recipe: chinese chicken with cucumber salad

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This will make you never want to order Chinese take-away ever again. Unless you live in California, the world’s capital of Chinese take-away. Apart from China perhaps 🙂

Which reminds me, I have never been. To China, that is. But travelling can be done through food as well. So until I decide to travel to the Far East, I’ll be tasting China from home.

The original recipe suggests that the following ingredients are enough to make food for 4, but the boyfriend and I managed to eat almost all of it. Perhaps with a few chicken pieces left over. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if the recipe is wrong or if my better half and I are just greedy 😉

For the Chinese chicken, you need:
1 dl hoisin sauce
1 tbs sweet chilli
3 garlic gloves
2 ts ginger
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs lemon juice
0.5 ts Chinese five-spice powder
4 chicken filets
1 tbs sesame seeds

For the cucumber salad, you need:
1/2 cucumber, cut into sticks
200 g green beans
2 tbs soy sauce
0,5 ts sesame seeds
2 ts rice vinegar
2 tbs honey (the liquid kind)

Then you:
1) Preheat oven to 200 °C (no fan!)
2) Mix hoisin sauce, sweet chilli, garlic gloves, ginger, soy sauce, lemon juice and Chinese five-spice powder
3) Cut chicken fillets into small cubes
4) Marinade chicken in the hoisin sauce mix for at least of 30 minutes
5) Place chicken cubes on a baking tray (I covered the tray with foil – less messy that way) and cook for about 10 minutes
6) While chicken is in the oven, cook beans for a few minutes until tender, then cool down in cold water (this is also when you can start preparing the rice
7) Place cucumber in a salad bowl
8) Mix soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vingar and honey and pour over cucumber salad
9) Serve with rice

Bon Appetit!

xxx etta

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recipe: midsummer chocolate cake

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I’ve named it Midsummer chocolate cake, but I ensure you, you can bake this beauty anytime of the year 😉

Aside from being very easy to make, I recently dicovered it freezes well even after being decorated with frosting. Which/This is great for when you want to prepare (for a party/Things) in advance. Also, this is quite the big cake, so chances are you won’t finish it in one go – and you wouldn|t want to throw anything away… even with friends (?)

Ingredients:
10 dl flour
7 1/2 dl Kefir
5 dl sugar
150 gram melted butter (make sure it’s cooled off a little)
2 dl Nesquick (for the Norwegians: O’Boy is better!)
1 tbs baking soda

Icing:
600 gram
200 gram melted butter
8 tbs Nesquick (again, if you have access to it, I’d again opt for O’Boy!)
6 tbs vanilla sugar

Decorations: Whatever rocks your boat 🙂

The to-do list:
1. Mix all cake dough ingredients using a food processor
2. Pour the batter into a baking tray (I use a 35cm x 35cm size baking pan, which works really well)
3. Place the tray on the bottom shelf of the oven and bake on 200°C for about 25 – 30 min.
4. Let it cool
5. For the glazing you throw everything together and blend until smooth before you spread it evenly on top (and, if you want, cover the sides) of the cake.
6. Decorate with non-stop, vanilla powder, (coloured) sprinkles … etc.

Bon Appétit and have a lovely rest of the midsummer weekend!

xxx etta

There’s no hiding that this decoration could’ve, and should’ve, been a little better, and it easily can with a tad more patient and maybe a decoration ‘tool’ or two 🙂 Btw, found this recipe years ago somewhere online, but I’ve no idea what website that was, so if someone feels I stole their baking piece, do let me know, as I do not want to be considered an internet thief troll!

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pasta with tomato cream sauce

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It’s good. It’s easy. It’s pasta with tomato cream sauce. Now let’s get ready to rumble!

