Thursday, 30 June 2016

Summer bliss bruschetta #1


Obligatory in summer when tomatoes are ripe and sweet. The taste is luxurious and each bite takes me back in the past... 
















You will need:

1 long bread, sliced 
3 medium or big tomatoes as ripe as you can find
1 avocado
1 garlic clove
salt, pepper
cold pressed olive oil
fresh basil 

Peal the tomatoes and get the seeds out.
Chopped them up into a small squares.
Chop the avocado flash as well.
Mix up all ingredients and mash it up with a fork.
Toast the bread,sprinkle some oil on it before you spread the filling.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Homemade organic baguettes

Forget about super food, low carb diet,  buckwheat, quinoa, spelt, goji berries and what ever else is there these says. Lets go back to basics. A homemade white bread ! 











You will need:

450 gr flour*
1 tsp salt
about 300 ml water
pre-fermented starter ( 1/4 tsp dry yeast, 50 ml water and 100 gr flour )

Prepare the starter a day before you want to bake the bread.
Pour the water in a small breakfast bawl, add the yeast and mix it up. Add the flour and combine everything using a spatula. 
Cover it up with plastic wrap and leave it to ferment for 24 hours.

The next day, pour about 300 ml of lukewarm water in a glass mixing bawl, add the starter and mix up to dissolve into the water. It is fine if you leave some lump in.
Add the flour little by little followed by salt and combine all using your hand , stand mixer with dough attachment or a silicone spatula. 
Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Add more flour if needed.
Place the dough into a oiled glass bawl, cover with plastic wrap and leave it for 3 - 4 hours to prove. 
After that, transfer the dough onto a floured surface and half it to get two peaces of dough.
Shape each dough into a long shapes and place them on a floured tea towel .
Cover with tea towel and let them prove again for a good two hours.
Heat the oven on 200 C 
Transfer the baguettes onto a baking flat tray, quickly dust it with some flout and make a few cuts at the top.
Bake the breads for 10 - 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 180 C and bake for further 15 minutes.

* I used organic unbleached white flout .


Thanks for reading! I would appreciate any comments or suggestions from you.






Monday, 20 June 2016

Pasta bake

Favorite ingredients put together = delicious, tasty, hearty and healthy dinner for a hungry family...






Ingredients:

1 onion
4 carrots
2 cloves garlic
1 onion squash
350 gr broccoli 
400 gr pasta
1 small jar pasta sauce 
cheese
oil
salt and pepper


Dice the onion, carrots and squash ( you don't need to peal it ).
In a cooking pot add some oil and add the vegetables. Stir around until they get a little softer and add the garlic as well as the tomato sauce.
Add some water and seasoning. 
Place the lid on and cook the sauce for 20 minutes or until the veggies are soft and mushy.
In a meantime cook the pasta al dente and add the broccoli into the pasta pan right in the end. Drain and set a side.
Mash the sauce with potato masher and mix it up with the pasta and broccoli.
Spoon it up into a ovenproof dish and 1/2 cup of water if it feels dry and sprinkle some cheese. 
Bake in a hot oven pre-heated on 190 C for 20 minutes.
Serve with some garlic bread and seasonal salad.

note: click here for recipe for home-made tomato sauce 






Friday, 17 June 2016

Тулумби на Мексички начин /Mexican Churros

Churros !! I have first heard about them on TV, then I saw them in a market in London on the Mexican stall and I have to admit,  I fall in LOVE with them.
They remind me of a Balkan tulumba,  which is a big Churro soaked in sugary syrup but  without the chocolate.
These churros are my version and they are a perfect treat !











Потребни состојки:

250 мл вода
2 лажици шеќер
пола лажичка сол
130 гр брашно
70 гр путер
2 јајца
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50 гр шеќер
1 лажиче цимет
масло за пржење

Во сад за варење ставете ја водата, додајте шеќер. сол и путер. Варете додека не зоврие.
Тргнете го садот од оган и додајте го брашното.
Мешајте силно, смесата треба да се `одлепи` од садот.
Додајте ги јајцата едно по едно и мешајте со дрвена лажица се додека не добиете изедначена смеса.
Ставете ја смесата во специален шприц за тулумби.
Загрејте го маслото за пржење да се загрее во плитка тава.
Шеќерот измешајте го заедно со циметот.
Со помош на шприцот притискајте ја смесата и веднаш пржете во топлото масло.
Пржете кратко или додека не добијат златна боја. 
Вадете го на кујнска хартија и веднаш посипете ги со мешавината од шеќер и цимет.
По желба послужете ги со чоколаден сос кој ке го направите на овој начин:
во помал сад ставете 100 гр чоколадо, 50 мл млеко, 20 гр путер и 1 лажиче какао .
Мешајте ги состојките на оган додека не добиете чоколаден сос.


