Fish and shrimp dishes :)

Checking my posting I have realized I haven’t posted something with fish even though I cook fish very often. So I am going to post to dishes with salmon and two with shrimps.

1. Baked Salmon with cherry tomatoes on a fennel bed aside with swiss chard and fresh dill potatoes:

2. Oven baked salmon with lemon and olive oil aside with kale, swiss chard and brown rice:

3. Curry potatoes and shrimp stew:

4. Curry warm potato salad with curry shrimp:

Hope you enjoyed my latest fish and shrimp dishes …:)

Bon Appetite !!!

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A sandwich for cozy mornings …

Usually I like to have for breakfast a bowl of fruits such as wild berries and pineapple or a scrambled eggs with cheese and capers. There are so many options I do like but there are days when I feel like having a different breakfast, something like I don’t eat every day, like that one below, with scrambled eggs, ham, avocado and tomatoes …

Thanks God it happens ones in a while :)

Bon Apettite !

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Capers …

Recently I found a few ingredinets with which I wasn’t very familiar until now. One of them are the capers. I was curious but maybe not enough until recenlty when I found them on sale and I said ” at least I wont waste too much money if we don’t like them so let’s give them a try …” They’ve been a succes only for me and my hubby. My daughter said ” if you don’t mind I will skip them next time ” :)

Honestly I can use them with almost anything that’s why one morning I try them on a fritatta …

I’ll let the picture talk :)

Do you like capers ?!? Which combinations do you like the most ?

Bon Apetite!

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Hearty weekend … or cooking with my soul :)

There is no bigger joy than the time when my daughter is coming into the kitchen and asks: how can I help? Then I believe that any regular meal can become a royal one or any cloudy sky can become sunny … just because we did it together …

If the last weekend we were very active and full of energy this weekend we felt tired, me and my huuby were very stressed and busy with the exams of our sweetheart. Thanks to the weird weather wich was wet, wet, wet …. I was in a cooking mood and even baked something. :)

Because of that on Saturday we had some sausages … maybe just because thinking of the cabbage I have in the fridge and how good will match a  sausage I ended up by buying some for lunch … Difficult to decide because not all of us enjoy the spicy ones :) so I had to decide for two choices : original and spicy !!! Lucky me I would say … a little bit of everything is how I like it :)  !!!

As a side dish, cabbage mixed with whole wheat pasta and crushed tomatoes and italian herbs …what can I add, it was like a madness on a plate. :)

Whole wheat cabbage pasta with sausages:

I know there are lots of calories, it is a very rich food …but hey it’s once in a while :)and we try to balance it a bit on Sunday when we had a gorgeous salmon baked on a fennel and cherries tomatoes layer. The recipes I found on BBC Good Food really turned out wonderful. But if there is salmon I cannot resist but also make some fresh dill and butter potatoes which adds some richness to it but lots and lots of flavour as well.  :)

Baked salmon with fennel and cherry tomatoes aside with fresh dill and butter potatoes and garlic and ginger kale:

And because of the weather and because it was weekend, we could not end it without a dessert … with blueberries of course ! At least I had a reson to bake :)

Sunday evening, after a cloudy  and pouring afternoon, to end our weekend in a better mood I just looked outside the window and ran to take my camera and to capture a  wonderful full moon.  :)

Have a great week everyone !!!

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Warm curried potato salad with curried shrimp

Did I ever tell you how much I love curry ?!? If not maybe you will find out today.

My inspiration for today’s lunch was Chatelaine with their warm curried potatoes salad. But being Sunday I was thinking to add some shrimps to make lunch a little bit more sophisticated …

Ingredients – for the curried potato salad

  • 4 medium white potatoes
  • 3 to 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL)  curry powder
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4-5 tbsp extra virgin  olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 green onions

Peel all potatoes, then cut into 1/2 – 1-inch chunks. Start to work with the white ones. Place a large skillet over a medium heat and add 3-4 tbsp of olive oil. Add the white potatoes, give them a stir and let them cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add the sweet potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and curry powder and add a bit of olive oil and water if needed. Bring to a boil, covered, over medium heat for approx 7 more minute, then boil gently for 5 min. Mean while chop the fresh parsley or cilantro and the green onions. Uncover and continue cooking gently for 5 more min. I really hope I got the time right. Anyway you should try it from time to time with a fork and cook them until  you considered they have the consistency you like. I wanted them this time a little bit tender and not to crush when stirring them. At the very end add the parsley and green onions.

Ingredients – for the curried shrimps

  • 1 pound of frozen cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • salt, black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon  – juice

If  you put the frozen shrimp in a large bowl with cold water they will defrost very quick ( approx 20 min.) After that remove the ends ( tails) but you can also keep them and eat the shrimp as a finger food, but my family doesn’t like it that way. Season them with salt, pepper, paprika and curry powder and let them like that in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

Heat a large skillet and place she shrimps one by one. Cook them for about 3 minutes on each side or until we can see they start to change the color. Serve them with the curried potatoes and a mixed salad. What I can tell you more? It was such an indulgence but I am going to let the picture talk …

Bon Appetite !!!

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Strawberries, blueberries ….

When it’s about  wildberries I have to admit I am addicted to them. I can go very “wild”. I just love them in any form at any time of  day, breakfast, brunch, snack, even lunch or dinner. I forgot about ice-cream :) or chocolate with berries ….

Today I just indulged myself. I had one of my favorite breakfast: pita, strawberry jam, and fresh berries.

I am going to let the pictures talk …

If you are like my daughter and hate jams … well I will offer you another option:

Bon Appetite !!!

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Broccoli cheese casserole

Recently I found a very interesting culinary blog called : simplyrecipes.com. I loved the recipes, the explanations and not at least the pictures, even though I would love to see more pictures.:)Digging and saving a lot of recipes to my bookmark I decided to try: Broccoli cheese casserole.

Checking into my fridge I realize I do have everything I need : broccoli, cheese, eggs… so nothing could stop me to try it :)

Ingredients:

I am going to write all the ingredients from the recipe that inspire me but I made some changes or skipped some steps.

  • 2 bunches broccoli,
  • 2 strips of thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch wide strips ( I skip this step … I haven’t use bacon )
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ( I haven’t used flour either )
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup  sour cream ( I used 3% yogurt )
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2  tsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 250 g cheddar cheese, grated : I used a mix of cheese : cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella and  parmesan

But with al the changes and skipping steps the cheese broccoli turn out amazing.

Before oven:

After oven:

On the plate:

Bon Appetite !!!

PS. Thanks Elise for posting this and ispire me !

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