Tuesday, February 2, 2016

▲ Food On The Go Project ▲ :: RICE NOODLES & ZOODLES with the help of GEFU SPIRELLI ::



So, I while ago I got this great Gefu spirelli vegetable spiralizer and since then I am hooked on it. I love that you can make veggie spaghetti. I don't know how it happened that I didn't know about it, but it's freakin' amazing! I love the age I live in, cuz everything is possible! Yes, you heard me, I'm so excited about this! (haha, this came to my mind. Listen to it, it's catchy).
Anyhow, it's easy to use, you have your veggies ready in seconds + you don't need much to clean it. The downside would maybe be the leftovers of vegetable that you can 't "noodle", but I just chop the remainder of the vegetable when it becomes difficult and use it in a different way, so there's no waste of food. 
+ btw, all the Slovenian readers, if you feel the need of having a Gefu spirelli in your kitchen, you can buy it at 1001 dar. Honestly, you won't regret it. 

So, let's see what I made with this wonder maker. On the photo above you can see spiralized carrots and zucchini. I used them in the dish below.

RICE NOODLES WITH VEGETABLE, SHRIMPS AND CASHEWS 

You will need:
  • Rice Noodles
  • Cashews 
  • 1 large size carrot or 2 medium ones
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 onion
  • Shrimps
  • salt, pepper, garlic, herbs of your choice, soy sauce!

Spiralize carrots and zucchini (or just chop them if you don't have spiralizer, or cut them into thin slices). In a pan, start with melting a bit of coconut butter, then first saute onion for a couple of minutes until it starts smelling nice, then add carrots, saute a bit, add zucchini, cashews and shrimps. Saute for another 3-4 minutes (don't forget to stir it from time to time), then add a lil bit of water and leave it a bit, so it gets a bit softer. Don't forget on salt, pepper, garlic, herbs of your choice and of course Soy sauce, that makes everything taste better. In the end, you can chop a bit of cashews for the decoration. Smell it and pack it, because this is your lunch for tomorrow. It's 10pm and it's definitely too late for you to eat dinner at this hour. ;) That's why we call it a "Food on the go project". Congrats if you made this in the afternoon, cuz that means you can enjoy it two times. ;) (now it's time to play this.)



This second dish was from today and If I'm totally honest, it looked so good I ate everything, nothing left for tomorrow. That's bad, cuz I need to make something else now, but totally worth it, cuz my tummy said it was yummy! (or Feelin' Way To Damn Good) ;)


ZOODLES WITH ROASTED TOMATO, FRESH BASIL and PARMESAN 

You will need (for the portion below):
  • 1 large zucchini 
  • a couple of cherry tomatoes
  • leaves of fresh basil
  • small onion
  • parmesan (as much as you love)
  • salt, pepper, 1 tbs of honey, juice of 1/2 lime, soy sauce (i know it might sound weird but I kind of liked the combination).

I wanted to make garlic zoodles, but I had no garlic at home (Damn), so I went in other direction.
Using a spiralizer create zoodles (zucchini spaghetti). I used wok for this dish, seemed appropriate. 
Heat one tbs of coconut butter (or whatever you use) over medium-high heat. Once hot, add noodles, cook for about 3-4 minutes so it softens a bit, but keeps the crunchiness. Transfer zoodles to a colander and dry the wok (remove the water/sauce that might stayed in). Again, a tbs of butter, add onions, saute a bit, add cherry tomatoes (I chopped them in half) and saute for about two minutes. Add chopped basil, honey and lime juice, season with salt and pepper. Saute for a minute, then add zoodles. Fry and stir constantly for 2-3min, then add some soy sauce. Mix and taste, to see if you like it or you should add a twist of your own. Ohhh, don't forget to add parmesan. I did this in the end and I was not really careful with it, so I grated it a loot. So gooooood! (Gimme More).  :)



Well, I hope you enjoy my simple as it can get recipes. Make your day better with cooking a delicious meal for spoiling yourself the next day when you'll be in stress and a rush. Trust me, you'll feel better and this will be your comfort food even though it's healthy, homemade and delicious! ;) 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

| Beauty | △ PLANTER'S NATURAL & YOUNG △


It's not usual I write beauty products reviews, but from time to time, why not. I am a girl after all. ;) 
I am a fan of natural cosmetic, but still discovering products that would be the best for me. I think with years we become even more aware that it's really important what products we use, because after all, everything that we use on our skin, has impact on our body and vital organs. If you are one of those people who live a healthy lifestyle, but only through healthy meals and having enough activities, than maybe it's time for you to consider what exactly do you feed your skin with. 

I got opportunity to review this lovely products from Planter's collection Natural & Young. First of all, let's make something clear... I'm a sucker for packaging and theirs got me instantly. I love it! They have many, many motives, so I'm sure everyone can get their own favourite one. 

Let's start with Repairing cream Natural & Young. It's quite thick and nourishing, which is not so good for my face, because my skin is well, a bit problematic sometimes, which means it's perfect for all of those with dry skin.  I did find it useful in other ways, so I use it as a hand cream and for that it's perfect. It also absorbs quickly so you don't have that feeling of greasy hands or leave marks on everything that you touch. You can also use it for dry, cracked skin areas. Oh, and it has a really nice smell as well. 

