Shakshuka or Moroccan baked eggs / Ovos escalfados num molho de tomate picante receita marroqina

Today we had Shakshuka or Moroccan baked eggs, it was absolutely delicious!! This is an Ottolenghi recipe, and as you know he is amazing. My version serves only 2, and I reduced oil and sugar quantities, otherwise is more or less the same. We served it with polenta but you can serve with crusty bread too

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/19/yotam-ottolenghi-breakfast-recipe-shakshuka

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A receita de hoje e’ de um chef bastante famoso no Uk chamado Ottolenghi. E’ uma receita marroquina de ovos escalfados num molho de tomate picante. Podem seguir a receita do link em ingles ou ver aqui a traduçao, eu sò diminui a quantidade de oleo e açucar, mas de resto é igual :

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4 tomates grandes maduros ou uma lata de tomate pelado
2 pimentos
cominhos
cebola
pimenta cayenne
açafrao ou açafrao das indias
louro,timo, salsa
sal, pimenta preta, malagueta
ovos
açucar castanho (1 CS)

Fritar as sementes de cominhos sem oleo passado 2 minutos, adicionar o azeite a cebola, as ervas, o açucar e o açafrao. Quando estiver com uma cor bem dourada, adicionar os pimentos e deixar fritarpor 10 minutos. Adicionar os tomates e o sal, pimentas, chilies, o que quiserem para ficar bem saboroso. Ir adicionando agua à medida que for necessario para manter o molho aguado e nao demasiado seco. Deixar cozinhar durante 10 a 15 m, depois adicionar os ovos e tapar. Cozinhar durante 15 m ou até os ovos estiverem bem cozinhados. Servir com pao Rustico tipo broa ou polenta, salada. Bom apetite! 🙂

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Cinnamon roll cake, secretly healthy ;) / Bolo de canela saudavel

English Version:

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Yesterday i was in mood for some cake, so I came up with this delicious healthy version of your regular cinnamon bun, it’s rich and sweet, but it doesn’t kill you 😉 I’m lucky enough to say, that as the time goes by, i like regular cake less and less, the only thing I taste is butter and a sickly sweetness, nothing else and i love flavour! so the most important thing for me is for my treats to be sweet but to let me feel the taste of my ingredients. The base of this cake was a chocolate and carrot cake I came up a while back :

https://fionabluerecipes.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/chocolate-cake-no-nasties-bolo-de-chocolate-saudavel-e-humido/

I have to say that baking doesn’t need to be an exact science, it’s about making it your own, play with it, you will see, it’s almost always tasty! It may not me as high, but if you want healthier versions (changing from traditional ingredients) it will always change the texture, try you might actually like it ❤

Ingredients :

– to grease the pan : 1 TBs of organic butter (real thing or coconut oil, not melted) , 1 TBS of cinnamon , 1 TBS of raw brown sugar or coconut sugar –> first grease the pan, after mix sugar with cinnamon and coat the pan until all surface is covered.

for the batter :

150grs of flour ( I used 100grs of rye and 50grs of plain)

15grs of yeast (for cakes)

3 eggs

150grs of natural yoghurt (whole,organic)

7 TBS of maple syrup

1 TBS of melted butter

50grs of lucuma powder OR I would add a 1TBS of sugar(not maple as it is a powder )

For the drizzle : melt 1 TBS of butter with 1 TBS of cinnamon and 1 TBS of sugar (brown or coconut).

Mix all the ingredients ultil a smooth batter is formed. For an airy cake whisk your egg whites until set and fold carefully once all the other ingredients are well mixed. pour batter into the pan and at the end drizzle the cinnamon liquid on top of it in a circular motion.

Bake at 175C around 35m but keep checking, as i used a really big pan, thats why it was so thin. In a smaller pan may take a bit longer.

