Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Acer Aspire VX 15 Laptop🎄Happy Holidays!

An enjoyable gaming laptop we just got. I’ll be honest with you guys. It is more than we expected for this money. My son is good at comparing prices/ alternatives and finding out the best one for our budget and for his needs.

It has two large stylized fan vents at the back to keep this system cool. It is a nice looking laptop. Acer gave the VX 15 body a "gaming system" look and you’ll enjoy playing games with this laptop.

Another plus of the design is; its spacious keyboard along with a small number pad. The keys have a good amount of travel with a red backlit keyboard which my son said makes playing games more enjoyable. Acer VX 15 delivers respectable gaming performance.

The body is mostly plastic even though it looks like metal. It seems Acer did a great job giving it a more premium appearance. Display size; 15.6 -inch, resolution; 1920x1080 display
The only bad part is that it has an IPS panel but it’s a bit disappointing.

Other than that Aria loves his new gaming laptop. He says ‘thumbs up!’ I believe, it made the best Christmas 🎁 for him this year.

Main Specifications:
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
16 GB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

The Logitech G430 headset made him happier as a bonus. It is comfortable enough to wear for hours and has a stellar mic.

A few pics from last week while driving through around Cesme/ Aegean/ Turkey.

Germiyan houses are known for their floral paintings in the style of a famous ceramic artist, Felicja Curylowa. And a popular destination for windsurfers..Alacati Port!

Gaming without any 🍪 break? In this season? Oh, come on!! No matter our ages and dietary plans we are in, cookies make us happy, right?

Besides, I made most of them gluten free+vegan+paleo.

He waits for the chocolate swirl pumpkin pie😁 Coming through !! 👨‍🍳

yonca's kitchen is 10 years old

Happy Holidays!!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More Salad Please!! Purslane- White Beans Salad

I said goodbye to summer(finally) put away the summer clothes and swimming suits since I live in a warm climate and just newly got into fall/winter mode.😀Am I late? Guys, it's still 18 -20 C(68 F) degrees here in the Aegean! One thing..let's combine a summer veggie and a grain one more time before we wave hands to the warm weather and keep eating smart with seasonal food. According to many farmers, common purslane is annual weed. Since we love purslane and it still being in grocery stores makes it a delicious, healthy and easy salad to come to our dinner table.

With healthy recipes let's join American Hearth Association's Eat Smart Month in November.
Bring pulses and dry legumes to the table. It takes some time, soaking and cooking the legumes if you don't prefer using canned but is totally worth it!

A large bunch of purslane
1 cup white beans (cooked)
1 onion (thinly sliced)
1 glove garlic
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
Juice of a lemon
Sea salt
2 bay leaves
Olive oil
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)

Since pressure cooking doesn't require a much higher temperature and cooks in less time, preferable for preserving nutrients. Besides, it reduces lectins and phytic acid in grains and beans we should avoid to protect the digestive system. And..a warm welcome to dry beans!!

Rinse the beans and put them in a large bowl. Cover in 4 times their volume of water. Soak the beans a night before and they'll be ready to cook next day. Drain and rinse the beans and place in a pressure cooker or a  pot. Add the bay leaves and garlic(make beans even tastier) and a drizzle of oil.  Add enough water to cover and boil until they are tender. Let them cool.

 Pressure cooker / cooking time 15-20 minutes.
 Pot / 30-40 minutes. 
Make the dressing by mixing the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pomegranate molasses.

Remove the leaves in the clusters and rinse the purslane and pat dry. Gently toss together with the dry beans, the onion (red onion gives a better taste but I ran out) and the salad dressing. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds.
I also love pomegranate seeds on lettuce salad. Mmmm.👪

I'm always hungry for a salad😍

yonca is cooking: Spinach&Arugula Salad
Spinach-Arugula Salad


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Paleo + Vegan (Gluten Free) Fall Cookies

Since Fall is here and cookie season has already started, I have been experimenting with the flours for awhile. Gluten free flour, almond flour, garbanzo flour, gluten-free buckwheat flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot powder. Trying to make healthy Vegan and Paleo friendly delicious cookies, muffins, cakes, bread, pies... Baking is relaxing and 
I like to keep things simple.


yonca's kitchen

Let's not skip the fun while baking healthier. Even though I try something new and not being successful, laughing and enjoy being in the kitchen comes first. Everything for happiness!!! Cheers for healthier cookies and having good time!

2 cups almond flour
2 tbsp dark maple syrup
1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 tsp sea salt
Zest of one lemon (finely grated)

Stir all the ingredients together until a smooth dough forms. Roll into a ball and press down gently.
Place on baking tray.
Bake for about 8 minutes. (350F/175 C) 
Sprinkle some cinnamon on the top of each cookie. Let em' cool before removing them.  

Yes...I'm LOVING that smell and it reminds me how much I missed fall.
Time to call the kids😃 Hooray!!!
Mine is 15 this year but is still a cookie monster. So am I. 😀

Happy Fall 🍁


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