It’s been a while since our last virtual meeting and meanwhile spring has come, that is why I thought it would be a good opportunity to celebrate with a new lunch with friends. So this Sunday t we are going to have a special lunch with a special guest. I met Elena @ Mănânc inteligent during the Pomegranate Festival held in January when she participated with a delicious recipe (Vanilla Panna cotta with pomerganate and pistachio). I so love this kind of projects that give me the opportunity to meet new beautiful people and discover new lovely blogs.
This is what happened again. The photo she sent stirred my interest and thus I discovered a blog I fell in love with. Elena’s professional preparation combined with her passion to cook led to the creation of “the first Romanian blog Food Psychology” (E.C), a niche blog which doesn’t limit itself to presenting recipes but goes further addressing nutrition through a new prism “having fundamentals in Mind – Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology”. I found it very cool, considering that I always thought that there is a connection somewhere between one’s personality and eating habits but I’ve never gone deeper through this topic. Mănânc inteligent is, as its author says, a blog that “helps you to eat properly, to be healthier,to think creatively, to be happy with yourself” . (E.C.) Under Pe unde am mai scris you can see a some articles written by Elena about a proper and healthy diet.
Mănânc inteligent is thus a complex blog which distinguishes itself from the others through its content, the quality recipes, information and articles and through innovative idea to address food through psychology. Healthy recipes, clearly explained and illustrated with inviting photographs find their places among Elena’s interesting articles. Furthermore Elena gathered some recipes reflecting the taste of childhood in a book “ Rețete de suflet” that you can find online.
Other interesting articles I found gathered under Ca la carte … cu specialiști, where you can read beautiful stories of beautiful and creative people.
Elena’s latest project is her book (Re)Împrietenește-te cu mâncarea! Și cu tine însăți (book and audiobook), a book I would like to read.
After this short presentation I think you are all curious to know more about her and you’ve understood that reading Elena you’ll not get bored as on her blog you’ll find more than just recipes.
Now I invite you to read her story and discover what she prepared for us. :)
Sunday Lunch with Elena
When Diana invited me to write a menu for Sunday Lunch, my mind suddenly flew back to the days of my childhood, when, every Sunday, with no exception, we would gather around the table at my grandparents’ house. My grandma would prepare a lot of goodies even if at that time we wouldn’t have access to the ingredients we have today and my mom would prepare the dessert. Actually, the desserts: either various types of cakes or two layered cakes – one with more chocolate and the other lighter, with fruit, to balance the calories and to be able to put a slice of each on the same plate. I miss those times, with apple cake, crème caramel, half moon shaped cookies, brownies, meringues etc. And the entire family, three generations, gathered around the table in the same warm and loving place.
Now, time has changed though the history seems to repeat itself. The menus have changed and so have the tastes. On Sundays we keep being three generations around the table even if my grandparents passed away long time ago as their spirits are still with us.
Here I am , eventually, to talk about a menu prepared by me for a Sunday lunch. As I have two little kids, I need to find quick solutions. But this doesn’t mean that I give up to taste or quality. So, last Sunday we had for lunch toast with sun-dried tomato paste and mozzarella, shrimps with raspberry sauce and raspberry brownies.
If you like shrimps and the sweet-sour-spicy combination you are going to love this recipe.
- - 200 g frozen raspberries
- -1 tablespoon brown sugar
- - 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- - 1 pinch of chilli
- - 800 g pre-cooked shrimps
- - sunflower oil
- - one head of garlic
- - chili to taste
- Defrost raspberries at room temperature then mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a sauce pan. Place the pan over a medium heat and stir until sugar melts.No need to bring to the boil. Set aside. When cooled you can pass it through a sieve to eliminate the raspberry seeds if you want a smooth sauce.
- Clean the shrimps by pulling off the heads,the legs and the outer shell and make an incision on the outer edge of the shrimps back to remove the veins. Do not remove the tails.
- Drizzle a pan with some oil, throw some crushed garlic cloves and fry them slightly until fragrant.Add a part of the shrimps ( you will fry them in several batches) and cook 1-2' on each side. Meanwhile add some chili powder and stir to coat the shrimps. Remove them from the pan on a paper towel. Repeat until all the remaining shrimps are cooked. Serve them with the raspberry sauce and with a glass of Prosecco or another white wine of your choice.
- I hope this recipe will bring you some inspiration in a lovely Sunday of March spent with you loved ones.
Have a sunny Spring, my friends!
Hugs from Milan,