The last thing published was some half year ago. I was gone for a while, trying to finish my studies. I was too close to quit, but just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s when a friend whom I haven’t seen for ages told me “you’ll make it, but you’ll really have to work your ass off this summer.”
I gave up all my hobbies (and of course accidentially got into some new ones) and finished my both masters. I did it. I was happy, but there was a bitter taste of that feeling of time lost. Winter turned into spring, spring into summer, summer into fall. I suddenly had no memory of things that happened in between. I did not feel, I did not see the beauty of the change. I was lost.
Few days ago I was walking down the street and realized that trees have dropped all of the leaves. Looking at the gray misty sky, I felt a soft, colourful, leafy carpet under my feet. I made a deep breath. I could smell winter. And I realized I started to feel myself again.
Sweet potato and pumpkin soup
Ingredients (serves 3 – 4):
- 1 sweet potato (400g aprox.)
- 1 big hokkaido squash
- 2 big shallots
- 500 ml milk
- 150 ml cooking cream
- water or vegetable stock as needed
- salt, pepper
- oil for baking
- 400g oyster mushrooms
- half garlic clove, finely chopped
- 200g tofu (I used ginger carrot tofu from I Like Tofu)
- 100g buckwheat noodles
- fresh parsley
- pink peppercorns
- Preheat oven at 220ºC. Wash, peel and cut sweet potato, squash and shallots. Transfer on a baking tray, sprinkle with salt and oil. Bake until soft (aprox. 40 mins).
- When baked, combine all the vegetables, milk and cream and blend until smooth and creamy. If needed, add some water or vegetable stock (depending on the thickness you prefer). Transfer on stove and heat up by stiring. Add some nutmeg, ground pepper and salt, if needed.
- Meanwhile, cut tofu and mushrooms. Heat some oil in two seperate pans. Stir fry both separately. Add some salt, pepper and chopped garlic to the mushrooms.
- Heat the water and cook the noodles.
- Serve the soup in a bowl, topping it with some noodles, mushrooms and tofu. Sprinkle with pink peppercorns and fres parsley leaves.
Woop Woop! Happy new year people!
The end of the year’s been really busy. But the more the end is approaching, crazier it gets. And December has been mad. Studying, visiting Astoria vineyards and Italy (more on that soon with some great local recipes!!), sparkling festival in Portorož, Christmas with my family and NY’s with best people ever!
This year started crazy good 🙂
And this year also started with snow… So my promise of making a december giveaway winner’s favourite chocolate recipe came in handy. Chocolate pancakes, coffee and white snowy mornings. Perfect.
Homemade nutella + hazelnut butter
- Heat the oven at 180°C vent. Put the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast for couple of minutes, until the skins are cracked and darken.
- Take out of the oven. Rub the hazelnuts in between two kitchen cloths. The skins should get off easily. Transfer to a blender and pulse until smooth and liquid.
- Divide the hazelnut butter in two jars. Here you are: you’ve just made a jar of hazelnut butter. Proceed with the other jar to make nutella.
- Melt both chocolates, mix with cocoa powder and add to hazelnut butter. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
Pancakes (makes aprox. 5 – 6 pancakes)
- 15 g buckwheat flour
- 30 g brown wholegrain rice
- 20 g coconut flakes
- 25 – 35 g of any milk
- 9 g butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp sweetener of your choice (I used Perfect Fit)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Using a coffee grinder, grind wholegrain rice and coconut flakes. Mix all the dry ingredients. Whisk egg and milk, than mix in. Melt butter and add to the pancake mixture. Let rest in the fridge for 15 mins.
- Meanwhile, take chocolate nutella. Place a sheetof baking paper on a cutting board. Make six nutella discs (1 tsp each) and put into the freezer.
- Take the pancake mixture out of the fridge. If it’s too thick, add some milk. Take the frozen nutella discs out of the freezer.
- Heat the pan to medium, grease with oil and add a tablespoon of pancake mixture. Immediately add a chocolate disc and cover with some more pancake mixture. Repeat with the others.
- Eat right away and if desired, add some hazelnut butter.
