Bulgur salad is one of my favourite summer plates, because it is fresh, tasty, colorful and ready in few minutes. I usually prepare bulgur salad in the morning and take it to work.
It is full of the best summer ingredients and one of my favorite grains, bulgur. Bulgur is wheat that’s been parboiled, dried, and cracked into small bits. It cooks fast and tastes sooooo good. Bulgur is most common in European, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. I usually use it into salads, for extra taste, crunchiness and fiber intake.
This is my version of bulgur salad that I usually cook in summer, but you may play endlessly with it by adding different vegetables, nuts and spices.
In case you are curious and want to try other easy savory recipes there are plenty of options in the blog.
Pie crust is the second recipe in “Basic recipe section” in this blog. It is an amazing recipe that can be used for sweet and savory dishes. I love pie crust because the dough can be prepared in advance and kept in fridge for some days or freezer for some months.
You may use pie crust for quiches, savory pies, vegetable galettes, fruit pies, fruit galettes, tarts etc. You may adopt pie crust in version of mini-pies, mini-tarts or mini-galettes and have portion size treats that can be adapted to everyone taste.
This is my basic recipe for pie crust, which produces an amazing, flaky and buttery dough. I sometimes play with it by flavouring the dough with spices or lemon zest which makes my dishes even more flavourful. I also like to replace part of the flour in my basic pie crust recipe with different flours like whole wheat flour, oatmeal flour or almond flour, the result is a little more dense, but still buttery and delicious.
I’m starting a new series of post in this blog called “basic recipes”. The name says it all, there will be some basic recipes that are easy to make and you may adapt in thousands ways. The first one is a sweet one, vanilla pastry cream basic recipe, and some tips and tricks on how to completely change its flavour.
I use part cream and part milk to make my pastry cream, for a more velvety texture and a more luscious flavour, but feel free to replace the cream with milk. I use different ways to add flavour like using spices: vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, or zest from orange or lemon, almond extract is also a very nice choice.
You may use pastry cream for many desserts: to fill tarts or pies, to fill layered cakes, to fill eclairs or muffins, or just eat it by spoon like a pudding with some fresh fruits aside. My little secret to make pastry cream is mixing everything together and cooking it in medium heat. You have to stir the mix for about 20 minutes, but on the other hand you don’t need to temper the eggs, or use many dishes.
If you’re wondering what to do with all the leftover egg whites I suggest you to make coconut macaroons, almond mini-muffins or sesame crisps. Continue reading
One of the main things I’ve enjoyed in my new home is meeting so many interesting persons. One of them was Roni, the guy who helped us assemble the new furniture. He was so loud and happy and had tried so many things in life; it was just amazing.
When Roni was young he worked as a cook in a fish restaurant and I don’t remember how we ended up talking about tomato soup. Roni’s secret to make an amazing tomato soup was adding a poached egg, lightly cooked. How come I never thought about it.
So here I am sharing with you my favorite tomato soup recipe with a lightly cooked poached egg. It is perfect for summer, when the tomatoes are so juicy and tasty, and all we are looking for are light meals. If you’re looking for other savory meals you may find many recipes in the blog.
There is an amazing couple out there that makes healthy eating so easy and delicious and has been an inspiration for millions of people, me included, Luise and David from Green Kitchen Stories. I’ve cooked many recipes from their blog and app and I completely love them.
Since I got a big batch of rye flour and I wanted to play a little bit with it, the first place I checked for inspiration was Green Kitchen story. They’ve got a recipe for double chocolate rye muffins, which I wanted to try since a long time. I used it as a base and created my own version of it.
The double chocolate rye muffins are so good and quite healthy, you can enjoy them for breakfast. I’m sure they’ll be a children favorite so don’t hesitate to try them. In case you are curios and want to try other muffins recipes you can find plenty of them in the blog.
Who doesn’t enjoy some baked potatoes with a nice sauce? Personally I love it. The smell and taste of baked potatoes is so good, while playing with different sauces is so much fun.
