Leek and Barley Pot / Lonac sa porilukom i ječmom

If there was rice in this dish, there would be no problem calling it a risotto. However, since I decided to use barley, and wanted to avoid any potential confusions, I just had to stick with a generic name which is pot. This is something ideal for those lazy days (pretty much any day from Monday to Friday, in my book), as everything simmers in a single pot. Also, you can of course add any other vegetable or grain of your choice too. I just happened to be in a leek mood.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.74 EUR per serving / 4.45 EUR for all)

4 tbsp olive oil (0.18 EUR)

2/3 cup of finely diced bacon (1.33 EUR)

4 large carrots (0.40 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp smoky red paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp ground coriander (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

3 large leeks (1.33 EUR)

2 cups barley (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

5 cups water (–)

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METHOD:

Wash and chop up carrots, leek and garlic. Rinse barley in a colander and set aside. In a big pot, saute bacon on olive oil until crispy and golden. Throw in carrots, then cook them for about 5 minutes to slightly caramelize. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, Hungarian and smoked paprika, coriander and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute so the flavors bloom and develop. Add in leek and allow it to cook for about 10 minutes until it wilts down.

Now add in barley, salt, tomato paste, parsley and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for about 30-40 minutes, until barley is thoroughly cooked through. Remember to stir occasionally and as necessary add in a splash more of water. Serve warm.

This dish will hold in a fridge for up to five days and also reheats great, so you can pack your lunch to work for a whole week, hooray!

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Da u ovom jelu ima riže, uopće ne bi bilo nikakve dileme i zvalo bi se rižoto. Međutim, pošto sam odlučila upotrijebiti ječam, da izbjegnem konfuzije stavila sam generički naziv – lonac. Ovo je jelo idealno za lijene dane (po meni je to sve između ponedjeljka i petka), pošto se sve krčka u istom loncu. Osim toga, naravno da možete dodati bilo koje povrće ili žitaricu po vlastitoj želji. Ja sam jednostavno bila raspoložena za poriluk.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 5,56 kn po porciji / 33,28 kn za sve)

4 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,32 kn)

2/3 šalice špeka narezanog na kockice (10,00 kn)

4 velike mrkve (3,00 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica dimljene crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica mljevenog korijandera (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

3 velika poriluka (10,00 kn)

2 šalice ječma (3,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

5 šalica vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i nasjeckajte mrkve, poriluk i češnjak. Isperite ječam u cjediljci pod tekućom vodom i stavite na stranu. U velikom loncu prodinstajte špek na maslinovom ulju dok se ne zahrska. Ubacite mrkve i kuhajte pet minuta da se malo karameliziraju. Umiješajte češnjak, lovor, slatku i dimljenu papriku, korijander i čili, pa ih pustite oko minutu da se arome razviju i zamiriše. Dodajte poriluk i kuhajte ga desetak minuta dok malo ne povene.

Sada umiješajte ječam, sol, rajčicu, peršin i vodu. Pustite da zavrije, smanjite vatru, te krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem 30-40 minuta, dok se ječak skroz ne skuha. Pazite da tu i tamo promiješate, a po potrebi dodajte i mrvicu vode. Poslužite toplo.

Ovo će se jelo dobro držati u frižideru do pet dana, a također se i super podgrijava što znači da si možete spakirati ručak za posao za cijeli tjedan, hura!

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Leek and Barley Pot / Lonac sa porilukom i ječmom

Creamy Mushroom Sauce / Kremasti umak od gljiva

I’m not gonna lie to you, this mushroom sauce isn’t something you should be eating while dieting. It’s super rich and tasty, but has enough fat in it to clog up any artery. However, for special occasions it’s an absolute must. Also, a few tablespoons will go a long way, so don’t be appalled by the amounts of butter and crème fraîche.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.97 EUR per serving / 3.87 EUR for all)

3 tbsp olive oil (0.13 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

500 grams Portobello mushrooms (2.00 EUR)

4 tbsp butter (0.53 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 cup crème fraîche (0.80 EUR)

1 tbsp chopped fresh chives (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel and finely dice the onion. Wash and thinly slice the mushrooms. Sauté diced onion on olive oil on high heat for about 10 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Throw in sliced mushrooms and butter, season with salt and pepper, and give a good stir. Cook the mushrooms for 15-20 minutes, until all of the water evaporates and mushrooms start browning and slightly crisping up. Reduce the heat to low and add in crème fraîche. Stir well to incorporate and add in a splash of water if necessary. Cook briefly, just to heat through, but don’t allow it to start boiling because the fats will start separating. Serve immediately over meat, potatoes or rice, sprinkled with fresh chives.