Lots of love,

Sandrina x

Versao portuguesa:

Ontem estava com vontade de um bolo um bocadinho diferente entao decidi fazer um bolo de canela, delicioso, mas que nao entope nenhuma veia 😉 Eu tenho bastante sorte porque com o passar do tempo o meu palato foi mudando e hoje em dia cada vez gosto menos de doces demasiado doces, onde os unicos sabores sao a manteiga e o açucar, gosto de sentir os diferentes sabores e saber que posso comer 1 bela fatia sem qualquer culpa 🙂

A base deste bolo foi de uma receita que criei ja ha bastante tempo:

https://fionabluerecipes.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/chocolate-cake-no-nasties-bolo-de-chocolate-saudavel-e-humido/

E gostava de dizer que os bolos nao sao aquela ciencia exacta ( a nao ser que queiram fazer um bolo super tradicional para alguem super tradicional), para fazer bolos mais saudaveis, as texturas mudam, o que nao e’ uma coisa ma’, e’ so’ diferente..  E e’ tambem um desafio, para criar coisas diferentes, com ingredientes diferentes, sem aquele medo que nao vai resultar, pois nao diz assim no livro de receitas. acreditem, eu ja fiz dezenas de bolos sem abrir 1 livro de receitas, 90% das vezes ficou bem bom 😉 e as outras por norma era por falta de açucar/adoçante natural, que se corrigia com uma calda.. acho que temos que aproveitar o que a nossa sociedade global nos tem para oferecer, uma data de ingredientes novos e tecnicas desconhecidas pelos nossos pais e avos, e arriscar um bocadinho e comer aquele pedaço de bolo com uma mente aberta.

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Ingredientes:

-Para untar a forma usar 1 CS de manteiga, 1 CS de canela e 1 CS de açucar (nao refinado castanho ou de coco), usar o açucar misturado com a canela como se fosse farinha.

-Para a massa :

150grs de farinha (usei 100grs de centeio e 50grs de farinha para bolos)

15grs de fermento para bolos

3 ovos inteiros

150grs de iogurte natural (organico e inteiro)

7 colheres de sopa de xarope de acer (ou mel derretido, mas nao a temperatura alta)

50grs de po’ de lucuma (e’ um po’ de uma fruta peruviana com um sabor a caramelo, e cheio de vitaminas) OU 1 CS de açucar (por causa de a lucuma ser em po’, mas podem experimentar)

1 CS de manteiga derretida ( nao usar margarina que tanto mal faz!) ou oleo de coco

-Para a calda : 1CS de manteiga,1 CS de canela e 1CS de açucar (derreter tudo junto)

Untar a forma, colocar a massa do bolo e no fim colocar a calda de canela por cima, fazendo circulos.

Eu usei uma forma um bocadinho grande demais, dai o bolo ter saido fininho.                                                                   Aquecer o forno a 175 c e cozinhar entre 35 a 45m, mas deve-se controlar pois depende do tamanho da forma e do forno.

Ate a proxima

Sandrina xx

Video recipe – classic and chocolate peanut butter / Video receita de manteiga de amendoim classica e de chocolate :)

Want to know how easy it is to make peanut butter? Just check out my new video 🙂


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0jqSHzuMJQ

Como fazer manteiga de amendoim, normal e de chocolate no meu novo youtube video ❤


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2b48dP1DHU

Polish inspired cabbage rolls / Rolinhos de couve ao estilo polaco

I’ve been on an international kick wanting to cook a lot of different dishes from all over the world! So yesterday I decided to do this Polish inspired cabbage rolls, they are delicious, filling, healthy and easily vegan by swapping meat + egg by mushrooms and sauerkraut, a very traditional combination. It’s a bit of work but totally worth it. They freeze very well, and you can heat it up by frying them on a little olive oil. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Estes rolos de couve dao um bocadinho de trabalho, mas sao super saborosos! Para uma versao vegana e’ so’ substituir a carne e ovos por cogumelos e sauerkraut, uma combinacao muito usada na Europa de Leste e muito saborosa. Estes rolos congelam bem e pode-se aquecer facilmente, basta fritar num bocadinho de azeite.

