Grilled Salmon with Broccoli and Pea Quinoa / Losos na žaru sa kvinojom, brokulom i graškom

Since Lent is underway and many of you are incorporating more fish and seafood into your diet, here is a lunch idea for you to try out.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 generous servings / 3.14 EUR per serving / 6.27 EUR for all)

For the salmon:

300 grams salmon fillets (4.00 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

For quinoa:

1 broccoli flower (0.80 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

1 small onion (0.07 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

1 large carrot (0.10 EUR)

½ cup frozen peas (0.10 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato paste (0.13 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp ground coriander (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp dried parsley (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

½ cup quinoa (0.50 EUR)

1 and ½ cups water (–)

Optional for serving:

½ of a lemon (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and pat dry the salmon. Set aside. Wash, peel and chop up all the veggies, including the broccoli stem. I decided to steam the broccoli florets on top of the quinoa pot for some bright green deliciousness, but feel free to dump those straight into the pot if you’re too lazy for this extra step. Wash quinoa in a colander under the running water.

Add the oil to a pot, then sauté the onion for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Add in garlic, broccoli stem and carrots. Stir and cook those for a few minutes to slightly caramelize before adding in peas, tomato paste, salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, coriander, paprika, parsley, bay leaf, quinoa and water. Bring to a rolling boil, place a steaming rack with broccoli florets on top and cover tightly with a lid. Reduce heat to low and cook undisturbed for 15 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, season salmon with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook on a grilling pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Once the quinoa is cooked, plate everything and serve drizzled with lemon juice and some lemon wedges.

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Pošto je vrijeme korizme i mnogi se trude u svoj meni ubaciti više ribe i morskih plodova, evo vam jedna ideja za ručak koju možete isprobati.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 izdašne porcije / 23,39 kn po porciji / 46,78 kn za sve)

Za losos:

300 g filea lososa (30,00 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

Za kvinoju:

1 glavica brokule (6,00 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

1 mali luk (0,50 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

1 velika mrkva (0,75 kn)

½ šalice smrznutog graška (0,75 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

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

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

½ žličice mljevenog korijandera (0,25 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

1 žlica sušenog peršina (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

½ šalice kvinoje (3,75 kn)

1 i ½ šalica vode (–)

Po želji za serviranje:

½ limuna (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i kuhinjskim ručnikom posušite losos, pa stavite na stranu. Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte povrće, uključujući i stabljiku brokule. Ja sam cvjetiće brokule skuhala na pari u istom loncu iznad kvinoje, da imamo nešto zeleno i hrskavo, ali vi slobodno sve ubacite zajedno u lonac ako ste lijeni za taj ekstra korak. Kvinoju dobro isperite u cjediljci pod tekućom vodom.

Ulje dodajte u lonac i par minuta dinstajte luk da postane staklast. Ubacite u lonac češnjak, stabljiku brokule i mrkvu. Promiješajte i kuhajte koju minutu da se sve blago karamelizira, pa onda dodajte grašak, koncentrat rajčice, sol, papar, češnjak u prahu, čili, korijander, slatku papriku, peršin, lovor, kvinoju i vodu. Pustite da zavrije, stavite preko toga rešetku za kuhanje na pari sa cvjetićima brokule, te sve skupa čvrsto poklopite. Smanjite vatru na laganu i sve zajedno kuhajte 15 minuta.

Dok se kvinoja kuha, losos začinite maslinovim uljem, solju i paprom. Pržite ga oko 3-4 minute sa svake strane na gril tavi. Kada je kvinoja gotova, sve skupa servirajte pokapano sokom od limuna i sa još kojom kriškom limuna za dekoraciju.

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Grilled Salmon with Broccoli and Pea Quinoa / Losos na žaru sa kvinojom, brokulom i graškom

Warm Roasted Veggie Salad (vegan) / Topla salata od pečenog povrća (veganska)

Here’s a super simple warm salad / side dish / snack recipe for you guys, if you need inspiration for something flavorful and colorful. This could also be a good base for a Buddha bowl, so feel free to experiment by adding in some interesting toppings.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.86 EUR per serving / 3.42 EUR for all)

1 large sweet potato (1.00 EUR)

1 large zucchini (0.40 EUR)

4 carrots (0.40 EUR)

500 grams Brussels sprouts (1.00 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

4 tbsp olive oil, divided (0.18 EUR)

Juice of 1 lemon (0.27 EUR)

4 garlic cloves, minced (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash, peel and chop up all the veggies. Spread on a prepared baking sheet and season generously with salt, pepper and two tablespoons of olive oil. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until the veggies are caramelized to your liking. Toss the vegetables with remaining olive oil, lemon juice and minced garlic. Serve immediately, or store for later on as a meal prep.

