Prosciutto and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction / Salata sa pršutom, mozzarellom i reduciranim acetom balsamicom

Merry Christmas, dear friends! I hope you had a lovely and relaxing time. And that there was plenty of good food. 🙂

Since the festivities are still in full swing, I bring you something quick and easy, but also a bit fancy looking. This salad is definitely more of a concept, than it is a recipe, but it is definitely gonna up your holiday table game. Also, it will work great either as an antipasto, or as a full meal if served with a nice hunk of crusty bread.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1-2 servings / 3.40 EUR)

¼ cup of balsamic vinegar (0.33 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Large handful of fresh baby spinach (0.67 EUR)

6 large cherry tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

1 ball of mozzarella cheese (0.80 EUR)

3-4 thin slices of prosciutto (0.67 EUR)

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METHOD:

To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until thickened and reduced in volume. The reduction will thicken even more as it cools down. You can always prepare more balsamic reduction ahead of time and store it in the fridge, as it will keep there for weeks.

Prepare everything else once the balsamic reduction is done and cooled. Rinse and pat dry baby spinach and tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into quarters. Arrange the spinach on a large plate and scatter tomato quarters on top. Season with a good drizzle of balsamic reduction and olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tear the mozzarella ball and prosciutto slices into bite sized pieces and scatter on top of the veggies. Add a bit more balsamic reduction, olive oil and black pepper. Serve immediately.

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Dragi prijatelji, sretan vam Božić! Nadam se da ste se lijepo proveli i opustili. I naravno, da ste uživali u puno fine hrane. 🙂

Obzirom kako nam slavlja i dalje traju, evo vam jedna jednostavna i brza salata, koja također izgleda i prilično fensi. Iako je ovo više nekakav koncept, nego pravi recept, definitivno će vam podignuti blagdanski stol. Također, ovu salatu možete poslužiti i kao hladno predjelo, ali i kao glavno jelo uz neki lijepi komad hrskavog kruha.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1-2 porcije / 25,42 kn)

¼ šalice aceta balsamica (2,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg baby špinata (5,00 kn)

6 velikih cherry rajčica (6,00 kn)

1 loptica mozzarelle (6,00 kn)

3-4 tanke šnite pršuta (5,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Pripremite reducirani aceto tako da aceto balsamico stavite u malu posudicu na jaku vatru i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru, pa krčkajte desetak minuta, dok se ne zgusne i ne reducira. Imajte na umu kako će se aceto još dodatno zgusnuti kako se bude hladio. Možete slobodno pripremiti veću količinu pa višak čuvati u hladnjaku, pošto će držati i nekoliko tjedana.

Kada je reducirani aceto spreman i ohlađen, priredite sve ostalo. Operite i kuhinjskim ručnikom posušite špinat i rajčice. Rajčice narežite na četvrtine. Špinat rasporedite po velikom tanjuru i po njemu raštrkajte kriške rajčica. Dobro začinite sa reduciranim acetom, maslinovim uljem, soli i paprom. Mozzarellu i pršut natrgajte na komadiće veličine zalogaja, pa rasporedite po špinatu i rajčicama. Dodajte još mrvicu acceta, maslinovog ulja i crnog papra, te odmah poslužite.

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Prosciutto and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction / Salata sa pršutom, mozzarellom i reduciranim acetom balsamicom

Walnut Sandwich Cookies / Išleri

These cookies are, hands down, my favorite cookies. They are pretty mainstream in Croatia, but I’ve only managed to successfully make them this year. They do require a bit more work, but make such a cute edition to a holiday table that I decided to tackle with them this year again.