Buckwheat pie with beets and red onion
• 375 g buckwheat flour
• 125 g butter
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp baking powder
•5 to 6 Tbsp water
• 4 to 5 red onions
• 2 Tbsp olive oil
• 2 Tbsp butter
• 2 Tbsp balsamic glaze (or aged balsamic vinegar)
• 2,5 dl red wine (like cabernet, merlot)
• 400 g raw grated red beet
• 1 big garlic pod
• 3 eggs
• 40 ml cooking cream
• 70 g feta
• fresh thyme
• salt, pepper
• handful of walnuts
• feta, fresh mint and thyme to garnish
- Dough: mix flour, salt and baking powder. Add cold butter cut in cubes. Mix evenly with fingers. Add water. Kneed and form a ball. Place in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Chop onions. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil, add chopped onions and stir fry for 1 – 2 mins. Add salt and continue stirring. Than add butter and balsamic glaze. Cover for couple of minutes and continue cooking. Start adding the wine, but not all at once. Keep sauteing until wine has evaporated and onions softened.
- Grate raw beets. In a big bowl mix grated beets, sauted onions, chopped garlic, eggs and cooking cream. Add feta and thyme. Salt and pepper according to taste.
- Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll out in between two sheets of baking paper. Remove the upper sheet of paper and transfer the dough to a pie mold. Bake in preheated vent oven for 5 mins at 190 °C.
- Take the dough out of the oven, add the filling and garnish with feta and walnuts in the middle. Put back in the oven and bake for 30 – 35 mins at 190 °C.
- When baked, garnish with fresh mint and thyme.
This recipe was made for Spar Slovenija and their magazine Dobro zame.
Oeuf cocotte, a french classic and probably one of the easiest things to do. I won’s say you don’t need the right technicque to get it cooked to the point where the egg white hardens and the yolk stays liquid, but one way or another, I should have this more often, because it’s soo good and easy to prepare. Choose whatever topping you like, but mushrooms go perfectly with buckwheat.
Gluten free bread is a story on its own… I tried number of recipes, but no matter what flour I used and no matter how much oil I added, it always turned out too dry. So I did my homework and found a solution: psyllium seed husk.
Psyllium seed husk contain soluble and insoluble fibers. It is probably one of the nature’s most absorbant fibers, so this means it will bind all the ingrediends together and will prevent the bread from drying out. Plus, it is really good for digestion.
Oeuf cocotte with mushrooms
Ingredients (serves two):
- 4 eggs
- 150 g mushrooms
- 1/3 tsp garlic
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp liquid cream or crème fraîche
- 1 tsp butter
- Finely chop the mushrooms. Sautee on a tablespoon of olive oil. When the liquid starts evaporating, add garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for anothe couple of minutes.
- Grease the molds with butter. Add mushrooms and reserve some for garnish.
- Add two eggs in each mold, top with some cream and the rest of the mushrooms.
- Put the molds into a baking tin filled with hot water that rises to the middle of the molds.
- Bake at 170ºc from 6 – 10 mins. Keep an eye on it: ideally the egg white should harden and the yolk should still be liquid.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Buckwheat bread with walnuts
Ingredients (makes 4 buns):
- 70 g buckwheat flour
- 70 g corn flour
- 20 g corn starch
- 12 g fresh yeast
- 1 tsp honey or agave syrup (for yeast)
- 20 ml milk (for yeast)
- 250 – 300 ml milk or water
- 15 g flax seed
- 40 g walnuts
- 25 ml olive oil
- 20 g ground chia seed
- 20 g psyllium seed husk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Prepare the yeast: mix 20 ml of warm milk (not hot), fresh yeast and tablespoon of honey or agave syrup. Let double in size.
- In a big bowl mix the flours, corn starch and salt. Add flax and walnuts.
- Using a cofee grinder, grind chia (you can also grind psyllium, but that’s optional). Than mix chia, psyllium, olive oil and milk or water. Let soak at least 3 mins.
- When the yeast and chia mixture are ready, add both to flour mixture.
- Mix with wooden spatula until all ingredients combine. Add flour if too sticky or water/milk if to compact. Keep in mind that psyllium soaks up a lot of liquid. Flour the working surface and kneed into a ball. Dough should be soft, but not sticky. Let rise.
- When doubled in volume, knead once again to let rise for the second time. If you prefer little buns, now’s the time to divide the dough.
- When second rise is done, cut the crosses on the top of the buns. Bake in preheated oven at 220ºc for 30 – 40 mins. The bread is done when it sounds hollow if knocked on the bottom side.
- IMPORTANT: always put some water into a baking tray underneath the bread rack to create steam. This is how you will get a moist inside and crunchy crust.
This recipe was created as a part of a project for Spar Slovenija and their magazine Dobro zame.