Lemon poppy seed Birthday DONUTS..!

Good morning and have a nice week everyone!! Today we celabrate our 3rd birthday with a sweet sweet recipe.. Lemon and poppy seed donuts!

IMG_3681_Snapseed

Baked, not fried, they’re healthier so you can have 2 or 3 without remorse.. 🙂 At first I thought that baked donuts don’t really count as donuts, but they’re just as soft and fluffy!

More sweet (not only donuts) recipes coming soon..

IMG_3550_Snapseed

Ingredients

For the cake donuts:

  • 80gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 110gr caster sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 185ml milk
  • 500gr self-raising floor, plus extra for dusting
  • a good pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest

To coat:

  • 220gr sugar

For the lemon buttercream:

  • 60gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 250gr icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

IMG_3571_

IMG_3573_

IMG_3589_

IMG_3560_

IMG_3575_

IMG_3633_

IMG_3641_

IMG_3618_

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Advertisements

Xmas mood –> ON!

IMG_7232_Snapseed

Hello everyone! After 2 months of work we finally managed to relax and arrange some things around the house. First thing on the list was to decorate our very first christmas tree! Among old and new ornaments, we made also our own handmade balls and delicious gingerbread cookies that one of our cat totally loves!

IMG_6997_Snapseed

IMG_7003_Snapseed

IMG_7009_Snapseed

IMG_7017_Snapseed

IMG_7021_Snapseed

IMG_7032_Snapseed

IMG_7034_Snapseed

IMG_7239_Snapseed

Our cat eating the cookies from the christmas tree. We are now moving most of them on the top of the tree!

IMG_7221_Snapseed

IMG_7249_Snapseed

On Saturday it was also Niko’s birthday so some friends came over for drinks and karaoke! I prepared a red velvet cake, but it turned green (!?) so i poured some chocolate over to cover it.

IMG_7082_Snapseed

IMG_7100_Snapseedd

IMG_7131_Snapseed

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Chickpeas..

IMG_6496_Snapseed

Lunch time! What are you cooking? I’m eating again the delicious chickpeas we cooked yesterday with Nikos! A really simple recipe, excluding the part where you have to “remember” to put them in the water from the night before.. I always forget that part!

First we boiled the chickpeas and then we cooked it in the oven, in a hull where we also added onions, fresh oregano from the garden, garlic and spinach leaves. After almost an hour it’s ready and you can add the lemon juice! Bon appetit!

IMG_6437_Snapseed

IMG_6438_Snapseed

IMG_6441_Snapseed

IMG_6451_Snapseed

IMG_6468_Snapseed

=

IMG_6493_Snapseed

IMG_6507_Snapseed

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Sea bream for lunch..

IMG_3483_Snapseed

Hi everyone! Today I took the first exam for this last semester so now i’m 3 exams closer to my degree..!

For lunch Nikos prepared a sea bream fillet with rosemary, garlic and lemon in the oven. Accompanied by french fries and tomato-onion salad is the tastier combination! Buon appetito!

IMG_3409_Snapseed

IMG_3417_Snapseed

IMG_3426_Snapseed

IMG_3443_Snapseed

IMG_3459_Snapseed

IMG_3460_Snapseed

IMG_3478_Snapseed

Earlier this morning..

Photo 2-7-14 - 10 47 00 π.μ.

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Parmesan “keftedakia” surprise..

Hi everyone! Today i’m sharing with you a recipe me and Nikos prepared last week for the  international Parmiggiano Reggiano culinary contest! Check here our recipe and upload yours until July 18th!

To take part, recreate a typical dish from your culinary culture using Parmigiano Reggiano, the King of Cheeses, and then share your recipe! The best 30 recipes, judged and selected by a panel of chefs, will be published in the first Parmigiano Reggiano CrossCooKing recipe book. There will also be a special surprise for the most interesting interpretation!

IMG_2140_Snapseed

Kofta, in Greek κεφτές (keftés), is an Azerbijanian, Balkan, Indian, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish meatball or meatloaf. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef or lamb—mixed with spices and/or onions. In India, Turkey and Iran, koftas are usually made of lamb, beef, mutton or chicken, whereas Greek and Cypriot varieties are usually made of beef, veal, pork or mixtures of them. In Greek cuisine they are usually fried and eaten with tzatziki or yogurt.

