Dairy Free Mushroom Pâté

 

I have discovered something terrible. It turns out that I really have no choice but to eat dairy free.

Dairy free.

No Parmesan for me, no Pecorino, no Mozzarella, no cheesecake. I mean.. do I even have to go on? It’s a health thing and it’s not fixable, so here I go. I have been trying to get used to it for a couple of weeks now. I am quite happy to drink coffee with soymilk, use margarine on bread etc., but saying goodbye forever to cheese is proving the hardest. I do come up with different new things to eat to make things better and I realised that when going out, it is good to go to a Chinese restaurant or for sushi as these are the places where avoiding milk is the easiest.

Well, why not have some mushrooms then? At least they are dairy free.

I had a lot of leftover mushrooms and decided to make a bread spread with them. There are so many recipes out there with cream cheese, butter etc. Needless to say, I had to come up with my own version and I think it is delicious. It feels very creamy in your mouth and it is, to be honest, quite a fancy topping for your bread.

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Ingredients:

3 Tbsp margarine
1/2 a big onion
3 garlic cloves
4 cups of slices mushrooms
1/4 cup red wine
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley or two sprigs of fresh leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
a pinch of cayenne pepper

 

Method:

Melt margarine in a pan and add chopped onion to cook until soft. Add chopped garlic and all the mushrooms.

Sprinkle salt and other spices on the mushrooms. You will see that they will release a lot of liquid into the pan.

Add wine and cook on low heat for around an hour or until all the liquid has evaporated.

Blend the mixture until smooth.

 

Yummy!

 

 

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

Risotto with Broccoli

 

 

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.

kale & bean soup

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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3 Ingredients Banana Pancakes

I refuse to make Halloween recipes posts!

I come from Poland, where when I was growing up, Halloween was heard of but certainly not celebrated. I am just that old. And I remember very well, when I first saw Halloween in Chicago, what a shock that was, all these pumpkins and skeletons out on people’s lawns seemed such overkill. Awesome overkill, I must add. And I remember as well, my first Halloween in Ireland, when a coworker showed up in a full pirate costume to his office job. I barely knew what to say, that’s how surprised I was. There were more people showing up dressed up that day and some years later I was happily dressing up with them too. I have absolutely nothing against Halloween. It’s an awesome, happy holiday.

But I am just totally inexperienced in it, and I often feel like I don’t understand it. So whenever I try to do something for Halloween, I feel like I totally don’t know what I am doing. For this year’s Halloween post, I wanted to make muffins with red cream cheese filling. It was supposed to look like blood. Blood in muffins, I don’t know. Is that a good idea? Or not at all?

So I started experimenting and whatever I added to cream cheese, it came up cute, pastel pink colour, which would be great for a 4 year old girl’s cake or something. Not the colour of blood, certainly. I tried red food colouring, until I ran out of it, I tried cherry juice, red currant juice. Forget it, I ended up with cutsie pink muffins.

And that was my best idea anyway…

So I decided that I should stop pretending that I know anything about Halloween and trying to make something I don’t know how to make. This is too much BS. So instead, you’re getting this recipe: banana pancakes. They are sweet, delicious, they taste like bananas and you can eat them on all days of the year, Halloween or not.

 

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Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

4 eggs

1/4 cup flour

icing sugar for decoration

1 Tbsp oil or butter for frying

 

Peel bananas and mash them in a bowl until more or less smooth. Add eggs and flour and whisk until the mixture is uniform.

Heat the butter in a pan and pour the dough in small portions. These pancakes are best when they are not too big and not too thick. Small pancakes are easy to flip and stay in one piece much easier.

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Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!
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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

 

pickle soup

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

 

pickle soup

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.

 

pickle soup

Enjoy with a slice of bread or without.

 

 

 
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Homemade Sweet & Sour Sauce Preserve

Now that the summer is in full swing beautiful vegetables like peppers, aubergines and courgettes are in season. They won’t stay that way forever but you can preserve their summer goodness in jars and keep it for these winter months. Of course you can just preserve vegetables on their own but you can also save yourself cooking time later by producing a delightful sweet and sour sauce and use it on rice or rice and chicken in the winter.

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Ingredients:

5 bell peppers

3 courgettes

1 small aubergine

1 onion

1 cup tomato puree

1 Tbsp dried oregano

2 Tbsp dried paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp salt

1/3 cup vinegar

1/3 cup water

1 cup sugar

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Cube the vegetables into small 1cm pieces. Place in a bowl, add salt, stir and set in the fridge overnight.

 

On the next day put the vegetables in a colander or sieve and let the juices drain. You will not be using the juices.

