Recipe: Minestrone with Ricotta Meatballs

Ana from Fluxi on Tour is back with one of her delicious Mediterranean-inspired recipes! This time she will show us how to prepare Minestrone soup, a healthy and yummy break from all the heavy holiday food… Take it away Ana!

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“Hello there! I hope you are all enjoying the pre-Christmas time with good food and good company. The weather might be cold outside and the days short, but we are definitely not short on delicious bites during the winter. I’m all in when it comes to sweets and hearty meals, yet from time to time I need something lighter to reboot my digestion and calm down my taste buds so I can start over again.

My most comforting, easy, go-to food for cozy hours on the couch watching some TV series is definitely a good bowl of soup. A few weeks ago at my local grocery store I came across an Italian classic – the Minestrone – and have been making it ever since. I just love it for its simplicity and deliciousness. There is no right or wrong when it comes to Minestrone – with whatever vegetables, rice, noodles, broth or meat you have at home, you are good to go.

For this Minestrone I wanted to add some meat, (husband has to be happy, too) and instead of noodles I used barley, to make a more crunchy version. I’m super happy how it turned out and you should give this Italian staple a try – there are few more cold days to come. I wish you all happy holidays and a great start into the new year! xo, Ana”

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Ingredients

Meatballs:
500g ground chicken
50g finely grated parmesan
1 egg
2 tea spoons dry oregano
150 g ricotta
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

Broth:
2tbsp olive oil
11/2 liter vegetable or chicken broth
4-5 carrots
5 spring onions
3 garlic cloves
250g sweet peas ( frozen)
1/2 coffee mug barley

Side:
some grated parmesan
bread
2 tbsp butter
1 tea spoons pesto

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Instructions

1. Place chicken, egg, parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper into a bowl and mix until well combined. Add ricotta and fold in until your mixture is evenly mixed. With wet hand, form small balls.

2. Heat the olive oil on medium heat, add the meatballs and cook for about 6-8 minutes or until golden brown, turning frequently. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside on a paper towel.

3. Wash, peel and cut the carrots and onions into rings. Peel and cut the garlic into thing slices.

4. In a larger pot heat 2 tbsp olive oil, add onions and garlic and sautee for about 2 minutes. Add carrots and sweet peas and stew for about 2 minutes. Add the broth, cover and on medium heat bring to boil.

5. As soon as the soup boils add barley and cook everything for 10-15 minutes. Depends on how al dente your want your veggies to be.

6. Mix the butter with the pesto.

7. Serve the soup in a bowl, sprinkle with some parmesan cheese and enjoy it with some bread and pesto-butter.

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Photos, text and recipes: Fluxi on Tour

 

Sponsor: Promessi Weddings & Events

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My belles, say hello to Promessi Weddings & Events, a new member of the Belle & Chic family and our first sponsor from Croatia! They are known as “the Wedding Fairies”, because they make the dreams come true for more and more people who need assistance in organizing their “special day” in Croatia, no matter how small or big their budget is. Here is how they describe their mission and work:

 

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“As the very name suggests, ‘Promessi’ symbolizes two kindred spirits, soul mates promised to each other for eternity. As professional wedding planners specialized in tailor-made weddings, we endeavor to be a part of that promise.

Croatia is an ideal wedding destination for everybody eager to be dazzled by the Mediterranean in all its natural and historic beauty and cultural and gastronomic variety. We are proud to have successfully managed many projects in Split, Trogir, Omiš, Makarska and on nearby islands Hvar, Brač, Šolta, Korčula and Vis, each of them being the best proof of the high level of professionalism of the Promessi wedding planners.”

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“We have gained experience that goes well beyond organising weddings and other events in Croatia. We always come up with something unique, tailor-made exactly for the people we had the pleasure and the privilege of getting to know and who have become our dear friends. 

Go far beyond your wildest dreams and reward yourself with the true Mediterranean fairy-tale that you deserve. Promessi wedding planners will make your destination wedding in Croatia a story to be told for years to come.”

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Sounds like someone you’d like to work with? Perfect! You can find out more about Promessi Weddings & Events, their services, Croatia wedding venues and read testimonials of former couples right here.

 

Photography: Mario Paparela, Studio Val and Marinković Weddings.  

Bohemian-inspired Ibiza Beach Wedding

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Nadja and Jean Carl are modern nomads – she is from Germany, he is from Lebanon and, being a photographer and concert & event organizer, they travel non-stop and call the globe their home. So what could have been more appropriate for them than a bohemian-inspired Ibiza wedding? The personalized celebration took place at Atzaro Beach and included a spiritual sunset ceremony as well as a party that lasted until the morning hours, with guests from all over the world. And everything was captured beautifully by En Route Photography

 

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Can I just say, I love the bride’s headband/tiara and statement necklace!

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Photography: En Route Photography // Wedding Location: Atzaro Beach, Ibiza // Wedding Planner & Catering: Cardamom Events Ibiza // Celebrant: Diane from White Horse Ceremonies
 

Hanukkah Table Inspiration with Glitter

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Today is the first day of Hanukkah so I thought I’d share a festive table I styled for Simchaclick last year, to celebrate the Festival of Lights. I wanted something simple and modern, with just the right amount of sparkle and shine (aka glitter and sequins). Miriam from Kissandchips was my ever-so-patient helper and photographer and I think she did a wonderful job… Happy Hannukah!
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We opted for what has become the traditional color scheme for the holidays, silver and blue. Silver candles on a white porcelain platter made an understated yet elegant menorah as the table’s centerpiece.

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The place settings were personalized with handmade Stars of David and glittered name tags tied around the glasses.

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Concept & styling: Belle & Chic // Photography: Kissandchips // Tableware: Zara Home and vintage // Table runner: H&M Home

 

Relaxed and heartfelt Outdoor Tuscany Wedding

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Louise and Alex didn’t really plan a destination wedding until they booked a couple shoot with Die Hochzeitsfotografen – and felt hugely inspired by the Italy wedding this photographer duo had had the year before (you can see it here).
After a while it was clear that Louisa and Alex were going to have their own Tuscany wedding and Die Hochzeitsfotografen would accompany them to capture the week-long festivities, which included a wine tasting, olive oil tasting and a stone oven pizza dinner the night before the ceremony. Sounds like a dream to me!
 

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“True love is when your heart and your mind are saying the same thing”.

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Photography, cinematography, photobooth & stationery: Die Hochzeitsfotografen // Venue: Pian Di Filetto found through Fewo Toskana // Flowers: Stil(l)leben // Hair: Your Style // Bride’s dress: Miss Selfridge // Bride’s shoes: Peter Kaiser // Groom’s Attire: Ploug’s Stuttgart // Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
// Wedding Rings: MR Manufaktur Michaela Römer // Singer: Christian Laurini // Marquee sign (“L & A”): Marquee Lights