29 October 2010

Oven Baked Rainbow Trout


I was born far away from any sea, but we had (still have) beautiful rivers full of this lovely fish. This is a simple way to prepare and enjoy it.

Ingredients:
2 Rainbow Trouts (1-1,5 kg)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
corn flour (fine polenta) for dusting
salt and pepper
Method:
Wipe (scaled) trouts, salt and pepper inside and out. Mix oil and crushed garlic; brush fish with with this, leaving most of the garlic inside. Dust well with fine polenta, pour some more olive oil on top, and bake for 40-45 minutes on 180*C.
Best served with corn bread ( recipe below).

Pastrmka iz rerne / peci
Ovu ribu najradije jedem...vjerovatno jer sam rodjena na kontinentu.

Potrebno:
2 pastrmke (do 1,5 kg)
1/3 solje maslinovog ulja
2 cena bijelog luka
kukuruzno brasno, sitno
so i biber
Nacin:
Obrisite ociscene ribe, posolite i pobiberite sa svih strana i unutra.
Pomijesajte ulje i protisnuti bijeli luk, pa ovime premazite ribu, nastojeci da vecina bijelog luka ostane unutra. Pobrasnite sa svih strana, nauljite i pecite 40-45 minuta na 180*C. Najbolje je servirati sa projom / kukuruznim hljebom (recept ispod).

Corn Bread


This recipe is used in many countries of Balkan.

Ingredients:
3 small eggs, beaten
1 teas salt
3 tbsp oil
1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup mineral sparkling water
1 cup corn flour (fine polenta)
1 cup SR flour
Method:
Mix all ingredients well, pour into greased / dusted bread tin, and bake 35-40 min on 180*C.

Proja / kukuruzni hljeb

Potrebno:
3 manja jaja, umucena
1 kasicica soli
3 kasike ulja
1 solja gustog jogurta / kiselog mlijeka
1/2 solje kisele vode
1 solja kukuruznog brasna, sitnije od palente
1 solja samodizajuceg brasna
(ako ne mozete kupiti - napravite: 1 solja obicnog brasna + 1,5 kasicica praska za pecivo)
Nacin:
Sastavite sve sastojke i dobro izmijesajte. Uspite u kalup, namascen i pobrasnjen; pecite 35-40 minuta na 180*C.

26 October 2010

Chocolate Roses


Easy way to decorate any cake

Sacher Torte decorated with dark chocolate roses.


Ingredients:
100 g Chocolate, melted
50 g Glucose syrup
(or less - amount is always 2 : 1)
Method:
Melt chocolate. If you want to make leaves, you have to do it at this stage. Brush rose leaves with melted chocolate, and leave to set.
Add glucose into chocolate, warm a bit more, and mix well. When still warm, but stiff enough to handle, shape little balls with your hands. Decide how many roses you want to make; that many centres you need to shape first - they should look like pyramids with smooth edges (see picture). Other balls flatten into circles. Start sticking circles/petals to your rose base -press with your fingers. Put as many as you want. If becomes stiff, warm it in your microwave.
Best results are achieved with milk chocolate. White chocolate is most difficult to handle.





Cokoladne ruze

Potrebno:
100 gr cokolade
50 gr glukoza sirupa
(ili manje - odnos je uvijek 2 : 1)
Nacin:
Rastopite cokoladu: u ovoj fazi morate praviti listove, ako ih zelite imati - premazite listove ruze i ostavite da se stegnu.
U cokoladu dodajte glukozu, pa jos malo zagrijte - promijesajte i ostavite da se prohladi. Dok je jos toplo, oblikujte loptice velicine klikera. Od njih oblikujte onoliko centara za ruze, koliko ih zelite imati (vidi sliku). Od ostatka napravite latice - jednostavno ih razvucite (prstima ili necim valjkastim) u krugove. Pocnite stavljati laticu po laticu na osnovu ruze. Stisnite prstima pri dnu. Ako smjesa postane hladna i tvrda za oblikovanje, mozete blago podgrijati u mikrovalnoj.
Najbolje rezultate daje mlijecna cokolada; bijela je najteza za oblikovanje.

