Spicy Kale and Mushroom Sesame Noodles (vegetarian) / Pikantni rezanci sa keljom, gljivama i sezamom (vegetarijanski)

Noodles with whatever is in the fridge seem to be my all-time solution for busy and lazy days. And are also a great way to use up any leftovers. I greatly appreciate the flexibility of such impromptu meals, along with their short cooking time, of course.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.78 EUR per serving / 3.13 EUR for all)

250 grams of dried Chinese egg noodles (1.07 EUR)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

¼ head of kale (0.20 EUR)

6-8 shiitake mushrooms (0.40 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

6 garlic cloves (0.20 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

3 tbsp soy sauce (0.40 EUR)

2 tbsp ketchup (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

4 tbsp sesame seeds (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cook the noodles according to package instructions to al dente. Rinse well under cold water, drain and set aside. Wash and chop up all the veggies and mushrooms. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.

Place a wok or a deep skillet on medium-high heat and allow to thoroughly warm up. Add in the oil, kale, mushrooms, salt pepper and garlic. Stir, then cover with a lid and cook covered for about five minutes so the kale wilts down. Push everything to one side of the wok and turn out the egg to the empty pan bottom. Cook for a minute or two, while folding gently, until the egg is thoroughly cooked through.

Return the noodles to the wok, then add in soy sauce, ketchup, Gochujang and sesame oil. Give a good stir and cook briefly, until noodles are warmed up. Serve immediately sprinkled with sesame seeds.

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Nudlsi sa onime što već imamo u hladnjaku moje su vječno rješenje za sve one užurbane i lijene dane. Također su i super opcija za iskoristiti bilo kakve ostatke. Jako cijenim fleksibilnost takvih improviziranih obroka, kao naravno i brzinu pripreme.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,84 kn po porciji / 23,36 kn za sve)

250 grama kineskih rezanaca s jajima (8,00 kn)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

¼ glavice kelja (1,50 kn)

6-8 shiitaka (3,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

6 češnjeva češnjaka (1,50 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

3 žličice soja sosa (3,00 kn)

2 žlice kečapa (1,00 kn)

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

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

4 žlice sezama (1,00 kn)

PIPREMA:

Tjesteninu skuhajte al dente prema uputama na pakiranju. Isperite dobro pod mlazom hladne vode i ocijedite, pa stavite na stranu. Operite i nasjeckajte povrće i gljive. Jaja razmutite u zdjelici.

Wok ili duboku tavu stavite na srednje jaku vatru i pustite da se dobro ugrije. Dodajte ulje, kelj, shiitake, sol, papar i češnjak. Promiješajte, pa poklopite wok i kuhajte jedno pet minuta da kelj povene. Sve pogurajte na jednu stranu woka, pa na prazno dno iskrenite jaja. Kuhajte jaja minutu-dvije, a špatulom ih nježno presavijajte, sve dok ne budu gotova.

U wok vratite rezance pa dodajte soja sos, kečap, Gochujang i sezamovo ulje. Sve dobro promiješajte i kratko kuhajte da se rezanci ugriju. Poslužite odmah posipano sa sezamom.

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Spicy Kale and Mushroom Sesame Noodles (vegetarian) / Pikantni rezanci sa keljom, gljivama i sezamom (vegetarijanski)

Sweet Apple and Ginger Corn Bread / Slatka kukuruzna zlevanka sa jabukama i đumbirom

Since I liked a lot how my savory cheese and spinach cornbread recipe turned out, I naturally decided to take the sweet route and make a cornbread with apples. Because one can never have too many cakes in their arsenal.A good measure of dried ginger added a nice kick to it and I also find the apple and ginger combo really interesting and refreshing. If you are an apple lover and a cornbread lover, this simple cake is just the thing for you.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 12 squares / 0.28 EUR per square / 3.32 EUR for all)

For the batter:

1 and ½ cups corn flour (0.10 EUR)

½ cup all-purpose flour (0.03 EUR)

½ cup sugar (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp ground ginger (0.07 EUR)

3 eggs (0.60 EUR)

1 cup sour cream (0.53 EUR)

1 cup milk (0.33 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

For the topping:

4-5 apples (0.80 EUR)

3 tbsp sugar (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp cinnamon (0.13 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 flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. Stir in the eggs, sour cream and milk, then finally fold in the melted butter. Transfer the batter to a prepared baking pan. Gently shake to even out.

Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter, then sprinkle generously with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the apples are golden and caramelized and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cornbread to cool for about ten minutes before slicing and serving.

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Pošto mi se jako dopalo kako mi je ispala slana zlevanka sa sirom i špinatom, naravno da sam se odlučila okušati i sa slatkim stvarima i ispeći zlevanku sa jabukama. Jer ne možete nikada imati previše kolača u svojem arsenalu. Dobra količina sušenog đumbira dala je dašak zanimljivog okusa, a meni je osobno također kombinacija jabuka i đumbira baš odlična i osvježavajuća. Ako volite jabuke i volite kukuruzne zlevanke, ovaj jednostavni kolač je baš za vas.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 12 komada / 2,03 kn po komadu / 24,37 kn za sve)

Za smjesu:

1 i ½ šalica kukuruznog brašna (0,75 kn)

½ šalice glatkog brašna (0,25 kn)

½ šalice šećera (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

1 žličica cimeta (0,50 kn)

1 žličica đumbira u prahu (0,50 kn)

3 jaja (4,50 kn)

1 šalica kiselog vrhnja (4,00 kn)

1 šalica mlijeka (2,50 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

Za jabuke:

4-5 jabuka (6,00 kn)

3 žlice šećera (0,15 kn)

1 žličica cimeta (0,50 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 oba brašna, šećer, sol, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu, cimet i đumbir. Dodajte unutra jaja, kiselo vrhnje i mlijeko, pa na kraju umiješajte rastopljeni maslac. Nježno protresite protvan da se sve poravna.

Ogulite, čistite od sjemenki i tanko narežite jabuke. Kriške jabuka poslažite po kolaču, pa posipajte sa cimetom i šećerom. Pecite 40-50 minuta, dok jabuke ne budu zlatne i karamelizirane, a testni štapić koji upiknete ne izađe čist. Pustite da se zlevanka ohladi desetak minuta prije nego ju narežete i poslužite.

Sweet Apple and Ginger Corn Bread / Slatka kukuruzna zlevanka sa jabukama i đumbirom

Mixed Mushroom Fried Rice (Vegetarian) / Pržena riža sa miješanim gljivama (vegetarijanska)

Have some leftover rice and mushrooms in your fridge? Fear not, I have just the thing for you to make. This dish comes together in no time and tastes better than any takeout.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.19 EUR per serving / 4.74 EUR for all)

3 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.04 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

8 Portobello mushrooms (0.53 EUR)

2-3 clusters of oyster mushrooms (1.00 EUR)

4 shiitake mushrooms (0.80 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

6 cups precooked cold rice (0.80 EUR)

3 tbsp ketchup (0.10 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.13 EUR)

4 tbsp Sriracha (0.53 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel and finely dice the onion. Clean and thinly slice all of the mushrooms. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Place a deep pan or a wok on high heat and allow to thoroughly warm up. Add two tablespoon of sunflower seed oil and the onion to the wok and saute for a few minutes, until slightly translucent. Add in all of the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, then cook for 5-10 minutes, until slightly crispy and reduced in size.

Push everything to one side of your pan and add the remaining sunflower seed oil to the empty bottom. Turn the whisked eggs over on oil and cook for a minute or two, while gently folding them over with a spatula. Once the eggs are cooked through, give a good stir and add in the rice, ketchup, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir-fry for a few more minutes, until the rice slightly crisps up. Serve immediately, generously drizzled with Sriracha.

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Imate doma nešto gljiva i ostataka kuhane riže? Ne bojte se, imam baš pravu stvar za vas! Ovo ćete jelo pripremiti za čas, a sto puta je ukusnije od bilo koje dostave.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 8,12 kn po porciji / 32,46 kn za sve)

3 žlice suncokretovog ulja, podijeljene (0,30 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

8 šampinjona (4,00 kn)

2-3 ‘grozda’ bukovača (7,50 kn)

4 shiitake (6,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

6 šalica kuhane hladne riže (3,00 kn)

3 žlice kečapa (0,75 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (2,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

4 žlice Sriracha umaka (4,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i sitno nasjeckajte luk. Očistite i tanko narežite sve gljive. U maloj zdjelici razmutite jaja i maknite ih na stranu. Duboku tavu ili wok stavite na jaku vatru i pustite da se dobro ugriju. Sada u vrući  wok dodajte dvije žlice suncokretovog ulja i luk, pa dinstajte koju minutu dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite sve gljive, začinite solju i paprom, pa kuhajte 5-10 minuta dok se malo ne zahrskaju i volumen im se ne smanji.

