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Grapefruit-Lime Cocktail with Ginger and Rosemary

A cold grapefruit-lime cocktail with ginger and rosemary to take you to your favourite beach!

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Have you ever sat down in a nice cozy chair on a sandy beach somewhere far far away, having a waiter bringing you a cocktail whenever you ran out of the previous one. If your answer is YES – you’ve got my admiration and a bit of jealousy 😉 . I haven’t done that yet, but it is on my THINGS-TO-DO-BEFORE-I-DIE LIST. Until then, I’m making my own coctails, or if I’m feeling extra adventurous, I’ll go out and order a mojito!

This cocktail I’m showing you today is not a mojito, but it also contains white rum. Yum, right?

Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary
Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary

Well, being a fan of sunny days and cold drinks, it’s kinda hard to watch out of my window. You guessed it right – it’s raining. Blah…

Luckily, I have a whole fridge of these delicious grapefruit-lime coctails in my fridge. 

Let me tell you, where the hidden trick is. It’s all in the ginger and rosemery syrup. It’s a syrup that you can prepare in advance and keep in the fridge for a week, so you’ll have it on hand, whenever you feel like having a drink. It’s a pretty simple syrup. You boil the water with ginger and rosemary let steep and add some honey. 

I’m not a fan of super sweet cocktails, unless that’s because of the actual sweetness of the fruit. I normally use honey or unrefined cane sugar, because I love how they make everything taste caramely.

Use Your Noodles - Grapefruit-Lime Coctail with Ginger and Rosemary

Why do I love this recipe so much? Because it is as delicious in a mocktail version as in the one shown in the recipe. Simply omit white rum or replace it with sparkling water and you got yourself an everyday treat!

Are you thirsty already? I sure am! 🙂

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GRAPEFRUIT-LIME COCTAIL WITH GINGER AND ROSEMARY

Course Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword mocktail, pink grapefruit cocktail
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

GINGER AND ROSEMARY SYRUP

  • a big chunk of ginger ~30g
  • 10 small rosemary stems ~10g
  • 4 TBSP honey

GRAPEFRUIT-LIME COCKTAIL

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup ginger and rosemary syrup
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup white rum
  • abundance of crushed ice

DECORATION

  • 4 stems of rosemary
  • a slice of pink grapefruit cut in quarters

Instructions

Ginger and rosemary syrup

  1. Cut ginger in thin slices and vigorously roll rosemary between your hands. Place them in a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes.

  2. After 20 minutes add honey.

Grapefruit-Lime Cocktail

  1. Pour grapefruit and lime juices in 4 glasses. Add ice, almost to the top of the glass. Pour over the ginger and rosemary syrup, and white rum.

  2. Decorate with stems of rosemary and slices of grapefruit.

Notes

The recipe for the syrup is for 4 glasses. If you are making a batch, you can multiply it.
Mocktail version: Omit the white rum or replace it with sparkling water.

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Spring Strawberry Layer Cake in a Glass

This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for the sunny spring days!

This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for the sunny spring days! This no-bake dessert is inspired by traditional Slovenian dessert prekmurska gibanica. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

First thing that comes to my mind when I think of spring is fresh fruit. Strawberries and cherries to be exact. Red is one of my favourite colours. So passionate and warm. So for this spring dessert the choise was quite obvious – strawberries. 

A few weeks ago first slovenian culinary & lifestyle magazine Redegunda asked me to make a reinterpretation of a traditional Slovenian dessert. Now, if you recall me mentioning that Slovenian cuisine is mostly heavy with lots of carbs and fats, you’ll imagine it’s not easy making a light dish. I took traditional Slovenian dessert prekmurska gibanica (which is delicios by the way!) and made it into a lighter fresher and healthier dessert that you can make very quickly with almost no cooking.

This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for the sunny spring days! This no-bake dessert is inspired by traditional Slovenian dessert prekmurska gibanica. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!
This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for the sunny spring days! This no-bake dessert is inspired by traditional Slovenian dessert prekmurska gibanica. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Prekmurska gibanica is a layer cake has 4 layers, with phyllo pastry between them:

  • poppy seed layer
  • cottage cheese layer
  • wallnut layes
  • apple layer 

I kept the four layers, but changed the ingredients quite a bit. Instead of cottage cheese I used honey and greek style yoghurt. I replaced wallnuts with hazelnuts and almonds and roasted them to make a crumble. Since it is almost spring I ditched the apples and added some fresh strawberries. That’s it. Soooo simple, but even more delicious 😀 Plus, you can showcase your lovely glassware!

