Greek Stifado


(Norsk oppskrift: Stifado, gresk gryterett)

Stifado is a flavorful Greek dish that is perfect for winter. There are lots of flavor in this lush stew, and it feels extra warming due to the exotic spices. Did I mention that it tastes great?

Greek Stifado

Tasty Greek Beef Stifado

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Traditional and Flavorful Greek Stew, Perfect for Family Dinners.

Ingredients

  • 800 grams stewing beef
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 2 chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 200 ml red wine
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 whole cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Cut meat into cubes (2×2 cm). Brown the meat in two rounds with garlic and onion in a pan with oil.

Add the tomato puree into the pan and cook for a few minutes. Add the red wine, canned tomatoes and whole spices. Simmer under a lid for 1-1 ½ hours, or until meat is tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar.

Serve with pasta, salad, tzatziki, roasted potato and / or good bread.


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Festive sides: Lingonberry-Apple Chutney


(Norsk oppskrift, følg linken: Tyttebær-Eple Chutney)

Since we already put some efforts in preparation in festive foods for X-mas and New Year’s, maybe it’s also worthwhile to put a lil extra effort in the accessories as well – especially in those things that can be made well in advance. This aromatic, little jam will elevate your meal for sure!

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It is excellent with turkey, X-mas ham, and any dish you would normally serve with cranberries. And yes, you can certainly switch the lingonberries with cranberries in this recipe. The spices are perfect for the Holidays, but it can be used year-round of course.

 

You just must try it with deep fried Camembert, or how about on Melba toast with cream cheese?

This recipe yields a rather large portion, so why not put some of it in a pretty jar and give away as a present?

BIKE

Lingonberry and Apple Chutney

A fresh, light, Italian-inspired pasta recipe perfect for a late summer dinner.

Ingredients

  • 500 g fresh or frozen lingonberries
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 onion
  • 300 ml sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 200 ml sultanas
  • 100 ml soft brown sugar
  • 50 ml cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 100 ml walnuts, toasted and chopped (optional)

Directions

Rinse the lingonberries and peel and slice the apples and onions into small cubes.

Place sugar and water in a heavy-liter saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 3 minutes. Add the lingonberries, apples, onions, raisins, brown sugar, vinegar, and spices and give it a quick boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chutney is very thick. Stir occasionally.

Cool and stir in toasted walnuts. Put in a clean glass with a tight lid and it will keep in fridge for a couple of weeks.


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Festive

Turkey smiles


imagesThis past week has been a good week. A really good week! As many of you know, it was Thanksgiving-weekend, and Old Mamasan will not let a turkey-opportunity pass her by! We don’t have Thanksgiving off, and we don’t celebrate it here in Scandinavia, therefore it makes more sence to cook the bird on Saturday. I have made it my own tradition to invite family or friends for Thanksgiving dinner on the saturday after the actual American Thanksgiving, and I hope this tradition will not fade. So we invited my sister and her hubby from Sweden, and some friends here in Copenhagen to Gobble til you wobble-day. We had a grand time with great laughs  and some pretty grand food and we all ate til we were about to pass out!

turkey-cartoonI’m not sure when the turkey became a common food for New Years in Norway, but I do know we have bred turkeys here for a couple hundred years. For X-mas I will hang onto some traditional dishes from western Norway, but I’ll cook a big bird for my version of Thanksgiving and for New Years.

I would like to share with you my recipes for some of the sides that I use with the Turkey (and they can of course also be used with other festive foods than Turkey!), and hope you find inspiration to perhaps try something new. My family and I think all these sides are super good! My recipes will come as individual posts over the next couple days, so please check back later if you’re in the mood for some good eatin’!


I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

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Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

Halloween-smiles

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Bliss

Parser-chicken with apricot


(Norsk oppskrift finner du her: Parser-kylling med aprikos)

In this delicious and aromatic parser dish from Mumbai we use dried apricots, jaggery (Indian brown sugar) and vinegar, which gives a sweet and sour taste. Deep fried potato strips provide a crisp contrast to an already interesting recipe.

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Parser-chicken with apricot, 4 servings:

  • 1 chicken, divided (or 4 chicken breasts, cut in half)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 onions, cut into thin rings
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cm ginger, minced
  • 3 dried chilies
  • 1.5 teaspoon garam masala (spice mix)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 250 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoon jaggery or brown sugar
  • 12 dried apricots

Potato Strips

  • 1 large potato, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep frying

If you use a whole chicken, cut it into eight pieces by cutting off the thighs and split in the joint. Cut the breasts and cut them in half (leave the wings on the breasts, just cut off the outer part of the wings)

Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onions until soft and golden. Stir in garlic, ginger, chili and garam masala. Then add the chicken. Stir well, and brown the chicken for about 5 minutes while you take care not to burn the onions. Add tomato paste, salt and 250 ml of water. Give it a boil, then cover with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar and apricots and simmer for another 15 minutes under the lid.

