17 July 2014

Pear and Raspberry Bread


"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us". (Alexander Graham Bell)

So true!

Ingredients:
825 g can pear halves (or 3-4 peeled, cored pears, cooked in 1 cup water and 1 tbs sugar)
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups SR flour
1/2 tsp soda bb
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Method:

Preheat oven to 180*C; prepare a loaf pan, line with baking paper.
Chop half of pears, and puree the other half. Place pureed pears in a measure cup, top up with juice (to make up exact 1 cup of 'fluid').
Place all dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix well then add egg, oil and other ingredients. Fold gently, until just combined. Transfer to pan and bake for 55-60 minutes. Cool bread slightly in pan, before taking it out.
Freezable!


Slatki Hljeb sa Kruškama i Malinama

"Kad se jedna vrata zatvore, druga se otvaraju; ali mi cesto dugo i sa zaljenjem gledamo za zatvorenim vratima, da uopste ne vidimo ona koja su se pred nama otvorila." (Aleksander Graham Bell)
Veoma istinito!

Potrebno:
825 gr konzerva kruski (ili 3-4 oguljene kruske, skuhane u 1 solji vode i sa 1 K secera)
1 jaje, umuceno
1/3 solje braon secera
1/2 solje ulja
1 1/2 solja Samodizajuceg brasna
1/2 k sode bb
1/2 k praska za pecivo
1/2 solje malina (svjeze ili smrznute)

Nacin:

Zagrijte rernu na 18-*C; pripremite kalup za vekne, oblozite papirom.
Isjeckajte polovinu krusaka, propasirajte ostale. Stavite pasirane kruske u posudu za mjerenje, uspite sok / vodu u kojoj su se kuhale kruske da nacinite 1 solju tecnosti (250ml).
Suhe sastojke stavite u vecu posudu. Umijesajte jaje, ulje i ostale sastojke. Okrecite rucno masu dok se ne ujednaci. Smjestite u kalup i pecite 55-60 minuta. Rashladite malo u kalupu, prije nego izvadite na posluzavnik. Moze se zamrznuti.

14 July 2014

Bacon and Cheese Breadsticks


These breadsticks are addictive! Be aware!

Ingredients:
80-100 g smoked bacon, finely diced
50 g butter (I reserved lard and added butter to make up 50 gr)
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp yeast
250 g flour
60 g parmesan, grana padano or chedar, grated
3/4 tsp salt (less if bacon very salty)

Method:
Microwave bacon for 1-2 minutes (cover with a paper towel), or cook in a pan, until golden brown. (I reserved lard and used it with butter, making up 50 g of fat). Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until dough formed. Cover and rest for 30+ minutes in a warm spot.
Roll out to 1 cm thickness, then cut into sticks.
Bake for 8-12 minutes (180*C), or until golden. 



Grisini sa slaninom i sirom

Ovi grisini izazivaju ovisnost; upozoreni ste!

Potrebno:
80-100 gr, dimljene slanine, sitne kockice
50 gr maslaca(ja sam sacuvala mast i dodala maslaca)
1/2 solje mlijeka
1 k instant kvasca
250gr brasna
60 gr parmezana ili slicnog sira, rendanog
3/4 k soli (ili manje ako je slanina jako slana)

Nacin:
Proprzite komadice slanine ( ili stavite u mikrovalnu) dok ne pozute blago. (Ja sam sacuvala masnocu i dodala jos maslaca da nacinim kolicinu od 50 gr). Stavite sve sastojke u posudu i umijesite tijesto. Pokrijte i ostavite na toplom oko 30+ minuta. Razvaljajte na debljinu oko 1 cm, zatim narezite na trake. 
Pecite na 180*C 8-12 minuta, ili dok ne postanu zlatno zuti.
                                     
     
                                                                   


08 July 2014

Raspberry Icecream


 It is winter time in Australia, so ice cream recipe is for those on northern hemisphere, where is raspberry season and summer time. 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
400 ml thickened cream
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
2 tbs raspberry jam (optional)

Method:
Beat egg, sugar and milk, until sugar melted. add cream and continue beating. Mix in raspberries and jam. Place in freezer; take out every 30 minutes to mix. This will prevent forming large crystals in icecream. Enjoy after a few hours.


Sladoled sa Malinama

U Australiji je zimski period, tako da ovaj recept namjenjujem citaocima na sjevernoj polulopti, gdje je sezona malina i ljeto u jeku. 

Potrebno:
1/2 solje mlijeka
1/2 solje secera
1 jaje, umuceno
400 ml slatkog vrhnja
1 solja svjezih ili smrznutih malina
2 K dzema od malina (opciono)

Nacin:
Mutite jaje, secer i mlijeko dok se secer ne otopi. Dodajte vrhnje pa nastavite mutiti. Umijesajte maline i dzem i stavite u zamrzivac. Vadite svakih 30-ak minuta i promijesajte, kako se ne bi preveliki kristali pravili. Uzivajte nakon nekoliko sati.


01 July 2014

Spanish Baked Beans with Eggs


Sometimes we don't have time for spending long time in our kitchen, or simply don't want to cook complicated dishes. In that case, 'combining' is a great idea. By combining I mean using canned, or already prepared ingredients.

Ingredients:
2-3 tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/2 tbs flour
1 tbs paprika
1 tsp cumin powder
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans red kidney beans (or others), drained
1 Chorizo sausage (optional), sliced
salt and pepper to taste
chili powder to taste (optional)
4 eggs
coriander leaves and Spanish onion for sprinkling

Method:
Preheat oven to 180*C; choose a pan that can be used on top of the stove and in oven.
Heat oil, saute onion. Add garlic, spices and flour. Mix well, then pour tomato can in, add beans and sausage (if using). Bring to boil; add seasoning to taste, mix well. Make space for eggs, pressing 4 times with a spoon. Place eggs into their 'nests'and bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with coriander and spanish onion before serving.


