Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas dinner!

For the last 7 year we celebrate Christmas in a small city outside of Gothenburg were my mother in law was living. Last year we did the same and i have put up a post with pictures about the Swedish traditional Christmas dinner!

This year was different, we ate the same traditional food as we did every year but this time we cooked it and not my mother in law since she past away some weeks before Christmas. So this year we arranged it so me, my husband, his brother and his girlfriend would meet at my mother in law house and eat the traditional Christmas dinner.

First we started with salmon, different kind of herring and stuffed eggs with creme fraiche, mayonnaise, onion and caviar.

Then it was time for the meat. Pork ribs, meatballs, Ham, sausages (this year we had lamb sausages), boiled potatoes, some cheese, bread and of course beer, wine and snaps!

The food was great and we had a great time but it wasnt the same without Ulla-Britt, my mother in law. I am sure that if she was watching us she would have been very proud of us....

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Alaska Pollock in the oven with lemon and garlic sauce

Some days ago we bought some frozen fish fillets that my mother in law has suggested to us and told us how tasty the fish is and not expensive! Alaska Pollock is the fish and its a species of the cod family Gadidae (you live, you learn)

So today i tried it and i have to say, its a good fish and we will buy it more often. Thank you Ulla-Britt for the tip!

I used 4 fillets and for the sauce just put in a bowl some olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley, the juice of a lemon and some garlic (slice it in small pieces or crush it) and stir well.
Put the fish in a oven pan, add the sauce and put it in the oven, 200 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

You can serve it with boiled potatoes and salad!

Bon Appetit!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Greek souvlaki with pita bread and tzatziki

We just bought a new grill for our balcony, the weather is fine, 15° C and even though i am sick and i have fever, this is the only thing i am thinking, to try the new grill! Time for some homemade souvlaki with some homemade tzatziki and homemade pita bread!!! Just like home...

 For the tzatziki you will need:

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. vinegar
2 cloves garlic, grated finely
salt, pepper
250gr Greek yogurt.
1 small cucumber, peeled and grated.
1 tsp. chopped mint (fresh or dried)

Add the yogurt in a bowl, the oil, the vinegar, the garlic, squeeze out any excess water from the cucumber with your hands, then stir cucumber into the yogurt mixture and add some salt, pepper and the mint.

For the pitas you will need:

500gr all purpose flour.
1 glass lukewarm water.
1tsp salt.
1 tsp sugar.
Half of a bag dry yeast.

Add the yeast into the water and stir well, take a bowl and add the flower, the salt, the sugar and then the water with the yeast. Use both of your hands and knead until the dough is not sticky anymore, if necessary add more water. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough to "rest" until it becomes double in size. 45minutes to 1 hour will be enough. When the dough is ready knead it again and then make your pitas with your hands, give them their shape and fry them in a pan without oil or butter or grill them.

For the souvlaki you will need:

Any kind of meet you like, chicken, beef, mince meat, lamb, pork etc etc.
Olive oil
Salt, pepper, oregano.
Peppers in different colours (choose them according to your taste)
Onion, tomatoes and mushrooms if you like!

Clean and cut the meat in cubes. Take a bowl add the meat, some olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, mustard, stir well and put it in the fridge for some hours, better yet a hole day! When you want to grill them cut some tomato, peppers, onions and mushrooms in pieces and put 2 pieces of meat, 1 piece of vegetables on the skewer and continue like this.

If you are using minced meat then prepare the meat as you would do for meatballs and make them long and put them on the skewers. (in Greece we call this kebab).

You can have some salad also and potatoes if you like.

Time to grill!!!!