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Evo vam jedan jako jednostavan recept za toplu salatu / prilog / snack, ako vam treba inspiracije za nešto aromatično i šareno. Ovo jelo bi također bila super baza za neki Buddha bowl, pa se slobodno bacite na eksperimentiranje sa raznim zanimljivim dodatcima.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 6,40 kn po porciji / 25,58 kn za sve)

1 veliki batat (7,50 kn)

1 velika tikvica (3,00 kn)

4 mrkve (3,00 kn)

500 grama prokulica (7,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

4 žlice maslinovog ulja, podijeljene (1,32 kn)

Sok od 1 limuna (2,00 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka, sitno nasjeckana (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Obložite protvan papirom za pečenje. Operite, ogulite i narežite svo povrće, te ga raširite po pripremljenom protvanu. Dobro začinite sa solju, paprom i dvije žlice maslinovog ulja. Pecite 30-40 minuta, dok se povrće ne karamelizira po vašem ukusu. Pečeno povrće pomiješajte sa preostale dvije žlice maslinovog ulja, limunovim sokom i sjeckanim češnjakom. Poslužite odmah ili spremite za kasnije.

Warm Roasted Veggie Salad (vegan) / Topla salata od pečenog povrća (veganska)

Black Wings in Miso with Veggie Stir-Fry / Crna pileća krilca u miso marinadi sa povrćem iz woka

These wings are really easy to make and are a perfect solution for a busy weekday nights. We had a pair of enormous chicken wings at home so one of those was enough per serving, as we had them with plenty of veggies on the side. Feel free to adjust the measures to your own liking, though.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 1.69 EUR per serving / 3.38 EUR for all)

For the chicken:

2 large chicken wings (1.33 EUR)

1 tbsp miso paste (0.27 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

1-2 tsp water (–)

For the veggies:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

½ of medium sized cauliflower head (0.66 EUR)

1 carrot (0.10 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

½ of medium sized kale head (0.33 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp corn starch (0.01 EUR)

4 tbsp warm water (–)

1 tbsp sesame seeds (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

The evening before wash and pat dry the chicken wings. Whisk together miso paste, salt, red pepper flakes, oil and water, then thoroughly rub the marinade into the wings. Allow the wings to sit in your fridge until the next day, so that the flavors can soak into the meat.

The next day preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, drain the wings off excess marinade and spread on prepared baking tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until charred and crispy to your liking (newsflash – we like our meat on the carbonized side! :D).

While the wings are roasting, prepare the veggies. Wash, peel and chop everything up. Place a deep skillet or a wok on high heat to properly warm up. Add in a bit of oil and cauliflower chunks, then cook for about five minutes, until cauliflower is crispy on all sides. Add in carrot, garlic and onion, then stir-fry those for a few minutes before adding in chopped kale. Give a good stir and cover your pan with a lid and leave it alone for a few minutes so the kale wilts down.

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, corn starch and water. Pour the sauce over veggies and give a good stir. Cook briefly so the sauce thickens and remove from heat. Sprinkle the veggies with sesame seeds and serve along the roasted wings.

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Ova krilca su jako jednostavna za prirediti i savršeno su rješenje kada preko tjedna želite nešto na brzinu smutiti nakon posla. Mi smo doma imali par enormnih pilećih krilca, pa nam je po jedno krilce bilo dovoljno za porciju, posebno zato što smo kao prilog imali gomilu povrća. Naravno, vi si niže količine svakako prilagodite vlastitom ukusu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 12,64 kn po porciji / 25,28 kn za sve)

Za meso:

2 velika pileća krilca (10,00 kn)

1 žlica miso paste (2,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

1-2 žličice vode (–)

Za povrće:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

½ srednje glavica cvjetače (5,00 kn)

1 mrkva (0,75 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

½ srednje glavica kelja (2,50 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (2,00 kn)

1 žličica šećera (0,02 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

1 žličica kukuruznog škroba (0,05 kn)

4 žlice tople vode (–)

1 žlica sezama (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Večer prije operite i kuhinjskim ručnikom dobro posušite krilca. Razmutite u glatku pastu miso pastu, sol, čili, ulje i vodu, pa tu marinadu dobro utrljajte u meso. Ostavite krilca da odstoje preko noći u hladnjaku kako bi upila sve arome iz marinade.

Sljedeći dan zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Protvan obložite papirom za pečenje, krilca ocijedite od suvišne marinade, te ih raširite po protvanu. Pecite 30-40 minuta, dok krilca ne budu zapečena i hrskava prema vašem ukusu (kao što i sami vidite, nama je meso super ako je skoro pa karbonizirano! :D).

