I am wishing you all happy Easter!
I am living in the UK now, so I will not have a traditional Easter as we have in Slovakia, but at least I have prepared traditional food: potato salad with smoked ham.
There is tradition in Slovakia, that on Easter Monday men spank women with homemade whip and splash cold water on them. It is believed that women will be healthy, beautiful and full of energy for the rest of the year. Very interesting tradition... And believe me, girls do not like this :) After this all men will get sweets or nice colorful eggs.
Easter is about meeting with people you like and eating a lot of nice food. Enjoy it! :)
I wanted to do some nice banana bread or something similar, something what you can eat for breakfast or if you need some snacking, just something nice.. :) I am not a big fan of baking, I am not patient at all, so let`s say no baking at all. I was going through Everyday superfood book from Jamie Oliver and I saw there this banana - fig bread. It looks so easy to make that I decided to try.
Sometimes people see a lot of ingredients in the recipe and it discourages them and do not even read it till the end.
This bread is very easy to make, this is how I made it: Put in food processor 2 eggs, 4 bananas, 200g of dried figs, 125 g of natural yogurt, vanilla extract, 75ml of rapeseed oil and mix all together. Then add 150 grams of wholemeal flour, 1tbsp of baking powder, grated apple and some seeds (etc poppy seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds). Pour it into a baking tray and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake it for 45 minutes for 180C.
Give it a try!
I have for you an amazing tip for grilled peppers with pomegranate and cheese. It is easy and you will not believe how tasty it can be. I found this recipe in one of Nigella`s book. Here is how I made it:
Preheat your oven to 250 C. Red or yellow peppers are best to use, because they are sweet. Cut them in halves, remove seeds and place them on a baking tray. Put them in the oven and leave it there for 15 minutes or until skin is black. When they are done, place them in a big bowl, cover with kitchen foil and let them cool till you can touch them. Remove gently skin from peppers and place them on another plate. Sprinkle it with pomegranate seeds.
In another bowl, mix together juice from pomegranate with squeezed lime, olive oil and crushed garlic. Pour this dressing over your peppers and season with salt if needed. Serve it with cheese, the best one is goat cheese or feta.
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I have for you tip for lovely chicken nuggets. It was easier than I thought to make them and to be honest, they are a real treat! I baked them in oven, so no frying at all. Cut chicken breast into several pieces. Take three plates and put flour in first one, whisked eggs in second and golden breadcrumbs in third. You can add salt and pepper into the eggs. And then just simply take piece of meat, cover it in flour, then egg and at the end in breadcrumbs. Preheat your oven to 180 C. If you have baking paper, put it in a baking tray and lay all meat in. Leave it in the oven for 30 minutes or untill it is golden. After 15minutes turn it around.
Serve with some fresh salad or tomato sauce :)
I have spent last few days in Edinburgh and I would like to tell you or give you some tips for good food. It is only my personal opinion and experience what I liked and ate.
On the first night, we were just walking in very nice historic centre and started to feel hungry. We saw small pub called The Ensign Ewart Pub, we looked at the menu outside and decided to go in. Probably one of their best specialities is Scottish Venison Casserole which was venison meat cooked with vegetable and topped with mash potatoes with cheese. It was all baked together, so cheese started to melt and it was amazing. Portion had reasonable size and it was served nicely.
On the second night we were just browsing local pubs and restaurants in the part of town called Leith. We saw little Cafe Domenico and it looked very cozy from outside. Interior of restaurant was full of little lights (like during the Xmass), small tables and pleasant atmoshpere. Their menu was quite short, but everything sounded so delicious. We ordered two plates of pasta - brocoli and mushroom penne in creamy basil pesto sauce and ravioli filled with ricotta in creamy tomato sauce with shrimps. Guys this was the best pasta I have ever had. Big portion, nice looking food, tasty and ingredients played together well. Really amazing, you have to go there.
Weather on the last day was quite freezing with wind, so we ended up in placed called Newsroom. We have been walking around this place everyday and I really wanted to go in, but it was still busy. This time we were lucky, table near the window with very stylish lamps was free. They have long drinks menu, we tried some of them and I have to say, that cocktails in Newsroom are really nice with reasonable price. When you are drinking, you want something for snacking, some sharing plates. We oredred nachos with sweet chilli chicken and of course guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa. Such a big portion! And I loved those nachos! It went well with cocktails :)
it is windy and rainy this weekend in UK, so I wanted to do some nice soup which would warm us up and would be delicious at the same time. I did homemade beef soup, which is typical for Sunday lunch in Slovakia. I did it for the first time and I was suprised how easy it is! I put in big pot some beef meat (the most important is to use any meat with bones) and pour about 2 litres of water. After 30 minutes I added root vegetable (carrots, parsnip and swede| and onion. Seasoned it with pepper and vegetable stock seasoning. At this stage you just leave soup to simmer at low heat for about 2 hours or until meat is very soft. At the end, I took out meat and vegetable and strain the stock. Serve with fresh parsley.
I want to share with you recipe for delicious quick soup. Cut 4 large carrots and peel ginger. Put it together in big pot with small amount of butter and cook it for few minutes. Add vegetable stock (1,5 litres) and red lentils. Leave it cooking till it vegetable is soft. Season it with pepper, salt, chilli flakes and majoran. When vegetable is soft enough, add 200 ml of coconout milk and blend it all together. Serve it with natural yogurt if it is too spicy for you :)
I was baking today, haha.. I do not like baking, it is not my favourite activity in the kitchen. BUT I have new book - Deliciously Ella - Every day and I was sooo impressed and inspired by her book that I had to try something. I did Courgette and Banana Bread. It is amazing! Very easy... I did even make my own apple puree. Mix together 4 bananas, 1 courgette, 300 g of flour, 4tbs of cinnamon, 4tbs of marple syrup and 4tbs of apple puree. Bake it for 45 minutes at 180C. Very very nice, really :)
just want to share my new plates with you. I went for breakfast with my boyfriend to Cafe Fig in Farnham and then I had a look into thei Antique shop. I was amazed and wanted to buy everything! But at the end I just ended up with 2 new plates, 1 small cute bowl and very nice cutlery. Can`t wait to use them :)