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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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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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!

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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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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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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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Tuna & Leeks Pasta Bake

This is a quick dinner that can be made from store cupboard ingredients and the result is very satisfying and filling. I make this when I really don’t feel like cooking and all I want to do is stay on the sofa and watch another episode of Family Guy or Drop Dead Diva. 🙂 If you ever find yourself in that predicament – this recipe takes 10 minutes work and the 45 minutes for baking. Good Luck!

 

tuna bakeIngredients:

 

1 leek

1 can of tuna in water app. 150g

2 cups of dry penne pasta

200g of Philadelphia Light (full-fat will also be delicious but the bake is quite calorific as it is, so I opt for the light version)

½ cup of milk

½ cup of water straight from the kettle

2 Tbsp of grated parmesan

a piece of cheese of your choice to grate on top of the bake, I use Norwegian Jarlsberg but any yellow cheese that you like will do well here

basil and oregano

white pepper and salt

 

 

First of all, preheat the oven to 200C/390F.

I have a new oven which heats up to this temperature within 4 minutes so I usually wait with switching it on but this recipe is done so quickly, you will be amazed!

 

Open the tuna, drain and discard the liquid. Put it in the very same baking dish you are using to make this dinner (this is truly a one pot recipe) and crush it with a fork in order to break up the big pieces. tuna bakeAdd finely chopped leek, Philadelphia cheese, pepper, salt and herbs. Mix well to blend all the ingredients. Add dry, uncooked penne pasta and mix to cover all of the pasta pieces. Add water and milk.

 

Grate the cheeses and sprinkle on top.

 

Bake for 45 minutes.

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Lecso – a beautiful pepper and courgette one-pot dinner.

Lecso is originally a Hungarian dish but it is also known and eaten in other countries of the area. The version I’m giving you is a Polish take on it. This is just one way of making it but it’s my favourite way. Other versionslecso call for lard as the fat, which I don’t like or tell you not to add courgettes. This is my version, influenced by the many times I ate it in Poland and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.

This is a dish with so many delicious vegetables that you can just about forgive yourself having the sausage that goes in it too. It’s a hearty, comforting stew and you can make it quite spicy if you like that. Usually served with a slice of bread, although some people like it with potatoes, which always seems a bit weird to me but by all means go ahead if that appeals to you. I’ve eaten it without the bread and it was still filling and amazing. This is also a one pot operation so no hardcore washing up afterwards.

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If you come across one problem it will be obtaining the right sausage. Any dry one will do, in the worst case even salami, just don’t use hotdogs. Chorizo works great as does Polish dry sausage. In better-stocked supermarkets or food markets you might come across Debrecener sausage and that is highly recommended for lecso. Good Luck!

lecso detailIngredients:

a small splash of oil
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1½ medium size (banana size?) dry sausage
3 red peppers
1 yellow pepper
1 spicy chilli pepper (optional)
2 courgettes
4 tomatoes
spices: red paprika, chilli flakes, salt and black pepper

Take a good, rather big pot and once the onion and garlic are finely chopped, put them on heated oil and start frying while you slice the sausage. You want the kind of slices that you’ll be happy to eat. Not very thick but also not paper thin. Add those slices to the pot as well and let it slightly brown while you’re chopping courgettes and peppers into approximately 1cm cubes/pieces.

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Once chopped, add them to the pot and stir. At this point the dish will stop frying and slowly start boiling. The vegetables will let their delicious juices run. Put tomatoes in a bowl and pour freshly boiled water from the kettle over them to remove the skins.
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Once the skins are off, chop the tomatoes roughly and add to lecso. Add 1 tablespoon of paprika, chilli flakes to your taste and salt. Turn the heat down, put the lid on and let the magic happen for another half an hour.

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If you’re just an average person like me, the chopping should take so much time that once you add tomatoes, it shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes before all of the ingredients are soft and cooked through with lots of juice. Add black pepper and serve in bowls.
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This amount serves 4.

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