For four people (and maybe enough for one lunch) you need:
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs butter
1 medium to large onion, finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans of tomato (I used the ones with Basil, but you can of course add Basil (fresh or dry) separately)
1 cup full cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Sugar (also to taste, or should I say sweeten, the dish a little)
Parmesan for added flavour

And this is what you do:
1. Heat butter and oil over medium heat
2. Add onions and garlic and sauté for a minute or two
3. Pour in the two cans of tomato and add salt, pepper and sugar to taste
4. Stir and cook over low heat for 25 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (with a few minutes left of the cooking time, start preparing the pasta – I used Fettuccine – according to package instructions)
5. Remove sauce from heat and stir in cream
6 Add cheese to taste (this is also a good time to check of the sauce needs any more seasoning)
7. Combine pasta and sauce and serve – preferably with a good dosage of Parmesan sprinkled on top!

Bon Appétit!

etta

PS: The recipe is that of The Pioneer Woman. I did however make a couple of alterations to it.

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recipe: fried salmon with couscous salad and sour cream

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This dish has been my favourite go-to dinner for the last couple of months. So good and so easy to make!

For two people you need:
400 g salmon filet (I usually buy 4×100 g filets, but you can, of course, buy one filet and slice it accordingly)
60 ml Tabasco Garlic Pepper Sauce (one bottle)
1 tbs olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lime
6 tbs spring onion, finely chopped
35 g ruccola

Then you:
1) Place filets in a baking tray, cover them in Tabasco and marinade for about 30 minutes
2) Fry filets in a frying pan on medium heat
3) Prep couscous according to package
4) Add olive oil, lime juice, spring onion and ruccola to the couscous
5) Serve filet with a couscous salad and a dash of sour cream, or creme freish

Bon Appétit!

xxx etta

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recipe: christine’s super salad

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I invited myself to my sister’s place for lunch a few weeks ago and demanded she serve me her super salad. Because that’s the kind of sister I am.

And after having stuffed my face, I demanded she give me the recipe. And she did, because that’s the kind of sister she is 🙂

This salad will blow all other salads out of the water, it is that good! It fills you up, tastes great and makes you real happy!

This is what you need (makes enough for 3 people):
200 g bacon
300 g cottage cheese
200 g feta cheese
7 – 8 cherry tomatos
1/2 cucumber
100 g sugar peas
100 g asparagus beans
2 avocados
1/2 Ramiro pepper (you know, the long red dude)
1 red onion
30 g pine seeds
A handfull sunflower seeds
A handfull bean sprouts
2 tbs soy sauce
3/4 ts pepper

And this is what you do:
1) Prep all veggies (chopping, cutting, slicing and dicing into bite-size pieces)
2) Fry bacon (it should be CRISPY!)
3) Mix it all together (soy sauce and pepper included). But, hey, don’t just throw it all in a bowl. Take your time, adding a couple of ingredients at a time. Mix it with love! Not only will you avoid one big lump, you’ll also ensure the best taste possible by letting all the ingredients properly befriend each other
4) Drizzle with balsamic glaze

Bon Appétit!

xxx etta

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recipe: very chunky chocolate brownies

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I said I would bake on Monday and I did. Brownies it was and I think I nailed it 🙂

You need:
300 g Cadbury dairy milk chocolate
200 g Cadbury Bournville dark chocolate
225 g unsalted butter
225 g light muscovado sugar
3 eggs
75 g self-rising flour
175 g walnuts, broken

Then you:
1. Preheat oven to 190 °C
2. Line a 28 x 20 cm shallow baking tray with baking paper
3. Roughly chop 200 g of the milk chocolate into small pieces to be added towards the end
4. Melt the dark chocolate and 100 g of the milk chocolate, then stir in the butter
5. Beat together eggs and sugar and add the melted chocolate mix
6. Stir in flour, walnuts and the chopped milk chocolate
7. Pour mix into the baking tray and level the surface
8. Place in the middle of the oven for about 40  minutes until the center feels just firm on the crust and soft underneath
9. Leave to cool, then remove from the baking tray and cut into 16 squares

Bon Appétit!

xxx etta

PS: Nicola, please tell you auntie that I’m very happy shared her brownie wisdom with you so that you could pass on the knowledge to me 🙂

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recipe: shrimp cocktail with blue grapes and pineapple

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What’s more retro than shrimp cocktail? Bring back the 70’s, I say! And while I’m a fan of the classic version, this one’s even better. Shrimps, blue grapes and pinneple makes for one hell of a combo!

