Delicious Risotto with Broccoli

This is one of my favourite things to eat in the world. I make a risotto two, three times a month and I always enjoy both cooking and eating it. I really like the creamy arborio rice and if you decide to make this dish, please use arborio and not jasmin or any other rice variety. Arborio is the one to use, because it will give you this creamy, starchy texture.

 

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion

2 cloves garlic

1 stalk celery

1 cup broccoli, divided into small florets

1 1/3 cup arborio rice

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

salt & pepper

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Place butter and oil in a pan. Set the heat to medium. Mince the onion and garlic and add to the pan. Chop celery into very tiny pieces and add to the pan.

Divide broccoli into small florets and add to the pan. Stir and add dry arborio rice. Let it fry until you see that it is slowly becoming translucent.

Add wine, stir and cook until the wine has been absorbed. Add chicken stock and let cook for another 10 minutes or so. Keep an eye on the dish and if you see that it has absorbed all of the liquid but the rice is still too hard to eat, add more stock or even hot water if you have no more stock.

Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Once the rice is soft enough to eat add parmesan, stir, and serve.

Enjoy!

 

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Easy Kale, White Bean & Potato Soup

Winter is getting closer and everybody starts talking about kale and putting it in recipes, right? They have a point, since kale is in season now and it is the least bitter when grown in cold temperatures.

And, as I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to nutrition, I went ahead and checked that kale has some amazing amounts of vitamin K, A and C. If you make this soup and eat it and then want to feel extra, especially good about doing it, have a look at this link. It explains a lot about the benefits of kale. World’s Healthiest Foods – Kale

The beans aren’t just a filler either, I used lima beans and found some awesome info about them on that website. Have a look for some info on whatever beans you use.

This is a recipe for a hearty, warming autumn soup. Even though it does not contain meat, it leaves your belly satisfied and full.

 

This amount serves 4.

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced (I use a food processor)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 carrot, cut lengthwise and then chopped

1 vegetable stock cube

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tsp Herbes de Provence

1 tsp marjoram (use oregano if you have no marjoram)

1/2 tsp salt

1 can white beans (lima/haricot/navy, whatever is easiest to get)

2 cups kale, finely chopped

1 1/2 liter water form the kettle

salt & pepper to taste

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In a pot, heat the olive oil and add onion and garlic. Let cook for a couple of minutes until the onions soften.

Add the cubed potatoes and carrots. Stir to coat with oil and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Pour the water in and follow with celery, herbs and bring into a rolling boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are almost ready.

Add kale and drained and rinsed beans and cook for 5 more minutes, just enough for all the flavours to blend.

Check the taste and add more salt if needed. Season with freshly ground pepper.

Delicious served with rolls.

 
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My Polish Grandma’s Dinner: Polish Pickle Soup

Pickle soup is a classic in Poland and if you google it, you will find plenty of recipes and explanations in English. It’s my favourite soup, with an interesting, sour flavour. Do try it and don’t be put off by the idea. It’s delicious! This is one of those soups that leaves you warm, satisfied and feeling amazing.

Regarding the pickles to use for this recipe, you will need to find pickles which have no vinegar in the jar. Here in Norway, I am able to find them in imported food shops, where they are selling a lot of Turkish and Middle-Eastern foods. I can see a lot of recipes out there not telling readers this detail and I learnt the hard way. The vinegar pickles won’t lose their vinegary madness while in the soup and you’ll end up eating heated vinegar – not great!

This recipe yields 4 yummy portions

 

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Ingredients:

4 potatoes

2 carrots

1 parsnip

1 small piece of celeriac

1/2 cup single cream

6 pickles, processed or grated into a pulp

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp tomato paste

to season:

1/2 tsp sweet paprika

1/2 tsp dried parsley leaf

1/2 tsp black ground pepper

salt to taste

 

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Peel and cube potatoes and place in a saucepan. Add 1 1/2l (3 pints) water and put on medium heat.

Peel and dice carrots, parsnip and celeriac and add to potatoes. Bring to boil and continue cooking until soft.

While these are cooking, add paprika, parsley, ground pepper and salt.

In a frying pan, melt the butter and once hot, add pickles and fry until slightly thicker.

