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Friday, January 29, 2010

Pasta Della Massaia


I learnt this meal from my roomie and a great friend, Marie. I LOVE IT! It's very simple and the taste is just fantastic! One of Marie's friend from Holland came to visit us to Dublin and I didn't know what to cook. I must say, I was nervous a bit, because he is a cook himself and he loves nice food. So you can imagine...Well, pasta della masaia was the only thing I could think of. It's fancy, it's simple and it's delicious! Well, he loved it. So, if you like pasta, tomatoes, chicken and lots of garlic, go for it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chicken with Lemon Zest & Garlic


I wanted to cook something nice and not too complicated this evening. I remembered, that Jamie Oliver once baked chicken with garlic and lemon zest under the chicken's skin. I thought that would be perfect, because my partner doesn't eat the skin anyway and all the delicious taste is usually right there, in the fat part we all love so much:) well, almost all of us! So I grated a bit of lemon zest, mixed it with garlic, salt, tarragon and pressed the mixture under the skin. Then I baked it in the oven, as a side dish I served boiled broccoli, fine beans and baby potatoes. I also made some gravy from the chicken juice, onion, soy sauce and tarragon!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Beef Samosas


I learnt this fantastic Indian snack from my colleagues! I must admit, that making them takes a lot of time, in my opinion, but once you get the grip and practice a bit, you will be a samosa master in no time! Don't forget to serve them with a nice dip, that's a guaranteed win! You can have a look at one recipe here.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Stuffed Pepper


When I started with my healthy life style I had to learn how to cook without mixing carbohydrates and proteins. One evening I got in the mood for stuffed pepper, but I couldn't use the usual ingedients, such as minced meat, eggs, flour or rice etc. the way I liked it:) so I only used minced meat, mushrooms, sweet corn, horse radish and stuffed the pepper with it! I baked it in the oven with a little bit of water and it was yammy!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Delish Spinach & Feta Tartlets


I found these delicious tartlets in one amazing cooking book and baked several times. I loved them so much that I made them with my sister for our New Year's party and they disappeared from the table in a few minutes:) Lovely taste of feta cheese, nutmeg, spinach and pine nuts will make your taste buds go crazy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Duck


It took me some time to come up with something what I could satisfy my parents with when they came to visit me to Dublin. They both are very traditional if it comes to food. I didn't have much of choice, they don't eat fish and chicken, I didn't want to prepare beef and they often eat pork, so I made duck with cherry sauce and potato burger. I was so happy when they told me that they loved it! Well, duck is fab:)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thai Red Prawn Soup


Ooooh, I will probably never stop loving this soup, if any of you like spicy food and haven't tasted this one yet, you should definetely do so. Fantastic taste of red curry, coconut milk and lemon grass will make your lunch interesting and exotic!

Smörgåstårta

Stefan’s favorite seafood cake! He never loved sweet cakes very much so I promised him that I would make Smörgåstårta for his birthday. Smörgåstårta is a savory sandwich cake that you can make out of anything you like! I try to prepare it every year either for his birthday or when there is a Swedish event or a celebration. My usual ingredients for this “cake” are prawns, crab sticks, egg mayo, dill, crème fraiche, red onion and white toast bread. The decoration is then different every single time! There are so many different recipes of Smörgåstårta! I have found a couple of nice ones here !




Happy Birthday Stefan!!!





A Birthday Cake For My Aussie Friend


My friend Kelly was turning .. :) so me and my ex-roomie Lucia from Rumania decided to bake a birthday cake, it was fun to cook with Lucci and after a couple of hours we managed to create this vanilla cake with strawberries & blueberries!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes


I learnt how to make these chocolate cupcakes at work and I completely fell in love with them. When I got invited to my friend's engagement party, I offered her and her fiancé that I could bake some for them. They agreed and some of the guests who tasted them came to ask me how I made them. So, if you'd like a recipe, just let me know, it's pretty simple:)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A bit of Czech cuisine in our household

I wanted to surprise my roomies with something a little bit different so I went for chicken skewer and traditional potato pancakes! This dinner took some time to make but their satisfaction was worth the price.
 
 

Ingredients:

6 large potatoes, peeled
1 egg
5 cloves of garlic (the more the better), grated
¾ cup of plain flour (for gluten free diet, use more eggs instead of flour)
1 tsp of dried marjoram
pinch of salt and pepper
about 4 tbsp of vegetable oil

Grate the potatoes, place them in a grater or tea towel and press them to take out the water. Place the potatoes in a bowl, add in the garlic, egg, salt and pepper, marjoram and mix it all together. Gradually mix in the flour. Pour part of the mixture with a ladle onto a hot and well-oiled frying pan. Fry each side of the pancake for at least 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately. You can serve the potato pancakes with sour kraut and ham or chicken with vegetables and tomato sauce. I made simple skewers: chicken breasts, onion, pepper and carrot. I baked it in the oven for 35 minutes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Baked Falafel ;)


This was funny, I followed the recipe and did everything I was supposed to, but something went wrong. When I wanted to fry them, they all disappeared in oil:) so I baked them in the oven. Well, they were low-fat at least!

Healthy starter


I decided to make this healthy starter when we had visitors from Sweden and as everybody knows, the swedish are generally very healthy people, so I thought it was a very appropriate decision. Very simple chickpeas humus with raw vegetables!

Many meals I try to cook come from this amazning cooking book, click here

my first post:)

Hi everybody, I will start uploading photos of meals I've cooked and I would be really happy if any of you could comment on them, I look forward to your respond. Thank you.