Jeera Rice – Indian Cumin Rice

This is a very popular Indian side dish, which can be prepared with raw rice, but it is also a way to upgrade white rice leftovers and give them a new dress.

Jeera means cumin, but in this recipe more spices are added and this version is very much appreciated in my family.

Jeera Rice – Indian Cumin Rice

  • Servings: 3-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or pure vegetal oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 -3 green cardamoms, lightly crushed
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 small piece cinnamon stick, about 1 cm
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 1 black cardamon (optional)
  • 1tej patta (Indian bay leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water

Procedure

  1. Rinse the rice until the water run out clear and soak the rice for 30 water in cold water. Drain
  2. In a pot heat the ghee or oil over medium heat until hot.
  3. Add cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and black cardamom. Roast until the cumin begins to crackle. Add bay leaf and stir quickly.
  4. Add the rice and cook stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add water and salt increase the heat and bring to boil again.
  6. Reduce the heat, cover and let cook until water is adsorbed.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Note: If using rice leftovers, simply roast the spices in ghee/oil, add the cold cooked plain rice add 2-3 tablespoons water and stir well to combine. Cook stirring constantly until the rice is warm, remove from heat, cover and let rest a few minutes before serving.

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Lemon and Lime Gugelhopf

Gugelhopf or Kugelhupf is a very popular kind of Bunt-Cake Austrian very appreciated for the afternoon break or for dessert. Sometimes this is served for Sunday breakfast as well.

I’ve seen many different kind of Gugelhopt in the south German speaking part of Europe (this includes sough Germany, German speaking part of Switzerland) and Alsace (a region in France where a German dialect is spoke combining this language with French), the spectrum is awesome, form the sweet to the savory, but all of them are really delicious and looks fabulous!

This is sweet, tangy version, aromatized with lemon and some limes (you can use only lemon if you prefer), no butter this time, but simply oil! Great result and I love the presentation!

Lemon and Lime Gugelhopf

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

Cake batter

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups fine sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1cup sour cream (substitute: Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2cup oil
  • 4eggs
  • 1-2tablespoon finely grated lemon zest  (reserve some only yellow part finely sliced for topping)
  • 1 1/2 limes, finely grated grated zest (reserve some thinly sliced for topping)
  • 1lime juice
  • 1/2 lemon juice (reserve 1 tablespoons for glaze)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Lemon syrup

  • 1lime juice
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Glaze and topping

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (to adjust)
  • Sliced reserved lemon and lime zest.

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Prepare your Kugelhopf form: grease with oil and dust with flour.
  3. Combine all ingredient for the batter (except the juices and food coloring) and work with the food processor until very smooth.
  4. Add juices, and divide the dough into two parts and color one of them.
  5. Pour the two batter portions alternatively and bake at 180°C/350°F for about 45-50 minutes until done (toothpick test).
  6. Remove from the oven and place on a dish to cool down partially.
  7. In the meantime combine the ingredients for the syrup stirring until dissolved.
  8. In vert the Kugelhopf on a plate, pinch with a toothpick and brush in the syrup.
  9. Combine the juice for the topping, the yogurt and powdered sugar stirring and adding more and more powdered sugar until you get thick paste.
  10. Drizzle on the cake and top with the thin lemon/lime slices.
  11. Enjoy!

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Pimientos de Padrón al Horno – Oven Baked Peppers from Tenerife

We tried these simply and delicious dish on Tenerife as we escaped the European winter for a few days.

Originally these peppers had been imported from America and now they are very much appreciated in Spain and all over the world. For this recipe you should use small green peppers (called pimientos de Padrón) each one just one bite!

Traditionally these peppers should be fried, after this some salt (with “sal Maldon“) is added and they are served immediately. In this version we will toss them with little olive oil and bake them in the oven.

These are usually served as appetizer, but as side dish works very well for us.

