Cookingbookclub 21

Welcome back to the 21st edition of #cookingbookclub directly from our green kitchen. I hope you did not put the spinach on the fire and that you stocked up on salads because this month we are learning to cook as many vegetables and fruits as possible and we are trying recipes from Giada de Laurentiis!

[greenkitchen3] – this year I eat more veggies and fruits

“I don’t eat vegetables.” I have heard this statement several times from people of different ages and I still do not understand what is it with vegetables and fruits in the diet of the natives. Because the traditional Romanian cuisine contains many recipes with vegetables and fruits. And we love potatoes with a lot of

Cookingbookclub 20

Don’t know what to cook this month? ๐Ÿ™‚ Servus, today’s #cookingbookclub comes with the weirdest cookbook I’ve ever read: The ScrapsBook from Ikea, written in collaboration with chefs from North America. Book from which we will try – me and you – a few recipes, because it fits with the theme of this month’s green

Cookingbookclub 19

Welcome to a new edition #cookingbookclub, our cooking club, where I propose a book, an author or a site every two months, according to an algorithm only known to me. Lol. :)))) We are thus stepping into year number 4 – wow !!!! – and we will have a theme this year as well, because

[cakesandcoffee 21] – trifle to start the year

Morning from 2022! We start the year strong, with recycled leftovers of cakes and other stuff in the fridge, to make room for the next disaster! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› From last year I had to try a recipe for dessert from Aunt Martha Stewart. The classic trifle is actually an English recipe and consists of a

Ep. 194 – mini empanadas with chicken and vegetables

I tried to make empanadas about a year or two ago, but it was such a big miss that I was embarrassed to show it to you. I can only tell you that the puff pastry and the vegetable sauce don’t go well together. :))) This time I studied the recipes from Martha Stewart –

Cookingbookclub 18 | Martha Stewart’s recipes

Disaster no. 1: It was supposed to be Potato Galette with Smoked Salmon, but a sort of smoked salmon potato salad came out. Boiled potatoes. Smoked salmon. Some finely chopped sour cucumbers. A dressing of lemon zest with mayo. And that’s it. :)))) Disaster no. 2: the chicken salad tarts turned into a salad with

[cakesandcoffee 20] – zserbรณ

Jรณ reggelt kรญvรกnok or morning! From today until Christmas, you can try the best Transylvanian cake every day, Zserbรณ – Jerbo, Gerbeaud, Greta Garbo or a five-sheet walnut cake, as my grandmother wrote in her recipe book. The cake is named after Emil Gerbeaud, a Swiss confectioner, chocolate maker and entrepreneur of Hungarian descent, who

Cookingbookclub 18

We end this year with the #cookingbookclub proposal number 18 (wow!!!). Martha Stewart is an institution itself, she cooks, crochets, plants and when she gets bored she posts on all the social networks and on the website. At 80! :))) You can search for shows on Youtube or on TV, read her books or choose

[cakesandcoffee 19] – chocolate cake

If you have the time and ingredients, here’s a quick chocolate cake recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just right for coffee. ๐Ÿ˜› It’s a classic cake, with a cocoa sponge and a ganache cream, plus some fruit on top for the artistic impression. ๐Ÿ˜› We had strawberries, you use what you have. Ingredients for the sponge: 4 eggs,

Cookingbookclub 17 | Stanley Tucci’s recipes

Since we all come from a Traian, of course the list of recipes to try was super-ultra-mega long. ๐Ÿ˜€ Great thing, at least in my case, that I’m fussy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bruschetta con pomodoro meaning tomato bruschetta: toast, on top of which you put chopped red tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil. I added some celery and

[cakesandcoffee 18] – plum cake

Because it is the autumn fruit season, today we have a plum cake, a disaster that is easy to make and super delicious. ๐Ÿ˜› Basically, we have a sponge cake that we combine with some plums. If you don’t want plums, you can use pears or other seasonal fruits. For sponge cake we need 4

Cookingbookclub 17

This month the #cookingbookclub proposal is an actor/ cookbook author about his Italian family/ producer of culinary shows on CNN and great head of cocktails at the Insta-corona division. ๐Ÿ™‚ The only and incomparable Stanley Tucci, about whom I admit that until this year I did not know much, except that he has nice roles