Ingredients : Makes 16-18 rolls

– 250 grs of lean minced beef  / – 250g de carne de vaca moida magra

-2 eggs  / – 2 ovos

– 1 carrot  /  1 cenoura

– 1 medium round cabbage  / – 1 couve redonda media

– 1.5 cups of rice  / – 1.5 tacas de arroz

– half a stalk of celery  / -um bocadinho de aipo (opcional)

– 1 hand full of fresh parsley  / -1 mao cheia de salsa

– salt, pepper, chili  / – sal, pimenta e malagueta a gosto

– onion and garlic / – cebola e alho q.b.

– 1/3 cup of tomato sauce / – 1/3 taca de molho de tomate

 

Cook your rice, plain white, let cool a bit.

At the same time boil your round cabbage on a big pan for 10 minutes, make sure to cover the hole cabbage.

At the same time fry in a little olive oil your onion, garlic, carrot, celery, chopped cabbage (just take 2 or 3 leaves of your cabbage while raw) until soft, around 10 to 15 minutes.

Cozinhar o arroz e reservar. Ao mesmo tempo cozer a couve numa panela grande, para ficar completamente coberta de agua por 10 minutos. Ao mesmo tempo, fritar num bocadinho de azeite a cebola, alho,cenoura aos cubinhos,aipo e couve aos pedacinhos ( retirar 2 ou 3 folhas da couve antes de a colocar a cozer), ate’ ficar tudo cozinhado, por volta de 10 a 15 minutos.

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On a bowl mix meat, eggs, parsley and seasonings and mix all together.

Num recipiente misturar a carne, ovos, salsa e temperos. Mexer bem.

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Mix the meat mixture with the carrots, onions etc.. Let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until meat is cooked .

Misturar a carne com a cenoura, cebola etc e deixar cozinhar 10 a 15 minutos, ou ate a carne estar cozinhada.

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In a big bowl mix rice with with the meat mixture .

Num recipiente grande misturar o arroz com a carne.

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After the cabbage is cooked, drain the cabbage but keep 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Separate around 20 leaves. You can add the remaining ones to soups, rice, anything really. And start stuffing the leaves with our mixture ❤ Fold like you would do for a wrap, taking both sides in and rolling.

Quando a couve estiver cozida,escorre-se (mas guardamos 1/2 taca desta agua) e comecamos a separar as folhas, umas 20 e guardar os resto (pode-se usar em sopas, arroz, massas…). Comecar a colocar o recheio em cada folha, nao colocar demais. Dobrar os lados e enrolar, como se estivessemos a fazer um wrap.

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Pack the rolls really tightly into a container that can go into the oven. Add 1/3 of a cup of tomato sauce to 1/2 a cup of cabbage water and pour over the rolls. Cover them with broken cabbage leaves/lid/foil, and cook for 30 minutes at 200 C .

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Serve by itself or with a green salad. Really yummy! Let me know if you have tried this or have other fillings that you like.

Colocar os rolos bem aconchegados para nao abrirem. Misturar o molho de tomate com um bocadinho da agua de cozer a couve e colocar por cima dos rolos. Se tiverem algumas folhas que se rasgaram podem usa-las para cobrir os rolos se nao pode-se cobrir com uma tampa ou papel de aluminio. Assar durante 30 minutos a 200C. Servir sozinhos ou com uma slada verde grande como eu fiz.

Espero que gostem! 🙂

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Lots of love,

Sandrina x

 

 

 

Crepioca, sweet and savory, join the “new” craze! Crepe de tapioca, toca a provar!

In Brazil tapioca flour is widely used, it’s gluten free and gives the most amazing texture.

It can be quite “empty” but if you join some chia, flax and good toppings it’s much better than your regular wrap or crepe.

 

No Brasil a farinha de tapioca e’ bastante comum, usada em diversos pratos e nao tem gluten o que e’ bastante vantojoso para pessoas com alergias ou para pessoas que desejam reduzir o consumo de trigo. Eu adoro a textura da tapioca para fazer estes crepes ou wraps. Esta crepioca pode ser um bocadinho vazia em termos de nutricao por isso eu adiciono linhaca, chia e escolho os toppings e acompanhamentos com cuidado para aumentar o valor nutricional da refeicao.

