Beef, mushrooms, and cheese pie • Low Carb Pies #2

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How about another fantastic low carb pie recipe for today’s video?
This time is a beautiful beef, mushrooms, and cheese pie.

This is easily one of my favourites pie fillings combination.
Super tasty, beefy and healthly filling.

One slice served with a good salad and I’m done!
A perfect option for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 cup (260g) of tahini (or almond butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 500 grams of mince beef
  • 1/2 medium (55 grams) onion, chopped
  • 2 cups (160 grams) of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of mince garlic
  • 2 cups (490 grams) of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) of parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Add minced beef in a fry pan and cook it for 10 minutes. ⏰
  2. Then add in, mushrooms, onions and garlic, and cook for more 5 minutes. ⏰
  3. Finally, add the tomato sauce, season with salt and black pepper, and let it simmer for another 20 minutes. ⏰
    Reserve.
  4. Next, in a bowl mix together eggs, tahini, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Line a parchment paper on a cake/pie tin and pour half of this batter in. I’m using a 24cm square tin.
  6. Then add a layer of that cooked beef and mushroom filling, followed by a layer of parmesan cheese.
  7. Finish by covering everything with the remaining batter.
  8. Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F) and bake it for 50 minutes or until golden brown. ⏰
  9. IT’S DONE! 🎉

You might know this very well, but pies are a classic item of the modern English cuisine.

Traditional recipes tend to be high in carbs, mostly due to the addition of potatoes.

But now, with the recipe I just showed you above, you are good to go!
Enjoy a delicious low carb pie today!

Caffè Gambrinus • Naples

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Caffè Gambrinus - entrance.
Caffè Gambrinus – entrance.

A couple of reasons helped me to decide picking Caffè Gambrinus for a quick stop:

  • Their absolutely beautiful and charming in-store decoration, (with a classy and vintage look)
  • To try an authentic Naples cappuccino,
  • And to finally have a Sfogliatelle (traditional Neapolitan pastry) – a flaky pastry stuffed with a delicious ricotta cream.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia.

My order

We both decided to have a cup of coffee there and get the sfogliatelle for take away.
Here is the complete order:

  • Hubby: caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
  • Mine: Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.
  • To share: sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla.
Caffe Del Nonno - espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

You may not know but there are two main types of sfogliatelle:

Sfogliatelle frolla (rounded) and Sfogliatelle riccia (curly).
Of course, I decided to try them both. But here is the difference between them:

Sfogliatelle riccia (the curly one): the crust is some sort of puff pastry (using lard instead of butter), crunchy and flaky.
The filling is not super sweet, made of a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.
You must eat it still warm, preferrably fresh out the oven.

Sfogliatelle frolla (the rounded one): uses pasta frolla (shortbread crust) instead of the flaky sfoglia crust.
The filling is pretty much the same; a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.

Sfogliatelle Riccia and Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla (on the right).
Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle frolla in detail.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia in detail.

Everything was very good.

I personally liked the sfogliatelle frolla better, its pastry is more my type of thing.
No words for its filling though, definitely something from heaven.

I had it again as a pie filling on one of my train trips, simply delicious!

The verdict

The place architecture is beautiful, coffee and pastry equally good. However, they get packed due to its central location!

There is always a waiting line for seating and waiters tend to get a bit distracted.
So in case you are short in time just place your order directly at the counter.

Interesting enough, they charge €0.50 to use their toilets, even if you ordered something.
Unusual, but kinda understandable due to the number of tourists in the surroundings.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/ZQEvqxT4vgx

More information: www.grancaffegambrinus.com/en/


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.

Mango and Raspberry ICE CREAM! • Healthy treats #6

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This mango and raspberry ice cream is simply delicious!

Well, first things first, mangoes and raspberries are a perfect combination, not only in flavour but also in colour!

Watch the video above and look how gorgeous this ice cream looks once it’s ready!

