Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini

We went to Venice recently. Venice is such a unique and magnificent place that I wanted to show you a few photos I took. Then, I thought that the proper thing to do is share a traditional Venetian recipe.
A quick tip if you ever visit Venice: see all of the major sites, of course, but take the time get lost in the city. The major sites are beautiful indeed, but unfortunately they’re very crowded. To receive a real, stress-free feel of the city, walk around without a purpose and without keeping track of time. You will see beautiful small canals, countless bridges, gorgeous piazzas and astonishing architecture, all without the noisy crowds and annoying merchants. You will feel like you are in a labyrinth, but sooner or later you will arrive at some major canal where you can take Varporeto. I’m not sure if there is any other city in the world that I would want to get lost in, but in Venice it is the single best thing to do.

VeniceOne of many Venetian canals.

VeniceA beautiful view from the Rialto bridge

a view from rialto bridgeAnd another one.

VeniceAn interesting and slightly creepy Barbie doll exhibition.

St Mark's CampanileSt Mark’s Campanile.

Doge's palaceDoge’s palace.

Murano glassBeautiful Murano glass sculpture.

Bridge of SighsBridge of Sighs.

And now the food part of the blog post :). Peach Bellini is signature Venetian cocktail invented by Giuseppe Cipriani. He was a founder of Herry’s Bar in Venice. The bar was popular among many famous people, and it was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. The Bellini cocktail is made from dry white sparkling wine and a peach purée.

Peach Bellini

It’s not super healthy because, like any other cocktail, it contains alcohol. However, it is still better than most alcoholic beverages because it contains fresh fruit.

Peaches

peach purée

It is the perfect refreshment for laid back summer evenings and summer parties. Traditionally, Bellini is made with Prosecco wine, which is a sparkling wine from the Veneto region.

Prosseco wine

It sounds a bit fancy but it’s actually a less expensive substitute for Champagne. If you can’t find Prosecco in your local store, you can use Champagne or any other dry sparkling white wine. And if you don’t have time to blend the fresh peaches, you can use peach nectar, although I highly recommend blended fresh fruit to make the beverage all the more refreshing.

Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle Proseco wine, or other dry sparkling white wine
  • ½ pound (about 250 grams) of peaches
Instructions
  1. Peel and blend the peaches. It’s better if they are peeled, but if you are using a high-speed blender, you won’t have any problems if you blend them unpeeled.
  2. Place purée in fridge to cool down.
  3. Pour peach purée into champagne glasses, and then fill up glasses with chilled Prosecco.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 142 Carbohydrates: 10 Fiber: 1 Protein: 0.5

 

Skinny Frozen Greek Yogurt with Grilled Peaches

skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches

Homemade skinny frozen Greek yogurt with grilled peaches is the most enjoyable summer treat you can imagine. It’s low in calories and fat, and one big portion that will actually fill you up has 26 grams of protein and only 320 calories. And the big plus is that it’s the easiest thing in the world to make. It’s highly pleasant to the taste buds, so much so that we were dead silent the whole time we were eating it. The combination of the yogurt with a warm, grilled peach is simply glorious. The peach is grilled for about 5-10 minutes, but if you don’t have the time to grill it, you can simply add fresh peach or any other fruit you desire. If you want the warm peaches but don’t have a grill, you can bake them in the oven or roast them in a frying pan. I prefer a skinnier version of frozen yogurt so I add only 3 tablespoons of honey for the whole dessert. If you prefer sweeter yogurt, you can add some additional honey. I don’t have an ice cream maker (but I am planning to get one before summer is over) so I made the ice cream and frozen yogurt in my high-speed blender. skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches To make the frozen yogurt, you can use an ice cream maker, food processor or blender. However, even if you don’t have any of those gadgets, you can still make this summer treat using stirring method.   skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches  1.      Mix  2 tablespoons of honey and any Greek yogurt until combined. 2.      Pour it into container with a lid and freeze until semi-frozen. 3.      Cut peaches in half and remove pits. 4.      Turn the grill on medium heat. Coat it with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Place peaches with the cut side down. Grill them for about 5 minutes then turn them around and grill them for 3 minutes more. 5.      Meanwhile, take yogurt out of the freezer and place it in a blender or a food processor. Blend until it’s creamy with the consistency of ice cream. 6. Serve with a warm grilled peach and a bit of honey Skinny Frozen Greek Yogurt with Grilled Peaches
Skinny Frozen Greek Yogurt with Grilled Peach
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 35 oz (about 1 kilo) of low fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 4 peaches
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and any Greek yogurt until combined.
  2. Pour it into container with a lid and freeze until semi-frozen.
  3. Cut peaches in half and remove pits.
  4. Turn the grill on medium heat. Coat it with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Place peaches with the cut side down. Grill them for about 5 minutes then turn them around and grill them for 3 minutes more.
  5. Meanwhile, take yogurt out of the freezer and place it in a blender or a food processor. Blend until it’s creamy with the consistency of ice cream.
  6. Serve with a warm grilled peach and a bit of honey.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 320 Fat: 4.5 Carbohydrates: 36 Protein: 26

