Thursday, 29 March 2012

Skinny Spicy Beef Wrap

If you're trying to be good before summer comes, so you can sling your bikini on and not feel like hiding your head in the sand (okay, maybe this is a little extreme, but you get what I mean), this recipe is for you!

This delicious beef wrap is extremely low in fat, carbs, healthy, filling and good for you. Ok? It's also extremely easy to make, so once you've tried it will certainly become one of your favorites.

Just a note: My belly and body likes red meat, because it is filled with goodies; Vitamins (B12, B2, B6), Zinc and Iron to mention a few.

It also works if you're following a Dukan Diet, so munch away!

To feed 2 hungry people, here is what you'll need;

500g Lean beef mince
2 Handfulls of cherry tomatoes
4 Small tortilla wraps (you can choose brown or white)
Mix of green salad (watercress, spinach, rocket)
Half cup of fat free greek yogurt

4 Tablespoons of Chilli sauce
1 Green pepper
1 Green chilli
2 Cloves garlic
Small handful of corriander
A pinch of sea salt (you can read about the benefits of sea salt in your diet, here)
1 Teaspoon of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of Smoked Paprika Powder
1 Oxo Beef Cube
Juice of half a lemon

Optional - a small pinch of grated cheese.

Pop the meat into a heated saucepan (no oil needed) and add Oxo cube, paprika, chopped green pepper and green chilli. Stir it until it becomes nice and brown.

Switch on the oven to preheat it for tortilla warming.

On a separate grill pan add the tomatoes with your taeaspoon of olive oil, shake them round for about 8 minutes until they become mushy and soft looking something like this -

While your meat and tomatoes are steaming away, prepare a lovely mixture of coriander, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Use your mortar & pestle to crush everything together. Doesn't it smell divine? Put it aside to settle.

Now wrap your tortillas in foil and pop it in the oven, to have them nice and warm. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

Once the meat is ready, switch off the cooker and let it cool for a minute, then add your coriander mix and stir well. Almost there!

Final step once all is ready! You can choose a different routine, and quantities of stuff such as chill sauce, but my preferred option is; on a tortilla wrap, place mixed greens first, add the meat and tomatoes and cover it in chilli sauce topped with greek yogurt. If you chose to include cheese, sprinkle some of that there too for gooeyness. Voila!!

Dig in. Perfect mid-week guilt free treat. Needless to say, I had two... It's just so delicious!

Once your belly is satisfied, go and read your book or watch something cool and doze, week end is not so far away....

Monday, 26 March 2012


If  you live in London, you will understand what I mean when I say that this w/e was the 'Spring Season Opening'. Everyone went out and did something outdoorsy, including me.

My first picnic with BBQ in the park! Like a little kid I was just too excited.

We gorged on burgers and sausages (if you have been following me, you will know what a massive meat eater I am!) like we have never eaten before and then sipped cold pimms while lying and looking at the sky listening to a live band. Do you know any better ways of spending Sunday afternoon? I don't. Simple pleasures in life for me are most valuable.

This is what I wore;

Tee - River Island
Shorts - New Look
Leggings - H&M
Jacket - New Look
'Bag' - Vintage (Bought it in a car-boot sale last year. Still one of my best buys so far.)
Sunnies - H&M

 I was too hungry to wait for meat to cook, so I started with Cheese roll.

Don't get twisted, I personally ONLY drunk pimms.
Once again, I couldn't resist. Burgers! As you might know, I am a total fan.

Mason Jar obsession

A pile of meat! *heart*

The gorgeous sky

After so much food we played a little frisbee to burn off those burgers.

What did you get up to this week end?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Color, color color!

I love colors of everyday life, so I thought I’d show you some colors captured on my Blackberry camera over the last week or so.

Here goes –

Sweets for my sweet!

Chocolate Chip Biscuits... Yummy

Homemade Guaca

Sushi Obvs

Gorgeous Sunset in Westminster
After all the raving on various blogs, I finally gave in... NARS

My Lunchbag

Blackberry Cocktail

Any exciting colors you want to show me? Leave me your links.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sunny Pizza!

Have you ever tasted THE MOST AMAZING, adventurous,  gooey crisp on the sides delicious pizza… made by you? Ever? Well I haven’t either till recently. I am really lucky to be surrounded by Italian friends who love cooking and feed me with most amazingly creative and delicious (sometimes healthy) food. However, I have decided it’s my turn to start whipping up storms in the kitchen.  And where did I decide to start? – Pizza of course!
Sunny Pizza is a ‘pizza creative’ if you like. You can go wild with toppings and make it as exciting as it can ever get. Pizza does resemble sun (to me) and it gives joy, so I thought it only fair to call it Sunny. Also, if you're wondering why everything is about sun to me - this is a great opportunity to let you know, that my first name Saule means Sun in Lithuanian – my homeland. Can you see how everything makes sense now? Ha!

The recipe makes 2 large pizzas.
For the Dough you will need;
         500g strong white bread flour
• 0.5 tablespoon of sea salt
• 1 x 7g sachetsof dried yeast
• 0.5 tablespoon of golden caster sugar
• 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• 325ml warm water

Ideas for Sunny Pizza Toppings (This is for 1 veggy and 1 meaty version)
·         1 small Jar of Artichokes in Olive Oil
·         3 medium size balls of Mozzarella
·         Chopped tomatoes
·         Red Onion
·         Goat cheese
·         Ham
·         Chorizo
·         Small jar of Anchovies
·         A can of Black Pitted Olives
·         Parmesan
·         Rocket Salad
·         Egg

Making the dough

Sprinkle the flour and salt on to a clean surface and make a well in the middle. In a jug, mix the yeast, sugar and olive oil into the water and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well. Using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to join together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands, until you have smooth, springy dough.

Place the ball of dough in a large flour-ed bowl and flour the top of it. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
Now have a glass of wine and start chopping up the toppings! Or just sit there sipping wine until you realise that dough has doubled in size and then start chopping the toppings. Up to you.



Making the Pizza

Once the doughball has expanded, remove it on to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands – if you want a cool expression for it, it’s called 'knocking back the dough'.
When you’re ready, divide the dough into two balls and place them onto olive oiled (with a paper kitchen towel) baking trays.  Thin out the dough with your fingers or a bottle of wine to the sides of the baking tray. I like it very thin, so I try to make it trasparent but not to the breaking point.

Then pour chopped tomatoes evenly on both pizza bases you just made. You can use your fingers to spread it out.  Then place the thin sliced mozzarella, and from here onwards – go wild! Be creative and adventurous for taste buds tantalising pizza achievement.
Pop it into preheated oven and cook at 150 degrees for about 10 minutes (or just check to see if it is enough crisp for you)

Sprinkle some chilli olive oil and parmesan and ready to indulge!

We ate till we groaned while washing it down with frozen white wine, chatting into the early hours.
Have you tried it? What wild toppings did you dare to use?
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