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Pastitsio

Friday, November 25, 2011

I thought this was a perfect recipe for a cold autumn night, except the weather wasn't cold at all :)). Nevertheless, we enjoyed it immensely :D

 

For the tomato meat sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 large)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 large cloves)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the bechamel sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 3/4 pound small shells (I used orechiette)

Thanksgiving - the bird

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

A few images with the monster:


Roasted Butternut Squash Entree

Wednesday, November 23, 2011



I've got this recipe from Mary, but I decided to eliminate the dough (sorry, Mary, I hope you'll forgive me!) and make it into a crustless tart, if I am allowed to call it so. I loved the caramelized onion, next time I make this dish I'll certainly put in some more of it!

Doughnuts

Sunday, November 13, 2011



Beautiful, tasty, golden doughnuts! What else to say about these beauties?

Ingredients:

500 gr flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 eggs and 1 yolk
200 ml lukewarm milk
3 tsp dry yeast
3 tbsp vanilla sugar
zest of a lemon
a pinch of salt

Mix the yeast with one tablespoon of sugar and a few drops of milk, then allow it to rise


Orange and Lemon Chicken Drumsticks

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


A very simple and cute recipe, not costly at all, just the right thing at a time when vegetables are not so abundant, but we feel the need for some fresh flavours on the plate.

Ingredients: 
- 6 chicken drumsticks (feel free to use 8, or a whole chicken, cut in pieces)
- 3/4 stick butter
- salt and pepper to taste

For marinating the meat:
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 1 medium onion, very finely sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 drops Tabasco

Roasted Butternut Squash and Orange Soup

Thursday, November 3, 2011


This is my first butternut squash soup ever! I can't believe I've never used this wonderful ingredient before, this soup tastes amazing!

What you'll need:
  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large butternut squash, roasted, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1- inch cubes
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bundle thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 orange, cut in 1/2 

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