Food Photography: Onion With Pastry Cutter

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Continuing my project but changing a few things…I hope you enjoy the post! :-)

Behind the scenes.

For this picture I used a blue and a black board on each side. I used the black board to stop the light from falling onto the subject (on the left), while the blue board added some colour on the reflection (on the right).

NIKON D800, 80mm lens, aperture ƒ/8, speed, 100s,  I SO 100

Rice Salad With Buffalo Mozzarella and Olives

A delicious variation of the classic recipe Insalata di riso, enriched with colourful seasonal ingredients. Quick and easy to prepare, this wonderful dish could be a great starter for a dinner party or a light summer meal.
In the recipe method I used a round pastry cutter to shape the rice with the ingredients, but you can mix all the ingredients if you prefer.

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Rice salad with buffalo mozzarella and olives.

200g arborio rice (you can use a parboiled rice)

4 ripe plum tomatoes

4 buffalo mozzarella

120 g of pitted black and green olives

a bunch of fresh basil

extra virgin olive to taste

salt and pepper

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Method.

1. Cook the rice following the preparation method illustrated on the packaging. Then drain the rice and season with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.

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2. Wash the basil and remove the stems. Roughly chop the basil leaves and slice the olives.

3. Drain the buffalo mozzarella well and then cut it into small pieces.

4. Place the rice on the dish and then cover it with the olives, the mozzarella and the basil. Season with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and serve.

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Insalata di riso con mozzarella di bufala e olive.

200 g di riso arborio

4 pomodori perini maturi

4 mozzarelle di bufala

120 g di olive nere e verdi snocciolate

un mazzetto di basilico fresco

olio extra vergine di oliva q. b.

sale e pepe

Preparazione.

1. Cuocete il riso seguendo il metodo di preparazione e il tempo di cottura indicato sulla confezione. A cottura terminata, scolate il riso e conditelo con un po’ d’olio extra vergine d’oliva.

2. Lavate il basilico e rimuovete i gambi. Tagliate le foglie di basilico e le olive.

3. Scolate bene le mozzarelle di bufala e poi tagliatele a cubetti.

4. Sistemate il riso nel piatto e ricopritelo con le olive, i cubetti di mozzarella e il basilico.

Condite ancora con olio extra vergine d’oliva, sale, pepe e servite.

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Quick And Easy: Pear & Ginger Smoothie

Start the day with this tasty and delicious smoothie! Packed with nutrients and vitamins, this lovely drink is perfect for this time of year! :-)

Enjoy! x

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Pear and ginger smoothie.

For 2 smoothies

4 pears

1/2 a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger

4 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (almond, rice or soya milk)

the grated zest of half a lemon (organic)

a few crushed cardamom seeds

2 ice cubes

Method.

1. Wash and peel the pears, then place the fruit in a blender.

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2. Add the ginger with the crushed seeds, the zest of half a lemon and two ice cubes.

3. Blend everything until smooth and serve in two large glasses with a couple of straws.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Pera e zenzero frullato.

2 smoothies

4 pere

1/2 cucchiaino di zenzero fresco, grattugiato

4 cucchiai di latte vegetale ( latte di mandorle, riso oppure soia)

la buccia grattugiata di mezzo limone, non trattato

alcuni semi schiacciati di cardamomo

2 cubetti di ghiaccio

Preparazione.

1. Lavate e sbucciate le pere, poi mettete la frutta in un frullatore.

2. Aggiungete lo zenzero, la buccia grattugiata di mezzo limone e i semi di cardamomo con due cubetti di ghiaccio.

3. Frullate tutto fino ad ottenere un composto cremoso e servite in due bicchieri con le cannucce.

Salmon & Rocket Patties

This recipe is so easy to make and so versatile! It can be served as a main meal with various vegetables, rice and lots of homemade sauces. You can be creative and modify the ingredients as you wish, for example using some cooked asparagus instead of rocket or simply a lot of parsley to flavour the dish. You can use some leftovers, if you have potatoes, vegetables or fish that blend well with the other ingredients…. Anyway, have some fun with it!

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In this recipe I used frozen salmon fillets ; I defrosted the fish and drained it well before I started with the recipe method. I also used rocket leaves because they are very aromatic and they really go well with salmon. Rocket is usually eaten raw, but is also wonderful cooked! Try it! ;-)

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Salmon & Rocket Patties (oven baked).

for about 8-10 patties

Ingredients

2 salmon fillets, 200 g (skinless and boneless)

2 large floury potatoes

2 eggs

1 onion (or 2 spring onions), finely chopped

60 g fresh rocket leaves

1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste

Method.

1. Steam (or boil) the potatoes until tender, then mash them well.

2. In a frying pan, sauté the onion in 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, until tender.

3. Break the salmon flesh into small pieces. Place the salmon in a bowl and then add the onion, the chopped herbs, the mashed potatoes, 4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and some salt and pepper.