This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for the sunny spring days! This no-bake dessert is inspired by traditional Slovenian dessert prekmurska gibanica. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Now let’s enjoy the Easter holidays, get the dishes dirty and have a strawberry layer cake!


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SPRING STRAWBERRY LAYER CAKE IN A GLASS

Course Dessert
Keyword dessert in a glass, layer cake, quick dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 desserts

Ingredients

HAZELNUT LAYER

  • 75 g hazelnuts
  • 45 g ground almonds
  • 20 g butter
  • 50 g / 3 TBSP honey
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

POPPY SEED LAYER

  • 145 g ground poppy seeds
  • 100 g / 6 TBSP honey
  • 180 ml milk

STRAWBERRY LAYER

  • 300 g strawberries

YOGHURT LAYER

  • 400 g Greek-style yogurt
  • 65 g / 4 TBSP honey

Instructions

Hazelnut layer

  1. Chop the hazelnuts coarsely. In a skillet fry chopped hazelnuts, ground walnuts, butter, honey, and thyme for a couple of minutes, until they become golden. Stir every 10 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir for another minute, then transfer the mixture to a big plate and lay it out evenly. Wait until it cools down.

Poppyseed layer

  1. Boil milk and pour it over poppy seeds. Add honey and mix well.

Strawberry layer

  1. Cut strawberries into very small pieces of approx. 0,5 cm.

Yogurt layer

  1. Add honey to yogurt and mix well. If you are using crystallized honey, melt it over a saucepan of simmering water.

Assembly

  1. Take six 2 dl glasses and divide half of the poppy seed mixture on the bottom. Continue with half of the strawberries, yogurt, and hazelnuts mixture. Continue with the other half of the mixtures.

  2. Serve immediately or cool in the fridge and serve later.
This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for the sunny spring days! This no-bake dessert is inspired by traditional Slovenian dessert prekmurska gibanica. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Teriyaki Eggplant With Plum Wine

This scrumptious, flavor-filled teriyaki eggplant is going to wake up your taste buds. 

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Teriyaki Eggplant. We are going Japanese today. Well, not exactly. I’m not gonna lie. This recipe is not a super authentic teriyaki recipe. After all the star of the dish is eggplant instead of meat of fish.

But it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the next day for breakfast, lunch… I think you get the point 😀

Use Your Noodles - Teriyaki Eggplant With Plum Wine

Teriyaki is actually a method of cooking in Japan, but here we know it more as a type of sauce mainly made with soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar. Teriyaki is made by marinating or basted meat or fish wit teriyaki sauce and then grilled, roasted or broiled. This gives the dish a nice shine, which we all like, right?

You could basically use whatever veggie you like. To me eggplant is one of the most meat-like vegetable there is. If you’ve never grilled it outside in the summer, please try it, you won’t regret it. 

One of my favourite thing about this recipe is adding plum wine. Aaaah, the smell 🙂 I’m giggling, from the alcohol in the air. No, really, I’ve tried making eggplant with soy sauce and teriyaki sauce, but adding plum wine was a winner for me.

Use Your Noodles - Teriyaki Eggplant With Plum Wine

On the more personal note, I’m busy making promo material for the new dance show we’re making with my lovely fellow ladies from Tribal Bizzare Dance Troupe. It’s gonna premiere in May. We had our photoshoot more than two weeks ago and now I finnaly have some time to work on those photos. Happy me.

Now, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!


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TERIYAKI EGGPLANT WITH PLUM WINE

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 big eggplants
  • 1 big onion
  • 4 TBSP coconut oil + extra if necessary
  • 3 TBSP sesame oil
  • 3 TBSP plum wine
  • 3 TBSP teriyaki sauce
  • chopped parsley to taste
  • chopped chili to taste
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop onion and eggplant into 1 cm cubes.
  2. In a big pan fry onion on the coconut oil until it gets translucent.
  3. Add sesame oil and eggplant. Fry for 5 minutes or until the eggplant is soft. Add extra coconut oil if necessary.
  4. Add teriyaki sauce. Stirring all the time, fry the eggplants for 2-3 minutes until they get a nice golden color.
  5. Add plum wine and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the stove and add salt if necessary.
  6. Top with chopped parsley and sesame seeds and serve hot with cooked rice.
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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

After you see how easy it is to make tomato ketchup at home, you’ll never want to buy it in the store again. It takes so little time and almost no effort. 