Potato Strips:

Mix potato strips, salt and 1.5 l water in a large bowl. Take the potatoes out of the water in a small portion at a time. Squeeze the water out of the potatoes and dry them with a kitchen towel. Fill a thick-bottomed saucepan one third full of oil and heat to 160 degrees C. Fry a small portion of potato strips at a time, and let them drain on a paper towel.

Garnish the Parser-chicken with the potato strips, and serve with Naan bread, Pineapple Chutney and Carrot-Pachadi.

Enjoy!

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Sated

Me gusta Valencia, the Cathedral


When in Valencia, I will recommend a visit to the Valencia Cathedral, bearing this impressive name in Spanish: Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia (English: The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia). If you relish historical works of art, this is your spot!

The cathedral is a Roman Catholic parish church, consecrated in 1238. It was built over the site of the former Visigothic cathedral, which under the Moors had been turned into a mosque. The predominant style is Valencian Gothic. The cathedral contains numerous 15th century paintings, and the Santo Càliz de Valencia (English: Holy Chalice of the Cathedral of Valencia). This chalice is recognized by the Vatican as a historic relic, although not as the actual chalice used at the last supper.

Graceful

Two Statues


 

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Welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare!

Maybe this week we will meet for lunch at a cozy Danish café for a bite and warm beverage. We are having crappy weather with rain, rain and some more rain. It feels even shittier, because my Facebook wall is currently being filled with gorgeous snow-pictures from my Norwegian friends, along with a myriad of hyperboles on how much fun it is to shovel snow… Well, I’m not falling for it! I will however admit to thinking snow is very pretty.

It is this crappy weather and changing seasons that brings me to think about the joke I am about to share with you this Saturday:

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There are two statues in a park; one of a nude man and one of a nude woman.

They had been facing each other across a pathway for a hundred years, when one day an angel comes down from the sky and, with a single gesture, brings the two to life.

The angel tells them, «As a reward for being so patient through a hundred blazing summers and dismal winters, you have been given life for thirty minutes to do what you’ve wished to do the most.”

He looks at her, she looks at him, and they go running behind the shrubbery.   The angel waits patiently as the bushes rustle and giggling ensues.   After fifteen minutes, the two return, out of breath and laughing.

The angel tells them, «Um, you have fifteen minutes left, would you care to do it again?”

He asks her.   “Shall we?”

She eagerly replies, «Oh, yes, let’s!   But let’s change positions.   This time, I’ll hold the pigeon down, and you shit on its head.”


Care to join us at the #WeekendCoffeeShare ? Then go to  Parttime Monster Blog and join the link up!

Want to see my previous contributions to the #WeekendCoffeeShare? They are funny, I promise:

Haunt much?

Most of the time

… So Tired!

Handegg (and why Sir Nerdalot is in the dog house)

The Doc’s in!

Fall Folly

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An Irishman goes into a bar…

Once in a lifetime

Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

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Crispy Filo Pastry Pies


(Norsk versjon, følg linken: Sprø filopaier)

Here are some yummies that are perfect for both lunch and dinner, or as a snack. They are good both warm and cold, so they are also perfect for your packed lunch or picnic. Of course, you can fill it with anything you like, and you can use this recipe as a base.

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Ingredients for 12 small pies:

  • 4-5 sheets of Filo Pastry (You can freeze what you don’t use)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 cl milk
  • 250g cottage cheese
  • 300g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 5-6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 100 g ham, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 small pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 100 cl cheese, grated

Set the oven at 180 degrees C and take filo pastry out of the freezer and leave to thaw on the counter.

Whisk eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt, pepper and saffron.

Add the cottage cheese and mix well. Then add the feta cheese, green onions and ham.

To work with filo pastry, I recommend having a damp kitchen towel ready to lay over, to prevent the filo pastry from drying out. Cut small squares of the Filo sheets, they must be slightly larger than the muffin molds you are going to use. They do not have to be square or perfect in any way, as that will not show.

Lightly butter one of the small Filo pieces, and lay the next layer on top but slightly skewed, then gently butter again, and put a third layer on top. Line a muffin tin with the staggered Filo pieces, allowing the corners to stick up, making a “nest”.

Fill the nests with the egg-mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake in the oven for approx. 30 mins until the filling has set. Let the pies cool a little bit on a wire rack, this will also allow them to crisp up at the bottom.

Serve as is, or with a fresh green salad.

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Halloween-smiles


14917267_10154344610811622_2277339575043380159_oThis past week there has been alot of smiles. Of course, Halloween being the reason for many of the smiles in my household. Halloween is not really a Norwegian or Danish thing, but it is getting more and more common. Of course there are valid arguments on both sides of whether or not we should import traditions from abroad. I guess I have landed on the pro-Halloween side, because I do not think it hurts anyone to dress up and have a little fun. To hand out some lollipops while complementing the fantastic costumes is not what I consider a nuance – but rather fun. It’s not like you are being bludgeoned to hand out candy. Unfortunately, they had terrible weather this year for trick or treat. Of course, Old Mamasan made Pumpkin pie, and the Karate Kid did a fantastic job decorating, don’t you think?