Cookingbookclub 16 | Adi Hฤƒdean’s recipes

I don’t know why, but I don’t feel like cooking this time of year. Either my brain is on vacation or it’s from the heat. ๐Ÿ™‚ So today we have a recipe instead of the recipesโ€ฆ Plus I like what Adi’s mother cooks, all those pies that look great in pictures, but I’m not allowed

[cakesandcoffee 16] – puff pastry with sour cherries

Well, it should have been a sour cherry strudel. I just didn’t have the time and desire to roll out the dough, so I turned to the puff pastry supply in the freezer. It turned out to be a medium-sized, slightly burnt disaster (because of the oven, not me, lol), with some fruit and the

Cookingbookclub 16

This month we have a local proposal again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I admit that I have no idea who the most famous Chefs in Romania are, I haven’t watched the shows and the chances of recognizing a person on the street are about zeroโ€ฆ not that they aren’t very famous, but because I am nonstop with my

[cakesandcoffee 15] – sponge cake

Today at coffee we have sponge cake (chec in Romanian), the best and simplest local cake, which our mother makes us since childhood. The cake I know is fluffy, white and cocoa top, with/ without nuts and that melts in your mouth. Yes, a super delicious disaster! ๐Ÿ˜› Ingredients: 8 eggs, 8 tablespoons oil, 1

Cookingbookclub 15 | Ina Garten’s recipes

I don’t know how I ended up with a long list of vegetarian/ vegan recipes. Without bothering too much. :))))) What I tried: Moroccan couscous (with vegetables) – see the recipe here. I made Moroccan couscous before, but with chickpeas. This time the recipe is only with vegetables. A tasty disaster. ๐Ÿ™‚ Green string beans

Special ep.: lentil soup with sausages

Good idea for this soup from Ina Garten. It is basically a vegan soup, but it can be improved with sausages. And grated Parmesan cheese for fans of this product. ๐Ÿ™‚ For 3-4 servings I used half a cup of green lentils, an onion, a clove of garlic, a carrot, two stalks of celery and

Special ep.: string beans (haricots verts)

String beans, boiled in salted water and rinsed with cold water and set aside. I used a bag of frozen beans, you might find it fresh at the market, in which case you break its tails beforehand, wash it and boil it, to make it edible, but to keep it crispy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bell peppers, red

Special ep.: Moroccan couscous (with vegetables)

Well, this is a variation on the Moroccan couscous, only it does not have chickpeas in it, like the recipe tried last year, but a mix of seasonal vegetables. All I can say is that it is done quite quickly and the result is disastrously delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€ What vegetables do we use? I tried to

[crashcourseincooking 6] – salad’s magic formula

For me, salads are simply magical, because you can have n-combinations and arrangements, they are made in the blink of an eye, they are nutritious, for all whims, cravings and allergies; In addition, you can cook them in the harshest conditions, even outdoors, without too many utensils. So here’s the formula: potatoes, pasta, rice, tortillas

[crashcourseincooking 5] – the planning

It’s not just the cooking itself that goes fast and easy if you follow the same simple steps. How do I plan my shopping? How do I make the most of my kitchen space? What about the freezer and the pantry? How do I stop throwing food? If you start from scratch, the first time

[crashcourseincooking 4] – the cooking

I go into the kitchen with a lot of energy, I’m cooking today! How to cook as fast and easy as possible? How do I organize myself and avoid accidents? And how do I make sure that I am not putting my kitchen on fire? And don’t burn the food? ๐Ÿ™‚ Cooking itself is a

[crashcourseincooking 3] – the must have ingredients

I found a perfect recipe, now all I have to do is make a list of ingredients. Maybe I have them around the house, in the fridge, freezer or pantry? Or do I have to go shoppingโ€ฆ What kind of ingredients must be in the kitchen? It is logical that in addition to the utensils,

[crashcourseincooking 2] – the recipes

I have a kitchen equipped with all the utensils, but what should I cook? Do I buy cookbooks? Do I search for recipes on the internet? Do I call my mother (father)? Or do I call my neighbor from the second floor? ๐Ÿ™‚ Many of us have learned to cook from our parents or grandparents,

[crashcourseincooking 1] – the tools

You want to cook at home, but you don’t know if you have all the necessary utensils. What should you have in the kitchen so you can cook fast, varied and safe? Do you need to have the kitchen equipped like on a TV shows or can you make it with a pot and a

