Mandarina Recipes


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Brownie cookies - every chocolate lover dream cookie

Their name speaks for them selfs!


Tomato soup with poached egg

So here I am sharing with you my favourite tomato soup recipe with a lightly cooked poached egg. It is perfect for summer, when the tomatoes are so juicy and tasty!


Spinach and chickpeas quinoa

Quinoa with chickpeas and baby spinach is a simple and wholesome healthy recipe.


Pasta with sardines, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella

Pasta with sardines and sun-dried tomatoes, a simple and delicious Mediterranean dinner, ready in few minutes


Homemade Eclairs

Eclairs are a classic French temptation made with choux pastry, filled with vanilla pastry cream and glazed with chocolate ganache.


Chocolate chip cookies

Last week I had an amazing trip to Rome. I super enjoyed everything, the culture, architecture, lovely people and excellent food. Well, it’s not all. I ran the Rome marathon (so I could eat al…


Olive oil cookies

These are maybe my all-time favorite cookies, where the olive oil taste matches perfectly the orange and cinnamon flavor. My mom used to make them all the time and I expressed my support by eating …


Lemon curd

A buttery and lemony lemon curd, that you may easily prepare at home in few minutes.


Flourless chocolate & pear cake

A delicious cake where the chocolate and hazelnut pair perfectly together and pears bring such a delicate touch.


Coconut macaroons

Crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle, full of chocolate flavor, these coconut macaroons are irresistible. I’ve done them so many times, because they’re so easy to make and everyone loves the…


Oatmeal and walnut cookies

Looking for a delicious cookie to match with your afternoon tea, the best on-the-go breakfast or a great snack full of energy and flavour for hiking? The answer for all is winter cookies :) I calle…


No-bake chocolate cheesecake

No-bake chocolate cheesecake, a delicious dessert, ready in 20 minutes or less.


Creamy polenta with sautéed porcini mushrooms

Creamy polenta & sautéed porcini mushrooms


Cauliflower steaks

The cauliflower steak hit internet years ago. It is a creation of Dan Barber, one of the most amazing modern chefs and one of the most dedicated advocates of farm to table concept. Barber uses ever…


Cocoa & vanilla bundt cake

Cocoa & vanilla bundt cake, a simple and delicious recipe that brings back so many memories.


Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

One of my favourite things to cook with black beans is “black bean burgers”. They are packed with spicy flavour and are moist in the inside with a nice crust on the outside.


Ballokume

Ballokume


Spinach & strawberry salad

I am a huge salad fan. They’re easy to make, colorful, tasty, healthy, and you can have so much fun experimenting with them. I try to have salads at lunch and dinner, apart from the main dish, or s…


Eggplant parmesan

I didn’t plan to share this recipe on the blog, but after a step by step Insta Story, many of you wanted to try it. I couldn’t be happier, so here we are talking about eggplant parmesan, an Italian…


Sweet potato, millet & green salad

Me and my salad obsession are back. This time I’m sharing with you an old love of mine “sweet potato, millet and greens salad”. This wholesome salad with earthy flavours was an &#…


Granola

I’ve been quite busy this period, so I just needed to relax, even from the kitchen. So I’m not sharing any cookie, cake or comfort meal recipe, but I’m going to the basics, GRANOLA. Granola is basi…


Leek quiche

Leek Quiche


Classic gingerbread cookies

The classic gingerbread recipe, that you can easily make at home.


Jam shortbread

I really enjoy shortbread. Easy to assemble, sweet and tasty, pairing perfectly with a cup of tea in the evening. All you have to do is mix together butter, sugar and flour, then enrich the taste w…


Stuffed dates, dipped in dark chocolate

I love creating delicious sweet bites with dates. They are ready in few minutes and you can play endlessly with flavors. I like filling dates with nut butter, like almond butter, or peanut butter, …


Raspberry and yogurt popsicles

Ice cream for breakfast, ice cream as an evening snack, ice cream for dessert, or all at the same time, because is too hot. Why not? These yogurt and raspberries popsicles are a great suit for each.


Colorful fruit salad with honey and poppy seeds

I’m not sure if the world needs a recipe for fruit salad, but I really enjoy talking about fruits, photo shooting fruits and even more eating them, so why not have a colorful and tasty conver…


Crunchy granola bars

These crunchy and healthy granola bars are very easy to make and taste delicious.