Ingrdients (enough for two light lunches or four starters):
200 g peeled shrimps
110 g blue grapes
100 g pineapple (I used canned pineapple, bite sized chunks)
2 tbs mayonnaise
1 tbs greek yoghurt
50 g salad
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1) Cut grapes in half
2) Mix all ingredients in a bowl, except the salad
3) Season with salt and pepper
4) Shred salad by hand
5) In a glass layer salad with shrimp mixture (use big glasses when making lunch for 2, and small glasses if you’re making starters)

And that’s it, you’re all done 🙂

Bon Appétit!

xxx etta

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recipe: pear and persimmon salad with candied walnuts

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I tried this pear and persimmon salad for the first time a couple of weeks ago. And then again last week. It’s very tasty and makes for a great lunch or a light dinner.

For two people you need:
1 pear
1 persimon
80 g ruccola
Fresh basil
80 g walnuts
1 ss butter
1,5 ss sugar
0,5 ts ground ginger
0,5 ss Dijon mustard
0,5 white wine vinegar
0,5 ss honey
0,5 ss peanut oil
1 ss olive oil
Salt and pepper

Method:
1) Start by making the dressing. Whisk together mustard, vinegar, honey, peanut oil and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper
2) Next are the nuts! Melt butter and mix it with the walnuts
3) Add sugar, ginger and a pinch of salt. Make sure that all nuts are covered with a thin layer of sugar
4) Spread them out on a baking tray covered with baking paper and place in oven on 200°C
5) Roast for a few minutes until they are golden and caramelized
6) Cut pear and persimon in eateble sizes. In a bowl mix them with ruccola, dressing and nuts. Decorate with basil

Bon Appétit!

xxx etta

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recipe: chicken kebab, caprese salad and homemade tzatziki

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It’s actually been a while since I first made this and it was only when contemplating what do have for dinner earlier that I remembered I hadn’t shared the recipe with you – shame on me, because this is some real good stuff! I found the recipe on Godt.no, just changed a couple of things around.

You need (for four people):

400 g minced chicken
2 garlic cloves
1 ts dried oregano
Half a chilli (red)
2 tbs pistachios (quite possibly my favourite nut!)
3 plum tomatoes
125 g mozzarella
A few basil leaves
Extra virign olive oil to sprinkle
Salt and pepper to taste

The tzatziki recipe I used, you find here.

You do:
1. Finely chop garlic and chilli and roughly chop pistachios
2. Mix this with the minced chicken
3. Form the mix into a sausage like shape around the skewers (make sure you’ve soaked the skewers properly first!)
4. Fry in a grill pan for about 3 minutes on each side, until they’re brown and cooked through
5. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella and stack these on top of each other on the plate. Drizzle with olive oil
6. Place chicken kebabs next to your caprese towers and serve with a dash (or a lot) of your homemade tzatziki!

Bon Apetite!

xxx etta

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recipe: strawberry milkshake

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It might seem a little weird to go for milkshake in December, but I was thirsty for something sweet. Bedsides, it was the boyfriend’s first day in his new job yesterday and I wanted to treat him to something nice when he came home. Also, we just got a new blender that needed testing out 🙂

You need (makes enough for two glasses, each 3 dl):
300 g strawberries (the amount it should be after you’ve )
4 scopes vanilla ice cream
2 dl milk (the full fat kind)
3 ts vanilla powder
2 ts lime juice

Simply mix all ingredients in the blender and you’re ready to

Bon Appétit!

xxx etta

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