21 October 2010

'From Russia With Love' Cake



Recipe found on a Russian cooking website.

Ingredients:
-Cheese balls:
250 g cream cheese
1 egg
50 g sugar
50 g coconut, desiccated
1 tbsp corn flour
2 tbsp plain flour
-Chocolate sponge:
5 eggs (or 4 large)
60 g sugar
50 g dark chocolate
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp corn flour
3 tbsp cocoa
-Ganache:
80 g chocolate
40 ml
Method:
Preheat your oven to 175*C. Prepare 22 cm cake tin; oil and dust with flour.
Mix all the ingredients for balls, form them and place on bottom of the tin.
Separate eggs; Make a stiff foam out of egg whites, add sugar and mix well. Add egg yellows, one by one, while mixer running. Switch off, then sift flours and cocoa. Fold in, add chocolate and mix well. Pour over the balls, and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Heat cream, add chocolate and mix until smooth. Pour over the cake. Enjoy!




Ruski cokoladni kolac sa lopticama od sira

Potrebno:
-Loptice od sira
250 gr krem sira
1 jaje
50 gr secera
50 gr kokosa
1 kasika skrobnog brasnoa
2 kasike brasna
-Cokoladni biskvit
5 jaja (ili 4 veca)
60 gr secera
50 gr cokolade
2 kasike brasna
2 kasike gustina
3 kasike kakaa
-Preliv
80 gr cokolade
40 ml krema/kajmaka slatkog
Nacin:
Pripremite kalup promjera 22cm - nauljite i pobrasnite. Ukljucite rernu na 175*C.
Pomijesajte sve satojke za loptice, pa ih nabrasnjenim rukama formirajte i stavite na dno kalupa.
Odvojite bjelanca, umutite sa secerom u cvrst snijeg. Dodajte jedno po jedno zumance. Iskljucite mikser pa prosijte brasna i kakao na povrsinu. Lagano sjedinite rukom, pa dodajte cokoladu i ponovo promijesajte. Prelijte preko loptica i pecite 30-40 minuta.
Za preliv, stavite kajmak i cokoladu u posudu. Topite i mijesajte. Prelijte preko kolaca.
Pecite na 175*C 30-40 minuta

18 October 2010

Sushi...The way I make it



This is not a traditional recipe; it's been adapted to my skills and preferences.

Ingredients:
1 cup Jasmine rice
1,5 cups water
1 teas vegetable stock powder (or other)
4 sheets of roasted seaweed
Salmon (smoked)/Tuna/Prawns
Lebanese cucumber, sliced lengthwise
Avocado, sliced lengthwise
(or other vegetables)
Sushi mat
Water and brush for wetting
Method:
Cook rice - absorption method- with 1,5 cups of water, add vegetable powder. Let it cool completely.
Place a seaweed sheet on a sushi mat. Spoon 1/4 of rice; with your damp fingers press down, leaving 1 inch uncovered.
Place fish/prawns and vegetables lengthwise on the edge close to you. Roll towards centre, making slight pressure. Wet the uncovered seaweed, and finish rolling. It should stick together. When finish rolling all, slice with a sharp knife.
Serve with soy sauce and Wsabi paste.





Sushi - nacin kako ga ja pravim

Potrebno:
1 solja 'Jasmin' rize
1,5 solja vode
1 kasicica Vegete ( ili slicno)
4 lista susene/presovane morske trave
Dimljeni/suseni losos
Tuna ili gambori/skampe
Krastavac rezan po duzini
Avocado ili drugo povrce
Sushi podmetac (za savijanje)
Voda i cetka za vlazenje
Nacin;
Skuhajte rizu, po postupku apsorpcije (mikrovalna idealna), zacinite. Ohladite je potpuno. Na podmetac stavite list morske trave, na njega rasporedite 1/4 kuhane rize. Navlazenim rukama pritisnite rizu po listu, ostavljajuci nepokriveno 2,5 cm na jednom kraju. Na ivicu sa rizom, po duzini, stavite reznjeve povrca i ribe. Pocnite zamotavati, zajedno sa podmetacem, pritiskujuci njezno. Kada ste dosli blizu slobodne strane, navlazite je vodom, pa onda zavrsite zamotavanje. Treba da ostane 'zalijepljeno'.
Kada ste sve listove umotali, rezite ostrim nozem na reznjeve 2-2,5 cm.
Servirajte sa soja sosem i Japanskim hrenom (Wsabi).