Homemade hot chocolate mix

Homemade hot chocolate mix


Gnudi

Gnudi, an Italian delicate recipe, that you should definitely try at home.


Chia strawberry jam

I confess, I am a jam addicted person. For many, many years (until I discovered oatmeal) my breakfast was bread, butter, jam and a glass of milk. Being conscious of the dangers of sugar I ended up …


Homemade Jufka with dried porcini mushrooms

One of the perks of being a food blogger is that all your friends share their thoughts and experiences on food and special food products with you. The latest wonderful gift I got, were homemade Juf…


Spinach balls

Spinach balls


Pistachio and olive oil cake covered in white chocolate glaze

It’s cake a clock, and not just any cake, it’s pistachio cake. I was trying to get the origin of this cake, but I have no guess. I had some of the ingredients written in a simple note on my iPhone …


Homemade pita bread

Pita bread is a simple recipe of my family that has my heart. You only need flour, yogurt and an egg to make it, and some olive oil to cook it. Pita bread is delicious on its own, accompanied by so…


Panna cotta - 3 ways

Panna cotta is an Italian classic dessert. The word literally means “cooked cream” and is basically sweetened cream, thickened with gelatin and chilled in the fridge. It tastes wonderful with fresh…


Pan brioche

Pan brioche is a light and soft buttery bread. It is rich and delicious, with an almost neutral taste, so you can play with toppings and fillings and enjoy it in many ways. Brioche gets its tendern…


Sun-dried tomatoes pesto

Sun-dried tomatoes pesto


Stuffed zucchini flowers with ricotta and sunflower seeds

Zucchini flowers are a season favorite, especially filled with ricotta, lemon zest and sunflower seeds. They are so beautiful and so tasty. Have you tried cooking them? Stuffed zucchini flowers mak…


Tahini & cocoa cookies

Delicious cocoa butter cookie with a touch of tahini.


Risotto with peas and parsley pesto

Risotto with peas and parsley pesto


Broccoli soup

An easy and wholesome broccoli soup, perfect for cold winter days.


Hummus - basic recipe

Hummus is a dip or spread made from mashed chickpeas with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cumin. It is a Middle East dish, but its popularity has now crossed continents. Hummus is …


Orange jam

An easy recipe, on how to make orange jam at home.


Pâte sablée

Basic pâte sablée recipe.


Stuffed squids

Stuffed squids in a delicious dinner that you can easily make at home.


Vegetarian rolls, aka sushi made at home

I really like sushi. Who could resist sticky rice, crunchy veggies, seafood and soy combo? I didn’t mention wasabi, or pickled ginger, since I’m not into them. I tried to make sushi at home and rea…


Sesame crisps - a super yummy healthy treat

I’m always in search of healthy little treats, and this time I had them just in front of my eyes at my office cafeteria, sesame crisps. Isn’t that amazing? As always I needed to create my own versi…


Rice pudding

They say easy as a pie, I would say, easy as a rice pudding. This simple dish has many variation and names between continents and countries: Arroz con leche in Spanish, Budino di riso in Italian, R…


Tahini & dates cake

I love browsing the internet and discovering new blogs that inspire me. Eat in my kitchen is one of my latest discoveries and I’m sharing with you the first recipe from this blog that I had f…


Power balls

Power balls are an amazing choice for the afternoon snack or after lunch sweet treat. That’s really cool to have a jar of power balls in the fridge and reach for them after lunch instead of dessert…


Mushroom risotto - the perfect comfort food

Mushroom risotto is one of my favorite comfort foods. The combination of creamy risotto with mushrooms has some kind of magic in it. It complements very well grilled meats and chicken but stands pe…


White cabbage and fruits salad

White cabbage and fruits salad


Baked potatoes with aioli sauce

Who doesn’t enjoy some baked potatoes with a nice sauce? Personally, I love it. The smell and taste of baked potatoes is so good while playing with different sauces is so much fun. The trick …


Sauteed shrimps

My tacos story started almost 1 year ago, when Bonvivant was looking for tacos in Tirana. We went for a taco date and had a great evening even though we barely knew each other. As you see, we own t…


