Bacon cheeseburger *quick and easy* 

Happy Sunday, Lovies! 
Today is my cheat day so I’m going to use the opportunity to share my favorite cheeseburger recipe! It’s not your traditional cheeseburger so pay attention to the instructions. 
Ingredients: 
1lbs ground beef (or a 60-40% mix) 

1 egg 

2 tea spoons: salt, black and red pepper, garlic powder and v.oil

200 g Camembert cheese 

1 tomato (sliced) 

Smoked Danish style onion up to taste

Bacon packet 

Fresh lettuce 

French fries (frozen or homemade) 
Directions:
In a large bowl, add the meat, egg and all the spices together and mix well. 

Form “chunky” burger patties: 

Now the tricky part: 

Remove a little bit of meat from the top of the patty and place a chunky slice of Camembert cheese. Be sure the patty remains whole on the bottom (otherwise your cheesy goodness will leak out during cooking)! 

Form your patty again, adding the extra meat we removed earlier:

I’m not going to waste time, explaining how to prepare bacon, so we are skipping this step. I like using the grease from it to prepare the patties tho! 

In a medium sized fry pan, place the patties and set to medium heat. Flip them every 3-5 minutes until the sides are fully cooked:

I personally like to arrange my burgers in the following way: lettuce, tomato slice, meat patty, bacon, topped off with Danish style onion. Best burger buns?- toasted whole grain! 

You can use the same recipe without egg or grill instead of frying the patties. It’s a different style burger that’s not hard to make as you can see. Every bite melts in your mouth and the flavors blend in perfectly! 

 I guarantee you will be the talk of every cookout this summer! 

With Love, Silvia Mèlange 

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Fajitas De Pollo/ Chicken Fajitas

¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo! 

I don’t know about you but I’m a huge fan of Tex-Mex food! I haven’t gotten the chance to visit Mexico yet, but I’ve had Mexican friends cook authentic for me so I know the difference between the two.

In spirit of today’s celebrations, I’ll share my favorite fajitas de pollo recipe: 

Ingredients: 

1lbs chicken breast (skinless) 

For the chicken marinate (2-24h prior to cooking): 

2 ts fresh lemon juice + virgin oil

2 garlic cloves (minced)

1/2 ts: salt, black pepper, ground cumin, chilly powder and sliced jalapeño, chopped cilantro 
Other ingredients:

2-3 green + red peppers (long cut)

2 onions (sliced) 

4-6 tortillas (I prefer whole grain)

Nothing more appetizing than raw chicken 🤘🏼

Directions: 
Cut the chicken in strips and place it in marinate, refrigerating  for 2 to 24 h prior to cooking. 

Place the chicken and left over marinate in a medium sized frypan set on medium heat. When the meat whitens, add the veggies into the mix. 

Keep an eye on it, stirring every 2-3 minutes for about half an hour.

Eventually, your food should start looking something like this: 

Warm up your tortillas, crack open a Corona and kick back! 

When you think about it, someone being able to make chicken fajitas is a pretty impressive thing. As you see it’s not hard at all! 

¡Salud!

Silvia Mèlange 

Salmon pizza

Greeting Lovies! 
It’s been a minute since I shared recipes with you and I’m glad to say- I’m back for good! Not posting doesn’t mean I didn’t cook and experiment with many different cuisines over the last few months. 

Today I’ll be sharing my favorite new recipe with you and yes, it’s quick and easy! However, it will impress anyone you serve it to. My personal theory is it has the WOW factor because it’s inspired by the French cuisine! 

Without further ado, here’s the Salmon pizza! 

Ingredients: 
Whole grain pizza dough 
300 g/ 10 ounces smoked salmon (precut in thin slices) 
300 g/ 10 ounces ricotta cheese 
100 ml light cooking cream 
2-4 garlic cloves (minced and up to taste)
bunch of fresh dill (cut up) 
2 tea spoons virgin oil 

Directions: 

Sprinkle a little white flour on your work station and some virgin oil on the rolling pin. Roll out the dough and try not to poke holes in it. Don’t be tempted to roll it too thin for that same reason (holes). 
In a medium bowl, mix all the other ingredients except for the salmon. Let it settle for a minute. Spread the mixture evenly on top of the rolled dough. Place the salmon slices evenly on top of the mixture. 

