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spring asparagus salad

They say that one sallow doesn't make a spring. For me the first bunch of spring asparagus is enough of a proof.

Recipe: Spring asparagus salad

  • one bunch of green asparagus (if necessary, discard the bottom fourth)
  • a few potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • one tbsp. of finely diced red onion
  • one tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • one tbsp. of sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • Cook potatoes and cut them in halves or quarters.
    Boil eggs for 3-4 minutes. Let cool in cold water, peel them and cut in halves.
    Cook asparagus for 3-4 minutes.
    Whisk olive oil with diced onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
    Place asparagus, potatoes and eggs on a plate, top with red onion dressing.

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    roasted ratatouille

    Ratatouille is a Provençal vegetable stew, originating in Nice. As it is often the case with traditional dishes, there is much debate on how to prepare ratatouille. The simplest method is sautéing all the vegetables together in a large pot. Some cooks insist on cooking the vegetables separately in order to enhance their individual flavours. Eggplants and courgettes are sautéed and tomatoes, bell peppers and onion are made into a sauce. Vegetables and sauce are then cooked together or baked as a casserole.

    My recipe resembles confit byaldi - a contemporary version of ratatouille, invented by French chef, Michela Guérarda. Guérard is the creator of cuisine minceur, a cooking style which creates lighter version of French classics. In his confit byaldi vegetables are cut into thin slices and baked without frying. The dish was popluarized owing to an American chef, Thomas Keller, famous for his Michelin three-star restaurant, The French Laundry in California. Keller was a consultant for the animated Ratatouille and it is his version of the dish that we can see in the film. Keller's variation of Guérard's dish added two sauces Basque piperade made with tomatoes, green bell pepper and onion and balsamic vinaigrette.

    Regardless of how you choose to prepare it, ratatouille is going to be delicious.

    Recipe: Roasted ratatouille

  • one eggplant
  • one courgette
  • one yellow bell onion
  • one red onion
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • one can of chopped tomatoes
  • a few branches of fresh thyme
  • one tsp. of brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • one tbsp. of olive oil

  • Thinly slice all the vegetables.
    Spread tomatoes over the bottom of a baking dish. Season with sugar, salt and pepper.
    Arrange vegetable slices concentrically on top of tomatoes.
    Drizzle with olive oil, top with fresh thyme, season with salt and pepper.
    Roast at 180C for about 45 minutes.

    Serve as a side or as a main with fresh baguette. Możecie podawać jako dodatek do dania głównego albo jako samodzielne danie, np. ze świeżą bagietką.
    The taste improves with age overnight in the refrigerator.

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    Fennel roasted with tomato sauce

    Recipe: Fennel roasted with tomato sauce

  • one large fennel
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • one onion - diced
  • 4 large tomatoes - scalded, peeled and diced
  • one tsp. of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. of chili flakes
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • one tbsp. of olive oil
  • In a saucepan heat the olive oil, add onion and garlic and cook until soft and golden.
    Add tomatoes, season with sugar, salt and chili. Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, until the sauce slightly thickens.

    To prepare the fennel, trim off the green tops (reserve them for garnish). Peel off the tougher outer layer.
    Cook in a boiling water for about 10 minutes. Let cool and cut the bulb into quarters.
    Place in an oiled baking dish and coat fennel with tomato sauce.
    Roast at 180C for about 30 minutes.

    Top with chopped fennel fronds. Serve with bread.

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    spinach lahmacun

    Lahmacun, the Turkish pizza, is a thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, usually lamb or beef.
    It is traditionally baked in stone oven and sprinkled with freshly squeezed lemon juice before serving.
    This is a vegetarian version with spinach and feta cheese.

    Recipe: Spinach lahmacun

    Dough

  • 500 g of wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp, of active dry yeast
  • 400 ml of lukewarm water
  • one tsp. of salt
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil

  • Place sieved flour in a large bowl and combine with yeast and salt.
    Gradually add water, stirring constantly. Add olive oil and work the dough by hand.
    Once it's smooth and elastic place in an oiled bowl, cover with cloth and set aside in a warm place for about an hour.

    Spinach

  • 750 g of fresh spinach
  • red onion, sliced
  • garlic, sliced
  • one tbsp. of butter

  • Melt butter in a skillet, add onion and garlic and cook until transculent.
    Add spinach and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, until the leaves have slightly wilted. When the dough has risen, form little balls (the recipe is enough for about 20 small lahmacuns). Using a roller pin roll out the balls very thinly.
    Top each with spinach, crumbled feta and chopped parsley.
    Bake at 220 C for 7-10 minutes.
    Before serving, top with freshly ground black pepper.

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    red lentil burgers with sweet potato fries

    Perhaps not the most creative recipe ever, but everyone enjoys a good burger every once in a while.

    Recipe: Red lentil burgers

  • 2 buns
  • 3 tbsp. of bryndza or other soft sheep's milk cheese
  • a few slices of grilled eggplant
  • a few slices of tomato
  • a few slices of red onion
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • Patties

  • 1 1/2 cup of cooked red lentils
  • 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
  • one egg
  • one tsp. of ground cumin
  • one tsp. of tumeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of chili flakes

  • Combine all the ingredients on a bowl. Form two pattied.
    Bake at 180C for about 10 minutes, flipping the patties halfway through the baking time.

    Assemble the burgers: spread bryndza on the buns, top with grilled eggplant, lentil patties, cilantro leaves, tomato and onion.

    Sweet potato fries

  • one large sweet potato
  • one tbsp. of olive oil
  • one tsp. of smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of course sea salt

  • Cut the potato into fry-shaped pieces. Toss them into a bowl and combine with olive oil, smoked paprika and salt.
    Arrange the fries in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    Bake at 180C for about 30 minutes, flipping fries halfway through baking time.

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