Sve sastojke pogurajte na jednu stranu woka, pa onda na prazno dno ulijete preostalu žlicu ulja i na ulje iskrenite razmućena jaja. Nježno jaja minutu-dvije preklapajte špatulom dok se do kraja ne skuhaju. Kada su jaja gotova, sve dobro promiješajte pa dodajte u sve rižu, kečap, soja sos i sezamovo ulje. Kuhajte uz povremeno miješanje još par minuta, dok se riža blago ne zahrska. Poslužite odmah, pokapano sa dobrom mjerom Srirache.

Mixed Mushroom Fried Rice (Vegetarian) / Pržena riža sa miješanim gljivama (vegetarijanska)

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)

Mushroom and Kale Spätzle (vegetarian) / Spätzle sa gljivama i keljom (vegetarijanske)

Oh, hey, look, it’s a one-pot pasta dish! I haven’t made any of those in a while, which needs to be promptly corrected. I used fresh store-bought Spätzle in the recipe, but you’re more than welcome to substitute them with any other type of fresh or dried pasta. Just keep in mind that dried pasta will require more liquid and a longer cooking time to thoroughly cook, so adjust accordingly.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.25 EUR per serving / 5.01 EUR for all)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 large onions (0.20 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

2 tbsp butter (0.27 EUR)

500 grams of Portobello mushrooms (2.00 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

½ small head of kale (0.20 EUR)

500 grams of Spätzle (1.33 EUR)

2 cups vegetable broth (0.13 EUR)

½ cup finely grated hard cheese (0.67 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely dice all of the veggies. Clean and thinly slice the mushrooms. Place a deep skillet on high heat and sauté the onion until translucent. Add in garlic, stir and cook for a minute or two before adding in butter, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Give a good stir and cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms decrease in volume. Stir in kale and cover the skillet with a lid so the kale can wilt down.

After about 2-3 minutes, add Spätzle and vegetable broth to the skillet. Give a good stir, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for a few minutes, until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the pasta is done. Just be sure to give a good stir every now and then so that the paste doesn’t stick to the pot. Once the pasta is done, remove from heat and stir in grated cheese (I used Grana Padano). Taste and adjust seasoning and serve immediately.

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Evo vam jedan super recept za tjesteninu gdje ćete zaprljati samo jedan lonac. Već dugo nisam objavila ništa tog tipa, pa to treba pod hitno ispraviti. Ja sam upotrijebila svježe kupovne spätzle (iz Lidla), ali vi slobodno uzmite bilo kakvu drugu svježu ili sušenu tjesteninu. Samo imajte na umu da će vam za sušenu tjesteninu trebati više tekućine, a i samo vrijeme kuhanja će biti duže, pa stoga tako i prilagodite recept.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 9,37 kn po porciji / 37,46 kn za sve)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

2 žlice maslaca (2,00 kn)

500 g šampinjona (15,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

½ male glavice kelja (1,50 kn)

500 g spätzli (10,00 kn)

2 šalice povrtnog temeljca (1,00 kn)

½ šalice fino ribanog tvrdog sira (5,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i fino nasjeckajte svo povrće. Očistite i tanko narežite gljive. Duboku tavu stavite na jaku vatru, pa na ulju prodinstajte luk dok ne bude staklast. Dodajte češnjak, promiješajte i kuhajte minutu, samo da češnjak zamiriši, prije nego ubacite maslac, gljive, sol i papar. Dobro sve promiješajte te kuhajte nekoliko minuta da se volumen gljiva smanji. Umiješajte kelj i poklopite tavu kako bi kelj povenuo.

