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Roast Pumpkin Salad

leili / January 26, 2018

I had this organic pumpkin in my fridge and didn’t know what to do. At the same time, I had to photograph a salad for a food photography challenge. So, I searched for a pumpkin salad and found an amazing recipe from Donna Hay. Slices of pumpkin brushed with molasses mixture and served with nuts, greens and labne. I gave…

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Pea and mint soup

leili / January 25, 2018

I love soup! For me, during the winter, soup is the perfect meal for every time I feel hungry. It’s a healthy, warm and easy solution: just use the vegetables you have in your fridge and voilá. Pea and mint soup is classic and one of the easiest soups you can do. Frozen peas can be used directly from the freezer and cook…

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Green avocado smoothie

leili / January 24, 2018

One skill I’m looking to improve in 2018 is food photography. But sometimes its hard to maintain a routine of doing activities to get your things done. And social media, like Facebook and Instagram, can take away our attention. Fortunately, there are very interesting people you can meet on the internet that, somehow, will help you achieve your goals. One…

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Lemon drizzle cake with blueberries

leili / January 11, 2018

I like cakes, but I’m not the biggest fan of sweet candy. So for me, it’s always a good idea to have cakes, pastries and desserts that include bitter chocolate or citrus fruits like orange, lemon and passion fruit. The cake of the moment at home is the lemon drizzle cake with blueberries. The addition of the lemon zest in…

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Lentils and chorizo salad

leili / November 27, 2017

Some friends invited me for a Sunday Roast, and my contribution was to prepare a side dish for a roasted lamb. Looking for a dish that matches with lamb, I discovered that lentils were an excellent choice. Immediately I remembered a Spanish recipe: lentils with chorizo salad. Since I had no chorizo at home, I used a smooth smoked sausage.…

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Aubergine Caponata

leili / November 14, 2017

Today I will share the most versatile recipe I learned from Maria: aubergine caponata. She is an extraordinary and inspirational woman, who cooks amazing food. Maria is the mother of 2 friends of mine, which I had the luck to known during my teenage period. She was always cooking delicious dishes, mainly influenced by Middle Eastern flavours. Some of her recipes…

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Maracuya Caipirinha

leili / November 8, 2017

Recently, I worked in collaboration with Fruit Ground, creating content about Maracuya, one of the fruits they import and sell in UK. Maracuya is a  extra-large type of passion fruit, with yellow skin when ripe and encases an exceptionally juicy yellow-orange pulp and many petite brown seeds. The flavour has an amazing tropical caracteristic, very fruity and fresh with floral…

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Caipirinha

leili / August 21, 2017

Caipirinha is a Brazilian drink mande with lime, sugar, cachaça and ice. Cachaça is a strong  distilled alcoholic spirit prepared with fermented sugarcane (spirit refers to a distilled beverage that contains no added sugar and has at least 20% alcohol by volume). Cachaça, also known as pinga, marvada, caninha, aguardante, is produced in two varieties: unaged (also called branca or prata)…

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Feijoada – Brazilian bean stew

Considered the national dish of Brazil and becoming popular worldwide, Feijoada is a comforting, warm, intense and flavourful black bean and pork stew. It is served with rice, sauteed collard greens or kale, orange slices and farofa (toasted cassava flour). The main ingredients are black beans, salted cured pork cuts like ears, trotters, and tail, and smoked cuts like ribs,…

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Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew

Moqueca is a Brazilian fish stew recipe commonly found on the coast. It is a fragrant and flavourful dish, usually prepared with white fish, tomatoes, coriander, garlic and onions, with some variations. The Moqueca Capixaba is from the state of Espírito Santo and influenced by Native Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine. They use olive oil and natural urucum pigment powder, and…

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