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Neću vam lagati – ovaj umak nije nešto što bi ste trebali jesti dok ste na dijeti. Jako je bogat i ukusan, ali ima dovoljno masnoća da začepi bilo koju arteriju. Međutim, za neku specijalnu priliku je apsolutno obavezan. Osim toga, par žlica će biti i više nego dovoljno, pa se nemojte frapirati količinom maslaca i milerama.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 7,25 kn po porciji / 29,00 kn za sve)

3 žlice maslinovog ulja (0.99 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

500 g šampinjona (15,00 kn)

4 žlice maslaca (4,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

1 šalica milerama (6,00 kn)

1 žlica svježeg nasjeckanog vlasca (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i fino nasjeckajte luk. Operite i narežite gljive na tanke listiće. Na jakoj vatri desetak minuta dinstajte luk na maslinovom ulju, dok se lagano ne karamelizira. Ubacite gljive i maslac, začinite solju i paprom, te dobro promiješajte. Kuhajte gljive 15-20 minuta, dok sva voda ne ispari, a gljive se lagano ne zahrskaju. Skroz smanjite vatru i dodajte mileram. Dobro promiješajte da se sve sjedini, a po potrebi razrijedite sa mrvicom vode. Kratko kuhajte, samo da se umak ugrije, ali pazite da ne zavrije jer će se masnoće početi razdvajati. Odmah poslužite preko mesa, krumpira ili riže, posipano sa svježim vlascem.

Creamy Mushroom Sauce / Kremasti umak od gljiva

Peanut and Lentil Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i kikirikija (vegansko)

This stew is da bomb! It is super easy to make, cheap, very filling and dang tasty. I had this after a one hour run on the weekend and have instantly been brought back to life.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.69 EUR per serving / 2.77 EUR for all)

For the stew:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

3 carrots (0.20 EUR)

Pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.02 EUR)

½ cup raw and hulled peanuts (1.00 EUR)

2 cups of precooked lentils (0.53 EUR)

3 tbsp peanut butter (0.60 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

For serving:

4 cups cooked rice (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely chop up onion and carrots. Add oil to the pot on high heat and saute onion for a few minutes, until softened and slightly translucent. Dump in carrots and red pepper flakes, then stir and cook for a few minutes so the aromas can develop. Add in the peanuts and allow them to slightly brown. Now stir in lentils, peanut butter, water, salt and pepper and let it all simmer for about ten minutes, while stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning and serve over cooked rice. This reheats great, so you know what to do with the leftovers.

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Ovo varivo je bomba! Jako je jednostavno za napraviti, jeftino, zasitno i prefino. Ovo sam proždrla nakon jednosatnog vikend trčanja i odmah me vratilo u život.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,18 kn po porciji / 20,71 kn za sve)

Za varivo:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

3 mrkve (1,50 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

½ šalice sirovog oljuštenog kikirikija (7,50 kn)

2 šalice kuhane leće (4,00 kn)

3 šlice kikiriki maslaca (4,50 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

Za posluživanje:

4 šalice kuhane riže (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i fino narežite luk i mrkve. Stavite ulje u lonac na jaku vatru pa prodinstajte luk par minuta, dok ne omekša i ne postane staklast. Ubacite mrkvu i čili, promiješajte i kuhajte par minuta da se okusi razviju. Dodajte kikiriki i kratko kuhajte dok lagano ne potamni. Sada umiješajte leću, kikiriki maslac, vodu, sol i papar i pustite da se krčka desetak minuta, uz povremeno miješanje. Kušajte i prilagodite začine te poslužite preko kuhane riže. Ovo se super podgrijava, tako da znate što vam je činiti sa ostacima.

Peanut and Lentil Stew (vegan) / Varivo od leće i kikirikija (vegansko)

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomato Salsa and Vegan ‘Meatballs’ (vegan, low carb) / Špageti tikva sa šalšom od pečenih rajčica i veganskim ‘mesnim’ okruglicama (vegansko, low carb)

I know, I know. The title itself seems overwhelming and I’m piling on dishes one on top of the other. But this whole meal is actually fairly easy to make. As the majority of work here actually gets done in the oven, you have quite a lot of off time on your hands. If you have a food processor too, preparing this should really be a breeze.

