One Greek One Serbian

I’m talking about food! πŸ™‚

One of my favorite Greek recipes is for a delicious cheese in olive oil. It’s simple and fast to make, you could store it in the fridge and use it in so many ways.

There are many ways to make this, but here is what I used:

Pepper, garlic, onion, bay leaf, chili peppers, and of course cheese. It’s important that the cheese is not soft, but I think Feta could work well too. I have here cow cheese. Goat cheese is the best. πŸ™‚

Cheese in olive oil

Simply cut the cheese in cubes, layer them in a jar with everything else in between, and pour olive oil to cover it well.Β  Put the lid on and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of days before using it, to let the cheese soak up all those lovely flavors.

Cheese in olive oil

Use it with anything – as a side dish, as an appetizer, in your sandwich, on pizza, on toast… And the best part is that when you eat the cheese, you get the most fantastic salad dressing ever! Try making different combinations – with herbs, with olives, etc.

The other dish, the most famous Serbian one, is “Prebranac”. People from all over the world who came to Serbia and tried it are all in love with this dish. But be prepared, it’s not a light one.Β  This is perfect for cold Autumn or Winter days when you want your belly warm, full and happy. πŸ™‚

If you want to feed an army, you will need one kilogram of white beans, and at least one kilogram (it’s better to have a bit more) of onions.

First, slice the onions

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And cook the beans

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Put the beans aside and fry the onions in oil (a generous amount of oil is needed, at least one cup), until they are soft.

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Then add 2 or 3 full table spoons of paprika and fry that for a short time, not over a minute,Β  just to warm up paprika and make it more fragrant. Be careful, if you burn paprika, the dish will taste horrible. Add salt and pepper to taste, having in mind that it will spread onto whole dish.

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Then take a baking dish, grease it, and put half of the drained beans first, then the onions, and finish with the second layer of beans.

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In the photo above you can see the unfinished second layer. Cover it all up with beans, and then take the water that you cooked beans in, and pour until it’s just covering everything.Β  Then put it in the oven at 220 degrees Celsius (I think it’s about 430 F) and bake until the water is almost completely evaporated. It shouldn’t take long.

You will have an amazing meal!

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And it’s always always served with cabbage salad. Just cabbage with olive oil, apple vinegar, salt and pepper.

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Have a great day! πŸ™‚

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Fresh from the oven

I’ve been making some Christmas ornaments today, but they are not finished so I can’t show you that, hehe. Instead I decided to share with you another thing I made today, and that is Β Cheese bread. It’s one of those things that I don’t have a recipe for, I just mix a few ingredients and see what happens. And it came out great!

Here’s what I did:

About a table spoon of dry yeast, a tea spoon of sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 egg, about 400 ml water, 1/2 cup flax seeds, 1/2 cup butter, and cheese as much or as little as you like – I’ve put about 1 1/2 cup of crumbled cheese. Now, I’m talking about “white” cheese, and here we have some gorgeous cheeses; for this bread I used mixed cow and sheep cheese, but you could use Feta or any other. The point is that it has a nice flavor. Then add flour until it’s very hard to mix it with the spoon but still too sticky to be kneaded by hand. Leave it to double in size, then bake at 200 C. All you need with it (well, I didn’t need anything, LOL) is some nice Prosciutto and a glass of beer! Or maybe just yogurt. πŸ™‚

Bon appetit!

Vegetarian lunch

I don’t know how to call these, because they are something like veggie burgers, but not quite the same, and if I call them dumplings maybe that’s not the right word…Oh, that’s the problem when you write in foreign language πŸ™‚ Anyway, here is the recipe for this yummy meal:

Take 1kg of courgettes, and shred them – like this:

Then add a table spoon of salt and leave for about an hour. You will have a lot of liquid in your bowl after that time, so take one handful at a time and squeeze as much liquid as you can. Throw that liquid away, and add to the courgettes 2 eggs, pepper, some salt, herbs ( I like oregano, but you can add parsley or any other herb), chopped garlic (I use a lot of garlic), 1 tsp of paprika, and about 1/2 cup (maybe a bit more) of bread crumbs. Mix well, and you will get something like a burger mix, but much more soft.

Then take a spoon and start frying!

Can you smell this? πŸ™‚

Drain the excess oil onto the paper towel, and serve. Now, this isn’t fat free, belly friendly and stuff like that meal, but if you don’t season your salad, I think it’s ok πŸ™‚ They didn’t soak up too much oil, honestly!

I served them with unseasoned veggies, with just a bit of cheese on top, and it was yummy!

Bon appetit!