It contains: aloe vera barbadensis, karite butter, rice oil, linseed oil, St. John's oil, sweet almond oil
 paragon free  silicone free  peg free  alcohol free  petrolatum free  allergen free fragrances △ no animal-derived raw materials  lanolin free  nickel tested  dermatologically tested

The second on the list is Volumizing Mascara Natural & Young which gives you a great thickness and texture to lashes + it's also waterproof. I tried a lot of mascaras and I was happy with only few of them. I am truly happy with this one, because it's working great for me + it's natural. I have so many problems with allergies, which I often feel using eye products, so this one is a winner for me. I guess I can't tell you more, you'll have to try it for yourself. ;) 

It contains: extract of aloe vera barbadensis, carnauba wax, palmitic acid (from palm oil), tocopherol (vitamin E)
 paraffin liquid free  nickel tested  fragrances free  paragon free  ophthalmologically tested




Links for all of my Slovenian readers:
+ you can buy it in pharmacies. 



Friday, January 22, 2016

▲ Food On The Go Project ▲ :: Curry Chicken Cous-Cous, Jota & Cauliflower Soup ::




So, this Food On The Go Project of mine is doing great... at least for me! It has really been a good motivation, so I was spending quite a lot of time in the kitchen this past week. I also need another motivation so I'll start burning calories a bit more that I'm doing that right now (sitting on my ass all day long is not really what I wish for). I need to find a sport that will be fun, challenging and won't take too much of my free time (cuz I already have none of it).  Thinking of Climbing for quite a while now... we'll see. Anyhow, the problem I have right now is how to make quality photos for you guys or at least decent ones, because I usually prepare my meals at 10pm when it's dark and I just want to go to sleep. The next day I eat it at work, where I have no pretty accessories + I'm in a hurry (that would be the first photo of Curry Cous-Cous). Second dish (yellow plate) is a Cauliflower soup with Cashews  and third is Jota - Istrian stew. They were also both made for dinner and the results are dark/quick shots, made a bit better with some apps. No worries, I'll improve with time... I always do! ;) (haha, so sure of myself a?) 

So let's see, first on the list is what I call a Curry Chicken Veggie Cous-Cous. 
We`ll make this very simple. 
You will need: 
a) Veggies: onion, garlic, kale, a carrot, cashews (haha I put them everywhere) and corn. 
b) Meat: Chicken (optional)
c) Herbs: Lots of Curry, a bit of Chilli, salt + pepper, red sweet pepper + Coconut Oil (optional)
d) Frying pan
I`ve started with frying onions, adding carrots, then chicken, garlic, kale and at the end corn. I've fried it for a couple of minutes, then I've added a bit of water just to make it more saucy like. :) After that, add all the herbs and then mix it, fry it a bit more and voila, the sauce is done. While you're doing this, don't forget to cook your cous-cous, that you mix into sauce and that's it. You're done and ready to eat it or just pack the food to go, cuz that's the point here. If you can heat it up the next day, would be perfect. 

Second dish is a Cauliflower soup:
You will need:
a) Veggies: 1 head Cauliflower, garlic (2 cloves), 200g choped leek, 35g cashews
b) Herbs: nutmeg, salt, peper, parsley
c) 2 tb olive oil, 1,5l soup base

On olive oil first saute garlic and then add chopped leek. Saute for about three minutes then add Cauliflower broken into florets and saute for another minute. Next step is adding soup base (if you don't have it, just use 1 vegetable (or chicken) cube and water). Wait until it boils, reduce heat and cook for another 30min. While cooking don't forget to stir a couple of times.

In the end you stir in salt, pepper and add chopped cashews. Mix until it's creamy. Before serving add parsley and nutmeg.

The third one on the list is something Slovene - Jota (Istrian Stew):
You will need:
a) Veggies: 0,5kg sauerkraut, 5-6 large size potatoes, 2-3 cloves of garlic, 250g of brown beans (one can)
b) Herbs: 3-4 bay leaves, 1 veggie cube, half of garlic cloves, salt and pepper
c) Meat: Sausage/bratwurst, 3 tbs greaves (optional)

I fried garlic, than added Cabbage and bay leaves and boiled it in water approx. 20 minutes (I recommend to rinse sauerkraut with water before cooking). Add salt, pepper and veggie cube. While waiting cook the potatoes in a different pot. Meanwhile cut the sausage and add it together with beans to the cabbage. Leave it another 20min. Add the potatoes, I mash it a bit, but not all of it, since I like to have some small pieces for the texture. You can leave it for another 10min and that's it. Bon appetite! I prefer this dish when its cooled down a bit or even better, the next day. ;) 

So, this is actually all from the last week cuz I had and intention to post this last Sunday but I was somehow caught in the week & piles of work, so I didn't make it. Today I was at the dentist, lost another wisdom tooth (no worries, I am still a very wise girl), so I am at home, hanging out with my couch, sipping tea and painkillers, eating baby food cuz that's all I can eat really and feeling sorry for myself (just a bit). To feel at least a bit productive I've decided it's time I post this. Sorry, but I have to say writing recipes in English is harder than I thought, so I am sorry for all the possible mistakes I've made. :) If you will cook smh from the above and want to clear smh out because it's not written detailed enough, please contact me. I will be very happy if you do that! ;) 

Have a great weekend and I hope I'll make another post really soon! 

xo, Maja


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