All posts filed under: Lunch

Zucchini pasta with pine nuts and basil

We had our honeymoon in Italy and Greece years ago. We visited Rome and Florence in Italy.  The first thing I remember is the sun. It was different. We were there in July. It was hot and very sunny, but sunny different from Brisbane. It was softer. The second thing I can’t forget is the food (obviously). I couldn’t believe I ate a whole pizza without any help from my husband. Then, the pastas, all kind, all sorts, with olives, Parmesan, mushrooms, tomatoes…Everything was simple and delicious. Of course, I love the historic part of Italy (that will be another story in another day). Rome, 2013 The hotel we stayed in Rome had a coffee shop downstairs. Every morning, we woke up by the smell of the coffee and fresh baked croissants. Oh, boy, the chocolate croissants. I will never have enough of it. I can forget all about the healthy eating standard and calories counting. After the trip, I became quite round, but happily round with very a satisfied stomach. Oh, I also fell in love with Peroni beer… …

Roasted sweet potato and capsicum soup with prawns

Anyone likes soup? I know I do. I love soup. All sorts, hot, warm, cold, sweet, spicy, creamy, vegetable or chicken soup. There is nothing better than a bowl of hot soup waiting for you in a Winter morning. The Winter morning is so crisply cold. When you get up and walk towards the kitchen, you can smell the fresh baked bread. When you walk into the kitchen, you can see the steam is rising from the soup, cloud the air above the bowl…and mixed with the aroma of the bread just came out of the oven…. Well, I really love that. However, the winter in Brisbane is not that cold. Still, soup is my favorite dish in the winter. I made the roasted sweet potato (kumara) and capsicum soup today for lunch. Here is the recipe. Hope you like it. 🙂 Serves 2 INGREDIENTS 2 sweet potatoes 1 red capsicum 1 green onion – sliced 8 medium peeled prawns (shrimp) 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger sea salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon soy sauce olive oil …

Quinoa Salad

My first ever post! Yeah! How exciting!! I have been thinking about my first post for a while. When I was making my lunch today, I thought why not. The Quinoa salad is one of my favorite salads, yummy, healthy, and fresh. I can eat tons of it. So here we go. I prefer white quinoa. I think it has better texture and taste. I can mix it with anything I have fresh in my kitchen, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and different herbs. Here is the recipe for my lunch today. Serves 1 INGREDIENTS white quinoa  – 60g chicken stock/water – 120ml lettuce leaf – 2 carrot – 1 onion – 1/4 red capsicum – 1/4 Honeydew melon/apple/pear (any fruit you like) – 1 slice fresh parsley and mint 1 tbsp olive oil pinch salt black pepper light soy sauce lemon juice INSTRUCTIONS Soak the quinoa for 5 minutes, drain. Add the quinoa and chicken stock (water) in a saucepan. When it boils, cover the pot and reduce to a simmer to cook for about 15 mins.  While …