For this savoury crepioca, you just add 1 egg , 2 tablespoons of tapioca or potato starch, which would change the name to something else I used 1 of each. This is the basic recipe which works amazingly as a wrap#glutenfree .To add more nutrition I add chia seeds, spring onion and spices like black pepper, chili, turmeric and some pink salt. I had some shredded chicken frozen so I decided to use it as the filling (defrosted, and warmed in a pan,of course) and served this with a fruity salad .

Para esta crepioca salgada adicione 1 ovo e 2 colheres de tapioca (tambem se pode misturar como eu fiz e coloquei 1 de amido de tapioca e outra de amido de batata), mexer bem e colocar na frigideira anti aderente bem quente, nao e’ necessario oleo, a crepioca vai comecar a libertar-se sozinha da frigideira, quando descolar e’ so virar esperar mais 1 minuto e esta pronta. Se quiserem derreter queijo, a melhor maneira eh nao virar a crepioca, isto e’, quando estiver a descolar, colocar o recheio desejado e dobrar como se fosse uma omelete, esperar um bocadinho e depois sim virar , mas sempre com a forma meia lua, nao abrir e deixar tostar um bocadinho do outro lado. Adicionei tambem a massa sementes de chia, cebolinho, pimenta preta, malagueta seca, curcuma e sal cor de rosa ( isto a massa). O recheio foi apenas frango desfiado (que tinha congelado, basicamente assei um frango inteiro e deois desfiei e dividi em refeicoes e congelei, para ser mais practico. Acompanhamento foi uma salada maravilhosa com diospiro maca, azeitonas, folhas verdes, tomate e radicchio.

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For this breakfast /snack  just mix 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch and cook in a non stick pan without any oil, so easy to flip!! Top with your favourites, mine you know then by now –> banana, peanut butter, cinnamon and mapke syrup . you can add some chia seeds, nuts, flax to make it more nutritional
Para este pequeno almoco fiz uma crepioca recheada com manteiga de amendoins, banana, canela e xarope de acer para o crepe mais facil do mundo misturar 1 ovo com 1 colher de sopa bem cheia de amido de tapioca, cozinhar numa frigideira anti aderente sem oleo, tao facil de virar, mesmo, quase se faz sozinho este crepe para aumentar o valor nutricional pode se acrescentar nozes, linhaca, chia ou cacau. Yummm

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Have you ever tried this? If yes, what are your favorite toppings? And if you make this, do let me know.

Love,

Sandrina

 

 

Fall jams, falafel and other stories… Update on my new Italian life! :)

A few months have passed since I made a proper post, but it had to be this way. Had so much to do during summer, it flew by almost without a notice. So I left London and moved to Italy where I worked really hard during summer, 10 to 12 hours a day without days off, so that meant no summer for me 😦 but it’s ok, no hard feelings… After that my other half and I had to go back to London by car (with a stop in Switzerland where he has family) to ring back all our things, specially mine as I was living in there for 8 years, so imagine the amount of crap I accumulated 😉 It was very tiring the trip, but really wonderful to see all my friends and sister ❤

Anyway, it took me a long time to get internet in our house, but now it’s all working good, so I can update my blog more often. I did update Instagram and facebook as it requires less bandwidth..

A note on Italy so far, I love the country, it’s wonderful full of colours and flavors and nice people AND bad bureaucracy….omg…it takes ages to do anything and it’s very frustrating but if we keep calm and be patient at some point things happen, which is the most important thing..

Regarding my food , lately we have been eating even less meat and fish than before, for our health and for our wallet too. Choosing high quality over quantity. And nowadays, more than ever before, I make everything from scratch as I have the time and we are given so much produce by my new family 🙂  And I do have a small allotment with fruit trees, and I want to start planting a few things too, if anyone knows any tips for beginners I would appreciate!

