Freak`s Cookies

Freak is not a freak. He`s a a magic chef who can put together a dinner and a dozen cookies in less than 30 minutes.

And these are  his magic cinnamon cookies that one day everybody will be queuing up for!

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Ingredients (for 10 cookies)

– 60 g butter, melted
– 60 g sugar
– 1 Tbsp honey
– 1 Tbsp milk
– 45 g of rolled oats
– 50 g flour
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 150 g of dark chocolate, chopped

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Method:

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Mix everything in a bowl.

Spoon the cookies onto a baking tray.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Happiness

I think personal happiness begins once we accept that there is no day without night and there is no spring without winter, and once we know how to enjoy and appreciate both. They are two sides of the same coin but not so many people have the clarity of mind and emotions to realize that and see it as beautiful.

Don’t curse the bleak white winter, just be sure that it is necessary for nature to go through winter to bring you your beloved spring.

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Farfalle With Tuna, Mushrooms and Thyme

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To get straight down to business, this is what you need in order to make two fulfilling plates of this recipe:

– 1 small onion finely chopped
– 1 can of tuna
– 1 cup of sliced white mushrooms
– 1/2 tsp thyme (fresh or dried)
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
– 1/4 cup of white wine
– 1/2 cup of cooking cream
– 2 Tbsp of tomato sauce
– 200 g of farfalle pasta, cooked according to packet instructions

 

1. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a wide pan. Fry the onions until translucent, then add the tuna and mushrooms and fry well.

2. Add the thyme, salt and chili flakes. Give everything a good stir.

3. Turn up the heat to the max and add the white wine and let it evaporate (30 seconds). Then, add the cream and stir well. Lower the heat. Add the tomato sauce. Stir again and turn off the heat when everything is consistent  but not too dry.

4. Add the cooked pasta and mix well.

And enjoy!

 

Veal With Ginger, Garlic, and Shiitake Mushrooms

As you have noticed from my recipes or the recipes that I choose to make, I rarely cook or eat red meat. In general I prefer vegetables, chicken, and fish to red meat, but Japanese-inspired recipes like this one call for lean red meat.

Tonight my appetite was asking for a Japanese-style dish with noodles, so I got some really lean veal meat and I put together this recipe. The shiitake mushrooms are optional  but since I had them in my cupboard, I used them.

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Ingredients (for 2):

– 300 g lean veal cut into strips
– 1 garlic clove minced
– 1 Tbsp of fresh ginger minced
– 1/4 cup soy sauce
– 1/8 cup of rice vinegar
– 1 Tbsp sesame oil
– 1 Tbsp of brown sugar
– 1 tsp dried chili flakes
– 1/4 cup dried shiitake mushrooms (optional)

Method:

– Soak the shiitake mushrooms in warm water. Set aside.

– Marinade the meat with all the ingredients for 15 minutes.

– Heat a pan and then cook the meat with the marinade. When the meat is almost done, add the mushrooms and cook until the liquid marinade is almost gone.

– Serve over noodles or with white rice on the side.