Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu for week 29

I was a bit stupid when I was clearing out food pics from my phone ;) I deleted the pics from Sunday till Tuesday from this week by accident, so I only have pictures from what we ate starting on Wednesday. Oops. It was getting really hot too, and this will continue throughout the week.

Sunday: We had the Abunai! staff meeting, so afterwards we stopped at a friends home. They ordered in fries, but I had a pasta salad caprese that day.
Monday and Tuesday: Pasta with spinach, cream cheese, mushroom and tomatoes.

Wednesday Baking: Right before the temperatures went crazy, we baked a Charlotte Cake with cherries and apple. Recipe to come.

Wednesday: Baked potatoes, lettuce and mushrooms.

Thursday: Risotto with sundried tomatoes and broccoli. Not the best we have had, so won't share the recipe because it was only okayish.
Friday: This risotto wasn't suitable for two days because the broccoli went soggy, so I made a quick meal salad from what I has: corn, peas, tomatoes, lettuce and tuna.

Saturday: Japanese potato salad. It was too hot to eat anything else than salad really.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Special: Pasta Salad with Lemon Tuna

It is tropical here this week. So it is the perfect time to share another salad with you. This is one of my lunch salads that I am making to get enough fish in for my vitamin D shortage. I notice that I finally am eating more salads in the summer while until this year I wasn't a salad person at all! But I know now what I like and dislike in salads, so making them gets easier. This salad is very loosely based on one from Koken with Karin. She also uses capers and olives in the recipe. I tried the capers, but it isn't really my thing and olives I have disliked as long as I can remember. So I added some fresh peas instead :) The salad has some rocket as well, but I add that just before eating and I somehow only have a picture from before I added it. The reason I do this is because I make this kind of salads usually for 2 days.

Pasta Salad with Lemon Tuna (serves 2)
- 175 gr pasta (a small variety works best, I used mini penne)
- 1 can of tuna
- 125 gr cherry tomatoes
- about half a lemon
- couple of handful of peas
- some fresh parsley
- 50 ml olive oil extra vergine
- handful of rocket leaves
- salt & pepper

Boil the pasta. Grate and squeeze half a lemon. Add olive oil, some salt & pepper and whisk it together for a nice dressing. Add canned tuna, and mash with a fork. Chop the parsley, half the cherry tomatoes. Toss that in the dressing together with the peas. Leave it to rest for a bit so the flavours can develop.
Drain the pasta and toss it in while it is still warm. If you want a cold salad, leave it to cool all together.
Add the rocket leaves just before eating.

Also nice with some green beans. Add those together with the pasta.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So Sweet: Lemon Rosemary Shortbread

Or sweet & savoury in this case, but still sweet enough ;) On my food bucket list (yes I have one) there are several things I wanted to make. Shortbread was one of these things. Because we are getting more busy now that Abunai! is approaching, we keep our baking really simple. We don't want to skip it all together for 1.5 months, but we choose the recipes that aren't much work. Shoirtbread is actually really easy to make and I just love the crumbly texture of the cookie. Bonus: the recipe is vegan! This recipe is originally from Cookie + Kate. We brought them to the staff meeting last Sunday and everyone really enjoyed them!

Lemon Rosemary Shortbread (makes about 32 cookies)
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1.25 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
- zest of 2 lemons
- 1 cup olive oil

Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, salt, rosemary and lemon zest in a bowl. Pour in the olive oil and stir until all of the dry patches are gone. Transfer the dough into a rectangular oven dish and use your fingers to shape the dough into an even layer. Make holes in the dough with a fork, diagonally. Bake until the surface feels firm to the touch and is slightly golden around the edges. About 45-55 minutes.
Let the oven dish cool down for about 20 minutes. Use a sharp knive to loosen the cookies from the edge first and then cut them in 8 columns and 4 rows.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu for week 28

This is one day late because I was away for the whole weekend. Abunai!, the annual Japanse culture convention is getting closer and the weekends are really busy with organising everything. This results in eating out a lot, and by that I don't mean the fancy restaurant type of thing ;) I wish ;)

Sunday: We had a film day for the Abunai! opening movie. We ended up at the McDonalds, which is never my first choice but I can adjust. At least the milkshake was good, and I had Toothless in my happy meal ;)

Monday and Tuesday: Cauliflower and potato ovendish. The cauliflower was on sale again, so we made a simple oven dish with it this time. (recipe to come)

Wednesday: Durum with falafel, bell pepper and apple. Yum!