I also have a confession to make here. My ‘meatballs’ totally fell apart while baking and melted into small, thick puddles. Of course, I myself am to blame here and the very generous splash of water I added to the food processor, so my mixture turned out too mushy. Skip the water altogether (or add a tablespoon at the time) and you should be just fine. Oh, and I totally reshaped those things into balls once they were baked. After all, my home isn’t a five star Michelin kitchen and such ingenious deviations are not frowned upon.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.08 EUR per serving / 4.32 EUR for all)

For the salsa:

5 tomatoes (1.07 EUR)

Generous pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 tsp dried oregano (0.07 EUR)

For the squash:

1 spaghetti squash (1.33 EUR)

Generous pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

For vegan ‘meatballs’:

2 cups cooked lentils (0.53 EUR)

1 onion, peeled (0.07 EUR)

3 garlic cloves, peeled (0.10 EUR)

2 carrots, peeled (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp ground flax seed (0.07 EUR)

4 tbsp olive oil (0.18 EUR)

1 tsp dried red pepper flakes (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

We’re gonna start off by making salsa. Preheat oven to 220°C. Halve tomatoes and spread on a baking pan with skins down. Season generously with salt and pepper. Quarter onion with its skin intact and leave the skins on garlic cloves too. Tuck those around tomatoes, then drizzle all with olive oil. Bake for about 45 minutes, until slightly charred. Allow to cool a bit before discarding onion and garlic skins and running everything through a food processor, including all the delicious juices left at the bottom of the pan. Stir in oregano and keep someplace warm until squash and ‘meatballs’ are ready. You can also bring it to a simmer later on, or prepare the salsa the day ahead. Simmering for a bit should also work if your tomatoes are too watery and you feel like the finished salsa isn’t thick enough.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare your squash and vegan ‘meatballs’.

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Line two baking trays with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Wash the whole squash, cut it in half and scoop out and discard seeds. Season generously with salt and pepper, place one unpeeled garlic clove on each half, then drizzle everything with olive oil. Place the squash halves with skins down on one prepared baking sheet.

Place parchment paper on another foil-lined baking sheet (trust me on this). Add ‘meatball’ ingredients to a food processor and blitz to desired consistency. If necessary, add in a splash of water, but be wary not to overdo it, like I have. Taste the mixture and adjust seasoning. Use a spoon or a small ice cream scoop to make balls and spread them on foil and parchment lined baking sheet.

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When ready to bake, preheat oven to 200°C (or reduce heat, if you just finished with the salsa). Squash should be done after 45-50 minutes and ‘meatballs’ after about 25-30 minutes so plan accordingly. Once the squash is done, squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and use two forks to fluff the squash into strands. Stir thoroughly.

Serve squash with ‘meatballs’ and salsa ladled on top. Boom, there’s your fancy meal.

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Znam, znam, već se i sam naslov čini zastrašujuć, a ja samo nabacujem jela jedno na drugo. Ali cijeli ovaj objed je jako jednostavan za pripremiti. Pošto se skoro sve zbiva u pećnici, zapravo ćete većinu vremena biti slobodni za baviti se drugim stvarima. Ako imate doma i multipraktik, ovo ćete jelo spremiti za čas.

Također vam moram i nešto priznati. Moje su se ‘mesne’ okruglice poraspadale i tijekom pečenja pretvorile u debele lokve. Naravno, tu sam si sama kriva jer sam u multipraktik dodala previše vode pa mi je smjesa ispala premokra. Da se to ne dogodi i vama skroz zaobiđite vodu ili ju po potrebi dodajte žlicu po žlicu. Okruglice sam na kraju ponovno oblikovala kada su se ispekle i stvar je bila spašena. Pošto doma ne vodim Michelinovu kuhinju, takve ingenijozne devijacije su skroz dopuštene.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 8,03 kn po porciji / 32,12 kn za sve)

Za šalšu:

5 rajčica (8,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 žličica sušenog origana (0,50 kn)

Za tikvu:

1 špageti tikva (10,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Za veganske ‘mesne’ okruglice:

2 šalice kuhane leće (4,00 kn)

1 luk, oguljeni (0,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka, oguljena (0,75 kn)

2 mrkve, oguljene (1,00 kn)

2 žlice mljevenih sjemenki lana (0,50 kn)

4 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,32 kn)

1 žličica sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo ćemo pripremiti šalšu. Zagrijte pećnicu na 220°C. Raspolovite rajčice i raširite ih po posudi za pečenje sa kožom prema dolje. Dobro ih začinite solju i paprom. Raščetvorite luk zajedno sa ljuskom te ostavite ljuske i na češnjaku, pa sve njih rasporedite oko rajčica i još sve skupa pokapajte maslinovim uljem. Pecite oko 45 minuta, dok se ne ulovi lagana korica. Pustite da se malo ohladi prije nego što bacite ljuske sa luka i češnjaka. Sve skupa propasirajte, zajedno sa tekućinom koja se skupila na dnu protvana. Umiješajte origano i držite na toplom dok tikva i okruglice ne budu gotovi. Po potrebi šalšu možete kasnije i zakuhati, ili ju čak pripremiti i dan ranije. Ako su vam rajčice prevodenaste i šalša ispadne prerijetka, također kratko prokuhajte da se sve fino zgusne.

