Green tea has for long been known to be a natural source of anti-oxidants, that can improve your general well being and be a great weapon against ageing. I love the flavour and ever since I tried matcha flavoured desserts, it became one of my favourite things, that I eat whenever I get the chance. I like it because as with a lot of other Japanese foods, the flavour can be delicate and subtle. Plus, as it’s jam packed with all the good things, it must be the healthiest cake ever (or so I tell myself). I was given a sample of organic matcha powder to try, so I went looking for a good matcha sponge cake recipe.
Recently I was talking to my good friend Joao and as it sometimes happens, the subject ended up in food, more specifically cheese that can be grilled. I am a huge fan of halloumi cheese but had never heard of the Italian scamorza.
That same night I asked my friend to bring me some makeup from Italy that another friend had recommended. Well, he couldn’t find it so instead I got 2 scamorza cheeses!!! Probably for the best as otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to try it. So, why the title of the post? Because he gave them to me the last night I was in Lisbon, which means the scamorza traveled from Rome to Lisbon and the next day to England. Now that’s some mileage, no?
The scamorza cheese is made of cow’s milk and is in many aspects similar to mozzarella. It is white in colour, unless it is smoked. It is sometimes used as a mozzarella substitute in some dishes but the flavour is a lot stronger.
By luck or some sort of serendipity, when I got home I had a new skillet to try, sent to me by Ozeri, and in green, to match my eyes! *wink wink*I thought it was perfect to pan fry the scamorza cheese and I was right. I followed this recipe loosely: they didn’t have rocket or arugula at the supermarket and I only had one type of pesto at home, so I had to improvise. I cut the plum tomatoes, placed them on foil and put them in the oven. The recipe says to leave them in for an hour but that proved to be too long for such small tomatoes and they got a bit carbonized. oops! At least the before pictures look good.
I cut the scamorza in thick slices and pan fried them on the Ozeri skillet. As it is non stick, I didn’t have to add any extra fat and that’s a plus in my book. Because of this it was well easy to slip the cheese from the pan into the plate, and add a dollop of pesto on top.
The cheese is soft and plastic, very tasty but not as salty or rubbery as halloumi. As for the skillet, it is definitely approved as it is sturdy and appears to be durable. As the metal is thick, it is also heavy and I didn’t have the problem I sometimes have with smaller pans, which is loss of balance over the stove – sometimes the handle is heavier than the base! When this happens, it can be a real disaster… greasy food everywhere, not to mention getting burnt.
Verdict: both skillet and cheese are approved!
I was sent a set of 4 Ozeri Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall glasses for review and that was the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and make something more elaborate than a cup of tea (as well as to wear the cute traditional Portuguese embroidery pinny Vix sent me).
What you will need:
- 3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch chili powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- marshmallows (optional)
How you make it:
In a large mug, mix the chocolate mix, chocolate syrup, cinnamon and chili powder. Pour in the milk then add the boiling water. Mix it well as it will tend to get a little lumpy. Sprinkle the marshmallows on top and voila!
I need to get myself some decent hot chocolate mix though. I got regular Cadburys mix and it’s too sweet for my taste. I need something more dark chocolatey.
As for the glasses: I was very pleased when they arrived, very well packaged and protected. I was surprised at their weight – I thought they would be much heavier, but no, they’re quite light when you pick them up. The advantage of having double wall glasses is that you can hold them when you’re drinking something hot, without getting your fingers burnt. In the same way, if you’re drinking something chilled, you firngers won’t get frozen nor will you get condensation. How clever is that?
The glasses look good and I like their design, with ergonomic indentations for a better grip. I think they are quite versatile, as you can use them for hot or cold drinks and as they are quite wide, you can also use them for ice cream in the Summer!
I dressed up for the occasion and wore: H&M dress from Ebay (got it for 99p and I’ve been wanting it for years woo!), Ben Sherman shirt I thrifted in Stamford, cocktail ring from Matalan, Office boots from their outlet on Ebay and the fantastic pinny sent by Vix. I Even did my hair accordingly 🙂
Ta da! Have a lovely weekend everyone!