Use Your Noodles - Homemade Tomato Ketchup

I used to be a ketchup addict and I mean every word. I could eat it on bread without anything else until my mouth was burning from all the sugar and acid. Then one day I realised that it is actually junk food, so I stopped eating it. But of course, pretty soon I was craving it again, so I decided to make my own using whatever was in my pantry.

Use Your Noodles - Homemade Tomato Ketchup
Use Your Noodles - Homemade Tomato Ketchup

There are a lot of different ketchup recipes out there, from the ones that only use garlic and onion, to the ones that use a variety of spices. There are some that use fresh tomatoes, to the ones that use canned and dried tomatoes. This recipe is using lots of spices and tomato purée, because I want ketchup to be done in mintues. When I need my ketchup, I need it immediately! 🙂

For me the key ingredient in homemade tomato ketchup is clove. It adds a deep, sweet aroma. But, you really need to be careful, because too much of it can make your ketchup tarty. 

The trick here is to leave the tomato purée uncovered while it is cooking, so it can thicken quickly. And you’ll want to stir it constantly, otherwise you’ll have a messy kitchen and you can get burned.


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HOMEMADE TOMATO KETCHUP

Course Side Dish
Keyword condiment, dip, fish spread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 700 g tomato purée
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg to taste
  • pinch of black pepper to taste
  • 3-4 TBSP honey

Instructions

  1. Put the tomato purée in a pan and add the rest of the ingredients except honey.
  2. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes or until the ketchup has thickened to about two thirds.
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 5 minutes, then add honey and stir well.

Notes

Keep in mind that ketchup will thicken a little when it cools down and it will taste sweeter.

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Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

The cold weather can sometimes get to us. But not with this immune-boosting turmeric tea with elderlower and some other amazing healthy ingredients.

Use Your Noodles - Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

We got a little snowy surprise yesterday, so I ran out to shoot my immune-boosting elderflower turmeric tea. I was soaking wet in a matter of minutes, but luckily I had this (already cold) tea right at my hand. 🙂

Let me tell you what’s in this tea. Only good stuff, I promise. 

Use Your Noodles - Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea
Use Your Noodles - Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

There’s elderflower, one of my favourite kinds of tea. I pick it myself in spring and keep it airtight for whole year. It’s amazing for your immune system and for detoxifying your body. Another great ingredient – thyme. We usually use it in cooking, but it taste amazing in teas. Just be careful not to add too much or your tea might taste like soup. You can excange it for wild thyme, in that case you should double the amount, because it is milder. Thyme is one of the easiest herbs to grow at home, so I suggest you head to a gardening store this spring and get a thyme plant.

Use Your Noodles - Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

This tea gets its colour mostly from turmeric. I used to hate the taste of turmeric, it kind of felt strange and too strong. But as I introduced it little by little it grew on me. Now, I love it! In cooking and in tea making. So turmeric tea in any form is amazing and super beneficial. And if you add some pepper to it, your body can absorb the good stuff much better. Ok, we got to honey. We all know honey is so much better than white sugar, because it contains lots of vitamins and minerals. But, buying just any honey at the supermarket is wasteful. It has probably been heated over 40 °C to remain liquid, but that also means it has lost a lot of its functions. Try to find a local producer that doesn’t heat honey. My favourite is linden honey.

Use Your Noodles - Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea

Like all other ingredients in this tea ginger is mindblowingly good for immune system and so much more covering from cancer to weight loss. And here’s our last ingredient – lemon. If you were like me, lemon was the first thing your parents gave when you were ill. And it was for a good reason.

There you have it, my immune-boosting elderflower turmeric tea. Helpful if you are ill, but also a good way to keep your health in check!

Head on to the recipe and let me know what kind of tea do you like to drink to boost your immunity system in the comment section.


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IMMUNE-BOOSTING ELDERFLOWER TURMERIC TEA

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups room temperature water
  • 2 heap tsp dried elderflower
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Put dried elderflower and thyme in a tea infuser and steep it in boiling water for 5 minutes. Keep it covered.
  2. Remove the infuser and add room temperature water, honey, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and lemon juice. Stir well and pour into cups.
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Morning Raspberry Oats

I’m feeling summer-ish with this vibrant morning oats bowl. It is filled with raspberries and bananas and topped with tahini and yummy crunchy nuts, seeds and fruit.

