Family recipes from around the world

Month: May 2010

Cheese Quiche

Cheese Quiche

Being in Switzerland at the moment, there’s no wonder all my dishes this week are packed with cheese.  This is no exception! 1 lb (500 gr) grated Swiss cheese 1 teaspoon cornstarch 3/4 cup half & half (or milk) 1 Tablespoon flour 2 Tablespoons ricotta […]

Klimpas Soup

Klimpas Soup

This used to be my childhood’s favorite soup!  My Latvian great-grandmother used to make it when I was very, very young, and then my mom took over the recipe.  I just learned it from her!  Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: Consommé – see yesterday’s post 1 […]

Chicken with Broccoli

Chicken with Broccoli

Chicken Broccoli

I think I like any dish with cheese… I guess it has to do with my swiss roots 😉  In Switzerland, at family restaurants, almost everything has cheese in it – if not, they put cheese on top!

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken – in pieces
  • 2 carrots, 1 celery stick, parsley
  • 1 large broccoli – in small pieces
  • 3 oz (100 gr) grated cheese (Gruyère)
  • 3 oz (100 gr) grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 oz (75 gr) butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper and nutmeg to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken in a stock pot. Add the carrots, celery, parsley and 1 teaspoon salt. Add water and boil for about 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender.
  2. Take out the chicken and let cool.  Save the chicken broth for a nice Consommé.

For the cream sauce (Béchamel):

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter at medium heat.
  2. Add the flour and let fry while stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring the heat to medium – high, and continue stirring until it starts to boil.

Now to put it all together:

  1. Make a first layer of broccoli.
    Chicken Broccoli 1
  2. Then a layer of chicken.
    Chicken Broccoli 2
  3. One layer of Béchamel sauce, and then at the end, sprinkle Gruyère and Parmesan.
    Chicken Broccoli 3
  4. Place in a warm oven at 350ºF (180ºC) for about 1 hour.
Fish Sticks

Fish Sticks

This is an easy way to make home-made fish sticks! Ingredients: 1 lb (500 gr) fish filets – cut into thin stripes 1 egg 1 cup bread crumbs salt oil Directions: Sprinkle some salt over the fish stripes Scramble the egg in a medium bowl, […]

Moussaka

Moussaka

Hola Sonia, aquí te dedicamos mi mamá y yo la receta! It’s been a very long time since we have made Moussaka at home.  We adjusted the preparation of the eggplants to save on a few calories … We have been grilling eggplants for so […]

"Crunchy" French Toast

"Crunchy" French Toast

French Toast

I remember eating “crunchy” French Toast when I was a kid.  There’s a tiny little trick in order to make them!

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • oil
  • Marmalade, powder sugar, maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Mix 2 eggs, milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. French Toast 1
    Dip the bread slices, one by one in the batter.
  3. French Toast 2
    Fry the bread slices on a non-stick pan with a little bit of oil at medium heat. Put them aside.
  4. French Toast 3
    Return the fried slices to the pan and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on each side.  Fry shortly, just to caramelize the sugar over the french toast.  This will give you really crunchy French Toast!
Tortellini with Saffron Sauce

Tortellini with Saffron Sauce

Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon Saffron 1/2 onion – finely diced 2 garlic cloves – pressed 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk 2 egg yolks – mixed with a little bit of milk Salt Pepper Parmesan or Pecorino – grated Cooked tortellini Directions: Put the saffron […]

Crispy Chicken

Crispy Chicken

Ingredients: 2 cups corn flakes 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs 1 chicken – in pieces salt, pepper and garlic powder Oil Directions: Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder over the chicken pieces. Place the corn flakes in a large plastic bag and crunch them well […]

Pork Filet with Prunes

Pork Filet with Prunes

Pork Filet with Prunes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pork filet
  • 15 – 18 prunes
  • 2 Onions – chopped in large chunks
  • 7 oz (200 gr) sliced bacon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Pork Filet with Prunes 1
    Slice the Filet lengthwise.  Place prunes along the middle. Sprinkle salt and pepper.
  2. Wrap the filet with the bacon stripes.
  3. Add the remaining prunes and the onions to the baking dish.
  4. Add 1 cup of water.
  5. Pork Filet with Prunes 2
    Bake in a warm oven at 350ºF (180 – 200ºC) for about 1 hr 15 min, or until Filet is well done.
  6. Place the meat on a cutting board.
  7. Take out most of the prunes, leaving about 1 – 3.  With a stick blender, puree the onions and the prunes.  Add water in case there is not enough to make a nice sauce.  Taste, and adjust salt to taste.  You can also start blending without the prunes, and add and blend according to taste. Strain the sauce, add to a serving dish.  Cut the Filet in medallions, and serve on top of the sauce.
Garlic Pizza Bread

Garlic Pizza Bread

Ingredients: 1 Pizza Dough 1 Garlic clove – crushed 2 Tablespoons Olive oil Oregano Marjoram Directions: Make the pizza dough. Warm up the oven to 360ºF (200ºC). Form your pizza bread, cover with a towel, and let rest for 15 minutes. Mix the garlic, olive […]