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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: Slice the Filet lengthwise.  Place prunes along the middle. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Wrap the filet with […]

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 […]

Black Beans

Black Beans

Caraotas Negras, black beans

You will find this dish throughout the Caribbean, and the north of South America.  I make it Venezuelan style.  I do know that in Brazil and that in Cuba it is prepared similarly, but I am not sure how close their recipes are.  The only downside to this dish is that it requires a very long time to cook. You can replace the bacon with the leftover bone of a pork roast… sorry it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it is the original method and it does give you better results… as a modern twist, I like to add bacon.

  • 1 package black beans
  • 3 red peppers – chopped
  • 3 onions – chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves – pressed
  • 3.5 oz (100 gr) bacon.
  • 3 laurel leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions:

  1. Soak the beans overnight.
  2. Prepare a sofrito with the onions, peppers, and the garlic.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a stew pot, and cook for a few hours, until the beans are tender.
Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

I love this dish. Yes, it does take more time to prepare all the ingredients, but then it is a lot of fun to eat! Tip 1:  leftovers taste great, so do not worry about making too much of anything! Tip 2:  Cover the leftover […]

Mushroom Omelette

Mushroom Omelette

You can adapt the recipe and make cheese, mushroom or any combination of your favorite Omelette.  It is important though to have a good non-stick pan to make this dish. Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr)  mushrooms 1 onion – chopped finely Salt and pepper to […]

Pizza

Pizza

Pizza

We like to make Pizza on Tuesdays, because the kids have sport until 6 pm, and then there’s not enough time to cook. I usually set the bread machine to make the dough while we are away, so that as soon as we get home, we just have to form the pizza dough, and the kids get to “decorate” it – I just have to get the toppings ready.

Pizza Dough (for 1 large pizza – I usually double it for 4 – 5 people)

  • 6 oz (200 ml) water
  • 1.5 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 lb (350 gr) flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions – Dough:

  1. pizza dough
    Place all ingredients in a bread machine in the order given above (liquids first), and set the machine to make a dough. Here you see that I’m making 2 pizzas, so I needed to double the  ingredients.

Ingredients for Pizza Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup pesto (see recipe or use your favorite brand for a quick sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients to make the sauce.

Pizza Ingredients:

  • Mozzarella
  • Sauce (above)
  • Dough (above)
  • Any combination of the following:
  • Salami, pepperoni, ham, onion slices, tomato slices, bacon, or any topping of your choice…

Directions:

  1. Form your pizza dough, and let rest for 15 minutes.
  2. pizza 1Add 2 tablespoons of sauce per pizza, and arrange your favorite toppings on top.
  3. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for around 15 minutes.
Crêpes

Crêpes

Ingredients: 18 oz (550 ml) Milk 3 eggs 2 Tablespoons oil 1/2 lb (220 gr) flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender. Make Crêpes in a Crêpe pan at med – high heat.  Use a soup serving spoon […]

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

This is a very simple, very light version of the classic  side-dish. Ingredients: 1 small cabbage 6 carrots – finely grated 1 lime – juice 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt pepper to taste Directions: Add the salt to the finely […]

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

Fondue

Still cool enough to make Fondue one more time, although we even used to make Fondue in Venezuela –   I  remember once eating Fondue at the Beach after bringing the air conditioner to the max, so it would be cold enough to survive eating such a meal in the tropics!!  Not very environment-friendly, but nobody knew that back in the 70’s…

Ingredients:

  • 250 gr gruyère cheese – grated
  • 250 gr appenzeller cheese – grated
  • 5 oz (150 ml) dry white wine
  • 2 garlic cloves – chopped very, very finely
  • ground pepper
  • ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon style mustard
  • 1 tiny bit of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) Kirsch Wasser or white wine to dilute the corn starch
  • 2 baguettes – cut into cubes
  • TIP: When making Fondue for kids, the wine and the Kirsch are substituted for sour Must (Most in german). It is made of apple juice, it is sour and it does not contain any alcohol.

Directions:

First you prepare the Fondue on the stove at med – high heat.

  1. Press the garlic against the sides of the Caquelon .
  2. Add the wine and warm up just a little bit.
  3. Start adding the cheese (previously mixed), little by little, while stirring constantly. You are supposed to always stir tracing an 8!
  4. Add a tiny bit of lemon juice.  This prevents the cheese from separating.
  5. Add the cornstarch (previously diluted in Kirsch or wine).
  6. Add the mustard, and then add  pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  7. The fondue is ready as soon as it starts to boil. Now you can bring the Fondue to the table and place it on a Réchaud (spirit burner)
  8. Serve with baguette.  Some people like to add a little bit of salami.
Sauerkraut – Latvian style

Sauerkraut – Latvian style

My mom has always made sauerkraut this way.  I am assuming it is the way it is made in Latvia, since she learned how to make it with her grandmother. Ingredients: 1/2 Cabbage – thinly sliced 1 can sauerkraut 1 onion – chopped 4 peppercorns […]