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Caponata

Hello,

This is a vegetarian recipe typical from Italy, it’s a nice choice to eat just the caponata or to serve aside with some meat or fish; it is also great if you bring it to work in a tupper, for example with some pasta or cous-cous.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 onion
  • 5 tomatos
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 12 olives
  • 2 tablespoon of capers
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • Herbal vinegar

First lets cut the ingredients. Cut the eggplants in medium pieces, like splitting the eggplant in two longitudinally, and then each part cut in 4 longitudinally, and finally cut in pieces of about one finger and half width. Chop one onion. Divide the stalks and leaves of a bunch of parsley and chop them. Remove the peduncles of 5 tomatoes and cut the tomatoes not so small pieces.

Once we have the ingredients cut, let’s start cooking. Put a bit of olive oil in a pot. Add the eggplant, some salt, some ground pepper and two tablespoons of oregano (I’ve forgot this step while recording the video so I will add later), in order to avoid adding too much olive oil, stir frequently and add just a bit if needed. After five minutes add the onion, the chopped parsley stalks and 3-4 crushed garlic cloves. Stir and cook for 2 minutes and add just a bit of olive oil. Add 12 olives (or more if you like them), 2 tablespoon of capers and a bit of herbal vinegar. Cook until the vinegar evaporates and then add the tomatoes and some salt. As I’ve forgot to add oregano at the beginning I add it now mix well everything, cover the pot with a lid and cook for about 15-20 minutes.

After this time, turn off the heat, add the chopped leaves of parsley, cover the pot again with the lid and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Caponata

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.

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Ceviche

Hello,

Ceviche is perhaps the most known peruvian dish. There are lot of ways to prepare it, basically changing the kind of fish used, and probably some of the vegetables depending on the availability. You should not consider this as “the ceviche recipe” as long is just my way to prepare and enjoy it, you will find lot of recipes across the web and I just expect this one likes to you.

Ingredients:

  • Hake (200 gr without spines and skin)
  • 12 prawns
  • Half red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • Coriander
  • Lime

Cut the hake without spines and skin in square pieces of about half inch. Cut the prawns in 3 or 4 pieces. Chop half red onion, chop also one tomato and chop a bunch of coriander. Finally squeeze 2 limes over all the ingredients, add salt and olive oil, mix well and let rest half hour before serving.

You should eat all the ceviche after preparing it, if yo try to eat ceviche like next day or some hours later the taste and texture won’t be the same.

ceviche

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.

Squid in american sauce

Hello,

I normally have some (canned) preserved food in home for those days I run off of fresh ingredients, or where simply I’m too lazy to cook. A special preserved food I like are the squids in american sauce, if they were lovely canned imagine if you can cook them at home. Well they become gorgeus and a fantastic choice to bring to work/school on a tupper, and even you can preserve them on the freezer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg squid
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 chili
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 1 cup of brandy

Start grating one onion, you can wear diving glasses to avoid crying … Then grate 4 tomatoes, cut them on half and grate each part until there is only the skin in your hands.

Cut the squid in rings.

In a pot tall enough add a bit of olive oil and the grated onion, add also a bit of salt, ground pepper and stir some times. Cook until the onion starts to get golden.

Then add the tomatoes, about 5 crushed garlic cloves and some chopped chili if you want it spicy. Keep on fire until the water of tomato is mostly evaporated, and stir frequently. Add one glass of white wine and cook again until is mostly evaporated, adding then one cup of brandy.

3 minutes later add the squid, mix well and add a bit of salt, cover the squid with water and cook about 35 minutes with the pot covered with a lid. If you want the squid softer you can cook them about 45 minutes. Finally remove the lid and cook with the fire at maximum until the sauce gets as dense as you like, stiring to avoid the food get stuck to the pot.

Squid in american sauce

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.

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.

