Main Dishes

Vegan cauliflower risotto with mushrooms and spinach

Lately I’ve been reading a bit about vegan, and I must say – I’m intrigued. Vegan dishes does not only look delicious, they taste it too. When I was googling around for some new blog alternatives, I found one I especially liked. I saw this vegan cauliflower risotto, and it looked amazing. I’m a sucker for a killer risotto, but since I’m trying to keep the sweets and fats on the down low, I guess this would be a great alternative, and it certainly was. I wouldn’t say that it tastes like the Italian risotto filled with butter (that I love), but it sure was good.

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For a look at the recipe go to

http://www.lucytravers.com/oldrecipes/2013/10/17/rice-free-cauliflower-risotto-with-roasted-mushrooms

All I did was that I added some fresh spinach. You could also add butter, if you’re not into the vegan thing – I bet it would be even better!

Until next time, enjoy the summer – more posts will be up soon!

Post by Nicoline

Homemade ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese

Thank God it’s easter!!! We’re out of school – which means…………COOKING!!! I should probably be cooking for an easter lunch with all the traditional food that goes with it, but I’m more for trying new things. Not necessarily things I don’t know, just things I want to try. This time it was homemade ravioli. I can’t say that it’s difficult – because it’s really not, but I sure does take a long time, if you don’t have a fix idea to make it all real simple. Well, you can look at that easy idea at the bottom of this post.

I served my ravioli with a carbonara sauce, fresh sautéed asparagus and carrots and a home baked baguette with beets and feta.

What you need

For the pasta: about 30-35 raviolis.

  • 5 dl durum wheat (2.10 cup)
  • 4 organic eggs

For the filling:

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 80 grams fresh spinach (2.8 oz)
  • 250 grams ricotta cheese (8.8 oz)
  • Salt, pepper, and nutmeg as preferred
  • Butter for sautéing

For the carbonara sauce:

  • Pancetta (or smoked bacon) as preferred
  • 3 organic egg yolks
  • 1 dl whole milk (half a cup)
  • 2 dl milk (almost a cup)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 dl grated parmesan (fresh – half a cup)
  • Salt, pepper

So here’s how to make the pasta dough. Clean your kitchen table with lots of soap, because you’ll be making the dough there. So, you create a “mountain” of flour on the table and then you dig a hole on top – big enough for the four eggs that you crack in there. Once thats done you use a fork to mix together the flour and eggs a bit before kneading the dough. My dough didn’t have fluid enough to combine the ingredients, so I added a tiny bit of buttermilk. Knead the dough and form a ball, which you refrigerate for at least half an hour.

While the dough refrigerates take out all the ingredients for the filling. Start by melting the butter in a pan and then sautéing the squeezed garlic and spinach. When done, chop the spinach in small pieces and mix it with the ricotta. Season the filling with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Once again, clean your table and then take out the pasta dough. Cover the table in a bit of flour, so the dough won’t stick – this is really important, because trust me – It will otherwise. Now I’m sadly not the owner of a pasta maker, which could have made this whole thing a little bit easier. Also as I said before, I didn’t think the whole pasta thing through before making it, but now that I have, I’m gonna teach you the easy way. Divide the dough into 2 or 4 pieces, so its easier working with. Use a roller pin to roll out the dough into one long plate, and place small teaspoons of the filling onto it like you see it below. (Photo from http://www.miraakin.dk)

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Brush the dough with just a tiny bit of water, but be careful – too much water, and the dough dissolves. You then cut straight lines right between every bit of filling and then you fold it over. Mine (in the pictures below) were cut in circles instead of squares, but that only makes it all more complicated. Make sure to seal the ravioli by using a fork to create a pattern on the edge.

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If you’re not boiling them right away, place them carefully in the fridge. If not heat up a big pot of water and boil them for 3 to 4 minutes depending on the size.

To make the carbonara sauce – start by heating up the oven to about 180 degrees Celsius (350 F) and bake the pancetta.

Go ahead and mix the egg, milk, whole milk, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Pour it in a sauce pan and start heating. If you want it to thicken more, go ahead and stir in a bit more cheese. When done, put tiny pieces of pancetta in the sauce.