Dok se krilca peku, priredite povrće. Operite, ogulite i sve nasjeckajte. Duboku tavu ili wok stavite na jaku vatru da se dobro zagrije. Dodajte malo ulja i komade cvjetače, pa pržite oko pet minuta dok se cvjetača ne zahrska sa svih strana. Dodajte mrkvu, češnjak i luk, pa i njih pržite nekoliko minuta prije nego dodate kelj. Sve dobro promiješajte i poklopite wok, te ostavite tako nekoliko minuta da kelj povene.

U maloj zdjelici pomiješajte soja sos, šećer, sezamovo ulje, kukuruzni škrob i vodu. Umak prelijte preko povrća i promiješajte. Kratko prokuhajte, samo koliko treba da se umak zgusne i maknite s vatre. Povrće posipajte sezamom i poslužite sa pečenim krilcima.

Black Wings in Miso with Veggie Stir-Fry / Crna pileća krilca u miso marinadi sa povrćem iz woka

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)

Marinated Feta Cheese (vegetarian) / Marinirani feta sir (vegetarijanski)

This dish is an absolute blast to have around at parties and will instantly fancy up your antipasto platter to level 9,000. Also, it’s great to just keep a giant jar around for yourself to munch on, since this tastes absolutely fantastic and requires about five minutes of your time to prepare.

When you’re done with the cheese, definitely be sure to save the leftover olive oil for later. The oil is gonna soak up all those wonderful aromas from herbs and spices, so just strain it and keep refrigerated to use as a tasty salad dressing.

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INGREDIENTS:

Block of feta (or any other soft salty cheese)

A few sprigs of fresh thyme

A few sprigs of fresh rosemary

1-2 bay leaves

2-3 sundried tomatoes

Good pinch of red pepper flakes

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Cheap olive oil

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METHOD:

Cube the cheese and arrange in a jar, interspersed with layers of herbs, sundried tomatoes (which I remembered to stuff in the jars after the pictures were already taken) and sprinkles of red pepper flakes and black pepper. When the jar is full, pour enough olive oil to cover all of the cheese and refrigerate. Allow the mix to sit for a day before digging in, so the cheese has some time to soak up the aromas.

Rumor has it that this marinated cheese can keep up in the fridge for at least two weeks. However, I never got around to verifying this piece of information, as it was all devoured within days.

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Ovo jelo je kao stvoreno za bilo kakva druženja i odmah će vašu platu sa narescima podignuti na fensi level 9.000. Osim toga, super ga je uvijek imati pri ruci u ogromnoj staklenci da možete prigristi kada vam bude volja, pošto je okus savršen a za pripremu vam treba oko pet minuta.

SASTOJCI:

Komad fete (ili bilo kojeg drugog mekanog slanog sira)

Par grančica svježeg timijana (majčine dušice)

Par grančica svježeg ružmarina

1-2 lovorova lista

2-3 sušene rajčice

Dobar prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra

Jeftino maslinovo ulje

PRIPREMA:

Narežite sir na kocke i slažite u staklenku tako da na svaki red sira stavite sloj začinskog bilja i sušenih rajčica (koje sam se ja sjetila nagurati u staklenku tek kada sam sve slikala), kao i malo čilija i papra. Kada je staklenka puna, ulijte dovoljno maslinovog ulja da skroz prekrijete sav sir. Čuvajte u hladnjaku, a ostavite da se sve paca bar jedan dan kako bi sir imao vremena povući sve arome.

Priča se po internetu da ovakav marinirani sir može u hladnjaku držati barem dva tjedna. Međutim, meni nije uspjelo provjeriti tu tvrdnju jer bi se sve uvijek pokrkalo u najviše par dana.

Marinated Feta Cheese (vegetarian) / Marinirani feta sir (vegetarijanski)

Sunday Pork Roast with Potatoes / Nedjeljno svinjsko pečenje sa krumpirima

While I was a kid, you could easily tell that it’s Sunday simply by mouth-watering smells of roasted meat, floating through our building staircase. Growing up in a communist country (and later on during the war and post-war times) meant that meat was a scarcity and a luxury. We’d rarely have it during the week, but on the weekends, especially on Sundays, whole families would get together to feast on some sort of roast, usually with potatoes on the side. In lieu with those past traditions and memories, I decided to make a good old hunk of roasted pork.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.64 EUR per serving / 6,55 EUR for all)

For the meat:

1 kilo of whole pork rib roast (5.30 EUR)

1 tbsp pork lard (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp herb steak seasoning (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

For the potatoes:

4-5 large new potatoes (0.80 EUR)

1 tsp pork lard (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

¼ cup water (–)

For the gravy:

1 tbsp butter (0.13 EUR)

¼ cup stock or water (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp corn starch (0.02 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the meat the day before by rubbing it all around with lard, seasoning and salt. I used a prepackaged herb mix, but go ahead and use whichever flavors you fancy. The world is your oyster. Refrigerate the meat uncovered until the next day.

