Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Millet and vegetables casserole recipe

A little bit about millet:

Many people think that millet is made from wheat. These beautiful golden seeds are unjustly forgotten "bread" of the East. In Russia, a couple of hundred years ago millet porridge was the main dish on the table. Our ancestors prepared from millet porridge, beer, cakes, brew, add it to soups and desserts.

Millet is one of the least allergenic grains. It is very easily digested, so it is suitable even for people with sensitive digestion. Millets are rich in B vitamins (especially niacin, B6 and folic acid), calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Millets contain no gluten, so they are suitable for people with celiac disease or other forms of allergies/intolerance of wheat. It also contain the essential amino acids methionine, lecithin, and some vitamin E, it's rich in photochemicals including phytic acid, which is believed to lower cholesterol, and phytate, which is associated with reducing cancer risks.

This is russian recipe for healthy Millet and vegetables casserole 

you will need for tasty millet and vegetables casserole

  • a cup of dried millet
  • zucchini - 1 big or 2 medium
  • onion 
  • medium carrot
  • 2-3 potatoes
  • butter, vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2-3 eggs

You can add other vegetables if you want. 

Boil millet in lightly salted water. Onions and carrots finely chop and simmer a little in butter. Grate zucchini and simmer too. Boil the potatoes, then put a piece of butter and make puree.

Mix in a bowl - millet, vegetables, eggs and leftovers butter. Tast for salt. I add a spoonful of sour cream. Put in an casserole and brush the top with egg or sour cream. Better put a thin layer in casseroles, so if you get it a lot of porridge, then put in two casseroles. Put in a preheated 200 degree oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes. It depends on the ovens power. I first turn on the heating top-bottom, then grill for last 5 minutes just to get a nice crust.

Serve with sour cream or without it.

Bon Appetite))

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu - (Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale)

This recipe has many names, but outside of Italy it is mainly called "bolognese". In fact, this is beef stew with tomatoes, meat can be different, except white (chicken etc). I love pasta with ragu of wild boar or deer, but, unfortunately, this meat is difficult to find in our region, you can find it mainly in the north or in mountainous regions of Italy. But I like it so much! So we went to the Metro (METRO Cash & Carry is an international self-service wholesaler. It operates across Europe and in some countries of Asia and Northern Africa) and bought wild boar meat.

In this recipe you can use any wild meat  - boar, roe, deer, venison... Also beef or other red meat - in this case you don-t need to marinate the meat or leave it in marinade only for few hours

You will need for 6 servings

  • 500g - pappardelle pasta 
  • 500g - wild boar meat
  • a piece of celery
  • 1 carrot 
  • one large or 2 medium onions
  • a few cloves of garlic
  • juniper berries
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  •  1 clove
  • red wine, about 300ml, do not buy cheap wine. Talk with a shop assistant at the store  and ask an advice.
  • 250-400gr - passata (italian tomatoes sauce)  more for more sauce or less for less quantity of sauce.
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

First you need to marinate the meat for at least 12 hours, better more, it refers to any wild meat. Cut the meat into large pieces, heat the wine. So leave the meat to marinate overnight in a non-reactive bowl in red wine with spices, salt and vegetables, cut into pieces (celery, onion, carrot, garlic). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave overnight. Turn meat several times if you can, and the wine should cover almost all the meat.

In the morning transfer the wild boar to paper towels to drain - then or make forcemeat or cut into small pieces.

Take fresh vegetables, all the same as before - do not take out of the marinade, because they have absorbed the taste wild meat. Finely chop them by knife or in blender. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot. Stew vegetables over medium heat, first the onion and garlic, then add the carrots and celery. Add the meat and stew, stirring constantly, over high heat for a few minutes. Stew until the meat is no longer has the marinade. If your piece of meat was absolutely no fat, you can add a bit of bacon.

Now put passata in the meat, reduce the heat and let stew under the lid for about 2 hours, perhaps even more. Minced meat cook more quickly. Add a little water if required. At the end taste for the salt and put a little if need. Yes you need to put salt only on this stage. Little, if needed. The passata will shrink and if you put the salt before you risk to have your stew very salty at the end.The meat is ready when it has become tender and easy to chew, you can crush with a fork. Bolognese is ready, it can be frozen for later)) By the way, if desired, you can add a bit of red pepper.

When the meat is ready, put the water for the pasta. Cook pasta as written on the package, or better yet, "al dente", as the Italians say, - slightly undercooked. Mix in a stew with pasta in pot, cover it and leave for 1 minute. By the way, very tasty with whole-wheat pasta!

Do not eat nothing before this pasta - maybe something very light, slightly set off the taste of pasta and wine.

Well, time to eat)) By the way,  warm up the plate! otherwice the meat is quickly cooled.

