about cooking, baking and eating.
And although this meatloaf is my recipe, my wonderful husband did every single prep work, baking, picture taking, eating and raving about how “f”**ing awesome!” this is. And so this is my husband’s home cooking, and this meatloaf is nothing short of awesome.
restaurant. a small series of some sooc black and whites
I used to stand exactly at this spot (La Gondola kitchen) shove pasta orders on this counter and rung the bell or hover behind you (Chef Simon) while you were taking snaps of the new dishes we plated. Wasn’t that long ago, but those were good times I enjoyed… had a great and happy experience working in this kitchen.
Thank you, always! :)
(Asian) Ham Wraps
These tasty wraps are super simple, easy and even inexpensive (not to mention kinda healthy) to make as appetizer, snack or entree (if one eats a dozen) that I am utterly convinced this dish can even easily replace Cup Noodles (Ramen) in every college kid’s diet.
Simple really, all you need are Chinese pancakes or flour tortillas, fried matchstick slices of ham, julienned red and green bell peppers, scallions (spring onions), torn iceberg lettuce and hoisin sauce (if you are actually making it “Asian”) or your favourite store-bought bottle of barbecue sauce.
Fresh, salty, sweet and savoury, oh, and I did mentioned “kinda healthy”.
Chilli and Garlic Sauteed Prawns
I think this is the most easy yet most tasty dish to cook and eat with crunchy garlic bread.
All you do is saute crushed garlic and chilli flakes in butter (or olive oil) until garlic is soft and fragrant, then throw in shelled and deveined prawns and add a splash of dry white wine, season with salt and pepper. The minute prawns curl and turn orange (cooking time is only 3-5 minutes) remove from heat, sprinkle chopped chives or parsley, serve on crusty garlic bread, and apply to face.
Spanish food fest.
Today is the bday of the most scrumptious woman,Jean!!
I know her for a few years now,and her blog and kitchen skills have always been a great source of inspiration. Every Summer I visit this beautiful food market in the North of Spain,and I can´t help but think about her and how she´d enjoy it if she was with me in those visits.Not to talk about when we cook our delicious paella outdoors. I just hope one day she will come,and we will have foodgasms galore!
Have a smashing day my dearest!
Thank you very much my dearest!!!! You always spoil me with love, generosity and thoughtfulness!!! I appreciate YOU in my life, you are my best friend and sister (from another father and mother who are Spanish, hehe). I will never think or see Spain without thinking of you, and YES someday I (we) will come visit you and you and I will stuff ourselves with tapas, cheeses (count my hubs for that too) and Spanish foodgasms such as these.
This is such a wicked wicked post, ahhhrrg! drooling… drooling… drooling!!!
Muchas gracias mi amor y muchos besos y abrazos!
Strawberry Crumble Tart
Anything that requires minimum effort with maximum YUM and gorgeousness will always be a winner to every cook and baker in any kitchen. I personally cringe and always get stressed-out whenever I have to compose or even eat a dish with so many darn components on a plate.
My style of cooking, presenting a dish and eating is, as much as I can, always with balance, symmetry and always with focus… that, or I am just a baker and a cook with OCD who also cannot multi-task (most likely, because whenever I remember that darn Tiramisu trio sampler I prepared and plated on my very last professional kitchen gig a few months ago, I still get a bit of a surge of adrenalin rush… darn pain-in-the-butt dessert that was!). Right, and anyway, it’s been ages since I shared a recipe here, so I figured, WTH… Why not write a simple tart recipe? and make use of my Homemade Strawberry Jam from last week’s post and this 2 year old picture of a Strawberry Crumble Tart I posted but never wrote the recipe (too lazy).
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cubed cold butter
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup strawberry preserve/jam(preferably not too sweet or less sugar variety)
- Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well.
- Work the cold cubes of butter into the flour mixture with the your fingertips or use a pastry cutter. When mixture resembles pea-size rubble, add the rolled oats.
- Divide the crumble mixture in half. Firmly press half of the mixture in 9-inch round cake tin.
- Evenly spread the strawberry preserve on the tart base.
- Sprinkle the rest of the crumble mixture on top of the jam.
- Bake tart for 20-25 mins. in a 350’F oven until top of the crumble tart is light golden brown.
- Let tart slightly cool at room temperature before slicing.
- Serve with cream, strawberry coulis (optional) and slices of fresh strawberries.
Other filling suggestions that are YUM:
- Strawberry jam + peanut butter (reduce the amount of rolled oats into 1/2 cup in the crumble recipe and add 1/2 cup roasted chopped peanuts)
- Apricot preserve/jam + sultanas (golden raisins) + almond butter
- Cooked rhubarb pie filling
- Apple pie filling (home cooked or canned) or apple butter (add 1 teaspoon cinnamon in the crumble mixture)
- Orange marmalade + chopped pistachios (mix the chopped pistachios with the orange marmalade before spreading on the tart base.
Homemade Strawberry Jam
Lemon juice or Balsamic vinegar brings out the berry-ness of berries specially strawberry, so I used both. These two acids did not made this jam overly tart, but made this strawberry jam taste bright and fruity because of the lemon juice, and rich and more ruby-red coloured because of the balsamic vinegar.