Saturday, May 29, 2010

Beetroot, chicory and orange salad...

I'm not cooking much recently... with such a HUGE bump (39 weeks!) on me I can hardly walk, let alone stand for some time in front of a stove... So, my Hubby happy in the kitchen - at last I'm not interrupting ;) But today I was able to help him a little and made this lovely salad. Had it marked in one of my cookbooks for some time now and having all the ingredients I just finally made it. Didn't know if it will be nice but it was delicious! It will be great accompaniment to grilled meats and fish or alone as a starter. The recipe comes from "Fat free, low fat cooking" by Anne Sheasby.



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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chłodnik soup and heat wave in Ireland!...

It's just unbelievable how hot it is. I wouldn't mind it normally, but now I really do (try to be 9 months pregnant and survive temp. around 30 C...). I love such weather and I'm happy it's a real spring/summer here (at last!). We really miss sunshine here on The Green Isle and try to grab any that we get. Surviving such weather is different matter all together. I can't eat, I'm just not hungry - but as we all know one has to eat. So... there's a soup, cold soup designed especially for such weather - perfect for hot days. I admit that I had to call my Dad to ask exactly how to make it and what to put inside ;) It was delicious - a true taste of my family home (Dad would be proud!). Hope you will try it - especially that it's not difficult, cheap to make and healthy too.



"Cold borscht (borshch) or Cold beet soup is a cold variety of borscht — beetroot soup traditional to some Northern European and Slavic countries. In Poland it's called 'chłodnik' or chłodnik litewski'. Its preparation starts with young beets being chopped and boiled, together with their leaves, when available. After cooling them down, the soup is usually mixed with sour cream, soured milk, kefir or yoghurt (depending on regional preferences). Typically, raw chopped vegetables such as radishes or cucumbers are added and the soup is garnished and flavored with dill or parsley. Chopped, hard-boiled eggs are often added. The soup has a rich pink color which varies in intensity depending on the ratio of beets to dairy ingredients." - by Wikipedia.org

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Coconut rice with fruit sauce...

I'm definitely a dessert person and what's more... I'm definitely a 'coconut person' ;) I just love coconut. It's such a nice flavour and it goes well with so many things - both meats, veges and fruits. It's great in sweet and savoury dishes. There aren't many ingredients which would be so versatile... but back to today's recipe - I had half a can of coconut milk in the fridge and had to use it sooner rather than later - hence this very simple and so delicious dessert. I made the rice, Hubby had an idea with the sauce.



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Friday, May 21, 2010

Fried Brie... eating all my favourites till I can!...

Love this dish. Love fried Brie. Unfortunately I don't eat it a lot as I would be a Hippo in no time - unfortunately usually what's tastes great isn't the best for us... Well form time to time you can make yourself 'a present' ;) especially now that my Baby is due in 2 weeks and after that no more fried/grilled/greasy things for me, no more spicy food etc as I intend to breast feed... So now I'm easting what I can, until I can :D Fried Brie is great with a little bit of salad (balsamic dressing works well) on the side and a crouton - makes perfect lunch. If you have a cranberry jam/chutney you have to eat it with fried Brie - trust me on that!



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Thursday, May 20, 2010

1 egg tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette)... part of Bento box...

Recently I'm FASCINATED by Japanese 'art' (yes, that's a kind of art for me :) ) lunch box - BENTO. I love those different kind of bento boxes (still have to buy one, but have no idea where!?), those little pieces of meat, fish, different shapes of rice, salads with dressings in those cute bottles etc. and what's more - I don't think you can make healthier, more balanced and prettier lunch box than bento :) I know that I'm on maternity leave now - so you may ask what's the point, but... I can make bento for my Hubby or just learn how to prepare it for the future (as I know that eventually, someday I'll have to go back to work :/ ....). So today one of the simplest things to put into your bento.



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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Daring Cooks go Mexican... but without me this time...

Yes, it's 14th today and Daring Cooks reveal date... Unfortunately I wasn't able to do this month's DC challenge... I WILL dare to do it in the future though - as it sounds fantastic and I like Mexican cuisine. Besides all other daring cooks results look amazing and so delicious :)

Please pop in to The Daring Kitchen for the recipe and to see other DC Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchilada. This month's challenge was hosted by Barbara of Barbara Bakes and Bunnee of Anna+Food so please pop in to their lovely blogs too!

In the meantime - have a great day! And 'see' you soon :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Puff pizza...

OK I know that with this one I was a little lazy... but you have to forgive pregnant woman ;) I had last one sheet of puff pastry in the freezer and no idea what to do for dinner today. But after some thinking I decided to make pizza using puff pastry. If you never tried it yet - do it! It amazingly light and fluffy. Taste as good as (or even better...) than normal, traditional dough pizza but you don't feel so stuffed after it. I think it will be also great alternative to normal pizza for kids...? Huh? Anyway - use your imagination with the ingredients, buy (or if you dare do your own) puff pastry and enjoy!



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jamaican coconut bread...

Recently all over the food blog world everyone is making a version of coconut bread - had to finally try it! As I love coconut I couldn't wait any longer. I was looking for a 'perfect' recipe for 2 days but decided eventually to go with the one from Jamaicans.com . It was a good choice. The bread (or really more like a kind of cake) is nice, fluffy and moist. There is one thing I will change in the future though - I will swap the normal milk for the coconut milk, as I believe this will give more 'pronounced' coconut taste.



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Monday, May 10, 2010

Pan-fried pork with peaches...

I know it's been quiet on my blog lately, but that was caused by the fact that today is my first day of maternity leave and I had many things to sort out at work etc. before my big leave... Now, that I'm at home and the Baby isn't due till the 14th June I will cook more and keep you posted :)
So, as we are trying to save as much as possible (with the Baby on the way and me getting less money than I used to earn...) I had a good look through our cupboards and try to use what we have for everyday cooking - rather than buying something new. And believe me - the things I found in our storage cabinet - I forgot that we bought all those things at all!
This recipe is based on an idea taken from the "Fat free, low fat cooking". I was positively surprised by the taste - as I thought that pork and peaches won't mix up well together... It's very simple dish and easy to prepare, taste is rather unusual but everything goes well together.



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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Meatloaf a little different...

As I probably mentioned it before it's hard to buy here a nice cured/smoked meat for your sandwich. If you don't like ham, corned beef or chicken all the time you will have a hard time either in Ireland and/or UK. I'm used to a huge choice of cured meats, sausages, smoked meat etc. as it's a big part of Polish culinary tradition. My Hubby decided to do something about that. He made something very delicious. One slice of that (kind of) meatloaf on your fresh bread, sliced tomato, hot tea and I don't need anything else...



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