Friday, March 27, 2009

The Daring Bakers #1 Lasagne...

So it's time for my first challenge as a Daring Baker. It wasn't easy - starting my membership in this great community by doing lasagne... but I've made it!
The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.

Below you can see the result of my hard work (and the hard work it was indeed!). I've always wanted to make my own lasagne, since I love this dish and I really prefer to make it myself rather than buy it ready made and just reheat it... It wasn't easy, oh no, but I'm sure I will be making more of those in the future. The challenge was to make your own pasta and white b├ęchamel sauce the filling could be anything - so the filling is my own invention ;)



How to make it...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lamb stew - comfort food...

Another dish made by my gifted Hubby :) Since we are living in Ireland we are eating lamb as often as we can. It's not the cheapest kind of meat you can buy but it's so worth it! It's delicious! You have to get a good lamb though as sometimes (especially in supermarkets) you may buy lamb but then at home when you prepare it... it's actually not lamb but mutton or normal, old sheep... So if possible buy it at your local butcher. This recipe is for one of our all favourites! It's easy and very good.



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scrambled eggs - all in one...

Sometimes we all need/want to eat something different and easy at the same time. We all are getting bored easily ;) So here's my idea for a little unusual scrambled eggs... Instead of having eggs and toast separately I do it all together. It's nice, something different. You can add tomatoes, cheese and finely chopped ham or sausage if you like - I like plain eggs and bred. It's a very good start of the day!




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Monday, March 16, 2009

Zucchini (courgette) and butternut squash cakes...

I do lots of different pancakes or cakes. It's very easy and quick way to prepare a lunch or dinner from really few ingredients which we all usually have at home. Especially now in 'tougher times of recession' we can save some money this way - thinking about using what you already have in your fridge or cupboard. Those cakes are delicious alone or with some vegetable or mushroom sauce :)



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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Boxty...

Something for St Patrick's :) Since I'm living on the Emerald Isle I'm celebrating St Paddy's - maybe even more than the natives ;) This is a traditional Irish dish made from potatoes, very easy and quick, living you at the end with some potato pancakes. The old Irish phrase says: 'Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan, If you can’t make boxty, You’ll never get a man.' ;) Don't wait for the St Patrick's Day and make those whenever you like! Especially if you want to 'get a man! ;)


How to make it...

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Tea for cold evenings...

Hmm, I know it may be too late in the year (spring is coming after all!) for cosy evenings under the blanket, sipping nice, hot tea... but actually here in Ireland it's about time for that! Weather is horrible - the wind, the rain... especially when you're living close to the ocean... So after a long, cold day at work - yes, I'm working Saturdays too :( - this kind of tea is perfect! Very comforting - especially when watching some nice movie, lying on your couch... hmmm... So don't wait - put the pot and dvd on!


How to make it..

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Polish dumplings with plums...

I love those! In Poland we call them 'knedle'. The recipe is very easy but there is a lot of preparation - especially shaping those little dumplings and hiding a plum inside. I remember when I was a little girl I really wasn't very fond of them, they kind of "grew" inside my mouth.. Now I just love them! I think it's maybe because they also remind me of me childhood and my family home... Traditionally they're made with plums, but you can also put apricots, whole strawberry and other fruits inside.
You can eat knedle simply with some melted butter poured over and sprinkled with some sugar, as we do at my home. Knedle can also be served with breadcrumbs fried in butter or sugar and a dollop of cream on the top. I think they're perfect either way and make a fantastic sweet lunch or dinner!





How to make it...