Chickpea Croquettes with Parmesan Cheese and Almonds

Today I would like to present you a very tasty recipe of chickpeas cakes enriched with Parmesan cheese, almonds and spices.

They are very easy to be prepared and only a few ingredients are needed.

With a rich salad and if you maybe a yogurt sauce they can make a great full but still light meal.

You may adapt the recipe to you taste for example with some herbs, with garlic or roasted onions or other spices. Enjoy!

You may also make bigger ones and make of them burgers.

Chickpea Croquettes with Parmesan Cheese and Almonds

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  • 400 g chickpeas, precooked and drained
  • 80 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 80 g almonds, grinded
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon coriander ground, quantity to taste (or other spices or herbs to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • More or less 100 g grinded almonds for coating
  • Oil for frying (I used olive oil)

Preparation

  1. Drain well your chickpeas and blend them until smooth
  2. Add cheese, almonds, egg, spices and salt and pepper. Combine well working this with a fork or a spoon. Adjust spices, salt and pepper to taste. If the mixture results to wet, add some more grinded almonds.
  3. Scoop some mixture, form to ball with your hands, make the little flat and coat them in the additional grinded almonds. Place on a plate until you will have all them ready.
  4. In a non-sticky skillet heat little oil. Place the croquettes to fry gently. Brush or drizzle the upper side with oil. Turn when they begins to brown and cook on the other side until golden. Do not overcook them as they are delicious especially if moist.
  5. Serve them preferably warm.

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Preserved Tomatoes with Basil in Jars

Do want to keep the taste of the summer for the winter?

This is a simple but easy way to preserve the full flavour of your tomatoes and at the same time to have quick ready dish when you feel you are missing the sun and your fresh tomatoes from the garden.

This year we got a wonderful tomatoes harvest and we are still harvesting every day. We exchanged seed with friends and so we got an incredible variety of tomatoes and other vegetables. Now the winter is approaching, we all have to save electricity and with this method you will prepare great pasta dishes without spending a lot of time in cooking your tomatoes sauce.

Important! For sterilization with a pressure canner, please follow the instruction for the equipment. Depending on the Country you live, you will find completely different safety instruction about canning and possible botulinum poisoning.

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Preserved Tomatoes with Basil in Jars

  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

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  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Olive oil (about 4 tablespoons per kg tomatoes)
  • Garlic, chopped to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar (4 tablespoons per kg tomatoes), this is needed for longer storage
  • Salt (about 1 teaspoon per kg tomatoes)
  • Basil leaves or flowers to taste

Preparation

  1. Clean and dice tomatoes according to their size. I did not dice wild tomatoes, I halved cherry tomatoes and the other tomatoes in 1- 1.5 cm big sizes.
  2. Heat oil and add the garlic. Roast only a few minutes until fragrant.
  3. Remove garlic-oil mixture and pour it over the prepared tomatoes. Add vinegar and little salt.
  4. Combine gently and let sit for about 2 hours. They will release some juices.
  5. Add basil and stir well.
  6. Place the tomatoes mixture into the jars. Fill jars, leaving 2 cm headspace. Press gently down the tomatoes in order to cover the pieces with their juices.. Slide a nonmetallic spatula (a plastic knife works well) around the inside edge of the jar, pressing back gently on tomatoes to release any air bubbles. Do not add water.
  7. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe any tomato residue from the outer rim of the jar. This is necessary in order seal tight the jars. Screw lid evenly and firmly, but not too tight; just until resistance is met and lids are fingertip tight.
  8. I performed the “heat treatment” of the canned tomatoes in water bath. Place the jars into big pot (or use a canner). Fill with warm water. The water must cover the jars by 2 cm. Bring to a rolling boil, cover the pot and boil for 60 minutes if using 250-500 ml jars. Let cool down completely before removing the jars from the pot. Check if the lid is tightly closed after cooling down.  For heat treatment, please follow the instruction of your equipment (for example the pressure canner) and the following link: https://extension.umn.edu/preserving-and-preparing/canning-quick-reference-chart.
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Coral and Jade Prawns

This was one of the first Chines recipes we found in a cookbook (Kare Jup Ha Kow) and prepared as we started to travel around Asia and missing the Asian taste once back at home.

With the time we adapted the recipe to our taste but we kept the to the combination of prawns, broccoli and baby ginger; the last one the big hit in this dish!

This need a bit of time for the preparation of the broccoli florets and assembling with the prawn, but it looks so pretty that we never skipped this step.

