Chicken and Potatoes Casserole with Fig Sauce

An extraordinary warm autumn permitted to our figs three to produce the send bath fresh fruits and add in this way rich genuine ingredients to our table.

Inspired by the oriental kitchen I created this dish and I’ve already reproduced a second time for the pleasure of my family.

The figs three is still producing figs, and it’s already late October. For this recipe I’ve also prepared a few small jars of preserved figs, so that this dish will be among the Christmas delish again.

Note: There are two fig seasons a year – a smaller harvest in early summer and a larger harvest in late summer to early fall. At our latitudes, we expect the first harvest in summer (where here it is the main harvest) and sometimes, if we have a warm autumn, we get the second harvest end of September to October; this is a big gift it it happens!

Chicken and Potatoes Casserole with Fig Sauce

  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

For the potatoes

  • 500 g small potatoes, washed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the chicken with figs

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 400 g chicken, breast, diced into 2-4 cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 8 medium sized figs, peeled and cut into quarters (here you may also use preserved figs)
  • 1/2 cup water or better white wine
  • 2 rosemary springs
  • 1 thyme spring
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Topping (optional)

  • Fresh figs, washed cut into flowers
  • 1 short rosemary spring

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°C
  2. Place the potatoes in your baking mold; add the oil, sprinkle with salt and place in the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until you see that the skin turns light roasted and the potatoes are done (check with the point of a knife).
  3. In the meantime, fry onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant, add the chicken pieces and fry until roasted. Don’t let burn the onion mixture.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar and the figs. Cook until figs are lightly caramelized, add the water or the wine and stir to dissolve the fond.
  5. Add the herbs, and adjust with salt and pepper. Let simmer slowly (if necessary add more liquid). When potatoes are ready, add the chicken-figs mixture to the potatoes.
  6. Arrange the figs for the topping and bake until figs are warm. Place the reserved rosemary spring over the dish and serve immediately.

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Dolmades me Avgolemono – Stuffend Wine Leaves with Egg-Lemon Sauce

Spring, sun, flowers, herbs and missing Crete!

During my walk through the garden I noticed that the fist wine leaves were almost big enough to be used for one of my favourite Greek dishes: dolmadakias (diminutives of dolmades)! Now in early spring the leaves are very light, tender and even if even still small, I decided to try to make this without meat (lamb or beef

As the same times I had some asparagus on hand, I decided to prepare also the egg-lemons sauce, which is perfect for both preparations!

Usually for this recipe, we use pine nuts, but as did not have such of them just now at home, I decided to uses some previously roasted pumpkin seeds; and WOW! This was real great!

I collected only about 30 leaves about 10-12 cm wide (yes real small, but tender!) and these made 3-4 cm sized dolamadakias.

Note: this dish often served lukewarm and the lemon leaves would taste even better the next day.

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  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: medium
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You need:

Leaves:

  • 30 young tender fresh grape leaves (double the filling and the sauce if you have big leaves), washed and stem removed

Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ cup rice
  • 1 cup vegetal broth (or simply the hot water you used to prepare the leaves + salt)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, copped
  • 2 tablespoons, chopped roasted pine nuts (or roasted pumpkin seeds)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1/2 lemon, grated peel of
  • 1 cup water (I used drained liquid form the stuffed leaves +  the blanching water for the leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional lemon juice

