Soups

New kitchen toy – new recipes :)

Some weekends I just want to rest and rest and rest…

Most weekends I am in a baking mood and for me, because of less time restraints,  it’s just the best time to try new recipes. Also, this weekend, we also had a new addition in our kitchen: the Ninja Professional 1000 Blender. My daughter’s present for her birthday this year.

We made two smoothies: a fruity one and a green one  banana, peach and mango smoothie  banana, apple, carrot, spinach smoothie. Unfortunately we were too excited about the new toy and too busy tasting the smoothies so none of them had a chance to get their  pictures taken.

The other thing we tried with the new blender was a delicious carrot- butternut squash-ginger soup.

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I can’t wait to try more smoothies and creamy soups 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Vegetarian

Garlic Pureed Spinach with Oven Spicy French fries

As a child I was a very picky eater. My mother always had a hard time make me eat. Don’t get me wrong, she was a great cook and growing up I was able to appreciate it. As a child I was very stubborn when it was about food, and I  had just a few dishes I would eat. Curiously spinach pureed was one of them.  Back home we would call it ” Spinach pureed with garlic and milk ( or sour cream ) “. My mother would serve it with  fried eggs and a quick potato pan buns. To be honest I think I loved the buns more and I think she knew that because  she would refuse to make them without the spinach pureed. LOL

Ingredients for 3-4 servings

  • 2 fresh spinach bunches or  2 bags ( 350 g each )  of fresh spinach. Frozen spinach works as well but I think it would never have the same flavor as the fresh one.
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp of plain Greek yogurt or sour cream ( 5% )
  • half of cup of milk
  • salt to taste
  • 1 bag of spicy French fries ( oven roasted )

Directions

Bring a large pot with water to a boil and when is bubbling add the spinach. Do not cook more than five minutes. We don’t want to miss all the vitamins. Strain the spinach and let it in the strainer to lose all the liquid. You can press it from time to time with a spoon.

After the liquid is drained minced the spinach very well on a cutting board. Place the minced spinach back in the strainer to lose the liquid if there is some left.

Preheat the oven as per potato package instruction and bake them for about 15 minuteas or as indicated on the bag.

In a deep skillet add the olive oil and the garlic and cook for one minute.  Add the flour and stir. Add the yogurt and the milk and cook to a low heat until it looks like a smooth sauce. Add more yogurt or milk if needed. It should have the consistency of a sour cream. When the sauce is ready add the minced spinach and cook for about 1 minute stirring continuously.

Serve it with spicy French fries. All I could say is that I was asked for more 😉

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Bon  Appetite ! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Muffins and other sweets

Chocolate chip sour cream coffee muffins

I invite you all to indulge in these sinfully delicious chocolate chip coffee muffins alongside a cup of tea or coffee. You won’t regret it. 🙂

For the muffins:

  • 1/4 cup of grape seeds oil (the recipe was calling for 1/2 cup of unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 lemon ( juice )

For the filling and topping

  • 1 cups semisweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of granulated  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grounded cocoa beans (optional)
  • 1/2  teaspoon instant coffee

 

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I hope you enjoy them 😉