The trick to prepare the best baked potatoes is to boil them for few minutes. It helps keeping them soft and creamy in the insight, while they form an amazing crust on the outside while they are baking.
I never tried or heard about aioli sauce until recently. I enjoyed it in a small bistro in Dusseldorf and from that day, I just wanted to recreate it. I’m not very close to the traditional recipe, but that’s how I like it. I would love if you could share with me what you think of this recipe and what’s your favourite aioli sauce recipe.
I love aioli over baked potatoes, but it also makes a great sauce for the sandwiches, fish or chicken fillet or as a dressing for the salads.
Almond and dried apricots cake was made keeping my mom in mind. She is such a picky eater.
My mom loves nuts and dried fruits and she definitely loves a good but small piece of cake, but it should be the right one. Sweet but not too sweet, spicy but not too spicy, super moist and soft and with an extra something that makes it amazing.
My happiness was beyond words when she loved this almond and dried apricots cake, asked for more and wanted the recipe to make it herself. This cake combines dried apricots and toasted almonds, that give it such a nice texture and is flavoured with powdered cardamom, which I completely adore. In case you can’t find it vanilla or cinnamon are fine to spice up this cake, but if you can find it please don’t skip it, since it matches so well with the flavours of dried apricots and toasted almonds.
You may play with different nuts and dried fruits, like hazelnuts & dried figs or walnuts and raisins. It’s all up to you.
To bring this almond and dried apricots cake to a whole new level I covered it in white chocolate glaze and some flaked almonds. You may skip both of them if you prepare this cake on regular basis, to save some calories, but I strongly suggest to use it if you prepare this cake for any special occasion, like having friends coming over or preparing it for your mom. And of course you may use a dark or milk chocolate glaze, instead of white chocolate, but in this case just add the amount of cream up to 100 ml.
If you’re looking for other sweet recipes you can find many of them in this blog’s sweet session.
One of my favorite traditional dishes is japrak (dolma). It is prepared in spring when the nature is so generous with greens. Japraks (dolmas) are cooked in all Balkan countries, Middle East and Central Asia. They’re basically vine leaves stuffed with greens and rice. Many recipes call for meat, but I prefer them without.
I’m pretty sure japraks bring a lot of memories to all of my Albanian readers and will make curious the others.
I’m sharing with you my family recipe of japrak with just a small change. I added a little bit of ground cumin and powdered garlic for flavour. Japraks seem difficult to prepare, but believe me they aren’t. They just require time and patience, but the result is so rewarding. They’re perfect with some yogurt or Albanian cold yogurt soup, for which I will have a dedicated post soon.
I love browsing around the internet and discovering new blogs that inspire me. Eat in my kitchen is one of my latest discoveries and I’m sharing with you the first recipe from this blog that I had fun experimenting with. It’s a date and tahini cake, with an amazing nutty flavor that stole my heart in the first bite.
I like to use rye flour for this cake, but you may replace it with all purpose flour if you don’t like it, or if you can’t find it). I really like the dense texture rye flour brings to this cake and also all the nutrients.
Also I’m not a whipped cream girl, I’m a labneh or Greek yogurt girl, so I replaced the whipped cream with a sauce prepared with greek yogurt and honey.
I enriched the flavours with ground cardamom and added few tablespoons of black tahini. I really love this unconventional cake and I found it perfect for breakfast since is not very sweet, has a lot of fibres from rye flour and good fat from olive oil and tahini.
The weather gets warmer every day and I naturally crave salads. I love a good salad for dinner and sometimes even for lunch. They’re so refreshing, tasty and so beautiful, full of colors and shapes from all the vegetables. Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite salads which is so easy that I wasn’t sure if I should share the recipe. It is a salad, but since it includes lentils and nuts it keeps you full for many hours, so consider having it also for lunch.
It packs well in a jar or glass bowl and it is perfect to take with you to work. Just don’t forget to add salt and pepper and the dressing just before serving.