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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 58 – Shrimp Croissant And Fresh Fruits With Kefir And Honey

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What a wonderful way to start the day early today – a walk in the park with Bella, a great breakfast with Bella, then a great movie – “Galaxy Quest” (Bella not interested), all followed by a long nap ! (Bella enthusiastically interested again) 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Tonkatsu sauce  (my way) :

Mix 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tblsp soy sauce, 1 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp mustard, 1 tblsp white wine (or sherry), 1 tsp sriracha and a few drops of maggi seasoning.

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 58 - Shrimp Croissant And Fresh Fruits With Kefir And Honey

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 58 – Shrimp Croissant And Fresh Fruits With Kefir And Honey

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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 58 - Shrimp Croissant And Fresh Fruits With Kefir And Honey

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 58 – Shrimp Croissant And Fresh Fruits With Kefir And Honey

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Fresh Fruit With Kefir And Honey

Fresh Fruit With Kefir And Honey

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Preparation :
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Cordon Brie

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I had been thinking of and lusting for chicken cordon bleu the whole day long, so on my way home I stopped at the store to buy the ingredients.
They should have been : Two large, boneless/skinless chicken breasts, a pack of sliced ham and a pack of sliced swiss cheese.
However, when I got home I realized that I had forgotten the swiss cheese. At first I wanted to rush back to the shop to get the swiss cheese, but when I took the eggs for the breading out of the fridge I saw a lovely brie cheese and made an executive decision – “tonight’s chicken cordon bleu shall contain brie instead of swiss”.
During dinner, I decided that from now on, ALL cordon bleu in my house will be made with brie. Brie is so much more tasty and runny than swiss, so it makes the perfect filling.
Long live  ” Cordon Bleu Brie !
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
If you are a light eater, you might want to cut each cordon brie into half  before breading  to yield 4 four portions instead of the two I prepared for Bella and I
– one to be served hot for tonight, the other one to be served cold (room temperature) tomorrow.
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Honey/Yogurt Dressing:
Mix 1/3 cup mayo, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1 tblsp honey, kosher salt and cayenne pepper to taste; whisk until smooth, check/adjust seasoning
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Cordon Brie

Cordon Brie

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Cordon Brie

Cordon Brie

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Cordon Brie

Cordon Brie

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Dragon Waffles

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Pitaya,  drachenfrucht, fruit du dragon, buah naga, kaeo mangkonthanh long, huǒ lóng guǒlóng zhū guǒnanettika fruit – these are just a few of the many  names for one of the most versatile, beautiful and delicious fruits I know.
Dragon fruit comes in three main varieties – red, green and yellow peel with either fiery red flesh with black dots (seeds) or white meat with black dots (seeds). Then there is the less common bright-yellow dragon fruit, with yellow peel and white meat with black dots (seeds). The taste of the dragon fruit spans a great range, from rather sour to very sweet.
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Today’s at breakfast time I had a great craving for waffles. I had a couple of mangos as well as one dragon fruit in the larder, so the menu was set :
Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream”.
I usually serve the dragon waffles with caramelized apples, but the mangoes I had in the fridge were rather ripe and needed to be used – good thing I did use them for this dish, because the soft, very sweet mangoes fit perfectly with the slightly tart dragon fruit and the crisp waffles. What a wonderful way to start the day 🙂
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Waffle Batter :
Ingredients :
1. 1/3   cup flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1. 3/4 cup buttermilk, two egg yolks (whisk the two egg whites to stiff peaks)
Method :
Mix dry ingredients well, add buttermilk, egg yolks and melted butter, fold-in whisked egg whites
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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Preparation :
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Chicken And Waffles

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Chicken And Waffles  are deeply rooted in the American south and have become a staple  Soul Food  item. More commonly made with fried chicken and served with gravy or honey and butter, I never really understood the attraction of the dish. However, my own version presented here, with very crisp waffles, sautéed boneless chicken breast and smothered onions in cream sauce has fully won my heart and will be a new standby in my home-kitchen repertoire.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Chicken And Waffle

Chicken And Waffle

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Chicken And Waffle

Chicken And Waffle

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Shrimp And Potato Salad In Honey/Yogurt Dressing

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Raw Organic Honey With Comb

Raw Organic Honey With Comb

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Once  in a while my friends honor me with gift’s of food 🙂
The gift of choice used to be booze, but nowadays I don’t drink alcohol, so the generosity now manifests itself with gifts of special, sometimes hard to come-by  food 🙂
Last week Dieter brought me two bags with original German-made weisswurst and bratwurst.
Yesterday, Rubelio and his wife Maria gave me fresh organic raw honey from their own bee hives, honey comb and all.
So, thinking like any normal person, the first dish to prepare with fresh honey that came to my mind was shrimp/potato salad 🙂
Maybe a bit unusual, I admit – but I like to make this great dressing with mayo, yogurt and honey, so there it was – my honey-segway.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Shrimp And Potato Salad In HoneyYogurt Dressing