Dok se rajčice peku, pripremite tikvu i okruglice.

Obložite dva protvana aluminijskom folijom za lakše čišćenje. Operite cijelu tikvu te ju onda raspolovite i izvadite i bacite sjemenke. Dobro začinite solju i paprom, stavite po jedan neoguljeni češanj češnjaka u svaku polovicu i pokapajte tikvu maslinovim uljem te sa kožom prema dolje stavite tikvu na jedan pripremljeni protvan.

Na drugi folijom obloženi protvan stavite list papira za pečenje (vjerujte mi). Dodajte sve sastojke za okruglice u multipraktik i propulsirajte do željene konzistencije. Po potrebi ulijte i mrvicu vode, ali pazite da ne pretjerate kao ja. Kušajte smjesu i prilagodite začine. Žlicom ili malom žlicom za sladoled grabite smjesu i oblikujte ju u kuglice. Okruglice raširite po protvanu obloženom folijom i papirom za pečenje.

Kada ste spremni za pečenje zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C, ili smanjite temperaturu ako ste upravo pekli šalšu. Tikva će biti gotova za 45-50 minuta, a okruglice nakon 25-30 minuta, tako da znate planirati. Kada je tikva gotova, istisnite češnjak iz ljuski i sa dvije vilice raščerupajte meso tikve u rezance i sve dobro promiješajte.

Poslužite tikvu i okruglice prelivene sa šalšom. Vaš fensi ručak je spreman.

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomato Salsa and Vegan ‘Meatballs’ (vegan, low carb) / Špageti tikva sa šalšom od pečenih rajčica i veganskim ‘mesnim’ okruglicama (vegansko, low carb)

Crunchy Mixed Greens with Mustardy Fish Sauce Dressing / Hrskava zelena salata sa dresingom od senfa i ribljeg umaka

The spring has kicked in here and things are in full bloom, with first shy greenery wrapping itself around the bare branches. This weather puts me in a mood for some lighter food, so here’s a delicious salad recipe for you to try out. The fish sauce and mustard combo definitely add that special something to it.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 1.19 EUR per serving / 2.37 EUR for all)

For the salad:

Large handful of mixed greens; I used baby spinach, baby chard, arugula, bull’s blood and lamb’s lettuce mix (1.33 EUR)

1 large carrot (0.10 EUR)

4 spring onions (0.53 EUR)

For the dressing:

1 tsp mustard (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp fish sauce (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 tbsp lemon juice (0.13 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and pat dry all the veggies. Discard any suspicious bits and peel the carrot. Chop the onions and carrot into thin strips, roughly chop up the greens and then toss everything together. Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until emulsified. Taste and adjust seasoning, then drizzle the dressing over your veggies. Serve immediately.

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Proljeće je ovdje u punom zamahu, a prvo sramežljivo zelenje počelo se pojavljivati na golim granama. Sa takvim mi se vremenom odma jede i laganija hrana, tako da vam evo jedan brzinski recept za finu salatu koji možete isprobati, a kombinacija ribljeg umaka i senfa tu dodaju mrvicu nečeg posebnog.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 8,96 kn po porciji / 17,91 kn za sve)

Za salatu:

Veliki pregršt miješanog zelenja; ja sam upotrijebila miks baby špinata, baby blitve, rukole, bull’s blooda i matovilca (10,00 kn)

1 velika mrkva (0,75 kn)

4 mlada luka (4,00 kn)

Za dresing:

1 žličica senfa (0,25 kn)

1 žlica ribljeg umaka (1,00 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 žlica limunovog soka (1,00 kn)

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

PRIPREMA:

Operite i kuhinjskom krpom lagano posušite povrće. Bacite sve sumnjive dijelove i ogulite mrkvu. Luk i mrkvu narežite na trakice, grubo narežite zelenje, pa sve to pomiješajte. Razmutite sve sastojke za dresing u maloj zdjelici dok ne dobijete emulziju. Kušajte i prilagodite začine, pa pokapajte dresing po povrću. Poslužite odmah.

