Spinach Pancakes for lunch !

Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.

 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Pancakes batter ingredients (7-8 pancakes):
– 115g fresh spinach
– 2 eggs
– 300ml milk
– 200g all purpose flour
– 2 tsp sugar
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/3 tbsp sunflower oil for frying

Serving ingredients:
– 150g smoked salmon
– 100g cream cheese
– fresh dill

Method:
1 Wash and dry spinach leaves
2 Put in blender all pancakes batter ingredients: mash until smooth
3 Preheat a skillet, add 1/3 tbsp sunflower oil (needed only in the beginning)
4 For each pancake pour 1 ladle of batter on the skillet – fry at medium heat until bubbling, turn the pancake over and cook until golden
5 Serve pancakes with soft cheese, smoked salmon and fresh dill ! Enjoy !

Quick and healthy Salmon and Vegetables soup!

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

Jane Austen

Ingredients (4-6 servings):
– 320g salmon
– 1 head broccoli
– 6 medium carrots
– 8 medium potatoes
– chopped dill for serving
– salt to taste

Method:

1 Peel and cut/chop vegetables
2 Cut salmon in pieces
3 Put chopped vegetables and salmon in the saucepan, add water to cover the vegetables and salmon pieces, add salt to taste
4 Cook for 20-25 minutes after boiling, serve with fresh chopped dill!

Turkey-Pineapple Pancakes !

I am a mathematician, sir. I never permit myself to think.

John Dickson Carr

Ingredients:
– 400g turkey breast
– 200g canned pineapple pieces
– 1 egg
– 50g grated cheese
– 3 tbsp flour
– 1 grated garlic cloth
– salt and pepper to taste

Sauce:
– 200g sour cream
– fresh chopped parsley/dill
– chopped garlic

Method:
1 Combine chopped turkey breast, chopped pineapples, egg, grated cheese, flour, grated garlic and salt/pepper: mix until smooth
2 Preheat the skillet, add sunflower oil: pour 1tbsp of batter for each pancake-to-be. Fry 5-6 min each side or until golden, medium heat
3 Switch to minimum heat and cook pancakes under the lid for 10 min
4 For the sauce combine and mix sour cream, chopped garlic, chopped parsley/dill
5 Serve!

Tarte Flambée with Pears, Brie and Walnuts

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Jane Austen
Tarte Flambée with Pears, Brie and Walnuts


Dough ingredients:
– 220g wheat flour
– 1 egg yolk
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 100ml warm water
– 1/2 tsp salt

Filling ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 1 large pear
– 100g Brie
– 10 walnuts
– liquid honey for serving
– black pepper for serving

Directions:

1 Preheat the oven to 220C
2 Mix dough ingredients and knead the dough for 5 minutes
3 Roll out the dough into an oval 3-4 mm height
4 Put the dough on the baking paper and bake at 220C for 8 min without a filling
5 Meanwhile slice pear, cut Brie and slightly chop walnuts
6 Remove the baking tray from the oven, spread the sour cream over the dough, add sliced pear, brie pieces and chopped walnuts
7 Bake Tarte Flambée for another 7-8 minutes at 220C
8 Sprinkle with black pepper and honey, enjoy !

Sage and Butter Pasta !

If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.

Jane Austen

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 30g fresh sage
– 100g butter
– 250g pasta
– 2 garlic clothes
– 50g parmesan

Method:
1 Melt butter in the skillet, add chopped sage, cook at middle heat for 8 min, add chopped garlic and cook for another 2 min
2 Boil pasta in salted water Al Dente, drain water and transfer to the skillet with butter & sage: cook for 2 min
3 Serve with grated parmesan and enjoy !

Quick warming lunch for a working day: pasta with beef and onion

Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 250g pasta
– 2 small red onions
– (already boiled) beef, chopped
– butter for frying
– salt, papper
– tomatoes for serving

Method:

1 Chop onion and fry it in butter until golden
2 Add chopped (already boiled) beef: fry for 5 minutes
3 Boil pasta al dente, drain water and mix pasta with beef and onion
4 Serve with fresh tomatoes!

Hungarian Paprika-Potato Pancakes with garlic sauce !

I had for breakfast more paprika, and a sort of porridge of maize flour which they said was “mamaliga”, and egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat, a very excellent dish, which they call “impletata”.

