Cheese Panini

Craving for some fresh juice and panini for dinner today.

Here are cucumber lime juice, Swiss cheese panini and tomato cucumber salad -just using what I have in the fridge.

Panini maker by Wolfgang Puck is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.

Panini maker by Wolfgang Puck is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.


Thick layer of Swiss cheese and avocado, with a dash of green chillies (love that spicy surprise in a panini).

Thick layer of Swiss cheese and avocado, with a dash of green chillies (love that spicy surprise in a panini).


Tomato cucumber salad, cheese panini and of course couple slices of salami. :)

Tomato cucumber salad, cheese panini and of course couple slices of salami. :)


Tomato cucumber salad with green garlic dressing. Tomatoes and cucumbers were from my garden - couldn't be fresher than that. :)

Tomato cucumber salad with green garlic dressing. Tomatoes and cucumbers were from my garden - couldn't be fresher than that. :)


Homemade cucumber lime juice (I threw in a dried plum for added spice).

Homemade cucumber lime juice (I threw in a dried plum for added spice).

Baked Portobello Mushroom with Tomato Salad

Baked Portobello Mushroom with Tomato Salad

Baked Portobello Mushroom with Tomato Salad

Baked Portobello Mushroom (Portobello mushroom is a great substitute for meat. Ingredients: mushroom, minced rosemary & sage & thyme, red wine, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, EVOO)

Tomato Cranberry Salad (Tomatoes, dried cranberries, cashews, artichokes, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper, EVOO)

Garnish: Sage & thyme leaves (pick up a sage leaf and smell the aroma before taking a bite at the mushroom enhance your dining experience)

I added couple pieces of salami because I was craving for them. :)

Note: I don’t follow recipes and I don’t measure. I just make it up as I go.

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Shrimp Garden Macaroni & Cheese

Shrimp Garden Macaroni & Cheese

Shrimp Garden Macaroni & Cheese

Shrimp Garden Macaroni & Cheese
This dish is cooked with love for a little birthday boy who loves mac & cheese and baby corns.
The sweetness of cameralized onions and cranberries blend with the sourness of lemon juice (a dash) give more depth to this dish.
Ingredients: Delallo elbow organic whole wheat pasta, shrimps, zucchini, baby corns, tomatoes, cranberries, lemon juice, cameralized onions, garlic, basil, almond, heavy whipping cream, salt & pepper
Garnish: Basil flowers
You’ll see me using a lot of zucchinis, tomatoes, basil in my recent dishes because my garden is exploding with these fresh produce. :)

Melón con Jamón

A friend of mine suggested that I eat jamon with melon. Apparently it’s a very popular dish in Spain.

This simple tapa seems very easy to make. So, I bought a ripe melon, and chilled it in the fridge for a few hours.

First, I had to prepare the melon.

- Cut the melon
- Remove the seeds
- Cut away the rind
- Cut the melon into cubes

Then, I simply arranged the jamon slices on top of the melon cubes. Viola!

Melón con jamón

Melón con jamón

If you don’t have jamon, you can wrap proscuitto slice around a slice of melon.

Melon was sweet and juicy and it made great contrast with salty jamon. It was a refreshing dish, although not my favorite combination of food.

I still prefer enjoy my jamon with bread, olives and cheeses. :)

I love trying new food though. I might discover a new favorite on my next try. :)

Cantalope with Jamon

Cantalope with Jamon (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/09/cantaloupe_with_jamon)