Rustic Pie with Spinach and Leeks | Рустична и традиционална пита со спанаќ и праз [♫Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love]

♫ Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love♫

Oh, carbs… I love them so much. Pizza, pie, baguettes, freshly baked bread, pasta, sandwiches, pancakes… did I mentioned pizza? I love anything made with water, flour, yeast and salt. Take me to carb heaven guys.

This pie Elena made just for me. The pie was full of my favorites greens of all time: spinach and leeks. Leek is my all time favorite green vegetable. My mother loves it, also. She bakes lots of goodies with leeks and cheese, spinach and cheese, eggs and cheese, cabbage and cheese… cheese is everywhere, as you can see. In Macedonia, baking pie is a huge deal. We bake pies usually on the weekend, for breakfast and dinner. Cheese, yoghurt and sour cream is often served with the pie. Pies are so special and dear to me and everyone from the Balkan.Rustic pie with spinach and leeks [♫Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love] 1

Rustic pie with spinach and leeks

Ingredients: 

for the dough:

  • 400 grams of flour
  • 1 cube of fresh yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • warm water, approx. 200-250 grams
  • 3 tablespoons of evoo

for the filling:

  • 2 cups of leeks, chopped and blanched
  • 2 cups of spinach, chopped and blanched
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of evoo

Prep: In a 100 ml of warm water, put some sugar to dissolve. Add the fresh yeast, stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. Sift the flour and salt in a big bowl. Add the yeast mixture, stir and star adding warm water gradually while kneading the dough with your hands. You will need approximately 230 – 250 ml of warm water. The dough must be soft. At the end, add 3 tablespoons of evoo, kneed in to the dough. Brush the top of the dough with some evoo, cover and let it sit in a warm place for 1-2 hours.

Blanch the vegetables in a salted boiling water until they are soft. I prefer blanching the leeks, because then they are not tough for your digestion. Combine the spinach and leeks, season with some salt and pepper and add some cheese if you like. Feta of goat cheese would be nice in this filling. Stir everything to combine.

When the dough has risen, divide it to 2 equal balls. With a rolling pin, roll the first ball into a circle that can cover the baking pan you will bake your pie. Oil the pan with some evoo and spread the dough. Add the filling and cover the filling with the second dough. Pinch the sides of the pie, brush the top of the pie with some evoo and bake the pie in a preheated oven, at 200C, for about 20-25 minutes. When the pie is baked, leave it to cool down, cut the pie into triangles and serve with sour cream, cheese or yoghurt. Rustic pie with spinach and leeks [♫Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love] 2Rustic pie with spinach and leeks [♫Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love] 3

Royal Chicken Dish | Ројал пилешко [♫Ozzy Osbourne – Mama, I’m Coming Home]

♫ Ozzy Osbourne – Mama, I’m Coming Home♫

Chicken and rice is my ultimate favorite dish to eat.  It reminds me of my childhood happy days, of coziness, comfort and peace. Nothing beats chicken and rice for me. Usually, I like to roast whole chicken in the oven with potatoes, all in one pot. This type of dish is common for the Balkan families. On Sunday, whole family gathers together and enjoys the Sunday lunch with mezze, salad, rakia, wine, freshly baked bread… I remember going to my grandparents house on Sunday. She would serve us home made chicken noodle soup, than roasted whole chicken with rice or potatoes, salad of some sort and home made cake with cocoa and vanilla. Unfortunately, we did’t visit my grandparents to often, I don’t know why but this memory will be in my mind forever. I was feeling so cosy, comfy and relaxed. And the food was incredible. Every person will tell you that his/her grandmother prepares the most delicious food and so will I. And banitsa… She prepares banitsa so good.

This dish I made was inspired by my grandmother, Perka. With mushrooms and some cream, this was one perfect comfort dish. This is how I made it.Royal chicken dish [Ozzy Osbourne - Mama, I'm Coming Home] 1

Royal chicken dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken or 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup of rice
  • salt and pepper
  • mustard
  • dry dill and garlic powder
  • oregano
  • evoo

Prep: Wash and dry the chicken or chicken breasts. Season with salt, pepper, evoo and rub the chicken with mustard and dry garlic powder. Put the chicken in a roasting tray, cover with aluminium foil and roast the chicken for about 35-40 minutes. It all depends of the chicken. If its small, maybe less, if its large, maybe longer. Remove the foil 10 minutes before the chicken is cooked and cook until the crust is golden brown. Let it rest and cool a bit. Chop the chicken into long stripes.