The first time I’ve made these cookies, my egg cream filling was a complete disaster which wouldn’t hold together, so my cookies quickly turned into a hot mess. This year, however, I opted for a thick vanilla pudding filling and that worked like a charm.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 20-30 cookies / 3.83 EUR)

For the cookie batter:

6 tbsp butter, softened at room temperature (0.80 EUR)

4 tbsp vanilla sugar (0.27 EUR)

2 cups ground walnuts (1.07 EUR)

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1-2 tbsp plant based milk (0.01 EUR)

For the pudding filling:

1 vanilla pudding dry mix of your choice, which normally yields 500 ml of pudding (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 and ½ cups milk (0.40 EUR)

For the chocolate glaze:

2 rows dark chocolate (0.53 EUR)

1 tbsp butter (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Whisk together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in walnuts, flour and salt. Mix until a dough forms and as needed add a bit of plant based milk. I opted for plant based, so the cookies would have a longer shelf life, but you are more than welcome to use dairy milk instead, if you plan on eating them up quickly. Wrap the cookie dough in cling foil and refrigerate for at least an hour, or for 2-3 days in advance.

When ready to bake, remove the dough from fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, so it’s easier to roll out. Preheat the oven to 175°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper and cut into desired shapes. I decided to cut mine into two sizes, for a bit of variety. Place the cut cookies on a prepared baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes.

The cookies will still be soft when they come right out of the oven, but don’t worry, they’ll firm up as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on their baking tray, then gently move them to a wire rack to cool completely. At this point you can store the cookies in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks at least, so they are great to bake in advance.

When ready to assemble the cookie sandwiches, cook a thick pudding, using only about 2/3 of the milk amount recommended on the pudding sachet. Allow pudding to cool down a bit before transferring into a piping bag. Pipe the pudding onto half of the cookies.

To make a chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate with butter. Cover the other half of cookies with melted chocolate, then place them on top of the pudding halves. Store the sandwich cookies in your fridge in an airtight container, where they will keep for up to five days.

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Išleri su mi najdraži keksi, a iako su relativno uobičajena vrsta kolača, meni su tek ove godine prvi puta uspjeli. Oko njih možda ima malo više posla, ali su tako lijepi dodatak blagdanskom stolu da sam se odlučila ponovo sa njima uhvatiti u koštac.

Prvi puta kada sam ih radila, krema od jaja mi se nikako nije htjela stisnuti i keksi su na kraju plivali u jajima. Ove godine sam odlučila odmah smanjiti mogućnost takve katastrofe, tako da sam umjesto kreme od jaja išlere odlučila puniti sa gustim pudingom od vanilije.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 20-30 keksa / 28,66 kn)

Za tijesto:

6 žlica maslaca, omekšanog na sobnoj temperaturi (6,00 kn)

4 žlice vanili šećera (2,00 kn)

2 šalice mljevenih oraha (8,00 kn)

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1-2 žlice veganskog mlijeka (0,05 kn)

Za puding kremu:

1 vrećica pudinga od vanilije za 500 ml pudinga (4,00 kn)

2 žlice šećera (0,10 kn)

1 i ½ šalica mlijeka (3,00 kn)

Za čokoladnu glazuru:

2 reda tamne čokolade (4,00 kn)

1 žlica maslaca (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Miješajte maslac i šećer dok ne budu glatki i kremasti. Dodajte orahe, brašno i sol. Miješajte dok se ne formira tijesto, a po potrebi dodajte mrvicu mlijeka. Ja sam se odlučila za vegansko mlijeko kako bi mi suhi keksi mogli dulje stajati, ali vi slobodno upotrijebite obično mlijeko ako mislite kekse brzo pojesti. Tijesto umotajte u prijanjajuću foliju i ostavite u hladnjaku barem sat vremena, ili do 2-3 dana.

Kada ste spremni za pečenje, izvadite tijesto iz hladnjaka 10-15 minuta ranije kako bi malo otpustilo i da ga lakše možete razvaljati. Zagrijte pećnicu na 175°C. Obložite protvan papirom za pečenje i stavite na stranu. Razvaljajte tijesto između dva papira za pečenje i režite u željene oblike. Ja sam svoje rezala u dvije različite veličine. Izrezane kekse preselite na pripremljeni protvan i pecite 8-10 minuta.

