#5 Colors and Decoration Part 3/3: Opposites attract…

The so-called complementary colors, that is to say those who stand opposite from each other in the color wheel (see post #4), have the ability to reinforce each other and make our decorative concept more inspiring. However, we need to … Continue reading

#4 Colors and Decoration Part 2/3: Warm and cool matches

Have you seen this color wheel before? It’s the compass which helps us navigate within the labyrinth of decoration when it comes to color matching. With this valuable tool we are able to make playful, and at the same time safe, color combinations apart from choosing the usual black-white contrast. So, how can this circle be used?

By taking a closer look we can see the four primary colors: red, yellow, green and blue. In between, one can see different hues which are created by the combination of these colors moving from warmer to cooler tones and vice versa. Therefore, one can play with neighboring hues of the warm zone in order to create a cozy feeling or choose the cool tones instead. Another option is that of experimenting at the borders of each zone. Yes, that’s right! For example, imagine combining the smooth cool green near bottom with that sweet warm orange towards the top (check the color wheel below). Nice, huh?

TIP:

Restrict yourself to only one third of the circle. More than that is simply confusing.

#2 Creamy chicken flavoured with nutmeg & served with bulgur

That’s a dish which is highly recommended to those who are now getting acquainted with the magical attributes of spices and the smooth oriental flavour of an extremely nourishing alternative to rice, that is to say bulgur.

Here is a pure improvisation which resulted to a delicious and pretty filling dish. It’s very quick and easy to cook!

WHAT YOU NEED:

For the chicken:

2 fillets of chicken breast (cut into smaller pieces)

Virgin olive oil

1/2 of a dry onion

100g creamy cheese

250ml of milk cream

nutmeg

salt

pepper

For the bulgur:

1 tablespoonful of butter

250g of bulgur

salt

pepper

HOW TO:

Fry the chicken within some olive oil together with the onion until it becomes white. Add the cream cheese and make sure that it melts. Then add the cream and pour the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir it and let it boil slowly in medium temperature for 6-7 minutes. Use a different saucepan for the preparation of the bulgur. Melt the butter and pour the bulgur. Stir it for a while and pour water (pour a little more than the quantity required for the bulgur to get fully covered by the water). Let it boil slowly in medium temperature until the water is gone (ATTENTION: Keep an eye on it so that you avoid burning the bulgur!). Time for serving!

Enjoy! 🙂

Denise

#1 Sweet pie with strawberry jam (aka “Pasta Flora”)

One of my favourite desserts, since I was a little child, is this delicious pie, which is somehow called “Pasta Flora”. Yes, I know what you might be thinking of… When we say pasta, we probably mean spaghetti, tortellini and so forth. However, this pie has been famous with this name for decades and I was introduced to it by my grandmother, who came from Zakynthos, a beautiful greek island which had been much influenced by the Italians during the Venetian domination. Anyway, this is how this pie is called and this is the way for you to make it:

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 cup of butter (at room temperature)

3/4 of a cup sugar

3 cups of flour (sifted)

1 full teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla powder

1 jar of strawberry jam

HOW TO:

Whisp the eggs and the sugar. Add the butter and whisp again. Pour slowly the flour and whisp at the same time (ATTENTION:You have already put in the flour both the baking powder and the vanilla powder). You should work on the dough until it becomes elastic (but not sticky). If it is still sticky add some flour and work it on a little more. Split the dough in 2 making sure that the one piece is slightly bigger than the other. The big one will be used to cover the bottom of the baking pan after you have buttered its bottom and inner sides. When you’re done with the covering of the bottom with the dough, spread the jam all over the dough. Then take the smaller piece of dough and make “sticks” in order to create a checkered pattern (as shown in the picture). Make sure that you keep some dough in stock so that you place it as a frame around the pie (it makes the pie look nicer). Bake it at 180 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Tip 1: If you want the sticks look a bit shiny, spread them with either milk or egg right before putting the pie in the oven.

Tip 2: This pie is also delicious if you replace the strawberry jam with apricot jam.

Good luck and let me know of the results!

Denise

A new blog is born!

August 16th and a new blog is born! Here you can find inspiration on how to create yourself a beautiful and welcoming home. The following posts intend to give way to your creativity and challenge your cooking, crafting and decorating skills. There will also be some posts on various home solutions that can make our lives much easier. So stay tuned and…welcome to my new home! 🙂