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My Salmon Invention

It doesn’t happen often when I invent a bright new recipe … but this time I have to say I was quite proud of myself.

This is a new take on grilled salmon … hope you like it …

Grilled Salmon on a bed of tagliatelle and spinach

grilled salmon by Asia Jo

grilled salmon by Asia Jo

Serves 2

You will need:

For the salmon:

2 salmon filets (no skin)

salt & pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp soy sauce

brown rice vinegar

raspberry vinegar

a quick squeeze of fresh lemon

For the tagliatelle:

200 g dry tagliatlle

olive oil

sea salt & freshly ground pepper

For the spinach:

1 bag of spinach

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 small handful of roasted pine nuts

1 small handful of raisins

sea salt & freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Mix the soy sauce, olive oil, a bit of lemon juice, a few drops of rice vinegar and a few drops of raspberry vinegar; season it all with salt and pepper. Marinade the fish in this mixture for approx. 1 hour or longer.

Get your grill pan hot and grill the salmon for 3 minutes on each side or longer but you want the fish slightly pink inside.

In the mean time cook your pasta in plenty of salted boiling water and according to the packaging instructions, usually it takes up to 5 minutes. Drain the pasta, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season generously with freshly ground pepper.

While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and gently fry the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach gradually and cook it for a few minutes but make sure the leaves are still tender and not overcooked. Towards the end add the raisins and mix into the spinach. Turn off the heat and finally add the pine nuts.

Warm up your plates in the oven or in the microwave. Divide the tagliatelle between the two plates, put a portion of spinach over the pasta and finish with the fish on top. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice all over the dish and garnish with herbs (flat parsley, celery greens, thyme).

Enjoy it!

grilled salmon by Asia Jo

grilled salmon by Asia Jo

grilled salmon by Asia Jo

grilled salmon by Asia Jo

Here they are – a few examples of my very ordinary outfits for very ordinary days :

- denim – t-shirt – cropped jacket, blazer or cardi – beanie or headband  – canvas bag – All Star shoes, flats or wedges.

These are my basics that I play with. I don’t really dress up during the week but a couple of carefully selected accessories help to accent my looks. I have a very simple style and tend not to use too many accessories, yet I definitely love bags, bow headbands and scarves.

I wear my daily outfits for downtown walking, when I go out for a quick coffee with a friend or when I need to do my every day grocery shopping.

Generally speaking, I like my comfy ensembles. True, they are far away from original styling, but regardless how much I love fashion, I will always remain a “denim & tee” girl.

shopping outfit by Asia Jo

shopping outfit by Asia Jo

shopping outfit by Asia Jo
shopping outfit by Asia Jo
coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

Coco Chanel on colors

Coco Chanel – my favorite fashion icon:

… innovation … influence … power … bravura … talent …  originality … black & white …

coco chanel quote

coco chanel quote

Creamy rice pudding

If you fancy something sweet, yummy, quick, creamy and simple – go for a rice dessert – a perfect, timeless rice pudding …

There is nothing better like a hot sunny day and a fabulous bowl of cold sticky rice served with some fresh strawberries and a drop of thick vanilla yogurt on top …. heaven!

Creamy Rice Pudding

Serves 4

creamy rice pudding by Asia Jo

creamy rice pudding by Asia Jo

You will need:

200 g desert rice ( I used the Dutch Dessertrijst from Lassie – PS: I had no idea that cooking from packaging recipes can be so much fun :)

1 liter full fat milk

fresh strawberries

thick vanilla yogurt

honey

Directions:

Mix the white rice and the milk together in a pan, bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 12 minutes stirring from time to time (do not put the lid on top of the pan). Cool well and serve it with some fresh strawberries and a spoon of thick vanilla yoghurt on top. If desired, sweeten your pudding with a bit of honey.

That’s it. That’s how quick and delicious it is :)

Ps: Be ready for some spoon licking too :)

creamy rice pudding by Asia Jo

creamy rice pudding by Asia Jo

Master chef soup!

Yesterday I made THE SOUP of THE SEASON :)

It’s absolutely summery, fresh, green, delicate and delicious. You need to serve it with some fabulous Parmigiano biscuits for an extra wow factor.

Try this amazing green pea and mint combo and drool over it :)

Perfect for a dinner party. Perfect for a sunny lunch out in the garden (or on the balcony in my case).

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I found the recipe in the Good Food magazine, April issue, and amended it slightly by adding some extra veggies like leek, celery stalks and sweet onion. The recipe comes from Marianne Lumb, the finalist of Master Chef: The Professionals. (I miss that series so much). I remember Marianne was always so good at flavour combinations yet not so perfect at visual presentation of her tasty dishes. I’m sure by now she is simply excellent at anything she does in her kitchen.

You can view the original recipe here.

Green Peas & Mint soup

Serves 3

pea and mint soup by Asia Jo

You will need:

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 small sweet onion, diced

1 leek, sliced (white part till and the soft part of the leaves as well)

2 celery stalks, diced

2 potatoes, diced

700 ml chicken stock

450 g frozen garden green peas

1 handful of mint leaves

3 tbsp Parmesan, finely grated

Directions:

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pan. Add the onion, leek, celery and potato cubes.

Fry for 5 minutes. Add the stock and cook for another 10 minutes or till the potato pieces are tender.

Add the peas and cook for a few minutes till done. Turn off the heat. Add the fresh mint leaves and bled everything nicely in a blender. The soup should have a lovely creamy and smooth texture. If too thick, add more stock or cooked water.

Get started with the Parmesan biscuits: warm up the frying pan but not too hot. divide the parmesan into 6 round piles or stripes. Let the cheese melt a bit and turn into a golden colour. Move the biscuits to a plate lined with a piece of a paper towel and let them cool.

Reheat the soup and serve it hot and decorated with fresh mint+celery leaves and the Parmesan biscuits.

Enjoy!

pea and mint soup by Asia Jo

pea and mint soup by Asia Jo

pea and mint soup + Parmesan biscuits by Asia Jo

You rock my socks!

A bit of extravaganza. A bit of fun. A bit of a twist.

This Spring loves pretty socks with heels!

Not so long ago I spotted a cute shop called Fashion Flairs. Located in the famous ‘9 streets’ area, in the centre of Amsterdam, Fashion Flairs offers fabulous accessories from bags, shoes to gorgeous pendants and colorful socks :)

That’s where I found my blue below knee socks!

socks in heels by Asia Jo

socks in heels by Asia Jo

socks in heels by Asia Jo

Elle featuring socks in heels ss '10

And look at that – such a wonderful picture by Shirley Baker! Didn’t she get this hot sock trend just right?

:)

socks in heels / photo by Shirley Baker

Kitchen Decor part 2

My new kitchen in pictures ….

The Zoo kitchen towel holder & Koziol plastic container by Asia Jo

vintage tin & vintage toy by Asia Jo

Salt Pepper Shakers & the kitchen counter by Asia Jo

Muji vegetable brush & Sicilian pottery by Asia Jo

vintage tin & Picasso dove magnet by Asia Jo

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