Coral and Jade Prawns

  • Servings: 2-3 persons if served alone with rice
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 400-500 g prawns
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 2 tablespoons vegetal oil
  • 2 tablespoon finely diced ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoons sliced preserved pink baby ginger

Preparation

  1. Shell and devein the shrimp letting the last part of the tail as it is.
  2. Wash the broccoli and with a knife prepare as many florets as the prawns. Make a point at the end of the green stalk.
  3. Make an incision on the tail of the prawn and pass the end of the broccoli stem though this hole.
  4. In a small bowl combine water with cornstarch.  Set aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a wide non-stick frying skillet. Add garlic, and ginger and stir fry until fragrant.
  6. Add the prawn with the broccoli to the skillet and fry for about 2 minutes. Turn gently and cook for one more minute,
  7. Add soya and rice wine, reduce the heat to minimum.
  8. Add the mixture of water and cornstarch cover, shake gently the skillet, and cook for two minutes or until broccoli begins to turn a bit soft. Add more water or soya sauce to taste if needed.
  9. Just before serving top with the baby ginger.
  10. Serve immediately with rice.

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Xortopita – Greek Greens Pie

Wild greens constitute one of the greatest capital of Cretan cuisine. No one knows exactly how many different species of plants are used for human consumption and helped these people to survive during wars and occupation times.  I read that more than 120 herbs from the coastal zones to the higher mountain regions have been identified and counted.

Picking wild greens is a very enjoyable activity and the prepared meals are super healthy food!

For this recipe I used self-seeded Swiss chard form last year who is sprouting here and there in my vegetable garden. A great gift form the nature.

For the “Cretan” flavourful taste, I added mint and dill and some feta.

Usually these greens pies are prepared in the oven and the dough used for this is the filo.

One of the specialties of Sfakia are the “Sfakianopites”:  round flat pies filled with local mizithra cheese, pan-fried (without oil or butter) and then, served with a generous drizzle of Cretan honey.

For this pies I used the technique of the sfakianopites and worked very well.

For the dough I used my sourdough recipe which, thanks to the long ferment time, turns very elastic for rolling it out. https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/basic-bread-recipe/

For the yogurt sauce see: https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/mint-and-dill-yogurt-sauce/

Xortopita - Greek Greens Pie

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

Dough

  • ½ cup sourdough starter (or ¼ cup water + ¼cup flour + 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Filling

  • 300 greens (I used the green part of Swiss chards)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped, tender green part as well
  • 3 tablespoons cup finely chopped fresh spearmint
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • 200 g crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Prodecure:

  1. Combine the sourdough starter with the water and the first cup of flour for the first rising into a big bowl, cover and let sit until spongy. The time depends of the kind of yeast (if using sourdough starter often I combine them the evening before or early in the morning) and the temperature.
  2. Add the the other two cups of flour and the salt for the second rising knead shortly and let lit for about 20 minutes. Now knead again until smooth. I perform this step directly in the bowl using a dough spatula and folding over the bread until done. Let rise a few hour until doubled. During this time prepare the filling.
  3. Wash the greens and drain very well. Then slice them.
  4. Heat the oil and fry the onion until translucent. Add the greens and cook stirring from time to time until the liquid is almost adsorbed.
  5. Add the herbs and combine well.
  6. Add the feta and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on in a bowl to cool down.
  7. When the dough is soft, divide it into 6 pieces. Make 6 portions of filling. Note: you may make also more pieces/portions and make smaller pitas.
  8. Roll out the dough to the size of about 15 cm on a well-floured surface. Place the filling on it and carefully close the filling into the dough trying to exclude as much air as possible.
  9. Dust well with flour and slowly roll this out to the desired size. I made round of about 25 cm. Do not staple them, but place them on a well-floured surface until cooking time.  Best if you would in team and somebody helps you the roast the pitas while you roll them out.
  10. Heat a skillet and roast dry on both sides until browned. Note: We decided to cook them on the open fire.
  11. Serve if warm with yogurt sauce.
  12. Leftovers may be kept in the fried for a few day or be frozen.

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Guacamole con Tomates

Guacamole is very popular Mexican dip with many variations.

This variation, which includes also the use of tomatoes, is the most appreciated in our family and every times is comes out a bit different as we do not measure the ingredients, we change it a little bit depending on what we have on hand.

This is great as appetizer with tortilla chips, but also with wraps or other dishes.