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4. Beat 2 eggs then add them to the mixture and stir everything well.

5. Shape some patties and roll them in a plate full of breadcrumbs, until evenly coated.

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6. Place in the oven at 160° C for about 20-25 minutes with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or you can fry them, if you prefer).

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Serve with vegetables and a sauce of your choice. Enjoy!

 

Crocchette di rucola e salmone (cotte al forno)

per circa 8-10 crocchette

Ingredienti

2 filetti di salmone, 200 g (senza pelle e senza osso)

2 patate grosse farinose

2 uova

1 cipolla (o 2 cipollotti), tritata finemente

60 g di foglie di rucola fresca, tritate

1 cucchiaio di prezzemolo fresco foglie, tritato finemente

4 cucchiai di parmigiano grattugiato (facoltativo)

pangrattato q. b.

olio extra vergine di oliva

sale e pepe

Preparazione.

1. Fate cuocere le patate a vapore (o fate bollire) fin quando sono tenere, poi schiacciatele con lo schiaccia patate.

2. Fate soffriggere la cipolla con 1 cucchiaio di olio extravergine d’ oliva per qualche minuto.

3. Rompete la polpa di salmone a pezzetti con le mani. Mettete il salmone in una ciotola e poi aggiungere la cipolla, le erbe tritate, le patate schiacciate, 4 cucchiai di parmigiano grattugiato, sale e pepe.

4. Sbattete 2 uova e aggiungetele al composto. Mescolate bene il tutto.

5. Formate delle polpette grosse e schiacciate, poi passatele in un piatto con abbondante pangrattato, fino a ricoprirle uniformemente.

6. Cuocete in forno a 160 ° C per circa 20-25 minuti con abbondante olio extra vergine d’oliva (oppure potete friggerle, se preferite).

Servite con verdure e salse a piacere.

Quick And Easy : Nectarine And Blueberry Smoothie

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Packed with antioxidants, extremely creamy and delicious!

Enjoy! XX

Nectarine & Blueberry Smoothie

2 Servings

Ingredients

2 large nectarines

120 g blueberries

4 tablespoons greek yogurt (optional)

6 ice cubes

2 tablespoons of agave syrup (or honey), or 3 if you like it quite sweet

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Method.

1. Wash and peel the nectarines, then wash the blueberries and place the fruit in a blender.

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2. Add 4 tablespoons of greek yogurt, the agave syrup and 6 ice cubes. Blend everything until smooth.

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3. Serve in two large glasses with a couple of straws.

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Smoothie di pesche e mirtilli

2 Porzioni

Ingredienti

2 pesche noci

120 g mirtilli

4 cucchiai di yogurt greco (facoltativo)

6 cubetti di ghiaccio

2 cucchiai di sciroppo d’agave (o miele), oppure 3 se vi piace molto dolce

Preparazione.

1. Lavate e sbucciate le pesche, poi lavare i mirtilli e mettete la frutta in un frullatore.

2. Aggiungete 4 cucchiai di yogurt greco, lo sciroppo d’agave e 6 cubetti di ghiaccio. Frullate tutto fino ad ottenere un composto omogeneo.

3. Servite in due bicchieri grandi con un paio di cannucce.

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Frozen Watermelon And Strawberry Smoothie

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A quick, refreshing and delicious drink! Simply perfect for the summer!

Enjoy! :-)

Frozen watermelon and strawberry smoothie.

Ingredients

2 Servings

400 g watermelon sweet and ripe (remove the rind and pips and weight the watermelon)

300 g strawberries

a few leaves of fresh mint

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Method.

1. Cut the watermelon into chunks and freeze for 3-4 hours.

2. Wash the strawberries, remove the leaves and place the fruit in a blender.

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3. Add the frozen watermelon then blend with the strawberries and a few mint leaves. Blend until smooth.

4. Serve cold with a couple of straws.

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You can add some agave syrup or honey for a sweeter flavour. You can also add a little greek yogurt if you prefer a creamier smoothie.

Smoothie molto freddo di anguria e fragole.

Ingredienti

Per 2 porzioni

400 g di polpa di anguria dolce e matura (prima di pesare levate scorza e semi)

300 g di fragole

qualche foglia di menta fresca

Preparazione.

1. Tagliate l’anguria a pezzi (di 5 cm circa) e congelate per almeno 3-4 ore.

2. Lavate le fragole, rimuovete le foglie e mettete la frutta in un frullatore.

3. Frullate bene l’anguria ghiacciata con le fragole e qualche foglia di menta.

4. Servite lo smoothie in due bicchieri grandi, con alcune cannucce.

È possibile aggiungere un po ‘di sciroppo d’agave o di miele, se si preferisce un sapore più dolce. Aggiungete un po’ di yogurt greco per una consistenza più cremosa.

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