Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sprinkle Bakes

So I just stumbled upon the cooking blog Sprinkle Bakes and for the avid baker like me I am more than a little excited to try some of her recipes. Have a I mentioned here that I work very part time in a local bakery? For me that is a way to do my beloved baking and not have our family eating it all :)  I was looking for some new recipes and this looks so good. Can't wait to try it!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meat Salad

Here in Latvia they have a lots of salads. And at parties when they have a cold buffet people all bring something they could put together with what they had at home. Deli's here also have a huge selection of sometimes 20 or more salads. This is one of my favorites here and is a heartier version of potato salad. I had never made it at home until I found this recipe in my cooking magazine. Četras Sezonas- November 2013 edition. Here is the recipe with a few changes- I skipped the anchovies and capers.

Boiling the meat:
400 gram beef (I used pork)
2 branches of rosemary
3 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves

630 grams boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes
270 g. peeled, boiled, cubed carrots
130 g. boiled eggs, chopped.
280 g. dill pickles, chopped.
300 g. canned, drained peas

150 g. mayonnaise
3-4 t. Dijon mustard
7 cloves garlic- crushed.
3 t. Worcestershire sauce
300 g. sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

  • Boil meat in about 1-2 inches of water with the spices until thoroughly cooked. Drain. Cool and chop finely.
  • Boil potatoes, carrots and eggs. Cool, peel, chop so that they are uniform in size. 
  • Chop pickles and add that and peas to meat, potatoes, carrots and eggs. 
  • Mix dressing separately. Then add to potato mixture  Mix well, season to taste.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Macaroni and Cheese
It has been brought to my attention that I have not been posting lately. The fact is I had no idea so many people even used or looked at this blog.

The fact that I haven't been posting doesn't mean I have not been cooking. Quite the contrary-yesterday I spent the whole day in the kitchen. Making food to celebrate my birthday. I made 3 cakes, a vege tray, a yummy meat salad and cheese fondue with curry meatballs, french bread and steamed broccoli for dipping.

But rather than sharing any of those party recipes today I want to share with you a comfort food. There are those foods that bring us warm, happy feelings from childhood and this is one of mine.

I don't make it often from scratch since it time consuming, and here in LV we can't get it in the boxed version. But when I do make it this is a recipe that looks like a good one, though I haven't tried this exact one I have made this several times and like topping it with cubed bread for a nice crunch.

Macaroni and Cheese