Polpette: Italian meet balls

This weekend my sis was at home so sunday I did some italian food to celebrate her arrival, we watched The godfather, of which we know all the lines by heart. The theme of the evening being Italy, I cooked polpette for us. These are Italian meatballs, I hope you like the recipe.

Ingredients:

• 2 slices of stale bread, crust removed, cut into pieces
• 1 cup of milk
• 500g of premium minced beef
• 1 egg
• 1 handful of chopped parsley leaves
• 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
• 40g grated parmesan
• 2 teaspoons of salt
• 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
• 1 brown onion, chopped
• 1 garlic clove crushed with the back of a knife
• 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• 150 ml of red wine
• 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
• 250ml of water
• 1/4 bell pepper, in one piece
• salt to taste

preparation:

  1. Soak bread in milk for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground beef with 1 egg, salt and pepper, the chopped parsley, the tip of a teaspoon of grated nutmeg and the grated Parmigiano (or Grana Padano). Use a spoon if you fancy touching raw meat, but in my opinion, hands are your best cooking tools.
  3. Squeeze the milk from the bread, add it to the meat mixture and mix.
  4. Using the palm of your hand, roll the polpette the size of small tangerines and set aside in the fridge to firm up for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, sauté the chopped onion and garlic in a little olive oil until the onion is tender and translucent.
  6. Add your meatballs and brown them on both sides, then add 1/2 cup red wine. Let the alcohol evaporate, then compose 1 bay leaf, a piece of green or red pepper (pepper) two cans of tomatoes and water. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer covered for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust with salt and pepper. Add the basil leaves and serve with bread, mash or al dente pasta

Georgian food: Ojakhuri recipe

Today it was not me who cooked but Priya. She made us a dish that her mom from Georgia often makes: Ojakhuri.

Yeah ok, the photo is not very instagramable but god it was so good!

Important:

What gives all its flavor to this recipe is a sauce called Adjika in Georgian that you can find in Turkish grocery stores under the name of Acuka. If you can’t find one, you can do it yourself:

Adjika recipe :

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp sweet pepper concentrate
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp ground walnuts
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 pinch of pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. in a saucepan, cook the tomato concentrate and the pepper concentrate for 3 minutes.
  2. add the garlic, lemon juice, and all the other ingredients, mixing as you add them.
  3. you must obtain a kind of fairly compact dough
  4. let cool before serving. Store in the refrigerator.

If you have any left over, you can eat it as an aperitif tapenade.

Ojakhuri recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Sunflower oil
  • 3 tbs adjika
  • 500g of cooked meat, here there was a rest of roosted chicken (for a vegan version use 1kg mushrooms)
  • 1kg potatoes cut into bite-sized dices
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 roasted and peeled red bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 tomato cut into dices
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic smashed and peeled.

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, brown the garlic and the onion then the potatoes in the oil.
  2. When they begin to brown, add the shredded meat or cut into bite-size pieces (if they are mushrooms, cut them into 4), add the tomato and the peppers.
  3. Once the potatoes are well cooked, add the adjika and then serve.

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do. It was a great discovery. See you soon!

How to make a tasty Red Thaï Curry

Today, we have planned a cinema afternoon to watch Asian films. For the occasion, I cooked a Thai Curry for my friends and also to celebrate my move to Priya.

The recipe is simple and very tasty, I will gladly share it with you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of red curry paste (be careful it can be hot)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste in a tube or finely chopped lemongrass.
  • 3 or 4 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless), cut into bite-sized cubes (chicken breasts are fine too)
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 400 ml of coconut milk (or 250 of 12% fat fresh cream)
  • 150g diced squash (not liking squash, I substituted 300g potato and 100g carrot)
  • 120g green beans
  • 12 leaves of Thai basilicas
  • 2 lime leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of fish sauce (nuoc man for example)

Achievement:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the curry paste, garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Let simmer for 2 minutes
  2. Add the broth, stir and reduce by half. Add coconut milk, lime leaves, fish sauce and chicken. (Add potatoes and carrots if you don’t want squash)
  3. Cook for 20 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add the squash and the beans and we are off again for 10min of cooking.
  5. Add a handful of Thai basil leaf and serve with garnish

Garnish (recommended): slices of fresh red pepper, cilantro leaves and jasmine rice for a traditional version.
My recommendation: It’s a little less traditional but personally I really like to accompany this dish with couscous semolina.