Keksi će još biti mekani kada ih izvadite iz pećnice, ali budite bez brige jer će se stvrdnuti kako se budu hladili. Pustite da se keksi pet minuta hlade na protvanu prije nego ih nježno preselite na rešetku i tako ohladite do kraja. Ovakve gotove kekse možete čuvati na suhom, hladnom mjestu barem par tjedana, tako da ih možete ispeći unaprijed.

Kada ste spremni za zgotoviti išlere, skuhajte gusti puding, i to tako da upotrijebite oko 2/3 mlijeka od onoga što je navedeno u uputama na pakiranju. Pustite da se puding malo ohladi prije nego ga preslite u vrećicu za kreme. Puding istisnite na polovicu keksa.

Za glazuru, rastopite čokoladu sa maslacem. Preostalu polovicu keksa pokrijte glazurom, pa spojite kekse sa polovicama s pudingom. Gotove išlere čuvajte u hladnjaku u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi do pet dana.

Walnut Sandwich Cookies / Išleri

Christmas Vegan Nutella Cookies (gluten free, paleo) / Božićni veganski Nutella keksi (bez glutena, paleo)

These cookies are super scrumptious and sweet and actually have zero Nutella in them. The secret of the famous spread’s magical flavor lies, in fact, within the toasted hazelnuts and cacao combo.

You can easily toast your own hazelnuts by throwing them into the oven at 175°C for about 15-20 minutes. Once they are fragrant and their skins are cracked, take them out and leave to cool completely. To peal the skins the easy way, just wrapped cooled hazelnuts into a kitchen towel and give them a good rub. Most skins will just slide off and you’ll have an easy time peeling off the rest with your hands.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 50 cookies / 3.27 EUR)

For the cookie batter:

1 and ½ cup toasted hazelnuts (1.33 EUR)

1 cup pitted dates (0.67 EUR)

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp raw cacao powder (0.27 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1-2 tbsp plant based milk (0.01 EUR)

For the topping:

2 rows dark cooking chocolate (0.53 EUR)

½ tsp coconut oil (0.02 EUR)

2-3 tbsp crushed toasted hazelnuts (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Pulse the toasted hazelnuts in a food processor into a fine powder. Remove and set aside, then add pitted dates to a food processor and pulse until you have a thick paste. Return in the hazelnuts, then add in coconut oil, vanilla, cacao powder and salt. Pulse until a thick dough comes together. Add in the milk bit by bit as needed. Remove the dough from food processor, wrap in cling foil and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to 3-4 days in advance.

When ready to bake, remove the dough from fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, so it’s easier to roll out. Preheat the oven to 175°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper and cut into desired shapes. Place the cookies on a prepared baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes.

The cookies will still be soft when they come right out of the oven, but don’t worry, they’ll firm up as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on their baking tray, then gently move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are completely cool, melt the chocolate with coconut oil and cover each cookie with the mixture. Sprinkle each cookie with a bit of crushed hazelnuts before the chocolate firms up. Place the cookies in the fridge for 15-20 minutes so the chocolate firms up completely, then store in an airtight container in a cool dark place. The cookies should hold for at least a week or two.

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Ovi keksići su jako bogati i slasni, a zapravo u njima uopće niti nema Nutelle. Tajna okusa, koji jako podsjeća na slavni namaz, je u kombinaciji tostiranih lješnjaka i kakao praha.

Lješnjake lako možete sami tostirati tako da ih ubacite u pećnicu na 175°C na jedno 15-20 minuta. Izvadite lješnjake iz pećnice kada zamiriše i tanka ljuskica im popuca, te ih ostavite da se skroz ohlade. Ljusku ćete onda lako skinuti sa lješnjaka tako da ih umotate u kuhinjsku krpu i dobro protrljate. Većina ljuski će sama otpasti, a rukama ćete lako oguliti ostatak.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 50-tak keksića / 24,41 kn)

Za tijesto:

1 i ½ šalica tostiranih lješnjaka (10,00 kn)