Remove the meat from the fridge at least half an hour before cooking, so it comes to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a pan on high heat, quickly sear the meat on all sides to close all the pores and ensure maximum juiciness. Transfer the meat to a baking tray, together with all the bits you scraped off from the searing pan. Chop up the potatoes, toss with lard, salt and pepper, and then arrange them around meat. Pour ¼ cup of water into the tray and place the tray into a preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. It won’t hurt if you stir the potatoes once or twice during roasting and add a tiny splash of water to the pan if things start looking too dry.

Once the meat is done remove it from the tray and let it sit for about 15 minutes before you start slicing. Give the potatoes one final stir and return them to the oven for these last 15 minutes so they crisp up a bit.

After the meat had time to rest, carefully carve it from the bone and slice. Transfer to a serving plate, together with potatoes. To make the gravy, strain any leftover juices you have in your roasting pan to a small saucepan and add butter and water (or stock) with dissolved corn starch. Bring to a boil and cook for a minute or two to slightly thicken. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately.

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Dok sam bila klinka lako ste mogli pogoditi da je nedjelja samo po mirisima pečenja od kojih cure sline, a koji bi lelujali po haustoru zgrade. Kad ste dijete iz ere komunizma (a kasnije i iz ratnog i poratnog razdoblja), navikli ste da je meso luksuz. U tjednu bi smo ga poprilično rijetko jeli, ali vikendom, a posebno nedjeljom, svi bi smo se skupili oko nekakve pečenke sa krumpirima. U duhu tih minulih tradicija i sjećanja, odlučila sam pripremiti dobro staro svinjsko pečenje.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 12,31 kn po porciji / 49,23 kn za sve)

Za meso:

1 kg svinjskog karea s kostima, u komadu (40,00 kn)

1 žlica svinjske masti (0,10 kn)

1 žlica miješanog začinskog bilja za steak (1,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

Za krumpire:

4-5 velikih mladih krumpira (6,00 kn)

1 žličica svinjske masti (0,05 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

¼ šalice vode (–)

Za umak:

1 žlica maslaca (1,00 kn)

¼ šalice temeljca ili vode (0,50 kn)

1 žličica kukuruznog škroba (0,15 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Dan prije priredite meso tako da ga sa svih strana dobro natrljate sa mašću, mješavinom začinskog bilja i soli. Ja sam upotrijebila gotovi mix za steak, ali vi se slobodno razmašite i iskoristite ono što vam se najviše sviđa. Meso ostavite preko noći nepokriveno u hladnjaku.

Pola sata prije nego krenete sa kuhanjem izvadite meso iz hladnjaka kako bi došlo na sobnu temperaturu. Pećnicu zagrijte na 200°C. U tavi, na jakoj vatri, kratko popecite meso sa svih strana, samo da se pore zatvore i da osigurate maksimalnu sočnost. Meso skupa sa svim komadićima koje postružete iz tave preselite u protvan. Narežite krumpire na komade, pomiješajte sa mašću, soli i paprom, te rasporedite oko mesa. Ulijte ¼ šalice vode u protvan i stavite u zagrijanu pećnicu na 1 sat i 30 minuta. Neće škoditi ako jednom ili dva puta promiješate krumpire tokom pečenja, a po potrebi u tavu dodajte još mrvicu vode ako vam se situacija čini presuhom.

Kada je meso gotovo maknite ga iz protvana i ostavite da miruje oko 15 minuta prije nego krenete sa rezanjem. Krumpire još jednom promiješajte, pa vratite u pećnicu još tih zadnjih 15 minuta dok meso odmara, a kako bi se malo zahrskali.

Kada je meso odstajalo, pažljivo ga skinite s kosti i narežite na tanke ploške. Preselite meso na pladanj za posluživanje skupa sa krumpirima. Da pripremite umak, u mali lončić procijedite sve što vam je ostalu u protvanu. Dodajte u to maslac i kukuruzni škrob rastopljen u vodi (ili temeljcu). Pustite da zavrije i kuhajte minutu-dvije, samo da se zgusne. Kušajte i po potrebi dodajte soli i papra. Poslužite odmah.