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Pancakes ingredients (15-16 pancakes):
– 500g boiled potatoes (weight boiled)
– 1 red onion
– 2 eggs
– 3 tbsp flour
– 2 tsp paprika powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 100g breadcrumbs
– sunflower oil for frying

Garlic sauce ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 3 tsp mayonnaise
– 3 garlic cloves
– parsley

Method:

1 Boil potatoes
2 Potatoes-batter: combine boiled potatoes, chopped onion, eggs, flour, paprika powder and salt – mix well until smooth
3 Preheat the skillet with some sunflower oil
4 For each pancake drop 1 tsp of potatoes-batter in bread crumbs and fry for 2-3 minutes each side, medium heat until golden
5 Garlic sauce: mix sour cream, grated garlic, mayonnaise and chopped parsley
5 Serve pancakes hot with garlic sauce and chopped parsley !

Veggie chips with blue cheese sauce !

You must remain. I must depart.
Two autumns falling in the heart

Yosa Buson

Veggie chips ingredients (for 2-3 servings):
– 6-8 medium potatoes
– 4 large carrots
– 2 beetroots
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil
– Herbes de Provence to taste
– salt to taste

Blue Sauce ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 125g blue cheese (Saint Agur blue)
– chopped dill and parsley

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 190C
2 Pill and cut veggies into thin strips
3 Mix veggie strips with Herbes de Provence, salt and sunflower oil: transfer to the baking paper
4 Bake for 50-60 min at 190C
5 Blue cheese sauce: combine sour cream, blue cheese, chopped dill & parsley: mix until smooth. Put the sauce in the fridge until the chips are ready
6 Serve veggie chips with a blue cheese sauce !

Salmon-Kohlrabi soup: simple and healthy

When I am not reading Kafka I am thinking about Kafka. When I am not thinking about Kafka I miss thinking about him. Having missed thinking about him for a while, I take him out and read him again. That’s how it works.

László Krasznahorkai
Salmon-Kohlrabi soup

Ingredients:
– 200g salmon
– 1 Kohlrabi
– 4 medium potatoes
– 4 medium carrots
– 1 red onion
– dill for serving
– 1 tsp salt

Method:

1 Pill vegetables, chop vegetables and salmon into 1-2 cm cubes
2 Put vegetables and salmon in a pan, add water to cover + 1cm more, add salt: cook at medium heat 18 minutes after boiling
3 Serve with chopped dill !

Simple Cinnamon-Snail-Cookies !

If You Hurry You’ll Miss the Miracles

Lewis Carroll
Snail Cookies

Dough ingredients:
– 100g flour
– 100g cottage cheese
– 100g butter
– 1 egg yolk
– dash of salt

Filling ingredients:
– 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
– 1.5 tsp cinnamon

Method:
1 Filling: mix sugar and cinnamon 😉
2 Dough and cookies
2.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
2.2 Grate butter into the flour
2.3 Add cottage cheese, salt, egg yolk: mix until smooth and knead the dough
2.4 Roll our the dough until 4-5mm height
2.5 Distribute the filling evenly on the dough
2.6 Roll the dough into a pipe
2.7 Cut the pipe into cookies-to-be, about 7mm width
2.8 Transfer the cookies-to-be on the baking paper and bake 20-25 minutes until golden at 200C !
2.9 Serve with black coffee. Enjoy. Life is wonderful. 😀

Cheesy Potato Pancakes !

I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Cheesy Potato Pancakes

Pancakes ingredients (16 pancakes):
– 700g potatoes
– 100g cheese
– 1 big red onion
– 2 tbsp flour
– 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
– salt and pepper to taste
– sunflower oil for frying

Garlic sauce ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 1 tbsp mayonnaise
– 2-3 minced garlic cloves

Method:

1 Combine grated raw potatoes, grated cheese, chopped onion, flour, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper: mix until smooth
2 Preheat the skillet with sunflower oil
3 One tbsp batter for one pancake: fry 3-4 minutes each side until golden, medium heat, transfer on paper towels to absorb extra oil
4 Garlic sauce: mix sour cream, mayonnaise and minced garlic
5 Serve warm pancakes with the sauce and enjoy !

Plum Galette by Jacques Pepin recipe

It grew cooler and even a little darker (but not much) with the coming of the night. The sky was cloudless; it was still early in July, and pretty far north; in the darkest part of that night, you would have needed pretty good eyes to read, but for all that, I have often seen it darker in a winter mid-day.

