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.
• 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
Soak bread in milk for about 10 minutes.
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.
Squeeze the milk from the bread, add it to the meat mixture and mix.
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.
Meanwhile, sauté the chopped onion and garlic in a little olive oil until the onion is tender and translucent.
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
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.
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)
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the curry paste, garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Let simmer for 2 minutes
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)
Cook for 20 minutes over medium heat.
Add the squash and the beans and we are off again for 10min of cooking.
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.
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;
1l dark or white beer (or 1l of water and a teaspoon of vinegar);
2 tablespoons of dill;
sour cream or mayonnaise (optional).
Cut the radishes into rounds;
Dice all other ingredients;
Pour in the beer, dill, salt and pepper;
You can finish with mayonnaise or sour cream. (if you don’t have yogurt and a little lemon juice).
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.
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
Mix the yogurt, spices, garlic and lemon
Marinate the chicken for 12/24h (personally I cut my chicken cutlets to the size of a bite)
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.
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.
Hey it’s a salad! Cut the tomatoes and mix everything together.
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)
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 !
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
Mix Colombo spices with yogourts, crush garlics and mustard;
Marinate the chicken for at least one hour;
Add the sesam seeds and cook them on the barbecue or in the oven for 45 min at 200°celsius
Heat the marinade in a saucepan. Serve the chicken with rice and a little hot marinade.
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.
7g of dry yeast
80ml of milk
Anchovies or pitted olives for the stuffing
Boil the potatoes and mash them once cooled
Add the eggs, yeast, milk, salt and flour.
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.
Cover with a tea towel and let it rest for 2 hours until it doubles in size.
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.
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.
For the dough
950 g all-purpose flour (more or less)
2.5 tablespoons of dried baker’s yeast
40 cl of milk
80 g butter, soft
1 teaspoon of salt
60g granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cardamom (freshly ground)
2 egg yolks (to glaze)
For the whipped cream
800 ml whipping cream
100 g icing sugar
For the marzipan
1 egg white
190 g ground almonds
100 g icing sugar
70 g caster sugar
1 teaspoon of bitter almond extract
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!