Buckwheat pasta with kale and beef

It’s Saturday and I am home all day, cooking, experimenting, enjoying my free time. It was a boring week at work and basically all I was doing was browsing recipes, reading about new trends in cooking, new tehniques that restaurants all over the world use etc.. Whenever I have time at work, I open some article and I read about food. I like it. I educate myself all the time about food, and quite frankly, every day I learn smth new. 🙂

Yesterday I  was reading about buckwheat and all the ways we can use it in the kitchen. I had no idea u can make pasta, cakes or anything with it. I would just cook it and done. Actually, I never cooked anything with it. I prefer other types of grains like kus kus, bulgur, quinoa and also all types of kaszas here in Poland, All the time there was buckwheat, but I never payed much attention to it. 🙂

But today, I wanted to experiment with it so I tried with pasta for the first time, and next time I will try smth else. For me it turned out good, but I haven’t tried it from someone else or in some restaurant so I have no idea if it is really good hahaha. For me it was, hopefully yours will be also, Actually I don’t doubt it, cause it’s very easy! 🙂

Ingredients:

(2 servings)

100g buckwheat                 20g oatmeal

30g all purpose flour         10g sunflower seeds

20g flaxseed meal              Water

Directions:

Mix in blender buckwheat, flaxseeds, oatmeal and sunflower seeds until u get flour out of it. Mix with all purpose flour.

Place it in a bowl and add water little by little. The point is to get nice, smooth mixture, not to dry and not too sticky. That’s the tricky part of this recipe. All the ingredients are very dry, water is the only one liquid which is connecting all the dry ones. If the dough is cracking, add little bit of water, if it’s sticking to your fingers, add more flour. Set it aside to rest for 10 minutes. To me, this dough was a firm ball, but it has to be little softer. So before I rolled out a dough, I sprinkled little bit of water to make it softer.

Roll out the dough into a square and cut into 1cm wide stripes. If my dough was softer I could make spaghetti kinda pasta, but I will do it in my second try 😀

Leave pasta in the fridge while you wait for water to boil.

Cook pasta for 2 min, or when it cmes to the surface. And that’s it.

My sides were beef in sesame and peperoni oil, boiled kale, cottage cheese and sunflower seeds. You can add whatever you want, it’s pasta we’re talking about 😀

This kind of pasta is good and very healthy, especially for ones who tend to eat less carbs or want to increase intake of complex carbs. It’g good for athlets, actually for everyone. Those carbs are healthy and it will keep u full for a longer time than carbs from regular pasta.

Enjoy! :*

Croque Monsieur

I really miss Paris and french dishes lately. Every day I think about all that food, honestly. I would like to go back at least for one weekend to experience Paris again. 🙂 I think, while I was living there, I didn’t appretiate it enough and now I regret a little bit, but I can still go back.

One of the first dishes I tried there was the might Croque Monsieur. It was maybe 3rd week of my stay in Paris, and my colleagues and I went for a lunch to a close restaurant from our working place.

I really had no idea what to eat, because everything was new to me, so I asked my colleagues to recommend me something french to try. They ordered Croque Monsieur for me, promising that I won’t regret it, or stay hungry.

I wasn’t so happy to eat a sandwich at 1pm, when I am supposed to eat something cooked, but yolo, I had to try 😀

What I got was huge sandwich, with bunch of fries and salad, seemed good enough. Croque Monsieur was one of the best dishes I tried in France, and I am happy that I tried it in origigi version. You can eat Croque Monsieur in every country basically, but it’s not as tasty as in France, where it originally came from. :)) Basic ham and cheese sandwich upgraded with besamel and mustard, a completely new level of sandwich! For a reason it is on the top of sandwich list! 🙂

Mine is probably not as good as that was, but I did my best! 🙂

Ingredients:

(3 servings)

6 slices of toast bread or any other      2 tablespoons unsalted butter

10 dkg cooked ham                                       3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

10 dkg Gouda cheese in slices                 2 cups hot milk

Dijon mustard                                                    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 200°C.

For besamel:

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a whisk for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Remove from the heat, add the salt, pepper,  1/2 cup grated Parmesan.
To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and Gouda cheese. Top with another piece of toasted bread.

Pour the besamel all over the toasts and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Bake  until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned.

In France it’s usually served with fries or salad, but you can eat it without any sides.