A perfect healthy treat for this summer, that your family and friends will definitely love. ❤

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (600 grams) of mangoes, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250ml) of plain yogurt (I used my favourite: Chobani)
  • 2 cups (210 grams) of raspberries, frozen
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Directions
  1. In saucepan, let’s put the raspberries and lemon juice on low heat until you get a jam-like texture.
  2. Let it cool down before using on the assembly step.
  3. Next, in a food processor add mangoes and coconut cream. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  4. Pour the mango mixture and raspberry jam in an ice cream container, alternating layers as you go.
  5. For maximum presentation, use a knife to swirl to create some sort of marble effect.
  6. Let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  7. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Summer is just upon us (at least here in the Southern hemisphere), so nothing better than a healthy ice cream, right?

What is also great about this ice cream is that it is not only delicious, it’s also visually quite nice!
The contrast between the vivid red and the lively yellow are truly mouth-watering!

Pizzeria Brandi • Best pizza in Naples!

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Pizzeria Brandi - entrance.
Pizzeria Brandi – entrance.

Did you know Naples is the home of pizza?

I was also told that there is no bad pizza in Naples, every place you go you will leave with a happy smile on your face.

Well, I didn’t exactly intend to put it to a test as I had only a single chance to have pizza there, that’s why we picked Brandi Pizzeria.

This place is one of the oldest pizzerias in Italy, and legend says it was where the very first Margherita pizza was ever made, a gift for Queen Margherita that was visiting the city.

Of course, while in Naples we couldn’t miss this one!

My order

Nothing inventive here, we were super traditional with our choices:

  • To share: Vesuvio salad – smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
  • Hubby: Capricciosa pizza – tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
  • Mine: Margherita pizza. (of course, right? 😜)
Vesuvio Salad - smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
Vesuvio salad – smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
Limonccelo.
Limonccelo.
Capricciosa - tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
Capricciosa – tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

As you can immediately see, the Neapolitanian pizza has a different crust from the Romanian one.

The base is thin but the borders are fluffy and doughy, more like a bread texture.
It also has a generous amount of tomato sauce.

How did I find the pizza?
Well, personally, it was THE BEST PIZZA IV’E EVER HAD! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everything was super delicious: tomato sauce, that buttery fresh mozzarella, the uber fluffy dough. YUM, YUM, YUM!

Just a side note about this pizza, different from the Romanian one, eating the whole thing is a very hard task.
The fluffy dough takes a lot of space in your stomach, so manage what you eat in order to finish your plate! 🙂

I also got excited and tried a shot of Limoncello, a traditional Italian liquor.
Super strong but it leaves a pleasant lemon flavour in your mouth. Recommended!

The verdict

The place is small and located in a very busy area, so try to book in advance or arrive a bit earlier during peak hours.

Service was good and pizzas were on our tables very quickly.
Definitely, a must go while in Naples.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/2vG5wFSobQ62

More information: www.brandi.it/inglese/


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.

Herb crackers • Low Carb Crackers #4

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These low carb crackers topped with herbs are simply superb!

It’s a great way to have something different for breakfast or as a snack, and you can use any type of herb as a topping, just use your creativity!

Not a fan of herbs? That’s not a problem at all. 😁

You can simply omit the herbs and make these crackers plain to spread anything you like on top.
I personally love them with butter. ❤️

Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup (40 grams) of coconut oil, melted (you can also use butter)
  • ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup (35 grams) of coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
Directions
  1. In a bowl add eggs, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Mix everything for a couple of minutes.
  2. Next, add coconut flour and baking powder. Combine them well.
  3. Line a parchment paper on a baking tray and spread out the mixture creating a very thin layer.
  4. Sprinkle dried rosemary and oregano all over the surface.
  5. Preheat oven at 160C (320F) and bake it for 20 minutes. ⏰
  6. Then, take them out of the oven and carefully cut the crackers into the shape and format you like more.
  7. Bring it back to the oven and bake it for more 30 minutes. ⏰
  8. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Low carb crackers are a great idea for those moments where you want something crunchy and healthy at the same time.

Like I mentioned above, they work super well for a variety of occasions: breakfast or an afternoon tea, either plain or with your favourite spread!