Onto some food now :

Figs, walnut and seeds jam Very easy recipe just cut in 4 500gr of fresh figs. In a pan add a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon, the figs, 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup or honey( I used maple), a dash of water, 4 dates cut in 4 ( or maybe another tablespoon of sweetener of choice) and let it cook in low heat for 20m. Check for liquid content if its too dry add a bit of water ( I needed extra and I had organic apple juice at home so I used that, but water is just fine). Mix 2 tablespoons of mixed seeds like flax, sesame, poppy and let it cook for a further 5m. Chop 10 walnuts and add to it at the end ( when it’s not cooking anymore). Let it cool and put it in some jars. I leave 1 out and freeze the rest. As it doesn’t have any chemicals it last around 1 week in the fridge. It’s so lush!! Sweet and amazing. Over bread, yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal…so many options..

Here is a link for a bread recipe of mine :

https://fionabluerecipes.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/adventures/

And one for pancakes :

https://fionabluerecipes.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/yes-pancakes/

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Persimmon, apple and chia jam :

6 ripe gooey persimmons

2 apples

2 TBS of organic brown sugar

1 TBS mixed spice like cinnamon,cloves, nutmeg, cardamon, but more cinnamon!

1TBS of chia seeds

3 TBS of apple puree, not really necessary but I had some open

add a bit of water if needed

Cook for 40 to 60m until very soft and blend, if it’s not thick enough just add a bit of tapioca or potato starch (1 teaspoon is enough) just to thicken it a bit 🙂

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From my garden.. we have figs, rosemary, persimmons or khaki, tomatoes and onions 😀

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Presents from the south of Italy, what more can I say??

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For the Falafel : soak dry chickpeas for at least 6 hours. On a food processor mix the drained chickpeas with raw garlic, onion, parsley, cumin, chilli powder, turmeric, salt , black pepper and a bit of olive oil. Don’t over process. Fry or bake I have been on a spice kick, like to try new things. What is your favourite spicy dish ?

The rice is a normal plain rice cooked with garlic and olive oil. The cabbage was kind of steamed with chili flakes and garlic, chinese inspired 🙂

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Summer food

Hassle free summer food 🙂  Means less cooking more raw food when possible. Today I went to stock up on some essentials, like organic aloe vera cream, kimchi , organic sunscreen ( as I read the others are very bad for you..) , sushi rice, a oxford dictionary ( italian – english) probiotics, raw cider vinegar and a vit B complex! Lately my days have been simple, because my other half is not here anymore, so usually goes like this : breakfast is a bowl of porridge with peanut butter and fruit at 8 , around 12 I have an apple , 1 banana, few dates and if I’m still hungry I will have some oatcakes. At around 4 I wilk have my big meal, which will be some rice or pasta… with a side salad and maybe some hummus. When I feel hungry at night I will either have a salad or some fruit. What do you eat during summer? If you are alone what do you eat usually? Let me know xx

Agora que o meu mais que tudo ja foi para Italia, simplifiquei imenso as minhas refeiçoes, por norma como ao pequeno almoço como papas de aveia com leite de amendoa, por volta das 8, ao meio dia, como 2 ou 3 peças de fruta , maças, bananas, tamaras e se ainda estiver com fomo como umas bolachas de aveia. Là para as 4 como a minha refeiçao maior como arroz ou massa com uma salada e hummus, quando tiver fome mais a noite como outra salada ou fruta Adoro refeiçoes leves com o calor. Fui fazer umas compras hoje de coisas que me tinham acabado, como cremes biologicos, comprei 2 porque estavam a metade do preço vitaminas, protector solar biologico, pois aparentemente, os normais fazem mal…Kimchi, que é uma comida tipica corena, é tipo sauerkraut, mas picante, eu prefiro, arroz de sushi, vinagre cru de maça e cha. Digam-me qualé a vossa comida de verao, aquela que comem quando estao sozinhos. ❤

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