skinny frozen greek yogurt with grilled peaches

If you are looking for a way to cool down on a hot summer day you might also like Pistachio frappe.

Oven Roasted Artichokes with Greek Yogurt Dip

Oven Roasted Artichokes with Greek Yogurt Dip

Only a little while ago, I had my first fresh artichoke. I had eaten artichoke hearts before but I had never made the whole fresh thing. With all the spikes, it looked a bit intimidating and incredibly stiff to me. Raw artichoke looked so inedible that I didn’t quite believe how immensely delicious it can be when prepared right.

artichoke

And because I had no idea how to prepare them, I just never bought them. Then, I found recipe for Roasted Artichokes with Lemon & Garlic that looked amazing and I started to get curious. I made it a couple of times, and as a huge veggie lover, I was in heaven. I experimented with a few different recipes and the most delicious artichoke for me is simply baked in the oven. Although it looks hard to prepare them, it is incredibly easy. All you have to do is to wash the artichokes, cut off the bottom stems and about one third of the pointed top of the artichoke, season them and bake them in the oven. The preparation time will only take you a few minutes. It’s a bit time consuming to eat, but if you are a veggie lover you will absolutely love it.

Artichokes
If you are a newbie artichoke eater, here is a little instruction on how it’s done. Pull off petals one by one. Dip base of petal into sauce. Pull petal with sauce through teeth to remove soft part.

Oven Roasted Artichokes with Greek Yogurt Dip

Oven Roasted Artichokes with Greek Yogurt Dip

When you remove all the petals and come to the center, you will find the fuzzy flower. Remove it carefully. Beneath the flower there is an artichoke heart, the most delicious part of the artichoke. When I ate my first artichoke, I didn’t know how it was supposed to be done, so I ate just the leaves and discarded the heart.

artichoke heart

artichoke heart

artichoke heart

Another surprising thing is that after eating an artichoke, water seems to have a sweet taste – not sweet like sugar, but more like the taste of artificial sweetener. I didn’t know that and it scared me a bit because I thought that there was some sort of chemical in my water. Then I tried tea and the same aftertaste was there. Only then did I figure out that the artichoke I had eaten might have been the culprit and Mr. Google even says that it’s a common occurrence. So don’t freak out because nothing is wrong with your drink or taste buds – it’s just an artichoke playing tricks on your sense of taste.

Oven Roasted Artichokes with Greek Yogurt Dip

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Owen Roasted Artichoke with Greek Yogurt Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 artichokes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 table spoons of olive oil
  • 8 tablespoons of water
  • 14 oz (about 400 grams) low fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 356 °F (180 °C).
  2. Slice off the tip of the artichoke (about one third of whole artichoke).
  3. Place artichoke on baking tin; on each artichoke, pour 2 tablespoons of water, a tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ of a juice of one lemon. Season with salt.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on the size of the artichoke.
  5. For a dip, mix Greek yogurt with salt, a tablespoon of olive oil and crushed garlic. If you like, you can also add a bit of pepper.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 284 Fat: 17.5 Carbohydrates: 21 Fiber: 9 Protein: 5

Oven Roasted Artichokes with Greek Yogurt Dip

Orange Marinated Salmon and Vegetable Skewers

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

Here’s a lovely idea as to what you can throw on your grill. Orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers are healthy, light, tasty and super awesome. This recipe is fool proof for no-skilled cooks; even if you are the most inexperienced cook, you can still successfully make this awesome grilled dinner. All you have to do is to thread pieces of marinated salmon and vegetables onto skewers and grill them.