1 šalica odkoštenih datulja (5,00 kn)

2 žlice kokosovog ulja, rastopljenog (2,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

2 žlice sirovog kakao praha (2,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1-2 žlice veganskog mlijeka (0,05 kn)

Za preljev:

2 reda tamne čokolade (4,00 kn)

½ žličice kokosovog ulja (0,15 kn)

2-3 žlice tostiranih i sjeckanih lješnjaka (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Tostirane lješnjake ubacite u multipraktik i pulsirajte dok ne dobijete fini prah. Izvadite iz multipraktika i stavite na stranu, pa u multipraktiku onda sameljite datulje u gustu pastu. Vratite k datuljama i lješnjake, pa dodajte još i kokosovo ulje, vaniliju, kakao i sol. Pulsirajte sve dok se ne formira gusto tijesto, a po potrebi dodajte u tijesto malo po malo mlijeka. Maknite tijesto iz multipraktika, zamotajte u prijanjajuću foliju i ostavite u hladnjaku da miruje barem sat vremena, ili do 3-4 dana.

Kada ste spremni za pečenje, tijesto 10-15 minuta ranije izvadite iz hladnjaka da malo otpusti kako bi ste ga lakše razvaljali. Zagrijte pećnicu na 175°C i obložite protvan papirom za pečenje. Tijesto tanko razvaljajte između dva sloja papira za pečenje i režite u željene oblike. Keksiće raširite po pripremljenom protvanu i pecite 8-10 minuta.

Keksi će još biti mekani kada ih izvadite iz pećnice, ali ne brinite, budu očvrsnuli kako se hlade. Ostavite kekse da se jedno pet minuta hlade na protvanu, a onda ih pažljivo preselite na rešetku i tako ohladite do kraja.

Kada su keksići ohlađeni, rastopite čokoladu sa kokosovim uljem i time premažite kekse. Posipajte sjeckanim lješnjacima prije nego se čokolada stvrdne. Kekse na 15-20 minuta stavite u hladnjak kako bi se čokolada do kraja stisnula, a kasnije čuvajte u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi na suhom i hladnom mjestu. Keksići bi trebali držati barem tjedan do dva.

Christmas Vegan Nutella Cookies (gluten free, paleo) / Božićni veganski Nutella keksi (bez glutena, paleo)

Cheesy Buckwheat and Veggie Casserole (vegetarian) / Složenac od heljde, sira i povrća (vegetarijanski)

This dish is super simple to make, but an absolute bomb. It’s also a great way to use up any leftovers, especially if you have some precooked buckwheat lying around. You could basically do this with any other grain as well. The casserole itself is very filling and satisfying and can also be prepared in advance to reheat when necessary.

I’ve tried baking the casserole both in muffin tins and in a small ramekin and I feel that the ramekin is a better option here, as the texture was too delicate and the muffins simply wouldn’t hold themselves together. However, they still tasted great and were a great portable option, as long as I left everything intact for transport in the silicone muffin molds.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 generous servings / 0.91 EUR per serving / 5.44 EUR for all)

For buckwheat:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large purple onion (0.13 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

1 cup raw buckwheat (0.67 EUR)

2 and ½ cups vegetable broth (0.33 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato paste (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

2 carrots (0.20 EUR)

Large handful of fresh baby spinach (0.67 EUR)

For the casserole:

3 eggs (0.60 EUR)

1 cup crème fraiche (0.67 EUR)

1 cup farmer’s cheese (0.80 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

2 cups shredded cheese (0.93 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

Additional:

Oil for greasing the pan (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and peel all the veggies. Finely dice the onion and mince garlic. Add the oil to a pot on high heat. Saute onion for about five minutes until translucent, then add in garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant. Add in buckwheat, veggie broth, garlic powder, salt, pepper, tomato paste, Gochujang and bay leaf. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat and cook with a lid cracked open for 10-15 minutes, until buckwheat is cooked through.

