Fry the meat until just tender. Set aside. Fry the carrots. Add the orange juice and all the spices to the carrots in the pan or pot, add the fried meat and let simmer for some minutes. Serve with rice.
The original idea of the blog was to promote fast and healthy dinner ideas. However, I`ve been quite a lot at home lately which eliminates the need for “fast”, and pregnant, which has modified the concept of “healthy”. One of Christmas time specials in the local grocery stores is the duck. Although the kids were not too enthousiastic (one thought it looked like a frog, and the other suddenly decided that eating animals and birds is immoral), me and Sandis enjoyed the roast. 3 hours before dinner, prepare the duck. Peel and quarter 3 apples, slice half an orange. Mix with salt, cinnamon, and cardamon, and stuff the duck. For the glazing, mix mustard with honey and rub into the skin. Cover with foil, and the duck can go into the oven. After 2 hours (depending of the size of the duck), peel potatoes and turnips, cut into large chunks or slices. Mix some olive oil with salt and rosemary to coat the vegetables. Place in the oven, in one layer. Serve with fresh black radish.
What you see in the picture is nothing special - traditional spare ribs with bbq sauce, mashed potatoes and red beet. Some great food after a tiring hockey game. But the reason I wanted to post this photo is the item in the background. I recently acquired a wine decanter. And I’ll tell you something - if you fancy wine and don’t have a decanter, get one. Marques de Caceres Reserva Rioja 2008 tasted like never before. And you don’t have to remember to open the bottle an hour before consumption…
This year, we have been enjoying the Halloween period with all sorts of Kürbis dishes. The hard-flesh Hokkaido pumpkins, the mild butternut squash, the melon-like spaghetti squash - whatever is offered in the grocery store and farmers` stands. The simplest way to enjoy cucurbita is roasting in the oven as a side-dish. Slice the pumpkin or squash. Crush a clove of garlic and/or rosemary and/or thyme and pepper, dilute with some oil. Cover the vegetable slices in the oil marinade and roast in the oven until soft. Serve with the main dish as side vegetables. Experiment with the spices, oils and cucurbita varieties.
Although most of the time I have simply given up, there are still dinners when I try to offer the kids vegetables. Disguised in all possible forms. Believe it or not, there are actually children who eat them. In the neighborhood, not some starving third world region. In the picture, you see one of my attempts. It`s been some time since the picture was taken, I cannot recall the precise recipe anymore. However, as with most soups, it`s the idea that matters, vegetables, spices and proportions are up to your imagination and fridge contents. Fry a chopped onion and grated carrots in butter. Pour over water or stock. I use water, my mom`s preserved soup spices (from what I have guessed, the main ingredients are finely chopped mixed greens, garlic, onions, and carrots in salt), and pepper. Add bite size pieces or squash, potatoes, tomatoes (peal the skin off first), and simmer until the vegetables are soft. Blend the soup. Prepare meat balls: mix minced pork with an egg, pressed garlic, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of buckwheat flour. Heat the blended soup on the stove again, and add small balls formed from the meat mixture. When they are cooked through, the soup is ready. The dish was half-success: one of the two kids liked it.
The vegetable of October is pumpkin. Tonight: in both stew and the sauce. We had a Sunday roast with a vegetable stew and a pumpkin/mango/chili sauce. For the stew, you don`t really need a recipe. Take the vegetable roots you have and stew in the spices you like. It just cannot go wrong. I used a slice of a pumpkin, some savoy cabbage leftovers, carrots and potatoes. Fry a chopped onion, chili, cumin and mustard seeds. Add bite-size carrots and pumpkins, fry for some more minutes. Pour over water to cover, let simmer. In 5-10 minutes, add potatoes and savoy cabbage. Salt and cook until soft. Sauce: cut a slice of pumpkin into bite-size piecies. Roast in the oven until slightly brown. Place in a pot together with 1 mango, chopped, and a chopped fresh chili. Pour some water, add tumeric, and cook until soft. Blend.
A fish pie. I`ve never used a ready-made dough before. Besides, I don`t bake much in general. Not that flour will kill you, but it`s not something I would eat on everyday basis. However, here comes a fish pie from a ready-made rolled-in dough. A nice change among all the vegetable stews of lately. You will need: a package of dough For the filling: fresh plaice spinach 3 eggs some milk ricotta Cook spinach for 1 minute until wilted. Set aside. Layer an oven-proof dish with the dough. For the filling, first place pieces of fish. I used fresh, but I think it would have been better to fry the fish on a pan before putting in the pie. Salt the fish. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper and a couple of tablespoons of milk. Mix in some tablespoons of ricotta. On the fish, spread the cooked spinach and pour over the egg/cheese mixture. Bake in the oven. Serve with fresh vegetables.
Bite-size chicken filet pieces are among regulars in our house. This time I tried a new recipe for the sauce. Ingredients: Chicken filets, cut into bite-size pieces A tablespoon or so of cornstarch Orange juice, freshly pressed from 2 oranges A tablespoon of honey A tablespoon or 2 of soy sauce Roasted sesame seeds (optional) Preparation: Cover chicken pieces with cornstarch. Fry them. When light brown and cooked through, pour over the orange juice, add honey, soy and sesame seeds. Let simmer for some minutes until the sauce thickens and sticks to the chicken. Serve with buckwheat (roasted brown Russian type, bought from amazon) and fried bell pepper with caramelized onions. Quick, easy and delicious.
The summer is over, and I`m back with another hearty dish: vegetable-minced meat stew. It has been some time since my last post. In July, I had the sickness of early pregnancy (the family lived on a diet of pasta and frozen pizza), and when that was over, we left for a long a vacation in Latvia. I did cook a lot there, enjoying the august richness of wild mushrooms, zucchinis, potatoes, and tomatoes. The hit was cepes milk soup. No pictures, though, since Sandis did not have the right equipment with him. For the stew: 300 g minced pork 1 onion, chopped a slice of squash, cut into bite-size cubes 1 red beet root, boiled, cut into bite-size cubes some chopped savoy cabbage vegetable stock greens from the garden (I used oregano and sage) salt, pepper, paprika, chilli Fry the meat with onions and paprika. When brown and cooked, remove from the pan and put aside, covered. Fry the savoy cabbage and squash with chilli, sage, and oregano, until light brown, then pour over some vegetable stock and let simmer for some 10 minutes until soft. Add the red beet and meat, stir together, and let the flavors soak together for a few minutes. Serve with rice, yoghurt sauce, and pickled cucumbers. Yoghurt sauce: yoghurt, lemon juice, and pressed garlic. Red beets and cabbage add nice colors to the plate. Hoping to get back with another dish sooner than usual, Baiba
Today is the last day before going to Latvia for a month long vacation. Since we have to get up already at 1 a.m. - this is a lunch entry.
A simple dish. Fish, mashed potatoes and green beans. But I made the sauce.
They say - an excellent cook is different from a good one by a pound of butter. Well, I am a million miles from being a good cook, however, I used so much butter that I had to persuade Baiba to even try the sauce. It came out good.
Melt very, very much butter in a pan, add garlic, balsamic vinegar and a bit of olive oil. When it all starts boiling, add flour while stirring. Then in goes some cream, broth, lemon juice, salt, sugar and pepper. Done!