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Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil

February 20, 2011 10 comments
Mansikka-mozzarella-basilika

Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil

I can’t wait for it to be summer again! This wonderful starter is so fresh and delicious and yet so easy to make. Also, even though it’s easy to make and has few ingredients, it really looks festive and like proper gourmet. Tastes like it too! So here’s a beautiful, healthy starter for the sunny days:

Ingredients (for 4):

  • 20 Fresh strawberries (ca. 5 per person)
  • 1 bundle of Fresh basil (let’s say ca. 10 leaves per person.. one bundle will do for 2-4 people)
  • 2 balls of Mozzarella (approximately half a mozzarella ball per person)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Chili

Preparation

  1. Begin by setting a couple of basil leaves on the plates. Add a slice of mozzarella on top of the leaves – it’s good to use the largest slices at the bottom.Then add a few slices of strawberry on top of the mozzarella slice. Now sprinkle a few drops of extra virgin olive oil or chili oil, grind a little bit of black pepper and a touch of chili powder and salt. You’re done with the first layer.
  2. Now start repeating the layers. Add a few basil leaves, then a mozzarella slice, then a couple of slices of strawberry. Season as on the first layer. Continue adding more layers until you’ve used half a ball of mozzarella for each portion. For the top layer, use strawberries and a couple of pretty basil leaves. You can also garnish the portion with chopped basil leaves and sprinkle them on the sides of the plate.

You can serve this dish with some good quality balsamic vinegar – it goes well with the strawberries and basil and gives a bit of an edge to the taste combo.

Enjoy!

Photo © Kalle Laine

Cold avocado soup

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Kylmä avocadokeitto

Cold avocado soup

We made this fresh soup from last weekend’s leftovers. It turned out just perfect!

Soup for two:

  • 4 avocados
  • 50 g natural fresh cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ l veggie broth
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • tabasco
  • white pepper
  • salt

Salsa:

  • 1 tomato
  • ½ onion (or shallot)
  • chervil / chives
  • black pepper
  • ½ (mild) chili
  • salt

This soup is so easy to make it’s almost embarrassing. Puré the avocado, fresh cheese, garlic cloves veggie broth and lime juice. Season with tabasco, white pepper and salt. Let it cool in the fridge before serving.

Salsa: Chop the tomato, onion and chili. Mix ans season with chervil (or chives), black pepper and salt.

Serve the soup with some salsa. You can make the soup a day before, the taste just gets better :)