Without a doubt you’ll amaze all your loved ones with this stunning Caprese Salad. I for sure stole some hearts when I served this on the table as a sidedish to go with our lavish BBQ last week. Everybody knows.. Love goes through the stomach ;D ! Scroll down to check out my super easy but unbelievable delish recipe.
Ingredients (for 1 big plate as a sidedish):
1 Buffalo mozzarella (organic is the best)
2 handful of honey tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are fine too)
2 handful of yellow tomatoes
Some fresh basil leaves (don’t throw away the stems of the basil, use that to make the dressing)
Use the stems of the fresh basil (this way you don’t throw anything away
4 spoons of good quality olive oil
½ fresh lemon juice
A pinch of salt and pepper (to your taste)
Well this really ain’t no rocketscience honey. Let’s start making your fresh basil oil first, by blending all the ingredients together using a kitchenmachine (if you don’t have a kitchenmachine, use the fresh basil leaves instead of the stems and cut them finely and mix that with the rest of the ingredients) and add the salt and pepper to taste.
As you can see on my picture, I just cut the tomatoes in slices, mixed them on a plate together with some fresh basil leaves. Now it’s time to drizzle the oil on top of it all. Use your hands to make small chunks out of the mozzarella (I love using my hands while cooking) . If you like, you can add again some fresh basil leaves on top and TADAAAA you are done!
Did you know that figs have also been used to treat sexual weaknesses? Well, now you know lol! Although dried figs are available throughout the year, nothing beats the unique taste and texture of fresh figs! I just L O V E the luscious sweet texture combined with the chewiness of the flesh, the smoothness of their skin and the crunchiness of their seeds! I’ve summed up some interesting facts about this super delish & gorgeous piece of nature!
There is a big difference consuming fresh or dried figs:
Fresh Fig fruit is low in calories. 100 g fresh fruits provide only 74 calories. However, they contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness.
Dried figs are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. In fact, dried fruits are higher concentrated sources of energy, minerals and vitamins. 100 g dried figs provide 249 calories.
1. They say that eating figs regularly can help reduce the risk of prostate, breast and colon cancer.
2. The soluble fiber found in figs called Pectin helps in reducing blood cholesterol.
3. The content of Potassium, Omega 3 and Omega 6 on fig fruit helps to maintain blood pressure and coronary heart attacks.
4. Figs leaves have healing properties. Decoction of fig leaves can help patients with diabetes reduces the amount of insulin intake.
5. Consume figs can reduce fatigue, improve brain memory and prevent anaemia.
6. Because laxative effect, consume the fruit is very helpful for treating chronic constipation.
7. Daily consumption of figs is an effective drug for the treatment of haemorrhoids cure.
8. When applied to the skin, baked figs can cure inflammations like abscesses and ulcers.
9. Due to its high water content, mashed figs acts as an excellent skin cleanser and helps in preventing and curing acne.
10. Figs are rich in calcium and calcium is an excellent alternative for the therapeutic treatment of people who are allergic to dairy products.
11. Fig fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which makes them very effective for weight loss program (Obesity).
12. Content of Calcium and Potassium in figs prevent bone thinning (osteoporosis), and helps to increase bone density.
13. Content of Tryptophan in figs, induces good sleep and helps get rid of sleep disorders such as insomnia.
As you guys know I'm a true Tea addict, I drink all sorts of herbal tea throughout the day, don't get confused thinking you don't need to drink any regular water when you drink tea..cause honey.. YOU REALLY DO! You can consider hydrating yourself is more important then putting on your mascara.. say what??! haha well you get what I 'm saying right lol?! I just made myself this fresh mint & ginger tea! MMmm so good!
TIP: whenever you're out and about ALWAYS.. and with that I mean.. ALWAYS.. ask for an extra glass of just plain water to go with your drink. Hope you find this tip useful, now try to make a habit out of it ;D
WOOHOO Summer is finally here and I freakin L O V E it! I made this super delish Elderflower Citrus Salad yesterday for my colleagues and they loved it so much I of course had to share it with you guys! Like most of my recipes this one is super super easy to make and you’ll be done within 15 minutes!! Yes.. I know.. thank me later ;D So yeah, honey, what the f#ck are you waiting for? Scroll down to check out my recipe for this crazy delish summer citrus salad.
Ingredients for 1 plate as a sidedish :
- 1 Orange
- 1 Grapefruit
- ½ Cucumber (in thin slices, I used my cheese-slicer)
- Some Mint leaves
- Some Pomegranate
For the Easy Peasy Dressing:
- 1 spoon of elderflower syrup (you can buy this in any organic store)
- 2 spoons of fresh lemon juice
So what’s next? Use a ‘sharp-as-hell-knife’ lol and slice away the skin of the orange and grapefruit and then slice them into beautiful slices from around 0,5 cm thick. Slice your cucumber in thin slices, I used my cheese-slicer for this, super handy and it fix the job perfectly in just seconds.. I LIKE! Get a nice plate and spread the fruits and cucumber nicely. Now get a separate small bowl and mix the elderflower-syrup with the lemon juice. Drizzle it over the fruits and cucumber slices (use a small spoon) and top it all of with some fresh mint leaves and pomegranate. This dish ain’t just super super refreshing and delish but I mean.. look at it.. Don’t you just LOVE the colours?! Colourblocking in fashion is SO last season, colourblocking with food is the next big thing.. trust me ;D lmao
This dish goes along with pretty much everything really, we enjoyed this yesterday over a lavish bbq fest (I’m still feeling stuffed..haha). Hope you’ll try to make this too! It’s refreshing, sweet and above all.. DELISH!! x oxo
T to the HANK YOU my dearest 'Friends of the Brands' cause boy oh boy..I was spoiled to the max at yesterdays event!! It was absolute CRAZY!..Crazy in a good way of course ;D grin grin
45 most influential Dutch Bloggers (Food, Lifestyle, Travel and Fashion) wer're invited by 'Friends of the Brands' (former Goodiebaggirl) to enjoy this high end 'Goodybag ride' at Hotel The Grand Amsterdam.