Sunday Pork Roast with Potatoes / Nedjeljno svinjsko pečenje sa krumpirima

Crispy Cauliflower in Peanut Sauce (vegan) / Hrskavi karfijol (cvjetača) u umaku od kikirikija (veganski)

Cauliflower is definitely one of those most underrated foods. On its own, it doesn’t really offer much taste-wise. But its mild taste means that you can use it like a blank canvas and go wild with spices and all sorts of flavors.

This dish is super easy to make and is pretty addictive. However, I’d strongly suggest using fresh cauliflower instead of frozen, like I did in this recipe. But since we had a bag of frozen cauliflower floating around, it was what I opted for. While it did get a bit soggy and out of shape, it still tasted delicious, especially fresh from the oven.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 generous servings / EUR per serving / 1.95 EUR for all)

1 bag of frozen cauliflower florets (1.07 EUR)

For the roasting batter:

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

¼ tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

¼ cup plant-based milk (0.10 EUR)

¼ cup sparkling water (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.13 EUR)

For the peanut sauce:

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp warm water (–)

1 tbsp peanut butter (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp corn starch (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Make a roasting batter by whisking together all of the ingredients until smooth and no lumps remain. If the batter seems too thick, thin it out with a splash of water. Dunk the frozen cauliflower florets in batter and spread out on a prepared baking tray. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until crispy and golden. Allow the cauliflower to cool slightly so you can handle it without burning yourself, but keep the oven running because you’ll need it for phase two.

Meanwhile, while the cauliflower is roasting, prepare the peanut sauce. Whisk all of the ingredients on low heat until peanut butter and corn starch are completely dissolved and then bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for a few minutes, while stirring constantly so the sauce thickens a bit. Toss the slightly cooled cauliflower in sauce to coat evenly, then spread out on the same parchment lined baking pan and return to the oven. Bake for additional 10-15 minutes until the sauce coating is crisped up. Serve immediately.

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Karfijol iliti cvjetača je definitivno jedna od najpodcjenjenijih namirnica. Sam za sebe baš i nema puno za ponuditi po pitanju okusa. No s druge strane, baš taj blagi šmek znači da ga možete koristiti kao podlogu i razmahati se sa začinima i svakakvim aromama.

Ovo jelo je vrlo jednostavno za pripremiti i poprilično zarazno. Međutim, moja je preporuka da upotrijebite svježi karfijol, a ne smrznuti kao što sam ja učinila. Pošto smo doma već neko vrijeme imali vrećicu smrznutog karfijola, odlučila sam ga iskoristiti u ovom receptu. I iako se dosta razmekšao i povenuo, svejedno je bio jako ukusan, a posebno tek netom pečen.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 izdašne porcije / 7,19 kn po porciji / 14,38 kn za sve)

1 vrećica smrznutih cvjetića karfijola (8,00 kn)

Za smjesu za pohanje:

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

¼ žličice praška za pecivo (0,03 kn)

¼ šalice veganskog mlijeka (0,75 kn)

¼ šalice gazirane mineralne vode (0,25 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

Za umak od kikirikija:

2 žlice soja sosa (2,00 kn)

2 žlice tople vode (–)

1 žlica kikiriki maslaca (1,00 kn)

1 žlica šećera (0,05 kn)

½ žličice kukuruznog škroba (0,03 kn)

½ žličice tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

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

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C i obložite protvan papirom za pečenje te ga stavite na stranu. Pripremite smjesu za pohanje tako da dobro izmiješate sve sastojke, dok smjesa ne bude glatka i bez grudica. Ako vam je smjesa pregusta, razrijedite ju sa još malo vode. Smrznuti karfijol umačite u smjesu te ga onda rasporedite po pripremljenom protvanu. Pecite oko 20-25 minuta, dok karfijol ne bude hrskav i zlatan. Ostavite karfijol da se malo ohladi tako da možete njime rukovati bez da se opečete, ali za to vrijeme nemojte gasiti pećnicu jer će vam trebati za sljedeću fazu.

U međuvremenu dok se karfijol peče spremite umak od kikirikija. Miješajte na laganoj vatri sve sastojke dok se kikiriki maslac i kukuruzni škrob skroz ne otope, te pustite da umak lagano zavrije. Kuhajte nekoliko minuta uz neprestano miješanje da se umak malo zgusne. Ohlađeni karfijol pomiješajte sa umakom dok ne bude dobro obložen sa svih strana, pa ga opet raširite po istom protvanu obloženom papirom za pečenje. Pecite još dodatnih 10-15 minuta, dok se premaz od umaka ne zahrska. Poslužite odmah.

Crispy Cauliflower in Peanut Sauce (vegan) / Hrskavi karfijol (cvjetača) u umaku od kikirikija (veganski)