24 March 2015

Feta, Pumpkin and Spinach Rotolo baked in Tomato Sauce




I like Jamie's idea of baking vegetable pasta rotolo in tomato sauce; I made my own version with feta cheese and slightly different ingredients. Last night it was second time in a week we had it for dinner. I was simply beautiful and I had to make it again ( the other half of pumpkin was waiting to be used!).

Ingredients:
Pasta dough- (you can use ready made pasta sheets, 8 approximately) 
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 tbs olive oil
3/4 - 1 cup water (to make smooth, but stiff dough)
Filling-
1/2  medium JAP pumpkin (baked), mushed (2-2 1/2 cups)
1 tbs semolina (if pumpkin too watery)
250-300 g feta cheese, crumbled
300-350 g spinach (frozen or cooked, chopped, drained)
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 egg, beaten
pinch of salt
Sauce-
700 ml pasata sauce
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano (or basil)
pinch of salt

Method:
Cut, slice and bake pumpkin. Let it cool. (This step can be prepared ahead; keep pumpkin refrigerated)
Make your dough, let it rest for 30 minutes (covered). 
Meanwhile, prepare fillings. 
Mush pumpkin, add semolina (if necessary). 
Mix spinach, egg and garlic (I processed them last time and it turned out to be good idea).
Crumble feta.
Preheat oven to 180*C; Prepare a baking/serving dish; oil it slightly.
Roll out the dough (floured clean cloth) to 50 x 50 cm (or overlap ready made pasta sheets).Spread pumpkin mush, sprinkle feta and spinach filling (not important in which way). Leave 5 cm of dough uncovered. Roll towards uncovered part. Wet it then finish rolling. 
Mix all ingredients for tomato sauce, pour it in baking dish. Slice rotolo into 12 pieces and place them into sauce. Cover with al-foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm.



Feta, Špinat i Bundeva (tikva / bučnica) Rotolo, pečen u Paradajz Sosu

Svidjela mi se Jamie-eva ideja o pecenoj pasta roladi sa povrcem. Nacinila sam sopstvenu verziju sa feta sirom i malo drugacijim sastojcima. Sinoc je bio drugi put da sam je pekla u posljednjoj sedmici. Jednostavno je bozanstvena i morala sam je napraviti ponovo (a i druga polovina tikve je cekala na upotrebu!).

Potrebno:
Pasta tijesto- (mozete koristiti gotovu svjezu pastu za lazanje, oko 8 komada)
1 1/2 solja brasna
1/2 k soli
1 jaje, umuceno
1 K maslinovog ulja
3/4 -1 solja vode (tijesto treba da je glatko i tvrdo)
Fil-
1/2 tikve srednje velicine, pecena, ispasirana (oko 2-21/2 solje )
1 K griza / krupice (ukoliko je pire jako vodenast)
250-300 gr fete, izmrvljene
300-350 gr spinata, skuhanog ili smrznutog, ocijedjenog
1 vece ceno bijelog luka / cesnjaka, zdrobljenog / protisnutog
1 jaje, umuceno
malo soli
Sos-
700 ml pasate (zdrobljeni paradajz, tecan)
1-2 cena bijelog luka, 
1 k origana (ili bosiljka)
malo soli
Nacin:
Izrezite, ogulite i ispecite bundevu. Ohladite. (Ovaj korak mozete uciniti dan prije; cuvajte pecenu tikvu u frizideru)
Nacinite tijesto, ostavite odmoriti (pokriveno) oko 30 minuta. 
U medjuvremenu, pripremite punjenja.
Ispasirajte tikvu (dodajte griz ako je vodenasta).
Pomijesajte spinat sa jajetom i bijelim lukom. (Ovaj dio sam ucinila prosli put u sjeckalici, sto se ucinilo dobrim).
Izmrvite fetu.
Ukljucite rernu na 180*C; pripremite posudu za pecenje / serviranje. Nauljite je blago.
Razvaljajte tijesto  na 50 x 50 cm (ako koristite gotovo tijesto, preklopite malo listove). Nanesite pire od tikve, pospite fetom i spinat masom (nije bitno kako). Ostavite 5 cm pri kraju tijesta slobodno. Zarolajte prema toj ivici, navlazite je pa i nju zamotajte.
Pomijesajte sve sastojke za paradajz sos. Ubacite ga u posudu za pecenje. Izrezite rotolo na 12 komada pa ih smjestite u sos. Pokrijte sa al-folijom i pecite 4-45 minuta. Servirajte toplo.