Once you check the soup and you are sure that the potatoes and other veggies are soft enough to eat, add the pickles and tomato paste, and stir.

In a glass mix cream with a tablespoon of the hot soup.

Take the soup off the heat and stir the cream mixture in.

 

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Enjoy with a slice of bread or without.

 

 

 
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My Polish Grandma’s Dinner: Pasta with Sausages

This is one of those super simple recipes. It comes from my grandma who has enjoyed it any time she was able to get the ingredients. She really likes to add a lot of cream to her recipes. I asked her about it and she said that when she was a young girl in the Second World War they had little food. Her family was from the countryside and they managed to keep a cow despite all of the difficulties. She said that sometimes these milk products coming from the cow were lifesavers and the only thing they had for the whole day. You’d think that would put a person off cream for life but instead cream and milk are my grandma’s favourite things.

 

About the ingredients for this recipe. The pasta grandma uses is a short, thin pasta, thin like angel hair or capellini but short. I imagine other small pasta types could be used here with success.

For sausage my grandma’s favourite choice here is hotdogs. You can also use kielbasa, wieners or anything else that you like.

You’ll also notice marjoram. If this herb is alien to you, just use oregano instead. Also, if you like your food spicy, this can be delicious with cayenne pepper.

This amount serves 4.

 

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Ingredients:

a teaspoon of oil for frying

2 cups dry thin pasta or whatever is your normal amount for 4 people (a lot depends here on the exact pasta type)

4 sausages

1 onion

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup single cream

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp marjoram

a handful of grated cheese

salt and pepper to taste

 

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In a large frying pan, add oil and sliced sausages. Let them brown while you are chopping onion and garlic. Once the sausages are browned to your liking, add onion and garlic.

In the meantime, boil pasta according to instructions on the packet.

Add hot, drained pasta to the sausages and follow with cream, tomato paste, herbs, cheese, salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes while mixing well.

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Done! I love this with a big, green salad.

 

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Easy, 1 Hour Dinner Rolls

These delicious rolls can be made quickly while making soup or anything else for dinner and are really nice.

I use silicone molds to shape them into quirky forms.

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Ingredients:

1 cup warm water

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup of wholemeal, finely ground rye flour

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp dried oregano

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Add all the ingredients to a bowl in the order above and knead the dough until smooth.

Leave to rest under a plastic wrap for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Knead the dough again for a minute and either form into balls the size of a table tennis bowl or press into molds.

Let rest another 5 minutes and bake for 20 minutes, until the rolls are golden on top.

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Cheesy Spinach Casserole

Spinach is one of those healthy foods that also happen to be tasty. I like to add a bit to many dishes but this casserole is quite packed with it. It is also an easy and quickly put together dinner or lunch for when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Yup, another lazy recipe.

This casserole has three cheeses so it’s definitely for the cheese enthusiast like me. But who wouldn’t like cheese?

 

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cup dry penne pasta

1 cup cream cheese

1 standard size ball of Mozzarella (80 to 100g)

4 cups spinach leaves, chopped

1 cup milk

a handful of Parmesan shavings

1/2 tsp dried nutmeg

1/2 tsp dried chilli powder (or more if you like spicy)

1 tsp dried regano

salt & pepper to taste

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Put the uncooked pasta and spinach in an ovenproof dish.

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Next, grab a small pot and heat the cream cheese, spices and milk in it until the cheese is more or less melted and the spices are well distributed.

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spinach casserole

 

Pour the mixture all over the pasta and stir.

Put the Parmesan shavings and Mozzarella on top and place in the oven.

 

 

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Bake for 40 minutes. The pasta should be cooked by then.

When making one of these lazy dishes which don’t require you to pre-cook the pasta, it is important to make sure that all of the pasta shapes are covered with milk, cheese or spinach so that they cook instead of drying out.

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Enjoy!
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My Polish Grandma’s Dinner: Kluski with Chicken

My Grandma turned 87 this year and she is still an avid cook. This recipe is a real comfort food for me. I’ve made it many  times in different ways, adding spinach to the dough and other variations but this is the very simple, basic recipe for the delicious ‘kluski’ dumplings. One amazing thing about them is that they don’t require for you to have some great manual skills, like many other dough dumplings. I have always loved their smooth, slightly chewy texture and very delicate flavour. If you like the Italian gnocchi you are likely to enjoy these Polish kluski as well.

