Video: How to peel an avocado

Today’s video shows you the easiest way to peel an avocado…

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Video: How to make guacamole

This is actually my first video, so bear with me!

Today’s video shows how to make a great guacamole, and is sort of the video edition of my earlier post “How to make guacamole“.

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Thick low fat pizza with vegetables and pepperoni

thick_low_fat_pizza_2The last pizza recipe I posted here on the blog, “An easy way to make pizzas“, wasn’t quite the best. Don’t misunderstand me, it is good! It’s just not the best. I was very busy and had to find out the easiest way to make a pizza. Today’s pizza recipe is far better. It consists of a very nice pizza dough, red pepper, onions, champignons and a nice pepperoni/salami. The dough itself is a little more complicated this time, not much, just a little bit. The nice thing about this pizza is that it tastes very well, but it doesn’t contain much fat, because of the many vegetables. If you are careful and bake it the right way, you can get a pizza with a crunchy rind and a soft inner, and you pizza will taste almost as the healthy edition of an old-fashioned deep pan pizza. Let’s begin.

Here is what you need (for 2 big pizzas):

  • 300 gram of flour
  • 250 gram of pizza flour (typo 55)
  • 25 gram of yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of liquid honey
  • 3 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 4 dl lukewarm water
  • A pinch of salt
  • A good tomato sauce
  • 2 big handfuls of champignons
  • 1 big onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • And some salami / pepperoni

Begin with the dough. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water and add honey, oil and salt. Add the flour while you knead it all together. When the dough is well mixed together, place it somewhere warm for about an hour. When the dough has risen for about an hour, knead it again (make sure you don’t squeeze all of the bubbles out of it. That’s the wrong way to go) and split it into to pieces. Roll each piece out until it is about  1 cm thick. Now, spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough and add some oregano. Add the onions, which you have sliced into half circles and the rest of the vegetables on top of them. Add the salami and sprinkle the mozzarella all over the pizza. Bake the pizzas in a preheated oven at about 250 degrees Celsius until they look nice and crispy. That’s all!

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Big pierogies with minced beef and salad

pierogiesPierogies are something which we have imported from the Slavic cuisine. There are thousands of different ways that you can cook pierogies, this one is just the one I was told by my cooking teacher. Pierogies are most commonly half circular breads with either meat or vegetables inside, boiled, baked or fried. The pierogies I’m going to cook today is filled with a sauce made of minced beef and some vegetables, baked in the oven.

Here are the ingredients: (4 persons)

  • 50 gram of yeast
  • 2 dl of lukewarm water
  • 300-400 gram of fluor
  • 2-3 spoons of olive oil
  • 300 gram of minced beef
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 onion
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water and add the oil and salt. Add the flour slowly, while you mix the dough.  Place the dough in a could place for about 30-60 minutes.  As for the meat I actually just use whatever I have that particular day. Start frying the onion, which you have chopped in to small pieces, and add the sliced leeks. When the leeks and onions have become shiny and they are starting to gain color, add the minced beef. Fry everything until the beef isn’t red anymore. Here comes the part where you can improvise. Today I added some salsa sauce, sambal oelek chili paste, fresh oregano and of cause salt and pepper. 

Now comes the fun part. I made 9 pierogies out of this amount of dough. Split the dough in 8-10 parts and roll each part out on a baking plate. Put some of the beef sauce on the one half of each piece of dough. Put some grated mozzarella cheese on the beef and close the pierogies by flipping the another half over the beef sauce and close it by tapping with a fork. As for the glaze, brush the top of the pierogies with egg. Now bake your pierogies in a pre-heated oven, at least 200-250 degrees Celsius (390-480 degrees Fahrenheit), until they obtain a nice brown color.

Serve the pierogies with a nice green salad. I just used some roccula, baby spinach, grape fruit, cucumber, feta cheese and some olive oil. Enjoy!

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Soya marinated chicken with vegetables in wok

chinese_wok_chicken_3Admitted, I am no wok expert. Actually I know very little about Chinese cooking, but I know a dish, which looks like Chinese food and can be made in a wok. The marinade was actually a coincidence, something I came up with in need of anything better, but it’s very delicious. It’s an easy meal to prepare – here’s what you need:

The ingredients (4 persons)

  • 1 pound of chicken breasts
  • 1 pound of egg noodles
  • Abt. 3 carrots
  • Baby corns – as many as you like
  • A can of coconut milk
  • A garlic clove
  • 1.5 dl. Soya sauce
  • Fresh coriander
  • Sambal Oelek chili paste
  • I also added bean sprouts, but be careful with those, they have a very strong taste!