Meanwhile, while the buckwheat is cooking, shred the carrot on a box grater. Once the buckwheat is done, remove from heat and stir in spinach and shredded carrot. Put the lid back on and the veggies will wilt down from residual heat. Allow the buckwheat to cool a bit before proceeding, so you can also cook the buckwheat in advance, up to few days ahead.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a baking dish and set aside. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, crème fraiche, farmer’s cheese and salt. Stir about two thirds of cheese mix into cooled buckwheat, along with half of the shredded cheese. Transfer the buckwheat into a prepared baking dish, top with remaining egg mixture and sprinkle with reserved cheese. Crack some black pepper on top and bake for about 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden-brown on top. Serve warm.

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Ovo jelo je jako jednostavno za pripremiti, a totalna je bomba. Također je izvrstan način da iskoristite razne ostatke, a posebno ako vam se pri ruci nađe i kuhane heljde. Zapravo bi ste umjesto heljde lako mogli upotrijebiti i bilo koju drugu žitaricu. Ovaj je složenac super zasitan i ukusan, a također se možete pripremiti i unaprijed te podgrijati prema potrebi.

Ja sam složenac pokušala peći i u maloj posudi i kalupima za mafine, a čini mi se da je posuda bila bolja opcija jer je tekstura složenca predelikatna, pa mafini nisu baš najbolje držali oblik. Svejedno su bili jako ukusni i dobra prijenosna opcija, sve dok bi složenac držala u silikonskim mafin kalupima prilikom transporta.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 izdašnih porcija / 6,78 kn po porciji / 40,67 kn za sve)

Za heljdu:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki ljubičasti luk (1,00 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

1 šalica sirove heljde (5,00 kn)

2 i ½ šalice povrtnog temeljca (2,50 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

1 žličica Gochujanga – korejske čili paste (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

2 mrkve (1,50 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg baby špinata (5,00 kn)

Za složenac:

3 jaja (4,50 kn)

1 šalica milerama (5,00 kn)

1 šalica svježeg sira (6,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

2 šalice ribanog sira (7,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

Dodatno:

Ulje za namastiti protvan (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i ogulite sve povrće. Fino nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. Ulje stavite u lonac na jakoj vatri, pa pet minuta prodinstajte luk, dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite češnjak te kuhajte minutu da zamiriši. Dodajte heljdu, temeljac, češnjak u prahu, sol, papar, koncentrat od rajčice, Gochujang i lovor. Pustite da zavrije, pa smanjite vatru i kuhajte 10-15 minuta sa odškrinutim poklopcem, dok heljda ne bude gotova.

U međuvremenu, dok se heljda kuha, naribajte mrkvu. Kada je heljda gotova, maknite ju s vatre i umiješajte u nju špinat i ribanu mrkvu. Vratite poklopac na lonac i ostavite da miruje, kako bi povrće povenulo od zaostale topline. Pustite da se heljda ohladi prije nego nastavite, tako da heljdu zapravo možete skuhati i do par dana unaprijed.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Lagano namastite posudu za pečenje i stavite na stranu. U zdjelici pomiješajte jaja, mileram, svježi sir i sol. Oko dvije trećine te smjese umiješajte u ohlađenu heljdu skupa sa pola količine ribanog sira. Heljdu sada preselite u pripremljenu posudu, pa po vrhu rasporedite ostatak smjese svježeg sira i jaja i posipajte preostalim ribanim sirom. Začinite crnim paprom i pecite oko 30 minuta, dok sve ne bude lijepo zapečeno i zlatno-smeđe. Poslužite toplo.

Cheesy Buckwheat and Veggie Casserole (vegetarian) / Složenac od heljde, sira i povrća (vegetarijanski)

Bean, Olive and Caper Salad with Balsamic Reduction (vegan) / Salata od graha, maslina i kapara sa reduciranim acetom balsamicom (veganska)

This salad is really killing it, but is super easy and quick to make. The balsamic reduction takes things to a whole new level and I suggest you cook up a bigger batch and store any extras in the fridge for future recipes.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 1.08 EUR per serving / 2.16 EUR for all)

¼ cup of balsamic vinegar (0.33 EUR)

1 can beans (0.67 EUR)

½ cup pitted green olives (0.40 EUR)

3 tbsp capers (0.40 EUR)

1 small purple onion (0.10 EUR)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until thickened and reduced in volume. The reduction will thicken even more as it cools down.

