Beans soup

December 12, 2013 1 comment

Hello,

Recently I was doing a bit of tourism and take advantage to buy some local beans from El Barco de Ávila, widely known in Spain for their beans. Using those beans I’m preparing this vegetarian recipe I bring to you today. I call it also the java programmers soup, as long as the term Beans is closelly related to Java. This soup is a good choice for your tupper (but make sure it is watertight)

Ingredients (for 2 people):

  • 250 gr of beans
  • 1 oni0n
  • 2-3 leaks
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Paprika

Before preparing this recipe you need to take the beans on a big recipient with triple of water, and let stay the beans a whole night in the water.

Briefly chop an onion. Chop 2 or 3 leaks, you can cut them on half longitudinally and then they will be easier and faster to chop. Cut in small pieces 2 celery sticks. Remove the peduncle of 4 or 5 tomatoes and cut them in small pieces.

Add a bit of olive oil in a pot, then add the onion as well as salt and ground pepper. Stir regularly and cook until the onion gets golden colour. Add a tablespoon of paprika and then add the leaks, celery, tomatoes as well as 2 garlic cloves cut in about 4 pieces. Move, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Then move the content and add water, cover again the pot and cook for 30 minutes.

Blend the vegetables and get them back to the pot through a chinese strainer. Help yourself with a spoon or spatula to press the vegetables to the walls of chinese strainer until inside the strainer there is almost only pulp.

Add the beans, add enough water, cover the pot and cook between one hour and half and 2 hours. Check there is still water on the pot, and if you nead heat some water and add to the pot, avoid adding cold water because it will cut the beans baking process.

Beans Soup

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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How to unwrap a pomegranate

December 1, 2013 3 comments

Hello,

Pomegranates are one of the gifts of autumn and winter, but as happen with some gifts sometimes they are quite difficult to unwrap. But once you learn this trick it will be no longer something difficult.

Start cutting the pomegranate in two. For each part place it over a recipient big enough and tighten a bit. Then bash a spoon against the pomegranate, but don’t hold the spoon near the part used to carry the food because it won’t work very well. Instead hold the spoon on the extrem, this way the bash will be much stronger removing the seeds easily. Rotate the pomegranate so continue bashing in the parts there are still seed until empty.

Pomegranate unwrapped

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

Categories: Fruit, Tip

Cheese with quince paste and figs

November 27, 2013 2 comments

Hi,

Both quince paste and figs are products very typical of autumn so I played a bit with them and get this dessert which is really simple, it takes just a few minutes to prepare and it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Feta cheese
  • Quince paste
  • Figs

Simply laminate the feta cheese. You can use other cheese but the salty taste of this cheese will make a great contrast of flavors. Laminate also the quince paste and place one sheet on top of a cheese sheet. Finally laminate a fig and place some pieces over the quince paste.

 

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

Mayonnaise without egg

November 16, 2013 1 comment

Hello,

Some days ago while eating on work I listened how a woman tell other woman how to make a mayonnaise without using egg. At the end is just as simple as replacing the egg with milk, which have some advantages

  • Specially on summer you end with the risk of salmonella
  • Reduce the cholesterol supplied by the egg (you can use nonfat milk)
  • It can be preserved more time

Ingredients:

  • One measure of milk
  • Two measures of oil (sunflower oil recommended)
  • Salt
  • Lemon of vinegar
  • Ground pepper (optional)
  • Garlic (optional)

And this is extremely simple. Just add on a blender cup one part of milk (which could be nonfat milk) and two parts of sunflower oil, add also some drops of lemon juice or vinegar and a pinch of salt. Optionally you can also add some ground pepper or garlic cloves, and of course some other ingredients you like.

Place the mixer at the bottom of the cup and start mixing. In just few seconds the milk and oil will emulsionate and you need to move up and down a few time the mixer, then you’re ready.

You can use this sauce in a lot of recipes and sandwiches. I’ve used it together with some asparagus just painted with olive oil, with a pinch of salt and ground pepper baked in the oven at 350ºF (180ºC) for 20 minutes.

