Friday finds

These are my first Friday web finds for the new 2016 and I’d like to start with this amazing thing Martin sent me yesterday.

He described it like “Airbnb for dogs” and he was quite right. It’s a pet sitters platform for Ireland where you can find pet sitters in your neighborhood, review their profiles and availability, you can contact them, reserve and pay online. It looks super useful and I’d give anything to have something like that in Bulgaria, considering how often I travel.

You can see the site here: www.pawshake.ie

The other thing I found are the release dates for all the upcoming Star Wars movies. Maybe I should stop with the Star Wars related posts but the hype from me viewing The Force Awakens hasn’t died out yet, so I guess you’d have to bare with me ūüôā

Check them out here: http://moviepilot.com/posts/3713121?utm_source=fb-stream-post&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=these-5-upcoming-star-wars-movies-make-a-galaxy-far-far-away-seem-pretty-damn-close

My¬†last find is this great fitness site by Strahil Ivanov, where you can read all about dieting, exercises, sport and health. I love that he explains the medical reasons behind his statements and he provides all kinds of tips why you should or shouldn’t do something.

You can see it here: http://fitbg.net/

 

 

 

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Friday finds

One more week is gone and it’s time share what the I’ve found on and off the Internet that is worth sharing.

First stop is this the amazing London based artist Sarah from House of Ismay, who makes brooches from the pages of worn out books, damaged maps and unwanted scraps of MDF and wood.

Check it out here: http://www.houseofismay.com/

My other find is this great looking recipe for a no-bake chocolate cake, which I’d like to try ASAP, so I hope I’ll share my take on it next week:

And the last one is a cool band named Para Planner that me and my friend happened to watch on Halloween. For those of you that don’t live in Bulgaria, too sad ’cause you’ll only be able to see them on youtube. For those of you that are lucky, you can check them in Sofia, I think they have roughly one performance a week.

Here is their youtube channel :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbjGofGKACt_D4i_-Sx4ilA

And here is one of my favorites:

Chilli con carne

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There are many different recipes of this simple, spicy and filling dish. I’ve tried a few of them and, as I usually like to do, came up with a mash of them that suits my taste. Hope you like it too.

First I chopped the onion and the garlic and added them to the preheated olive oil in the large pan. I cooked them for 5 minutes, then added the cumin, hot chilli, salt and pepper. After that I added the meat and broke it up to small lumps and cooked until the mince was golden-brown. Then it was time for the beans, tomatoes and tomato puree. The whole thing needs to boil and be stirred regularly for the next 20 minutes. I found that the chilli is better if it’s left to stand for 10 minutes before serving. You can serve it with sour cream, rice or just plain. This time I made a nice green salad.

Ingredients:

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350 gr minced meat
200 gr red beans
200 gr white beans in spicy tomato sauce
400 gr chopped tomatoes
200 gr tomato puree
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
1 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp hot chilli
1 tsp cumin
salt
pepper

Sunday cooking: frittata with cherry tomatoes and cheese

Yesterday I was watching Fine living and there was this super easy and delicious looking frittata recipe that I couldn’t way to try. It was with asparagus and cheese but I changed it to my taste.

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Here is the recipe:

Preheat the olive oil in a large pan and add the onion. In the meantime crack the eggs in a large bowl, add the cheese and the milk and season with salt and pepper. Whisk until you get a homogeneous mixture and pour it in the pan. After 2-3 minutes add the tomatoes and wait till you see the eggs bubbling at the edges of the pan. Remove from the stove and insert in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes and you’re ready. I threw in a toast and banana and it made the perfect Sunday breakfast.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 50 gr yellow¬†cheese
  • 50 gr¬†Parmesan
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1/4¬†red onion
  • 250 gr cherry tomatoes

Fettuccine quattro formaggi

Italian is one of my favorite cuisines: it’s simple, natural and super tasty. And I can eat pizza and pasta almost everyday…too bad my hips disagree with the idea. However, I still like to indulge in different Italian recipes to saturate my love for Italian food. This not that special but all mine recipe has become hit not only with me but with my friends. If you decide to try it I hope you like it.


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I had fettuccine but you can use whatever pasta you like. I filled a large pot with water and added some salt. When the water started boiling, I added the pasta and turned the heat down. In about 15 min the fettuccine were ready, so I put them in a strainer, ran some cold water, drained them and returned them in the pot. I always add some butter that gives the pasta extra flavor.

While the pasta was cooking, I heated up some olive oil in a large skillet, cut the onion and garlic and put them in the skillet. When they were braised, I added the tomatoes, some salt and pepper and started to stir. When the sauce started to boil, I added the different types of cheese and continued to stir. I used some cheese that I bought in Amsterdam but I think any type of cheese will work.¬†At the end¬†I added some basil and oregano, so their scent and flavour would be fresh. I used basil leaves for decoration and that’s all.