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We’ve had such a beautiful week full of sunshine. It called for a morning oats recipe and take some shots in the warm morning sun. This recipe is so simple and perfect for a busy day. You know, how a lot of times you skip breakfast because you are in a hurry or you don’t feel like preparing anything. Well, it can’t get more simple than this! Plus, banana and rasberries – you can’t miss with that combination. I added a little maca for some extra nutrients and vanilla for your brain.

Last week I made a brand new photo backdrop. You can see it on these photos. Since I just started this blog, I don’t have a lot of props to work with. But I do have parts of my old bed in the basement, so I used these for making my new prop. I did a double-sided wooden backdrop, white on one side and black on the other. I was affraid to mess it up but it is acually very easy and there is practically no way to mess it up. Especially if you are aiming for distressed look. If you want to make your own backdropyour own backdrop here are simple instructions. I did it similarly, with some extra details. I might post instructions for it in the future.

Morning Raspberry Oats

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MORNING RASPBERRY OATS

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

OATS

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats soaked overnight in 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup raspberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla seeds
  • 1 tsp maca powder

TOPPINGS

  • tahini paste
  • sesame seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • coconut shavings
  • almonds
  • chunks or slices of persimmon
  • raspberries

Instructions

  1. Put soaked oats and the remaining water in a blender. Add raspberries, banana, vanilla seeds, and maca powder.
  2. Blend until smooth. If it doesn’t blend well add a little more water.
  3. Top with tahini and other toppings that you like.

Notes

You can use milk or nut milk for soaking instead of water.
The listed toppings are a suggestion. These are the ones that I think go well with the recipe.

Morning Raspberry Oats

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Coffee Pudding – Not a typical one!

This creamy and wobbly coffee pudding is seriously the best pudding I’ve ever had. It’s made only with bananas, persimmon, cocoa powder and coffee. It’s like having your morning shot of coffee together with a dose of fruit. Not that I know how morning coffee looks like. I don’t even drink coffee!

Vegan Coffee Pudding

I can’t have caffeine. Seriously! As I’m writing this I’m shaking, because my body got an unusal amount of caffeine. I’ve been testing this recipe and you can imagine how much coffee I’ve had. You’ll probably be surprised to hear I’ve had decaffeinated coffee and I’m shaking anyway. Then why am I making coffee pudding you ask? Because I love the smell and taste of coffee. Very rarely I treat myself with a warm cup of decaffeinated cappuccino and it’s enough for a while.

It used to be better, when I drank coffee more often, but even then it happened sometimes. The fast heartbeat. So I stopped and now I have it only when I really really feel like it. And this week I had coffee pudding. A lot!

Vegan Coffee Pudding

My coffee pudding is actually a very thick smoothie. It contains bananas, persimmons, cocoa powder and coffee. Nothing else. Super simple and quick.  No fancy tricks, but very yummy. I’m almost sad that I can’t have it every day. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Vegan Coffee Pudding

I’d love to hear from you. What is your favourite coffee recipe and how do you handle caffeine intake? 

Now let’s get down to business!


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COFFEE PUDDING

It takes 60 min for the refrigerated version, that gives a real pudding consistency.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword vegan, vegan puding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

PUDDING

  • 1/2 cups water cold or room temperature
  • 3-4 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 persimmon keep in the fridge for an hour or two before making coffee pudding
  • 2 bananas keep in the fridge for an hour or two before making coffee pudding
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder

TOPPINGS

  • persimmon slices or chunks
  • cocoa nibs
  • coconut shavings
  • pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the coffee in the water. Don’t worry if it doesn’t dissolve completely.
  2. Chop persimmons and bananas into chunks and put them in the blender.
  3. Add cocoa powder and coffee and mix until it is smooth.
  4. Serve in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
  5. Now you can decide to eat it immediately or wait for about an hour (or more), until the pudding has cooled down in the fridge. This will give it the jelly-like consistency.

Notes

The pudding should be thick as a regular pudding. But if you prefer a smoothie, you can add extra liquid (coffee, milk, nut milk). That’s also super delicious.
Dissolved coffee should be quite strong. Preferably you should add an amount you usually use for 2 people.
You can use any kind of persimmon. I’m using a firm vanilla persimmon, but you can use the gooey hachiya persimmons too, just make sure it’s ripe enough.