Procedures

  1. Bring about 1 liter of water to boil and place the leaves in hot water. Drain the leaves after 3 minutes (preserve one cup of water). Set aside and don’t discard the water.
  2. Fry the onion in the oil just until translucent, add the rice and the broth. Reduce to simmer.
  3. Add the herbs and seed, cook until the water is adsorbed for about 6-8 minutes, the rice will not be cooked through, but this just fine. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place a small amount of this filling (about 1 teaspoon or more if the leaves are big) on the backside of the leaf near the stem and then close it. For this step, I first fold the left and right side of the leaf toward the center and I roll it up starting from the side of the stem (like the spring rolls).
  5. Place one tablespoon of olive oil on the bottom of you pot, and then place the stuffed leaves one by one, near each other, opening side down so that they don’t move. If you have more leaves you some leaves to cover the bottom of the pot or (even better) a few thin sliced potatoes (addition to your meal)!
  6. Try to make two layers of the leaves in the pot (size depends on the leaves and the pot!)
  7. Grate le lemon zest, set aside; juice the lemon and set this aside as well.
  8. Place parts of the peel or additional lemon slices over the stuffed leaves, cover with the water (add to the water previously salt to taste), add about 1 third of the lemon juice as well.
  9. Cover with a small plate the stuffed leaves, so that they don’t move while cooking. Cover with the lid and simmer for about 40 minutes (adding some more water if needed). Drain out the liquid and use it for the sauce.
  10. If you have rice leftovers, cook them in a small saucepot with water as a risotto until done.
  11. For the egg-lemon sauce blend together the egg, the lemon juice the lemon zest, the drained liquid from the stuffed leaves, the cornstarch and the olive oil.
  12. Very slowly heat the sauce in a small saucepot until it thickens (do not let it boil but add more water if needed). Adjust salt and pepper. If you need add more lemon juice to taste.
  13. Serve the stuffed leaves with this sauce.

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Nachos de Pollo – Chicken Nachos

In my life I have prepared nachos only once  ( Nachos de Camarones) and my family asked me to make some more.

This special wish came perfect with the given list of ingredients I for the game “ready set cook” as tortilla and chicken were among the options.

The combination were done quite quickly and the result delicious.

I did not add cheese (as not in the list J ), and exactly had been appreciated as the dish resulted lighter; I think I would have added some cumin, but all spice was a great alternative and finally the addition of the thick yogurt made the dish fresher!

I recommend not adding too much salt, as the chips are usually salted; adapt the quantity to the chips!

Nachos de Pollo – Chicken Nachos

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 400 g chicken breast, skinless, boneless diced in 2 cm pieces
  • 1 cup diluted chicken broth (don’t add to much salt)
  • ½-1 cup tomato sauce, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • hot Sauce, to tast
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to
  • 8 cups tortillas chips (not too salted)
  • 8 heaped tablespoons thick yogurt to served
  • Additional cilantro or parsley, chopped

Procedure

  1. Fry gently the garlic with the butter in a medium saucepot until fragrant add chicken and gently roast stirring from time to time for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until the chicken turns tender.
  3. In the meantime, arrange the chips on four oven save dishes and place them at 80°C/180°C to preheat them in the oven.
  4. When the chicken is done and sauce thicker add cream, hot sauce, spices, cilantro and adjust with salt and pepper.
  5. Remove the plate from the oven; pour the chicken sauce over the tortilla chips, dot with yogurt and top with fresh herbs.
  6. Serve immediately with extra yogurt if desired.

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Parmesan Asparagus or Parmesan Prawns

This recipe is double recipe: this means that the same ingredients had been used for both asparagus and prawns! The inspiration came from Jumbo Shrimp Parmesan by Marie

Both were amazing, we prepared both at the same time and both went perfectly with spaghetti for a full meal.

Parmesan Asparagus

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the asparagus you need:

  • 500 g green asparagus

Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • salt and pepper

Crumbs

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon herb de Provence spice mixture
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary powder
  • Pepper to taste

Drizzling

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Topping

  • Fresh chopped parsley

 

Parmesan Prawns

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Preparation for the asparagus:

  1. Peel and trim asparagus
  2. Place asparagus in a flat mold, cover with salted water and bring to boil. After 5 minutes drain the water.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  4. Brush asparagus with the marinade and let sit for about 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime prepare the crumbs combining all together and pour this over the asparagus (I let the bottom free). Drizzle with melted butter.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes at 220°C until golden and tender
  7. Serve with fresh chopped parsley

For the prawns you need:

  • 500 g prawns

Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • salt and pepper

Crumbs

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon herb de Provence spice mixture
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary powder
  • Pepper to taste

