02 March 2015

Oven baked Meatballs


They can be used as cocktail food for parties, or as a part of a meal (pasta, rice, cous-cous)

Ingredients:
500 g mince (turkey, beef, pork,...any)
1/2 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (some meats need more exmpl - turkey)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 medium onion, chopped finelly
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste (I like a lot)
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1-2 tsp favorite herbs (thyme, oregano, basil...optional)
(1-2 tbs oil, if meat very lean)

Method:
Mix all ingredients really well. Shape them into balls (as big as you want) by rolling between your palms. Place onto baking sheet. Bake for 10+ minutes on 200*C (larger balls need more time). 
Serve with a sauce  (tomato, bbq or sweet chili sauce) and toothpicks on the side; or, mix meatballs with your favorite (tomato or cream based) sauce and serve over pasta or rice.

Mesne Loptice iz Rerne

Ove loptice mozete koristiti kao zalogaje za koktel zabave, ili kao kompletan obrok - uz rizu, pastu, povrce.

Potrebno:
500 gr mljevenog mesa (puretina, svinjetina, govedina,...bilo koje)
1/2 solje  parmezana, rendanog
1/2 solje krusnih mrvica / prezle (neko meso treba vise, npr puretina)
2 jaja, umucenih
1/2 srednjeg luka, sjeckan
1 k soli
crni biber, prema ukusu (ja volim mnogo dodati)
1-2 cena bijelog luka, protisnuta
1-2 k zacinskog bilja (majcina dusica, origano,bosiljak,...po zelji)
(1-2 K ulja, ako je meso skroz nemasno)

Nacin:
Pomijesajte sve sastojke  i dobro umijesite. Oblikujte loptice velicine po vasoj zelji i postavite na tepsiju (sa papirom). Pecite 10+ minuta na 200*C (vece loptice trebaju vise vremena). Servirajte sa nekim sosom (paradajz, slatki cili ili bbq sos) i cackalicama  po strani; ili, umijesajte u neki krem ili paradajz sos i servirajte sa pastom ili rizom.




24 February 2015

Bacon (or Ham) and Cheese Rolls



Bread rolls like these are sold around Australia, and are popular as quick alternative for breakfast and /or lunch. Homemade are, off course, much better and cheaper.

Ingredients:
Dough-
3 cups bakers flour
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast (instant)
1 tsp sugar
3 tbs oil
Topping-
bacon, (or ham, turkey), diced 
grated cheese 

Method:
Place all ingredients for dough into a bowl or bread machine. Make a soft dough and let it double covered, in a warm spot.
Divide dough into pieces (around 65-75 g each) and shape balls. Place them onto baking sheet (with paper or greased) and press them slightly. Sprinkle with bacon pieces and grated cheese. Let it rest for 20+ minutes. Switch oven to 170*C. Cover with baking paper or al foil (with some space between) and bake for 20-25 minutes. They should stay very soft and cheese should not burn. Good warm or cold.



Pecivo sa Šunkom i Sirom  

Ovakva peciva se prodaju sirom Australije i omiljeni su sastojak za dorucak i/ili rucak za ponijeti. Domace su, naravno, puno bolje i jeftinije!

Potrebno:
Tijesto-
3 solje brasna za peciva
1/2 solje mlijeka
2/3 solje vode
1 k soli
1 k instant kvasca
1 k secera
3 K ulja
Za posuti-
mesnata slanina, rezana na kockice (ili puretina, sunka)
ribani sir

Nacin:
Umijesite tijesto; rucno, mikserom ili u pekacu. Ostavite da nadodje. Podijelite tijesto na komadice oko 65-75 g.  Oblikujte loptice, postavite na tepsiju (namastenu ili sa papirom) i blago pritisnite. Pospite sa sunkom i sirom. Ostavite oko 20+ minuta da se odmore. Ukljucite rernu na 170*C.
Pokrijte peciva sa papirom za pecenje (ili folijom), ali neka ne dodiruje povrsinu.Pecite oko 20-25 minuta. Treba da ostanu mekane i sir ne smije uhvatiti mnogo boje / izgoriti. Dobre tople ili hladne.




16 February 2015

Cheese and Cherry Strudel




Delightful combo! Instead of making your dough, you can use ready filo pastry (2 X 4 layers, placed next to each other, slightly overlapping, brushed with melted butter/oil)

Ingredients:
Dough /Filo pastry-
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tbs oil
1 egg, beaten
pinch of salt
2/3 (+) cup water
Filling-
250 g cream cheese
250 gr ricotta cheese
1 large or 2 small  eggs
vanilla essence
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 jar (670 g) sour cherries, drained (or fresh-ones, pitted)
1-2 tbs fine semolina
Extra-
flour, 1/4 cup melted butter (or oil)
rolling pin, large tablecloth (if making your own dough)

Method:
How to prepare and stretch the dough
Mix all ingredients for filling, except cherries and semolina. Place along one side of dough. Shake cherries and semolina together (in a plastic bag). Put them onto cheese filling, brush  (sprinkle)  dough with melted butter and roll into a log. Brush top with extra butter, place onto baking tin
 and bake for 35 minutes at 180*C. Dust with icing sugar and serve.