R.L.S.
Plum Galette by Jacque Pepin recipe

Dough ingredients:
– 1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-170g butter
-1/4 tsp salt
– 1/3 cup cold water
Filling ingredients (I changed a little original recipe):
-1/4+1/3 cup sugar
-3 tbsp grated almonds
-3 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 500g prune plums+200g peaches (weight with stones)
-3 tbsp butter

Directions:
1 Dough
1.1 Grate butter in flour, add salt and mix well
1.2 Add cold water, mix well and knead the dough
1.3 Roll out the dough into an oval 0.5cm width and transfer it in the baking paper to rest, make a filling meanwhile
2 Filling
2.1 Cut in stripes plums and peaches
2.2 Mix in a bowl 1/4 cup sugar + grated almonds + flour
3 Galette
3.1 Preheat the oven to 200C
3.2 Spread the sugar-almonds-flour mixture in the dough within 4 cm from the edge
3.3 Put the plums/peaches stripes on the sugar-almonds-flour mixture, top with remaining 1/3 cup sugar and chopped 3 tbsp butter
3.4 Bake galette for 50-60 minutes at 200C
3.5 Let the galette cool down and enjoy !

Fresh Corn Pancakes with Basil-Mayonnaise sauce !

We must go on, because we can’t turn back.

R.L.S.
Fresh Corn Pancakes with Basil-Mayonnaise sauce

Pancakes ingredients:
– 4 fresh corn cobs
– 2 eggs
– 3-4 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp black pepper
– sunflower oil for frying

Basil sauce ingredients:
– 1/2 bunch fresh basil chopped
– 4 tsp mayonnaise
– 1-2 cloves garlic chopped

Method:

1 Wash corn cobs, cut corn kernels off cobs with a knife
2 Combine corn kernels with eggs, flour, salt, black pepper, mix well until smooth
3 Preheat 2 skillets, add sunflower oil, keep medium heat
4 Add 1 full tbsp of corn-batter for 1 corn-pancake: fry 2-3 minutes each side until golden
5 Transfer ready pancakes on the paper towels to absorb extra oil
6 Basil sauce: combine chopped basil, mayonnaise and chopped garlic and mix
7 Serve warm corn pancakes with the basil sauce and enjoy !

Creamy Spinach-Gorgonzola Tagliatelle !

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Viktor Frankl
Creamy Spinach-Gorgonzola Tagliatelle

Ingredients (2 servings):
– 250g Tagliatelle
– 100ml 33% cream
– 125g baby spinach
– 2 small red onions
– 180g Gorgonzola
– sunflower oil for frying onion
– black pepper for serving

Method:

1 Tagliatelle: cook Al Dente
2 Spinach-Gorgonzola sauce:
2.1 Chop onions
2.2 Chop spinach
2.3 Fry onion on sunflower oil until soft, add spinach and cook at medium heat for 2-4 min
2.4 Add cream and Gorgonzola – cook at medium heat until Gorgonzola melted
3 Serving: put Tagliatelle in the plates, pour sauce on the Tagliatelle, sprinkle with black pepper and enjoy!

Simple and healthy sweet potato and cauliflower soup with beef !

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.

Hermann Hesse
Sweet potato and cauliflower soup with beef

Ingredients:
– 400g minced beef
– 3-4 large sweet potatoes
– half a head cauliflower
– 1 tsp salt
– pumpkin seeds for serving

Method:

1 Boil minced beef for 25 minutes in 2-2.5l salted water
2 Wash and peel sweet potatoes and cauliflower
3 Add finely chopped sweet potatoes and cauliflower to the broth with beef and boil another 15 minutes
4 Mash the soup with a blender until smooth
5 Serve the soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and enjoy !

Pancakes with Beef and Tomatoes filling !

Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir.

Henry Matisse
pancakes with beef

Pancakes ingredients (14-16 pancakes):
– 5/4 cup wheat floor
– 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (it gives to pancakes a wonderful color and taste)
– 0.5l Kefir
– 0.3l milk (combination of milk & Kefir gives a special taste to the pancakes)
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp sugar
– dash of salt
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil 
– 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil onto the skillet for the first pancake

Filling ingredients:
– 500g minced beef
– 2 small red onions
– 300g tomato purée
– 2 tomatoes
– 1 zucchini

Serving ingredients:
– 200g sour cream
– 2 cloves garlic

Method:
1 Pancakes
1.1 Whisk 2 eggs with salt & sugar
1.2 Pour Kefir and milk in the whisked eggs
1.3 Gradually add wheat and buckwheat flour continuously stirring
1.4 Mix in 1 tbsp sunflower oil
1.5 Preheat the skillet with 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1.6 Pour 1 soup ladle of batter into the skillet for one pancake
1.7 Cook each pancake until golden ~2 min each side
1.8 Keep the pancakes warm covered with a lid
2 Filling
2.1 Fry chopped onion in sunflower oil 2-3 min, add minced meat and fry another 10 min, medium heat
2.2 Add chopped zucchini, tomatoes, tomato purée and stew for 10-15 min
3 Serving
3.1 Put the 1-2tbsp filling on one half of each pancake and roll the pancakes out
3.2 Serve with sour cream with grated garlic and enjoy!