While the balsamic vinegar is simmering, rinse beans, olives and capers under running water and leave to drain. Chop the olives into rounds. Peel and finely dice the red onion. Toss all of the ingredients together once the balsamic reduction cools down. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve chilled.

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Ova salata je mrak, a ujedno i jako jednostavna i brza za pripremiti. Reducirani aceto daje još onaj ekstra štih, a moja je preporuka da si svakako pripremite malo ekstra aceta da imate za buduće recepte, te ga u međuvremenu čuvate u frižideru.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 8,09 kn po porciji / 16,17 kn za sve)

¼ šalice aceta balsamica (2,50 kn)

1 konzerva graha (5,00 kn)

½ šalice odkoštenih zelenih maslina (3,00 kn)

3 žlice kapara (3,00 kn)

1 mali ljubičasti luk (0,75 kn)

2 žlice svježeg sjeckanog peršina (1,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Pripremite reducirani aceto tako da aceto balsamico stavite u malu posudicu na jaku vatru i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru, pa krčkajte desetak minuta, dok se ne zgusne i ne reducira. Imajte na umu kako će se aceto još dodatno zgusnuti kako se bude hladio.

Dok se aceto krčka, isperite grah, masline i kapare pod mlazom vode i stavite da se sve dobro ocijedi. Masline narežite na kolutiće. Luk ogulite i sitno nasjeckajte. Pomiješajte sve sastojke kada se reducirani aceto ohladi. Kušajte i prilagodite začine, te poslužite ohlađeno.

Bean, Olive and Caper Salad with Balsamic Reduction (vegan) / Salata od graha, maslina i kapara sa reduciranim acetom balsamicom (veganska)

Broccoli and Peanut Stir-Fry (vegan) / Brokula sa kikirikijem iz woka (veganska)

Honestly, I feel like you could coat a bag of styrofoam in the spicy peanut sauce I’ve combined for this recipe, and it would taste freaking amazing. So even if you are not a great fan of broccoli and vegetables in general, this might be just the right way to make things more palatable. If you already like your greens, just make this dish because it’s sooo good!

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.74 EUR per serving / 2.97 EUR for all)

For the stir-fry:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

3 red bell peppers (0.80 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

1 chili pepper (0.20 EUR)

½ cup salted peanuts (0.40 EUR)

1 head of broccoli (0.80 EUR)

For the sauce:

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp peanut butter (0.27 EUR)

¼ cup water (–)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and chop up all of the veggies. Place a wok or a deep pan on high heat and allow to thoroughly warm up. Add in the oil and peppers, then cook for a few minutes until softened and slightly charred. Throw in sliced onion, garlic, chili and peanuts and briefly cook those up before adding in broccoli.

While the broccoli is cooking, place all sauce ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to dissolve peanut butter. Once the broccoli is done to your liking (I prefer it a bit on the crispy side), pour the sauce over everything and stir to warm up and coat all of the ingredients. And you are done! Serve immediately over a bed of rice.

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Iskreno, mislim da bi se sa ovim pikantnim umakom od kikirikija mogla zaliti i vreća stiropora i sve bi i dalje ispalo prefino. Tako da čak i ako niste neki fan brokule i povrća, ovo je super način da vam stvari budu primamljivije. A ako već volite zelenjavu, jednostavno skuhajte ovo jelo jer je savršeno!

