Chicken Fricassee

Chicken Fricassee

The coming of the summer means longer, warmer, and sunnier days. But it also means that we will not be too keen on spending too much time in the kitchen. After all, who likes sitting over a simmering pot, surrounded by hot steams, while the temperatures outside call for something cool? So, we are tempted to eat light, a salad, or take the cooking outside by enjoying a barbecue as often as possible. Still, when you have guests over or would like a dish with comforting food, you need to leave those salads aside and prepare something delicious. This is why I will come up with a recipe proposal that is filling, tasty, light, and can be prepared in no time. It can be the ideal solution for a dinner with your friends and loved ones, served with a glass of white wine or a rose, cooled nicely in the fridge for a few hours. Thus, the following lines will be all about chicken fricassee, a dish that appeared in England somewhere in the 16th...
6 mood-boosting foods for a healthy mind

6 mood-boosting foods for a healthy mind

We all know that eating well helps us stay fit and healthy in a physical sense, but often we overlook the effects that our diet plays on our mental health. Too many of us (and I hold my hands up here too) ignore the consequences diet, stress and environment have on our mental well being. However, there is enough evidence out there to prove that there is a link between certain foods and our emotions. Food affects our chemical balance and metabolic rates, which in turn means that our emotions can change drastically depending on the food we eat. As a long time sufferer of depression, I’ve often been a keen believer in the positive effects of a good diet on mental health. Here are 6 of my favorite foods that I’ve used to help boost my emotional and spiritual state. Legumes This is a pretty broad food type so let me be more specific: I’m talking beans, peas or peanuts. These foods are rich in magnesium, which increases your energy levels...
Christmas biscuits

Christmas biscuits

There is something inherently familiar about baking, I always think about my childhood and the voice of my mother encouraging me to add some flour, or to not be too hesitant about that egg. I know how to handle eggs now, but I still think about those moments every time I pop a cake into the oven. It’s something about working with all these materials to create such a wonderful treat; how eggs, milk, sugar and flour act together and how all those spices create a bouquet of mouth-watering flavours. Whenever I smell this sweetness I think of busy Saturday mornings standing in the kitchen and dusting every surface, and of the lazy Saturday afternoons spent on the sofa. I remember eating cake and cookies with the family, because it’s something that binds together (as food always does) and I remember eating those treats as something you take time for, something you enjoy and celebrate. Either with a cup of coffee or a good cup of tea....

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