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As promissed- here are some pictures from yesterday and a few recipes. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, the light wasn't very good and I didn't want to take a flash haha. Some of our family friends came by last night, before flying to Australia so I would have a chance to see them. Ever since I moved away, whenever I am home I have a very busy schedule and I never get to do all the things I want to. So it is nice when it works out and I get to see people I haven't seen in years.

Překlad:

Jak jsem slíbila, mám pro vás fotky ze včerejší večeře s pár recepty. Omlouvám se za kvalitu fotek, ale světlo nebylo nic moc. Rodinní přátelé přišli na večeři, před odletem do Austrálie, abysme se po dlouhé době setkali. Od té doby, co jsem se odstěhovala, mám vždycky po návratu nabitý rozvrh a většinou nestihnu všechno, co bych chtěla, takže je vždycky hezké, když se zadaří a můžu se setkat s lidmi, které jsem léta neviděla.



Here is last night's menu

- fish soup
- white fish: bream
- salmon on lemon
- shrimp
- asparagus with bacon
- two types of salad
- yogurt lemon potatoes

Menu

- rybí polévka

- bílá ryba: cejn

- losos na citrónu

- krevety

- chřest se slaninou

- dva druhy salátu

- jogurtovo-citrónové brambory



The fish

My dad was in charge of this. The salmon was made with lemon and some seasoning. The seasoning he used was a Mediterranean mix and cumin. You need to put a bit of butter so the fish doesn't dry out and bake it for 25 minutes for 180-200 degrees.

The bream was baked with the salmon, so you can use the same amount of time to bake it. And he let it sit for maybe 2 hours with the same seasoning as the salmon, but he also put pieces of rosemary on it, to give it a bit nicer taste.

Making the shrimp is super easy. You either put some seasoning mix on it- again the Mediterranean or you can fry them with garlic. They don't need very long on the heat, so once they are red from both sides just turn them off until you serve them. If you keep them on the heat for too long they get really hard to chew!:)

Ryba

Tu dělal taťka. Losos byl s citrónem a kořením (středozemské koření a kmín). Na rybu se dá máslo, aby nevyschla a pak se peče 25 minut na 180-200 stupňů. Cejn byl pečený společně s lososem. Taťka ho na 2 hodiny před naložil do toho samého koření, jako lososa, ale k cejnovi přidal navíc trošku rozmarýnu, pro ještě lepší chuť. Krevety jsou hrozně lehké. Použijete koření, které máte rádi- třeba česnek. Nemusí se dělat moc dlouho, jakmile jsou červené z obou stran, je nandáte a podáváte. Když je přepečete, pak maso ztuhne a jde špatně kousat.


The sides

I was in charge of these. So for the potatoes, you cook them in a peal and then cut them up in small peaces. In a bowl you mix white yogurt, lemon juice, cut up basil, salt and pepper and then mix it with the potatoes. I found that potatoes made like this taste really good with fish. You can also use different types of herbs- parley, chives...

As for the salad, I kept it very simple. I cut up iceberg, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and rucola. I made a dressing from olive oil, apple vinnegar and a spoon of mustard. Adding mustard to a salad dressing is always a good idea. It brings out a nice flavour and the vinegar isn't as sharp!

One thing that everyone loved was the asparagus. And this is great both as a side but also a main. Sometimes I eat just that for lunch or dinner. I just have some bacon peaces, either from bacon strips or bacon pieces, I wait until they get a big brown and then I throw green asparagus on it. The moment you put the asparagus on the pan the heat has to be high, so that it "grills" but doesn't get soggy. So it is important not to keep it on the pan too long so that it is still a little crunchy.

​Přílohy

​Ty jsem měla na starost já. Brambory jsem uvařila ve slupce a nakrájela na malé kousky. V misce jsem smíchala bílý jogurt, citrónovou šťávu, bazalku, sůl, pepř a do jsem brambory přidala. Takhle připravené brambory byly k rybě úplně super. Můžete použít jiné bylinky, třeba pažitku, nebo petrželku. Salát jsem dělala hodně jednoduše. Ledový salát, rajčátka, červená cibulka, okurka a rukola. Zálivku jsem udělala z olivového oleje, jablečného octa a lžičky hořčice, která každou zálivku posune na jinou úroveň, chutná to lépe a ocet pak není tak ostrý. To, co všem hodně chutnalo, byl chřest. Je dobrý jako příloha i jako hlavní ídlo, občas si ho takhle dělám doma k večeři. Kousky nebo plátky slaniny opeču, až jsou trošku hnědé a pak k nim přidám zelený chřest. V tu chvíli, kdy dáte chřest na pánev, musíte mít teplotu na maximum, aby se opekl. Je důležité nemít ho tam moc dlouho, aby byl hezky křupavý a ne rozblemcaný, haha.

