Remember that night we cooked for my parents and their friends? The one where we served the fresh crab tartare as a starter? I promised a second recipe right out of that awesome dinner, and here it is: Lemon baked cheesecake. If you’re faithful to this blog and honor me with unconditional love, you might remember my baked cheesecake recipe. The one I compare with the moist one from f.r.i.e.n.d.s. over which Rachel and Chandler fight. Well I’ve been giving it a different twist. I ditched the raspberries and added lemon zest and juice instead! It is absolutely divine. Not that I like to brag, but it’s something you must taste if we get to meet one day 🙂 Continue Reading “Night in the Kitchen Part II – Lemon Baked Cheesecake”
If you’re a cook at heart, you surely know about the food network. Their portfolio of cooks and chefs is the most fascinating and diverse. Naturally, I have my favorites, and Giada de Laurentiis is unquestionably one of them. Italian by origin and Emmy Award winner for outstanding Lifestyle host, this woman fascinates me and inspires me.
A few days ago, Jean showed me this delicious ricotta lemon cookie recipe to try at home, knowing how much I love baking. Turns out it was a recipe from Giada on the foodnetwork.com. So I had to try it right away! And then of course, give it a Christmassy feel. So here goes!
Ricotta Lemon Cookies Recipe
What you’ll need:
For the Cookies:
- 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 100 g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 250 g ricotta cheese
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- The zest of 1 lemon
For the Glaze:
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsps lemon juice
- The zest of 1 lemon
How to make it:
Make the cookies:
1) In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
2) In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
3) Add the eggs one by one, mixing in between until combined.
4) Add the ricotta, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat to combine.
5) Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
6) On an oven tray, place a baking sheet and spoon”how much” the dough on top, evenly and leaving a bit of space between each so they don’t stick together later.
7) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on the sides then let them rest and cool 20 minutes.
Make the glaze:
1) Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir until combined and smooth.
2) After the cookies have cooled, spoon the glazing on top and let it harden for 2 hours.
Have it with a dark coffee or mint tea!
What do you think?
One of the best things in life is a nice and cozy gathering with friends. Great laughs, future plans, and stories are all shared and everyone feels good. Throw in some food of course and everything becomes excellent. What more can you ask for than friends who drink too much, swear too much and have questionable morals?
So two days ago, on one of those fun gatherings, Guest Chef Khater (check out his past fig jam and brie crispy shells) cooked us his latest creation: a lemony spicy chicken on a bed of noodles. It’s easy to make and you get to enjoy a variety of flavors while you dine!
Here’s what you’ll need (for 4 persons):
– 1 kg of chicken breast, sliced
– The zest of 2 lemons
– The juice of the same 2 lemons
– 3 red chili peppers
– 3 green chili peppers
– Fresh Coriander
– Soy Sauce
– Black pepper
– Fresh ginger
– 200 grams of noodles (any kind you prefer)
– A big wok
– Cooking oil
How to make it:
1) Grate the lemons and set the zest aside, then press all of them
2) Dice the red and green chili and slice the ginger
3) Slice the chicken and season it with black pepper and soy sauce
4) Boil water then cook the noodles in for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside
5) Heat some cooking oil in a wok. Add the chicken and cook for about 7 minutes. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and cook. Add the vegetables, ginger and fresh coriander and stir often until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Remove from the wok and set aside in a serving platter.
6) In the same wok, place the noodles, sprinkle with soy sauce and heat for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Set aside in another serving platter. And serve!
There you have it! Easy, delicious and full of different flavors 🙂 Don’t forget to decorate with fresh coriander leaves.