Lactonesa

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

Panellets

Hello,

On 1st November it’s also a bank holiday in Spain, it’s now common to make some celebrations based on Halloween (or at least what we know about Halloween from TV and movies) like wearing like zombie on party, or kids asking for trick or treat on some homes. But it’s more common (at least in Catalania) to eat sweet potatoes or chestnuts roasted, with lot of places in the street offering them to you. Also is very traditional to buy panellets in bakeries, and this is the recipe I present to you today. They are absolutely delicious, easy to prepare, but they are not quick to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato or potato
  • ½ kg icing sugar (or even regular sugar)
  • ½ kg ground almonds
  • 200 gr pine seeds
  • 200 gr almond in small pieces
  • Lemon zest
  • 100 gr ground coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • Quince

So lets lets start boiling one sweet potato or regular potato in water for about half hour. Then wait about 25 minutes so you can peel the sweet potato easily and without burning your hands. Crush the sweet potato until you obtain a puree and place in a bowl. Add to the bowl lemon zest,  ½ kg of icing sugar, ½ kg of ground almonds, a few drops of vanilla, and a whisked egg. Mix well everything until you obtain an homogeneous dough, then wrap it in transparent film and let rest in the fridge one night.

Next day divide the dough in 2, with one of the parts make small balls and reserve them. Divide again the remaining dough in two, to one of the parts add ground coconut, mix well and make a cylinder with the dough, cut in small pieces and with your hands give each piece conical shape. Add some flour on the surface you’re working and form a cylinder with the remaining dough, flatten the dough and place strips of quince all along the dough, then wrap the quince with the dough and cut in small pieces.

Now to make the almond panellets we will pass them through a whisked egg and then pass them through almond in very small pieces so this almond pieces stick to the ball. To make the pine seed panellets, pass the balls through the pine seed dish and press the pine seed against the ball so they stick to it. Just pass the quince panellets through the whisked egg. And with the coconut panellets pass each conical piece through egg and then spread ground coconut over them.

Finally before baking paint the almond and pine  seeds panellets with whisked egg. Bake in the oven at 350ºF (180ºC) for 18 minutes and then let rest at least 2 hours before eating them.

Panellets

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

Tuna cake

Hello,

This is a recipe suitable to use as an appetizer for a picnic journey or to bring to work on a tupper.

Ingredients:

  • Tuna
  • Muscles
  • Eggs
  • Surimi
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soy sauce

If you want to use your own mayonnaise on a blender cup add one egg, a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice, a pinch of salt and sunflower oil. With a hand mixer start to mix with the blades at the bottom, after 10 seconds start moving the mixer up and down and add more sunflower oil very slowly without stopping the up and down move.

On a blender cup start to add the ingredients: surimi, about 160 gr of preserved tuna, preserved muscles, 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce, 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise,  a bit of soy sauce, 2 whisked eggs, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Put the mix on a mold and bake in the oven at 350ºF (180º F) for 30 minutes.

Tuna cake

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

Artichokes sautéing

Hello,

Most of the recipes I publish were cooked to bring to work in a tupper. Sometimes the recipes are more or less elaborated but sometimes I don’t have too much ingredients, and I have to take a look to my pantry to cook next day’s food, this recipe is a result of this situation, as long as I cooked with preserved food.

[http://youtu.be/FO2FHEFr8wQ]

Ingredients:

  • Arthichokes
  • Tomatoes confit
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Soy sauce

Cut onto strip two small onions or one big. Cut into small pieces about 6 tomatoes confit.

Add a bit of olive oil in a wok, and always with the fire at maximum power add the onions, salt and some pepper, stir and cook them for about  2 minutes, then add the mushrooms and continue stirring for 2 minutes more. Finally add the artichokes (if they are big cut in small pieces), the tomates and a bit of soy sauce. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes more and you’re done.

Artichokes sautéing

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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