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Mists of Pandaria Marathon – Foods: Raspberry Yoghurt

This snack is really simple… Maybe even too simple to grant it a full recipe post, but I’ll do it anyways. 😀 So, you’ve just fullfilled another quest, reached another level and you get the munchies for something sweet. How about a fruit yoghurt with whole raspberries in there? Real quick, real easy, prepareable in advance:

You’ll need this:

  • plain yoghurt
  • frozen berries of your liking
  • liquid honey

You may use frozen berries for this or berries that are lightly thawed, this is entirely up to. Maybe you want this frozen yoghurt style or simply fruit yoghurt style. (It’s always a good idea to keep a packet of frozen fruit in the freezer, you can easily prepare something delicious with it.)

Mix the berries into the yoghurt, stir in one tsp of liquid honey and drizzle another tsp on top of it. Serve and enjoy!

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Mists of Pandaria Marathon – Foods: Salmon Bites

Here’s another idea for a very tasty, yet quick snack that only requires a handful of ingredients. (And did you notice that I finally have new plates? 🙂 The Mr. said that I really needed some pretty plates to present my foods. See? We has now pretty plates. 🙂 )

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • smoked salmon
  • flour tortilla
  • cream cheese (plain or with herbs)
  • lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper

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Mists of Pandaria Marathon – Foods: Tuna Dip with Veggie Sticks

This one is a snack that may be prepared in advance and it doesn’t take long to prepare. It’s a great snack to satisfy those munchies for something crunchy when you’re on a gaming marathon. 🙂

There are very little ingredients needed for the dip itself:

  •  1 can of tuna (I always use the one in saltwater, not the oily one)
  • 1 onion
  • either of these: plain yoghurt, cream cheese, creme fraîche, sour cream
  • spices – dried herbs, freshly ground pepper, some salt, paprika

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Mists of Pandaria Marathon – Foods: Stuffed Mushrooms

I previously posted recipes for Piadina and Focaccia, which will certainly be on the menu next week. Here’s another idea for some gamer food: Stuffed Mushrooms.

Granted, it takes a little bit of time to prepare these, but half an hour away from keyboard can’t hurt during a gaming marathon. 😉

Here’s what you’ll need for the stuffed mushrooms:

  • Mushrooms – I used champignons
  • 1 onion
  • some bacon cubes
  • cream cheese, plain or with herbs
  • some grated parmesan
  • freshly ground pepper, cayenne pepper, dried herbs, paprika

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Rucola Pesto

Spaghetti with Rucola Pesto and fresh Cherry Tomatoes

I’m really bad when it comes to leafy green salad. If it’s only a tiny bit wilted, I don’t want to eat it. It even goes as far that I give the salad leaf that is usually inbetween a sandwich to my cat. Yes, Spike really loves salad greens and will eat it with great gusto. 

However, I can’t give Rucola to the kitties, too spicy for them. 🙂 Besides, I love the taste of Rucola but I can’t get myself to eat it when it’s not crispy fresh. The solution – Rucola Pesto!  Continue reading →

Piadina

Piadina (plural Piadine) is an Italian speciality that I love very much. We are lucky enough to have a Piadina Bar in town where you can buy freshly made Piadine. Unfortunately, they are quite pricey.

Imagine how thrilled I was when our local grocery store started to carry raw Piadina! Now, Piadina is a baked good, made from wheat flour, rolled out very thin and then baked with no fat on a hot plate or in a wide flat pan. In fact, if you’d like to try this and can’t get your hand on Piadine you can substitute them easily with flour tortillas. Tortillas are similar enough to work with. 

The beauty of Piadine is that they can be prepared to individual taste and varied endlessly. (I like that!) Here’s how I usually prepare them.

 

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Warm Focaccia Sandwiches

Focaccia is awesome. Either to enjoy it fresh out of the oven with no fuzz or prepared like here as warm sandwiches. Believe me – it’s totally worth to go through the trouble of preparation because these warm sandwiches are divine!

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Focaccia, in case you do not know what it is:

“Focaccia (Italian pronunciation: [foˈkattʃa]) is a flat oven-baked Italian bread,[1] which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients. It is similar in style and texture to pizza, but not considered to be the same.”

There are many variants out there. I found a simple one at the store that was topped with herbs. In case you can’t get your hands on Focaccia, this recipe works just as fine with simple toast. And you know me – I love recipes that may be varied. 🙂 Same here, take this as an idea as to how to prepare your next sandwich, but experiment with toppings you like or happen to have at home.