17 October 2010

Mississippi Mud Slice



Ingredients:
250 g butter, chopped
150 g dark chocolate, chopped
2 cups caster sugar
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs, beaten
cocoa powder for dusting, or melted chocolate
Method:
Preheat oven to 160*C.
Line a baking tray (19X30cm) with silicone paper.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Stir over low heat until chocolate melted and smooth. Cool mixture slightly, then add sifted flour and cocoa; add eggs and stir until well combined. Pour into pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Decorate with cocoa or chocolate.




Cokoladne Misisipi kocke

Potrebno:
250 gr putera, sjeckanog
150 gr tamne cokolade, sjeckane
2 solje sitnog secera
1 solja vrele vode
1 kasika instant kafe
1 3/4 solje brasna
1/4 solje kakaa
2 jaja, umucena
kakao ili cokolada za povrsinu
Nacin:
Ukljucite rernu na 160*C, cevtrasti pleh (19X30cm)oblozite papirom za pecenje.
Prvih 5 sastojaka ubacite u serpu, pa na tihoj vatri grijte i mijesajte dok se cokolada ne otopi. Prohladite malo, pa ubacite prosijano brasno i kakao, dodajte i jaja i sve dobro promijesajte. Pecite 45-50 minuta, pa kada izvadite iz rerne ukrasite kakaom ili cokoladom.

13 October 2010

Indian Beef Koftas


Quick, tasty, aromatic and satisfying!

Ingredients:

750 g minced beef
1,5-2 tbsp curry powder (Madras preferably)
2 gloves garlic, crushed
2 teas grated ginger
2/3 cup yogurt
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
2 tbsp ghee, or oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup water (or less)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2-1 teas salt
extra yogurt to serve
Method:
Combine mince, 1/2 curry garlic, ginger and 1 tbsp of yogurt. Mix well, and shape into balls, dusting hands with flour. Set aside.
Heat ghee or oil, fry onion, add curry and mix. Stir in the rest of ingredients, and cook for 5 minutes. Add kofta balls,cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve with rice, garnished with some yogurt and coriander.


Indijski cuftici sa karijem

Potrebno:
750 gr mljevene govedine
1,5-2 kasike kari praha
2 cena bijelog luka
2 kasicice ribanog djumbira
2/3 solje jogurta (gustog)
2 kasike masla, ili ulja
1 veliki crveni luk, sjeckan
1/2 solje kokosovog mlijeka (*vidi objasnjenje)
1 solja vode (ili manje)
1 kasika gusto ukuhanog paradajza
1/2-1 kasicica soli
jos jogurta za servirati
Nacin:
Umijesite meso, pola karija, bijeli luk, djumbir i 1 kasiku jogurta. Oblikujte loptice, sa nabrasnjenim rukama. Ostavite na stranu.
Zagrijte maslo, proprzite luk, dodajte curry. Promijesajte, pa ubacite i ostale sastojke. Prokuhajte 5 minuta, ubacite cuftice. Kuhajte 15 minuta poklopljeno, skinite poklopac pa kuhajte jos 5 minuta.
Servirajte sa rizom, ukraseno sa jogurtom i korijanderom.

12 October 2010

Chorbanac - Bosnian 'Soupy' Meat Stew


Traditionally it's made in a big cauldron, outdoor on open fire.

Ingredients (10+ servings)
1 kg chuck steak
1 kg lamb, preferably on the bone
1 kg pork, or chicken - your choice
1 kg onion, chopped
2-3 tbsp oil
2-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 chilli, chopped or chilli powder
2 tbsp paprika
1/2 -1 teas black pepper, freshly grounded
2 medium potatoes, grated
1 bunch of parsley leaves
1-2 tbsp flour
2-3 tbsp vegetable stock powder (Vegeta)
200-250ml white vine
salt to taste
Method:
Heat oil, fry onion until translucent - add meat (cubed) and seal it. Add paprika, flour - mix well and other ingredients except potato, vine and parsley. Pour a lot of water (should cover meat well + allow some for evaporation), bring to boil and cook for 2 hours. After this time you can add the rest of ingredients; cook for another 5-10 minutes. Serve with rice, pasta or some kind of strong bread.


