10.26.2014

Butternut Squash Soup with Almonds and Shaved Asiago Parmesan Cheese

Hello friends!

Last Monday I shared a pic of my dinner table setting and delicious butternut squash soup on Instagram, and some lovely friends have asked me for the recipe. 
Most of my cooking doesn't require anything fancy or special with exception of a good bottle of wine and some fresh baked French bread or baguette. Cold weather and low temperatures are just perfect for a bowl of soup and a glass of red wine....

Here is the recipe, I hope you will enjoy it!


Butternut Squash Soup with Almonds and Shaved Asiago Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients
a "generous" drizzle of olive oil
1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1/4 medium onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
salt and black pepper to taste
3 cups of low sodium beef broth
1/2 cup skim milk
4 cups of baby spinach
basil leaves (I used dried basil leaves from Trader Joe's)
raw sliced almonds
shaved Asiago Parmesan or Romano cheese

Directions
Roast cubed butternut squash at 425 degrees for about 25-35 minutes.
Use a blender to puree the roasted butternut squash along with beef broth.
Add olive oil to a large pot over medium heat; add onions and minced garlic and cook until its golden/brown.
Add butternut squash puree mixture and 1/2 cup of skim milk stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you think the soup has a thick consistency you can add more broth as well as milk or even water to thin out according to your taste.
Slowly add the baby spinach leaves stirring them in as they wilt.
Add basil leaves, cover and cook for 10 minutes and its ready to serve.
Use raw sliced almonds and shaved Asiago Parmesan cheese to garnish.

Bom apetite! Enjoy!

Dreaming shabby............
Vanessa

10.18.2014

Brigadeiros Recipe - Brazilian Chocolate Truffle Style

Hello friends!

It has been a while since my last post but I have been thinking of all of you and hoping everyone is doing well!

Since my post about this delicious and easy dessert on Instagram, I've had a few requests for the recipe so here it is, I'm sharing it with you today. I know this isn't a post about decorating but I figured that every once in a while we all need a little sweet treat.

This is a very popular dessert in my motherland and you will find it in most birthday parties, family gatherings, etc. If you decided to make them I would love to hear from you! This is a recipe that can be cooked in the microwave. My Mimi used to cook on her conventional stove, but to be quite honest with you I have only tried microwaving it. Below is the microwavable recipe version.



:: Brigadeiros ::

Ingredients
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 tbs of cocoa powder (I use plain simple Nesquick chocolate powder)
1/2 tbs butter
Chocolate sprinkles for decoration

Directions
 Put all the ingredients, but the chocolate sprinkles, in a microwavable bowl.
Microwave it for 3 minutes.
Stir the mixture with a spoon.
Microwave the mixture once again for another 3 minutes.
Stir the mixture well and set it aside to completely cool off.
(I usually prep it in the evening and let the mixture cool off over night.)
Once it has cooled off, you can use two spoons to make the chocolate balls.
Deep it into a bowl of chocolate sprinkles.
(I personally like to roll them by hand using a tad of butter to greasy the palm of my hands.
I believe this makes a nice shaped ball and the little grease from the butter helps the chocolate sprinkles stick to it.)
Enjoy it! 

Wishing everyone a very sweet weekend!
Dreaming shabby,
Vanessa

9.17.2014

Sharing Shabby Giveaway Winner!!





 
And, here is the winner for my Sharing Shabby Giveaway:
Brenna, you're the winner!!!
Congratulations!


You have 48 hours to get in touch with me at vrpramos@gmail.com with your address.
 
Thank you all of you who entered this giveaway, it has been amazing meeting everyone of you and sharing my passion for shabby style with you!
 
 I hope to have another giveaway soon!


Dreaming shabby.....

Vanessa