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Öpfel-Biire-Waihe

In Switzerland, we love Waihe or – as it’s also called – Wähe. The closest thing to translating would probably be Gateaux aux fruits or Fruit Tarte. Only – it doesn’t only come in the sweet variation, there are also savory kinds. 

Today I’ll present the sweet kind with apples and pears. Swiss people love to eat Waihe as a main dish, for lunch or dinner or even breakfast. You can buy pre-packaged slices in almost every grocery store or bakery. It’s relatively cheap and great to use up those not-so-fresh apples or other fruit. My mom would make Waihe a lot during summer as a light dinner and my grandma always brought me some when I was sick. My personal favourite is the one with apricots or plums. However, I’ll show you the one with apples and some pears today, since I had those at home and they needed to be eaten. 🙂

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Spinach-Feta-Pie with Cucumber-Tomato Salad

I’ve seen a couple of Jamie Oliver shows lately and I love his ideas. I was especially impressed by his 30-Minute-Meals. So I gave in and ordered the book Jamies 30 Minute Meals. While I knew from the beginning that I won´t be able to cook the meals just as he describes them, the recipes sure give me inspiration and I adapt them to the possibilities of my kitchen and my skills.

So here comes a freely adapted recipe for Spinach-Feta-Pie:

Ingredients:

  • 100 g Pine Nuts
  • 5 eggs
  • 300 g Feta Cheese
  • 50 g Cheddar (or a similar cheese)
  • dried Oregano
  • 1 lemon
  • 400-500 g fresh leaf spinach
  • 1-2 onions, diced
  • some butter
  • 1 rolled out puff pastry
  • cayenne pepper, nutmeg

Roast the Pine Nuts with no fat in a pan until they are golden brown. Beware – they burn quite fast all of a sudden if you don’t pay attention.

Beat the eggs in a bowl, crumble the feta in and grate the Cheddar in. (we hardly get Cheddar around here, so I used Gruyère – but basically any cheese will do). Add a dash of cayenne pepper, dried oregano (not too sparsely) and grated lemon zest. Add the pine nuts and stir everything together.

Wash the spinach and dry it. Add butter to the pan, wait until melted, then add the diced onions and fry until transparent. (Note: I love cooking with onions, but you can choose to leave them out of the dish if you want to. It´ll work without, too.) Add some of the spinach until it collapses, then add the next part etc. until all the spinach is in the pan. Stir regularily until it’s done. It never ceases to amaze me that this huge bag of leaf spinach ends up to be just a handful after being cooked. Drain any excess liquid, then add the spinach to the egg-feta mixture. Grate about half a nutmeg into the mix, add some pepper and mix well.

As you can see in the picture above, I used a round baking tray. And a squarely rolled out dough. 🙂 It doesn´t really matter, use whatever baking tray you have at hand and put the rolled out puff pastry in there. Sprinkle with a bit of cayenne pepper. Add the mix and spread evenly onto the dough. I folded any excess dough there was over the mixture.

See, I usually don´t go for pretty, but tasty. 😀

Bake in pre-heated oven at 200° C for approx. 20-30 minutes. You’ll have to check, depending on your oven, it may take a bit longer. You want the filling to be firm and the dough to be golden brown.

I made some cucumber-cherry-tomato salad to go with it. For the sauce, I mixed  some fresh garlic, lemon juice, approx. 1/2 fresh chili, olive oil, mixed salad herbs and a bit of salt together. When it comes to salad sauces, I usually throw together what I have at hand, taste and adjust. Oh, and there was some left-over mozzarella cut in the salad, too.

In any case – the Pie was really good and I will most definitely make it again. Even my boyfriend who was not fond of Feta up until then really loved it. 

Enjoy!

The Valentines Dinner at Anka’s

This is our dinner tonight – a fresh, homemade pizza made from scratch.
 
The dough was made with our trusty breadmaker. Basically you just drop all the ingredients for a pizza dough in there (add some herbs for good measure, makes the dough so much tastier!), tell the machine to run the program “dough” and after a while you get out the perfect pizza dough for further procedure.
 
For the sauce, we used 1,5 cans of chopped tomatoes and a can of tuna, mixed with some salt and pepper and italian herbs and tadaaaa – a perfect base topping.
 
Further, there is grated cheese, onions, fresh cherry and date tomatoes, salami and ham and fresh mozzarella. The picture here is before baking – I don’t think I could snap a picture fast enough once it’s done!
 
Have a nice evening everyone!
 

Our dinner tonight!