Here’s the tricky part: 
Oil your hands a bit and gently roll the dough like a burrito. Cut carefully in the middle. “Braid” both parts in a zigzag fashion. 


Bake on 150°C/300°F for about 20-30 minutes. 

Serve with the remaining sauce as dip. 
A few tips: 

-sprinkle a bit of v.oil on top to avoid burns on the exposed salmon

-if you are not sure the dough is fully cooked, poke a hole in the middle of it with a tooth pick. If there are small pieces stuck to it, we are not done yet. 

Voila! 
-Silvia Mèlange 

Homemade Basil Pesto with a twist 

Happy Spring to those of you who only follow my foodie posts 🙂 

You should know by now I’m all about healthy, clean eating all year round! But I’m sure you’ve also noticed I don’t pass up on goodies like holiday cookies, hot cocoa on a snowy day or a heavy French dish done right ;] 

 With Spring approaching and summer right around the corner, it’s time for a little detox. I’m a firm believer that once or twice a year, you should give your body some rest. Whether it’s low-carb, juicing or even the zone, take some time to “clean up” and focus on eating right, supplying your body with everything it needs 🙂 

Today, I’ll share my favorite basil pesto recipe. It’s healthy and flavorful, goes well with whole grain pastas, salads or even used as a spread with some cherry tomatoes (the last one being a personal favorite)! It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, so I don’t want any excuses!!! 
You will need: 
2 cups of fresh cleaned basil leaves 

1 cup baby spinach (my twist, making it optional)

1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup virgin oil

3-4 minced garlic cloves

1/3 cups pine nuts or walnuts (optional)
Directions: 

Blend all the greens, nuts and minced garlic cloves on medium, switching to high for 30 seconds to a minute (depending on your blender). Switch back to medium, adding the Parmesan. Finally, on low, slowly add the virgin oil. 

A few tips: 

Don’t cut any of the leaves, if you absolutely have to, just rip them up with your hands. 

If your goal is to lose weight, skip the nuts and add only 1-2 tea spoons of virgin oil, just enough to blend the rest of the ingridients. 
Have a healthy Spring, everyone! 

-Love, Silvia Mèlange 

  

Guacamole fresco

Hey folks! It’s time for our weekly recipe sharing! I’ve been craving authentic Mexican food lately and some of the ingredients are really hard to find in my country! Today I’ll reveal one of the my dearest recipes- Guacamole fresco (fresh guacamole). I hold this one so close to my heart as guacamole was the first Mexican dish I ever tasted but also, because I was taught how to make it by una mujer Mexicana! Guacamole can be creamy or chunky, depending on your preference; served as a side, add on, dip or an appetizer! It’s quite healthy when consumed in moderation as avocados are known for being rich in good fats 🙂

Jacqueline Martinez, this one is in  your honor!

 

You will need:

 

2 avocados (ripped)

2 roma tomatoes (peeled, cut in cubes)

1/2 cup diced onion

1 lime  (juiced)

3 teaspoons fresh cilantro (finely chopped)

1-2 teaspoons garlic (minced)

1-2 teaspoon(s) jalapeño peppers (optional but the authentic one requires it)

2 teaspoons crushed, dried crickets (yes, you read that right, yes, that’s how they eat it in Mexico and no, that’s not how I made it)

 

How to make it:

 

Just mix and mash everything together util blended. If you like it creamy, throw it all in the blender on the lowest setting for about 30 seconds. It’s best served right after you make it but if covered and stored in the fridge, it’s still awesome the next day! Do not consume if the avocado gets a dark hue or you will be riding the white horse!!!!

I did some research online and a lot of the recipes mention cucumbers, cayenne pepper or even cherry tomatoes- nope, don’t even consider it if you want to get the real taste of Mexico!

Let me know in the comment how you like it, how you make it or what’s your favorite kind.

 

¡ Salud!

-Silvia Mélange

guacamolefresco

 

Mushroom-cheese Risoni

TGIF, Lovies!!!

