Thursday, June 27, 2013

Simple Tuna Pasta Salad

I crave salads lately. Blame it on the hot weather or whatever, but summer is the time of the year that turns me into a salad monster. Salads are very easy and very quick to prepare which is another plus, right? Besides, you don't have to turn on the oven to make a simple dish. 
What I like about this salad is the tuna. I love tuna! You can use this delicious fish in so many recipes. I have already posted a delicious and really easy tuna spread. This salad is a pasta salad, which besides tuna contains lots of veggies and of course, pasta. Win-win for a great meal.

You need:

500 grams pasta of choice
1 cucumber,  peeled and diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 table spoons capers,
3 table spoons mayonnaise
Juice of one lemon
2 cans tuna fish

First, cook the pasta and drain well. Set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile put all of the veggies in a medium sized bowl and mix with the tuna. Add the pasta and season with lemon juice and mayonnaise. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Cake

It is summer time! I love summer, sun and those long evenings outside with friends and great food. And when I think of summer food, I think of cherries. Aren't they the ultimate summer fruit? So fresh and juicy and they always taste best when eaten straight from the cherry tree.

You need:
100 grams fine grind almonds
100 grams chocolate
180 grams sugar
125 grams flour
2 table spoons baking powder
200 grams butter, melted
1 tea spoon vanilla
1 table spoon cinnamon
4 eggs
250 grams stoneless, fresh cherries

First, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and set aside. Combine eggs and sugar in a big mixing bowl and mix until fluffy. Add almonds, the melted chocolate, butter, cinnamon, flour and baking powder. Mix well until combined. Pour the batter in a lined cake pan. Arrange the cherries on top and bake for 25 minutes on 190°C.