A simple and original accompaniment for grilled meats: Zucchini, Corn and Parmesan.

This afternoon, I eat with dad and my grandparents. In the program I prepared a roast chicken and to accompany it instead of the traditional mashed potato I planned this little side dish.

Zucchini, Corn and Parmesan

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels, canned or roasted
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, or more

Preparation:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
  2. Add zucchini, corn, basil, oregano and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes;
  3. seasoned with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and see you soon!

Oroshka

This week I offer you a recipe for cold soup from Eastern Europe: Okroshka with beer
For me it’s more a wet salad but let’s not offend our eastern European friends. In the end it remains good and fresh, perfect in this moment of good weather.

Ingredients for 4 persons :

  • 4 red radishes;
  • 1 fresh cucumber;
  • 3-4 stalks of green onions;
  • 2-3 slices of raw ham;
  • 2-3 boiled eggs;
  • 2-3 potatoes;
  • 1l dark or white beer (or 1l of water and a teaspoon of vinegar);
  • 2 tablespoons of dill;
  • salt pepper
  • sour cream or mayonnaise (optional).
  1. Cut the radishes into rounds;
  2. Dice all other ingredients;
  3. Pour in the beer, dill, salt and pepper;
  4. You can finish with mayonnaise or sour cream. (if you don’t have yogurt and a little lemon juice).

Have a nice day guys and take care of yourselves!

Tandoori Chicken

Hello dear readers, I’m back!

I needed a little time for my family and for myself but I’m coming back to you to take care of this blog which despite everything I was starting to miss.
For my return I offer you something to prepare a good little meal for the beautiful days to come.

On the menu :

• Tandoori Chicken
• Greek Salad
• Turmeric rice (in the absence of saffron)

The real tandoori chicken is made in a Tandoor, a kind of terracotta oven in which the dish to be cooked is enclosed in bread dough that is stuck on the wall of it.
In the absence of Tandoor, I offer you a recipe that can be done in the pan or on the barbecue.

Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients (for 4 to 6 people):

  • 1kg of chicken (drumsticks or cutlets)
  • 2 Greek yogurts
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp of ginger
  • 5 garlic gloves
  • 3 tbsp of garam masala
  • 2 tbsp of chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp of cumin
  • 2 tbsp of coriander in powder
  • 1 tbsp of salt

Preparation :

  1. Mix the yogurt, spices, garlic and lemon
  2. Marinate the chicken for 12/24h (personally I cut my chicken cutlets to the size of a bite)
  3. Heat the frying pan or the barbecue then place the chicken. Once it is golden brown brush the rest of the marinade and turn it over. Repeat the operation until the end of the marinade.

Greek Salad

Ingredients (for 4 to 6 people):

  • 1 large tomato per person
  • Chilli oil or a small hot pepper and 2 or 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 5 or 6 pitted olives to be cut into slices
  • Cubes of feta at your convenience.

Preparation :

Hey it’s a salad! Cut the tomatoes and mix everything together.

Turmeric Rice

Ingredient (for 4 to 6 people):

2 glasses of rice
1 tbsp turmeric
A few unsalted roasted peanuts
(in my dish I did not put any because one of my guests is allergic)

Preparation :

Cook the rice, coarsely crush the peanuts and mix everything with the turmeric.

Enjoy your lunch !

Take care of yourself and your loved ones! See you soon !

Colombo-style grills

Today we were supposed to organize a barbecue with my friends. (yes we were a bit optimistic) and unfortunately the weather wasn’t good (it was predictable) so I had to cook everything in the oven but we ate well anyway.
In short, I offer you a very simple little recipe that changes a little from the usual barbecue sausages.

Ingredients (for 6):

  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoon spice mix for Colombo (recipe on the bottom)
  • 2 Greek yogurts
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 1/2 tea spoon of mustard
  • sesam seeds

Preparation:

  1. Mix Colombo spices with yogourts, crush garlics and mustard;
  2. Marinate the chicken for at least one hour;
  3. Add the sesam seeds and cook them on the barbecue or in the oven for 45 min at 200°celsius
  4. Heat the marinade in a saucepan. Serve the chicken with rice and a little hot marinade.