Rhubarb Muffins with Walnuts and Cinnamon!

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

R.L.S.

Ingredients (for 12 delicious muffins):
– 1 and 1/4 cup flour (1 cup=200ml)
– 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp vinegar
– dash of salt
– 1 egg
– 2/3 cup cane sugar
– 8g vanilla sugar
– 1/4 cup sunflower oil
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
– 1 cup diced rhubarb

Topping ingredients:
– 1/2 tbsp butter
-2-3 tbsp cane sugar
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method:

1 Preheat oven to 180C
2 Butter muffin form
3 Bowl 1: mix flour+salt+baking soda+vinegar
4 Bowl 2: whisk egg with sugar and vanilla sugar, then add oil and milk and whisk until smooth
5 Combine dry ingredients from Bowl 1 with ingredients from Bowl 2 and mix well until smooth
6 Add chopped walnuts and diced rhubarb: mix well
7 Pour the batter into 12 muffin forms
8 Bowl 3: mix melted butter with sugar and cinnamon and put this mixture on top of each muffin to be
9 Bake muffins for 25 minutes at 180 C, let them cool down and enjoy with a cup of coffee !

Warm soup in the pot with red bell peppers, carrots, beef and pearl barley !

花より団子

Japanese saying

Ingredients (6 pots):
– 400g minced beef
– 3 red bell peppers
– 5-6 carrots
– one large red onion
– 1 glass (250ml) pearl barley
– 2 tsp salt
– 5-6tbsp tomato puree (pure tomatoes, not salted)
– 300-350ml water in each pot

Method:
1 Grate carrots; chop bell peppers & onion
2 Combine vegetables, 1 glass not boiled pearl barley, tomato puree, salt: mix well
3 Preheat the oven to 190C
4 Distribute minced beef equally in the pots
5 Distribute vegetables & pearl barley mixture in the pots equally, over the minced beef
6 Add 300-350ml water in each pot
7 Cover the pots with lids and put in the oven for 60 minutes at 190C
8 Enjoy delicious soup!

Pelmeni: Dumplings with Beef and Pork !

Patsuk opened his mouth, stared at the vareniki, and opened his mouth wider still. At that moment, a varenik jumped out of the bowl, splashed into the cream, flipped over and leapt straight up into his mouth. Patsuk opened his mouth again, and another varenik went through the same performance. The only trouble he took was to munch it up and swallow it.

Nikolai Gogol, Christmas Eve

We used to make Pelmeni on Christmas Eve, all the family was gathered together. One of Pelmeni was “lucky one”, made with a different filling from the others – the person who will get the “lucky” Pelemen’ is supposed to be lucky throughout the year!

Dough ingredients (~70 Pelmeni = 4-6 portions):
– 3 cups (1 cup = 250ml) wheat flour
– 170ml warm water
– 1 tbsp 9% vinegar
– 2 and 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
– 1/2 tsp salt

Filling ingredients (~70 Pelmeni = 4-6 portions):
– 250g minced beef
– 250g minced pork
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 2-3 tsp grated butter

Serving ingredients (for 2 portions):
– 200g sour cream

Method:

1 Dough:
1.1 combine dough ingredients and knead the dough for 5-7 min
1.2 leave the dough under the cloth while making the filling
2 Filling: combine minced meat, spices, grated butter: mix well until smooth
3 Pelmeni
3.1 separate dough into 6 equal parts and form a 1.5cm diameter sausage from each part
3.2 cut each sausage into 1cm width pieces
3.3 roll out each piece into a ~7cm diameter round
3.4 put 1 tsp filling into each round
3.5 fold the round into a half-moon, pinch all the edges together strongly with fingers; then pull together two corners and pinch strongly with fingers
3.6 boil Pelmeni for 5 min after boiling and serve with sour cream
4 Enjoy !

Sweet potato chips – quick and healthy snack !

Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips ingredients (for 2 servings):
– 3 large sweet potatoes
– 0.5 tbsp olive oil
– dash of salt

Sauce ingredients:
– 100g sour cream
– 80g blue cheese
– chopped dill

Method:

1 Sweet potato chips
1.1 Preheat the oven to 190C
1.2 Pill and cut sweet potatoes into strips
1.3 Mix potato strips with salt and olive oil and transfer on the baking paper
1.4 Bake for 30 minutes at 190C
2 Sauce: combine sour cream, blue cheese and chopped dill – mix until smooth and put the sauce in the fridge until the chips are ready
3 Serve hot sweet potato chips with a sauce from the fridge !

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