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Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Millet, carrots, beets, apples and some greens. What else would you need in a salad? Oh yeah, a creamy almond dressing with some fresh chillies. Enjoy my millet and carrot salad!

Use Your Noodles - Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Happy New Year! I took a short break from my blog during the holidays, but now I’m back.

We abandoned our pretty decorated home to spend some crazy holidays with our friends in a mountain cottage near Velika planina. For my non-Slovenian readers: If you ever come to Slovenia it is absolutely necessary to go see Velika planina. In the late spring I like to rent a cottage up there together with my friends and spend a few days off in the stunning nature. This year we were lucky to be there when the shepherds were bringing cows up to the mountain. It’s a very ineresting day. You can see cows walking on their own from the valley and shepherds bring cows up on their trailers. It’s a very lively sight! Plus I love this place for picking wild herbs.

Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Me and my husband absolutely love millet. And by love I mean can’t go without it. So I created this beautiful millet and carrot salad with a nice and creamy spicy almond dressing. For an additional kick and sweetnes I added beetroot and apples and fresh baby salad leaves for some freshness. It’s a quite filling salad, perfect in this winter weather.

Note that the beetroot in this recipe is raw. I know many people don’t like raw beetroot, but if you slice it very thinly it doesn’t have such a powerful earthy taste. I happen to love the earthy taste, but if you are sure you can stand it, you can roast the beetroot before adding it to the salad. Just wrap it in foil and bake for an hour at 200 °C (400 °F). See more instructions on The Kitchn.


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MILLET AND CARROT SALAD WITH CREAMY CASHEW DRESSING

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

MILLET AND CARROT SALAD

  • 1 cup millet
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 medium-size beetroot
  • 2 medium-size green apples Choose a juicy and sour type. I’m using Granny Smith.
  • 4 handfuls baby leaf salad like lettuce, chard, rocket or any other

CREAMY ALMOND DRESSING

  • 1 cup almonds soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp chopped chili pepper I’m using a bigger medium-hot chili pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

SALAD

  1. Boil 2 cups of water and pour it into a small pot. Add millet and salt and stir. Set your stove to low heat and cover the pot. Leave to cook for about 15 minutes, checking every now and then, but not stirring. If the millet is still not tender to add a little more boiling water and cook a few more minutes. When it is soft remove from the heat, transfer it to the serving plate or bowl, and leave to cool a little.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing (Instructions below) and cut the carrot and beetroot into very thin slices. Cut apples into 1 cm cubes.
  3. When the millet has cooled a little, mix in carrot, beetroot, and apples. Top with fresh baby salad and dressing.

DRESSING

  1. Rinse the almonds.
  2. Put lemon juice, water, chili pepper, salt, and black pepper into a blender and mix until the dressing is smooth and creamy.

Notes

You can do the same dressing with any other nuts. I like almonds and cashews because they are sweet and go really well with millet.
If the millet is hot when you add the baby salad leaves, they will wilt, so make sure it is warm or even cool.

Use Your Noodles - Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Holiday Detox Smoothie

Holidays are knocking on the door and so are the overfilled dinner tables. We’ll definitely be in need for this detox smoothie after. Plus it has two layer, two colours, two flavours!

Lime and raspberry smoothie

My thirty year old oven is broken. I figured it out last night, when I was baking potica nut roll. I guess I should have figured it out a month ago when I was baking bread for 3 hours and it way barely done. First two poticas turned out baked, but not exactly like they should be. Luckily my mom lives right below, so I managed to bake the last one perfectly! I had a perfect evening with my husband, baking, singing Christmas songs and finishing our Christmas presents.

Most of us are probably burried in Christmas baking and preparing for the holiday meals with our families. And forget a little, that we’d need a proper vitamin boost. What we need is a detox smoothie. I’m not a huge fan of green smoothies. If I need a dose of vitamins I usually make a salad. But here’s a green smoothie in combination with a pink one, that I really love.

Lime and raspberry smoothie
Lime and raspberry smoothie
Lime and raspberry smoothie

The green layer is lime and banana smoothie with spinach and the pink one is raspberry and beetroot smoothie. First one is sweet and the second one a bit sour and fresh. Lovely combination for the overeating days that are coming. This one is filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It will make your stomach happy after eating all the heavy food. And it will keep your immune system in check!