Nakon 2-3 minute dodajte spätzle i temeljac. Sve dobro promiješajte, smanjite vatru na laganu te kuhajte par minuta dok se tjestenina skroz ne skuha i ne popije većinu tekućine. Pazite da u međuvremenu tu i tamo sve promiješate kako se tjestenina ne bi zapekla za dno tave. Maknite s vatre kada su spätzle gotove i umiješajte sir (ja sam upotrijebila Grana Padano). Kušajte i prilagodite začine pa odmah poslužite.

Mushroom and Kale Spätzle (vegetarian) / Spätzle sa gljivama i keljom (vegetarijanske)

Pea and Potato Stew with Dumplings (vegetarian) / Varivo od graška i krumpira sa noklicama (vegetarijansko)

Dishes like this always catapult me back to my childhood. My Grandma would make stews like this one probably at least once a week. The vegetable combo would vary, but dumplings were omnipresent. Dumplings require a tiny bit of patience, but are super easy to make and require only a few staple ingredients.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.70 EUR per serving / 4.20 EUR for all)

For the stew:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 onions (0.20 EUR)

6 garlic cloves (0.20 EUR)

2 chili peppers (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

2 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

2 bay leaves (0.03 EUR)

2 parsley roots (0.27 EUR)

6 carrots (0.60 EUR)

6 potatoes (0.67 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley leaves (0.27 EUR)

6 cups water (–)

4 cups frozen peas (0.80 EUR)

For the dumplings:

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

6 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.04 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

Optional:

2 tbsp corn starch (0.04 EUR)

1 cup water (–)

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and chop up all of the vegetables. Add the oil to a deep pot, then sauté the onion for a few minutes until slightly translucent. Add in minced garlic, chili peppers, smoked and Hungarian paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and bay leaves. Stir for a minute so the spices become fragrant before adding in parsley roots, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, parsley leaves and water, then bring to a boil.

Once the stew reaches a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes with a lid cracked open. Stir in frozen peas and cook for additional 10 minutes until the peas are done.

While you are waiting for the peas to cook, prepare the dumplings by whisking together the egg, flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl. The mixture should be quite thick and completely smooth. If needed, you can add in a teaspoon of water or a bit more flour. Then grab a teaspoon and scoop the dumplings into the stew, one at a time. They are done when they start floating, which takes about a minute or two.

If the stew seems too watery, you can thicken it up with corn starch. In a small bowl, whisk corn starch with water until completely dissolved. Stir the dissolved corn starch into the stew and cook for another minute. Serve warm or portion out for later, as this reheats great.

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Ovakva me jela uvijek katapultiraju u djetinstvo jer bi moja baka barem jednom tjedno kuhala slična variva. Kombinacija povrća bi stalno varirala, ali noklice su bile sveprisutne. Za noklice vam jedino treba mrvica strpljenja, ali inače ih je stvarno jednostavno pripremiti od sastojaka koje manje-više svi uvijek imamo doma.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 5,25 kn po porciji / 31,48 kn za sve)

Za varivo:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 luka (1,50 kn)

6 češnjeva češnjaka (1,50 kn)

2 čili papričice (2,00 kn)

1 žličica dimljene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

2 žličice soli (0,02 kn)

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

2 lovorova lista (0,20 kn)

2 korijena peršina (2,00 kn)

6 mrkvi (4,50 kn)

6 krumpira (5,00 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg peršina (2,00 kn)

6 šalica vode (–)

4 šalice smrznutog graška (6,00 kn)

Za noklice:

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

6 žlica glatkog brašna (0,30 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

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

Dodatno po izboru:

2 žlice kukuruznog škroba (0,60 kn)

1 šalica vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i narežite svo povrće. U duboki lonac stavite ulje pa par minuta dinstajte luk, sve dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite sjeckani češnjak, čili, dimljenu i slatku papriku, češnjak u prahu, sol, papar i lovor. Promiješaje i kuhajte minutu da začini zamiriše prije nego dodate korijen peršina, mrkve, krumpire, koncentrat rajčice, peršinov list i vodu. Pustite da zavrije.

Kada varivo zakipi smanjite vatru i kuhajte 15-tak minuta sa odškrinutim poklopcem. Umiješajte smrznuti grašak te kuhajte još deset minuta dok grašak ne bude gotov.

