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 😃It’s the little things that make me happy and feel at home! 

Oreste, can’t wait to make it for you! 😂😂😂😂😂

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#SelfieSunday #TransformationTuesday #ThrowbackThursday

Last Sunday I found myself thinking how much I love eggs! Lately I always tend to have them boiled!!!

Why?? …

… I thought?!?

Well… a good egg pan was missing!!! Off course I went and got it…that same day I cooked the most perfect omelette!

#SelfieSunday Omelette

#SelfieSunday Omelette

Moving on…

FACT 1: Yes, I love to try different recipes but ever so often I find myself going through the same recipe repertoire over and over again. This is particularly more noticeable during the week when I try to fit in everything: work, working out, house chores, etc, etc….and I don’t even have children yet!!!

FACT 2: Yes, I am quite energetic and tend to do a variety of activities every day but I am no Wonder Woman! Truth is, I tend to stick with healthy, faster, easy to make recipes.

FACT 3:  Yes, I have seen a salad recipe with only a few ingredients and thought:

Have to try this one!

#TransformationTuesday Chickpea and Prawn Salad

#TransformationTuesday Chickpea and Prawn Salad

My #TransformationTuesday Chickpea and Prawn salad was absolutely divine! With only a few ingredients – prawns, lettuce, chickpeas, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil – I managed to innovate my easy to make healthy recipe portfolio…on a week day.

Then comes #ThowbackThursday! Nothing like a good, old spaghetti dish as a reward for a busy and productive week and GREAT workout at my gym!

CARBONARA

#ThrowbackThursday Carbonara

#ThrowbackThursday Carbonara

Cheers to a week of good food and let’s see what

#HappyFriday

will bring to our plates! Stay tuned!

P.S.: Remember: if you see something you’d like to try and make it yourself drop me a message and I’ll post the recipe for you 😉

Food for Happiness 

Instead of crying my eyes out because my ‘volpino’ is back in the UK, I decided to have some “me” time in the kitchen and try something new! This is how it was

Pasta Al Pesto di Broccoli

weekend!!!

I have seen the recipe in the Giallo Zafferano website http://www.giallozafferano.it/ and thought it sounded really ‘yummy’…

and fortunately my thoughts were proven right!!

My evening started with the perfect aperitif:



Aperitif for one

I then moved on to the preparation of the pasta:



The Ingredients





Preparing the broccoli pesto

The preparation was neither time consuming not tedious…and the final product was delicious…



Pasta al Pesto di Broccoli

…and delicious food makes me happy 😊



Food for Happiness

You should try it sometime😉

Eid Mubarak!

It’s been 1 year and almost 3 months since my last post! I’ve been wanting to write for a while but just didn’t know where to start. On May 13th 2013 I was celebrating a new job! Well… since then I changed job yet again, got engaged and married in less than a month, relocated to Doha, Qatar, moved twice while in Doha…

Needless to say throughout all these life events food and cooking has always been present!

And then yesterday happened and I knew exactly how to break my loooooooong silence!

I cooked a 3 pan meal ONLY for me!

3 pan meal only for one...guess I really am a blue collar foodie...or else just really enjoy eating my own food (how modest!)

Risotto con Zucchine. 3 pan meal only for one…guess I really am a blue collar foodie…or else just really enjoy eating my own food (how modest!)

I relocated to Doha by myself. My MOST WONDERFUL husband, Oreste Majeli, is still living in our place in London. He does come to Doha every month which makes of me a very fortunate person!

When I relocated, back in November 2013 I started cooking almost straight away…it’s part of me and was important to make me feel more settled! Two things were VERY important: cooking and finding a good gym! And I got both!

I started shy I must admit…cooking only for one…hummm…not the most exciting thing! But baby step by baby step I found not only I wanted to cook simple meals but also more complex ones even if it was ONLY for me. And yesterday I found myself cooking a risotto involving a three pan preparation – I was extremely pleased and proud of myself!