This recipe calls for nut milk. I make nut milk like this lovely lady here. Sometimes I want a even creamier milk, so I use less water. You can use any nut milk you like, regular milk or water.

Lime and raspberry smoothie

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HOLIDAY DETOX SMOOTHIE

Yields 4 cups (2 cups red and 2 cups green smoothie)

Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

RED LAYER

  • 1/2 cup beet juice
  • 1/2 cup nut milk I’m using almond
  • 300 g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 4 tsp coarsely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

GREEN LAYER

  • 1 1/2 cup nut milk
  • juice of 4 limes
  • 200 g frozen or 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 4 TBSP avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 4 dates

TOPPINGS

  • raspberries
  • chia seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • lime peel or grated lime zest

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients for the red smoothie in a blender and mix it until it is smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into glasses.
  3. Repeat the same with the green smoothie. If you are using fresh spinach, you might need to add extra milk or water.
  4. Pour the green smoothie over the red and add the toppings.

Notes

There is no need to clean the blender between the two smoothies, just scrape it out thoroughly.
If you don’t own a juicer, peel one big beetroot and slice it into chunks. Put it in a blender, add enough water for the blender to mix it. Add the water gradually so you don’t get over thinned juice. Filter it the same way as the nut milk.

Lime and raspberry smoothie

Turkish Chicken Feast

Turkish Chicken Feast is a light and fresh dinner. Sumac covered soft chicken wings with a vibrant green salad with pomegranate and feta cheese and a yogurt dip topped with pomegranate syrup. And done in less than 30 minutes!

Turkish Chicken with Salad and Yoghurt Dip

In my student years I lived in Turkey for four months. I made lots of close friends there and most of all I ate good. And a lot! Together with my friend Sanja I was writing a blog about our adventures there. You can find my blog here. It is in Slovenian, so sorry to all of you who can’t understand (Quick tip: Google can help you).

Tukish food is all about veggies and meat. My roomate was vegetarian and she had difficulties eating out. There is meat almost everywhere, not in huge amounts, but it is there. I am missing Turkish food so much, that I dedicated my Sunday lunch to Turkey. I’ve actually failed, because I haven’t made any excessively sweet dessert. I’m gonna leave that for another occasion.

This recipe is not a traditional Turkish meal, it was only inspired by some of the best Turkish ingredients.

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Turkish Chicken with Salad and Yoghurt Dip

This is my Turkish chicken feast. Sumac covered chicken with a feta, pomegranate and baby leaf salad. Two most common types of meat you can find there are lamb and chicken. I’m using the delicious chicken wings. Turkish people like to eat yoghurt on the side of meat, so I’m going to do the same. But I’ll serve it a bit differently.

Sumac is a spice that comes from the berries of a bush that grows mostly in Mediteranean countries and is a typical spice in the Middle Easter cuisine. It is a bit sour, but very aromatic and fruity and can be used in many ways. In this recipe I’m gonna use it to marinate my chicken.

Other unusual ingredient is pomegranate syrup. It has two versions. A more purified syrup called Nar Ekşisi and a cheaper syrup called Nar Ekşili. I’m using Nar Ekşisi and love it! I highly recomend buying one or making one at home. Use it in a salad dressing, in meatballs, in yoghurt. So many choices. Let’s start cookin’!


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TURKISH CHICKEN FEAST

Course Main Course
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

CHICKEN

  • 20 top parts of chicken wings ~1 kg
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

DIP

  • 200 g Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 TBSP pomegranate syrup

SALAD

  • 4 handfuls mixed baby leaf salad like lettuce, chard, rocket or any other
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 120 g feta cheese
  • 2 TBSP sunflower seeds
  • zest of 1 lemon

DRESSING

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP dried or chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Combine sumac, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic, and olive oil in a big bowl and add chicken wings. Rub the spices in and make sure you get it all around. If you have time, let it marinate in the fridge for half an hour, if not that’s fine. Heat a large pan and add the chicken wings. You don’t need to add any oil, there’s oil on the chicken already.
  2. Turn the chicken every minute for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile combine lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, salt, and mint in a salad bowl.
  4. Don’t forget to turn the chicken every minute.
  5. When chicken is done, move it to a serving plate and finish your salad. Add the salad leaves to the dressing and mix well. Serve it on a plate and top with pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, and grated lemon zest over.
  6. In another small bowl serve yogurt and top it with pomegranate syrup. Mix just a little bit, to get the marbling effect. Use it as a dip for the chicken.
Turkish Chicken with Salad and Yoghurt Dip

Rainbow Cabbage Soup

The amazing colours come from squeezing lemon juice into the delicious red cabbage soup.