It was so nice to meet all of the other foodbloggers sharing the same interests and having deep deep conversations about which superfood is your favourite and which vegetable is the most stylish.. EWWWWWWW.. Tha F#ck..imagine that?!? Calm down.. I'm just kidding ;D lmao, but really it was super fun to hang out with all of them and enjoy the event together!!
I was introduced to so many cool food brands. Green Granola from Super Foodies was definitely one of them! Oke so the package says that it’s Granola...well..I got a confession to make.. I ate the whole freakin bag as it was my last meal EVER cause they were SO damn tasty :O woops! Haha.
I would rather call them cookies then Granola, I’m not even kidding! Their just great to eat like that and if you’re a coconut-lover like I am, you’re gonna fall over these..Mmmm
Everyone around me knows that I gag with the thought of eating honey :| I’ve tried to eat it so many times but I just can’t bare the taste.. BUT..yes there is a but.. although I don’t like the taste of honey nor the smell of honey nor the thought of honey.. lol, I LOVE this product!! Why?!? Because Manuka Honey has many healing powers which are SUPER DUPER GREAT for us human beings :D! I will post more about this product soon to give you a deeper insight on how I started using these products!
I will post more about unique food products I came across this day in the future, it is really to much to blog about them at once. FYI: I walked out of the Hotel feeling like a luxurious Donkey.. uh whattah? With that I mean I just had so many and HEAVY bags I couldn't move myself. Luckily they were aware of that and arranged me a hell of a nice private driver to bring me and my 'luggage' back home. Yes life can be tough! ;D lmao
Again a big Thank you to the gorgeous ladies E., K. and D. from 'Friends of the Brands' the new Oprah's from Holland!
Good morning you lovely foodies out there!! :D So.. what about you, can you 'multitask' like I do ?! lol
Woah.. sorry for not posting on my blog lately but I was crazy busy, the ones who follow me on Instagram might have seen a bit more of me but still... so sorry for not posting any recipes lately! I hope I can make it up with you by posting this NEW recipe!
I just made myself these super delicious and healthy Raw Tofu Balls.. After making lot's of my sweet coconut balls which I by the way love to eat while I'm sipping on my black coffee or as a snack in between, I thought why not make savoury balls?! My lovely pretty mom actually inspired me once again to come up with this recipe cause we used to eat raw tofu while she was prepping dinner, I often was already feeling hungry so she just dipped a slice of fresh tofu in some soy sauce to eat just like that and I LOVED that!! I know.. crazy.. I think that's more for the advanced tofu eaters.. but hey.. I'm Asian ;D
These balls are really made in less then 10 minutes, really??!? YES REALLY! Scroll down for this easy peasy recipe!
Ingredients for 2 hungry bitches:
- 1/2 fresh Tofu (you can only find fresh tofu at an Asian supermarket)
- 1/2 a lime juice
- 1 spoon of Soy sauce
- 1 spoon of Japanese Mirin
- 1 teaspoon of sesame-oil
- a mix of black and white sesame seeds (I used black Smoked & white Garlic flavoured sesame seeds)
- a pinch of himalayan sea salt (you can use regular salt too)
Extra Dressing/Dipping Sauce:
- 1/2 a lime juice
- 1 spoon of Soy sauce
- 1 spoon of Sesame-oil
- Finely chopped red peppers (cause I always like it 'hot')
- sprinkle some sesame seeds some sesame seeds
* Use a paper towel to get rid of the access water of the tofu
Mash the tofu using a fork or your hand :D and add the rest of the ingredients except for the sesameseeds, make sure that everything is mixed well and make small balls using your hands, the structure is a bit weird I know, but be gently and firm at the same time.. treat them like... you would treat balls.. HAHA just had to say that.. but seriously.. be gentle but not to gentle ;)
Roll the tofu ball gently into the sesame seeds and TADAAA.. there you have it.. your gorgeous delicious tofu balls! MMMmm I served the tofu balls on top of a simple green leafed salad with some fresh slices of Avocado and drizzled the extra sauce on top of it all..
I love it when an idea in my head turns out so tasty! Hope you like it and try it out too! Let me know what you think of this new recipe as I'm curious :D
Have a great evening!
p.s. you can't eat these ball with chopsticks or a fork as their to soft for it and will fall apart easily this way, I recommend using a spoon eating these balls ;D
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