Below are a  few shots of my “Food For One” meals:

Healthy Ramadan time lunch!

Healthy Ramadan time lunch!

Smoked Salmon sandwich.

Smoked Salmon sandwich.

Spaghetti con Zucchine

Spaghetti con Zucchine

 

Roasted Salmon.

Roasted Salmon.

Polpetonne

Polpetone

 But there’s nothing like having the company of my better half for dinner though…

Roasted Whole Sea Bass with Oreste at Kempinski - one of the first meals at the new place

Roasted Whole Sea Bass with Oreste at Kempinski – one of the first meals at the new place

Oreste eating roasted chicken and his most favourite salad :)

Oreste eating roasted chicken and his most favourite salad: carrot and courgette!

… and obviously, the company of friends!

My first Risotto Milanese at Kempinski with Maria, Mila and Itza.

My first Risotto Milanese at Kempinski with Maria, Mila and Itza.

Me and Itza, my Roomy!

Me and Itza, my Roomy!

Happy tummy...Happy and beautiful gals!

Happy tummy…Happy and beautiful gals!

First official dinner party at the M&T household with Ioannis, Max, Nolene and Itza

First official dinner party at the M&T household with Ioannis, Max, Nolene, Candice and Itza

Bruschetta Caprese

Smoked salmon mousse.

Smoked salmon mousse.

melon, rocket and mozzarella skewers.

Melon, rocket and mozzarella skewers.

Memories of a GREAT dinner party with GREAT people!

Memories of a GREAT dinner party with GREAT people!

And now that I broke my silence I shall be sharing good food, good wine, wonderful moments more often…

Inshallah!



 


The very good and the … not so good!

I really wanted to cook last weekend!

I wanted to celebrate with Oreste the start of my new job

I also wanted to try different recipes…

So…

I came across with “The Not so Good”:

Pan-fried scallops with parsnip purée & pancetta crumbs

Pan-fried scallops with parsnip purée & pancetta crumbs

I’ve seen this recipe on the Good Food magazine a while ago and really wanted to give it a go. It fitted perfectly in last weekend plans so ‘I went for it’ for our Saturday dinner. Although it sounds and looks delicious…wasn’t so much! Basically was a bit of a disappointment. When I say this it means I won’t be doing this recipe again! Don’t get me wrong, was edible and with plenty of flavour…but we really didn’t feel the ingredients were a good combination. We also felt really full and unpleased!

I was so incredibly sad 😦

I had to make up for “The Not so Good” so the disappointment would go away and the celebration would be a PROPER celebration!

I did!!!

Let me introduce you to “The Very Good”:

"Spiedini di Pollo" aka Chicken Kebabs

“Spiedini di Pollo” aka Chicken Kebabs

MUCH more like it!! I was a very happy Joana on Sunday’s dinner 🙂

Very very good recipe! I came across it on the Giallo Zafferano website and can just recommend it! Simply delicious! It is what you see: pieces of chicken breast wrapped in smoked pancetta and rosemary with courgette and mushrooms. I could go on and on and on… but just let me tell you we were extremely happy AND pleased with these ‘spiedini’ AND I most certainly will be doing this again AND do look forward to cook it for friends!

So…

I’m happy I can share with you “The not so good”

Extremely happy I can share with you “The Very Good”

And even happier I have no “Bad and Ugly” to show you 😉

And so it was last week…

Tuna Steaks with Cucumber relish

This was our midweek treat! Quick to prepare, healthy and delicious!

Tuna Steaks with Cucumber relish

Tuna Steaks with Cucumber relish

Friday Night date

Myself and Oreste had a special date on Friday: We made fresh pasta together for the first time! Very amusing especially because the whole time we were in bickering mode 🙂 The end result was a delicious plate of homemade pasta with prawns and a fantastic ‘homemade’ date!!!

The start!

The start!