Guacamole con Tomates

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 50 g chopped onions
  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt, to taste
  • 1 medium tomato or about 10 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1 dash chili powder or other little chili sauce or some paprika powder (optional)

Procedure

  1. Place the chopped onions in a small bowl with cold water (this for about 10 minutes)
  2. In a small bowl mash the avocado with the fork
  3. Drain the onions and add them to the mashed avocado along with the other ingredients.
  4. Combine very well and season to taste

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Roasted Figs with Camembert Cheese and Honey

Camembert Cheese Figs trees are native in the Middle East and western Asia and had been cultivated since ancient times. Today they are widely grown throughout the world, both for its fruit and as an ornamental plant. Two crops of figs can be produced each year. The first or breba crop develops in the spring on last year’s shoot growth. The main fig crop develops on the current year’s shoot growth and ripens in summer (August in Southern Europe) or autumn (September to October in Central Europe). The main crop is generally superior in quantity and quality, but some cultivars produce good breba crops. There are three types of edible figs: some of them need pollination by the fig wasp with pollen for fruiting and some not. In Central Europe where this wasp is not present, the cultivation of figs is possible. This year we had a many figs during summertime (breba crops) and in addition, after the warm September, we are getting many figs again and we are enjoying them. I would like to present you this simple but very impressive recipe, which is perfect for a starter or appetizer.

Roasted Figs with Camembert Cheese and Honey

  • Servings: 8 figs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 Figs, washed
  • 100 g Camembert cheese or Brie cheese, diced
  • Nutmeg, quantity to taste
  • Salt, only a very small pinch for each fig (I used my basil flower salt)
  • blanched sliced or slivered almonds (alternatively chopped walnuts)
  • 4 teaspoons honey, quantity to taste
  • Fresh savoury or thyme (alternatively dried thyme)

Procedure:

  1. Remove the stem of the figs and simply slice into the figs as if you were quartering them but do not go all the way down. You want the figs to open out like a flower but not fall apart completely.
  2. Distribute the cheese into the center of the figs
  3. Sprinkle little nutmeg and salt on them
  4. Adjust the almonds over the cheese
  5. Bake them in the preheated oven at 200°C/400°F or until the almonds are lightly roasted and the cheese begins to melt.
  6. Arrange the figs on serving dishes spoon the honey over them and add the herbs.
  7. Serve if possible immediately
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Quince and Potato Cheesy Gratin

Apples and grapes are already places in the storage room or converted in juice. Now it’s the turn for the our beloved quinces; this year we have really a lot of them and I’m looking for to try as much as possible different recipes. We all love sweets and cakes, but as quinces are very versatile, I hope we will travel virtually around the world and bring something new in our kitchen.

This recipe was inspired on an apple and bread ramequin. It is an autumn recipe for and comfort fully satisfying meal; you may serve this for Thanksgiving as well! 

Quince and Potato Cheesy Gratin

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1000 g quinces, cored and sliced (about 5 mm thin)
  • 1000 g baking potatoes, peeled and sliced (about 5 mm thin)
  • 100 g mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 150-200 g Swiss Cheese as for example Gruyere, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 ml milk
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½-1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh savory chopped (or fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • Salt (about 1 teaspoon) and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Layer quinces and potatoes diagonally in a baking dish.
  3. Place mozzarella and Swiss cheese between the slices.
  4. In a bowl combine all the other ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture equally over the ingredients in the baking dish.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour at 180°C/350°F until the potatoes are soft. If necessary during the cooking time cover with a parchment foil or lid in the case the surface turns to dark.

Variations & Ideas:

  • Instead quinces use apples or pears
  • Instead of potatoes use stale bread or sweet potatoes
  • Replace mozzarella and Swiss cheese with any grated melting cheese
  • Instead of milk, heavy cream, eggs and flour use 500 ml of béchamel sauce
  • Experiment with different spices
  • Cut slices of leftover gratin and fry on all sides for a crispy way to give it new life

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Speckgugelhopf with Walnuts – (Sourdough Version)

Traditionally bakers make this rich Alsatian (southern part of France near the Swiss border) bread in hand-painted earthenware molds, but steel, non-stick-metal or glass molds are fine too. The size of the mold corresponds to about 2 liter. This soft savory Gugelhopf (or Kugelhopf or Gugelhups) is perfect to be served (if possible lukewarm) as appetizer with some wine and it goes always very quickly.

