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Pork Roast with banana sauce

Pork Roast with banana sauce

I started to make this dish in Germany. It is not particularly German style, besides the fact that I do use German cumin for this recipe. I did mention in earlier posts that the cumin tastes different here.  Now this might be a tricky one […]

Rosemary Potatoes

Rosemary Potatoes

The rosemary adds a really nice touch to the potatoes.  It’s a great side dish when making a roast! Ingredients: 2 lbs (1 kg) potatoes 1.5 teaspoons salt 1 rosemary stem 2 tablespoons olive oil pepper to taste Directions Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Slice the […]

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

This recipe is a combination between the way roast chicken is made in Venezuela and the way I used to make it in Florida… It’s also an easy recipe when the kids have friends over – I still have not met a kid yet that didn’t like lemon chicken!

(This recipe serves 8 – adjust for 4)

  • 2 chickens
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 – 3 lemons – juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 onions – quartered
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstrch – optional

Directions:

  1. Wash and pat dry the chickens.
  2. Place them in a large pan.
  3. Squeeze the lemons over the chickens.
  4. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
  5. Sprinkle a little bit of olive oil over the chickens.
  6. Place the garlic cloves in the chicken cavities.
  7. Place the quartered onions around the chickens.
  8. Add the water to the pan.
  9. Lemon Chicken 1Place in an oven at 350ºF  (180ºC) covered for about 40 minutes.  Uncover, make sure that it has enough water, and continue baking uncovered for about another hour. Make sure it is thoroughly cooked before serving!
  10. Add 1 teaspoon cornstarch diluted in water to the sauce and let it boil for just a sec if you would like a thicker sauce.
Chocolate Gugelhupf

Chocolate Gugelhupf

I adjusted one of my great-grandmother’s cake recipes to please my kids… they wanted chocolate! I will eventually post the original recipe. Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr) Butter 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 1.5 cups flour 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon […]

Schnitzel – cordon bleu style

Schnitzel – cordon bleu style

This is a Schnitzel variation served here in Germany.  I used to know it with chicken only, but this is also very tasty! 4 pork chops (boneless) 4 ham slices 4 cheese slices 1 cup bread crumbs 2 eggs – beaten Salt and pepper to […]

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 Onion – finely chopped and fried in a little bit of oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Slices of sandwich bread
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Chop the onion finely and fry it for about 10 min at low heat.
  2. Put the bread slices in a bowl, add water and let it soak. Then take the crust off and squeeze the water out.
  3. Frikadellen
    In a big bowl, add the ground meat, bread, sour cream, onions, eggs, salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. Place the meat in a meatloaf pan (or a pound cake pan).
  5. Pour a thin layer of ketchup over it.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350º F (180ºC) for about 1 -1.25 hours, or until meat is well done.
  7. Let stand for about 10 minutes before slicing.
Carbonara

Carbonara

I think I learned how to make this dish in the US – I guess that’s why I add cream to it…  I’m still categorizing it as Italian, although the original should not have any cream in it! Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr) bacon – […]

Chupe andino

Chupe andino

This is one of my favorite Venezuelan soups.  It is really nice to make when expecting guests that are traveling and are not sure when they arrive, because it is a main dish, and you do not have to worry about any last minute cooking! […]

Swiss salad dressing

Swiss salad dressing

salad

This salad dressing I learned to make in Switzerland.  It is really so easy to prepare, that my kids are the ones in charge of making the salad dressing!

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons mayo
  • 1 teaspoon dijon style mustard
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons oil

Directions:

  1. Blend the mayo with the mustard.
  2. Add salt, chives, pepper, and garlic powder and mix well.
  3. Add vinegar and mix.
  4. Add oil and blend well.

That’s it!

Geschnezeltes

Geschnezeltes

This dish I learned with my grandmother (father’s side). I remember watching her make it when I was a kid, and I was truly amazed to see that you could make a sauce by just adding cream to a pan after frying the meat.  It […]