Serve the pasta covered in sauce. As already mentioned I served mine with fresh sautéed asparagus and carrots, as well as beets and feta bread.

Until next time – enjoy!

Super Delicious Spring Rolls

Let’s rock and spring roll!… hihi

It surprised me a lot how easy it is to make your own home-made spring rolls. I have always thought it was too demanding, but it actually pretty simple. Besides, it taste delicious and it wakes up the good  memories I have from our trips to Asian, especially Thailand, where all the food are very tasty and often quit spicy too…

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 pack Spring Roll Pasty (Can be bought in Asian stores)
  • 400 g minced beef
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ sliced pointed cabbage
  • 2 unions
  • Glass Noodles (Shirataki/udon Noodles)
  • 2 red chilies
  • Oil to frying
  • Chilisauce to deep in

First, take the spring roll pasty out the freezer to defrost. Grate carrots, slice union into thin boats and red chili into small pieces. Boil noodles soft and add salt. Fry the mince dry and well-done. Then add the vegetables, salt, pepper and other spices if you like. Fry the glass noodles separated. Mix the noodles and the meat-vegetarien in a big bowl.

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Now, let’s rock and ROLL!: Take a piece of the very thin spring roll pasty, and put suitable amount in the middle. Flip a corner over the mix, roll a bit, flip the sides up, and roll done! (Often there would be a instruction at the spring roll pasty pack, with picture’s that you can easily follow)…

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When the rolling job is done, head up plenty of oil on a pan, and fry the spring rolls on both sides in about 5 minutes, or until they have the have the right color on both sides. Well done, eat them while they’re still warm and served them white a freeze salad and chili sauce.
Enjoy 🙂

 Post by Vibe

Spain en mi casa

We can all be longing for those late nights out in the heat, heating a delicious restaurants and having a glass of cooled white or red wine. Well sometimes its not so hard to create an illusion. At least thats what I did in the weekend along with three of my Spanish classmates. We had decided to cook Paella, but since seafood is pretty expensive and takes longer time to prepare, we sticked with chicken and chorizo sausage. Chicken isn’t exactly plain Spanish, but it goes well with the rice and the sausage. Chorizo on the other hand is basically the essence of Spanish sausage, and it tastes wonderfully.

What you need:

  • A bit of butter for frying
  • 2-4 roughly minced shallots
  • About a 100 grams chorizo in edible pieces (3.5 oz) – add more if you want to!
  • 4 dl parboiled rice (1.7 cups)
  • 6 dl vegetable bouillion (2.5 cups) – I would take 1 cube of bouillon and 6 dl hot water, but it depends on how you make the bouillon.
  • ½ tsp saffron (or just as theres a little bit sprinkled over the dish – you can exchange it with paprika if you want, since saffron is terribly expensive)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 300 grams of chopped chicken (10.5 oz)
  • 2 red peppers, nicely chopped
  • 200 gram defrosted peas (7 oz)
  • Feta or another white cheese
  • 1-2 lemons

Heat up a big (almost enormous) pan by melting some butter without burning it. Start by grilling the chicken and then putting it aside in a bowl. Then you sauté the onions together with the chorizo for about 2 minutes. Add the rice and sauté for another minute or so. Then add the bouillon along with saffron (or paprika), pepper, and salt. Boil the dish for 10-15 minutes. Then add the chicken, pepper fruit, and peas and let it boil for another 5 minutes at low heat. Turn it over once in a while. Add the feta and taste to see if the rice is cooked. End by placing slices of lemon on top of it.

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Serve with a glass of red wine – I would prefer a wine with a sweet touch as it goes well with the spiced paella.

Enjoy!

