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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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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