I was so busy this week; I had no time or energy to post anything! To make it up to you, I’ll share another favorite recipe. Risoni is rice shaped pasta, pairing amazing with all kinds of veggies and cheese! It’s quick and super easy. The risoni recipe I’m talking about tastes rich and could be used as a Valentine’s Day meal if you chose to spend it at home. I have noticed my nieces always ask for seconds, so it’s one of these Perfect-for-every-occasion-recipes 🙂

 

You will need:

A pack of risoni noodles

For the sauce:

400 g mushrooms

2 white onions (cut in cubes)

200 ml cooking cream

100 ml beer (light)

200 g smoked cheese

200 g shredded cheese (gouda, ny style cheddar)

2 garlic cloves (minced)

1 t.s. fresh rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, v. oil

Freshly grinded parmesan to taste

 

 

How to make it:

 

Boil the risoni in salted water and a drop of virgin oil like you prepare all noodles.

The sauce:

In a sauce pan, heat up the oil, flavoring it with one of the garlic cloves and the fresh rosemary. Once your kitchen starts smelling amazing, remove the rosemary and add the mushrooms, onions and beer, sauté lightly, reducing to medium heat. Once the beer is mostly evaporated, add the cooking cream, smoked cheese and the rest of the spices, reducing the heat to low, stirring every 5 minutes or as needed. Once your mixture begins to blend and look creamy**, add the shredded cheese and continue stirring until it melts, fully blending it in.

By that time, your risoni should be ready as well. Drain them and rinse with cold water. Add the risoni to the cheesy mixture and stir until it’s blended. Serve with parmesan up to taste.

It pairs up great with green salads and dry white wines.

** If your cheese sauce is too thick, add 50 ml of milk or more as needed.

 

Cheers, Silvia Mèlange

 

risoni

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 

  
  

Whole grain veggie spaghetti *Quick and Simple*

Hey guys! I haven’t shared a recipe in quite sometime and it’s a shame because I have so many! I realized  lately I don’t even have  20 free minutes to read my favorite bloggers, yet alone publish a quality post for all of you! Speaking of time lacking, I decided to share a simple homemade meal, perfect for weekdays and next day office lunches ;]

You will need:

A pack of whole grain Italian spaghetti (half feeds 2 people)

4 peeled tomatoes cut in cubes

2-3 garlic cloves (minced)

200 g. mushrooms

2-3 white onions (cut in cubes)

1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 oj

Fresh Parmesan cheese (to taste)

2 tea s. virgin olive oil

1 tea s. Himalyan salt, dry oregano, basil and a pinch of black pepper

Directions:

Boil the noodles in regular matter. Add all the other ingredients (cut up) in a fry pan and sauté on medium heat. Warning: your kitchen will start smelling amazing!

Drain your spaghetti, mix well with the veggies and top with the fresh Parmesan cheese to taste!

Xo, Silvia Mèlange


Привет, приятели! Срамота е, че не съм поствала рецепти от доста време при положение, че имам толкова много! Осъзнавам, че напоследък нямам време дори да следя любимите си блогъри, камо ли да публикувам качествен пост за всички вас!

Споменавайки постоянното гонене на часовника, споделям лесна и здравословна рецепта, перфектна за приготвяне през седмицата и за обяд в офиса на следващия ден.

Продукти:

Пакет пълнозърнести италиански спагети (половин е достатъчен за 2 души)

3-4 обелени домата (на кубчета)

2-3 глави бял или стар лук

200 грама гъби

Прясно сирене пармезан

2-3 скилидки чесън (ситно накълцан)

Пресен сок от половин лимон и половин портокал (смесени)

1 ч.л. зехтин

1ч.л. сол, черен пипер, сух босилек и риган

Как го приготвям:

Спагетите се кипват по традиционен метод.

Всички останали продукти (освен пармезана) се смесват в тефлонов тиган на средна степен, с периодично разбъркване. Кухнята започва да ухае страхотно!

Когато всичко е готово, изцеждате спагетите, смесвате със зеленчуците и поръсвате с пармезана според лични предпочитания.

С обич, Силвия Меланж