Španski zapečeni grah sa jajima


Ponekad ne zelimo provesti mnogo vremena u kuhinji, ili jednostavno ne zelimo kuhati komplicirana jela. U tom slucaju, 'kombiniranje' je odlicna ideja. Pod kombiniranjem podrazumijevam koristenje vec upola pripremljene ili konzervirane hrane 

Potrebno:
2-3 K ulja
1 crveni luk, sjeckan
2 cena bijelog luka, sjeckan / protisnut
1 1/2 K brasna
1 K paprike
1 k kima u prahu
1 konzerva sjeckanog paradajza
2 konzerve graha (po vasem izboru; koristen crveni), ocijedjene
1 Chorizo kobasica, (po zelji) sjeckana
so i biber prema ukusu
ljuta paprika (chili) po zelji
4 jaja
lisce korijandera i ljubicasti luk sjeckan za posuti

Nacin:
Ukljucite renu na 180*C; pripremite posudu koja moze na platnu i u rernu.
Zagrijte ulje, proprzite luk. Dodajte bijeli luk, suhe zacine i brasno, Promijesajte dobro, pa ubacite paradajz, grah i kobasicu (ukoliko koristite). Dovedite do kljucanja; zacinite prema ukusu, promijesajte. Kasikom napravite 4 udubljenja i smjestite jaja na povrsinu. Zapecite oko 25 minuta.
Pospite liscem korijandera i ljubicastim lukom prije sluzenja. 


25 June 2014

Easy 'Cassata' (No bake cake)




World is functioning, thanks to good will people - those who want to help strangers.
As known, I accidentally deleted some of yours (much wanted) comments, and was devastated when  realised it's impossible to retrieve them. I posted call for help in blogger forum, and there was a person willing to answer.
Peter McC kindly sent links of my posts with your comments. I wouldn't be able to resolve this mess by myself (neither my teenage boy could help). So, Thank you Peter once again!
I will be very careful next time when deleting spam comments!

Ingredients:
500 g Milk coffee biscuits (or similar)
2 cups cold milk
250 g butter, very soft
3 egg yolks
8 tbs icing sugar
130 g chocolate (65% cocoa), melted
130 g hazelnuts (walnuts, almonds, or any other nuts), ground
1/2 cup dried fruit (sultanas, apricots, cranberries...), chopped
2-3 tsp Rum (or Kahlua, Frangelico, or any other liqeur...)
Icing:
3 egg whites
9 tbs sugar
3 tbs water
Grated chocolate, for sprinkling

Method:
Break biscuits into quarters, put them in a bowl and spoon milk and rum over them, mixing gently.
In another bowl, mix butter, egg yolks and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add chocolate, fruit and nuts. Fold in milk-biscuit mix gently.
Spoon it out on a serving dish, shaping a dome. Refrigerate.
For icing-
Put sugar and water to boil, until sugar melted and syrup formed.
Beat egg whites with a mixer, until soft peak forms. Pour syrup into it, while still hot and beat for another 5 minutes. Decorate the dome with icing, and sprinkle with shaved/grated/melted chocolate (or Nutella). Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.





Brza Kasata

Svijet funcionise zahvaljujuci ljudima dobre volje - onima sto su spremni pomoci strancima.
Kao sto je poznato, slucajno sam ponistila neke od vasih (veoma zeljenih) komentara, pa sam bila veoma razocarana kad sam shvatila da ih ne mogu povratiti. U blogger forum sam poslala molbu za pomoc, gdje je bila osoba voljna reagovati.
Peter McC je ljubazno odgovorio i poslao linkove sa vasim komentarima. Sama ne bih mogla razrijesiti ovakvu situaciju, a ni moj srednjoskolac mi nije mogao pomoci.
Prema tome, hvala Peter jos jednom. Sljedeci put cu biti jako pazljiva pri ponistavanju 'spam' komentara.

Potrebno:
500 gr petit (ili sl.) keksa
1/2 l mlijeka
250 gr maslaca ili margarina
3 zumanjka
8 kasika secera u prahu
130 gr cokolade, 65% kakao, istopljene
130 gr ljesnika, pecenih i mljevenih (ili drugih orasastih plodova)
po zelji grozdjice, zele bombone, sjeckane susene kajsije…

2-3 kasicice ruma (ili nekog drugog likera)
Za ukrasiti-
3 bjelanjka
9 kasika secera, uspinovan sa
3 kasike vode
malo ribane/ topljene cokolade (ili Nutela)


Priprema:
Izlomite keks na cetvrtine, te ga polijte (kasika po kasika) sa 1/2 l mlijeka u koje ste ubacili rum. Promijesajte i ostavite sa strane.
U drugu posudu izmijesajte pjenasto maslac sa secerom, pa dodajte zumanjke.
Ubacite cokoladu, suseno voce i ljesnjake te promijesajte.
Sastojke iz obje posude izmijesati, pa prevrnuti na tanjir za sluzenje (mozete oblikovati bilo koju formu). Staviti u frizider.
Bjelanca umutiti u cvrst snijeg, pa im u mlazu dodati vrucu uspinovanu masu od vode i secera (Ja jos malo ‘dokuham’ na pari). Mutiti jos par minuta, a zatim ukrasiti tortu.
Prije sluzenja jos rashladiti (2 sata) u frizideru.