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We absolutely love Xmas β€πŸŽ‰

Even if we are a tiny family of two, the most important thing, always, is being together!

This last year we celebrated the season at our Doha home.

The M&T Xmas Tree

The Xmas table and traditional Ju’s Tiramisu

I had saved some salted cod from Portugal so we could have a traditional Xmas eve, Portuguese style πŸŽ‰

All set for ‘Bacalhau Γ‘ BrΓ‘s’

I am so excited I just can’t hide it!!!

My everything and best Xmas present β€πŸŽ‰πŸΎ

And for Xmas day, the M&M traditional roast chicken πŸ˜ƒ

Preparation started two days earlier!

The chicken marinade

Ready to roast

Roasting

Voila!! The M&M Xmas roast chicken!


We have also kept it fairly healthy!

Xmas eve workout

Xmas day hubby and wifey SUP session

Most importantly, like I said, we were together…

…because we are always better together

Celebrating 3 years of us officially married

Three years of us officially. Going on 12…of you and me together. Couldn’t be and feel happier. Thanks Oreste!

And nothing better than being together at our NEST to celebrate our big day!

Me and you…

Black Truffle and truffle slicer

And nothing better than to celebrate it with the best black truffle risotto made by the M&M’s, by you and me…together!

We simply could not do it…. it’s the perfect season for it!

The best at his best

Ready for the risotto

 

Together we are and can do GREAT, FANTASTIC things…and most importantly be happy!

The M&M three year marriage anniversary Black Truffle risotto

Thanks amor meu!

For You Ma Cherie…

…3 ingredients only and I truly hope they make you happy πŸ˜ƒ

1. 170g of avocado (in a measuring bowl)

2. Top it up with milk to the 475ml line

3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey

And then just blend until is nice and smooth

Ju’s avocado milkshake

 
This is it!! This simple milk shake has been part of my life since 2005! I first did it for Oreste to try and match a smoothie he had in Dubai. Apparently I was successful 😁

The recipe above makes a BIG BIG and filling milkshake. I tend to have it after a gym session and/or for brunch with some toasted bread. This keeps me going for hours… 

If you have a very tiny stomach I recommend  you to have half of the aboveπŸ˜πŸ˜‰ 

Ma cherie, you know who you are 😘😘😘

Last Week Highlights

Seafood Quiche

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Perhaps theΒ highlight was my seafood quiche!Β I enjoyed making it and eating it! It is great for dinner parties. I also like to make it for ourselves and freeze some pieces so there’s always home cooked food ready to eat at home. Remember though: never leave food in the freezer for more than 3 to 4 weeks… I don’t anyway!

Baked Salmon, Tuna and Chickpea Salad, Smoked Salmon Wrap

Realistically, every meal is an highlight!

And just looking at the pictures maybe, just maybe, THE highlight was…ROCKET πŸ™‚

 

 

Grazie mille Gabriele!

When I look at the definition of ‘Comfort Food’ it doesn’t quite fit in… 

When I make it and eat it, it fits in perfectly!

Ju’s ‘Conchiglie al tonno’


My tuna pasta is one of the dishes, if not the dish, that makes it for me… Makes me ‘fully’ happy and pleased! 

Back in October 2009 I was changing jobs. Just before starting the new challenge, Oreste and I went for a quick break to Gex (in France, very close to Geneva, Switzerland) – we went to visit Oreste’s twin brother, Gabriele. We had a fantastic few days with him! 

One of the evenings Gabri made us ‘Penne al Salmone’ (Smoked Salmon Pasta). It was really well cooked, really good and amazingly pleasing! So much so that I have been cooking it ever since! 

I make it with smoked salmon, just like I learnt from Gabri, or with canned tuna… Just as good!

So I thank you Gabri, my cognatino, for introducing me to my favourite ‘Comfort Food’ dish!

Happiness on a dish on a Thursday night ☺️

Nutella Cheesecake

Being married to a Nutella lover made me have a go with this Nigela Lawson recipe!

https://www.nigella.com/recipes/nutella-cheesecake 

Not too many, straight forward to find ingredients!

Nutella Cheesecake Ingredients: digestive biscuits, unsalted butter, nutella, cream cheese, roated hazelnuts and icing sugar.


Very quick and straight forward to put together too πŸ˜ƒ

Base

Filling mix

Ready to chill

Nigela’s Nutella Cheesecake by me for you πŸ˜‰

Personally, I could live without ever eating Nutella. Oreste, however, can eat it by the spoon any time of the day. He certainly enjoyed the cheesecake better than me, but we both like it ☺️

Tea break with the M&M’s

A must try to every single Nutella Lover!

It is really really sweet though! Be prepared for a sugar rush!

Next time I’ll probably use Mascarpone and maybe won’t use the icing sugar πŸ€”

Watch the space.

Amor meu, look… I found you!

My best day of the month?

When I finally can cook for two…for the two of us ❀️

Didn’t quite like that I had to wait for you outside the arrivals area…one can not venture inside Hamad International at the moment unless one is actually travelling πŸ™ˆπŸ˜«

Certainly worth the wait though:

‘Penne al pesto di pistachio ‘with my hubby


Thanks for having breakfast in London and dinner in Doha…with me!

Amor Meu, look what I found!

It’s been 2y8m I have moved to Doha!

Finally, yesterday, I randomly find Multigrain tortilla wraps!

Multigrain Tortilla Wraps


Believe me, I really looked for them.., but no luck… 

Maybe didn’t look well enough (?!) Who knows! 

Regardless, yesterday they made my day… I found them, unexpectedly, in Carrefour.

Result: today I was able to make my favourite wrap

Smoked Salmon Wrap


Not that I haven’t eaten it for almost 3 years… I have adapted it into a sandwich… But never quite the same!

Today, I was able to wrap it up again πŸ˜ƒIt’s the little things that make me happy and feel at home! 

Oreste, can’t wait to make it for you! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