La Dolce Vita

Have you ever studied for finals for half a year (for your sake I hope not)? Towards the end, all you’re looking forward to is that one day, the first day of freedom in which your brain can just turn into a sponge. And then once it’s arrived, within a few hours after having cleaned up all of the papers, books, empty bowls and coffee mugs that accumulated around your desk and in the whole apartment over the past months, you can finally sit down and relax. Well, that would be the idea. But seriously, who can go from 110% to 0% within a day? I can’t. I start getting fidgety and feel like you should be doing something.

Because my brain wasn’t quite at the “let’s go read yet another book, but this time for fun” stage yet and also wasn’t in the mood to drink my state of agitation away (although a few days later my brain came to it’s senses and decided to excessively drink itself into a relaxed/somnolent state…. man 6 months of almost complete abstinence kills your tolerance :-P), I channeled my energy into the kitchen (where else…?). Based upon a tub of mascarpone left in the fridge, I decided to attempt a classic italian dinner. Bruschetta, risotto, saltimbocca and a lemony tiramisu. Buon appetito!

Bruschetta

IMG_1711

Continue reading

Warm Chicken and Quinoa Salad

It’s official: this is the most middle class post on this blog (and that’s impressive, because I’m fairly sure that in the dictionary definition of Middle Class, ‘possessing a food blog’ is one of the identifying criteria.)

You may or may not have heard of quinoa (say it keen-wah, appaz), which seems to be quite a recent Health Food Sensation. It’s hailed as a superfood which may or may not be true, but it’s high in protein and amino acids and other good things for you but has zero gluten, which means you can happily munch away at it without feeling guilty. (If you have no idea what on earth I’m on about, imagine a cross between rice and couscous that is super good for you and which you would have to eat metric tonnes of in order for it to make you fat.)

This salad is dead easy (no, really) with a total prep time of about 10-15 minutes which makes it perfect if you are on a writing roll and need a quick fix so you don’t completely lose your train of thought. If you are feeling entirely too virtuous while consuming this delicious, high-protein, gluten-free meal, contemplate the nature of quinoa and allow some proper middle class guilt  to seep into your superfood salad along with that delicious, tart dressing.

Warm Chicken and Quinoa Salad

P1010969_2

Continue reading

Lesson Learned: Never Doubt Number Two

Unsurprisingly, starting a food blog can be detrimental to your diet. So we decided to be ‘healthy’ and make salad for once. When Number Two told us she was going to make us a salad with sweet chili dressing and pesto, we were dubious, to say the least.

We regret our rather vocal doubts now – this salad was delicious. We are all entirely sold.

Salad

Continue reading