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Blueberries fresh cheese crostini

Very easy , quick & healthy snack for kids . Rich in fibers, vit K , vit C . vit B6 , vit E , vit A , selenium , anthocyanin , potassium , copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial substance), magnesium , phosphorus , manganese , calcium

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Ingredients:

  •  French baguette or other bread of your choise
  • Goat cheese (but you can use any creamy fresh cheese such ricotta,  robiola, Philadelphia, stracchino, creamy blue cheese  etc. )
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Herbs of your choise (rosemary , mint , thym . basil )
  • Honey

Method:

  • Cut the baguette from side to side or into thin slices
  • Lightly toast it in the oven
  •  Spread it – with a spatula or knife – with fresh cheese
  • Top with fresh blueberries , honey & chopped herbs
  • Enjoy this union of creamy flavors, blue sweetness & magical scents from nature ❤ !

Blueberries are heart healthy , brain & immunity boosters, cancer fighters. Keep your eyes healthy, low in calories (1 cup of blueberries=85 calories). Rich in fibers

 

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BASIL FLATBREAD CRACKERS

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SOURCE: MARTHA STEWART LIVING, SEPTEMBER 2010

A mix of chopped and whole fresh basil transforms ordinary crackers into herb-infused snacks.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, plus 40 whole basil leaves
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten for egg wash

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse flour, chopped basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add cream; pulse until dough forms.

  2. Briefly knead dough on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; shape into rectangles, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. Roll out 1 piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into a very thin rectangle (about 12 by 16 inches). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt. Press 10 whole basil leaves into top.

  4. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool. Repeat 3 times with remaining dough, egg wash, salt, and whole basil leaves. Break into individual crackers using your hands.

COOK’S NOTES

Crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

 

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Bacon wrapped beef muscle

1-CARNE74-CARNE121-CARNE3Ingredients:  2 beef muscle fillets 2 inches thick –  butter  1 tbs  – 4 slices thick-cut bacon -salt – pepper – asparagus – peas – edible  flowers of your choice

Method: Preheat the oven to 400 ° F

  1. Generously salt & pepper both sides of muscle
  2. Wrap it with a strip of bacon , secure it with a lenght of kitchen string
  3. Heat a large oven safe skillet over medium – high heat. Add butter. When melted, add the fillets , now sear for about 2 min per side until you get a nice crust. Then turn fillet on the bacon side and roll it  for a minute more.
  4. Place the skillet directly into the oven. Roast 5-6 minutes each side for medium rare.  Adjust cooking time for desired doneness.
  5. When fillets are done , remove from the oven , cover with  alluminium foil and let them  rest for 5-10 minutes. This tip give to juices time to  redistribute evenly throughout the meat.
  6. Serve with  grilled asparagus , grilled peas , edible flowers of your choice and a fresh glass of  Brunello di Montalcino (red) wine.

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