19 March 2015

K9 Biscuits


Meet Zac! He is newest member of my family. (Yes, he WAS planned!) 

Upoznajte Zaka! On je najnoviji clan moje porodice. (Da, bio je planiran!)

He likes to be involved; he always manages to be in right place at right time.  Zac likes moving and 'pruning' my plants, taking my clothes off the line, helping my hubby with home projects, sorting our rubbish, making (fashionable) holes in my sons jeans, running after hens (and stealing their eggs)...He is everywhere! 
Zac is (red) Australian Cattle Dog ('Heeler'). He is deaf! We LOVE him!

On voli da je ukljucen; uvijek uspije da je na pravom mjestu u pravo vrijeme. Zak voli da pomjera i oblikuje moje biljke, da skida odjecu sa strika, da pomaze mom dragom oko kucnih projekata, da sortira nase smece, da dizajnira nove rupe na trapericama mojih sinova, da tjera koke (i krade njihova jaja)...On je svugdje!
Zak je (crveni) Australijski 'Govedar' (ovcar). Zovu ih jos i 'heeler' - bukvalno prevedeno znaci iscjelitelj.
On je gluh! MNOGO ga volimo!


Ingredients:
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
2 tbs peanut butter
1/4 cup oats ( rolled or oat flour)
2-3 tbs corn meal
1 cup plain flour
Method:
Mix all ingredients, roll out and cut shapes. Bake at 180*C for 10-12 minutes.  Cool before offering to your pet.
*Biscuits are quite good for humans too (we've tried them!); you just have to add a bit of salt or sugar for taste.

'K9' Keksi (Keksi za Pse)

Potrebno:
1 jaje
1/4 solje vode
1/4 solje ulja
2 K kikiriki maslaca
1/4 solje zobenih pahuljica (ili brasna)
2-3 K kukuruznog (sitnijeg) brasna
1 solja obicnog brasna
Nacin:
Umijesite tijesto od svih sastojaka. Razvaljajte i izvadite zeljene oblike. Pecite 10-12 minuta na 180*C. Ohladite prije nego sto ih ponudite svom ljubimcu. 
* Keksi su sasvim dobri i za ljudsku konzumaciju  (svi smo ih probali!); samo treba da dodate malo soli ili secera za bolji ukus.










16 March 2015

Korean Beef



































If you never tried beef marinated in Korean style, please do. This recipe comes from my Korean friend ('Ann'). It's one of my favourite ways of cooking beef.

Ingredients:
500 g beef steak (sirloin, rump, flank,..your choice)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth (or water)
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp garlic, grated or crushed
2 tbs brown sugar (I added stevia substitute)
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tbs sesame  seeds (optional, for sprinkling)

Method:
Slice steaks across the grain, into strips. Place it in a bowl and add all other ingredients. Mix well and leave it in a cool place for 1+ hours (in the fridge if leaving overnight). Preheat bbq  (or large pan) to very high temperature. Cook a few pieces at times (don't overcrowd pan, or you will not achieve wanted texture). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with a salad.




Govedina na Korejski način

Ako nikada niste probali Korejsku mariniranu govedinu, vrijeme je da to ucinite. Recept dolazi od moje prijateljice 'Ane' . Ovakav nacin je ubrzo postao jedan od najdrazih metoda spremanja govedjeg mesa.