Variations:

  • substitute walnuts with pecan or almonds
  • add chopped rosemary or thyme
  • substitute bacon by diced cheese
  • add fried onion rings
  • substitute pork bacon by dried smoked beef or turkey bacon

Speckgugelhopf with Walnuts - (Sourdough Version)

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

Activated starter

  • 100 g sourdough starter
  • 100 g water
  • 100 g flour

Dough

  • 175 ml milk
  • 350 g flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 150 g butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 egg

Additions for the taste

  • 200 g country bacon whole, skin removed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (pecans works well as well), coarsely chopped

Procedure

  1. For this recipe, you have to activate the starter combining the sourdough starter you kept in the fridge with the same amount of each water and flour (each 100 g). Best do it the evening before and loosely cover in a bowl; it should be ready after about 10-12 hours at room temperature. At this time starter should be very active and spongy.

Note: his is left to mature (ferment) until ready to be used to mix into a dough.

  1. Now it’s time to add the ingredients for the dough. Add the milk, the 350 flour, the salt, the butter and the egg.
  2. Knead with the hock until it looks smooth and it begins to loosen from the walls. Cover and let rise until it doubles the volume. Depending on the kind of your culture, this can take 4-8 hours.
  3. Dice the bacon into 5-8 mm cubes and roast in in a pan. If it loos to much fat, drain it.
  4. Bring bacon and nuts into the risen dough it over several times. I don’t knead it in order to keep the dough as soft as possible.
  5. Make a hole into the center of the dough and place it in the prepared tin (please butter it before; you may also use the fat of the bacon).
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until it at least doubles the volume. This may take about 2-3 hours.
  7. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes in the lower half of an oven preheated to 200°C. If notice that during the baking time the surfaces begins to turn to dark, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  8. Wait a few minutes before unmolding and serve it possible lukewarm.

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Day 40 Stay at Home or In the Garden: Vegetable Tart with Seeds

Parwin suggested this versatile recipe for a “Stay at Home recipe exchange” game. This came out so delicious, that I thought it would be a good idea to share this for our friends.

As the recipe does not specify the ingredients, your are really free to use what you have on hand and make a delicious meal for you family.

Below I will give you the recipe and here my choices.

  • Dough: home made with sourdough
  • Pesto: red and green pesto Genovese
  • Vegetables: red peppers and defrosted green tomatoes form the garden (picked in fall as we removed the plants form the vegetable garden), sliced red onion
  • Seeds: pine nuts, pumpkin, chopped roasted pistachio
  • Herbs: parsley, basil and oregano
  • Salt: Basil salt

Vegetable Tart with Seeds

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • Dough: readymade or self-made (any kind, but not sweet)
  • Pesto (any kind)
  • Vegetables, sliced or in small pieces, fresh or defrosted
  • Seeds as pumpkin, sesame, almonds, pine nuts (any kid)
  • Fresh herbs as parsley, oregano, thyme or basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Procedure

  1. Place the dough on you baking try.
  2. Spread the pesto over the dough.
  3. Add vegetables.
  4. Top with seed.
  5. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake about 25 min at 180°C or as needed (time depends on the dough and the toppings); you may also bake it at higher temperatures, but simply check when the bottom is ready
  7. Remove from the oven and serve with fresh herbs.
  8. Place salt and pepper on the table.

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Day 39 Stay at Home or In the Garden: Green Bean Terrine

Make a surprise to your family serving a slice of this vegetable terrine with some spiced sauce as the Canary mojo rojo. This served with a hunk of crusty bread, any salad greens, cheese, cured meat, smoked salmon or what you like, makes an elegant brunch or a light meal for warmer days.

Green Bean Terrine

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • Salted water
  • 400 g grean beans (I used the flat ones), trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small tin of mushrooms (200 g drained)
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons cooking liquid from the beans
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C-
  2. Boil the beans in salted water add the green beans and cook for 10 minutes, until tender but still firm to the bite. Drain the beans.
  3. In the meantime fry onion and garlic with the oil until just tender, then add the drained mushrooms. After one minute, remove from the heat.
  4. Whisk the eggs with the cream and with the cooking water. Season with the ginger, salt and pepper.
  5. Line a terrine with aluminum foil and coat it with oil.
  6. Pour a few spoons of egg mixture, arrange over this first half of the beans, then the mushrooms mixture, after this the second half of the beans and finally pour gently the remaining egg mixture.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until firm and until the tip of a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the foil Serve warm or cold.

 Note: Traditionally this kind of preparations should be cooked placing mold of the terrine into a bigger mold (roasting pan) with boiling water. I did not do it in this way and the simple baking in the oven worked well for me.

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