Monday, 7 September 2015

Stuffed peppers, courgettes and tomatoes with rice and feta - greek style - gemista


4 red peppers (small to medium sized)
5 medium tomatoes + 4 small tomatoes
1 cougette
2 green peppers

1 heaped tablespoon of rice for each vegetable
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon sugar
a splash of white wine
extravigin olive oil
250 g tomato passata
100 ml water
dried mint
dried oregano

How it's made

Preheat the oven at 180 C and prepare a baking tray. 
Scoop the peppers, tomatoes and the courgette, putting aside the pulp. Blend the pulp of the vegetables with the 4 small tomatoes and some fresh parsley
Finely chop the onion and the garlic and pour some olive oil in a pan. Once the pan is heated, slowly fry the onion and the garlic. Pour the pureed vegetables into the pan with the white wine, sugar, salt and pepper. After 5 minutes add the rice, the mint and the oregano. Let everything simmer for 10 more minutes. Add the crumbled feta plus 4 tablespoons of extravirgin olive oil and start filling the vegetables. The mix should have a thick soup consistency.
After arraging the peppers and the tomatoes, add some breadcrumbs on top. Just pour the passata and the water in the tray and let them cook in the oven for at least 75 minutes. 

It's even better when served with some greek yogurt and dried mint.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Stir fry with broccoli, mushrooms, tofu and ginger

It might sound ridiculous, but tofu can be a really nice tasting food. You  just need a little preparation to improve its texture.

Ingredients for 2 people:
500 g broccoli
250 g firm tofu
8 portobello mushrooms ( or shiitake)
sesame seeds
chilly flakes

For the sauce:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon hot chilly paste
2 teaspoons of minced ginger
1 teaspon cornstarch

First wash well the tofu piece and dry it with two paper towels, cut it in big slices and put it in a tray in the preheated oven at 180 C for 20 - 25 minutes. This will dry it even more.

Meanwhile, cut the mushrooms and the broccoli and bite sized pieces and stir fry them in batches. For the broccoli you should add a few splashes of water to steam it a little bit. The mushrooms need about 6 minutes and the broccoli around 5 minutes if you like it crunchy. At the very end, add the sesame seeds and put them aside.

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and take out the tofu from the oven. Cut the tofu slices in smaller pieces and stir fy it with some sesame seeds for 2-3 minutes. Pour on the sauce; it will quickly evaporate and become like a glaze. Mix in the mushrooms and the broccoli and sprinkle with some chilly flakes. It can be served with some rice.


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Grilled courgette, hazelnuts and parmesan salad

Ottolenghi inspired dish.


1 or 2 courgettes, sliced on angle
a handful of toasted hazelnuts
parmesan shavings
some rocket

For the dressing :

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Grill the courgettes for 3-4 minutes, then drizzle them with balsamic vinegar while hot. Some finely minced garlic is a nice addition. Let them rest while you arrange the rest of the ingredients on the plate and shake the dressing in a jar.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Almond and apple puree cake

Rich, buttery taste without any actual butter.


2 apples
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

4 eggs
80 g flour
75 g almond flour
30 g rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
lemon rind & lemon juice
50 g sugar

How it's made:

1. Puree the apples and the lemon juice with the help of a blender and turn on the oven at 175 C.
2. Beat the eggs with the sugar, using a paddle mixer for about 5 minutes or until frothy and they have a double cream consistency.
3. Mix in the apple puree, lemon rind and lemon juice and the oats
4. Sift over the egg mix,  the flour and almond flour, then fold it with a rubber spatula so that you don't release the trapped air.
5. Pour the batter in the buttered baking form and bake it for about 40 minutes.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Healthier oat cookies with dark chocolate nibs, walnuts and cranberries

As much as something sweet but not too sweet can be healthy, anyway.
Ingredients for about 20 large cookies:

100 g walnuts or hazelnuts 
80 g dried cranberries or raisins
40 g shredded coconut
30 g dark chocolate cut into small pieces 
140 g rolled oats
220 g flour
1 heaped tablespoon of cocoa
2 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon baking soda
50 g butter + 40 ml light olive oil
1 egg
100 g brown sugar
2 tablespoons rum 

1. Preheat the oven at 160 C.
2. Toast the walnuts in the oven for 10 minutes.
3. Soak the cranberries in hot water for a couple of minutes.
4. Sift the flour and mix it with the rolled oats, chopped toasted walnuts, cranberries, coconut, cocoa and chocolate.
5. In a small pan melt the butter and add the olive oil, baking soda and the 2 tablespoons of hot water.
6. In another bowl beat the egg with the sugar, until the sugar dissolves and the pour the butter  mixture plus the rum.
7. Mix  the liquid ingredients with the solid ingredients. The batter will be quite sticky but no worries, it should be like this.
8. On a lined baking tray arrange the cookies, leaving enough space between them.
9. For my oven 14 minutes was the perfect spot but you should watch them carefully. They will be soft to touch but they will set when cool. Very important, put them to cool on a wire rack.

They keep well in an airtight jar for 3 days or you could freeze them. If you are the type of person that can have only one cookie and stop ( probably you hate dolphins anyway).

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Blueberry, ricotta and chia seeds pancakes

Ingredients for about 12 pancakes:

250 ml milk
3 eggs, separated- yolks and egg whites
100 g flour
30 g oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional- just use 20 more grams of oats instead)
1 tablespoon flax meal (optional, you can use also almonds)
1 teaspoon vanilla paste (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
150 g ricotta
125 g blueberries

How it's made :

1. Mix the egg yolks, the milk, the flour, the oats, the chia seeds, the flaxmeal  and the baking powder in 1 bowl and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
2. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks.
3. Fold in the batter the egg whites, carefully so you don't loose all the air trapped in the egg whites.
4. Fold in the ricotta in.
5. Pour the batter in a hot, buttered pan, forming small disks of about 12 cm diameter. Press in the blueberries, so you get the result seen the pictures. Turn on the other side when you see bubbles forming.

Pour some maple syrup on and enjoy!