You can sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, but I like without it)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy February

Happy February and happy Valentines Day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fish cooked in the oven in metalpaper with seafood

Today I write you Italian recipe for fish with seafood cooked in metalpaper in the oven. Ingredients may be all or partially, my advice is to put all vegetables, but the shrimps, scampi, mussels, can be escluded all or partially. 

You will need one serving:

  • one dorado fish, common pandora or other similar marine fish. Take a small one of 500gr for one portion, or bigger one for two portions (in this case take ingridients twice).
  • cherry tomatoes, 4-5 pcs
  • celery, a small piece or a few leaves
  • couple cloves of garlic
  • 5-6 olives
  • capers
  • salt, pepper, olive oil
  • scampi, shrimps, mussels, scallops - your choice
  • aluminum metalpaper
  • casserole

Clean fish (if it wasn't done in the fosh shop), cut tomatoes in half, peel and cut garlic

IT's time to prepare casserole - cut long strips of metalpaper and place on the bottom of the form, and then pour the olive oil and a little salt and pepper.

Lay the fish and put it into 1-2 small pieces of garlic.

then put the rest of the ingredients around. Finish pouring a little water to get a tasty broth. Another bit of salt and pepper on top.

Close the foil and secure the edges and place in a preheated 200 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes (until fish will be cooked). I'm usually open the foil and put on the grill for the last 5 minutes , but it is not mandatory.

As you can see, the recipe is simple, requires minimal time to prepare and perfect for the holiday table or for every day.

Bon Appetite!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New french vintage digital collage sheets

I had a lot of new collages and arrived a time to show them. Most of them are backgrounds for scrapbooking that can be used also for labels, greeting cards and other projects. I dedicated these collages to Paris and France with wonderful vintage women and flowers images. Most of them I made in 2.3x3.5", 3.5x5" and 5x7" sizes.

These and other collage sheets you can find in my etsy shop

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Christmas Geneve

Finally I found a time to edit photos and write an article about Geneva, undeservedly forgotten after the article about Lausanne.

We stopped in Geneva before leaving,  after left luggage on the station we went for a walk.

Geneva is also a very beautiful city, which has a lot of special places. I must say that I liked more Lausanne, maybe because I felt Christmas there more, or because we were in Geneva on Sunday and the city seemed to be almost desert. I'm sure I will come back to Geneva and Lausanne in summer or spring )

Geneva - the third important city and the second largest city in Switzerland, although by our standards it's enough small - it has only about two hundred thousand inhabitants. The city is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, near the border with France. We were told that in good weather it is perfectly visible French coast.

As you probably know there are located the headquarters of the UN, the Red Cross and other international organizations, we certainly did not look for them, but just walked)

The main attraction of the city - Jeu d'Eau fountain (Water Jet) throws 500 liters of water per second to a height of 147 meters - it is one of the highest fountains in the world.

Vintage restored wheel steamers, built in the period from 1904 to 1928 are sailing on Lake Geneva.

Another interesting and unique attractions of Geneva - Hours of flowers in the English Garden at the Promenade du Lac with the largest second hand in the world. Its length - 2.5 m, and the overall diameter - five. Bright unusual bed - the result of the activities of a diverse team of craftsmen - watchmakers, designers, florists and gardeners. Several times a year floral arrangement is updated according to the season.
Summer photo

Near the Palace of Justice there was a wine shop, Enoteca, which is called - La Cave du Palace de Justice)) It smiled my husband-lawyer))

Well, the main amusement of Geneva is feeding swans. But even more I liked cute ducks that were hiding under a low bridge, and when someone threw bread for swans, swam as fast torpedoes and snatched the bread under the nose of sluggish swans ))

A huge number of gulls

St. Peter's Basilica in the historic center of the city.

The historic center is small, located on a hill. I liked it more street (Grand Rue) - patrimony of antique dealers and artists.

Here we leave the way it is in front of the station so many bikes.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Healthy breakfast

Holidays are over and it comes time to go on a diet to lose a weight)) So I decided to share with you my breakfast. I eat it almost every day, sometimes I am lazy or I do not have a milk, yogurt and go to make Italian breakfast) If you do not like any ingridient, you can change it on your own)) For excample goji berries can be replaced with dried fruits, nuts may be different, not only walnuts, and if you do not have chia seeds, then that's okay too.

In general, you will need

  • warmed milk
  • spoon of honey
  • half a banana
  • walnut (any nuts)
  • goji berries and raisins
  • chia seeds or plyllium seeds
  • cereal flakes or oatmeal 

I'm not going to read a lecture about healthy eating and the importance of quality of your products - who cares about their health already knows these things))

About things like chia seeds, or psyllium seeds, etc. I did not know about them until recent time. I advise everyone to read on the internet, because they are called a superfood.

Warm a milk. Put into a spoon of honey and muched banana. I make it with hand blender. Then place all the other ingredients, chop nuts.

You can eat, bon appetit) This breakfast will give you energy until lunch!

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