Corbanac
...najbolji je kuhan u kotlicu, na otvorenoj vatri, u velikim kolicinama, za prijatelje kada vrijeme zahladi. Rezultat isprobavanja i eksperimentisanja sa mnogim receptima.

Sastojci za 10 osoba:
1 kg govedine, najbolja od vrata
1 kg jagnjetine, moze sa kostima
1 kg svinjetine ili piletine (po zelji)
1 kg crvenog luka, cjeckanog
2-3 kasike ulja
2-4 cena bijelog luka
1 lovorov list
1 srednja ljuta papricica ili chili puder
2 kasike crvene paprike
1/2-1 kasicice crnog bibera u zrnu (ili mljeveni)
2 srednja krompira, sjeckana ili strugana
svezanj persunovog lisca
1-2 kasike brasna
2-3 kasike vegete
200-250 ml bijelog vina
so po ukusu
Priprema:
Zagrijati ulje, te dodati luk. Dinstati dok ne promjeni boju. Ubaciti meso sjeckano na kocke (postoji misljenje da je corbanac bolji ukoliko je meso masnije – ja ipak odvojim najmasnije dijelove). Dinstati jos nekoliko minuta, a zatim dodavati ostale sastojke: crvena paprika, brasno, i sve ostalo osim krompira, vina i persuna. Naliti dosta vode te ostaviti 2 sata da pomalo vrije. Poslije tog’ vremena istrugati krompir, nasjeckati persun i doliti vino. Probajte ukus i dodajte soli i bibera po ukusu. Ko voli ljuto moze dodati vise chilija. Nakon 5-10 minuta corbanac je gotov.
Posluživanje
Sluzi se sa vrucom pogacom, moze i tjestenina ili riza.
Salata po vasem izboru!

10 October 2010

Persian Chicken with Walnuts and Pomegranate (Fesenjan)



Ancient dish...Still popular around the World!

Ingredients:
2 tbsp oil/ghee
1 onion, chopped
800 g Chicken meat, bite size (or 1 kg with bones in)
1,5-2 cups walnuts, ground
1 cup pomegranate molasses (or 1,5 cups pomegranate juice)
Water (if necessary)
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
Fry onions in oil, add chicken - brown well. Add walnut meal, stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Pour molasses (if using juice , you need to reduce it first - cook until 1/3evaporates). Cook for 45 min, or until satisfied with thickness/texture. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Serve with rice.





Iranska piletina sa orasima i sokom nara/sipka

Neobicna kombinacija koja potice iz stare Perzije.

Potrebno:
2 kasike ulja/masla
1 crveni luk, sjeckan
800 gr pileceg mesa, rezanog na kocke (ili 1kg sa kostima)
1,5-2 solje mljevenih oraha
1 solja ukuhanog soka nara (* vidi objasnjenje)
malo vode, ako je potrebno
So i biber po ukusu
Nacin:
Proprzite luk na masnoci, pa dodajte meso. Przite dok ne dobije boju, zatim dodajte orahe. Mijesajte i kuhajte nekoliko minuta, zatim uspite gusti sok nara. Kuhajte 45 min, ili dok ne budete zadovoljni sa gustinom. Dotjerajte ukus sa solju i biberom. Servirajte sa rizom.
* Obicni sok nara (1,5 solja) mozete kuhati dok 1/3 ne ispari.

05 October 2010

Spanish Chorizo Sausages



I often make the mixture and use it without casing.