IMG_2118_Snapseed

Ingredients

  • 500g minced beef or a mixture of minced beef and pork
  • 3 slices of stale bread without crust
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1 egg finely chopped fresh oregano, fresh mint leaves, and parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • Yogurt seasoned with paprika and lemon zest

Preparation

Put the bread in bowl and drizzle with vinegar. Add the rest of the ingredients along with the minced meat and the herbs. Preferably grate the onions over the mixture so it gets infused by their juice. Season with salt and pepper. Scrunch and mix up well, then cover and place in the fridge to bind for at least 30 minutes. Remember: the more the mixture remains in the fridge the more aromatic the meatballs become. Divide the meat mixture in small pieces. Mould and pat each piece into comparatively flat meatballs, wetting your fingertips in water every now and then. Add a piece of parmesan cheese in the middle and wrap it. Dust them with flour, shaking the excess away, and stir-fry in olive oil. Dip the meatballs in the yogurt sauce. Buon appetito!

IMG_1982_Snapseed

IMG_2012_Snapseed

IMG_2024_Snapseed

IMG_2068_Snapseed

IMG_2147_Snapseed

IMG_2148_Snapseed

IMG_2090_Snapseed

photos © chrysoula papagianni

#INFOODWETRUST

Hello everyone! Yesterday I attended the cooking show and book presentation of “In Food We Trust” by Riccardo and Stefano of Gnam Box held at the new floor of the Central Market in Florence.. They talked about their first recipe book and their popular food blog. They were answering to questions and at the same time preparing a delicious cold pasta which we tasted, accompanied by a glass of prosecco!

Thanks to Riccardo and Stefano for this special occasion!

IMG_2446_Snapseed

IMG_2460_Snapseed

IMG_2450_Snapseed

IMG_2487_Snapseed

IMG_2463_Snapseed

IMG_2490_Snapseed

IMG_2511_Snapseed

IMG_2536_Snapseed

A group seflfie!

IMG_2545_Snapseed

Gnam Box meets Boutique Nadine!

IMG_2615_Snapseed

IMG_2470_Snapseed

IMG_2543_Snapseed

The first floor of the Central Market which opened recently! Soon a post only for that! Have a nice day!

Greek salad..

Greek salad (Greek: χωριάτικη σαλάτα [xorˈjatiki saˈlata] “rustic salad” or θερινή σαλάτα [θeriˈni saˈlata] “summer salad”) is a salad made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives, typically seasoned with salt and oregano, and dressed with olive oil.

Today in Florence the temperature is 35°C so a salad was the perfect choice! I used only tomatoes, onion and feta cheese.. Have a nice Sunday everyone!

IMG_1808_Snapseed

© chrysoula papagianni

Shrimp pasta..

IMG_1627_Snapseed

Hello June!1st day of summer so a pasta with shrimps is definitely the perfect choice.

I prefer the shrimps without tomato sauce so I used leak, garlic, tsipouro (or ouzo) and parsley. Below you can see all the steps. A really quick and delicious dish! Buon appetito!

IMG_1567_Snapseed

IMG_1573_Snapseed

IMG_1580_Snapseed

IMG_1588_Snapseed

IMG_1608_Snapseed

IMG_1595_Snapseed

IMG_1616_Snapseed

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Fresh strawberry muffins..

IMG_0233_Snapseed

Goodmorning everyone! Yesterday Thekli and Giorgos came to Florence, so I prepared for breakfast fresh strawberry muffins.. You have to try the recipe, they are delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1½ cup chopped strawberries
  • 3 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon to sprinkle

IMG_0147_Snapseed

IMG_0095_Snapseed

IMG_0129_Snapseed

IMG_0152_Snapseed

IMG_0153

IMG_0169

IMG_0188_Snapseed

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Salmon with sesame – lime crust..

 

IMG_8358_Snapseed

 

Have a nice week everyone! What are you having for lunch this beautiful sunny Monday..?

Nikos prepared a delicious dish today, salmon with soy sause and sesame – lime crust, accompanied by a simple but tasty salad with toasted sesame seeds. Buon appetito!

Ingredients

 

  • salmon steaks
  • Juice and zest from 2 limes
  • 5-6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp sesame
  •  white wine
  • 1 bag of seasonal green leaves
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

IMG_8179_Snapseed

IMG_8211_Snapseed

IMG_8216_Snapseed

IMG_8224_Snapseed

IMG_8227_Snapseed

IMG_8225_Snapseed

 

IMG_8238_Snapseed

IMG_8305_Snapseed

IMG_8343_Snapseed

IMG_8363_Snapseed

photos © chrysoula papagianni

%d bloggers like this: