Smashing Smashed Potatoes / Ludnica od zgnječenih krumpira

I kinda feel silly for posting this no-recipe type of recipe, but these smashed potatoes are so good that you really ought to try them out. Besides, I’m definitely not above being mesmerized by a humble potato.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 0.20 EUR per serving / 0.40 EUR for all)

½ kilo of small potatoes (0.33 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp pork lard (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cook the potatoes with their skins on until fork tender. Allow them to cool a bit, then peel. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Smash the peeled potatoes (I used a small saucepan for this), then toss with salt, pepper and lard. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for about 30-45 minutes, until crispy to your liking. Serve immediately with a nice big salad.

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S jedne strane se osjećam malo smiješno što objavljujem ovaj recept koji i nije recept, ali ovi zgnječeni krumpiri su toliko fini da ih jednostavno morate isprobati. Osim toga, definitivno me nije sram toga što sam skroz opčinjena skromnom namirnicom kao što je krumpir.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 1,48 kn po porciji / 2,96 kn za sve)

½ kg malih krumpira (2,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 žlica svinjske masti (0,20 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Skuhajte krumpire skupa sa ljuskama dok ne budu dovoljno mekani da ih možete upiknuti viljuškom. Pustite krumpire da se malo ohlade, pa ih ogulite. Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C i obložite protvan papirom za pečenje. Oguljene krumpire sada zgnječite (ja sam ih postiskala sa malim lončićem), te pomiješajte sa solju, paprom i mašću. Krumpire raširite po pripremljenom protvanu i pecite 30-45 minuta, dok ne zahrskaju prema Vašem ukusu. Poslužite odmah sa nekom lijepom velikom salatom.

Smashing Smashed Potatoes / Ludnica od zgnječenih krumpira

Quick Bean Patties (vegan) / Brzi faširanci od graha (veganski)

We had an easy lunch of mashed potatoes and pureed spinach over the weekend, but had no meat around to make the patties to round the meal up. I kinda have to have spinach and mashed potatoes with patties – it’s just the way the world works, so I quickly whipped up these vegan bean patties. I also apologize upfront for the crappy photos, but lighting in our kitchen is terrible and I was super hungry and couldn’t muster patience for better pictures.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 patties / 0.38 EUR per patty / 1.52 EUR for all)

For the batter:

1 tbsp flax meal (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp water (–)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

½ of an onion (0.05 EUR)

1 can of brown beans (0.67 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp dried parsley (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato puree (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp soy sauce (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp Sriracha (0.03 EUR)

½ cup breadcrumbs (0.10 EUR)

Additional:

¼ cup breadcrumbs for coating (0.05 EUR)

¼ cup of sunflower seed oil for frying (0.07 EUR)

METHOD:

Start off by making a flax egg. Whisk together flax meal with water, then set aside for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, finely dice the onion and saute it in a tablespoon of oil until slightly caramelized. Rinse and drain the beans, then mash them up into a paste. I also left a few chunks in there, because texture is everything. Add the flax egg, sauted onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, tomato puree, soy sauce, sesame oil and Sriracha to mashed beans and stir well. Then gradually add in breadcrumbs so that the finally batter is pliable and not too sticky. Taste and adjust seasoning, then refrigerate for about 30 minutes. I skipped this step because I wanted to eat right away, but refrigerating will help the patties to better retain their shape.

After half an hour remove the batter from fridge and shape into four patties. Coat each patty with breadcrumbs then fry on a well-oiled pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Be sure to flip the patties gently, as they are more delicate then classic meat patties. Serve warm.

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Za vikend smo radili jednostavan ručak sa pire krumpirom i pireom od špinata, ali nismo imali doma nikakvog mesa za faširance. Za mene to nikako nije moglo proći jer ja jednostavno moram imati faširanac uz špinat, tako da sam na brzinu smutila ove od graha. Također, unaprijed se ispričavam zbog jadnih fotki, ali osvjetljenje nam je koma u kuhinji, a ja sam jednostavno bila previše gladna i prenestrpljiva da se više potrudim. 😀

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 faširanca / 2,84 kn po faširancu / 11,37 kn za sve)

Za smjesu:

1 žlica mljevenog lana (0,50 kn)

2 žlice vode (–)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

½ luka (0,38 kn)

1 konzerva smeđeg graha (5,00 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

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

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

1 žlica sušenog peršina (0,50 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

1 žličica soja sosa (0,50 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

1 žličica Sriracha umaka ili čili umaka (0,25 kn)