Wednesday baking: On my food bucket list was making shortbread. So we made a lemon and rosemary shortbread for this weeks baking experiment. It was very tasty! (recipe to come)

Thursday: We ate a lentil and white beans stew with vegetarian sausage. An easy dish and surprisingly good! (recipe to come)

Friday: We had left over stew, but not enough so we mixed it with a can of white beans in tomato sauce. Served with spiced potatoes and fish fingers.

Saturday: We were at a friend's b-day party and this is what we ate, amongst other things. The wraps had 3 kind of different things in them: Lettuce and salmon, Lettuce and tomato, Brie with pine nuts and sundried tomatoes.

Friday, July 11, 2014

On a Budget: Potato and Green Bean Oven Dish

We are still eating fairly budget based. This means that we mostly cook for 2 days, and see what is on sale before I make my menu. A new habit I have picked up is running an ingredient through the search on Pinterest and see what I have in my collection of recipe I still want to try. This is how we still try new things while cooking on a budget. Btw, not only posts that are titled "on a budget" contain budget recipe. Click on the budget tag under this post, to see more budget recipes. Yesterday I already shared a recipe from Lekker en Simpel, and today's recipe is from the same site. I have a lot of recipes from that blog pinned because they are so easy and fast to make. Even though she does use meat in some of her recipes, she posts a lot of vegetarian things and other recipes are easy to adjust. Oven dishes may not be the first thing you think of when it is summer, but this one is very light.

Potato and Green Bean Oven Dish: (serves 2)
- 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 200 gr green beans, in 3 cm pieces
- 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 spring onion, in rings
- a handful of grated cheese
- 50 ml cooking cream
- 1.5 tsp paprika powder
- 0.25 tsp nutmeg
- salt & pepper

Boil or steam the potatoes and green beans, but leave them slightly undercooked. Place potatoes, beans, tomatoes and onion in an oven dish. Add cooking cream, with nutmeg, paprika and a pinch of salt & pepper. Mix well until the veggies are coated. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Place in a preheated oven on 180 degrees for about 15 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Also nice with other veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli or zucchini.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Special: Cauliflower and Pea Salad

While yesterday I was wearing a sweater because it was cold and rainy, today it is tropical again. A perfect day not to spend too much time in the kitchen and prepare a light salad for dinner. As I told before I am not very much into leafy salads but I grow to enjoy salads with other veggies as a main ingredient. I was looking for a cauliflower recipe, because it was on sale when I saw this cauliflower and pea salad from Lekker en Simpel. I really like the texture and taste of this salad and we will surely make this again! Because my boyfriend doesn't like mustard, we left that out.

Cauliflower and Pea Salad (serves 2)
- 2 eggs
- 200 gr cauliflower
- 100 gr peas
- 1 spring onion
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- salt & pepper

Boil the eggs and steam the cauliflower. Cut both into bite size pieces. Cut the spring onion, and bake shortly if desired. I don't like raw onion, so I always do this. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and taste. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Comfort Food: Tortellini in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

I already managed to make a successful cheese sauce a while ago and now I also made a very nice creamy mushroom sauce. I am happy with the fact that I am finally getting better in making my own sauces other than tomato and sateh sauce ;) The recipe is quite easy and I will surely make this more often!

Tortellini in Creamy Mushroom Sauce (serves 4)
- 185 gr small mushrooms
- 1 small lemon
- 60 gr butter
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 300 ml cream
- 3 tbsp grated cheese
- 500 gr tortellini (vegetarian), cooked
- pepper
- nutmeg

Cut mushrooms in thin slices. Grate the lemon, only the yellow part! Melt butter in a medium pan and bake mushrooms for about 30 seconds. Add garlic, cream, lemon zest, some pepper and nutmeg. Stir through on low heat for about 2 minutes. Add the cheese and let it simmer for 3 more minutes. Scoop sauce through the tortellini and serve.