Enjoy in Croque Monsieur and let me know how it turned out for you! :*

 

 

New style cheeseburgers

We are all used to classic cheeseburgers. Burger and cheese on top, done. I wanted to make it slightly different so I stuffed onion rings with meat and cheese in the middle. Total upgrade  of classic cheeseburger. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 big onion

200g ground beef or chicken

Gouda/cheddar cheese

2 eggs

flour

bread crumbs

salt&pepper

2 tsp red paprika

1 tsp red curry

Directions:

Cut onion into 3 parts and separate into rings. Mix meat with salt&pepper, red paprika, curry and mix well with your hands. Leave aside for few minutes.

Cut cheese into small cubes so it can fit in the middle of the burger. Stuff onion rings with meat, put cheese cube in the middle than cover with more meat.

Leave in the fridge for 20 min.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. Dip burgers in flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs. I did double flour+ eggs to make sure burgers don’t fall apart while frying.

Fry it in oil and when burgers turn golden, take them out.

You can still put them in a bun, or you can try the healthier version and serve with salad aside. :))

Enjoy!

Choco & berry mug cake

 

 

Mug cakes are my obsession for the last 2 weeks! I just love them! They are done in just few minutes, they are easy to make and u can enjoy in this dessert like u have baked it for hours 😀

In general, I love desserts and meals which are made fast. I like to complicate also, but during the week I have no time to spend few hours in the kitchen, so whatever can be made fast, I am in.

With mug cakes, there is nothing complicated. Ingredients are easy to get to, preparation is simple and the only thing u need more is microwave. 🙂

Preparation: 3 min

Cooking: 7 min

Ingredients:

(makes 4 portions)

20g dark chocolate (70%)           2 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa         3 eggs

2 tbsp butter                                        2 cups coconut milk

2 cups coconut flour                        2 cups frozen berries

Directions:

Melt chocolate with butter. Put berries in a pan, add just a little bit of warm water to speed up the unfreezing process and simmer on low heat. It will take just a few minutes for fruits to unfreeze. With simmering fruit won’t be frozen anymore, but it will have a nice, smooth syrup which will make this mug cake even better and softer. 🙂

In a bowl mix first dry ingredients: cocoa, coconut flour, and baking soda. In another bowl whisk eggs, add melted chooclate, and coconut milk.

Add dry ingredients to liquid ones and mix together until u get a smooth batter. In case it’s too liquid add little bit more of coconut flour. Great thing with coocnut flour is that u don’t have to put a lot because it maxes mixture thick with just cup or two. With plain flour it’s the opposite. Sometimes I think I will spend all flour because it doesn’t make batter thick so easily.

Anyway, when the batter is exactly how u like it, it is ready for microwave! 🙂

On the bottom of the cup put berries with syrup, then add choco batter. I’ve also added shredded coconut, but it’s up to you 🙂 Now, put cup into microwave for 2 minutes and should be done. If in the middle is still soft, put it for additional minute or 30 sec into microwave and your mug cake is finished!

Top with more berries and syrup and enjoy in this lovely, delicious dessert! :))

 

Zucchini tots

 

 

I had full fridge of zucchini and I had to find a way how to “get rid” of them. It would be a waste to throw them away, but still I was too lazy to cook something complicated. Night before I was partying with my friends and I just couldn’t make myself to go out of the bed. 😀

But, I had to eat, I was starving after so much partying and drinking, so I went for quick and easy solution. Check it out below! 🙂

Preparation: 5 min

Cooking: 10 min

Ingredients:

1 large zucchini                1,5 cup bread crumbs

1 large egg                          1 cup Gouda cheese

1 cup of plain flour           salt&pepper

1 tsp curcuma                     1 tsp cardamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 200°C.

Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. In case the batter is too liquid, add more flour.

Make little tots from the batter and place them into a brass and put in oven for 10 min. This should be enough for them to be baked, but take them out when tots are golden.

as u see, very simple, quick and tasty for hangover days! :))

 

London’s street food

Heeeeyyy guuuys! How u doin’? 😀

it’s been a long long time since the last time I was sharing my travel experiences with you. The last I shared was Prague, but now I am taking you to London. I was in London a year ago, it was my first travel in 2015 and till now I haven’t stopped traveling, eating, writing, living!