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Ingredients:
For Chicken: chicken strips, or you can buy a chicken breast and cut it up into thin slices, crisp bread, eggs, oil for frying, milk, salt, peper, soy sauce, lemon( for the marinade), sweet chili sauce
For the salad: baby spinach, red pepers, bacon ( small pieces), olive oil, vinegar, salt and peper
Step 1: Marinade the chicken. For this I use soy sauce, salt and pepper with some lemon. It is important to do this a few hours before you start making the food to ensure that the chicken has a really yummy taste. Sometimes I even leave the chicken marinaded over night. I put the chicken into a zip-lock bag- I found it is the easiest way to marinade it.
Step 2: Make the salad. I honestly love the taste of this salad, even though it isn't the healthiest recipe out there I LOVE IT! What I do first is that I fry the bacon until it is really crispy and then let if cool off. Meanwhile I cup up the onion and mix it with the baby spinach. I never mix all the stuff together until I am serving, because the salad can get a little soggy if the bacon is still warm and also the dressing makes it a little disgusting if it is on the salad for too long. So I pre- prepare it and then when I serve it I mix the salad and onion with bacon and then add dressing on top. Always remember to de-oil the bacon( I just put it on napkins).
Step 3: Crush crispy bread. So once you have all the cold stuff prepared you need to crush the crispy bread into small pieces. I prefer to have the bread crushed really finely, so that there aren't many big pieces of it on the chicken. With big pieces they also easily fall off then you fry the chicken in the pan.
Step4: Wrap chicken in bread. To do this you will need a bowl with eggs and milk. I also add salt and pepper into the mix. You can scramble the eggs and peper and then dip the chicken in. Once it is covered you can put it into the bread crumbs and make sure every last piece of the chicken had some bread crumbs on it.
Step5: Frying the chicken. This part is a little tricky. If you don't use any oil it takes a long time for the chicken to get done, so I usually put oil in the pan. Heat it up to max. It only takes a few minutes to be ready, since the chicken is so thin. Sometimes when I feel really healthy I barely use any oil and fry the chicken until the crumbs are brow and then I put it in the oven for a few minutes to be 100% the chicken is done all the way through. Thanks to the lemon in the marinade the chicken is really tender and soft, so even if you over cook it a little it doesn't dry out which is nice. Also when you are frying the chicken, sometimes crumbs of the bread fall off, I eat them - they are really yummy haha. Oh and make sure to de-grease the chicken before you eat it!
Step 6: Serving. As I mentioned previously it is best to keep the salad separate until the very last minute. Then you can mix it all up and serve with the crispy chicken. I love dipping the chicken into sweet chili sauce, but I guess that really depends on everyone individually if they like it or not. So if you want to use some dip for the chicken then have a little bowl next to the plate so that the sauce doesn't get on everything. This recipe is so easy, it only takes a few minutes to make ( if you have the chicken marinaded beforehand). I had one period this year where I ate this almost every day. Of course I mixed it up a little, so I wouldn't eat the bacon salad all the time haha. But I have also served this food to many of my friends and it is always a huge success so I can totally encourage you to try it out at least once!

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I can't believe it is already Sunday! But it was a good weekend- yesterday I got the whole day of from studying and I was with Rose taking pictures and then Bee came by for dinner. We made Vietnamese spring rolls. Rose and I walked down to an Asian Supermarket, which is close to my apartment and we got a bunch of delicious things to put in them. We also made out own soy sauce and tahini sauce to dip the rolls in. And my all time favorite- ginger chili cucumbers in rice vinegar. The food was soooo good! I think I ate like 10 rolls haha- and we rolled them ourselves at the table. So each roll could have something different in it. I love coriander, so I always stuff as much of that as possible haha. The nice thing about this is that you can put anything you want in the rolls. Yesterday we went for a full on veggie meal, but sometimes it is nice with shrimp or salmon inside. I think Vietnamese spring rolls are a great idea for dinner, not only does it look amazing, but people can customize it to their own taste. So if you are not sure what to make for friends coming over- this is definitely a good option! Well, I am going back to studying now! Enjoy what is left of the weekends guys ❤️

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Hey everyone! I am a bit bummed out my computer kinda died so I can't do much at the moment haha. But tonight for dinner Tad and I made the most delicious salad. What you need is:

- Roman lettuce
- Tomatoes
- Red onion
- Carrots
- Green peas
- Red pepper
- Radishes
- Avocado
- Chives

Mix everything up, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt- it is so delicious and fresh! Enjoy! Also I got a bunch of new things from Eva Solo, so I loove the setup!:)

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Good morning! Today is an exciting day- I am going to Tad's grandpa for lunch and then we are having some friends over at Tad's summer house for a little BBQ and party. Yesterday I baked a cake- very simple, sponge cake with a creamy cover. I also picked small fruit from the garden to decorate it with. I really like this type of cake- it is very summery! Usually I prefer white cake in the summer and chocolate or a bit heavier in the winter. But then again, I don't really eat that much cake I only make it haha! I think this one turned out really nice! I put a layer of our raspberries between the two parts so it had a bit more interesting taste. But anyway here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

- 225g flour
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225g butter, at room temperature
- 225g sugar
- 4 eggs
-2 teaspoons baking powder

For cream:

- 500g mascarpone
​- 1 box of whip cream
​- vanilla sugar
​- berries to decorate




Step 1:

Preheat over to 180 degrees C. Take all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix it together with an electric whisk. You can also separate the egg whites and whisk them into merangue and then mix the rest in/ but it depends how you feel haha. It is possible to do both. Otherwise find a "sponge cake" recipe in your country, where you can see what ingredients are used there, since the flour and things are different everywhere.


Step 2:

Pour the mix into 2 non-stick 18cm tins. If you have larger tins, then add more batter. Just be sure to add more of everything! Then make the cake for 20-25 minutes until it is golden brown. I use a wooden stick ( really thin one- don't know the name in english) to check if the middle of the cake is fully baked. It is always a good idea to do that. After you take it out, set the cake aside and wait for it to cool off completely.


Step 3:

Whip the cream in a bowl and then add mascarpone and vanilla sugar. You can mix all of it together with an electric whisk to make sure the texture is nice and smooth. Then layer it on the cake- like I explained in the last recipe for chocolate cake HERE. Then decorate the top with berries and let cool in the fridge.


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