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The chicken that comes with them is really, really simple and maybe nothing special but I wanted to give you the real experience – this is my Grandma’s real recipe, how she made it for the last 50 years at least and at least two generations have already enjoyed it immensely. This amount feeds approximately 4 people for a light meal or 3 for a bigger meal.

 

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For kluski:

1 1/2 cup mashed potatoes leftover from last night’s dinner or cooked especially for this (if cooking especially for this, don’t forget to add salt)

1 egg

approximately 6 Tbsp potato flour (more about the amount in the recipe)

For chicken:

2 chicken breasts

1 Tbsp rapeseed oil

1Tbsp wheat flour

3 Tbsp single cream

1 Tbsp tomato puree

1/2 cup hot water from the kettle

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

salt & pepper to taste

 

First, cut the chicken meat into small pieces and add salt, pepper, paprika and garlic. Stir and leave in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.

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Next make the kluski the following way. Take the potato mash and spread it in the bottom of a bowl in the way pictured, so that it covers three quarters of the bottom with one quarter of the space empty.

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Next, fill the empty space with potato flour. This is how it will always work, no matter how much potato mash you have exactly, if you follow this method, the kluski will always be delicious.

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Add 1 egg and mix well. Grandma says that there is no need for another egg until you’re cooking for 5 people and using more potatoes.

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Now form a dough ball and start making kluski with your hands. First roll them into balls and then flatten and make a little impression with your thumb in the middle. This will ensure they cook all the way through and they will have a delicious little well for sauce.

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Now, let the  kluski wait on a plate and back to the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and put your chicken on it. Fry it until all meat becomes white and there are no more raw/pink pieces. Once you are sure the chicken is not raw, add 2 Tbsp cream, the tomato puree and water from the kettle. Stir so it doesn’t stick and let boil under a lid on medium heat for 15 minutes.

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In the meantime, boil a bigger pot of water for the kluski. Once the water is salted and boiling quite hard, place the kluski in it. They will all fall to the bottom but do not do anything and within minutes they will start popping back up to the surface. It’s quite a funny thing to watch because they never do it all at once. You can make bets on which one will be next. 🙂

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Once ALL of the kluski are swimming on the surface of boiling water, count 5 minutes and they should be perfect right about then. Try one if not sure. They should be soft and slightly chewy. Their texture should be very smooth and velvety.

To thicken the sauce surrounding chicken, put the remaining cream in a cup, add wheat flour and stir. Add to the boiling sauce and stir until well blended.

Serve the kluski with the sauce on top. I added some steamed broccoli.

 

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Enjoy this delicious, comforting meal.

 

 

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Vegetable Feast Pie

This is very much a comfort food for me but also a way to eat a lot of vegetables. This is a feast of vegetables in an open-faced pie.

The danger here is for the vegetable juices to run and soak the dough but as long as you do what I did, it shouldn’t happen. And I would eat this dough even when soaked because it’s delicious. You can be a bit adventurous and use different veggies if you like. I know this version tastes good. If you bought kale especially for this recipe and you’re not sure what to do with the rest of it, you can toss it in the freezer and use the same way you would use spinach later.

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For the crust:

1 cup warm water

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp dried yeast

 

vegetable feast pieFor the filling:

1/2 yellow bell pepper

1 big, curly kale leaf

1 garlic clove

2 Tbsp tomato puree

a handful of broccoli florets

a couple of mushrooms

a small piece of Parmesan cheese

a bigger (around 100g) piece of another cheese (I’m using a Norwegian brand called Jarlsberg)

1 tsp of dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

 

 

 

 

Start with the crust, mix all of the crust ingredients in a bowl and knead until it forms a dough ball. Leave in a warm place under plastic wrap for 30 minutes.

When you come back after that time, the dough should have risen. Knead it again to get the air out of it and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap again.

Now you can start chopping all the vegetable ingredients. Once you are half way through that process, preheat the oven to 220C/425F, the best program to use is both top and bottom heat.