Tivoli in Copenhagen takes it all out for Halloween, and it is so much fun! This year, we went twice! Actually, the Kid went three times, as he went with the people from church on Sunday, in addition to the two times with us. We all just love seeing the decorations and the lights. I hope the pics convey some of the ambiance and god times this time of year in Tivoli. Of course it is pure chaos in Tivoli in the weekends, so do yourself a favor and visit on the weekdays.

(Those of you who notice that Sir Nerdalot is looking a tad less fuzzy in some of the pics, yes, he shaved for Movember and is now growing a stache :-))

Oh, another reason for me to smile is that I have finally got an idea for my NaNoWriMo-book. It might not be a great idea – but it is an idea, no matter how crappy 🙂

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I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

Care to join us at the #WeeklySmile ? Then go to Trent’s World  and join the LINK UP!

Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

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Turkey and Sweet potato Chili


(Norsk versjon finner du her: Kalkun og Søtpotet Chili)

fb_img_1469433574201Those of you that have been following me for a while have learned that I do like my soups and hearty foods in the fall. I’m all about the comfort foods!

Today I present you with a turkey and sweet potato Chili that is not only super-duper easy-peasy, but also tasty and yummers. It’s also not as spicy as it looks from the recipe, because of the sweet potatoes, but remember that it is always easier to add more spices than to take them out of the food. If you want to be a little careful with the spices, start with half the amount, then add to taste at the end.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 kg turkey meat, diced
  • 2-4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, diced
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 cups broth
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 can green chilies, diced
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
  • Optional toppings: crème fraiche, cilantro, tortilla chips, salsa, roasted pumpkin seeds

Heat the oil over medium high heat in a heavy, deep pot.

Add the onion, turkey, 1 tablespoon chili powder, and 1 tablespoon taco seasoning. (If you are using precooked turkey, you might want to add a little water keep the turkey moist.)

When the onions are soft and the turkey slightly browned, remove from the pan and set aside.

In the same pot you used for the onions and turkey, now add a swig of oil and the sweet potatoes with the remaining spices and stir to combine.

When starting to brown, add the tomato paste and diced chilies. Give it a stir, and add the garlic, and broth. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 10 minutes or so, until the sweet potatoes are very soft.

Use a blender until desired consistency, then put the turkey/onions back in the pot along with the black beans and give it a stir

Adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, cayenne.

Serve hot with rice or good bread, and any toppings that you like (crème fraiche, cilantro, tortilla chips, salsa, roasted pumpkin seeds)

Haunt much?


Welcome to this week’s #WeekendCoffeeShare! I have missed two Saturdays, because I have been on vaccy! Yup, ten lovely days on the Costa Calida in Spain. Man, was it nice! So, this week I hope you come for coffee and tapas and stay for a while, I do have things to tell you!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you all about how the in-laws surprised us with a trip to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, I have written a couple posts already, with pictures – and more is coming!

Spanish Smiles

Me Gusta Valencia, Mercado Central

Me Gusta Valencia – The Silk Exchange

If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you something terrible that has happened! Brace yourself – this is scary stuff!

While in Spain, I noticed that the in-laws had also invited a rude, old hag to stay with them. This wrinkly, grey haired old witch weren’t very sociable either – she only unfurled herself when I used the mirror. This hag did not play well with others! She hogged the mirror and when I asked her to please move – she just looked at me all eerie and grumpily and didn’t budge!

Now, what is even worse, is that this ancient Crypt Keeper, has followed me home to Denmark! I didn’t invite her! I don’t even like her! She’s rude, and ugly, and messy, and grumpy!

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She is smart enough to lay low and stay out of sight most of the day, but without warning, she pops her ugly head up every time I look in the mirror – and will not move so I can see my own beautiful, young face! Argh! She annoys me so bad!

Although I have not caught her in the act, I suspect that she moves my stuff around too, just to piss me off! My immaculately organized home is a real mess! Nothing is where I put it! This is very provocative, as I am a very neat and tidy person. She is a very good seamstress, because she keeps sowing in my clothes, but it is professionally done, there is no way you can see the alterations. See? That is how sneaky she is!

Yanno, she is not paying any rent, and I think she even steals from me! My money disappears way faster than I can possibly spend them! She even drinks all my wine!

This is horrid! Horrid, I tell you! I better get rid of her before Halloween or she’ll scar the minds of innocent little trick or treaters lusting for sweets, if she opens the door and reveals her ugly face! This face is so horrid, you can never unsee it! It will haunt you forever!

Thought it was fair to warn you, who knows where she’ll move in once I get her evicted!


Care to join us at the #WeekendCoffeeShare ? Then go to  Parttime Monster Blog and join the link up!

Want to see my previous contributions to the #WeekendCoffeeShare? They are funny, I promise:

Most of the time

… So Tired!

Handegg (and why Sir Nerdalot is in the dog house)

The Doc’s in!

Fall Folly

1-irish1

An Irishman goes into a bar…

Once in a lifetime

Sausage much?

Brexit explained

The Nerve!

Brexit Tea

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Trouble is my middle name

We should not sleep away the summer night

Diet much?

Wolf Whistle much?

An eggy conundrum

Happy Mother’s Day!

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Nice to meet you

Coffee and taxes

read my blog