The volcano

The volcano

The perfect dough

The perfect dough

The resting

The resting

The extension

The extension

The quick drying

The quick drying

And the final result:

Homemade Tagliatelle with Prawns

Homemade Tagliatelle with Prawns

And to finish the week…

Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto

Coteau de la Biche - Vouvray Sec

Coteau de la Biche – Vouvray Sec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipes on Demand!!!

New Year…New You & Me!!

New resolutions…New objectives…New challenges…New beginnings…

I have one wish!! I wish to engage with my fellow viewers and followers!

Sooooooooooooo, I came up with the idea of Recipes on demand!

Joana's Signature Cheese Cake

Joana’s Signature Cheese Cake

Meaning I will only describe recipes you ask me to!

Carbonara

Carbonara

Spaghetti with Courgettes

Spaghetti with Courgettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But don’t worry! I will keep posting as before, sharing with you great moments with fantastic food and fantastic wine 🙂

Cep Risotto

Cep Risotto

Truffle Risotto

Truffle Risotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you want to make something you see you only have to drop me a comment here and ask for it!

Ti-Ra-Mi-Su

Ti-Ra-Mi-Su

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As per the wine, I’m afraid I can’t give you the recipe for it (I wish I could!!!) but if you live around London I can certainly tell you where to look for it 😉

Coteau de la Biche - Vouvray Sec

Coteau de la Biche – Vouvray Sec

Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone della Valpolicella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal???

 

 

 

Remember Remember the best of November…

Autumn is a season full of earthy, rich, intense flavours!

I’m aware the season is gone (!), but certainly couldn’t go on without sharing it with you. So without further ado here it is from me to you:

Nothing more earthy and flavoursome than fungi! So every autumn we celebrate autumn or better even, The Fungi Season at the M&M’s table,  with two delicious risotto recipes: the delicious Truffle Risotto (‘Risotto al Tartufo Bianco’) and the equally delicious Cep Risotto (‘Porcini Risotto’).

We started November with a magnificent Truffle Risotto!

Truffle Risotto

Truffle Risotto

The preparation started the previous day with a trip to Borough Market. I love Borough Market! And do recommend ‘Turnips’ to shop for Truffles and Ceps!

Got the gorgeous White Truffle and left it in the rice for 24hours so the truffle flavour was slightly more intense. We had the mouthwatering risotto the following day at dinner. The last ‘touch’ just before serving is to shave the truffle on the top of it! As per the wine the choice was easy: the world award winning red ‘Poliphonia’ from Alentejo, Portugal!

White Truffle and Carnaroli Rice

White Truffle and Carnaroli Rice

Last 'touch'

Last ‘touch’

Poliphonia

Poliphonia

'Risotto al Tartufo Bianco' at the M&M's November 2012

Truffle Risotto at the M&M’s November 2012

And that’s how we celebrated the fabulous ‘Tartufo Bianco’

With such an excellent start there was only one way to close the month:

Cep Risotto

Cep Risotto

As previously the preparation started the day before (a Friday) with the quick visit to ‘Turnips’ at Borough Market. I was gobsmacked this time: their ceps that week were HUGE! Really really BIG! See for yourself the picture below, and trust me, I chose the smaller one! (Mushrooms on steroids?!?!).

After carefully clean the giant Cep I then sliced it and cooked it to add to the rice.

Once again the italian recipe was served with a Portuguese wine! This time I decided to go further north in the country and have the ‘Porcini Risotto‘ with the dry, full-bodied and fruity ‘Duas Quintas‘ from Douro.

Porcini Mushroom

Porcini Mushroom

Sliced Porcini

Sliced Porcini

Cooking the mushroom just before adding to the rice

Cooking the mushroom just before adding to the rice

Porcini Risotto and 'Duas Quintas'

Porcini Risotto and ‘Duas Quintas’

And that’s how we celebrated the fabulous ‘Porcini’!

And so we will:

Remember remember the best of November!!!