Cauliflower and Spanish chorizo creamy soup • Low Carb Soups #1

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Winter is knocking on the door, and the only thing you can think of is to have a cozy and warm meal, right?

Which means you have only thing in mind these days: soup, soup, and soup!

To help you out, this week we are having here this gorgeous cauliflower and Spanish chorizo creamy soup.

It is low carb, super tasty, and has that spicy Spanish chorizo kick perfect for cold nights.
In case you are not a fan of chorizo, you can use any other type of sausage as well.

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (500 grams) of cauliflower
  • 1/2 medium (85 grams) onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 chorizos (375 grams), sliced
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach (50 grams), chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. In a pot add chorizo and toss it until well cooked. Then move to another container and reserve.
  2. In the same pot, add onion and garlic, cooking until tender.
  3. Next, add cauliflower and cover it with boiling water, letting it cook until the cauliflower is soft.
  4. Turn off the heat and, using a stick blender (or pour it in a blender), blend everything until you have a smooth mixture.
  5. Now you simply add in that chorizo we previously cooked, and also the spinach.
    Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook it for more 10 minutes. ⏰
  6. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Enjoy your cauliflower and Spanish chorizo creamy soup!

This soup also works fine if you freeze it to have another day. 🙂

Trattoria Vecchio Mercato • Florence

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Trattoria Vecchio Mercato - Live music every Monday night.
Trattoria Vecchio Mercato: live music every Monday night.

We had our last meal in Italy at Trattoria Vecchio Mercato, and what a meal it was!

It had everything we wanted to finish our holidays in Italy with great food memories.

And that particular evening we’re super lucky!
Coincidently, it was on a Monday, the day they have live music in the house, played on the piano at the occasion by a very talented musician.

My order

As I said above, this was our last meal meal in Italy before travelling to Spain, so we decided to go above and beyond what we normally order: 😜

  • Hubby: Red chicory and gorgonzola risotto.
  • Mine: Spaghetti alla carbonara: spaghetti with eggs, ham, cream, cheese and black pepper.
  • To share: Bistecca alla Fiorentina for one person (~500 grams), with potatoes e tomatoes.
Italian bread and focaccia.
Entrée: Italian bread and focaccia.
Red chicory and gorgonzola risotto.
Red chicory and gorgonzola risotto.
Spaghetti alla carbonara - Spaghetti with eggs, ham, cream, cheese and black pepper.
Spaghetti alla carbonara – Spaghetti with eggs, ham, cream, cheese and black pepper.
Bistecca alla fiorentina for one person (~500gr.), with potatoes e tomatoes.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina for one person (~500 grams), with potatoes e tomatoes.

Everything was so delicious!

My carbonara was perfection in form of pasta, I can honestly I’ve never had a carbonara so good as this one before.

A small side note goes to the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina though: given how famous this dish is, I had high expectations.
I might say that, yes, it is good, but not something exactly remarkable. It’s just a good steak, and that is it.

This place serves two sizes (500 grams and 1kg) – which they say are servings for one and two people. 🙀
We decided to get the smallest one to share and it was enough.

By the way, it wasn’t on their menu, but as we intended to share, the waiter also suggested a 750g version.
So maybe other fractions are also available.

The house also serves a good number of Italian wines, and of course, we decided to get a bottle of red wine to celebrate our amazing holiday in this fabulous country.

The verdict

Amazing place to have a nice and cozy dinner with your loved one.

The atmosphere is great, food amazing, service spot on.
It’s also super close to Mercato Centrale Florence, so in case you happen to be around the area, Trattoria Vecchio Mercato is a great choice to include in your itinerary.

Location: maps.google.com/maps/JrcgPCDyehP2

More information: www.vecchiomercato.it


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

Almond flour bread • Low Carb Bread #11

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Another low carb bread that’s a winner here at home: almond flour bread! 🍞

This bread is unbelievably easy to make and requires just a handful of ingredients.
It’s also super tasty and has a great bread-like texture, perfect to make toasts.

I love to have mine with avocado, spinach, and smoked salmon.
That’s a delicious combination and a killer breakfast option, keeping you full for hoooooours (in a healthy way)!

Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups (200 grams) of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (200 grams) of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) of cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor, mixing until everything is well combined.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and cover it with a baking sheet. I used a 20cm loaf pan here.
    Then, add in the batter.
  3. Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F) and bake it for 40 min or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. ⏰
  4. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Enjoy your almond flour bread!

Loved this recipe?
I have also published several other recipes of bread; and if you like video recipes there is nearly 100 of them available on my YouTube channel – Yum Nibbles!

Antica Gelateria Fiorentina • Florence

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Antica Gelateria Fiorentina - entrance.
Antica Gelateria Fiorentina – entrance.

Really close to the Mercato Centrale Florence you will find this hidden gem called Antica Gelateria Fiorentina, full of amazing gelato flavours.

I simply couldn’t decide which flavours to pick and their staff was kind enough to help me out, by suggesting a few flavours and giving me a taste.

They were so attentive doing their job that every time I would ask to try some unconventional flavour of gelato they would promptly give me a heads up if there was any special ingredient in it, like alcohol, nuts, or even, rose water.

My order

This time we decided to go bold and get different some unusual flavours, especially based on how cool they sounded: 😜

  • Hubby: Enkey (dark chocolate), Matcha, and Biscotto (Italian for biscuit).
  • Mine: Fior di latte, Buon Talenti, and Persiano.
Enkey (dark chocolate), Macha, and Biscotto.
Enkey (dark chocolate), Matcha, and Biscotto.
Fior di latte, Buon Talenti, and Persiano.
Fior di latte, Buon Talenti, and Persiano.

I think we should have played the lottery that day after picking our flavours!

Everything we chose at the time was absolutely spot on!

Fior di latte is a cheese based flavour, Buon Talenti is based on a very traditional Florencian cream, and Persiano is packed with some hints of Middle Eastern flavours. Truly majestic!

Hubby’s Matcha gelato was the precise amount of flavour to be rich and distinctive, and the dark chocolate one (Enkey) was equally rich in chocolate. Of course, if you prefer a more sweet versions, Enkey might not be for you. 🙂

The verdict

Delicious gelato, with traditional and a good collection of unusual flavours.

Excellent place if you want to surprise yourself with new gelato combinations.
Staff is also great, super kind, helpful and polite.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/sSu7h6PDCFQ2

More information: www.gelateriafiorentina.com


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

Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream 🥥 🍍 🍨 • Healthy treats #7

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Summer in Australia can be defined in a single and short word: HOT! ☀

So, why not a yummy healthy treat to help us to deal with these scorching temperatures?
I certainly need that. 🙂

This Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream is super refreshing and the perfect substitute for those sugary things we are told are ice creams… 😜

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (500 grams) of pineapple, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of coconut cream
  • A small piece (6 grams) of fresh ginger
  • 6 leaves of fresh mint
Directions
  1. In a food processor add pineapple, coconut cream, ginger, and mint.
  2. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  3. Pour the pineapple mixture in an ice cream container and let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  4. IT’S DONE! 🎉
    Enjoy your Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream

Looking for other healthy ice cream options?
I have many other ice cream recipes just for you! 🙂

Idea: if you want to enhance the presentation to impress everyone, you can top it with fresh mint leaves just before serving.