Dok čekate da se grašak skuha pripremite noklice. U zdjelici razmutite jaje, brašno, sol i papar. Smjesa teba biti dosta gusta i skroz glatka, a prema potrebi možete dodati žličicu vode ili još malo brašna. Onda malom žličicom grabite tijesto i noklice jednu po jednu spuštajte u varivo. Noklice su gotove kada isplivaju, a za to im treba minuta-dvije.

Ako vam se varivo čini prerijetko, možete ga dodatno zgusnuti sa kukuruznim škrobom. U zdjelici sa vodom rastopite kukuruzni škrob i onda tu smjesu umiješajte u varivo i kuhajte još minutu. Varivo poslužite toplo ili si ga rasporedite za kasnije jer se super podgrijava.

Pea and Potato Stew with Dumplings (vegetarian) / Varivo od graška i krumpira sa noklicama (vegetarijansko)

Tomato and Corn Soup (including a vegan option) / Juha od rajčice i kukuruza (i sa veganskom opcijom)

If you are in the mood for a quick soup, there likely isn’t a faster and easier recipe than the one ahead. Furthermore, a tomato soup is such a versatile dish that it can easily be made with dumplings, croutons, grilled cheese sandwich, precooked rice, tiny pasta or whatever else you feel pairing it with instead of corn. We happened to have half a bag of frozen corn in our freezer, so that’s what went into the soup. Canned would work just as well here.

To make this meal vegan, either skip the butter altogether or swap with vegan butter instead (which would be a far better choice, if you ask me). The butter simmering with the tomato puree adds quite a lot of silky richness to the dish and is a game changer.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 generous servings / 0.85 EUR per serving / 1.69 EUR for all)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

1 small onion (0.07 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp smoked paprika (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp dried basil (0.03 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 cup frozen corn (0.33 EUR)

2 cups tomato puree (0.53 EUR)

2 cups vegetable broth (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp butter (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Finely dice the onion and mince garlic. Place a pot on high heat, add in the oil and saute the onion for a few minutes, until soft and translucent. Add in minced garlic, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, basil and salt. Cook for just a minute, so the spices can bloom before adding in corn, tomato puree, veggie broth and butter. Give everything a good stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer with a lid cracked open for about 20 minutes. Serve warm, or portion out to reheat and eat later on.

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Ako vam se baš jede neka juhica, vjerojatno nema bržeg i jednostavnijeg recepta od ovoga koji slijedi. Osim toga, juha od rajčice je jako prilagodljivo jelo i super je također i sa noklicama, prepečenim kockicama kruha, toplim sendvičem sa sirom, kuhanom rižom, sitnom tjesteninom, pa i svim ostalim stvarima koje mislite utrpati u nju osim kukuruza. Nama se u frizeru našlo pola vrećice smrznutog kukuruza, tako da je to završilo u juhi. Kukuruz iz konzerve bi funkcionirao jednako dobro.

Da ovo jelo bude vegansko jednostavno izbacite maslac ili ga zamijenite sa veganskim maslacem (što bi po meni bio bolji izbor). Maslac koji se krčka sa pasiranom rajčicom jednostavno daje svilenkastu dubinu ovom jelu i bogatiji okus.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 izdašne porcije / 6,34 kn po porciji / 12,67 za sve)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

1 mali luk (0,50 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

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

½ žličice dimljene paprike (0,25 kn)

½ žličice sušenog bosiljka (0,25 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 šalica smrznutog kukuruza (2,50 kn)

2 šalice pasirane rajčice (4,00 kn)

2 šalice povrtnog temeljca (1,50 kn)

2 žlice maslaca (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Fino nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. Stavite lonac na jaku vatru, dodajte ulje, pa koju minutu dinstajte luk da postane staklast. Ubacite svježi i sušeni češnjak, papar, papriku, bosiljak i sol. Promiješajte i kuhajte minutu, samo da začini zamiriše, pa onda dodajte kukuruz, rajčicu, temeljac i maslac. Sve dobro promiješajte i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru, te kuhajte 20-tak minuta sa odškrinutim poklopcem. Poslužite toplo ili rasporedite u porcije za kasnije.

Tomato and Corn Soup (including a vegan option) / Juha od rajčice i kukuruza (i sa veganskom opcijom)