Beer-fried mushrooms *appetizer*

Happy Monday, darlings! Today I’ll be sharing one of my favorite 30 minutes or less appetizer recipes! Aside of the amazing taste, I love this recipe because it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and it consists of things EVERY self-sufficient 20 something adult always has laying around their kitchen!

You will need:

1-2 lbs (500g-1kg) washed whole mushrooms

3-4 eggs (stirred)

a can of beer

1 t.s. dried thyme, garlic powder, rosemary, salt and crushed black pepper

1-2 cups of flour

1/2 bottle cooking oil

Directions:

Boil the mushrooms for 6-8 minutes in water with a pinch of salt. When that’s done, drain and rinse them with cold water and place them in a mixing bowl and set them aside for now. Boil some cooking oil in a regular frying pan, setting it on medium heat. When it’s sizzling and ready, dip each mushroom in the following order: beer, egg mixture, the spices, flour, beer. Yes, you are reading correct and I didn’t mess up- it all begins and ends with beer! Place the ready mushrooms in the pan and be careful not to get burned by the hot oil! Do not overcrowd your pan, do two rounds of mushrooms if you have to! Each load should take you no more than 5-6 minutes until reaching golden brown. If you need to do two rounds, using the same oil is okay as long as you don’t overdo the flour and there’s none floating in your oil after the first ones are done. Once you take them out of the oil, place the ready mushrooms on a baking sheet or a thick kitchen towel to absorb some of the extra grease off.

Enjoy!

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My top 5 restaurants to visit in Wiesbaden, Germany

If you follow my Instagram feed (@SilviaMelange), you know I recently visited Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main. It was my first time in Germany and being a vegetarian, I was slightly worried if I’m going to be able to experience the local cuisine. I’m ecstatic to share with you all that the land of the Wurst is very vegan/vegetarian friendly and considered. Every restaurant, even the street vendors have meat free options and they go way beyond your usual pasta-tomatoes-cheese and pizza or a sandwich with whatever veggies they currently have. The food is very diverse, you can find anything from Irish to Mexican and you know it’s authentic because the owners always come out and make sure you are having the best experience ever! So without further ado, here’s my top 5 restaurants to visit in Wiesbaden:

 

  1. Café De Columbia Wiesbaden

Whether it’s your first or 100-Th time eating Columbian food, you will fall in love with every item on the menu! Authentic Columbian food and hospitality! The staff, the atmosphere and the music will make you forget you are in Germany and you can’t go wrong with some fruit platters. I’m talking fruits you simply cannot find on the German market! How do they do it? – I guess you just have to visit and experience the magic of Columbia for yourself!

 

  1. Wiesbadener Weihnachtsmarkt- Christmas Market in Wiesbaden

You can’t go wrong with any stand! Try the Currywurst, Bratwurst/Rindswurst and don’t forget to add Pommes … There are vegetarian/vegan options to all the wursts as well! Don’t miss out on the Christmas cookies, Stollen bread and for God’s sake, eat a pretzel! Gluhwein is delicious on its own but here’s a little tip I learned from a local: order it with a shot! The cashier will look at you with a knowing, appreciative grin before asking “Rum or Brandy”. They serve it in ceramic mugs and kindly remind you, you get €2 back when you return the cup. Would you return it?!?

 

  1. Al Gusto – Italian restaurant

Very classy and clean place. As soon as you walk in, you feel like you are visiting Italy again! It has a high-end place vibe without the price tag. Owned by Italians, Al Gusto has a very small authentic menu with fresh imported ingredients. I highly suggest you follow the waiter’s tips on what to order when it comes to pairing your meal with delicious Italian wine. Multo Bene!

 

  1. Indian Palace Restaurant

Privately owned and operated by a New Delhi native. Genuine atmosphere and food at a reasonable price. The yellow lentil soup became my new addiction and I’m still going through withdraws as I’m typing this! Hands down, the best Indian food restaurant in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.

