8 Large Fresh Eggs, boiled
1/3 cup greek yogurt (regular or low-fat)
1 T. mayo
1-2 tsp. mustard (or more)
1/8 – 1/4 cup chopped green/purple onion, optional (for the husband)
1 T. fresh dill or 1 tsp. dry dill
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
dash of cayenne, optional
Juice of half a small lemon
Chop or lightly process the boiled eggs and add to a medium bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients and gently fold together until blended well. Let chill in the fridge for half an hour or serve immediately on bread, pita, croissant, or even inside a tomato or on a bed of lettuce!
It was the same cheesecake recipe here, but only halved. I used the cookies with a little butter to make the crust and added a few in the middle with a handful of chocolate chips too. The melted chocolate was used to add a bit of decor to the tops.
This cheesecake recipe is a lush, thick, and super creamy one! Now that strawberries are in season I am dreaming of a strawberry cheesecake!!!!
Have you ever had homemade popcorn? And I do not mean from your microwave, rather, freshly popped from your own stove top with 3 very simple ingredients!
Have you ever had homemade popcorn with coconut oil?
If you answered no to either one of these questions, I promise you that you will not regret making your own popcorn. And if at all possible, use organic coconut oil, the nutritious benefits are not the only reason to try it, I love the added flavor!
Now, there was no coconut oil here on the island, so I begged for a small shipment of some because THAT is how much I was craving it. In my opinion. it is way better than cinema-style popcorn and definitely without all of the extra cholesterol that comes by the bucket at the movies. Coconut oil is high in fat, but it is the better fat, yes, I said better fat! If you are eager for more nutrition info, check out this or this website.
Homemade Stovetop Popcorn with coconut oil Recipe:
3 Qt. pot with lid
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
~ 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 tsp. salt (if you’d like, try butter flavored salt)
1 Lg. bowl
Add the coconut oil to your pot and put on Medium/High heat with 1 kernel of popcorn, then place the lid on top and wait for this kernel to pop (about 4 minutes). While you are waiting, measure out your 1/2 cup of popcorn and your 1/2 tsp. (buttered) salt to add once the oil is ready.
Once the 1st kernel pops, add the other kernels just enough to cover the bottom of your pot and then sprinkle the salt. Replace lid and give the pot a quick swirl to distribute and coat the kernels with oil and salt. At this point, STAY BY YOUR STOVE with your bowl ready. The popping should begin shortly and take only a couple of minutes total. Once you hear the first few pops, you want to slightly lift the lid of your pot to release the steam. Be careful not to let the oil burn you, point the lid away from your body and hold it close enough to let moisture out but not let the popcorn shoot all over your kitchen (learned the hard way)! Once your pot is full of popcorn, pour into your bowl and enjoy! Be careful not to burn the last few kernels at the bottom of the pan, once you have a pot full, add to your bowl!
Enjoy while watching a movie at home or even sneak your own popcorn into the theatre!!!
Kali Orexi and let me know what you think when you try it!
Does it taste the same as actual Nutella?
Yes and No.
Yes, you can make a yummy chocolate-hazelnut spread that melts in your mouth with every sweet bite. No, it doesn’t taste the same, it is better!
Chocolate + Hazelnuts = Spreadable goodness.
The recipe is very basic and flexible. If you really want to taste the hazelnuts, add more. If you want it to be more chocolatey and sweet, add more chocolate and sugar.
That is how long I have been married to my handsome, funny, wonderful, and ever so talented husband. The past year has indescribably flown by, and now we eagerly begin our adventure of year two!
To commemorate our anniversary we are taking a small trip to the island of Chios, south 3 hours by boat. We will be gone for a few days and I am excited to explore, take pictures, and celebrate “us” :)-
I also wanted to make something special for us to enjoy, and since I have been complaining the whole year how I only got to enjoy like two bites of our own wedding cake, I knew exactly what I would make for our anniversary, a wedding cake.
I always joked and teased that I would someday marry an Italian, but I guess God has a sense of humor because He gave me a Greek instead! I am glad I fell in love with and married my V, because I am sure that no Italian stallion could compare to what we have found together. Besides, the more spaghetti I feed him, the more he speaks with an Italian accent!
Okay, back to
my the cake. I fell in love with Italy on my first overseas adventure, and then again when I had the chance to live there for a month. I adore rich wedding cakes. I always have and always will. There is just nothing comparable to its sweet and lush flavors and consistency. So, Italian wedding cake was the perfect dessert, hence the perfect thing to make for our anniversary! Don’t you see my logic?
It took some effort to make, but I guarantee that it is worth every minute you spend making and every calorie you gain eating. Be sure to have plenty of people to share it with, or else you might end up in a sugar coma.
You won’t regret anything about this cake. If you are looking for a way to self indulge (even if it is the “New Year” already), this is exactly what you need! Treat yourself or be generous and treat those you love.
Maybe next year we can all celebrate together. Until then, Happy Anniversary to us; it has been a wonderfully blessed year and I look forward to the next 80 or so.