[crashcourseincooking 0] – intro

Dear disasters of the wide world, directly from our colorful studios, we launch today the first season of the Crash Course in Cooking. The season has 6 episodes and is intended for all those who want to cook from scratch, without having cooked anything before. One thing I’ve learned in recent months is that you

[cakesandcoffee 14] – tiramisu

Real Tiramisu, made by Chef, the classic recipe. With biscuits, coffee with Amaretto or Marsala and egg cream with mascarpone and sugar, covered with a generous layer of cocoa. First mentioned in a cookbook in the Venetian region, in 1983 and invented somewhere in the 60’s and 70’s, tiramisu in Italian means “take me/ get

Cookingbookclub 15

Hello to a new edition of cookingbookclub, number 15. Today’s proposal is Ina Garten, or Barefoot Contessa, a nice gourmet lady, born in the same year as my father. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you watch food shows, you’ve probably seen at least one recipe tried by Ina, even if you didn’t pay attention to the presenter. ๐Ÿ™‚

[cakesandcoffee 13] – wild thyme and lemon tea

With wild thyme or Breckland thyme. Today in the category #cakesandcoffee we have a recipe for communion with the surrounding nature. From the hills of Dumbrฤƒviศ›a. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if you’re a tea drinker. In our family, it is one of the drinks used almost all the time, not only in the cold season

Cookingbookclub 14 | Jamila’s recipes

The good thing about Jamila is that she has instructions, text and video. So from the three combined you should have an approximately similar product at the end. I insist on the word “approximately” because obviously I didn’t really get what she had in the pictures. :)))))) That’s why the old cookbooks were good, with

Special ep.: Jamila’s special hamburger buns recipe

For 8-10 pieces, we make dough from 350g lukewarm water, 570g flour, 10g yeast, 3g oil, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 egg, salt. I made half a portion and they came out approx. 5 buns of 100g each. From the water, yeast, sugar and a little flour we make the leaven and leave it to rise

[cakesandcoffee 12] – apple and walnuts pastry triangle

Today’s recipe is a quick disaster, assuming you have some puff pastry in the fridge or freezer. If it’s in the freezer, you have to be patient to defrost it – the quickest and most effective way is to leave it in the fridge overnight. From the dough you will cut squares 12 ร— 12

Cookingbookclub 14

I may have told you before, but every time my mother calls me to tell me that she had cooked something new, she found her recipes on the site at Jamila Cuisine. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, you would expect that after so many episodes, disasters would be the first source of inspiration in the family. Still,

[cakesandcoffee 11] – caramel tea

May March be as sweet as today’s tea. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ In our family disaster we drink tea quite often, but they are generally herbal teas. If they are picked with your personal hands, even the better. ๐Ÿ™‚ Burnt sugar tea or caramel tea was drunk in the camps and in the mountains, because caramel

Cookingbookclub 13 | Gordon Ramsay’s recipes

Last year there was #321sourcesofinspiration. This year comes with #foodfriendsandlove. And Gordon Ramsay, who cooks for friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ What is Gordon telling us? That he teaches his children that if you want to live to old age and for a healthy lifestyle, you have to eat well. This also means knowing where the food comes

Special ep.: linguini with feta, lemon and seeds

Well, they’re not really linguini, they’re whole spaghetti. From the pantry. ๐Ÿ™‚ But linguini is for you, to know what to buy next time you go to the store. ๐Ÿ˜› It’s a very complicated recipe. :))) Boil pasta al dente, drain and rinse with warm water. You add olive oil, lemon juice (I put half

[cakesandcofee 10] – streusel cake

Childhood cake. Slightly sweet according to our current preferences, but disastrously good. ๐Ÿ˜€ This time I respected the quantities of the ingredients, but next time I would reduce the amount of sugar in the icing to 100g instead of 150g; and I think that in the dough it could be halved as well. And if

Cookingbookclub 13

Well, with this article we enter season 3 of our reading and cooking club, which, surprisingly, has generated some disastrously tasty attempts in the past years. I don’t know about you, but I relaxed looking for recipes through books, websites and Youtube. And let’s not start talking about the extra kilograms. :))))) As you have

Cookingbookclub 12 | Nigella’s recipes

As you can remember, this year we are cooking from #321sourcesofinspiration, the last one for this year being Nigella Lawson. Which Nigella just got a new TV show based on a new book called “Cook.Eat.Repeat.” I watched two episodes and had a lot of fun to see what disasters is cooking, omgosh. ๐Ÿ˜› As for