½ šalice krušnih mrvica (0,75 kn)

Dodatno:

¼ šalice krušnih mrvica za paniranje (0,38 kn)

¼ šalice ulja za prženje (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Za početak pripremite lan-jaje (flax egg). Pomiješajte mljeveni lan sa vodom i pustite da odstoji desetak minuta da se zgusne. U međuvremenu sitno nasjeckajte luk pa ga ispržite na žlici ulja da se blago karamelizira. Isperite i dobro ocijedite grah te ga izgnječite u pire. Ja sam također ostavila i nešto komadića jer je tekstura super u svemu. U zgnječeni grah dodajte lan-jaje, karamelizirani luk, sol, papar, češnjak, peršin, koncentrat rajčice, soja sos, sezamovo ulje i Srirachu, te sve dobro promiješajte da se sjedini. Postepeno dodajte krušne mrvice, sve dok se smjesa ne zgusne i prestane biti jako ljepljiva. Kušajte i prilagodite začine, pa smjesu stavite u hladnjak na pola sata. Ja sam ovaj korak preskočila jer sam bila nestrpljiva i gladna, ali ako ohladite smjesu faširanci će se bolje držati skupa.

Nakon pola sata smjesu izvadite iz hladnjaka te oblikujte u četiri faširanca. Uvaljajte faširance u krušne mrvice, pa ih ispržite u dobro nauljenoj tavi, po oko pet minuta sa svake strane. Samo pazite kada faširance okrećete da budete nježni, jer su puno delikatniji od klasičnih mesnih faširanaca. Poslužite toplo.

Quick Bean Patties (vegan) / Brzi faširanci od graha (veganski)

Mushroom and Barley Soup (vegan) / Juha od gljiva i ječma (veganska)

The cool winter weather makes me crave nothing more than soups. I could eat all the soups ever. Spicy, mild, creamy or clear, just bring those soups on and I’ll love them all the same. This soup is super easy to make and quite hearty thanks to the barley and potatoes, so it basically makes a full lunch. There’s nothing more comforting than getting cozy under a blanket with a nice bowl of this deliciousness.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.88 EUR per serving / 5.29 EUR for all)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

500 grams white mushrooms (2.00 EUR)

100 grams of shiitake mushrooms (1.00 EUR)

3 tbsp vegan butter (0.40 EUR)

3 carrots (0.30 EUR)

3 potatoes (0.30 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 cup of barley (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.02 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

6 cups of veggie broth (0.40 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel, wash and chop up all the veggies and mushrooms. Add oil, onion, white mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and butter to a large pot on high heat then saute for about ten minutes to slightly caramelize. Now add in carrots, potatoes and minced garlic, stir and cook for additional five minutes to get things lightly browned. Finally, add in barley, tomato paste, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, soy sauce and veggie broth. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for 45 minutes, until the barley is thoroughly cooked through. Serve warm with a slice of some nice bread, or portion out to have for later, as this soup reheats great.

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U hladnim zimskim danima (iako, nije baš i da je ove godine neka zima) jedu mi se samo juhe i juhe. Ljute, blage, kremaste ili bistre, samo mi dajte juhice i meni budu sve bile super. Ovaj recept u nastavku je totalno jednostavan za napraviti, a dobiti ćete zasitno jelo zahvaljujući ječmu i krumpirima, pa zapravo može proći i kao kompletan ručak. A meni nema ništa draže nego se fino umotati doma u dekicu sa zdjelicom ove fine juhice.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 6,60 kn po porciji / 39,61 kn za sve)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

500 g šampinjona (15,00 kn)

100 g shiitaka (7,50 kn)

3 žlice veganskog maslaca (3,00 kn)

2 mrkve (2,25 kn)

3 krumpira (2,25 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 šalica ječma (1,00 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

6 šalica povrtnog temeljca (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće i gljive. Ulje, luk, šampinjone, shiitake i maslac dodajte u veliki lonac na jakoj vatri, pa dinstajte desetak minuta da se gljive blago karameliziraju. Sada ubacite mrkve, krumpire i češnjak, dobro promiješajte te kuhajte jedno pet minuta da sve dobije boju. Na kraju dodajte i ječam, koncentrat rajčice, sol, papar, čili, soja sos i temeljac. Pustite da zavrije, smanjite vatru te krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem jedno 45 minuta, dok se ječam ne skuha do kraja. Poslužite odmah sa kriškom nekog finog kruha ili pak rasporedite u porcije za kasnije, pošto se ova juhica super podgrijava.