Shrimp And Potato Salad In Honey/Yogurt Dressing

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Shrimp And Potato Salad In HoneyYogurt Dressing

Shrimp And Potato Salad In Honey/Yogurt Dressing

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Shrimp And Potato Salad In HoneyYogurt Dressing

Shrimp And Potato Salad In Honey/Yogurt Dressing

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One For The Kids # 2 – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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Yesterday  afternoon my friend Ralf came by with his four-year old son Justin.
Ralf and I had some Chili Noodles which were fantastic, but would have been way too spicy for a four-year old, so I made this dish for him. I made this for him before, so I knew he would love it. Heck, so did Ralf and I. (Of course I prepared way too much, so we ate the rest) 🙂
While this is a simple, quick and easy dessert or snack, it is yummy and pretty enough to serve on any informal occasion.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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One For The Kids - Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

One For The Kids – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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One For The Kids - Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

One For The Kids – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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One For The Kids - Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

One For The Kids – Banana/Nutella Tortilla Roll With Fresh Raspberries And Blueberries

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Preparation :
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P.S.
I just know that somebody out there will be inspired by the look of these tortillas and serve a variation of them as a whimsy “Marrow Bone Dessert” 🙂
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Stir Fried Squid, Udon Noodles And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce ( Yakiudon)

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There are few dishes more comforting and satisfying than a bowl of noodles with a rich sauce or in a tasty soup – either by itself or with other “stuff” thrown in, such as any kind of vegetables, mushrooms, eggs and any protein such as pork, chicken, duck or seafood. While for me, any noodle is a good noodle, udon noodles rank on top of my favorite list – the plumper the better.
Lately, I’ve been buying the vacuum packaged “fresh” udon noodles from my neighborhood Asian market, but I also have had good experiences with the frozen type more readily available around here. As for the sauce, I like to prep it as simple as possible – soy sauce, oyster sauce or hoi sin sauce, chili paste, honey or sugar, ginger and garlic, sesame oil, chicken-, vegetable- or pork-stock. For a bit of variation in the sauce, I sometimes add a bit of peanut butter or fermented bean sauce, but that’s it – simple comfort food quickly and easily prepared and always just hitting the right spot 🙂
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Stir Fried Squid, Udon And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce  (Yaki Udon)

Stir Fried Squid, Udon And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce (Yaki Udon)


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Stir Fried Squid, Udon And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce (Yaki Udon)

Stir Fried Squid, Udon And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce (Yaki Udon)

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Stir Fried Squid, Udon And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce  (Yaki Udon)

Stir Fried Squid, Udon And Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce (Yaki Udon)

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Chilled Fruit Milk

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While  I absolutely love smoothies, which are not exactly difficult or complicated to prepare, sometimes I crave an even simpler drink – fruit milk.
Chilled fruit, milk and a sweetener such as honey or fruit-preserve, blended and voilà – the embodiment of deliciousness at your fingertips 🙂
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P.S.
Of course in years past, I added liquor as well, usually rum, vodka or cognac 🙂
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Chilled Fruit Milk

Chilled Fruit Milk

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bananas, raspberries and strawberry marmalade

bananas, raspberries and strawberry marmalade

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add milk

add milk

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blend until smooth

blend until smooth

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Fruit Milk

Chilled Fruit Milk

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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake Dessert

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My  intention was to prepare a healthy, no refined-sugar containing, tasty and simple to prepare dessert. I started out on track, replacing the sugar in the cheese-cream filling with organic honey. But then, after I plated the first half of the cheese cake cream in a glass, topped it with honey-enriched strawberries and sugar-free whipped cream, I slipped and piled on the sugar in the form of a oh-so delicious, strawberry-jam filled, sugar-coated doughnut. Now, I will surely go to diet hell for this, but it was absolutely worth it !
And by the way, this particular cream cheese cake filling is the bomb, best I ever had.
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Bon Appetit !  See You In (Dessert) Hell 😦 🙂
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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake Dessert

Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake Dessert


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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

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Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

Crustless No Bake Cheese Cake

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Guilt Free Banana Icecream

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Image by pkgbranding

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

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Since I have started to live a healthier life style, my one problem is how to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. The solution to my dilemma are sweets without refined or artificial sugar/sweetener, which are increasingly hard to find. So I took to thinking about new recipes which will make me happy with their natural sweetness and are not too offensive to my diabetic restrictions. The following one is definitely a keeper ! 🙂
An added bonus to this recipe is that you don’t need an ice cream machine for its preparation. I used to have one, but I threw it away after a while because the churning cylinder took up too much space in the freezer department of my fridge.
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P.S. :
This Ice cream is ready for consumption after about 4.5 hours in the freezer. If you freeze it longer or overnight, you might want to put it from the freezer into the cooler for 15 -20 minutes to facilitate easier spooning (That’s spooning of the ice cream kind, not the other one – although….. 🙂 )
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P.P.S. :
If I would still drink alcohol, I would have added a shot of brandy or dark rum to this baby 🙂
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