Japrak

One of my favourite traditional dishes is japrak (dolma). It is prepared in spring when nature is so generous with greens. Japraks (dolmas) are cooked in all Balkan countries, Middle East and Centr…


Pistachio guacamole

As soon as I hear the word “avocado”, I can speak for hours on how healthy, tasty, beautiful it is and in many ways of using it. My favorite ever avocado recipe is this guacamole with pistachio. I …


Pastry cream recipe

I’m starting a new series of post in this blog called “basic recipes”. The name says it all, there will be some basic recipes that are easy to make and you may adapt in thousands of ways. The first…


Bulgur summer salad

Bulgur salad is one of my favourite summer plates, because it is fresh, tasty, colourful and ready in few minutes. I usually prepare bulgur salad in the morning and take it to work. It is full of t…


Pie crust (pate brisee)

Pie crust is the second recipe in “Basic recipe section” in this blog. It is an amazing recipe that can be used for sweet and savory dishes. I love pie crust because the dough can be prepared in ad…


Cocoa hummus

You already know that I’m a hummus addict and also a chocoholic. They sound like unrelated things, but apparently, they’re not. Cocoa hummus is a real thing and tastes heavenly. The idea to experim…


Pispili - Albanian cornmeal flatbread with green leafs

If someone asks me, which is my favorite recipe ever, my answer will be without any doubt “Pispili”. It is a traditional dish cooked in many regions of Albania in different ways, but they all have …


Preserved kumquats

Preserved kumquats made at home


Cauliflower pizza with zucchini & pesto

Cauliflower pizza is such a nice alternative to regular pizza and a great way to consume more vegetables. The recipe is very easy to follow and is ready in few minutes. All you have to do is blend cauliflower until it reaches a rice consistency, add ...


Sweetened condensed milk truffles cooked

Sweetened condensed milk truffles are truly a little piece of heaven. So white, so sweet, so cute :) almost too pretty to eat :) They contain only two ingredients and are really easy to make. I mak…


Asure aka Noah's pudding - the easiest recipe you can find

Asure is a special dessert with an eastern origin that is traditionally cooked also in Albania. The dish has a fascinating story behind. When Noah and his animals were running out of food, he mixed…


Arugula & lentils salad

The weather gets warmer every day and I naturally crave salads. I love a good salad for dinner and sometimes even for lunch. They’re so refreshing,  tasty and so beautiful, full of colors and…


White cabbage, ricotta and tuna rolls

There’s nothing like a good homemade snack to enjoy while watching a movie at home or when you are having friends over. My snacks are usually on the sweet side, but this time I’m sharing with you a…


Red wine liquor – tradition at its best

I love learning about traditional recipes and experimenting with them.  They are paths to the past and make me understand and love Albanian culture and culinary even more. Red wine liquor is one of…


Asparagus & trout pasta

Life is so fast since I moved here in Dublin, and I’m loving every minute of it. But, this also has its cost, less time for my favorite activity, cooking for my family When in a hurry pasta comes t…


Chocolate & peanut butter cookies

Peanut butter and chocolate cookies


Black bean burgers

Black beans are a real treasure. They’re packed with proteins, fibres and minerals, and have a meaty texture which makes them popular in vegetarian dishes. One of my favourite things to cook with b…


Oyster mushrooms, walnuts and parmesan pasta

Oysters mushrooms and walnut pasta


Pistachio and rose rolls

Pistachio and rose petal rolls


Soda bread

Soda bread


Coconut & almond cake

Coconut & almond cake


My favorite frosting recipe

frosting recipe


Lemon and poppy seeds cake

Lemon and poppy seed cake is one of my favorites. It is super moist, rich and easy to make. The lemon juice and zest gives it a wonderful fresh flavor and the poppy seeds add a little bit of crunch…


Classic scones

It’s time for an Irish recipe, and yay, what can be better than scones? Scones are a bake good, something between a cookie and soda bread. They’re super flaky, due to all the butter the…


Eggs Florentine

Hello from Dublin. I’ve been living here the past two months and couldn’t be happier. The city is cozy with low buildings and big gorgeous park, and the people are the best I’ve met, cheerful and l…


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