Drizzling

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Topping

  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges

Preparation for the prawns:

  1. Peel and devein the asparagus
  2. Place the prawn in a bowl and add marinade ingredients.
  3. Let sit for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220″C-
  5. In the meantime prepare the crumbs combining all together.
  6. Coat the prawn one by one with the crumb mixture and place them in a baking mold. Drizzle with melted butter.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes at 220°C until golden.
  8. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and lemon wedges

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Nachos de Camarones – Nachos with Shrimps

 

Nachos are a quite trendy food in USA, but here in Europe they don’t appear very often on our tables. It is said that “Europeans don’t know what nachos are”!

That’s may be possible, I only had nachos as I visited Mexico (Baja California Sur)!  What are nachos?

You many look at the history of them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOj8oTF54Vs

My personal interpretation of nachos: tortilla chips (tostadas) from the oven topped with different ingredients and a melted cheese-sauce. From this point of view we may experiment on this theme and we can add the ingredients we love.

This was my spontaneous recipe, enjoy and try your variation!

Nachos de Camarones – Nachos with Shrimps

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need: 

  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon oil (I use olive oil)
  • 250 g shrimps, deveined and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican spice mix
  • Smoked paprika to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped (quantity to taste)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of heavy cream or sour cream
  • 1 small jalapeño chili, sliced (quanity to taste!) or chili flakes
  • 3 cups tortilla chips
  • 100 g shredded Cheddar cheese (much more if you want or like!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped

Procedure:

  1. Place the cherry tomatoes into an oven safe mold, toss with 1 teaspoon oil and place under the broiler until the skin of the tomatoes begins to take a few darker places. Check from time to time. Remove from the oven and transfer the tomatoes into a small bowl or dish.
  2. Set the oven to 180°C
  3. Toss shrimps with Mexican spice mix and smoked paprika in a small bowl.
  4. Heat the oil in a non-sticky skillet and fry the onion with the red pepper and the garlic for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the seasoned shrimps, the cream and fry for about 1-2 minutes to heat them up. Set aside and keep warm.
  6. Season with the jalapeño.
  7. Adjust tortillas chips in an oven and microwave save mold and top with broiled tomatoes, shrimps and pepper mixture.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Place in the oven until cheese is melted and the borders of the tortillas begins to turn dark. If necessary place the dish into the microwave until cheese is completely molted.
  10. Top with fresh cilantro and if needed with more fresh onion and serve immediately

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Berbere Chicken with Pulses

 

 

I confess I did not create this recipe, but I’ve adapted several recipes to this one with a great success.

At the beginning I was planning to prepare this with green lentils, but as I noticed I did not have them at home I looked for a valid substitute. In the pantry I had red lentils, but I also found something better: a wonderful colored mixture of pulses!

The recipe begun with the preparation of the Ethiopian spice mixture: the Berbere Spice Blend!

This was needed for the pulses and for the chicken!

The following steps were very easy and this main dish is also a very much appreciated combination had been created!

Berbere Chicken with Pulses

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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You need:

Berbere spices blend

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • Seeds of 4 green cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 dried red chilies, if too hot for you seeded
  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Pulses (mixture of lentils and small beans) quantity of each to taste and to availability:

  • Horse beans
  • Haricot bean
  • Mung bean
  • Green lentils
  • Brown lentils
  • Small red bean (Adzuki beans)
  • Black eyed peas

 

Veggies and pulses stew

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled diced
  • 2 cm ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon Berbere spice blend (see above or use another mixture)
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup mixed pulses (see above)
  • 3 cup water or to taste

Chicken

  • 4-6 pieces of chicken, skin removed (about 600-800 g)
  • 1 tablespoon Berbere spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)¨
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter for the skillet (if possible Ethiopian spiced butter)

Garnish

  • Chopped parsley

Procedure

Berbere spices blend

  1. First of all toast the seed first for a few minutes in a dry skillet to bring out their flavor. Let cool down.
  2. Grind the seeds with a spice or a coffee grinder.
  3. Add the remaining powdered spices and the salt.
  4. Pulse shortly again and store it airtight for example in a small jar.

