Organising Chaos

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Do you ever find that after few months you cook the same 10 or 12 recipes over and over with sometimes a variation if someone comes over for dinner? I feel a bit stuck in a rut, like I should introduce new recipes into my repertoire, more summery dishes, but I still need them to be family friendly, healthy and not too labor intensive – I’m not asking for much, am I?

My mum was born in Mexico and we love Mexican food in our house, so I think this Beef Enchiladas recipe would be a great hit in my house.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Recipes to try this Spring - Beef Enchiladas
These Sweet Potatos and Chickpea Cakes look extremely appetizing and healthy for lunch with a side salad. Yum!
OrganisingChaosBlog - Recipes to try this Spring
Noodles are good anytime of the year and this Singapore Noodles recipe looks like will be my Spring noodle recipe
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And as every week needs a quick pasta dish, this will be it! I can’t wait to try it!
OrganisingChaosBlog - Recipes to try this Spring
Doesn’t this Fish Fillet Sandwich look amazing, fresh and inviting? Delish!
OrganisingChaosBlog - Recipes to try this Spring
I have my shopping list done and I will be doing my shopping today – I can’t wait to try all these recipes!

I will let you know how I get on, in the mean time, Happy Monday.

Chaotic Itzi

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With the weather getting better, I have found myself looking for new recipes, fresher and lighter dishes. Salads are great any time of the year and usually around Spring they get promoted from side dishes to main courses. OrganisingChaosBlog - Sweet Pepper and Spinach warm salad Warm salads are among my favorite salads and this one is just amazing. I love the combination of the sweetness of the peppers and the spinach – 2 of my favorite ingredients in, like, ever! So good! SWEET PEPPER AND SPINACH WARM SALAD Fresh baby spinach 1/4 Red onion 1 Cup of Black olives 6 Baby sweet peppers OrganisingChaosBlog - Sweet Pepper and Spinach warm salad Cut the red onion very finely and mix it with the baby spinach and the olives. Put a pan over a high hob and while the pan is heating up chop the peppers. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and add the peppers. Cook them for 5 minutes and when they are charred and starting to get blackened toss them into the salad, dress it quickly and serve immediately. If you are an avocado fan, as we are in our house, you can add some avocado on the side to make this salad even more delicious and filling. OrganisingChaosBlog - Sweet Pepper and Spinach warm salad
Now sit outside in the sun, and enjoy a plate of goodness. Have an amazing day. Chaotic Itzi

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Before I start with the hows and whats, I just have to say that I just LOVE this name: Baba Ganoush! It is the coolest name ever! For anything!!!
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Mr B doesn’t eat aubergine (egg plant). It’s not that he doesn’t like it, it just doesn’t agree with him. As a result I very rarely buy it and when I do, I always try to make something that I can eat on my own and it lasts few days. I often make ratatouille as I can make a big batch, freeze it and use small amounts at the time.
As I love Middle-Eastern food, I though that Baba Ganoush would be a perfect way of using aubergines in a way that I would get to enjoy them without having to cook a different meal for myself.
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Preheat the oven at 200 C
Wash and half the aubergines and place them in a in the hot over for 20-25 minutes until soft
Scoop out the soft aubergine with a spoon and place in a blender.
Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and blend until smooth
Put the mixture in a bowl and  add extra salt and pepper if needed.
At this point, you can add some yoghurt if you want the taste to be milder.
You can garnish it with parsley and mint or just enjoy it as it is.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Baba Ganoush
I already know what I am going to have for dinner: cous-cous salad with baba ganoush on top. And falafel… And salad…. And some wine…
And tomorrow, while watching the rugby, we can have some hummus, beetroot dip and baba ganoush with carrot and pepper sticks and some pita read. A much healthier alternative to crisps and nachos, don’t you think?

Happy Friday lovely people.

Chaotic Itzi

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This is one of my favorite cocktails ever. It may be because it reminds me of my family back in Spain. We all like rum and Cuba Libres are something we used to drink together watching soccer matches and at family get-togethers.
Cuba Libre Cocktail : OrganisingChaosBlog
Some people prefer the finer taste of white rum and others prefer the sweeter taste of dark rum. For me, it depends on what mood I am in. Dark rum gives the cocktail an extra depth and warmth that is nice when I want just one drink at the end of the day. If I am having few drinks after a meal with some friends, I prefer white rum. There is no right or wrong, whatever it takes your fancy.
Cuba Libre Cocktail : OrganisingChaosBlog
The name of this drink comes from its ingredients: Rum from Cuba and Coke from the freedom (Libre) in the US. Wherever it comes from, it is very delicious.

50 ml of rum
125 ml of Coke
10 ml of lime juice

Mix all the ingredients in a tall glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
Cuba Libre Cocktail : OrganisingChaosBlog
It is often the simple things that are the most satisfying, like this cocktail.

Enjoy it and Happy Friday.

Chaotic Itzi