Ingredients:

250 ml water
2 Tbsp sugar
half tsp salt
130 gr flour
70 gr butter
2 eggs
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50 gr sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
oil for frying 

In a cooking pot pour the water, add the salt, sugar and butter.Cook it all together until the water boiled.
Take the pan off the heat and add the flour.
Beat the flour with a wooden spoon until smooth and lump free texture, the dough should come off the sides of the pan.
Now add the eggs one by one and mix it all with the wooden spoon until the dough is smooth.
Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a fitted star nozzle.
Heat the oil until hot but not too hot.
Pipe out the dough straight into the oil and fry the churros for a short time or until they are golden colour.
Repeat until you use all the dough.
Coat them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
Serve the churros with chocolate sauce: 100 gr milk chocolate, 50 ml milk, 20 gr butter and 1 tsp cacao powder, place all ingredients into a small pan, heat it up until you get a smooth melted chocolate.







Monday, 13 June 2016

Bio - boosting okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese egg pancake that is perfect for a super - quick and healthy supper. 




Ingredients:

50 gr flour of your choice 
2 eggs
one large handful of shredded kale
1 grated carrot
half stick of leek, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
half chili pepper, optional
50 ml water 
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp oil for frying 

Mix the flour, eggs, water, kale, carrots, leek and flax seeds together in a large mixing bowl.
Season with salt and pepper and add some chopped chili pepper.
Heat a large non - stick frying pan and add the oil.
Place several large spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and press down to form a pancake.
Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, then turn it over and cook for further 3 minutes.
Serve the pancake with salad .


Thanks for reading! I would appreciate any comments or suggestions from you.

note: the recipe is from the book The medicinal chef but this is my version 











Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Spanakopita


There is no better food for me then the food from my homeland, the flavours I grow up with.
Buttery pastry mixed up with spinach and cheese, accomplished by yogurt and cucumber and salty olives.... and there is a ouzo drink as well....
 











you will need:

270 gr filo pastry, I've got 7 sheets 
300 gr spinach 
100 gr feta cheese
100 gr cottage cheese
2 eggs
1 spring onion 
40 gr butter, melted
pepper
sesame seeds

Wash and chop the spinach.
In a cooking pot drop 2 Tbsp hot water, add the spinach and stir until the spinach is wilted.
Cool it down and squeeze off any liquid before you mix it with cheeses + eggs + spring onion and pepper. You wont need salt because  the feta cheese is salted enough. 
Now the filling is ready,melt the butter.
 Place the  filo pastry on a clean worktop and cut the sheets on half to get 14 long sheets.
Brush each pastry with some butter and put 1 Tbsp of the filling in the corner of the pastry.
Fold and fold again :) 



until you get triangle shape pastries.
Place them in a large baking tray then
brush them with some more butter and sprinkle sesame seeds.
Bake on 180 C for 25 minutes.













Friday, 3 June 2016

Aubergine wedges in a wrap

Summer is here ?! Apparently so! It's been raining for a week, the sun is nowhere to be seen and it's still cold. These wraps has cheered us all up with the taste of a smelly tomatoes, sharp aubergines and a hint of a garlic, chili and basil...






Ingredients:

serve 4

2 aubergines sliced into wedges 
6 small tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp chili flakes 
dry basil
olive oil
salt and pepper
fresh basil 

for the wraps: 200 gr flour, half to be wholemeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
40 ml oil
120 ml warm water

First make the wraps: place all ingredients into a medium size bowl and mix them all up until you form a dough. Cover with tea towel for an hour or two.
Place the dough onto a floured board and divide into 8 balls.
Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a round using more flour if needed.
Heat a non stick frying pan and dry-fry the breads for 30 seconds of each side.

While you wait for the dough to rest, cut the aubergines into wedges, sprinkle some salt and set a side.
Cut the tomatoes into a small chunks, add the chili flakes, garlic, dry basil and some pepper.
Pre-heat the oven on 180 C.
Place the aubergines onto a baking tray and sprinkle oil generously .




Roast them for a 30 minutes, then add the tomato mixture and roast for 15 more minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh basil before serving.