 

  1. Frankfurter Hof- German restaurant

The place that’s ALWAYS full! Seriously, make sure you make a reservation a week or two prior because as soon as 5 p.m. hits, there’s a line out the door! The whole place is designed to look like 1800’s traditional Bavarian house, just the right combination of wood and stone. Make sure you order the “Frankfurter Grüne Soße mit Ei” (Frankfurter green sauce with egg), otherwise it’s like you never visited the area! Great German wine selection, very decent prices and a place that makes you feel at home as soon as you sit down!

 

 

Guten Appo, Silvia Mélange

Salmon-Pesto spaghetti *Quick and Simple*

I’ve been insanely busy lately am I know I can’t be the only one! We all know how constantly competing with the clock ends up affecting every aspect of our lives; from how we do our makeup to what we eat. Most of you already know nutrition is very important to me and for the most part I’d rather go hungry than eat junk. Here’s a super easy, quick recipe, perfect for week nights and for people without ANY cooking skills! The only thing you need to do is boil water, literally! 
You will need:
A pack of whole grain pasta/ spaghetti (gotta make sure you got enough for a boxed lunch at the office the next day)
A jar of pesto (if you don’t have time or skills for a homemade one)
1lbs of smoked salmon cut into pieces
2 garlic cloves (minced) 
1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice 
Parmesan cheese to taste 
Directions: 

Boil water with a pinch of salt and a drop of virgin oil and cook the noodles. Grab a bowl and mix all the other ingredients(except the Parmesan), then set them aside. 

Drain and rinse the pasta and add the mixture to it. Stir and toss until it’s blended. Sprinkle with Parmesan upon serving. 

It doesn’t get much simpler than that, guys! It’s the perfect meal after a long way at the office or paired up with a bottle of Chardonnay on date night! 

Stay healthy! Silvia Mèlange 

  
  

Red Pepper Salad / Side Dish

I  decided to start my little online cooking adventure with something simple and traditional for my country. Almost everything I cook has a little healthy twist to it! This is not the authentic Bulgarian salad but it’s heavily influenced by it.

You will need:

5-6 large red peppers

2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

½ freshly squeezed lemon juice

1-2 table spoons virgin oil

1 tea spoon Himalayan salt

Bunch of finely chopped fresh parsley

How I   make it:

Wash the peppers and grill them only brushing the grill with some virgin oil and yes, a Forman grill would work too.

While you wait on the peppers to cool off, mix all the other ingredients (except parsley) together and let the mixture settle down. Clean and peal and the peppers, cut them up in slices and add them to the mixture and keep stirring until it all blends together. Sprinkle the parsley on top right before serving.

It’s a very simple and delicious dish that’s pretty much available all year round! Low calories and loaded with vitamins, it’s totally worth trying it out! In the summer I like to serve it as a salad and I keep it covered in the fridge for 2-3 hours before consuming. In the winter I usually serve it while it’s warm or room temperature.

I  always recommend buying organic and locally grown products when available!

Love your body! Xo, Silvia Melange

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Салата от червени чушки

Реших да започна моято онлайн готварско приключение с нещо лесно и традиционно в българската кухня.Почти всичко което сервирам има здравословна  чупка. Ястието и не е автентичната българска рецепта, но е силно вдъхновенo от нея!

Продукти:

5-6 големи червени чушки

2-3 скилидки чесън (ситно настърган)

Сока на половин лимон

1 с.л. зехтин

1 ч.л. хималайска сол

Шепа ситно нарязан пресен магданоз

Как го приготвям:

Измивам и пека чушките като намазвам само грила със зехтин. Докато чушките изстиват, смесвам всички други съставки (освен магданоза) и ги оставям на страна. Изчиствам, режа и беля чушките. Накълцвам ги на “лентички” и ги смесвам с всичко друго. Поръсвам салатата обилно с магданоз непосредствено преди сервиране.

Това е много лесна и вкусна рецепта, която може да бъде приготвена целогодишно. С минимални калории и пълна с витамини, заслужава си да се опита! През лятото, я сервирам като салата и я покривам в хладилника покрита за 2-3 часа преди консумация. През зимата обикновено е като гарнитура топла или със стайна температура. Винаги препоръчвам органични продукти, когато са на разположение!

Обичай тялото си!