Post by Nicoline

Spicy Curry Wok with Chicken

Folks! Here comes a delicious and spicy recipe on Chicken Wok with a lot vegetables. Tastes really good and is full of vitamins.
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Ingrediens (4 persons):

  • 2 chilis (depends on how strong you like your food – I think two is perfect)
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 3 dl sunflower oil (1.27 cups)
  • 250 g chicken (8.8 oz)
  • A handful carrots
  • 5 big bouquets of broccoli
  • 5 big bouquets of cauliflower
  • 1 can coconut milk (1.5 cups)
  • 2.5 dl cream (1 cup)
  • 1 red pepper
  • Handful water chesnuts
  • A tiny squeeze Lemon
  • About 250 g Rice (preferably coarsed) (8.8 oz)

Boil the rice after the reference on the packet. Slice chicken and vegetables in pieces, and pour boiling water over the vegetables (except the water chesnuts and the pepper) that you place in a sieve, so the vegetables won’t get too soft. Slice chili in small pieces. Heat up oil and add chili, salt, pepper and two tablespoons curry in a wok-pot. When it sizzles add the chicken and fry it until it’s well-done and not raw inside anymore – We don’t want anyone to get sick, do we? 😉 ! When the chicken is done, put it on a clean plate. Next, you fry the vegetables in the pot, and add 1 tablespoon curry and a little salt. Add coconut Milk and cream and let it boil slowly at low temperature. At last – add the pepper, the water chesnuts and a little lemon. Rice should be ready now and dinner is done. Well done, food is ready!

Post by Vibe

Salmon on creamcooked leeks and a sauce of apple/horse radish

Dear foodlovers,
I am so sorry that we haven’t had time to post in the past month or so. But as I promised earlier on, I was gonna give you the full course recipe for my dinner party. The last course missing is also the main course, so here we go. I decided to make a sort of comfort plate of fish and spinach pasta. It turned out great and everyone loved it.

What you need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Parsley
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 dl heavy cream (0.9 cups)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 leeks
  • 2 apples
  • Oil or butter for frying
  • 1 dl chicken stock (possibly water and bouillon cube) (0.45 cup)
  • Freshly scraped horse radish
  • 4 pieces of salmon – you decide the size, but I would say approximately 600 grams/21.2 oz

Fish preparations:
Spice the pieces of fish with salt and pepper and fry them in half oil/half butter on the skin side for 5-7 minutes. Then fry them shortly on the other side. If unsure that its finished, maybe cut up one piece to make sure.

Creamcooked leeks with a sauce of apples and horse radish:
Cut the leeks into pieces and blanch them for one minute in lightly salted water. Peel the onion and apples, cut them into pieces and fry them in a bit of oil for two minutes. The cream and chicken stock is then poured over and the leeks are put down in the sauce. Spice it up with horse radish, lemon juice as well as salt and pepper.

Sprinkle a bit of parsley over the finished result and serve with pasta of any kind – I used spinach pasta.

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Thats it for now, but we have a great snack and NY food pictures coming up 🙂
Until next time – enjoy November as its not there much longer (YAY christmas!!!!)

Roasted chicken as a transition from summer to fall.

So today it’s all about a light, easy and delicious main course – Roasted chicken with homemade potato fries and grilled vegetables of the season. Whats good about this course is that it is perfect for girls night in and family dinner.

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Recipe for two persons.

You will need:

  • 2 chicken pieces
  • About 6 potatoes (depends on how much you eat)
  • 7 whole asparagus
  • Half a leek
  • Some cauliflower
  • 2-3 carrots
  • Half a red pebber
  • Salt and pebber
  • Paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Butter or oil for the pan

Okay, so now make sure that you have all the ingredients. Of course if theres one of the vegetables that you dont like or just can’t get, substitute it. Apples are also really good in this recipe!

You start by preparing the potatoes – peel them and cut them in half or quarters. But them in a bowl or a bag, pour over some oil and season it with salt and peber. Then put them in a preheated oven of 200°C (395°F).

Clean and cut the vegetables in edible pieces. Make sure to have them all ready.

Get the chicken out. Clean it and put it on a preheated and buttery pan. Season them with salt, pebber and paprika and cook them until tender. While cooking, get another pan going and pour in the vegetables. When tender and with a bit to it, season them with salt. And wupsi the meal is ready to serve.

Now if this is a family dinner, it is great serving with elderflower juice. If for a casual dinner with friends, please do serve with a class of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tomorrow is cake day, so make sure to stay updated!
Until next time – have a great monday!

Post by Nicoline