Ingredients

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  • Pasta – I used Fettucine
  • Rook natural cheese
  • Aged Gouda
  • Port Salut
  • Grated Parmesan
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • basil

Chicken with vegetable mix

It’s one of my own recipes. It’s nothing intricate or super special but it’s very tasty and, as most of the times, the key is in the spices.

I cut the fillets to small bites and season them with soy sauce, white, red and black cracked pepper and salt. Then I cook them on a skillet with melted butter for about 15 min. I turn them often so they’re evenly cooked.

 

Image Then it’s time for the veggies. I tend to get a cooled so-called Mexican mix – peas, corn, red peppers and carrots. I leave it out of the fridge while I’m making the chicken and it’s ready for cooking when I’m done. I melt butter on a large skillet, put in the veggie mix, add soy sauce, salt,¬†white, red and black cracked pepper and sugar. I stir for 10 min and that’s it. Easy and yummy.

ImageIngredients

  • Image400-500gr chicken fillet
  • 400gr vegetable mix
  • 10gr butter
  • 30ml soy sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • white, red and black cracked pepper
  • salt

 

Cup – cake

I was very skeptical about this recipe but it turned out great. It’s super easy, fast and very delicious.

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Ingredients
5 Tablespoons flour
5 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
4 1/2 Tablespoons water
You just have to mix the ingredients with a spoon in the order they are listed above. You can do that in a bowl and then transfer the mixture in a cup or be as lazy as me and do the mixing right in the cup. Then you put it in the microwave for 1,5-2 min (depending on your microwave) without covering it. Check the cake with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.  You can top with whatever you like Рwhipped cream, powdered sugar, frosting or chocolate chips.
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Bonjour Mr. French Toast

There is a Bulgarian version of the french toast and I’ve always done that. It’s just bread and eggs but it’s yummy as hell. However, I decided it’s time to try these and they came up pretty great too.

I started with melting some butter in a large skillet. Then I beat an egg, a pinch of sugar, cinnamon and some milk in a plate.

ImageI placed the bread slices, one at a time, into the plate, letting the slices soak up the mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turned them to coat the other side. I put the slices on the skillet, heating slowly until the bottom became golden brown, then turned them to brown the other side.

ImageImageBecause the lack of maple syrup I served them with a cup of coffee and homemade raspberry jam.

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  • 5 bread slices
  • 1 egg
  • 20ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 20gr butter
  • jam, maple syrup or whatever you like ūüôā

Homemade pizza

I’ve been making pizza for quite some time and now is time to share my recipe. It’s very easy and doesn’t take too much time.

First I spread some oil at the bottom of a pan. Then I put some flour on the dough and roll it out till it takes up the whole pan. After that I smear it with tomato sauce, sprinkle some basil and put the turkey ham which you can replace with meat at your taste, or you can skip the meat altogether.

ImageIt goes to the preheated to 180C oven for 5-7 min so the dough can rise. Then I put some pesto, cheddar, mozzarella, grated parmesan and grated Bulgarian yellow cheese and return it to the oven for another 10-15 min.

ImageThe result is a crusty, yummy and rich homemade pizza.

ImageThe ingredients:

  • 400gr dough
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 1tsp oil
  • 100gr tomato sauce
  • 5gr basil
  • 150 gr turkey ham
  • 10gr pesto
  • 100gr mozzarella
  • 50gr cheddar
  • 30gr grated parmesan
  • 100gr grated yellow cheese

Four cheese chicken

I found a great looking chicken parmesan¬† recipe on the Internet last week so I decided it’s time to try it. Then I started pulling stuff out of the fridge, and like most of the things I cook, it was clear that I won’t follow the recipe and would have to cross my fingers till the first bite.

First off, I preheated the oven to 200 degrees, I put the chicken breasts in a baking sheet and seasoned them with olive oil, salt, cracked pepper, garlic and white wine.

DSCN2209I baked them for 10-15min and when I got them out of the oven I covered them with pesto, tomato sauce, grated mozzarella, grated parmesan and croutons with a small amount of butter on top.

DSCN2212I baked the whole thing for 5 min so the croutons would get golden brown. Then I put another layer of tomato sauce and added mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, Bulgarian yellow cheese and basil.

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DSCN2220The result was a tasty homemade dish that got even Martin full, which is a rare sight since he has something like nine stomachs ūüôā

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Ingredients

  • DSCN22053 large chicken breasts
  • 300 gr tomato sauce
  • 125 gr grated mozzarella
  • 40gr grated parmesan
  • 40gr grated yellow cheese
  • 40gr cheddar cheese
  • 150 gr croutons
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • cracked pepper
  • garlic
  • basil
  • salt