Štrudla sa sirom i višnjama

Jedna od odusevljavajucih kombinacija! Umjesto razvlacenja jufke, mozete koristiti gotovu; 2 X 4 sloja, postavljena jedan do drugog, preklapajuci se. Premazite svaki sloj sa rastopljenim maslacem.

Potrebno:
Jufka- 
1 1/2 solja brasna
1 K ulja
1 jaje, umuceno
malo soli
2/3 solje(+) vode
Fil-
250 gr krem sira
250 gr rikote
1 vece ili 2 manja jajeta
vanila esencija
1/2 solje secera uprahu
1 tegla visanja, ocijedjene (ili svjeze bez kospica)
1-2 K griza / krupice
Jos-
brasno, 1/4 solje istopljenog maslaca
oklagija i veliki stolnjak (ako razvlacite jufku)

Nacin:
Kako pripremiti i razvuci tijesto
Pomijesajte sve sastojke za fil, osim visanja i griza. Nakon sto ste razvukli jufku (ili postavili gotovu), stavite na jednu ivicu fil. Protresite visnje i griz u jednoj kesi , pa i to nanesite preko sira. Poprskajte jufku sa rastopljenim maslacem i zarolajte. Premazite vrh sa jos maslaca, postavite na tepsiju i stavite peci oko 35 minuta na 180*C. Pospite sa secerom u prahu i servirajte.


14 February 2015

Raw Homemade Chocolates




Happy Valentine's Day!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (virgin) coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa (good quality / raw)
1/4 cup honey

Method:
Melt coconut oil, add honey and cocoa and mix really well. Pour into chocolate moulds and refrigerate until set. Take out and serve to your darling (or eat it yourself!)





'Raw' Praline  

Sretan dan Zaljubljenih!

Potrebno:
1/2 solje (djevicanskog) kokosovog ulja
1/4 solje kakaa (dorog kvaliteta / raw)
1/4 solje meda

Nacin:
Istopite kokosovo ulje, dodajte med i kakao i izmijesajte dobro. Uspite u kalupe za praline i rashladite u frizideru dok se ne stegnu. Izvadite i servirajte vasoj dragoj/ dragom (ili sami pojedite!)



10 February 2015

Grilled Snapper with Chilly, Coriander and Lime Dressing



When I arrived to Australia (20 years ago), I realised I will have to learn how to cook fish and seafood. Being born on continent, far away from sea, I didn't eat a lot of fish (except river fish, occasionally) and didn't know much about other edible sea creatures. It all changed last few years...I'm in love with seafood now!
Snapper is one of most appreciated fish here. I like to prepare it whole, either barbecued, baked or steamed and then add flavours in form of fresh herbs, oils and (citrus') juices.

Ingredients:
2 medium snappers
oil, salt and pepper
Dressing-
2-3 tbs olive (or other) oil
1 lime, zest and juice
4-5 tbs chopped coriander
1/2 red (mild) chilly, chopped
1 small garlic clove, crushed (optional)
salt and pepper  to taste

Method:
Preheat your grill / bbq. Make slits on thickest parts of fish. Season and brush with oil. Grill each side of fish for 6-10 minutes, depending on size. Turn once only. (Fish basket or al-foil strips wrapped around head and tail of fish will help handling). Place onto serving plate. Mix all ingredients for dressing and pour over the fish. Enjoy!



Grilovani Zubatac sa Korijanderom, Čilijem i Limetom

Kad' sam stigla u Australiju (prije 20 godina), shvatila sam da cu morati nauciti kako da spremim ribu i morske plodove. Obzirom da sam rodjena na kontinentu, daleko od mora, riba mi nije cesto bila na meniju (osim rijecne ribe, povremeno) i nisam mnogo znala o drugim jestivim morskim bicima. Sve se to promijenilo zadnjih nekoliko godina...Sad' mnogo volim morske plodove!
Zubatac je jedna od najcjenjenijih riba ovdje. Volim da je pripremim cijelu; bilo na rostilju (grilu), u rerni ili kuhanu na pari, i onda dodam svjeze zacinsko bilje, ulje i sokove (citrusa).

Potrebno:
2 zubatca, srednje velicine
ulje, so i biber
Preliv-
2-3 K maslinovog (ili drugog) ulja
1 limeta, sok i ribana korica
4-5 K sjeckanog koriandera (lisce)
1/2 crvene papricice, sjeckane
1 manje ceno bijelog luka, protisnuto (opciono)
so i biber, prema ukusu

Nacin:
Zagrijte gril / rostilj. Zasijecite ribu na najdebljim dijelovima; posolite i pobiberite. Natrljajte uljem. Pecite oko 6-10 minuta svaku stranu, okrecuci jednom (Mreza za ribu ili al-folija oko glave i repa ribe ce pomoci u okretanju). Smjestite ribu na posudu ukojoj cete servirati. Pomijesajte sve sastojke za preliv i pospite po ribi. Uzivajte!