Why am I writing about London and food there 1 year after?? Because I was going thru all my travel photos, and I found photos from London for which I thought are lost! 😀 I couldn’t find them anywhere for a year and now boom; here they are 😀 happinnes! Anyway, I had a great time there for 5 days and I ate a lot! I remember, 4th day of our trip, we wanted to see something different. We have seen all the touristic stuff and a lot more! My friend and I were actually walking thru London. We deliberately got lost, cause we wanted to see all of London, not only what tourists see. London is beautiful really, it has some special vibe which I liked as soon as I stepped out from the train and started touring.

Away from all fancy stuff, business area, man in suits with suitcases running to work, classy dressed women drinking their coffees during lunch break, there is Camden Street. The creative, colorful, vivid, energetic part of London. Totally different from anything we have seen so far. Wonderful! 😀 Buildings are in all possible colors, there is Converse shoe “stuck” in a wall of a building, music shops everywhere, stands with food, souvenir shops.. It’s all there. Complitely different energy from the London we all know. I was amazed! 😀

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Walking thru Camden street I was smelling so many different kinds of food and spices. On each side of the street were stands with food. Oriental food, mexican, italian, british meals.. I had such a problem with choosing what I’m going to try. 🙂 So basically, I wanted to see if any of these stands will impress me so much that I want to eat right there, but it didn’t happen haha. I wanted all still.

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We continued forward till the end of the street, and at the very end, there was Camden lock, a market with clothes, jewelry, furniture, paintings..all handmade! 😀 I was shocked how much things can be actually handmade, and look so awesome. Those people have so much talent!

When we finished our little shopping for us and our friends, we decided to eat something, we were starving! So we headed back to those food stands, when we heard music from one stand and guy singing along. The song was from Britney Spears: “Ups I did it again” hahahah and Asian guy making fried shrimps, singing along very loud. Hahahahah this scene I will never forget. He was so into it, like he really did something again 😀 Decision has been made on an artistic impression haha, this guy won totally 😀 We chatted little bit with this chef and he recommened a mix of everything, all that he has, and while chatting he would give us to try his food. We were already half full when he actually served us what we ordered 😀

Food was totally new for me, it was oriental. Noodles, shrimps,chicken, peanuts, veggies, soja sauce..it was all there, a whole bunch of everything but it was so damn good! I enjoyed every single bite 😀 But later, I was sick hahaha. I mixed too much of everything. That was a mistake, but it was worth it :))

Camden impressed me the most, mainly because of the food, and energy there 🙂 With our friends, we also went to a Spanish restaurant for dinner. As I recall, restaurant was on 2 floors, very spanish like, a lot of colors, and cozy, elegant 🙂 Our friend Fabian offered to order for everyone; he promised we will be satisfied, and I trusted in his choice 🙂 The great thing in this restaurant is that you order a bit of everything. Portions are small, but with reason. The point is that you order many small portions of everything and you share it with your family and friends :))) Everyone is eating everything! This is the way how to make people socialize and communicate around the table. We are all in technology today, we forgot how to talk and chat over lunches and dinners. Another plus is that your fork is in everyone’s plate, you don’t miss anything 😀

We went back home happy, satisfied, with a lot of great memories! It was an amazing experience :))

 

Slow cooker chicken

This is something that makes me damn happy! 😀 Meat that falls apart beneath my fork, or even better my fingers! 🙂 The rule for me is to always eat chicken with fingers, fork is forbidden. This is our family rule actually. At home, I can remember when any of us used fork, and I love it! Just do it your way. And even if someone would have the courage to eat with fork, immidiately this person would be scolded 😀

This slow cooker drumsticks will give u a great kick after work, and also You can stock it for few days and take it as work lunch to boost your energy after probably hectic morning at work. Mondays especially.. 😀

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Cooking: 1h

Ingredients:

4 large chicken drumsticks      1 carrot

2 red peppers                                   Olive oil

1 leek                                                     500ml chicken broth

1 onion                                                  salt and pepper

1tbsp curcuma                                 1/2 tbsp red curry

1/2 tbsp garlic powder                 1 tbsp red paprika

1 tsp ginger powder                        1 tsp cardamon

Fresh parsley                                       100g mushrooms(any)

1 can tomato sauce

Directions:

Chop onions, leek and carrots into small pieces. Wash chicken drumsticks and let to dry. Pour 4 tbsp of olive oil into a large pot over medium heat.

Add leek, onions and carrots. Add all the spices into the pot, stir occasionally and let it cook for 5 min until onion turns golden. Add chicken in the pot, fry from both sides for 4-5 min,  add chicken broth. Set on low heat and let it simmer for 50 min. After aprox. 30 min pour tomato sauce, stir it well and leave to simmer more.