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Once all the vegetables are chopped, take the dough out of the bowl, spray a baking dish with cooking oil, so that the dough doesn’t stick and spread the dough all over the bottom and sides of the dish.

Don’t worry if you’re not very good with dough and there is a hole, just repair it with some leftover dough later.

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Once done spread the tomato puree around the bottom and sprinkle with herbs. Next start layering the vegetables until you run out. Cover with cheese slices.

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Bake for 40 minutes or until cheese browns.

 

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vegetable feast pie

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Potato Crust Spinach Quiche – How to Have Eggs and Potatoes for Dinner or Lunch and Enjoy It

I know it’s Christmas time in a minute but that’s not an excuse to eat huge, festive cuts of meat for the whole December. Not for me anyway, since I’m not the biggest meat eater. So this is my idea for a rather cheap, easy to make dish, while our poor stomachs are getting ready for the holiday abuse.

I first learnt about quiche when I moved to Ireland many years ago but quiche actually comes from France. It’s a very light milk, cheese and egg concoction, usually in a form of an open faced pie. The crust is not supposed to be made out of potato but I never have time or patience for making crust, so sometimes I make my quiche completely crustless and now also with potato. Quiche can be made with many ingredients and this recipe is only one, simple way to make it. Google it and you’ll find a whole world of quiche if you don’t already know it. This is my take on it, anyway, with only a little meat and a lot of spinach – just how I like it.

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Ingredients:

1 large baking potato or two medium ones
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups or 2 handfuls of chopped spinach
1 compressed cup of grated cheese
a couple of broccoli florets
3 slices of ham, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
a pinch of nutmeg

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Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.

Slice the potato thinly and use the slices to create a ‘crust’ inside the baking dish.

Spray with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 minutes while preparing the rest of the dish.

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In a bowl, with a hand whisk blend milk and flour. Add eggs and use an electric whisk or a hand whisk if you’re the patient kind to foam and aerate the mixture. I had a very good result after 2 minutes with an electric mixer.

With a spatula, gently fold in the cheese, spinach, ham,  herbs and spices.

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Take the potatoes out of the oven and turn the oven down to 180C/350F.

Pour the mixture into the crust and top with broccoli florets. Push them into the quiche so that they cook rather than burn in the oven.

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Bake for an hour or until springy to the touch.

 

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Vegan Twice Baked Potato

This is a dish that reminds me of beautiful Ireland where I used to live. Granted, there would probably be bacon in the recipe if you ordered this in an Irish pub but it’s still the same soft, comforting goodness. If eating a potato as the main star of your meal seems wrong to you, make some meat with it but I am perfectly happy appreciating the tuber just as it is.

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Ingredients:

4 large potatoes

2 large mushrooms

2 spring onions

3 Tbsp olive oil

salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and marjoram (you can use oregano if you don’t have marjoram)

 

Preheat your oven to 200C/395F.

You need to cover the washed and unpeeled potatoes with olive oil. I don’t like touching oily things, so I just pour 1 Tbsp of oil into a plastic bag and toss the potatoes in it until uniformly covered.

Put the greasy bulbs on a baking tray and into the oven for 1 hour or until tender. Nobody said it’s going to be quick.

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Slice the spring onion and mushrooms and set aside.

In a big bowl mix the rest of your oil, spices and chopped spring onion.

 

Once the potatoes are baked and the knife goes into their flesh without much effort, start with cutting off a flat section off the top. This is when I always burn my fingers because I just cannot wait to get to work. Try to learn from my mistakes and let the potatoes cool for 10 minutes at least.

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twice baked potato

Next, spoon out the potato flesh into the bowl of spices and spring onions. Be careful not to make a hole in the bottom of your potato but if you do, don’t fret. Use my trick (in the photo) and put the skin from the top of the potato in the bottom, to reinforce it.

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Mash and blend the mixture in the bowl and you’re ready to start stuffing the potatoes with it. Try the mixture first, to make sure that it’s as delicious as you’d like it to be. For a finishing touch, place mushroom slices in the soft mash.

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twice baked potato

Bake for another 30 minutes in 200C/395F.

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I served mine with steamed vegetables. This amount serves 4.

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