Cook 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper. When cooked, sprinkle with dry dill.

In a skillet, saute the onions until soft. Add the garlic and carrots. Add the mushrooms and saute them until they get some color. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Add the chicken pieces in the sauce. At the end, add some cream, stir, let it bubble and the its done.

Calzone – Калцоне (Затворена пица) [♫Dean Martin – That’s Amore]

♫Dean Martin – That’s Amore♫

Slice of pizza for every human being on Earth! That’s my motto. With pizza the world is a much better place, right?

When I started making pizza I thought that it was nothing special. That’s because I used to buy frozen pizza dough all the time. But, when I started making my own dough and making my own marinara sauce… oh man, I fell in love! I fell in love hard!

I want to experiment with different toppings for pizza – spinach, egg and ricotta, mushrooms and onions, ham and cheese, marinara and mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and parsley… Endless options.

This calzone I made was restaurant quality. If you don’t have full proof pizza dough recipe, here is one for you.Calzone [Dean Martin-That's Amore] 1

Calzone

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 3 – 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 – 1/3 cups of warm water (more or less, it depends)
  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of evoo

Topping of your choice. Mine was ham, mozzarella, chopped garlic and marinara sauce.

Prep: Sift the flour in a large bowl. Add the salt. Add the honey in the warm water with the dry yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes. When the yeast is bubbling, add the mixture to the flour. Mix all together first with a wooden spoon and then kneed the dough with your hands. If the dough is dry, add more warm water if it’s wet, add more flour. But remember, always start with less liquid. Kneed the dough until is elastic, for about 15-20 minutes. Or use electric stand mixer. When the dough is smooth and elastic, add the evoo, kneed one last time and let it rise for 1-2 hours.

When the dough was risen, divide it into 4 small balls or 6 if you want baby calzones. Shape the dough with your hands into a circle or use a rolling pin if you want. Put some marinara sauce first, add some chopped garlic, few slices of ham and some mozzarella slices. Fold the top of dough over the topping, press the edges of the calzone with your fingers, shaping the calzone into a half moon and transfer into a pizza stone or baking pan. Bake the calzones in a hot oven for about 15 minutes or until the dough is cooked and golden.

Bloody Beet Pasta | Црвени шпагети [♫Beat It – Michael Jackson]

♫Beat It – Michael Jackson♫

Pasta is girl’s best friend, right?

Ok, no. We all know diamonds are but still.

Pasta dishes are here when we cry over our friend’s shoulder and we stuff ourself with pasta bowls in bed…anyone? OK, I stuff myself with pasta.

I love pasta dishes so much and this one with roasted beetroot, blended with aromatics is my favorite one. Instead of making bechamel or mac and cheese this time, try out this recipe for my bloody (tasty) beet pasta. Bloody beet pasta [♫ Beat It - Michael Jackson] 1

Bloody beet pasta

Ingredients: 

  • 1 kg of small beetroot
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of evoo
  • parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
  • 50 grams of roasted walnuts
  • pasta of your choice

Prep: Wash the beetroot, place them in a large pan, cover them with cold water and let them boil until they are tender. When tender, peel them, cut them into small chunks, place them in a blender and blend them in purée consistency. Then, add the walnuts, spices and the evoo. Season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is thick, add some water. Boil some pasta and when al dente mix with the sauce. Garnish with sour cream and parsley.Bloody beet pasta [♫ Beat It - Michael Jackson] 2

Red Lentils Soup with Grilled Broccoli and Cauliflower | Супа од црвена леќа со печени брокули и карфиол [♫Sweet Home Alabama]

♫Sweet Home Alabama♫

Every now and than you need a bowl of warm soup to warm your body and soul. Even though summer is already here, soups are a classic for every time of the year, right?