Recipe for Colombo spice mix :

  • 30g turmeric powder
  • 20g coriander seeds
  • 20g mustard seeds
  • 15g sweet paprika
  • 10g cumin seeds
  • 10 g powdered ginger
  • 10g black pepper
  • 5g fenugreek seeds
  • 5g ground cardamom
  • 4g fennel seeds
  • 3g star anise
  • 1g powdered nutmeg

I hope you’ll like it! See you soon guys.

Zeppoles for an aperitif with friends

Today, with the arrival of sunny days and the desire to get together with friends, I have a salty Zeppole recipe for you for an aperitif, but in my own way. Normally Zeppoles are a kind of salty or sweet Italian donut. My secret to making my donuts tasty is the potato.

Ingredients:

  • 500g potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 7g of dry yeast
  • 80ml of milk
  • 500g flour
  • Anchovies or pitted olives for the stuffing
  • Salt
  • frying oil

Preparation:

  1. Boil the potatoes and mash them once cooled
  2. Add the eggs, yeast, milk, salt and flour.
  3. Knead until you obtain a smooth dough (the more the dough is moist, the softer the Zeppoles will be) it’s up to you to add milk or flour to obtain the desired consistency.
  4. Cover with a tea towel and let it rest for 2 hours until it doubles in size.
  5. Stuff them with anchovies, olives or both (or whatever you want I also do with slices of sausage with herbs) then fry them in the deep fryer for 3 to 4 min.

Enjoy your meal.

Pressgurka

To change the pastries a bit, I offer you a more compatible recipe to prepare our “Summer bodies”!

Finally something with an easy-to-say name for non-Danes!

This is pressgurka

At the same time, pressgurka is not Danish, it is a Swedish recipe. It literally means pressed cucumber and as its name suggests, it is pressed cucumber that is marinated in vinegar and sugar.

Personally, I do it very often. I use it to accompany my meat or fish, every time I organize a barbecue. It’s fresh, light and really easy to prepare, although you have to do it a little in advance.


Pressgurka

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 100ml water
  • 4 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Cut the cucumber into thin slices using a mandolin.
  2. Place the cucumber slices in a colander and coat them with salt.
  3. Place a dish on the cucumber and add a weight on top (for example 2 kg of flour) and let it drain for 1 hour.
  4. Boil the water and stir in the vinegar and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Leave to cool and add the dill.
  6. Remove the weight from the cucumber and squeeze it by hand.
  7. Transfer the cucumber slices to a large bowl or a glass jar and pour the mixture of water, vinegar, sugar and dill over them.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.

A jar usually lasts 3 or 4 days when I’m alone, there must be 8 portions I think.

I hope you’ll like it!

Take care of yourself and your loved ones! See you soon.

Vastlakukkel

During my weekend with Tor, knowing me fancied at this little pastry that is the vastlakukle, he was kind enough to give me this little recipe.

Nice Nilsa, another thing with an unpronounceable name!

What is Vastlakukkel?

Vastlakukkel, also called Semla in Sweden, is a small brioche filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream.
A symphony of flavors and textures that blend harmoniously to satisfy the palate, a soft whipped cream combined with the charm of almonds.
Yes yes, I worship this little wonder!

Traditionally they are served at Fastelavn, the Monday before Lent, just before Shrove Tuesday.


Vastlakukkle

Ingredients

For the dough

  1. 950 g all-purpose flour (more or less)
  2. 2.5 tablespoons of dried baker’s yeast
  3. 40 cl of milk
  4. 80 g butter, soft
  5. 1 teaspoon of salt
  6. 60g granulated sugar
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 2 tablespoons cardamom (freshly ground)
  9. 2 egg yolks (to glaze)

For the whipped cream

  • 800 ml whipping cream
  • 100 g icing sugar

For the marzipan

  1. 1 egg white
  2. 190 g ground almonds
  3. 100 g icing sugar
  4. 70 g caster sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon of bitter almond extract
  6. ½ teaspoon cardamom (freshly ground)

To conclude this article I had a video of a floor fight but we will say Tor is a shy person ( well in fact he’s too ashamed of the beating I gave him!!! 😛 )

Take care of yourself and your loved one and see you soon!