Use Your Noodles - Rainbow cababge soupI’m waiting for snow to fall again. Until that happens I have to settle with cold and sunshine, which I like almost as much as snow. In good weather like this we all deserve a healthy and colourful meal like I’m about to show you – a rainbow cabbage soup.

Rainbow cababge soup
Rainbow cababge soup

I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with you. Red cabbage is in season right now, so there’s lots everywhere. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. And according to Science Daily it promotes heart and brain health and protects us from cancer. So yay for us cabbage lovers and the ones who will become cabbage lovers after tasting this soup. I feel like red cabbage is so underrated. Here in Slovenia we eat it mostly braised a side dish or in salads. But it is magnificent in a soup as well. The rainbow cabbage soup is quick and simple and sooo delicious. Squeezing in few drops of lemon juice gives it wonderful vibrant rainbow colour. When I first tried squeezing lemon on this soup I was pleasantly surprised by this amazing reaction. I realised that it is not just super tasty but also fun. And that’s the point of cooking. To have lot’s of fun!


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RAINBOW CABBAGE SOUP

Course Soup
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size cabbage 400g
  • 1 big onion
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP lard
  • 1 tsp fresh citrus thyme leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion into small pieces. Melt lard in a medium-size pot and add the chopped onion. Fry the onion until it gets golden and translucent.
  2. Meanwhile cut the cabbage in half and then into thin slices. Add them in the pot. Add the hot water and thyme.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes until the cabbage is soft.
  4. Remove from the stove. Put everything in a blender, add milk, salt, and pepper and mix well. Taste for seasoning before serving.
  5. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto the soup for the wonderful color.

Also try this easy 5 minute soup:

Spicy Pea Soup

Use Your Noodles - Rainbow cababge soup

Pear Smoothie with Tapioca

This morning bowl is a combination of pear smoothie with ginger, tapioca pearls in coconut milk, fresh pears and pumpkin seed oil.

Use Your Noodles - Pear Smoothie With Tapioca

I remember the first time I tried tapioca. It was in a Chinese restaurant. They served chilled coconut milk with tiny jelly pearls in the bottom. Everyone else was disgusted by this, but I was in heaven. For a long time I didn’t know what that was. Then, one day, I found a bag of tapioca in our shopping mall, still not knowing what that was. It looked interesting, so I bought it and at home I googled tapioca. Well, that was a revelation. It was the same jelly thing I tried in the Chinese restaurant. Imagine me glowing like a Christmas tree over a bag of tiny bubbles.

And the good thing about tapioca is, you can do it in a lot of different ways. In this recipe, I cook tapioca in a small amount of coconut milk, so I get a quite sticky but very sweet pudding. I’m serving it on the side of a pear smoothie with coconut milk and ginger. Its freshness and spiciness goes woderfully with the sweetness of the tapioca pudding.

Pear Smoothie With Tapioca
Pear Smoothie With Tapioca
Pear Smoothie With Tapioca

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PEAR SMOOTHIE WITH TAPIOCA

Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

PEAR SMOOTHIE

  • 12 small pears
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla seeds
  • 4 tsp grated ginger

TAPIOCA PUDDING

  • 6 TBSP tapioca pearls
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • TOPPINGS
  • 4 small pears
  • 2 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp crushed flax seeds
  • 2 tsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin seed oil

Instructions

  1. Boil the coconut milk on medium heat, add tapioca pearls, and continue cooking and stirring on medium heat for 15 minutes or until the pearls become translucent.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all ingredients for the pear smoothie in a blender. Add ginger gradually, so the smoothie won’t be too spicy and blend it. When it is done put it in the serving bowl.
  3. Cut the 4 pears for topping in 1/2 cm slices.
  4. When tapioca pudding is cooked, place it over the smoothie, add slices of pear and sprinkle with sunflower seeds, flax seeds, coconut flour, and pumpkin seed oil.
Use Your Noodles - Pear Smoothie With Tapioca

Curried Squash Kebabs

These squash kebabs are great for a light asian inspired lunch or dinner. There’s a coconut milk sauce with fish sauce and cilantro to top it off.

