I must admit I haven't even bothered to look up a traditional enchilada recipe, but I have borrowed the idea of filled tortillas and grated cheese in the oven. Sometimes it's good to finish off some leftovers, hide unwanted vegetables or just cook something cheap. I went for a chili con carne style sauce, added broccoli and stuffed my tortillas. But you can use almost anything you like. And if you want to be a bit fancy, serve with a side salad, home made guacamole and a bit of sour cream.
Garlic bread is amazing, I used to be addicted to the store bought version when I lived in Switzerland, mostly because it was easy, but also because it tasted good. But it's always better to make you own, so today I tried for the first time. It wasn't the easiest to find a recipe for garlic bread so I altered a recipe for baguettes and made them my own.
To make the baguettes:
200g wholegrain flour
1/2 sachet dry yeast
1-2 table spoons of olive oil
Pinch of salt
3dl lukewarm water
For the garlic mix:
3 cloves of Garlic
A good amount of butter
Mix the flour with the salt and the olive oil. Stir the dry yeast into the lukewarm water and add the mix to the flour. Knead for at least 5 minutes and leave in the bowl to rise, under a damp towel, for around 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Get the garlic butter ready by mixing a bit of salt, chopped garlic and room tempered butter. When the dough has doubled in size, get it out of the bowl and knead it before you make baguette shapes and place them on a tray to rise again for 1 hour.
Make slits in the bread and fill with garlic butter then place in the oven and let the breads bake for 20-25 minutes on 200 degrees. If you feel crazy you can take them out, cover them in cheese, put the breads back into the oven to melt the cheese and then eat!
I recently went for dinner at a friends house and she mentioned that she had made crisps from sweet potato. What other people might just think is general information, is for me a definite challenge. Making it yourself is always better. So I went all out and got some sweet potatoes, got chopping and here you go. Sweet potato crisps. I used a peeler to make the slices really thin, then added some olive oil, spread on a baking tray, a pinch of salt and in the oven it went. 5 minutes on 160 degrees in a fan assisted oven, take them out and remove the crispy ones (eat while working, you deserve it) and let the rest get some additional minutes in the oven. But keep an eye out, its literally seconds to failure if you don't pay attention.
I went to the store today to get some fruit and vegetables and I stopped in front of the figs and thought "why not?". It's ages since I have had fresh figs, I used to be a bit obsessed with the dried version, but fresh ones didn't use to be that easy to come by. And there they were. So I decided to make a small snack/cheese dish/dessert, call it whatever you want, it was good. If it looks like something you want to try, you need a fresh fig, a bit of blue cheese, some toasted seeds and a bit of honey. Easy!
If you haven't toasted seeds before, just choose some seeds you like, throw them in a pan and roast on low heat. Keep a close eye on these little babies, they burn like crazy if you let them, and they aren't that good when roasted too much...
I am a very big fan of readymade pastry from Jus Rol, especially when it is made into a very good chicken pie by the boyfriend. The recipe is here, and it was good!
It was time to give chocolate chip cookies a chance, I must admit it has always seemed like a difficult thing so I left it to a bakery to perfect, and for me to buy. But I woke up this morning and thought I had to bake something, and Choc chip cookies cam to mind. And then it was decided. I found this recipe online and made it my own (crafty, I tell you), see how I did it below. They were/are very addictive, and oh so filling, I think there will be very little dinner today, just one more cookie.
The trays goes into the oven around 11 minutes, on 190C/Gas 5.
This is not a recipe, this is just a way to combine puff pastry and peaches. I literally had some leftover puff pastry that was pricked with a fork, peaches were sliced and placed on top, it all went in to the oven and came out looking like this. Try it, especially lukewarm with vanilla ice cream. Not a bad combo!
One of my favourite things about summer is all the BBQ'd food I get to eat, anything is amazing once it's gotten it's time on the grill. The challenge is in acessorizing the meat/chicken/fish that is the main part, and for summer, I think easy is better. Who has time to spend in the kitchen when the sun is shining? Not me. So I am favouring the simple solutions, no recipe needed because there is no recipe. Just get creative and if you need inspiration this is what I have been making lately.
The only thing that might need a small explanation is the tomato tart below, super easy to make and a winner among guests I have let it inspire other recipes as well. For this particular one, take some puff pastry, I use the frozen kind, and when it is room temperature, roll it out thinly. Prick with a fork and place sliced tomatoes on top, brush with olive oil and add spices of your choice (I love garlic, a bit of chilli, rosemary and salt&pepper). It goes in the oven and needs 15-20 minutes on 225 degrees celsius which is a bit less than gas mark 8.
Oh how I L.O.V.E. meringue, berries and whipped cream, basically Pavlova is a good dessert choice for me. Regretfully it's not easy to come across Pavlovas unless you make them yourself and in honour of this Diamond Jubilee I made some mini Pavlovas fit for a queen.
I used 2 eggwhites that I whipped until they were stiff, then I added 115g caster sugar and kept on whipping until the mix was shiny and a bit sticky. I spooned my meringue on to a baking tray covered in baking paper and put the meringues in the oven for 30 minutes on Gas mark 1/ 140 degrees. After 30 minutes turn down the oven to Gas mark 1/2 / 120 degrees and let the meringues bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Let the meringues cool while you whip up some cream and, for the amazing part, blend in some lemon curd in the cream. This will make the whole thing so unbelievably amazing, with my first bite I wondered if I had ever tasted anything better? And I don't think I have. Because the boyfriend doesn't like, cream, meringue or lemon curd, this is a dessert I made when I was alone and basically ended up having this for lunch. No regrets, it was amazing! Make it, you won't regret it!
I am constantly introduced to British food at work, which is a bit weird as I work in a gym, but we are fairly food focused. I think around 60% of our conversations are food based and it's mostly how shocked everyone is that I haven't tried this or that. This week it was the pasta bake and cheese straws, and we are forever going on about yorkshires, even now that I have had some. So I felt the need to get my hands dirty and give the kitchen a bit of attention. The pasta bake was made on Thursday and Friday morning I got up early to make cheese straws. This is again a very easy thing to make, it took around 5 minutes to make the dough and then a good 5 minutes to roll out the straws.
If you want to make some you need:
100g self raising flour
150g grated cheese
1 beaten egg
Pinch of salt
And any other spice you think will be delicious
Mix the flour with the salt and spices, rub in the butter. Mix in the beaten egg and then add the grated cheese. Roll the dough into strips or any other shape you fancy. Place on a tray with baking paper and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees/gas mark 4 until they are golden.