After 50 min, chop red pepper and mushrooms. No need to was mushrooms cause they are full of water anyway. Add those veggies into the pot, and let it simmer for 10 min more.

Serve it with rice or pasta, however u like more. Chop fresh parsley and sprinkle it over chicken! And don’t save on sauce!

Dig in and please eat this chicken with your fingers! It’s different kind of pleasure 😀

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Jay :*

 

Chocolate pancake tower

Heeeyy guyyys! Lately I am craving for sweet stuff, especially choco ones! I don’t actually know where is this coming from haha but I did exagerate a little and I upgraded pancakes into a tower 😀 I couldn’t eat it all, but that was hunger or whatever that was, not me! 😀

Finally when I have seen my failure in eating them, I brought pancakes to my friend’s flat so he can enjoy them. Next day I have regret that decision. Actually wanted to steal them back 😀 Anyway, let’s make them together 🙂

Preparation: <30 min

Cooking: 15 min

Ingredients:

200g plain flour           4 tbsp of cocoa

2 eggs                                  1tsp baking powder

150ml of milk                  50g dark chocolate

40g unsweatened butter

pinch of salt

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Directions:

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa into a large bowl. In a separate bowl , lightly whisk together milk and egg.

Mix dry ingredients with milk, make sure there is no crumbs. Whisk it good. Let the batter stand for  few minutes.

Heat a pancake pan over a medium heat and add a tsp of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter. It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook for cca 1 min more. Repeat the procces until you are out of mixture.

In the meantime, melt dark chocolate with butter in microwave or in a bowl over boiling water. Make sure it turnes out smooth.

Serve pancakes like in photo to create a pancake cake 😀 and pour hot melted chocolate all over it. You can actually pour chocolate over each pancake. I added some fruits, but crushed nuts would be perfect also! :))

 

Pineapple&coconut cake

Ingredients:

200 g fresh pineapple

50 g unsalted butter (at room temperature) , plus extra for greasing

30g sugar

2 large  eggs

250 ml Greek yogurt

200 g all purpose flour , plus extra for dusting

¼ tesapoon bicarbonate of soda

150 g desiccated coconut

1-2 tablespoons icing sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4.

Peel, core and finely chop the pineapple.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs followed by jogurt. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate soda and a pinch of sea salt and fold through, then mix in the coconut and pineapple. Pour into a lightly buttered and floured  baking brass and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Cool slightly in the baking tin, then remove and leave to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

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Enjoy :*

Scotch eggs

Are you looking for healthy and low carb lunch? Well, you are in the right place because that’s exactly what I have for you here! 🙂

I prefer low carb lunches, because it gives me more power and I’m not hungry 30 min after my lunch, and when I have pasta dish, rice or whatever, it is guaranteed I will be hungry very soon. Scotch eggs are also very convenient for people who want to reduce intake of carbs, if it is a part of their diet!

I was preparing this on Sunday, and that was actually my first time. 😀 I am very happy how they turned out, and I am sure they will turn out perfect to you too 🙂

Preparation: 30 min

Cooking: 20 min

Ingredients:

6 eggs                                   1 tbsp red paprika

200g ground beef          1 tbsp garlic powder

50g all purpose flour     1 tbsp curcuma

1 tbsp red curry                 1 teaspoon cardamon

1 teaspoon lemon grass  1 teaspoon ginger powder

bread crumbs

Directions:

meatball-eggsBoil 4 eggs for 10 min max. If u don’t want them to be boiled hard, boil them less than 10 min, as u wish. 2 eggs leave for later.

In the meantime, mix ground beef with all spices and make 4 small balls and leave aside for few min to chill. After eggs are boiled, peel them and leave for few minutes to chill as well, and from meat balls make 4 burgers. Press them with fingers having in mind that u will have to wrap up egg.

Put boiled eggs in the middle of burgers and wrap it up into a ball, but don’t press too strong, egg has to remain in one piece 😀

Freeze for 10 min.

Whisk 2 eggs, add salt and pepper, and in 2 separate bowls put flour and bread crumbs. After 10 min take out scotch eggs.

Flour, eggs, flour, eggs, bread crumbs. Put in freezer for another 10 minutes.

Fry in deep oil until both sides are golden and you have scotch eggs! 😀

I served it with broccoli to have proper low carb lunch, but you can serve them with basically everything; rice, pasta, salad, veggies..

Enjoy ur meal! :))