Place the vegetables in a pot and start cooking them. Cook for 20 minutes and in the meantime put sugar, water and vinegar in a separate pot, stir and heat until sugar has dissolved.

Add all the spices and tomato puree to the veggies, follow with the vinegar mixture. Mix everything and let it continue to cook while you’re prepping the jars.

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Preheat your oven to 100C/210F and put four 0.5l/pint jars in the oven without lids for 10 minutes. I cannot guarantee that this mixture will yield exactly 2l/4pints so it might be a good idea to add another, smaller jar or be prepared to eat the remaining sauce within the next couple of days. Take the lids, place in a bowl and cover them with hot water from the kettle.

I use jars that I have kept after pickles, jams etc., and I don’t own any fancy canning equipment so this recipe is not calling for any.

When the jars are ready take them out and using kitchen mittens spoon the boiling hot sauce into hot jars and tightly close the lids.

Place the jars on the counter. In an hour or so you will hear popping sounds as the lids will start sealing. All of them should be sealed and you can check by pressing on the middle of the lid to see if it is concave.

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You can keep sealed jars in the pantry until you’re ready to eat the sauce in the autumn or winter.

 

 

And smile because you’re done and you have some delicious food for the cold months! 😀

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Mushrooms & Peas Muffins

I came up with this recipe when away on holiday. I had a jar of mayo in the fridge and knew I had to use it before the holiday was over as bringing it on the plane seemed too crazy. These muffins are really nice and moist inside and are still delicious the next day, so do try them!

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Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup liquid reserved from the can of green peas

3 Tbsp green peas

4 mushrooms, halved and sliced

2 slices of cheese, cut into 6 pieces each to use as topping

1/2 tsp oregano

a pinch of black pepper

a pinch of dried nutmeg

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Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Prepare a 12 hole muffin tray.

In a bowl mix eggs, mayonnaise, pepper, nutmeg and oregano.

In a separate container mix flour with salt and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, add milk and the pea liquid and stir until just blended.

Add peas and mushroom slices and stir to distribute them evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

 

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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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Cheese Muffins for Lunch

This is a recipe for cheese muffins that can be taken in a lunch box to work. I like to eat them sliced and with salami or ham. I used partially the delicious Parmesan. Even though it’s expensive I always buy the real thing and never pre-grated. Parmesan loses its delicious aroma if it’s kept grated for a long time so I prefer to grate it myself. Also, a little Parmesan goes a long way, so I could easily top it up with some very mild tasting Norvegia, which is a Norwegian version of a Gouda-style cheese.

 

 

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 c milk

2 eggs

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup tightly packed grated cheese, I used Parmesan and Norvegia which is a Norwegian cheese similar to Gouda; use what you like most

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

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In a bowl mix oil, milk and eggs with a spatula.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and dried thyme. Mix those well and then add to the wet ingredients.

Blend until there are no more pockets of dry flour.

Add cheese and mix again until evenly distributed.

 

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Bake for 25 minutes until the muffins are a golden colour.

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Oven-baked Applesauce Rice

When I was a little girl my Grandma used to make a similar dish in a remoska mini oven that we had. She continued always making this particular dish in the remoska even though we already had a standard oven, so when the remoska was out of the cabinets, I knew the delicious cinnamon smell would soon fill the whole house. Ah, the childhood memories!

You can check out what a remoska is here. I can see the nostalgia is not only mine and the remoska seems to be making a brilliant comeback as an electricity saving oven. Well done! Maybe I’ll get one too?

We ate this as a normal dinner. Maybe you’ll like it better as a lunch or even dessert! This was back under communism when eating meat everyday was just not how things were, so rice with apples seemed like a very good dinner idea. We were not obese back then, so sometimes I look back into these times to see if I can find any more healthy recipes. Now, bear in mind that this is not diet food either as it has sugar.

I now adapted this recipe to my lifestyle and more modern likes (like brown rice instead of white) and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!

applesauce rice

 

 

applesauce rice

 

 

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup applesauce (mine has very little sugar)
2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 apples
a handful of dried cranberries
a pinch of dried ginger
a pinch of dried cardamom

an oven-safe dish with a lid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Wash your rice in a sieve and dump in the baking dish, add water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, salt and stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients.

Add applesauce and stir again.

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Cut apples into slices, I cut them widthwise and just remove the middle to save time. Place apples on top of your mixture and press lightly to submerge them in the sweet, spiced water.

Sprinkle with cranberries.

Put the lid on and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the rice is done. Brown rice likes to take its time 🙂

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This amount serves 4 for a light and delicious meal.

Enjoy!

 

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