Ingredients:
1 kg pork mince
3 1/2 teas salt
1 teas chilli powder
1 tbs paprika powder
4-6 garlic cloves
2 teas oregano powder
2 teas cumin powder
1 teas black pepper, freshly grounded
1 1/2 teas sugar
3-4 tbs white vine vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp water
Casings
Method:
Mince should be cool; add all dry spices and mix well with 2 forks. Add fluids, and then you can use hands to blend ingredients. Fill casings with meat mixture, or use it without casings (couple of weeks in the fridge).
Original recipe contains 3X more of chilli powder, than stated above.





Spanske Chorizo kobasice

Sastojci:
kasika/kasicica sastojaka treba biti zaravnjena
1 kg mljevene svinjetine
3 1/2 kasicice soli
1 kasicica chili praha ili ljute paprike(* vidi dole)
1 kasika paprike, slatke
4-6 cena bijelog luka, protisnutog
2 kasicice origana u prahu
2 kasicice kima u prahu
1 kasicica crnog bibera, svjeze mljeven
1 1/2 kasicica secera
3-4 kasike bijelog sirceta
2 1/2 kasike vode
crijeva za kobasice
Priprema:
Pripremite sve sastojke.
Na rashladjeno meso pospite sve zacine i sastojke. Mijesajte uz pomoc 2 viljuske, dok se zacini ne ujednace.
Sada mozete malo mijesiti rukom, ali ne previshe.
Punite crijeva smjesom, kao sto biste bilo koju drugu kobasicu.
Mozete ih ostaviti svjeze (par sedmica), susiti ih (blago dimljene!) ili spremiti u zamrzivac na vise mjeseci.
Za one koji nemogu doci do crijeva, napomena da ovu smjesu mozete koristiti bez da je oblikujete u kobasicu. Traje do 14 dana u frizideru!
*Po originalnom receptu, Chorizo sadrzi do 3 puta vise chili praha nego gore navedeno. Recept je ‘modifikovan’ prema mom ukusu. Ljutina se jos uvijek osjeti, ali blago.

03 October 2010

Caramel, Macadamia and Hazelnut Slice



'True Blue' Aussie slice! Macadamias are Australian native nuts, but instead of them you can use almonds, walnuts or other species.

Ingredients:
Base-

1 cup flour
1/2 cup hazelnut meal
1/2 cup brown sugar
90 g dark chocolate, melted
80 g butter, melted
1 egg beaten
Topping-
400 g can condensed milk
2 tbsp golden syrup
50 g butter
100g hazelnuts, baked and skinned
100 g macadamia nuts, halved if big
100 g melted dark chocolate

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180*C; grease an 18X28 cm tin (silicon paper will help).
Using food processor, mix all the ingredients for the base; with the back of the spoon press the mix into the tin and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, put first 3 topping ingredients into a saucepan and melt over the slow heat, stirring often.
Pour the caramel over the base and top with nuts. Bake for another 15 minutes.
Drizzle with melted chocolate when slightly cooled.
Slice into small fingers, as it got very rich taste.

Karamel, makadamije i ljesnik kolacici

Potrebno:
Baza-

1 solja brasna
1/2 solje mljevenih ljesnika
1/2 solje braon secera
90 gr tamne cokolade, otopljene
80 gr putera, otopljenog
1 jaje, blago umuceno
Karamel-
400 gr condenzovanog mlijeka
2 kasike 'zlatnog' sirupa (* vidi objasnjenje)
50 gr putera
100 gr ljesnika, pecenih, poljustenih
100 gr makadamija oraha, prepolovljeni ako su veliki (*objasnjenje)
100 gr tamne cokolade, otopljene
Metod:
Zagrijte rernu na 180*C, pripremite pleh (papir) 18X28 cm.
Sve sastojke za bazu stavite u elektricnu sjeckalicu i sjedinite masu. Prerucite u pleh i sa pozadinom kasike utisnite. pecite 15 minuta.
U medjuvremenu, otopite prva 3 sastojka za karamel, mijesajte. Prespite na povrsinu baze, pospite orasima, pa jos pecite dodatnih 15 minuta. Kada se malo prohladi pospite otopljenom cokoladom.
*Golden (zlatni) sirup izgleda i ima konzistenciju meda, ali ukus karamela.
*Koristite druge orahe umjesto makadamija, ako ih ne mozete nabaviti.