My garden :)

My garden :)
Photo by S.DJ.

субота, 03. децембар 2016.

How to Make Hummus?

Hummus is a Middle Eastern meal, but chickpeas (or "leblebije") are very common snack here, in Serbia, Macedonia, Greece... Yes, some kind of snack! But hummus is something new for me and I make this meal from time to time. 
It's very simple, and you don't need to blend them (and later wash your blender:), just make sure that those chickpeas are cooked enough.  


Ingredients: 

2 cups of cooked chickpeas
2 spoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 spoons tahini
1  lemon
1 small clove of garlic (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Serve this with anything you want, bread, vegetables, etc.


Photo by Suzana

субота, 27. август 2016.

Pancakes

How to make Serbian pancakes? These pancakes, "palačinke" (read: palachinke), are very thin and we like to make them with our families and friends. It's simple and anyone can do it.

Ingredients:


  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water/sparcling mineral water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 spoon oil

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients until the mixture get smooth enough. 
  • Put the greased pan on the fire and wait until the pan is well heated.
  • Pour one ladle of the mixture into the pan and bake until the pancake start to separate from the pan, then turn over the pancake and wait for a few seconds. Remove the pancake and repeat the procedure until you run out of mixture.
Fill the pancakes with some jam, honey or some Eurocream Takovo. And enjoy!. 


Photo: http://www.kreativnisvetbalkana.net/palacinke/ (19.8.2016.)

среда, 17. август 2016.

Gibanica kraljica :) Gibanica the Queen

Not healthy at all. But, so delicious! :)

It has to be greasy, well roasted and puffy.
You can eat gibanica (read:geebanitza) with yogurt as breakfast, or starter.

Ingredients:


  • 1 package of phyllo dough 
  • 350 gr white cheese (high percent of milk fat, salty), you can use smaller amount, but it is better like this
  • 3-5 eggs
  • 1-2 spoons of kajmak (read: kaymak, high percent of milk fat, maybe 70%) or yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup sparkling mineral water (it makes gibanica puffy)
  • oil (to grease the baking dish and the layers of gibanica)

Mix eggs, kajmak and mineral water, than crumble the cheese (let the lumps of cheese remain). Put 3 layers (as the bottom of gibanica) into the greased baking dish and pour one ladle of mixture on it. Then cover it with another layer of phyllo dough, and repeat all until you run out of layers.  

Bake in a warm oven for a 30 minutes, until it is golden brown. 

Last step: enjoy! 




How to make AJVAR?

It's some kind of Balkan salsa, you can eat it with every meal, especially  breakfast. It is good for vegetarians too. I prefer to eat ajvar with some strong cheese (like Greek feta) and bread, or even in pasta.

Well, the first thing you need to know is that is not an easy recipe, so if you have a "baba" (grandma), let her do everything, however you should help her with all the "pepper" work. :)

Here, in almost all Balkan countries, we prepare "zimnica" (food supplies, a lot of jars with vegetables and fruits for winter period), and ajvar is one of our favourite type of zimnica. It takes a day to prepare ajvar with 30 kg of peppers, but that's how we do it.

This is a version for smaller amount and you need an hour and a half.

Ingredients:


  • 4 large red peppers
  • 1 large eggplant 
  • 1/2 cup oil (sunflower or olive oil)
  • 1 spoon of vinegar  
  • garlic to taste (maybe a few cloves)
  • salt to taste (1/2 teaspoon)
  • pepper to taste 


Instructions:


  1. Wash and dry peppers and eggplant, than put them in a warm oven and roast for 30 minutes (they should get black), than peel the peppers and eggplant and remove stems. 
  2. Blend it and add all other ingredients. It doesn't need to be so smooth. 
  3. Pour into a saucepan, fry in the low heat for 30 minutes and stir all the time. Taste it and add more salt and other spices (like oregano) if you like.

Enjoy!