Saturday, May 29, 2010


Spinich is a very good compliment for Salmon.  You can cook them separately and combine on your plate as you wish.  If you like the taste of Salmon more, you can use less Spinich on your serving. 
4 pieces of Salmon
2 tablespoons Butter
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1 Lemon

500 gr Spinich (1 package)
1 Onion
Black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Clean and chop Spinich.  Chop the onion
  • Saute the onion in 2 tablespoon of oil. 
  • Add Spinich, salt, pepper and cook in slow heat.  Approx. 15 minutes.  No need to add water. 
  • Cook Salmon as you wish.  I cooked mine on the barbeque wrapped in foil.  Put Salmon stakes or cut up pieces on a large piece of Aliminium foil.  Sprinkle salt, butter and lemon juice.  Wrap in foil and cook at medium heat on the barbeque for 20 minutes
  • Serve Salmon on Spinich with your favorite side dishes like rice and coleslaw or potato salad
Oven baked option:
  • Put  washed and cleaned Spinich on a large pan
  • Put Salmon fillets on top of the Spinich
  • Sprinkle Salmon with salt and pepper
  • Pour butter, lemon juice and crushed garlic over everything
  • Cover the pan with foil
  • Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degree (preheated oven) 

Monday, May 24, 2010


I love fresh fruits.  I always make sure we have some ready for after dinner.  Good replacement for high calorie deserts.  I have recently learned that fruits should be consumed 1 hour after you have your meals or 1 hour before in order for your body to benefit from all of its nutrients.  I am not sure I can wait that long after dinner to dig into nice cold fruits on a hot summer evening... This is my arrangement for a recent get together at my house with a few good friends.  Nothing special really... I just cut them up, arranged them nicely, cooled them in the fridge and served.


Life is very busy....  It is always good to know short cuts for when you are in a hurry.  Although short cuts are not as good, they are close enough in taste to serve as quick alternatives.  Here is the short cut for this recipe...  Making the dough and the crust is the most time consuming part of this dish.  You can use store bought Tortillas for the crust.  Down side of using Tortillas is they are best right out of the oven but they dry out when left over for use the next day. 

Another option is use of store bought fresh pizza dough.  This option does save you time in making the the dough but you still have to roll them out to make the crust.  They keep well for the next day.  I personally don't like to do this because I find Pizza dough very sticky for this recipe.

Of course the best taste comes from making them from scratch...

1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon dry yeast (1 package)
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cups flour

500 gr. lean ground beef or lean ground lamb
3 medium sized onions
3 cloves of garlic
3 medium sized tomatos
3 cubanella peppers
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon red pepper paste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt, blackpepper, cumin, red pepper flakes

Filling (Optional):
Lemon juice
  • To make the dough, heat 1/2 cup milk in the microwave to luke warm; in a tall glass.  Add in sugar and yeast.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  The yeast will rise in the glass.
  • Mix together remaining milk, salt, yeast and flour.  Make a fairly hard dough.  If you need to, you can add a bit of water.  Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Take your dough and break into small "balls" size of a large lemon.  Let it rest for 1 hour. 
  • Prepare the topping by putting all of the ingredients into the blender and mix at high speed until you get a them to the consistency of a paste
  • Roll out very thin crust with each of the small balls
  • Divide the topping to equal the number of dough balls and put paste over each of the crusts
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  This is a must!
  • Cook until the bottoms of your pizza turns golden brown (10 - 15 minutes)
  • Serve with cut up lemon (to be squeezed on the pizza), sliced onions, parsley.  Some people also like sliced lettuce and graded carrots as a filling
  • You spread lemon juice all over the "pizzas" and roll them up like a wrap to eat
If you end up with too much of the topping and not enough dough, try topping slices of French bread or English muffin for snacks.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


One recipe, multiple ways to serve.  Make it into Koftes (meatballs) and serve with rice and salads or put it on skewers for stuffed pita along with your choice "stuffings" such as lettuce, onion, tomato, mayo, hot peppers, maybe even green olives (yum yum).

How about using a burger maker to serve as hamburgers on gourmet burger buns or smaller meatballs on minibuns for baby hamburgers as appetizer at a large get together? 

Meatloaf is another choice with mashed potatos and beans as side dishes.  So many ideas from a single recipe.

500 gr. lean ground beef (for variation you can use 1/2 ground chicken and 1/2 ground beef)
1/2 package Lipton's onion soup
1 onion chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
chopped parsley (optional)
Barbeque sauce (brushed on the kofte's just before taking them off the barbeque)
  • Mix all of the ingredients together and shape them any way you like
  • Barbeque.  We like a little brushing of barbeque sauce on the kofte's just before taking them off them the barbeque
  • Serve with fresh salads.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Who would have thought Celery would taste this good cooked. 

1 bunch celery
1 carrot
1 onion
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 clove garlic
1 table spoon rice
1 table spoon noodles (I used star shaped ones)
  • Put olive oil in a pot
  • Stir fry chopped onions, finely chopped garlic and noodles together
  • You can chop the cleaned celery either length wise or width
  • Clean and chop carrots.  You can grade them or cut legth wise as well
  • Add in carrots, celery, rice, water and salt and sugar
  • Cook at medium heat for 20 minutes (until vegetables are soft)
  • Some people add in 1/2 lemon juice after it is cooked but we don't like the sour taste.