Noodles pot

Hello,

That’s a recipe my mother cooks nearly perferct. It’s a very typical recipe in Catalonia and the translation I did is a bit free, in Spanish is named fideos a la cazuela.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

  • Pasta
  • 800 gr tomato
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 400 gr pork ribs

Let’s start chopping 2 onions. You can use canned tomatoes, but at this time of year you can find nice tomatoes on the market so I prefer to peel the tomatoes (about 800 gr), add them on a blender cup with 4 garlic cloves, a teaspoon of sugar and blend them.

On a pot add a bit of olive oil and then the pork ribs cut in pieces large like your longest finger, adding salt and ground pepper. Simmer the pork ribs in the pot for about 50 minutes , stirring frequently and adding a bit of water if they start to stick to the pot. It’s nice if they stick just a bit, as they get a nicer color and caramelize a bit.

After 50 minutes add the 2 chopped onions and stir frequently, simmer the onion for about 15 minutes until it’s not dropping more water. Then add the tomato sauce, move a bit and taste if you need to add salt and sugar (if it tastes too acid a bit of sugar will help). Simmer the tomato for 10 minutes and add the noodles, in this case I added Cellentani which find very nice because it’s curled shape.

Cook until the pasta is soft and check frequently if you need to add some water.

Noodles pot

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.

Stuffed eggplant

Hi,

I’ve been thinking about a stuffed eggplant recipe for some time and finally I came out with my own recipe. This recipe is vegetarian, and probably you won’t miss to much meat here, I am not vegetarian myself, but I think it is also good to offer vegetarian recipes in my portfolio.

Ingredients (for 1 person)

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 100 gr feta cheese
  • 100 gr cheese for grating (Old Amsterdam, Parmesan …)
  • 100 gr cooked chickpeas
  • 3 garlic cloves

Let’s start preparing the eggplant cutting it in half, then make incisions with a knife on its pulp, one of them close to the skin. Those incisions are made in order to retire later the largest possible amount of pulp. Add also some salt and olive oil and cook in the oven at 350º F (180ºC) for 30 minutes. Once the eggplant is out of oven let rest for 20 minutes to prevent burning your finger while extracting as much pulp as you can, but being careful to not break the skin.

Chop the eggplant pulp as well as an onion and a tomato. To prepare the filling add a bit of olive oil in a pan and then add the onion, tomato and eggplant pulp. Stir it and add also 3 crushed garlic cloves, cook all for about 20 minutes at low fire, stiring frequently and adding some olive oil if the mix gets dry.

After that add 100 gr of cooked chickpeas with a bit of the water of the can, keep cooking until this water is evaporated and finally add 100 gr of feta cheese, stiring continously until the cheese is melted.

Now fill the eggplant with this mix and cook in the oven at 350ºF (180ºC) for 8 minutes, then activate the grill and add some grated cheese over the eggplant cooking it for 4 minutes more.

Stuffed egg plant

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.

Pasta with shiitake

Hi,

This recipe was possible due to a lack of ingredients one sunday night. I remember I had some mushrooms on the fridge so I put my imagination to work and end up with this. It’s quite interesting because except for the shiitake mushrooms (which you can replace with another kind of mushrooms) all other ingredients are quite common on your storeroom.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta
  • Crushed tomatoes (300 – 400 gr)
  • 200 gr shiitake
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves

Start cutting in very small pieces about 200 gr of shiitake, or another kind of mushrooms. Chop one onion.

Add a bit of oil in a pan, and put on the heat a large pot with water. Add the chopped onion and shiitake in the pan as well as a bit of salt. Stir frequently. Shiitake or mushrooms will drop some water, wait for the water to be almost evaporated and then add 2 crushed garlic cloves, stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes. Then add the crushed tomatoes , mix well and stir frequently. You need to maintain in the heat until the sauce gets the consistence you want, normally about 8 to 10 minutes.

When the water is boiling add a generous amount of salt, and then the pasta and a bit of olive oil or butter. Cook the pasta the amount of time indicated on its package. Then strain the pasta and add to the pan, so the pasta get the flavor of the sauce. You can spread over some fresh chopped basil and or grated cheese.

Pasta with shiitake

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