Monday, 24 October 2011

Inspirations...

When I first embarked on this blogging journey, I had no idea where this hobby would be taking me to and that how time-consuming it would turn out to be one day. All I wanted to do was to share my kitchen adventures and cooking creations with my friends -  the idea was to catalogue all the favourite recipes that I cook for friends and family at one place in order to make them accessible to us all for later use. However, in all honesty, I was not at all prepared for the way what this sharing activity would flourish into one day.

Blogging is no longer just a recipe-sharing-platform to me. It has become more of a passion that seems to follow me wherever I go or do. Whether I am washing or cleaning, shopping, watching TV, dining out with friends, talking on phone, playing with my little one - there is hardly a time during the day when I dont find myself thinking about new flavour combinations and dishes, new unique ways to visually present them or extraordinary arrangements, accessoires and angles to capture them best. Blogging surely is time-consuming but its at the same time a very creative and interesting activity to engage in. Its just like letting your creative side out of you, passing on your inspirations to other people and hence encouraging them to do the same.

Anyways, enough of the boring talk. Check out what I have to share with you today:



 


Stuffed Tomato Hearts

Ingredients:

Mini grape tomatoes / cherry tomatoes (oval shaped)
2 tbs cream cheese (Philadelphea)
1 sweet smoked paprika (from the jar)
Salt and pepper
Mini mozarella balls
1/2 tsp mixed italian herbs
Wooden skewers
Freshly baked focaccia (see recipe)


Chop the smoked paprika, mix in cream cheese and season with salt, pepper and pinch of mixed italian herbs.






Wash the grape tomatoes and pat dry. Take one tomato and using a sharp knife, make a diagonal cut as illustrated in the picture below, cutting away about 1/3 of the tomato. Tip: You´ll be needing two mini oval tomatoes to make one heart but with a little practice, you might be able to make out of one big normal sized tomato.









With a small spoon, deseed the tomatoes. Fill them with cream cheese paste and join two (roughly same-sized) to make a heart.






Tip: Incase some filling leaks out, clean it with a kitchen towel.

Take the mozarella balls and roll them in the italian spices. Arrange the tomato hearts and balls on the skewers. Tip: Ive used green seedless grapes to add more colour. You can also take any oval shaped fruit or vegetable for the purpose.







Serve with remaining cream cheese dip, balsamic venigar and freshly baked focaccia or any other bread of your choice.







Love is not only in the air, its now on your plate as well :) Have a glorious, love-filled day everyone!!!!!

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