Special ep. โ€“ Amaretto Sour

A good cocktail with amaretto and lemon juice. Yes, of course is a bit sour, like any authentic disaster. :))))) The recipe for a cocktail is as follows: 3 parts amaretto liqueur, 2 parts lemon juice mixed and poured into a glass, with or without ice. I preferred without. Garnish with a glazed cherry and

Special ep. – festive couscous

Well, the trick of this main course – garnish are the spices. Usually I made couscous mixed with a little salt or vegeta. This time, however, I used, as written in the recipe, a mixture of spices, which raised the couscous to another level. ๐Ÿ˜€ To prepare the recipe, boil a large cup of water.

Special ep. – turkey strips

Well, this is a pretty modified recipe. Because Nigella’s original was with grated Parmesan cheese on top and a sauce with eggs and cream. Sorry, we don’t serve that this year. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want this version, look for “Ed’s Victorious Turkey Hash”, as the original recipe is called. My variant: a piece of turkey

Special ep. – red salad

Nigella’s red salad, used as an entree, I think is one of the fastest inventions. From three ingredients, YEIII! Specifically, a can of red beans, rinsed well and drained is placed in a bowl. Separately cut a red onion, julienne or cubes, as you prefer, and mix with a little vinegar (I used balsamic vinegar)

Special ep. – fruit salad with antioxidants

Nigella fruit salad with just three ingredients. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus antioxidants and lots of vitamins. ๐Ÿ˜€ Guess why I chose the recipe? Because it had mangoes in it!!! I just ate the mango until I made the fruit salad, like a real disaster, lol. So I adapted. Which I recommend to you every time. Don’t cling

[cakesandcoffee 8] – whipped cream cappuccino

Cappuccino with whipped cream, Kapuziner, cafรฉ Viennois or Viennese cappuccino, probably appeared in the Austro-Italian parts in the 18th century. And one of the Habsburg legacies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cappuccino is a drink made up of three parts: a shot of espresso, a shot of hot milk and a part of milk foam. A total of 150-180

Cookingbookclub 12

Well, the last book and the last episode of this year of #cookingbookclub will also be a site/ Instagram. ๐Ÿ™‚ If we jumped from paper to online, let’s do this to the end. :)))) Greaaat, and whose site is it? To Nigella Lawson. ๐Ÿ™‚ From the #321sourcesof inspiration, I chose Nigella, because she has thousands

Ep. 135 – Stuffed Pumpkin

At the last editorial meeting of the kitchen disasters between me and my other personalities, one as stormy as those of Caragiale, lol, I came to the conclusion that this Halloween / Local Harvest Day we will promote a recipe stolen from friends . :)) One with a lot of honey to erase the sour-bitter

[cakesandcoffee 7] โ€“ Pear Cake

Maybe you’re wondering what Chef is up to these days? He’s dealing with cakes. :))))) This recipe came in handy, because otherwise I would have had to stress you with a coffee with amaretto or maybe a fruit tartโ€ฆ But don’t worry, we’ll see in the next episodeโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚ So today we have a clean

Ep. 134 – Rice with Chickpea and Lemon

Or how I destroyed the rice. With a pinterest-inspired vegan recipe – yeeess, I saved several on a Greek sunny day outside. :))) Well, I might be a disaster, but I can’t stand the dishes where the rice is boiled until the grain is gone. Like the traditional pilaf – is a big no-no. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ep. special [mexican] – Enchiladas with Zucchini

If we had the version with tortillas, I found another recipe, inspired by Pinterest. Although you probably think that we fill tortillas with zucchini or squash, well, you were wrong. :)) In fact the slices of zucchini will be filled with chicken, in the version with meat. But you can be creative and have a

Special ep. – Plum Tart

Plum tart, low sugar version. I used a round tray, suitable for exactly 4 servings. It is a tart with less dough and a lot of fruits, yummmy. ๐Ÿ™‚ The dough is also half the normal amount: I made two sheets of 125g flour with 63g butter and 3 tablespoons of cold water, a pinch

Special ep. – Quince Tart

Quince tart, has the smell of autumn and the taste of ginger. :))) It is also a variant with very little sugar, 1-2 tablespoons for 1 kg of fruit. The dough is also half the normal amount: I made two sheets of 125g flour with 63g butter and 3 tablespoons of cold water, a pinch