Start with the marinade. In a bowl, put the soya, the chopped garlic, the fresh coriander and as much chili as you prefer. Blend the stuff together and add the chicken, which you have cut into smaller pieces. It’s best if you marinade the chicken a couple of hours before you wants to eat, and then place it in the refrigerator. Before you start the frying, boil some water for the noodles. Fry the chicken in olive oil in a wok. When the chicken doesn’t look raw on the surface, add the corn and carrots. When the vegetables begins to become soft, add the coconut milk, and let the whole thing boil a couple of minutes. Make sure the chicken isn’t raw, taste the dish with chili and soya, and add the noodles. That’s it!

Bon appetite

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An easy way to make pizzas

easy_pizza_thumbnailThis is an easy way to make good tasting, crispy pizzas, without spending a whole day doing it. The dough is very easy to make and the tomato sauce is the $1 version from the supermarket (the one in my supermarket is quite good actually). The fill is just everything you like, or already have in your fridge. Today I have choose to make 3 regular pizzas with a tasty pepperoni and a good fresh mozzarella cheese, and also a calzone, with cheese, ham and tomatoes (unfortunately I didn’t manage to photograph the calzone, before my family attacked it – but don’t be sad, it’s very easy to make your own). The dough I’m going to make is very easy and doesn’t have to rise more than the time it takes for you to prepare the pizza topping. I’ll give you a better pizza dough recipe another time, but this one is working fine meanwhile.

The easy, crispy and tasty pepperoni pizza (4 persons)

The dough:

  • 25 g yeast
  • 3 dl lukewarm water
  • 4 spoons of olive oil
  • About 9 dl of fine flour
  • A little bit of salt

Start pouring the yeast out in the water and add the olive oil and salt. Keep adding flour, while you mix it in the bowl, until the dough is firm enough to put on the table. When the dough is firm enough, put some flour on the table and start kneading the dough in it. When your dough is firm and nice (it should still be a little wet), roll it out with a rolling pin, in four pieces.

Now when you have your pizza dough it is time for the fun part – the topping. You can put almost everything on the top of your pizza. What I did today was simply to put a prepared tomato sauce, a good pepperoni, a fresh mozzarella cheese, some oregano and some fresh rucula salad (after it is out of the oven of cause) on the top of the three of the pizzas. I like to keep it simple, with just a few good ingredients. With the last piece of pizza dough I made a calzone pizza, which is very nice. Just add some tomato sauce, some ham and some oregano to the middle of the pizza. Fold the one half of the pizza over the other and close it with a fork, by pressing on the edge. The right thing is to sort of merge it, but I will show that, and photograph it next time I make pizzas.

Now comes the most important part I pizza making, the baking. The keyword is heat, if you want your pizzas to be crispy. The best thing is to bake them on a stone, but if you don’t have one of those, you can just do as follow. Turn on your oven before you start making the pizza, so that it can reach 300 Celsius (abt. 570 Fahrenheit), or as much as it can, before you bake the pizzas. Remember to leave the baking plate in the oven while it warms up. Bake the pizzas one at a time for about 5-10 minutes.

This was an easy way to make pizza!

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Mexican burritos with chicken and guacamole

burritos_31This is something that a Mexican friend of mine once served for me. It’s easy and quick to make, and it tastes very good. Burritos are much like the Italians’ pizza, where you can put just everything you like on. Today I’m going to use chicken and guacamole.

First of all you need some guacamole. I would not recommend that you buy it, because it’s way too expensive and contains a lot of fat. Actually it is very easy to make your own guacamole, and I have made a little guide on how to make guacamole here on the blog. You can make the guacamole a couple of hours before you plan to eat your burritos, and place it in the fridge.

Here are the things you need (4 persons):

  • 8 tortilla pancakes, or as many you family can eat
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts
  • 1 can of hummus
  • Some guacamole – read How to make guacamole
  • Some creme fraiche
  • And maybe some sambal oelek chili, salsa sauce, grained cheese, salad, cucumbers, tomatoes etc.

Start cutting the chicken breasts into smaller pieces and fry them on a pan in some olive oil. Move the chicken breasts from the pan and warm up the hummus in the same pan, so that it absorbs some of the chicken taste. Add the ingredients to a tortilla pancake and you are done! Very easy and quick!

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