Potrebno:
500 gr govedjeg stejka (ramstek ili koji volite)
1/4 solje sojinog sosa
1/4 solje pileceg temeljca (ili vode)
1 K sezamovog ulja
1 k djumbira, sitno rendan
1 k bijelog luka / cesnjaka, sitno rendan ili protisnut
2 K braon secera (ja sam stavila 'stevia' zamjenu)
1/2 k crnog bibera
2 mlada luka, sjeckana
1 K sezamovog sjemena (opciono, za posuti)

Nacin:
Izrezite meso na 'prutice' poprecno od vlakana. Stavite u posudu i dodajte sve ostale sastojke, dobro promijesajte i ostavite 1sat+ na hladnom mjestu (ili u frizider preko noci).
Zagrijte dobro tavu ili rostiljsku povrsinu i pecite nekoliko komada brzinski. Ne pretrpavajte povrsinu, jer ce se onda 'skuhati' i necete postici zeljenu teksturu. Pospite sa sezamovim sjemenom i sluzite sa salatom.

09 March 2015

Apple Muffins


Apple season has begun in Australia, weather is not so hot any more - perfect time for muffins! We like having them for breakfast, or take them for snack.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
100ml milk
100 ml yogurt
1/3 cup oil
vanilla extract
1 big or 2 small apples, grated
2 cups SR flour
1 tsp cinnamon
50 gr nuts (chopped), for sprinkling

Method:
Beat eggs and sugar. Add all wet ingredients and mix well. Add flour and cinnamon and fold in gently with hand. Place paper cases into moulds, pour muffin mixture into each up to 3/4 full. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 15-20 minutes at 180*C. Good warm or cold.



Mafini sa Jabukama

Sezona jabuka je otpocela u Australiji, dani nisu vise tako vreli - idealno vrijeme za mafine! Mi ih volimo doruckovati, a zgodni su i ponijeti za uzinu.

Potrebno:
2 jaja
1/2 solje braon secera
100 ml mlijeka
100 ml jogurta
1/3 cup ulja
vanila ekstrakt ili secer
1 veca ili 2 manje jabuke, rendane
2 solje samodizajuceg brasna 
1 k cimeta
50 gr orasastih plodova (usitnjeni), za posuti

Nacin
Umutite jaja sa secerom, dodajte sve 'mokre' sastojke,naposlijetku brasno i cimet. Rukom lagano promijesajte. Uspite u kalupe (sa postavljenim papirima) do 3/4 visine. Pospite sjeckanim orasima (ili sta imate) i pecite 15-20 minuta na 180*C.


02 March 2015

Oven baked Meatballs


They can be used as cocktail food for parties, or as a part of a meal (pasta, rice, cous-cous)

Ingredients:
500 g mince (turkey, beef, pork,...any)
1/2 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (some meats need more exmpl - turkey)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 medium onion, chopped finelly
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste (I like a lot)
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1-2 tsp favorite herbs (thyme, oregano, basil...optional)
(1-2 tbs oil, if meat very lean)

Method:
Mix all ingredients really well. Shape them into balls (as big as you want) by rolling between your palms. Place onto baking sheet. Bake for 10+ minutes on 200*C (larger balls need more time). 
Serve with a sauce  (tomato, bbq or sweet chili sauce) and toothpicks on the side; or, mix meatballs with your favorite (tomato or cream based) sauce and serve over pasta or rice.

Mesne Loptice iz Rerne

Ove loptice mozete koristiti kao zalogaje za koktel zabave, ili kao kompletan obrok - uz rizu, pastu, povrce.

Potrebno:
500 gr mljevenog mesa (puretina, svinjetina, govedina,...bilo koje)
1/2 solje  parmezana, rendanog
1/2 solje krusnih mrvica / prezle (neko meso treba vise, npr puretina)
2 jaja, umucenih
1/2 srednjeg luka, sjeckan
1 k soli
crni biber, prema ukusu (ja volim mnogo dodati)
1-2 cena bijelog luka, protisnuta
1-2 k zacinskog bilja (majcina dusica, origano,bosiljak,...po zelji)
(1-2 K ulja, ako je meso skroz nemasno)

Nacin:
Pomijesajte sve sastojke  i dobro umijesite. Oblikujte loptice velicine po vasoj zelji i postavite na tepsiju (sa papirom). Pecite 10+ minuta na 200*C (vece loptice trebaju vise vremena). Servirajte sa nekim sosom (paradajz, slatki cili ili bbq sos) i cackalicama  po strani; ili, umijesajte u neki krem ili paradajz sos i servirajte sa pastom ili rizom.