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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Carbonara- Traditional Recipe

This is what we did with the homemade pasta shown in the previous post.
This authentic recipe is like a drug, you will never want the ham and cream version you usually have. It's not my recipe, it's ...uhmmm....well...Italian.

It's honestly the best pasta EVER for me and being a huge pasta lover it is a big deal!

You use pancetta ( i replaced it with copa di parma, could not find pancetta), garlic, you add the all dente pasta, you mix the eggs with some parmesan and salt, lower the heat to a minimum and add the eggs (do not cook them), remove from the heat, add some more cheese and be amazed. Not too heavy, you will not get sick as it happened to me after eating a really creamy carbonara in restaurants.

The second photo is one with added parmesan. If you're really greedy. 

Carbonara- Reteta traditionala

Mai jos este ce am facut cu pastele facute in casa, aratate in postul precedent.
Aceasta reteta autentica este ca un drog, nu o sa mai vreti niciodata varianta grea si satioasa cu sunca si smantana, pe care o gasim in restaurante sau la catering. Nu este reteta mea, evident, este a italienilor. 
Sincer, este de departe reteta mea preferata, si fiind un mare fan al retetelor cu paste, este un lucru mare!  Se foloseste pancetta (am inlocuit-o cu copa di parma, nu am gasit pancetta, copa di parma se gaseste cam mereu in Auchan), apoi usturoi, adaugi pastele fierte al dente. Separat, intr-un bol, se amesteca ouale cu parmezan si sare, se lasa focul mai mic si se adauga in tigaie si ouale, cu grija sa nu se faca omleta,  apoi se ia de pe foc  si se mai adauga parmezan. 

Nu e grea, nu ti se face rau cum mi se mai intampla mie de la carbonara smantanoasa pe care o pot comanda de obicei.

Please do try it!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Homemade Pasta- 1st attempt

I received a pasta machine as a gift in Jnauary and this weekend was the first time we used it. It's really rewarding eating something  like pasta made by you from scratch.

I used  Jamie Oliver's Recipe beacuse it made more sense and the whole proccess was well-explained. I did not use 6 eggs, but 3 and 300 g flour. 

Making the dough is the hardest, using the machine is pretty fun, though kind of messy. Also, it requires a pretty big working space.

Would you consider these tagliatelle?

Paste facute in casa- prima incercare

Am primit in ianuarie cadou o masina de facut paste/ taitei, iar in acest weekend a fost pentru prima data cand am folosit-o. Este foarte satisfacator sa mananci ceva cu care esti obisnuit sa fie cumparat gata facut in mod regulat, cum sunt pastele, dar facute de tine cap-coada. 
Am folosit reteta lui Jamie Oliver pentru ca ne-a atras imediat, iar procesul a fost foarte bine explicat. Am redus cantitatea, am folosit 3 oua, nu 6, si, in consecinta, 300g faina. 
Sa faci coca este cel mai greu, apoi sa folosesti amsina e chiar destul de distractiv, desi se face foarte repede faina peste tot si ai nevoie de un spatiu de lucru destul de mare.

Ce ziceti de aceste tagliatelle?

See you next time!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Buffalo Wings with Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Dip

This weekend, we went all-american with some Buffalo Wings, served traditionally with celery sticks and  a blue cheese dip.
 I have to say it is a nice surprise, is something different, at least for someone that is not american.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Smoked Salmon Snack/ Appetizers

Down below is our go-to snack or appetizers when someone shows up at our place. It's delicious and, like all my favourite get together/ party bites, looks like you have put more effort into it than you really did.

Just some slices that come together:
baguette slice + smoked salmon + boiled egg slice + tomato slice + capers or lemon + dill.

Do try it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce

This is the lazy, short version.

Spaghetti al dente + pesto + roasted pine nuts + olive oil + parmesan on top.
The roasted pine nuts make this meal  delicious and the olive oil just brings all of the ingredients together.

You can make your own pesto or buy it from a store. There are many brands that don't add nasty stuff to it.

I also tried it reheated and it tasted also very good .


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beet-pickled Deviled Eggs

A.k.a pink eggs.
These little ones get all the attention at the table. They are the perfect appetizers...and again, they are pink.

You can find many recipes online, I pickled them with the beet like here, but I used a different filling.
chicken liver pate + sweet mustard + beet-pickled horse radish.
I think they turned out pretty nice.

'Till next time,

Monday, February 18, 2013

Reinventing Leftovers

Leftover meatballs + Stir-fry noodles + Amaaaazing oven-roasted carrots!

Enjoy your every meal!

Friday, February 15, 2013

What we had for dinner. Shrimps and broccoli. Stir-fry

Simple, delicious, a personal favourite.

Tip: After you boil the broccoli, turn off the heat and scoop it out. Then, put the florets into a bowl of iced water. Let them get cold, then drain. This way, if you blanch it, it will remain green and it will stop the cooking.

Stay light!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Smoked Salmon Florentine

Honestly, you might have doubts at first, but this is amazing.
You will remember it for sure.

So, it goes like this: smoked salmon, spinach, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce. It is usually served on an English Muffin.

The sauce might be some work, but you can find recipes everywhere, like here, and it's worth it.

Give it up for THE BRUNCH!

Grilled fish with artichoke heart

Seasoned fish, grilled.
Boiled and seasoned artichokes.
Garlic and yoghurt sauce.
Sorry about the lighting.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Save the spinach!

Great for getting rid of the winter blues.
Fresh spinach + spring onion + radishes + cheese on the side or on top of everything.
Voila! Vitamins in your plate.
Enjoy...and go for a walk!  *wink*

Simple breakfast

Milk + oats + banana +  powder of your choice (i meant cocoa or cinnamon, don't go crazy)
 Have a great day!

I could have pasta everyday

But today I'll have it with mussels and a simple tomato/ garlic sauce.
Enjoy your meal!
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