Friday, July 31, 2009

Rice and apple pudding...

It's hard for me to define this dish. I remember it since I wass a child my Dad used to make it. It's great as an afternoon treat, warm dessert, but sometimes we would have it even as a light, sweet lunch. When I was older, I ate it sometimes as a breakfast, especially on cold, wintry mornings.


You can cut the apples into small pieces (like myself), as I like their texture in the rice, or great them, as it's normally done in Poland. A nice twist on the dish would be cooking rice in a coconut milk rather than cow's one, it won't be traditional Polish dish anymore, but another one which is equally delicious! Addition of apricots (which I don't add every time) and raisins, is totally my take on this sweet dessert, and both can be omitted - for more "authentic" taste.


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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Daring Bakers #5 Mallows...

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network. (Have to admit that I didn't make Milan Cookies... you will find the recipe here).

You have no idea how happy I was when I saw this month's challenge - I LOVE marshmallows! :) This wasn't difficult, although I was all covered in marshmallows, and so was my whole kitchen ;) The base for the cookie is delicious also on it's own - my Hubby ate a lot of them even before I had a chance to cover them with marshmallows an chocolate. As long as he was concerned - my challenge was finished ;)



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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Strawberry roulade and my name day - 'imieninki'...

"A name day is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America of celebrating on a particular day of the year associated with the one's given name. The custom originated with the Catholic and Orthodox calendar of saints, where believers, named after a particular saint, would celebrate that saint's feast day. In many countries, however, there is no longer any explicit connection to Christianity (...) In Poland, name days (Polish: imieniny) are widely celebrated, and most calendars contain the names celebrated each day. Name day celebrations in Poland traditionally involve a gathering of friends and family at the celebrant's home at the dinner table, followed by drinking and socializing, similarly to birthday celebrations. The song "Sto lat" is sometimes sung. Children, and often adults too, receive presents, just like on their birthday." - by Wikipedia.org

And today is MY name day - second birthday for some, for me too :) So it couldn't be without some kind of cake - doesn't matter that I had to make it myself... My choice today was a strawberry roulade as we were lucky and bought fresh strawberries for a very good price. It was delicious! Especially with nice, strong freshly brewed coffee...

Best wishes to all Annas out there! The one in Montréal, the other one in Udine and one in Warsaw especially :) You all know who I'm thinking about ;)



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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Feta Tiganiti... Pan-Fried Feta Cheese...

Greek food is one of my favourites but unfortunately I'm not confident when cooking it. This recipe isn't mine. It comes from a great website 'Greek Food - Recipes and Reflections' (link to the original recipe can be found here).
I love Greek food. My first holidays with my Hubby were in Crete - the biggest Greek Island. The food was amazing. Fresh fruits, veges, lamb and those desserts - all with huge amount of honey... yum! I would love to travel around Greece and try all regional cuisine - maybe, someday... This recipe is very easy and so delicious - you have to try it!



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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pickled courgette...

In Poland pickling has a very long tradition. I remember when each summer, my Granny used to make pickled cucumbers, beetroots and even green tomatoes for winter. She still does it, along with my Father and the rest of my family. It used to be easier - when you had all the ingredients straight from your own garden. Now you have to find good farmer, which luckily isn't so hard ;) I tried to pickle the courgette - it brought back childhood memories for my Hubby... when his Mum used to do the very same thing...

"Pickling, also known as brining or corning, is the process of preserving food by anaerobic fermentation in brine (a solution of salt in water) to produce lactic acid, or marinating and storing it in an acid solution, usually vinegar (acetic acid). The resulting food is called a pickle. This procedure gives the food a salty or sour taste." - by Wikipedia.org



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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

One pot turkey...

It's quick, it's cheap and it's good! Three great reasons to try this dish - minimum three ;) In total this dinner for two (actually two dinners, we divided it for two evenings) cost me around EUR 4.00 - what a great bargain! The key was the fact that I bought 4 turkey drumsticks for just EUR 1,59! I suppose that this will go well with any kind of meat - whatever you will find in the shop on promotion that day ;)



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Friday, July 10, 2009

Pork chops in red wine sauce...

I just love pork chops! I know that now probably million vegetarians would want to kill me. The truth is that normally, everyday I don't eat meat, I can live without it. I prefer some nice cheese, jam or tomato on my sandwich but there are days.... There are days I just need(!) a nice pork chop, meatloaf or garlic chicken fillet :) And that was one of those days - I needed a pork chop! As we had also bought plenty of nice Bordeaux I thought, that a red wine sauce will be a great accompany to those chops - and I was right! :)



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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Brioches...

If you know me a little, you should now at this point know, that I LOVE everything French - and this recipe is no exception ;) Those small individual brioches are delicious - especially with some jam and cup of coffee or milk. If you like it more traditional way, you can bake it as one, big loaf. Brioche is a highly enriched French bread, whose high egg and butter content give it what is seen as a rich and tender crumb. It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust from an egg wash So don't wait - go to work and enjoy the smell of baked brioches in your kitchen! :)



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Monday, July 06, 2009

Polish cabbage rolls - Gołąbki...

Golabki is a dish that's very popular in Poland and it's also one of the most favourite in my family. It's not difficult at all, but a little time consuming (mainly with forming the rolls), then all you have to do is to cook it.
The taste, the final result is really very good reason for all that rolling ;) They are great with mashed potatoes and thick, velvety tomato sauce. You can use raw meat, like myself, but I know that many Polish families will use cooked meat - from making a broth etc., hence making golabki very budget friendly dinner. I've also learned that serving golabki with mashed potatoes and tomato sauce - and I really don't know any other way - is really "my family thing", though popular with others too. You can serve them on its own - as you have all "ingredients" of a fully balanced dinner already there: meat, rice and veg ;) Personally I think that simple, plain tomato sauce gives it another dimension, and its acidity goes really well with delicate cabbage.


"Gołąbki [ɡɔˈwɔmpki] are a form of cabbage rolls. They are a traditional Polish dish consisting of boiled cabbage leaves stuffed with ground beef, chopped onions and rice or barley; most often baked and refried in a spicy tomato sauce. Gołąbki means pigeons (this refers to the shape of the roll; none of the ingredients have any connection with the pigeon meat known as squab).
Gołąbki rolls are usually fist-sized when fully stuffed or rolled. Spiced Pork is sometimes used instead of, or in addition to, beef. There is an unverified story or myth that the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Casimir IV Jagiellon fed his army with gołąbki before a key battle of the Thirteen years' war outside of Marienburg Castle (Malbork) against the Teutonic Order around 1465. Polish rumor has it, that victory over the Teutonic Order was partially credited to strength of the hearty meal of gołąbki given to the allied Polish and Prussian troops. The castle was not conquered, though, but turned over later." - by Wikipedia.org

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Celebration cake...

I know that my Hubby had his BDay cake already (you can find the recipe here) but we had guests only yesterday. He got lucky this year and got 2 BDay cakes! I'm too good for him ;) Didn't know really what to make this time, so I came with very easy idea for a very delicious cake :) Luckily for me everyone was delighted and they (me too!) really enjoyed the cake. Not a lot of work involved and it's yummy!



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Friday, July 03, 2009

Fish and chips with a modern twist...

As I'm living in Ireland now, traditional 'fish and chips' aren't anything unusual for me. Shop bought versions tend to be very fatty and usually blend in taste. I'm trying to eat a fish minimum once a week - it supposed to be very good for you, so why not give it a try. I had some cod in the freezer so I decided to take a go at this traditional duo. Instead of normal long chips I made some diced ones. It worked out very well and I'm sure I will make it more often.



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