Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pasta with pea puree, mix veggies and lountza (you can use bacon)

I have to admit that I really neglected this blog. I am way worst than you Mon :)

One of my new years resolution is to cook more and to remember to take photos while I cook :P yeah !! thats a must dont you think? :).

Anyway I hope that I will be more efficient with my cooking this year.
I want to to wish you all to have an amazing 2012!

Pasta with pea puree, mix veggies and lountza

Serves 2
For the pea puree

*half cup peas
*1 spoon butter

for the veggies and lountza.

*half a leek
*1 onion
*1 green pepper
*5-6 pieces of lountza (cypriot product, you can use bacon)
*4-5 spoons of white wine
*1 clove of garlic
*pepper only cause lountza is too salty to add salt, if you add bacon then add a bit of salt also.

For the pasta.

You cook the pasta as indicated at the box.

For the sauce

You add the peas in a pan with water and the mint. You wait for them to get cooked and then you add the butter and smash them with the mixer.

For the veggies and lountza.

You add the lountza in the pan until its cooked and then you add the rest of the veggies, the leek, the onion, the green pepper and stir until they feel soft. Then reduce with white wine and add the garlic and pepper. Stir for 2-3 minutes and then add the pea puree and stir. Your sauce is ready to serve. If you want you can add some nuts on top.

Bon Apetit!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bread Frenzy

Firstly, I have to apologize to my dear readers that we've been dormant for so long.  It's been a absolutely crazy and eventful year.  So when 2011 came to an end I made a resolution to revive this site and bring more recipes to you all.   

Well, it's not that I have not been cooking, infact Nana and me has been meeting up pretty regularly to cook on weekends.....well...procrastination happened too... :P  

We've decided to start with something really simple today, something to start the day since my favourite meal of the day is BREAKFAST!!!  I especially enjoy eating breakfast for dinner.  It's the delusion that my day has just started and I still have plenty of time ahead... :P  

After some thought we decided on Mango bread...however, the mangoes at the supermarket looked absolutely hideous today.  Then we had so many ideas and couldn't really decide on one so we made ALL.  The recipes are pretty much the same, only the ingredients and liquids differ.  Takes about 20minutes to prepare and 1hour of baking time.  Each recipe makes 2 loaves.

Banana Walnut Bread

6 large eggs
- 1.5 cup safflower oil or canola oil
4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 1.5 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
5 very riped bananas (coursely mashed)*
- 1 cup walnuts*

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Butter loaf pan.

Mix all dry ingredients together

Whisk eggs and oil and white sugar together till it thickens slightly. (Above 3 steps stays the same)  Mash bananas , Roast walnuts
Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mix well.  Add mashed bananas and Roast walnuts in.  Bake for 1hour 

Orange Almond Bread

Replace * ingredients with,

- Zest of 4 orange
- Flesh of orange, no skin or pith, one tsp of ginger cooked in sugar with 4 cardamons into a light marmalade
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 300gm finely blended almond
- Almond flakes
-2 -4 tablespoon of milk

Mix zest of orange, light marmalade, zest of lemon, finely blended almond into batter
Pour batter into pan and sprinkle almond flakes on top 

Expresso and Chocolate Chunk Bread

Replace * ingredients with,

- A cup of thick expresso
- A block of milk chocolate
- A block of very dark chocolate
- 4 tablespoon of milk

Mix thick expresso (cooled) into wet ingredients and beat
Mix wet and dry ingredients together well
Stir in chunks of chocolate
Pour batter in pan and bake for 1hour

Bon Appetit
Monica Eng