 

Pimientos de Padrón al Horno – Oven Baked Peppers from Tenerife

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need:

  • 250 g small green peppers (pimientos de Padrón)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • coarsely salt (sal Maldon), to taste

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Wash peppers, pat dry and add oil and pepper.
  3. Toss with your hands to coat them.
  4. Transfer to baking mold (if possible in only one layer).
  5. Sprinkle with salt (you can also add the salt after baking) and bake them until lightly roasted for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Lemon Marmalade

 

Recently I got a batch of fresh organic lemons from the garden of friends and I really could not resist trying the preparation of a refreshing marmalade.

I googled here and there to get enough knowledge in order to prepare something I knew everybody would love and something I could prepare as a gift for friends especially for my Christmas baskets.

My Greek lemons were quite huge, around 250-300 each, thick zest and not so many seeds. The smell was so intense and delicate at the same time that I had to try to preserve it in a jar for next months!

This recipe does not need additional pectin as the seed and the filaments are the source of the jelly. Well, as I supposed,  my lemons did not have a lot seeds, so I needed to cook the marmalade a bit longer (not 20 minutes as “usually”), but it worked and the result is amazing. With 4 lemons I got 4 small jars of about 200 ml.

The quantity is easy: same amount in weight of lemons, water and sugar. Be aware that the amount of water will be reduced while cooking and I did not add more water.

You don’t need to use exactly 1000 g lemons and so on, adjust the quantities of water and sugar according the weight of the lemons.

Lemon marmalade

  • Servings: about 10 of 200 ml per 1ooo g lemons
  • Difficulty: medium
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You need

  • 1000 g organic lemons
  • 1000 ml water
  • 1000 g sugar

Procedure

  1. Wash well your lemons and scrub to remove the impurities if any.
  2. Place some metal spoon into the freezer for the jelly test.
  3. Measure the weight of the lemons and place them into a pot with the same amount of water. Bring to boil.
  4. Boil until you feel that the zest is soft. This takes about 30-40 minutes.
  5. Remove the lemons from the water to cool down for about 15 minutes or until they are not too hot for you. Don’t discard the water. If necessary sieve the water and clean up the borders of the pot.
  6. Halve the lemons with a knife and with a spoon out the flesh with the seed and give this over a sieve placed over a bowl. Remove also the stem and filaments; place them into the sieve as well.
  7. Cut the zest into strips and slice it. Put the sliced zest back into the water as well as liquid dropped from the sieve and the sugar.
  8. Bring slowly to boil, in the meantime work the remaining into the sieve with the back of the spoon in order to press out as much as possible. Place the leftovers into a small cheese cloth and hang it into the pot. Note: I used a stainless steel tea ball.
  9. While boiling you will see that the zest will turn translucent and the liquid clearer. When you feel that the jelly begins to form, drop a few drops into a frozen spoon and you will see if turn hard enough: push your finger through the drops and you will see the marmalade’s surface will wrinkle if it is set. My lemon did not have a lot of seeds which are the source of pectin so I had to boil for about 40 minutes!
  10. Fill your sterilized jars if possible with a jar funnel close them immediately and place them upside down on a safe working place. After 10 minutes invert them again and let them cool down completely to set.

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Vegetables Potpourri with Preserved Lemon Dressing

It’s always a big advantage havening at home many delicious ingredients ready to be used for surprising good preparation as this salad or side dish with a preserved lemon dressing. I know that this can be hardly be found in your shop, but you can easily prepare some or better than nothing for this recipe use simply a mixture of lemon juice, lemon zest and salt.

For the preparation I used the ingredients listed below, but you can use any vegetables who would fit to be roasted in the oven. I served the dish warmfebeta from the oven, but it can be served lukewarm or cold as salad as well.

Suggestion: prepare more dressing and serve it with grilled chicken breasts.