Mushroom and Barley Soup (vegan) / Juha od gljiva i ječma (veganska)

Cheesy Okonomiyaki Inspired Pancake / Palačinka nadahnuta japanskim Okonomiyakijem sa sirom

It’s been a few years since I’ve published my first Okonomiyaki inspired recipe. I’ve been mulling about how I’d like to eat something similar for a few days, but this time decided to throw in some shredded Gouda cheese into the mix as well. While this recipe is super delicious and easy to make, it really has very little to do with original Okonomiyaki. But that’s where the inspiration came from.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 serving / 1.27 EUR)

For the batter:

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

½ cup all-purpose flour (0.03 EUR)

½ cup water (–)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

1 cup shredded cabbage (0.13 EUR)

½ cup shredded melty cheese (0.27 EUR)

Additional:

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

A few slices of thinly sliced smoked ham (0.40 EUR)

2 tbsp of mayo (0.13 EUR)

Drizzle of Sriracha (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the batter by whisking together egg, flour, water, salt and pepper. Stir in cabbage and cheese until well combined. Place a deep skillet on medium heat and allow it to warm up. Swirl in the oil, then add the batter and even out with a spatula. Arrange the smoked ham (or any other thinly sliced deli meat of your choice) on top and cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the bottom is crispy and lightly golden-brown. Flip the pancake over and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately with some mayo and a good drizzle of Sriracha or any other hot sauce of your choice.

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Prošlo je već par godina od kada sam objavila svoj prvi recept koji je bio nadahnut japanskim okonomiyakijem. Već mi se par dana motala po glavi misao kako mi se jede nešto tog tipa, ali sam ovoga puta u cijelu priču odlučila ubaciti i ribanu gaudu. Dok je ovaj recept stvarno jako ukusan, nema baš puno toga zajedničkog sa izvornim okonomiyakijem. Ali eto, od tamo mi je došla inspiracija.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 porciju / 9,51 kn)

Za tijesto:

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

½ šalice glatkog brašna (0,25 kn)

½ šalice vode (–)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 šalica ribanog kupusa (1,00 kn)

½ šalice ribanog topljivog sira (2,00 kn)

Dodatno:

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

Par tankih šnita dimljene šunke (3,00 kn)

2 žlice majoneze (1,00 kn)

Malo Srirache (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Smjesu pripremite tako da skupa razmutite jaje, brašno, vodu, sol i papar. Umiješajte kupus i sir da se sve sjedini. Dublju tavu stavite na srednje jaku vatru i pustite ju da se dobro ugrije. Namastite tavu uljem, pa ulijte smjesu i poravnajte ju špatulom. Poslažite po palačinki dimljenu šunku (ili koji drugi mesni narezak po vašoj želji), te kuhajte jedno 5-7 minuta, dok donja strana ne bude hrskava i zlatno-smeđa. Preokrenite palačinku pa dovršite i na drugoj strani još 2-3 minute. Poslužite odmah sa majonezom i pokapano Srirachom ili kojim drugim ljutim umakom po vašem izboru.

Cheesy Okonomiyaki Inspired Pancake / Palačinka nadahnuta japanskim Okonomiyakijem sa sirom

Butternut Squash, Lentil and Bean Soup (vegan) / Juha od buternut tikve, leće i graha (vegansko)

I’ve had this huge butternut squash lying around for a while, so I finally decided to make a soup out of it. To make the squash puree, I just halved it, scooped out the seeds and baked it for an hour at 200°C. Then I just scooped the flesh out and pureed it. I definitely prefer this method over cooking the squash, as I then don’t have to peel it while it’s fresh (which is a big pain in the butt).

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.69 EUR per serving / 4.01 EUR for all)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 cup red lentils (0.67 EUR)

1 can of white cannellini beans (0.67 EUR)

2 cups tomato sauce (0.53 EUR)

2 cups butternut squash puree (0.80 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp dried red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp dried oregano (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp dried thyme (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp dried parsley (0.07 EUR)

6 cups veggie broth (0.40 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel, wash and chop up onion and garlic. Rinse the lentils and beans in a colander under running water. Add oil, onion and garlic to a pot on high heat and saute for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Throw in all remaining ingredients and bring to a rolling boil. Once the soup is boiling, reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are thoroughly cooked. Serve warm. This soup reheats and freezes great, so it’s also an awesome meal prep option.

