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Cooking Food General Recipes

Tuna and Olive Crostini

I had a lot of crostini left over from a big party I threw, as well as plenty of olives. So here’s a little snack I came up with using these left-overs. Tuna and Olive Crostini Recipe

This tuna and olive crostini makes for a delicious snack or even a light dinner; and it’s pretty easy to make. What’s more, the recipe doesn’t involve too many ingredients and it isn’t labour intensive at all.

Here’s what you will need:

2 baguette slices

A teaspoon of olive oil

A can of tuna or half a cup of fresh tuna

A handful of good quality pitted olives, ideally, use a combination of green and black olives.

A wedge of lime

Extra sharp cheddar to taste

Chili flakes to taste

Method:

To begin with, cut two slender slices off a baguette. Brush both sides of the baguette with some olive oil and grill the slices in a panini-maker or the oven. If you’re using an oven, pre-heat it to 350 degree Fahrenheit and then bake the slices for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Next, top off the bread with some tuna, squeeze some lime juice on top. Slice the olives in half and then arrange them on top of the tuna, as shown in the photograph below. Place the slices in the oven and let them bake for 5 minutes.

How to Make Tuna and Olive Crostini Recipe as an appetizer

In the meantime, cut 3-4 slices of cheddar. Once the slices have baked for 5 minutes, place the cheese on top of the olives and top off with chili flakes.

Tuna and Olive Crostini Recipe

Place the slices back in the oven and let them bake for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is all melted.

Tune and Olive Crostini

And there, you’re snack’s ready!

Categories
Adventure Reviews

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

If you’re visiting San Francisco, Grace Cathedral should definitely be on your list of places to visit.

Grace Cathedral at night, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral at night, San Francisco

It’s breathtaking at night and the ‘Gates of Paradise’ or ‘Ghiberti Doors’ are exquisite.

'Gates of Paradise' or 'Ghiberti Doors' in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

To be fair, the gates are a replica. The original gates were in Florence at the Florence baptistery. However, were you to go to Florence today to see the doors, you would be looking upon a replica too, as the orignal doors are now stored away in a protected and controlled environment.

Here are some close-ups of sections of the doors:

Close-up of Ghiberti doors, San Francisco

Close-up of Ghiberti Doors, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral at night, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral is also famous for its labyrinth. It’s as beautiful inside as it is on the outside, and I found it strangely calming to sit inside the cathedral for a while, after a long day out in the city. It’s very cool and quiet inside, and I found myself unsurprisingly, in a contemplative mood.

After visiting the Cathedral, I would also recommend walking over to the famous hotel across the street: the Fairmont San Francisco. This is where the United Nations Charter was first drafted, in the hotel’s Garden Room.

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Chocolate Food General

How to Really Enjoy a Winter Afternoon

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When I closed my eyes and took a sip out of this cup, I sighed, actually sighed, aloud.  You know how cakes and chocolates are advertised as ‘decadent’? Well THIS was more than that; worse than that even; and better than that; it was positively depraved. The rich, thick, smooth, creamy, soft, chocolatey concoction was pure wickedness; it was indulgence, irresponsibility, a sense of loosing oneself and a wanton disregard for common sense and moderation, all swirled together into one little cup.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, I paired it with a little chocolate truffle!

Rich, creamy hot chocolate recipe

And yet, I was somehow not satisfied (this proves my argument that the hot chocolate really was evil and powerful (I mean we all know that I am a goddess of self-control and moderation (reflected as much in my eating habits as my use of language and parentheses), generally speaking, so it had to be some sort of dark magic that the chocolate wielded))! And so I sneaked over to my freezer, pulled out one of my frozen chocolate chip cookie dough portions and popped it into the oven. Eight minutes later, I added this to my little afternoon snack:

Delicious Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Yes, yes, there is a pie-sliced bit of cookie missing; but it is a long and arduous journey from my kitchen to my dining table, filled with many perils.

The long and short of it was that I spent the next 10 minutes ooohing and aahing and moaning, and being general inappropriate, while I sipped the chocolate and ate the cookie. But then again, wouldn’t you do the same before a spectacle such as this?

Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

At the end of it however, I was happy, relaxed and more energetic all at once, and ready to go back to work on my thesis here i am gleefully typing away about it.

If you’d like to try this at home, here’s what you need:

60-75 g of dark chocolate (ideally 60% cocoa content)

1/2 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon brown sugar

A pinch of ground nutmeg

A pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)

A stick of cinnamon

A chocolate truffle (go here for a collection of my chocolate truffle recipes)

A cookie (go here for my recipe)

Method:

Start off by throwing the chocolate into a little saucepan. Add the milk and turn on the heat to low. Using a whisk keep whipping the chocolate into the milk as it melts. Be carefully not to burn the chocolate.

How to make delicious, rich hot chocolate

Once it’s all melted and the mixture becomes thick and chocolatey, add the salt, sugar, nutmeg powder and coffee and whip it all up some more. When everything is blended, pour the mixture into a little cup. Top off with whipped cream if you like. Place the cinnamon stick in the chocolate to use as a stirrer, and serve with a truffle and/or cookie, and a good book 🙂

Oh and make sure to leave your computer somewhere where it won’t bother you, so you can focus on all the delightfulness before you.

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