Sunday, June 21, 2009

I don't have a green thumb but...

I like the idea of growing your own food. In practice, though, this is limited to herbs such as cilantro and watercress. This year I wanted to try something new.

Today we bought tomatoes and sweet pepper - and roses as you can see...

And a pot of lovely minature basil (minette basil?) which hopefull will live longer...

I was also considering cucumbers. Any other ideas what we can grow on a balcony with a roof and windows? And what to I call such a balcony? It's not a porch, is it?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dish of the day: chicken with apples / Danie dnia: kurczak z jabłkami

I saw the recipe in one of the newspapers and simply thought this should be good. Maybe because the couscous salad with apples is very popular in my house. I modified the original recipe slightly: skipped the bacon, used red onion instead of yellow.

You will need:
4 chicken breasts, cut
2 red apples, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 green pepper, also diced
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 teaspoons of curry spice (I know I should make it myself, but I was rather tired)
crushed black pepper
3 tablespoons of rice oil (very nice)

Heat the oil in a casserole, fry the chicken. When it turns "white" add the garlic, onion, peppers and fry some more. Add some water if needed. Add the curry spice and apples. Cook until the apples turn yellow.

I served it with brown rice cooked with black cumin.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Potato salad with walnuts and pesto / Sałatka ziemniaczana z orzechami i pesto

Since it's barbecue season here in Norway, and despite the fact that such activities are not allowed where I live...

You will need:
12 small potatoes, cooked
2 dl of light sour cream, or anything lighter than that
2 tablespoons of pesto of your choice
50 grams of walnuts, chopped
1 dl of chopped ruccola salad
salt and crushed black pepper

Prepare the dressing. Pour over the potatoes. Done.

Easy food for lazy days.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

On request: chili sin carne

You will need:
2 onions, peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2-3 button mushrooms, cut
1 tablespoon of oil
1 red capsicum, cut
2 cans of red beans
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
1 small can of sweet corn
2 dl of water
1 tablespoon of tomato paste (this you can skip)
1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder (less if you are delicate)
1 1/2 teaspoon of cumin (this you cannot skip)
a pinch of turmeric (it brings out the colour, skip it if you don't care)
salt and pepper
oregano, fresh or dried

In a large casserole heat the oil. Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms. Fry and stir well. Add all the spices. Then add all the other ingredients. Cook until done. Serve with tortillas, some sour cream, cold salad and cold beer. You can make it cheap by buiyng your cans of food at Rema1000 (the beans there are decent), you can make it expensive using SW beans and fresh tomatoes. In any case it tastes better the day after. And the day after that again...

Oh, and excuse the lack of illustration. Forgot it thrice.