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Već mi je neko vrijeme doma stajala ogromna butternut tikva, pa sam se napokon na kraju odlučila od nje napraviti juhu. Pire od tikve sam pripremila jako jednostavno, i to tako da sam tikvu raspolovila, odstranila joj sjemenke i onda ju pekla sat vremena na 200°C. Onda sam samo postrugala meso tikve i ispasirala ju u blenderu. Ova metoda mi je puno draža od kuhanja tikve u vodi, jer ju onda uopće ne moram guliti dok je svježa (a što mi je poprilična gnjavaža).

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 4,98 kn po porciji / 29,91 kn za sve)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 šalica crvene leće (5,00 kn)

1 konzerva bijelog graha (5,00 kn)

2 šalice pasirane rajčice (4,00 kn)

2 šalice pirea od tikve (6,00 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

1 žličica dimljene paprike (0,50 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 žličica sušenog origana (0,50 kn)

1 žličica sušenog timijana (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

1 žlica sušenog peršina (0,50 kn)

6 šalica povrtnog temeljca (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite, operite i nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. Leću i grah isperite u cjediljci pod tekućom vodom. Ulje, luk i češnjak stavite u lonac na jakoj vatri i dinstajte par minuta dok ne postanu staklasti. Dodajte sve ostale sastojke i pustite da zavrije. Jednom kada juha zakipi, smanjite vatru i krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem 20-tak minuta, dok leća ne bude skroz kuhana. Poslužite toplo. Ova juha se super podgrijava i smrzava, tako da je odlična opcija za pripremiti unaprijed.

Butternut Squash, Lentil and Bean Soup (vegan) / Juha od buternut tikve, leće i graha (vegansko)

Beef, Mushroom and Red Pepper Stir-Fry / Junetina s gljivama i crvenom paprikom iz woka

I’ve realized that I haven’t made anything stir-fried in a while and I guess the main reason is that I usually crave those quick dishes in warmer months. However, I’ve felt the insane Chinese food craving the other day and decided to whip this up from various odds and ends.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.21 per serving / 4.84 EUR for all)

For the meat:

300 grams of lean beef (2.00 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp soy sauce (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp sesame oil (0.13 EUR)

For the stir-fry:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.03 EUR)

200 grams oyster mushrooms (1.00 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

2 red bell peppers (0.80 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp soy sauce (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp corn starch (0.01 EUR)

¼ cup water (–)

Additional for serving:

4 tbsp sesame seeds (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cut the meat into thin strips. Toss it with salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil then let it rest at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. While you are waiting for the meat to marinade, wash, peel and slice up all the veggies and mushrooms.

Place a wok or a deep skillet on medium heat and allow to thoroughly warm up. Add in a bit of oil then fry the meat for a few minutes until cooked through. Remove all the beef from the pan and set it aside. Add in the remaining oil and dump in the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms for a few minutes to slightly caramelize before adding in the onion and peppers. Season with salt and pepper, give a good stir and cook for a few minutes before adding in minced garlic and Gochujang. Return the meat to the wok to thoroughly warm up then season everything with soy sauce and sesame oil. Finally, dissolve corn starch in water, pour in and stir to combine. As soon as the sauce thickens, remove from heat and serve sprinkled with sesame seeds over a bed of cooked rice.

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Shvatila sam da odavno nisam smutila ništa u woku, a nekako je glavni razlog tome činjenica da mi se takva brza papica uglavnom jede u toplijim mjesecima, dok sam po zimi nekako više raspoložena za jela na žlicu. Međutim, osjetila sam onaj neodoljivi zov kineske hrane pa sam na brzinu pripremila nešto od raznoraznih ostataka.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 9,02 kn po porciji / 36,07 kn za sve)

Za meso:

300 g krte junetine (15,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 žlica soja sosa (0,50 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

Za wok:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja, podijeljene (0,20 kn)

200 g bukovača (7,50 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

2 crvene paprike (6,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

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

1 žlica soja sosa (0,50 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

1 žličica kukuruznog škroba (0,05 kn)

¼ šalice vode (–)

Dodatno za posluživanje:

4 žlice sezama (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Junetinu narežite na tanke trakice te ju pomiješajte sa solju, paprom, soja sosom i sezamovim uljem. Ostavite meso da se marinira na sobnoj temperaturi 20-30 minuta. U međuvremenu dok čekate operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće i gljive.