I really love lentils. I sometimes boil them, just on their own, season them with salt, pepper, evoo and balsamic vinegar and eat them, just like that. They make such a filling salads, too. In almost every salad I put lentils, because they are just perfect mixed with all kinds of dressing that you’ll put in the salad. Also, lentils, especially the red lentils are just perfect for soups. The soup is ready in 20 minutes and it’s so delicious. This time I decided to roast some vegetables, in my case broccoli and cauliflower. OMG, they were so tasty. With a few sliced of toasted bread, this was one very lovely, easy and tasty lunch. Red lentils soup with grilled broccoli and cauliflower [♫Sweet Home Alabama] 1

Red lentils soup with grilled broccoli and cauliflower

Ingredients for the soup:

  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of red paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric (curcuma) powder
  •  a pinch of red pepper flakes

Vegetables for roasting:

  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 cups of cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons of evoo
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • salt, pepper

Salad of your choice + slices of whole wheat bread on toast.

Prep: In a pot, put the lentils with 4 cups of water. Let the lentils boil until they are soft. In another pot, put some evoo and sweat the onion until is soft. Add the chopped garlic cloves. Add all your spices and mix. Drain the lentils and add them to the pot with vegetables. Mix everything, add the stock cube, pour 2 cups of water and let the soup boil. With an immersion blender, blend the soup but not all the way. Season to taste and serve with some pepper flakes.

In a roasting tray, put the vegetables, season them with salt, pepper, drizzle them with evoo and balsamic vinegar. Mix them together and roast them in a preheated oven on 180 degrees, for 25 minutes or until they are almost soft.

Red lentils soup with grilled broccoli and cauliflower [♫Sweet Home Alabama] 1

 

Fried Eggs, Bacon and Pancakes for Mother’s Day | Пржени јајца со сланина и американски палачинки [♫Momma, I Just Killed A Man]

Queen – Mama

Impress your mom and make her this breakfast for her very special day. Mother’s day is everyday, do not forget that, but that day and every day of the week, make her feel special!  Surprise her with this simple, yet so delicious breakfast. You can’t be wrong frying her strips of bacon and making her pancakes, right? She will enjoy this breakfast, for sure. The pancakes are special because they are topped with raspberries sauce and the eggs have crispy exterior and soft yolk 🙂 Fried eggs, bacon and pancakes for Mother's day [Momma, I Just Killed A Man]

Ingredients for the pancakes:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter

Ingredients for the raspberry sauce: 

  • 250 grams of fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • sugar, to taste
  • pinch of salt

Other ingredients:

  • strips of bacon
  • eggs
  • tomato
  • buns

Prep: First, make the batter for the pancakes. Mix all ingredients together and let the batter sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check the consistency, it should be thick like a yoghurt or buttermilk. Cook the pancakes on to a non stick pan with a little butter. Meanwhile, make the sauce just by mixing all the ingredients in one sauce pot. When the sauce will be thick, it’s done. Stack some pancakes on to a plate, put some powdered sugar and top them with a ladle full of the yummy sauce.

Then, fry the strips of bacon until crispy. In the same pan, fry the eggs. First, fry them on a high temperature, until the edges are crispy and then slowly turn down the heat, if you want a runny yolk. If not, fry a little longer. Slice the bun and toast it. Slice some tomatoes. Make one more serving for you or your whole family and enjoy.

The Ultimate Healthy Omelette | Омлет со зеленчук [♫Queen – I Want It All]

♫Queen – I Want It All♫

Omelette is one of my favorite fast, quick and easy to prepare dishes. Especially when is full of yummy vegetables. Omnomnom! I am on a mission to eat and live a healthier life, so I decided to make this wonderful omelette. It was so delightful, believe me. Full of seasonal vegetables, quick to make and so delicious to eat. It was a perfect lunch treat for me. I love lots of filing in my food, but if you don’t, of course add less than I did. Be aware that this omelette is without butter or cheese 🙂Ultimate Omellete [I want it all] 1

The Ultimate Healthy Omelette

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 2-3 slices of ham, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of evoo
  • 1 tablespoon of ajvar
  • olives, for decoration

Prep: In a preheated pan, add the evoo and pour the eggs. Tilt the pan until you no longer see raw eggs on the sides. Add the garlic powder and add the vegetables in this order: onions, mushrooms, ham and spinach. Cover with a lid and let it cook for a 5 minutes on low, or until mushrooms are soft.Transfer the omelette on to a plate, top with ajvar, spring onion and olive. Serve.Ultimate Omellete [I want it all] 2