Veggies and pulses stew

  1. Heat oil in a skillet and sauté onions, carrots, ginger and cloves until onions turn soft.
  2. Add Berbere spice blend and sauté for 2 more minutes
  3. Add tomatoes, pulses, water and salt to taste.
  4. Let cook for about 30 minutes or until al dente; add more water if needed while cooking.
  5. Pour pulses into an oven safe mold and place into the preheated oven

Chicken

  1. While pulses are cooking combine chicken with the other ingredients (except of butter) and preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Fry the chicken pieces until roasted on all sides in the butter until lightly browned.
  3. Transfer chicken over the pulses, add 1/2 cup of water to the skillet and pour this liquid over the pulses.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with some more Berbere to taste and bake for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve with chopped parsley

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Cannelloni al Salmone con Giardiniera di Verdure

A volte non ci vuole tanto tempo per un delizioso pasto saporito e attraente per l’occhio.

L’ispirazione mi è venuta semplicemente dagli ingredienti disponiboli in casa e come al solito suggerisco di adattare la ricetta a ciò di che avete e alla stagione.

Il salmone naturalment ce l’avevo, ma la  ricotta no, in compenso una bella porzione di formaggio fresco in un imballaggio già aperto faceva proprio a mio caso.  La scorza di limone l’avevo già pronta in congelatore dal momento che prima di usare il succo di limone, sempre salvo la scorza grattugiandola in anticipo e ponendola nel freezer.  Ah si, i cannelloni! Quelli li avevo in cantina, mezza confezione (equivale a circa otto pezzi ovvero 120 grammi) sono bastati ed avanzati per due porzioni. Vedure semplicemente zucchine e carote, ma spinaci, funghetti (an

 

che se di scatola) o altre verdure come fagiolini mangiatutto potroebbero andare benissimo.

A tasty and an attractive meal does not necessary require a lot of time! As usually my recipes are based on the ingredients available and an improvisation according to vegetables of the season.

In the fridge I had the smoked salmon, the veggies an open packages of cream cheese (no ricotta, sorry), in the freezer the grated lemon zest and in the pantry a package of cannelloni (I used only half of the package, corresponding to 120 g or 8 cannelloni). This was more than enough for 2 portions.

Other veggies as spinach, mushrooms (as well from the tin), bean, peas or what you like would be great alternative as well.

Cannelloni al Salmone con Giardiniera di Verdure

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need:

Pasta

 

  • 120 cannelloni from the package (8 pieces) or 8 lasagna sheets

Filling

  • 100-120 g smoked salmon, chopped
  • 150-200 g ricotta or cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Red chili flakes to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Veggies (about 2 cups, choice to taste). My choice:

  • 1 cup carrots, peeled diced
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced

Béchamel

  • 2 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2-4 tablespoons white wine, to taste
  • Red chili flakes to taste
  • 1 dash nutmeg or to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Bring water to boil in a pot, add salt and boil the pasta until it begins to soften but it keeps the shape. Take out of the water and place them on an oiled working surface.
  2. While water is heating combine with the ingredients of the filling in bowl.
  3. Fill the cannelloni (one by one) using the spoon holding them vertically with the hand. Place them in the mold. If you have leftovers of the filling, don’t worry, you can add this to the finished béchamel.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  5. Arrange vegetables around the cannelloni. If necessary (depend on the kind of veggies) cook the veggies a few minutes in the hot water of the pasta.
  6. Prepare the béchamel melting the margarine in the pot and adding the flour. Stir constantly until the flour begins to take color. Remove from the heat and add liquids at once; stir immediately until combined. Bring to boil and season to taste.
  7. Pour the sauce over the cannelloni and the veggies (take care to cover all the cannelloni as they require the liquid to finish cooking).
  8. Bake at 200°C/400°F for about 20-30 minutes until the cannelloni begins to brown.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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