Wok ili duboku tavu stavite na srednje jaku vatru i pustite da se dobro ugrije. Dodajte malo ulja, pa na njemu ispržite junetinu. Meso maknite iz woka i stavite na stranu. Dodajte u wok preostalo ulje i gljive. Kuhajte par minuta da se gljive blago karameliziraju prije nego dodate luk i paprike. Začinite solju i paprom, dobro promiješajte i kuhajte par minuta pa dodajte i češnjak i Gochujang. Meso vratite u wok da se dobro ugrije, te sve začinite soja sosom i sezamovim uljem. Za kraj rastopite kukuruzni škrob u vodi, time zalijte meso i povrće, te promiješajte. Čim se umak zgusne maknite sve s vatre i poslužite posipano sezamom uz kuhanu rižu.

Beef, Mushroom and Red Pepper Stir-Fry / Junetina s gljivama i crvenom paprikom iz woka

Sundried Tomato and Sunflower Seed Pesto (vegetarian) / Pesto od sušenih rajčica i suncokretovih sjemeneki (vegetarijanski)

Happy holidays, dear friends. ❤ I hope you are having lovely and relaxing times with your family and friends. I also hope that there is plenty of delicious food around for you. Since these are busy times (and unfortunately, sometimes a bit stressful, too), here is a quick and simple recipe for you.

Pesto is absolutely the best solution for those moments when you want something quick and uncomplicated. It’s a magical pasta sauce which requires no additional interventions aside from stirring, but other than used as a pasta sauce, it also makes great addition to your potatoes, pizzas, sandwiches or grilled and roasted meats.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields around 1 cup / 1.89 EUR for all)

10 sundried tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seeds (0.13 EUR)

4 tbsp olive oil (0.18 EUR)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01. EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02. EUR)

½ cup of finely shredded hard cheese (0.80 EUR)

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METHOD:

Soak the sundried tomatoes in about two cups of warm water for about an hour. Drain, but reserve the water. Roughly chop up the softened tomatoes and garlic then add to a food processor along with sunflower seeds, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pulse until creamy with a bit of small chunks here and there, while gradually adding in the reserved tomato water until pesto reaches the desired consistency. Add in shredded cheese and pulse a bit more to incorporate.

If you’re immediately cooking up some pasta, add in the remaining reserved tomato water to your pasta water. Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and stir in the pesto. Dilute as needed with pasta cooking water and serve immediately sprinkled with a bit more shredded cheese.

Pesto will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, but you can also freeze it.

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Dragi prijatelji, sretni vam blagdani. ❤ Nadam se da se lijepo provodite i uživate okruženi svojom obitelji i dragim vam osobama. Također se nadam i da uživate u puno fine hrane. Pošto su ovo ipak užurbani dani (koji, na žalost, znaju biti i pomalo stresni), evo vam jedan brzi i jednostavni recept.

Pesto je moj apsolutni favorit kada želim pripremiti nešto brzinsko i nimalo komplicirano. Ovaj čarobni umak za tjesteninu na kraju ne zahtijeva nikakve dodatne intervencije, osim da sve dobro promiješajte. No, osim svoje difoltne primjene sa tjesteninom, pesto je također fantastičan dodatak krumpirima, pizzi, sendvičima, kao i pečenom mesu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 1 šalicu / 14,08 kn)

10 sušenih rajčica (5,00 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovih sjemenki (1,00 kn)

4 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,32 kn)

1 žlica jabučnog octa (0,10 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

½ šalice ribanog tvrdog sira (6,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Namočite sušene rajčice u toploj vodi oko sat vremena. Ocijedite ih, ali vodu sačuvajte. Grubo nasjeckajte ocijeđene rajčice i češnjak, pa ih ubacite u multipraktik zajedno sa suncokretovim sjemenkama, maslinovim uljem, octom, solju i paprom. Pulsirajte dok sve ne bude kremasto sa malo preostalih komadića. Dok pulsirate, malo po malo dodajte vodu koju ste sačuvali od rajčica, sve dok pesto ne bude željene konzistencije. Dodajte ribani sir i samo još kratko propulsirajte da se sve sjedini.

Ako ćete odmah jesi pesto sa tjesteninom, preostalu vodu od rajčica dodajte u vodu u kojoj ćete kuhati tjesteninu. Tjesteninu skuhajte al dente, ocijedite ju, te u nju umiješajte pesto. Prema potrebi sve razrijedite sa malo vode u kojoj se kuhala tjestenina te odmah poslužite posipano sa još malo ribanog sira.

Pesto će vam držati u hladnjaku u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi do tjedan dana, ali ga također možete i zamrznuti.

Sundried Tomato and Sunflower Seed Pesto (vegetarian) / Pesto od sušenih rajčica i suncokretovih sjemeneki (vegetarijanski)