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,55 kn po porciji / 22,20 kn za sve)

Za wok:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

3 crvene paprike (6,00 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

1 čili papričica (1,50 kn)

½ šalice slanog kikirikija (3,00 kn)

1 glavica brokule (6,00 kn)

Za umak:

1 žličica Gochujanga – korejske čili paste (0,50 kn)

2 žlice kikiriki maslaca (2,00 kn)

¼ šalice vode (–)

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Duboku tavu ili wok stavite na jaku vatru i pustite da se dobro ugriju. Dodajte ulje i papriku, pa kuhajte par minuta da paprika omekša i lagano se karamelizira. Ubacite nasjeckani luk, češnjak, čili i kikiriki, te kratko kuhajte prije nego ubacite brokulu.

Dok se brokula kuha, sve sastojke za umak stavite u zdjelicu i miješajte dok se kikiriki maslac skroz ne rastopi. Kada je brokula kuhana po vašem ukusu (ja ju volim da ostane još malo hrskava), sve zalijte umakom i dobro promiješajte da se umak ugrije i obloži sve sastojke. I gotovi ste! Poslužite odmah preko kuhane riže.

Broccoli and Peanut Stir-Fry (vegan) / Brokula sa kikirikijem iz woka (veganska)

Spinach and Cheese Cornbread (vegetarian) / Kukuruzna zlevanka sa špinatom i sirom (vegetarijanska)

This cornbread comes together super quickly and tastes the best warm, when freshly baked. Luckily, it also keeps well refrigerated and will be just as good once reheated. It’s a great breakfast, brunch, dinner, or snack option and can also work as a full meal if served with a big salad.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 12 squares / 0.23 EUR per square / 2.75 EUR for all)

For the batter:

1 cup corn flour (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 cup crème fraiche (0.67 EUR)

1 cup farmer’s cheese, divided (0.80 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.08 EUR)

3-4 tbsp water (–)

Big handful of fresh baby spinach (0.67 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Additional:

Oil for greasing the pan (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a square baking pan and line it with parchment paper, then set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together corn flour, salt and baking powder. Add in the eggs, crème fraiche, ¾ of a cup of farmer’s cheese and oil. Stir to combine and if the batter seems too thick, add in a bit more water. Fold in baby spinach and transfer the batter into a prepared pan. Dollop the remaining cheese onto batter, even everything out with a spatula and sprinkle with black pepper.

Bake for 25 minutes, until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted inside comes out clean. Allow the cornbread to cool for about ten minutes before slicing and serving.

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Ova kukuruzna zlevanka je jako jednostavna za pripremu i neodoljiva je dok je topla, friško pečena. Srećom, također će držati i u hladnjaku te je super nakon što ju podgrijete. Odlična je za ručak, brunch i večeru, ili pak kao snack. Također, možete ju nadopuniti i velikom salatom pa tako imati zaokružen obrok.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 12 komada / 1,71 kn po komadu / 20,56 kn za sve)

Za smjesu:

1 šalica kukuruznog brašna (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 šalica milerama (5,00 kn)

1 šalica svježeg sira, podijeljena (6,00 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,60 kn)

3-4 žlice vode (–)

Veliki pregršt svježeg baby špinata (5,00 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

Dodatno:

Ulje za namastiti protvan (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Namastite pravokutni protvan i obložite ga papirom za pečenje, pa ga stavite na stranu. U velikoj zdjeli pomiješajte brašno, sol i prašak za pecivo. Dodajte unutra jaja, mileram, ¾ šalice svježeg sira i ulje. Promiješajte da se sve sjedini, a po potrebi dodajte mrvicu vode ako vam je smjesa pregusta. Nježno umiješajte špinat i smjesu preselite u pripremljeni protvan. Rasporedite ostatak sira po površini smjese, sve poravnajte špatulom i posipajte paprom.

Pecite oko 25 minuta, dok zlevanka ne bude zlatno-žuta, a testni štapić koji upiknete ne izađe čist. Pustite da se zlevanka ohladi desetak minuta prije nego ju narežete i poslužite.

Spinach and Cheese Cornbread (vegetarian) / Kukuruzna zlevanka sa špinatom i sirom (vegetarijanska)