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Squash or pumpkin? I was a a bit confused on how to name this tasty orange fruit. I did some research and apparently botanically squash is the right term. However in different countries pumkin is used for certain types of squash. I decided this is too confusiong for me. So I’m going to use the term squash for this recipe. Probably if I make a squash pie one day, I’ll name it pumpkin pie since we hear this more often. Luckily Slovenians only have one word for squash and pumpkin – buča.

Why not make squash more fun. And what’s more fun than kebabs? Add a little asian spices and a fishy coconut milk sauce and you’re on fire! I am using my Hot Curry Spice Blend in this recipe. You can find the recipe here.

Curried Squash Kebabs
Curried Squash Kebabs

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CURRIED SQUASH KEBABS

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

KEBABS

  • 2 kg squash any kind you like
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 8 tsp Hot Spicy Curry Blend
  • 2 TBSP coarsely chopped cilantro

FISHY COCONUT SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (430 °F).
  2. Peel the squash and chop it into 2 cm cubes. Divide the cubes between skewers.
  3. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with Hot spicy curry blend. Use your hands to really get that spice in every corner.
  4. Put them in a baking tray and roast for 30-40 minutes (or until the squash is tender).
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  6. When the kebabs are done, pour over the sauce and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

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Hot Curry Spice Blend

This is spice blend for your curry dishes that you can make in only 5 minutes and keep in dark for a long time.

Hot Curry Spice
I can’t emphasize enough how much I love spices. Just a little pinch can transform any blend meal into a mouthwatering feast. My mum never used a lot of spices. However I’ve managed to get her to at least use pepper and chilly flakes. I can say, that made me very happy and if you’re not a spice lover, I guarantee this one is going to change you mind.

There are many curry spice blend recipes out there. Many of them use turmeric. I don’t use it in this recipe, because it has a quite powerful flavour. So I add it to the dish separately only if I know everyone will like it. If you prefer to have it in this blend, just add a teaspoon to the mixture. It is also delicious. This blend is quite spicy, so keep that in mind when making it. If you can’t stand the heat add only half a teaspoon or just a pinch of chilly.

Hot Curry Spice
Hot Curry Spice

This curry spice can be used in any kind of recipe – soup, vegetable, meat or fish dish. I will be posting some recipes using this blend in the future so keep in touch!


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HOT CURRY SPICE BLEND

Course spice blend
Keyword curry spice blend
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp dried lemongrass
  • 2 tsp powdered garlic
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Roast coriander, cumin, fenugreek, and peppercorns in a hot pan without any oil for about a minute.
  2. Grind the roasted seeds and the rest of the ingredients in a coffee grinder or a mortar.

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Spicy Pea Soup

This is an easy one. All you need is 5 minutes and a few simple ingredients. Enjoy your spicy pea soup!

5 minute spicy pea soup

Autumn is in it’s fullest beauty here in my neck of the woods, colourful but cool and damp. Cold just makes me wanna snuggle under a warm blanket and do nothing at all. I don’t feel like cooking for hours and then spend more time cleaning the dishes. This bone chilling cold is perfect for a warm bowl of soup. Spicy pea soup comes to my mind. It is loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants, which we all need in this autumnish weather.

5 minute spicy pea soup

I love eating fresh peas, it’s sweet and crunchy. A perfect healthy snack! But cooking it and spicing it up gives peas an extra dimension. If you are a soup lover like me than this recipe meant to feed your whole family, will probably be serving just one. Let’s get started!

Here’s a super easy spicy pea soup, that takes only a few minutes to prepare. Then you can curl up in your blanket and eat your four bowls of soup.

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SPICY PEA SOUP

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 560 g fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp wasabi paste
  • pepper by taste
  • salt by taste
  • 1 TBSP coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 thinly sliced large chili

Instructions

  1. Boil the water and add the peas. If you are using fresh peas, cook it only for 2 minutes and if you use frozen peas cook it for 4 minutes or until tender.
  2. Move it to the blender, add ginger, wasabi paste, salt, and pepper. Blend it well until the soup is creamy and light. If it is to thick for your liking just pour in additional hot water and check the seasoning.
  3. Place in a bowl and garnish with chili slices and parsley.

More simple soup ideas:

Ranbow Cabbage Soup

5 minute spicy pea soup