While walking around in a new shop to do some last minute groceries on her way home, Cami couldn’t find the tofu. She asked to a shopping assistant if they had any, and he replied “of course” and brought her to the aisle of the pet food. The misunderstanding was obviously related to her not-really-british pronunciation, but it funnily coincide with the fact that most Western palates are not crazy about it, considering its consistency mushy and its taste basically absent.
Today we want to share you a recipe tested on carnivore friends, a non-tofu-friendly crowd, that ended up fighting for the last skewer.
Today we want to tell you a story set in London about family recipes for Polpette (meatballs) and the joys of cooking. A story about how we love to cook everywhere.
It’s an evening of a bizarre and cold May when Anna decides to catch a flight to London and see Camilla: they haven’t seen each other since Christmas. Camilla is waiting for Anna at the tube station with her shiny yellow bicycle and her big smile. After a strong hug the two friends start walking admits a river of chatters, walking past a funfair and a cream-painted house surrounded by ramp-plants and guarded by a strangely big cat.
As local uses dictate, they spend a quite strenuous Friday night at the pub. Consequently Saturday morning starts slow and lazy, while the city watches astonished the rapid passage of clouds. But the two friends decide to prepare together what will be a great dinner with friends. So after a little menu brainstorming and many coffees, they leave for one of their usual grocery shopping tour in the neighborhood. People are nice, produces are fresh and Anna and Camilla realise how everyday gestures and words are so familiar here as they were in Barcelona and in many other places.
We love finishing off dinners with friends with the sweet touch of a nice dessert. This is how, even if the recipe might sound trivial, we can’t help sharing with you one of the easiest and yummiest desserts ever, a perfect combination of sweet and sour.
You’d better hurry up until you are still on time to find fresh berries at the greengrocer’s. Now that you are there, get also a nice bunch of fresh mint or better a small plant, always useful in case of a Mojito emergency. On your way back home, don’t forget to buy some fresh double cream that you can quickly whip yourself (we said easy-not fake dessert! avoid the spray whipped cream, please!).
Today we want to share with you a small twist to one of the culinary spring classics: eggs and asparagus. Albeit their original version is surely delicious (sunny side up and boiled asparagus) we decided for a change to add a layer of fresh and green lamb lettuce, decorate with some thin coloured radish slices and season with some good olive oil and lemon juice.
We are also going to share some wisdom from Anna (ournutritionist) on the why this dish has a special nutritional value and does you good. What else? A soundtrack maybe? Well, we can provide that too! So pump up the music and, if you like, while eggs and asparagus are boiling find out something more about these four gorgeous ingredients.
Today’s post is about a gluttony we indulged on to gain some strength and block that hunger that surprised us during a beautiful but intense session of cooking and taking pictures. If you follow us on instagram or facebook, you might know that last Saturday we had a mini incuQIna reunion in London and enjoyed a day together cooking and testing recipes for the blog that we then shared at dinner with some friend.
And as often happens with good ideas, the best recipes are surprisingly simple.
Take couple of slices of bread, and toast it in the oven for couple of minutes until golden. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil and finish of with some classy decadence adding some thin slices of quality dark chocolate.
Close your eyes, give a good bite. Enjoy the crunch of the bread, the moist and intense taste of the oil, be surprised by the chocolate, softened a little by the warm bread, and the delicate contrast to the delicate salt. What does it make you think about?
We all know the importance of a complete and healthy diet to be fit and feel well and healthy. So how can we find out if the dish we are cooking is well balanced?
Besides mixing together ingredients with different colours, another way to verify if we are doing well is to make sure that none of the main flavours is missing. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine, each of the five main flavours (i.e. sweet, hot (spicy), salty, sour and bitter) has an action on specific organs (respectively Spleen, Lung, Kidney, Liver and Heart) and must then be present in each dish in different proportions according to the effect we want to achieve. In other words, a moderate flavour reinforces the organ to which it is directed, while an excessive/ unbalanced flavour can damage it (e.g. a bowl of rice, of sweet flavour, reinforces Spleen; a chocolate croissant, too sweet, damages it).
Anyways no panic: you do not have to necessarily be a TCM freak to apply this theory, and Camilla is just proving it by spontaneously creating this wonderful dish, simply driven by her culinary instinct and following the produce of the season.
As you might have already noticed, we love breakfast. Not only because of its obvious beneficial effects (as our nutritionist Anna already explained here), but also because breakfast food is just the best. While during the week we often stick to a muesli+yogurt or porridge routine, we like to get creative during weekends. Nothing to complicated, nothing too fancy, in under 30’ you can whip up something comforting, that puts a smile on a lazy late morning, helps you recover from a long night drinking and dancing, or that boosts your stamina for an energetic active day out of work!
This easy, quick, heartwarming scones recipe is from our friend Julie. Something in between biscuit-like pastry and a quick bread, they pop out of your oven warm and fragrant, ready to be cut in half and to welcome some orange marmalade and, if you feel decadent, a bit of butter. A fruit juice and a coffee on the side, and here you have a perfect Saturday breakfast. Enjoy your week end.
With this third (and last) ritual we bring some color and vitality to our mornings, because there is no better way to start your day than with a good breakfast. After a good hydration and some movement, we can now relax a bit and enjoy what should be the most important meal of our day, which too often we forget or skip with important consequences on our mood and our body.
Fueling up with sugar and complex carbohydrates in the morning is a smart way to lift the levels of insulin and promote the circadian rhythm of cortisol, a hormone produced by the surrenal glands that has a natural peak around 8-9 am. In periods in which we are particularly stressed, have a messy routine and skip breakfast, this cycle is lost as stress increases the activity of our surrenal glands. These will start to produce cortisol continuously with consequences on the regulation of all hormones and that, in the long term, will lead to increase of body fat.
Now that the ritual #1 has been consolidated in our morning routine, and we are all enjoying its benefits, we are ready to proceed to the next step to fight morning moodiness and fatigue.
You will need:
some free space;
a little bit of patience.
Yes: this second step to boost to your mornings requires a small physical effort. The “Five Tibetans rites” are five simple exercises of the ancient Tibetan tradition that move the energy of all the chakras providing an immediate feeling of warmth and giving strength. The chakras (or “vortices”) are the seven energy centers of our body, electric fields centred on endocrine glands that rotate at high speed when the body is healthy and in good harmony.
And here it is, spring has finally arrived! After this, grey long winter, with foggy or cold and dark days, please welcome its majesty, the season of love.
Last year we welcome spring following a wonderful detox program, perfect to purify the body and to reinforce the spirit. This year we want to celebrate it sharing with you our series of ultra-tested morning rituals that will make your mornings shine and your days bright.
As we know, despite the better weather and the mildest temperatures, in these days we can often feel a little bit more tired, especially early in the morning, and sometimes in a inexplicable bad mood. We are going to show you how to face this seasonal change in a very easy way, as easy as a one, two three! Because three are the simple morning steps that will make you wave good-bye to those signs of fatigue and get the best out of what spring has to offer.
And most of all, we wish this season will be generous with all of you!
Ritual #1: Lemon water
The first step is as easy as drinking a glass of water…with lemon!