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

You can experiment with whatever veggies you like or currently have in your fridge. I use the most colorful veggies that I can think of because I love it when my food is nice to look at, and the rainbow colors of veggies are definitely gorgeous.

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

I added a few pieces of fresh pineapple to add some extra sour flavor. If you so desire, you can also replace the salmon with your preferred meat. I marinate salmon in red orange marinade, but regular orange is fine too. I use red orange mainly because I think that the wild red marinade will make the salmon’s beautiful colors stand out even more. If you don’t have a grill, you can bake skewers in the oven.

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

Orange Marinated Salmon and Vegetable Skewers
 
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Recipe type: Main dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (about 500 grams) salmon fillet
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup pineapple, chunks
  • 20 skewer sticks
Instructions
  1. To make the marinade, cut an orange in half and squeeze its juice into a bowl. You can use a citrus reamer. Add salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and crushed garlic.
  2. Remove salmon’s skin and bones. With a sharp knife, make a cut between the flesh and skin and cut along the length of the fillet. Remove the skin. The easiest way to remove bones is pulling them one by one with tweezers.
  3. Cut the salmon into bite-sized pieces and transfer them into a bowl with a marinade. Place it into a fridge for at least 15 minutes. If you have the time, leave the salmon marinade for a few hours.
  4. Meanwhile cut the veggies and pineapple in to the bite size pieces. Don’t cut the cherry tomatoes.
  5. If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes. This will prevent them from burning on the grill.
  6. Thread the salmon, veggies and pineapple onto the skewers. Make any pattern you like.
  7. Preheat grill on medium to high heat and grease it with olive oil. Grill salmon skewers for about 10 minutes until they are golden brown.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 450 Fat: 27 Carbohydrates: 24 Fiber: 7 Protein: 29

orange marinated salmon and vegetable skewers

I got inspiration for this recipe from looking at beautiful pictures of Steak Fajita Skewers.

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

iced matcha green tea latte

I simply love green tea. I have it every day and it’s my favorite drink.
My first green tea dessert was green tea ice cream at a sushi restaurant a couple of years ago. I was impressed but I had no idea how it was made. Now, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered how green tea desserts are made. It was on Pinterest that I found about this awesome Japanese matcha green tea and I was blown away by all the possibilities of using it.

iced matcha green tea latte

You probably know what matcha is, but if you don’t, it’s basically a finely ground powder of green tea that is specially grown and processed.

iced matcha green tea latte

Even though matcha is high-grade green tea, I must admit that for a drink, I still prefer a cup of regular green tea. The reason for that may be that I’m not sure if the organic matcha that I bought from my local healthy food store is of the highest quality. However, I still absolutely love baking and cooking with my matcha powder. And of course lattes made with matcha are super awesome. Besides, this great tasting matcha has some amazing health benefits too.

iced matcha green tea latte
To make this skinny iced matcha green tea latte, I use almond milk. I normally like to substitute cow’s milk with plant-based milks and my preferred alternative is usually homemade almond milk. It is incredibly easy to make, but if you don’t have the time, store bought will do. All you have to do to make fresh almond milk is presoak almonds and dates overnight and then blend them with water and a hint of cinnamon. I usually use about 1 cup of almonds, a few dates, a hint of cinnamon and 4 cups of water. Here is a detailed recipe for vanilla cinnamon almond milk.

iced matcha green tea latte

In case you are wondering what those sticks in the drink are, they are matcha ice cubes and they are only there for decoration purposes. If you want to make them, mix a teaspoon of matcha with water and freeze it in an ice tray.

iced matcha green tea latte

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (optional)
  • 1 cup Ice
Instructions
  1. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of green tea powder to a big glass, depending on how strong you want your drink. Add hot water. Be careful that the water is not boiling. Whisk until green tea powder is completely dissolved and there are no lumps.
  2. Fill up with ice, add a teaspoon of honey, and fill up with almond milk.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 82 Fat: 2.5 grams Carbohydrates: 14 grams Protein: 1 gram

iced matcha green tea latte

iced matcha green tea latte

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