Sunday, 23 October 2016


     Are you guys enjoying your weekend? What are your plans? Some of my classmates are exploring the mountains of Switzerland, while I stay inside photoshooting food since it's practically too cold for me to go outside. Last night it was 0 C outside, a temperature I am not used to coming from a very sunny and warm country. 
    On another note, I was studying for a course yesterday and they have us read an article every week on which we have a morning test. So, this article was about antioxidants, oxidative stress from food and aging. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to read about aging in University, but the article really was about how there are some vitamins like vitamin C and E which are proved to elevate the antioxidant status (as the writers name it) and thus lowered inflammation and premature aging. The writers mention that vegetarian diets might be beneficial for antiaging purposes, but then again one has to be careful not to have deficiencies in vitamin B12, folic acid and sulfur, which can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine and then oxidative stress. So, to sum up, we have to eat our fruit and vegetables and limit the amount of animal fat we consume, while trying to exercise and stress out less. Things that you knew before, but they have to be mentioned again because nobody seems to be doing them often!

     However, food is what I love (as most people) and I will not stop eating. Especially when I get all these crazy ideas about recipes. Like this amazing grilled cheese with caramelized red cabbage I made the other day. It was so good, I couldn't stop eating after the photoshooting. Grilled cheese sandwich is always tasty, comrforting and really what you need after a week of stress with exams, studying and more studying. So, I needed a little pick me up! This was it. Melting cheese (two kinds), sweet red cabbage and crunchy whole-wheat bread. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! But enough with the words. Let's get to the recipe for this baby...

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with caramelized red cabbage

ingredients (for two persons)

4 slices of whole-wheat bread (or white bread)
1 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
4 slices edam cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 small white onion
1 tablespoon sugar
slices of tomato (optional)

how do I make it?
1. In a small pan melt a tablespoon of butter in medium heat. Sautee your onion and red cabbage together. Once they start to soften add your sugar and continue cooking for a bit until the sugar has melted and the cabbage has cameralized. Remove from heat.
2. Prepare your sandwiches by taking one slice of bread, layer with a slice of edam cheese, a few tablespoons of red cabbage mixture, then another layer of cheese and on top some shredded parmesan cheese. Top with another slice of bread. Do the same with the other two slices of bread. (optional: put some tomato slices before the layer of second slice of bread)
3. Preheat your pan on medium with some butter. Place carefully your sandwiches and start cooking for about 2 minutes. Then, taking a flat spatula try lifting off the sandwich and flipping it so that the other slice gets cooked also. Cook  for about 1-2 minutes more. You don't want to burn the bread, so make sure your heat is on medium or low.
4. Once they are ready, serve and enjoy quickly.

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