For the recipe for preserved lemons click HERE

Vegetables Potpourri with Preserved Lemon Dressing

  • Servings: 3-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

Vegetables

  • 1000 small potatoes, peeled (I used yellow and purple ones)
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, seed and stem removed, sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Dressing

  • 1 small preserved lemon (about 80 g)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons chopped coriander or parsley
  • Pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Combine all the vegetables and oil in a big bowl, toss to coat with the oil well.
  3. Arrange vegetables in an oven proof mold.
  4. Bake at 200°C/400°F for about 30 minutes until all vegetables are done.
  5. While the vegetables are in the oven combine all the ingredients for dressing in a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Serve the vegetables warm, lukewarm or cold with the dressing.

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Roasted Carrot Soup with Ginger and Nutmeg

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Comforting and tasty soup, easy to prepare and to adjust to your taste.

Roasting the veggies makes a big difference and the flavor will be improved.

You may change the spices and herbs to taste, you may also use pumpkin instead of carrots and why not perhaps beet roots, tomatoes and red peppers!

For an Asian taste you may replace the broth with a mixture of water, coconut milk and light soy sauce.

Create your own soup and enjoy!

Roasted Carrot Soup with Ginger and Nutmeg

  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

  • 600 g carrots, cleaned and diced in big pieces
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 cups broth, any kind (quantity to taste, it depends how thick you like)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg ground, to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onion, sliced (alternative: fresh cilantro or parsley)

Procedure

  1. Place carrots, potato and onions in a baking mold, toss with olive oil and bake at 220°C until veggies turn soft and roasted.
  2. Transfer the veggies in a big pot, bot reserve some for the topping
  3. Add garlic, broth, ginger and nutmeg.
  4. Blend with your hand blender until smooth.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring to boil.
  7. In the meantime slice the reserved veggies.
  8. Serve topped with the sliced veggies and green onion.

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Zucchini Pie of Chania –Chaniotico Boureki

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This is a traditional recipe from Crete (Greece) that needs some time to cook, but it’s really easy and can be prepared in advance. As side dish or as full meal this pie is always welcome!

There are many variation of this: some with puff pastry, some with a simple crust and even some without crust! Mint makes this dish very particular and it gives a wonderful taste.

Feel free to change the proportion of the ingredient on your taste or on what available.

My children loved to order this in the restaurant, now we can prepare this at home.

Zucchini Pie of Chania –Chaniotico Boureki

  • Servings: about 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need

  • 250 g fillo/phyllo pastry (or 1 big and 1 smaller not sweet pie crust, size depend on your mold)
  • 250 g potatoes, peeled sliced ( or coarsely grated)
  • 500 g zucchini, small sliced ( or coarsely grated)
  • 400 g fresh white cheese (best Greek antothiro or myzithra) or as alternative if you don’t find the Greek white cheese 300 g ricotta cheese + 100 g feta
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 20 leaves mint, chopped (to taste)
  • olive oil
  • 1 -2 tablespoon sesame seeds

Procedure

  1. Prepare all your ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven at 150°C-
  3. Grease your mold (I used my round 26 cm cake mold).
  4. Cover your mold with overlapping borders with 2 third of fillo.
  5. Fill with potatoes.
  6. Add half of zucchini.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add half of the cheese and half of mint leaves.
  9. Add remaining zucchini.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Add remaining cheese and mint leaves.
  12. Add some olive oil to taste (I add about 2 tablespoons).
  13. Add the egg but leave one tablespoon for the topping.
  14. Fold the fillo on the borders over filling.
  15. Brush little egg.
  16. Cover with 2 sheets of fillo.
  17. Brush with remaining egg and make incisions (in squares) over the surface.
  18. Spread sesame seeds and some oil (about 1 tablespoon).
  19. Bake at 150°C for 1 1/2 hours.
  20. Increase the heat in the last 10 minutes if necessary until golden brown.
  21. Serve warm of lukewarm.

Note: if you have bigger zucchini they will contain too much water. Put your sliced or grated zucchini in a bowl; add 1-2 teaspoons of salt. Stir. After 30 minutes rinse and drain prior use. Or perhaps another solution is to spread some breadcrumbs on fillo prior filling it with potatoes and zucchini. If you try this please let me know!

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