Crunchy Mixed Greens with Mustardy Fish Sauce Dressing / Hrskava zelena salata sa dresingom od senfa i ribljeg umaka

Potato Halves with Bacon / Krumpirove pole sa špekom

I’ve been craving something savory, crispy and smoky and these potato halves were just the thing. They’re inexpensive, super simple to make and require only a few ingredients, all of which we had at home.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 0.42 EUR per serving / 0.84 EUR for all)

5-6 potatoes (0.40 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Small piece of bacon (0.40 EUR)

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Give potatoes a good scrub and cut them in half. Arrange potatoes in a baking dish with skins facing down and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake potatoes for about 45 minutes, until slightly crispy and deep golden-brown. Cut the bacon in small pieces and arrange on top of potatoes. Finish baking potatoes for another 15 minutes, until bacon is nice and crispy. Serve with a big crunchy salad and a dollop of sour cream.

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Baš mi se jako jelo nešto slano, hrskavo i sa aromom dima, a ove krumpirove pole su bile baš prava stvar. Ovo jelo je jeftino, skroz jednostavno za napraviti i uključuje samo par sastojaka, a koje smo sve ionako već imali doma.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 3,13 kn po porciji / 6,26 kn za sve)

5-6 krumpira (3,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

Mali komadić špeka (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Dobro oribajte i raspolovite krumpire. Poslažite krumpire po posudi za pečenje, sa ljuskom okrenutom prema dolje, te posipajte sa soli i paprom. Pecite krumpire oko 45 minuta, dok se ne zahrskaju i ne budu zlatno-smeđi. Narežite špek na male komadiće i poslažite po krumpirima, pa pecite još 15 minuta da se špek zahrska. Poslužite sa velikom salatom i žlicom kiselog vrhnja.

Potato Halves with Bacon / Krumpirove pole sa špekom

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic Potatoes / Tuna steak sa žara i krumpiri s češnjakom

Last week we had a blast of fake spring and temperature suddenly plummeted from -13°C to +13°C in a day. Let me tell you, it’s been glorious to finally take off the gloves, scarves, hats and all seven layers of underclothes. I suddenly felt like grilling something (even though all my grilling is done in a pan on a stove) and a nice juicy chunk of tuna caught my eye. Whenever I have such a nice fresh piece of meat or fish, I go very minimal with the seasonings.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings)

For potatoes:

4-5 potatoes

Good pinch of salt

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

For tuna:

2 tuna steaks

1 tbsp olive oil

Good pinch of salt

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Lemon juice for serving

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METHOD:

Peel and cube potatoes, add to a pot, cover with water and place on high heat. When potatoes reach rolling boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Once cooked, drain the potatoes and toss with salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil.

While the potatoes are cooking, place a grilling pan on high heat for 2-3 minutes until warms up. Pat-dry the tuna steaks with a kitchen towel, brush with olive oil and sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper. Place tuna steaks on preheated grilling pan and grill for about 2-3 minutes, then flip and finish on the other side for a minute or two. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Prošloga smo tjedna imali nalet lažnog proljeća i temperature su odjednom u jendom danu skočile sa -13°C na +13°C. Samo da znate, bilo je čista milina napokon se izvući iz kapa, šalova, rukavica i sedam podslojeva odjeće. Odmah mi se nešto peklo na grilu (iako ja to sve radim na gril tavi na štednjaku), a za oko mi je zapeo lijepi komad sočne tune. Kad god imam tako dobro svježe meso ili ribu, začine svedem na minimum.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije)

Za krumpire:

4-5 krumpira

Dobar prstohvat soli

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra

3 češnja češnjaka, sitno sjeckana

Pregršt svježeg peršina, nasjeckan

2 žlice maslinovog ulja

Za tunu:

2 odreska tune

1 žlica maslinovog ulja

Dobar prstohvat soli

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra

Sok od limuna za posluživanje

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i narežite krumpir na kocke, dodajte u lonac, pokrijte vodom i stavite na jaku vatru. Kada voda zavrije, smanjite vatru, te kuhajte na srednjoj temperaturi oko 20 minuta, dok se krumpiri skroz ne skuhaju. Procijedite kuhane krumpire i pomiješajte ih sa soli, paprom, češnjakom, peršinom i maslinovim uljem.

U međuvremenu dok se krumpiri kuhaju, stavite gril tavu na jaku vatru na 2-3 minute da se dobro ugrije. Tunu posušite kuhinjskim ručnikom, premažite maslinovim uljem i lagano posipajte solju i paprom. Stavite odreske tune na zagrijanu tavu i pecite oko 2-3 minute na jednoj strani, pa onda okrenite i dovršite još minutu-dvije na drugoj strani. Tunu pokapajte limunovim sokom i poslužite odmah.

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic Potatoes / Tuna steak sa žara i krumpiri s češnjakom