Friday, October 25, 2013

Fish Stew

If you have some fish in your freezer and you haven't decided on the recipe yet, here is a good one; fish stew. It is one of the healthiest ways to cook fish, and it is very delicious. Actually, this recipe is inspired from the Turkish cuisine and it is worth trying out. 

I cooked this stew a while ago and my family loved it. If you are not a fish lover, this recipe may change your mind! I hope you enjoy it.



Ingredients

- 500g white meat fish.
-  3 tomatoes, diced.
- 1 red bell pepper, diced.
- 4 to 5 gloves of garlic, cut.
- 2 tbsp vegetarian oil.
- 3 tbsp olive oil.
- 1 tbsp cedar vinegar.
- Parsley, thyme, and rosemary.
- Salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika.



Process

1- In a hot pan, heat the vegetarian oil. Add garlic, cook until aromatic then add red bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper, and cook again for 2 min.



2- Add tomatoes and cedar vinegar and cook for about 10 min. Add paprika while cooking and add cumin after you turn the heat off.



3- In an oven dish. pour the sauce and place your fish portions on top of it. Garnish with herbs, season with salt and pepper and add your olive oil. Cook in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 min. (cooking time may differ so watch out)



Serve warm and enjoy your meal!



Friday, August 23, 2013

Seafood Quiche

Are you a quiche lover? This is a great recipe to try as soon as possible!

Quiches may be one of the most indulging salty treats. Usually, we use the french dough "Pâte brisée" to make quiche recipes. However, there is a variety of fillings and I am sure everybody has a favorite. One of my favorites is seafood filling, and this is exactly what I am presenting today. So, I hope you like my recipe.


Ingredients

Pâte brisée

- 250g flour, sifted
- 125g butter, softened in room temperature
- 1 egg yolk
- 6 cl cold water
- 1/2 tsp salt




Filling

- 125g calamari, boiled for 10 to 15min (in salt water with a bay leaf)
- 125g shrimp
- 150g canned mushroom
-  1/2 l bechamel sauce (white sauce)
- 4 spring onions, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, grilled and diced (check my grilling tip here)
- 150g cheese (mozzarella and cheddar)
- 1 tbsp cedar vinegar
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper



Process

Pâte brisée

1-Prepare your dough: mix flour and salt, then add butter and mix gently with your fingers. Add egg yolk and water and mix again until you get a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour for better results.

2- Preheat your oven to 250°C. Stretch your dough and place it in a pie dish then use a fork to tap all around it. Bake for 20 to 25min or until it's done. (baking time may differ so watch out)




Filling

1-In a hot pan, add olive oil, then spring onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 3min. 

2- Add mushrooms and calamari, and cook again for 3min.

3- Add cedar vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. Lower the heat and cook for 3 to 5min. Add your shrimp and cook for one more minute. If it is needed, season with salt and pepper again. Allow to cool for some minutes.




4-  Place your filling into the crust and spread it out evenly.



5- Add bechamel sauce. Then add cheese and red bell pepper.



- Bake again for 10 to 15min or until golden brown.





 Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stuffed Potatoes with Smoked Salmon Terrine

     It's been a while! I have been super busy with work and family events that I couldn't post anything lately. This does not mean that I don't cook, of course, but I did not have time to take photos and organize things for my blog. Anyway, I am back now and I hope I will be adding new recipes every now and then.

     As you may know, we are in the Holy month of Ramadan. So, happy Ramadan everyone! It's true that it is a fasting month. However, people love to have delicious dishes and nice treats after a long day of fasting. 

     For me, I try to keep it as simple and healthy as possible. Thus, I am sharing with you today a recipe that has been one of my favorites recently. It is stuffed potatoes with smoked salmon terrine. I can't tell you how delicious and tasty they are. As usual, this recipe is very easy and does not require a lot of time. I hope you like it and I hope you try it out soon! 


Ingredients

- 5 to 7 medium size white potatoes, washed and peeled and cut in half lengthwise
- 150g smoked salmon terrine
- 100g mozzarella and cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (Kikkoman preferably)
- Salt and pepper



Process

1- Boil potatoes in salt water for 15 min or until soften enough but still firm. Drain very well and allow to cool on a kitchen paper; this will help to absorb excess water. Remove the flesh from potato skin, leaving about 1cm shell of flesh and skin and putting the flesh in a separate bowl as in the picture above. Now, preheat your oven to 250°C.

2- In a mixing cup, add potatoes flesh, mustard, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Bled the ingredients with a hand blender (you may use a food processor, potato masher, or a fork) until smooth. If the mixture is too hard, add 1 or 2 tbsp of milk or water and mix well again. It should look as the
picture below. 
 

3- Add the smoked salmon terrine and use a potato masher or a fork to mix the filling. 



4- Spoon the filling back into potato shells and sprinkle cheese on top. Place in a pan layered with parchment paper and then cover with aluminum foil. 




5- Bake for 20 to 30min. Remove the aluminum foil and back again until the cheese is melted.


Served warm.





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spinach & Cheese Crepes

     In my previous recipe, I showed you how to make nice and salty crepes from scratch. Today I am going to present to you spinach and cheese filling, which is my first suggestion for salty crepes. This is a basic spinach and cheese recipe, and you may certainly add any of your favorite veggies. I hope you enjoy my recipe.



Ingredients

- American cheese slices
- 1 bunch of spinach, chopped
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Salt, pepper, ginger



Process

1 - In a hot pan, add olive oil, then onion. Cook for 2 to 3 min then add red pepper. Cook again for 2 to 3 min, then season with salt, pepper, and ginger.


2- Add soy sauce, stir, then add your spinach and cook for 3 to 4 min or until soft. Put the filling in a bowl and allow to cool before use.


3- In each crepe, place a slice of American cheese and 1 or 2 tbsp of your filling (depending on your crepe size.)


4- Fold your crepes into squares and place in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


5- In a preheated oven, cook your crepes for 7 to 10 min until the cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Salty Crepes

     Today I am going to share with you my favorite recipe of salty crepes. Who doesn't love crepes? They are so soft and delicious.We like ordering a variety of crepes in restaurants, so why not try them at home?

     This is a basic crepe recipe and you may serve it with your favorite salty filling. However, I will share with you some of my favorite fillings in future posts.



Ingredients

- 225g flour 
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 l milk
-  4 tbsp vegetable oil
- salt and pepper



 Process

1- In a blender, mix all the ingredients together until smooth (you may also use an electric mixer or a food processor). Allow to rest for 10 to 15 min.

2- In a hot non-stick pan, use a ladle to pour enough quantity of the batter to cover the pan surface. Cook for 2 to 3 min then flip your crepe and cook again for 2 min.



Repeat the process until all batter is used.

and it's done!!





Saturday, May 11, 2013

Strawberry Muffins

    There is nothing better than strawberries and chocolate bakeries. As you may know, I love baking muffins. I always try new recipes and ideas. Well, I tell you, once I tried these sweet muffins, I couldn't stop baking them. This was my favorite spring recipe and everybody loved it. I hope you enjoy my recipe.



 Ingredients

Dry ingredients

- 1 + 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
- 1/2 cup  chocolate chips

- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 Baking soda
- A pinch of salt

Wet ingredients

- 1/2 cup milk

- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
- 1 Egg

- Vanilla extract

Process

1- Preheat your oven to 180°C and  and lay a muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
    In a small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.

2- In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Make a hole in the mixture and pour the wet batter. Mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix.



3- Fill  muffin cases and bake for about 25  minutes. (cooking time may deffer so watch out)
 




 Enjoy!