December 8

Spaghetti Sauce from Heaven

Spaghetti Sauce from Heaven
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Type: main
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can (400 grams) of San Marzano whole tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • Salt to taste
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • fresh basil
  • 500 grams dry pasta of your choice
Instructions
  1. Put the tomatoes, onion and butter in a heavy pot.
  2. Bring the sauce to a simmer then reduce the heat to keep the sauce at a gentle simmer for about 45 minutes, (until droplets of fat are released from the tomatoes).
  3. Stir occasionally, crush the tomatoes and onion against the side of the pot with a wooden fork.
  4. Remove from heat, add salt if needed.
  5. Prepare the pasta of your choice.
  6. Put a generous serving of sauce on each bowl of pasta.
  7. Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano and chiffonade of basil.
  8. A glass of wine would be lovely.
Notes
Solania Pomodoro dell'Agro Sarnese - Nocerino D.O.P. is what is on the San Marzano tomatoes in Sweden near Stockholm. I found them at ICA Kvantum in Skärholmen. Kungens Kurva...

 

December 8

Rafet Abi Soup

Rafet Abi Soup
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Type: Yemek
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Serves: 6
 
A friend from istanbul made this for us... many years ago. Yemek is Turkish for meal. This isn't actually soup, it's a sort of potato stew with poached eggs.
Ingredients
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks* of celery, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 liter bouillon
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6 eggs
Instructions
  1. Saute the onions and celery in the oil.
  2. Add the bouillon, tomatoes and potatoes.
  3. Bring to a boil, simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are done.
  4. Turn heat to low, then crack the eggs in carefully, spacing so that they do not run together.
  5. Poach eggs until are done, a couple minutes. Do not stir!
  6. Place potato soup and 1 egg into each bowl.
  7. Some nice fresh bread and salad would be perfect with this!
  8. Afiyet olsun!
  9. That means bon appetit!
Notes
* 1 piece of celery is 1 stalk = 1 rib of celery broken off the head of celery. OK?

 

December 8

Garlic Onion Soup

Garlic Onion Soup
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Type: soup
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Serves: 6
 
French Onion Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 big yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 0,5 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-2 dl dry white wine
  • 2 l bouillon
  • 1 baguette (French bread) cut in thick slices
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 350 grams grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Put butter and olive oil in a cast iron frying pan or heavy pot. Heat until butter melts.
  2. Add onions and saute on medium heat for 10-12 minutes until the onions have softened and become golden.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, sugar and thyme and continue cooking 20 to 30 minutes, until the onions have turned brown (caramelized).
  4. Remember to stir it often, don't burn the onions! They should get brown, not black!
  5. Sprinkle in the flour and mix well.
  6. Add the wine and bouillon and bring to a boil.
  7. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  8. Turn oven on and heat to 275°.
  9. Rub the bread slices with garlic.
  10. Place them on a baking sheet, then spread the grated cheese on top and toast until bubbly.
  11. Put the soup into soup bowls.
  12. Place 1 slice toasted bread on top of each serving. If there is extra bread, put on a serving plate.
  13. Serve immediately.

 

December 7

Thunder Soup

Thunder Soup
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Type: soup
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Serves: 4
 
Dundersoppa på svenska. Perfect when you feel a cold coming on.
Ingredients
  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ dl flour
  • 1 liter bouillon
  • herbal salt
  • fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice the garlic.
  2. Saute in the oil until softened.
  3. Stir in the flour.
  4. Add bouillon.
  5. Simmer 15 minutes, stir once in a while.
  6. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then add a ladle full of hot soup while mixing.
  7. Stir the egg mixture slowly into the hot soup, stirring all the while.
  8. Turn off the heat, since we don't want the eggs to curdle.
  9. Do not allow it to boil!
  10. Add herbal salt to taste.
  11. Chop the parsley and sprinkle over the soup.
  12. Serve with fresh bread.
Notes
If you have a sore throat, tear up the bread and put it in the soup bowl. Some people might like vinegar or red pepper / cayenne in their soup!

 

November 8

Killer Kladdkaka

Killer Kladdkaka
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Type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Hits the spot!
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 dl flour
  • 100 grams melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200° C
  2. Stir together all the ingredients.
  3. Put the batter into a buttered form and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Notes
Cool down as long as you can manage to wait... If you have some whipped cream to slap on top, then it's extra delicious...

 

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November 5

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake*
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Type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¾ dl sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 2 dl flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla powder
  • 1 dl milk
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 175C
  2. Mix the eggs, sugar and butter with an electric mixer until creamy.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder cocoa powder and vanilla powder.
  4. Beat somewhat well.
  5. Then add the milk. Beat really well.
  6. Put batter into a buttered cake pan.
  7. Bake at 175 degrees for about 45 minutes.
Notes
*Mahir's Favorite ; ) all the cakes were his favorite!

 

 

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November 5

Everybody’s Favorite Apple Cake

Everybody's Favorite Apple Cake
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Serves: 12
 
This cake brightened up many dark nights!
Ingredients
  • 1½ dl sugar
  • 3 dl flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 150 grams melted butter
  • ¾ dl boiling water
  • ¾ dl milk or cream
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Apple mix:
  • 6 large green (granny smith) apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175 C
  2. Peel and slice the apples
  3. Put them in a bowl with the 2 tbs sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix. Put aside.
  4. Mix the sugar, flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together in a bowl.
  5. Add the melted butter and boiling water, then the cream or milk. Mix.
  6. Now add the eggs. Mix some more.
  7. Pour this batter into a buttered pan that holds at least 2 liters.
  8. Stick the apple slices into the batter
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or so.
  10. Let the cake cool down a bit.
  11. Make some marsan or vanilla cream meanwhile.
  12. Serve the cake with vanilla cream or marsan cream and freshly brewed coffee of course!

 

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November 5

Sütlaç

Sütlaç
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Serves: 10
 
This is a wonderful Turkish dessert. Traditional after school snack...
Ingredients
  • 1 dl round rice (washed)
  • 1 dl water
  • 15 dl milk
  • 1½ dl rice flour
  • 1 dl sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
Instructions
  1. Wash the rice
  2. Cook in water for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed
  3. Add the milk, rice flour and sugar, salt and vanilla sugar
  4. Cook on medium heat
  5. Stir constantly until it thickens.
  6. Do not boil, otherwise it will be scorched!
  7. Do not boil!
  8. Put into small bowls or cups and cool
Notes
Serve with jam, fruit or cinnamon to vary the taste.

 

 

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November 5

Kokosbollar

Chokladbollar
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Type: After school snack
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Serves: 4
 
No cooking required! 😉
Ingredients
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 3 dl oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons leftover coffee (or 2 tablespoons water)
Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients to a smooth dough.
  2. Shape into small balls.
  3. Roll them in shredded coconut or oatmeal or pearl sugar etc.
  4. Chill them a while until you need to eat them.

 

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November 5

Waffles

Waffles
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Type: Brunch
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Serves: 3
 
Lazy weekend brunch... waffles with fresh berries and whipped cream...
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 dl milk
  • 3 dl flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 grams butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl, whisk
  2. Add milk, whisk
  3. Add flour and baking powder, whisk just until mixed. Small lumps don't matter.
  4. Add the melted butter, mix lightly.
  5. Bake the waffles in a pre-heated waffle iron.

 

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