Going Greek “Moussaka”

Ingredients

1 aubergine
salt and pepper
olive oil

Meat Tomato Sauce
3 strips of bacon
2 small yellow onions
2 garlic cloves
1 can of tomatoes
3- 4 table spoons of tomato paste
2-3 tea-spoons of cinnamon
2-3 tea-spoons of nutmeg
2-3 tea-spoons of salt
2-3 tea-spoons of sugar
450 grams of minced meat (beef or lamb)

Cheese Potato Sauce
6-10 potatoes
1 table-spoon butter
2 table-spoons White flour
4 dl milk
3 table spoons  cheese
1 t-spoon salt
½ t-spoon grounded white pepper
¼ t-spoon grounded nutmeg

Making Moussaka

Slice the aubergine, salt and pepper the slices and fry in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil. Lay them in the bottom of an oven proof dish, covered in a dash of olive oil.

Start on the tomato sauce, which is almost the same as that for lasagna. Follow the same description, except using the spices here, the difference mostly lying in nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar and the lack of celery. Let the sauce simmer away for about 45 minutes, in the meantime starting on the potatoes and white sauce.

Peel the potatoes and slice them into thin slices. Add them to a casserole, salt the water, and let boil up. Boil until the potatoes are tender, but not completely cooked through. They will finish cooking in the oven. Start on the white sauce. Add butter to a casserole and let melt. Stir in nutmeg and flour, until it is a fine mass. Use a whisk and whisk briskly while adding milk a little at a time. This way your sauce does not get clumpy. Season with salt and pepper. At this point the sauce might taste salty, but when you add the cheese and layer it with potatoes it will fit perfectly. Warm up the sauce while stirring, when it boils turn down the temperature and let simmer for 7 minutes, continue to stir, add the cheese. Strain the potatoes and add them to the sauce.

Lay the meat sauce on top of the aubergines and finish with the cheesy potato layer. Sprinkle some freshly grated cheese on top and put it in the oven, 35 minutes on 225 degrees Celsius.

Serve with salad, and Focaccia.

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Homemade Spring Rolls

Ingredients

Rapeseed oil for pre frying
3 handfuls of soy beans
2-3 carrots
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
2 asian spring onions
3 cloves of garlic
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
1/4 piece of cabbage
300 grams of minced pork
1 yellow onion
1 hand of chopped coriander
2 tablespoons of thai fish sauce
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
5 tablespoons of soy sauce
20 spring roll pastry sheets

Making Homemade Spring Rolls

Slice the peppers, carrots, spring onions, onion and cabbage into very thin sticks and chop the garlic and ginger into small pieces. Heat oil in a wok and fry the minced pork until it gets a bit of colour. Then add sliced vegetables, chopped garlic and ginger, soy beans, coriander, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar to the wok and let it all cook/fry for a few minutes. When the mix has tendered add to a sift and leave to drain.

Take out one of the pastry sheets and lay it in front of you, one of the corners facing you. Put some of the veg-mince- mix onto the sheet and fold it, as this guy does in the video 0:32 seconds in. Repeat until you have used up all the veg-mince- mix.

Heat up oil in a saucepan or a deep fryer, if you have one. Deep fry the spring rolls until they become golden in colour, take them out of the oil and let them drain before tucking in.

Serve with a side of wild rice, side salad, and sweet sour sauce.

Oven baked Zucchini

Ingredients

2 zucchinis
250 grams of minced pork
1 teaspoon of homemade chili salt
1 clove of garlic
1/2 pack of taco spice
Oil for frying
1/2 yellow onion
1/2 can of sweet corn
2 tablespoons of Crème Fraîche
1 tablespoon of ketchup
Olive oil and Sea salt
Grated cheddar

Making Oven baked Zucchini

Add the mince to a bowl with chili salt, taco spice and finely chopped garlic. Mix well before frying. Wash the two zucchinis before you cut them in halves. Scrape out the seeds so that the zucchini becomes hollow and there is room for filling. Take out an oven proof dish and sprinkle the bottom with olive oil and sea salt. Lay the zucchinis in the dish, hollow part up. Add the taco-mince to a clean bowl and mix in finely sliced onion, sour cream, ketchup and sweet corn.  Scoop out the mix with a spoon and distribute the mix in the hollow of the zucchinis. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven, 200 degrees Celsius, for 30-40 minutes until the zucchinis are tender and the cheese is melted. Serve with a sour cream dip.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of oil
1 small red onion
1 small yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
500 grams of minced beef
10 small champignons or 4 big ones
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 can of chopped tomatoes (400 grams)
1 handful of fresh basil
1 handful of fresh oregano
2 cubes of chicken stock
2 deciliters of water
1-2 teaspoons of sugar
(Salt and Pepper)
Grated cheese

Making “Norwegian” Spaghetti Bolognese

I have read many recipes for Bolognese sauce and I am not sure this is in any Italian cookbooks, probably not. That is why I have decided to name this a Norwegian take on the red sauce, it tasted a lot like the one I have been served in the home country so I figured the name suits well.

You begin by finely chopping the garlic and slicing the onions. Cut the champignons in quarters and add them with the onion and garlic into a deep casserole with sizzling olive- and neutral oil. Lower the heat and let sizzle until tender and golden in colour. Add the minced beef, tomato paste and chopped herbs, while boiling some water for the stock cubes (water cooker works fine). Mix the cubes in the water and add stock water and chopped tomatoes to the casserole. Let boil up and turn down the heat so the sauce boils at a steady simmer. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as you wish, as well as some sugar to complement the tomatoes.

Let the sauce simmer for about 30-40 minutes while stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom. Boil spaghetti after the instructions on the pack. Drain and add on to plates, ladle some sauce on top and add some grated cheese of your choice.

Homemade Burgers and Fries

Homemade Burger Buns

200 ml warm water
3 tablespoons warm milk
2 teaspoons dried yeast
2,5 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons warm butter
1,5 teaspoons salt
1 beaten egg
750 ml white flour
Sesame seeds

Making Homemade Burger Buns

Combine the warm water, milk, sugar and yeast in a cup and let it stay for about 5 minutes until it becomes foamy.

Put the flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter so it becomes very small crumbs. Then add in the yeast mixture and the beaten egg and combine it into a non-sticky dough. After that put the dough onto a non-floured surface and start working it for about 5 or 10 minutes. Form the dough into a round shape and leave it to rest at a warm place until it has doubled in size.

Line a baking tray with baking paper and part the dough into 8-10 pieces, depending how big you want the buns to be. shape them into a round and put them onto the baking paper with at least 3 cm between them. Let rise for another hour.

At the bottom of your oven, set a baking tray or pan with water and preheat the oven to 200° celsius. If you want, put some sesame onto the buns, and brush them with some milk or another beaten egg. Bake the buns for about 15 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

Homemade Burgers

500 grams of minced beef
1 onion
1 egg
Bread crumbs
Salt
Pepper
1 teaspoon paprika powder

Making homemade burgers 

Chop up the onion in small pieces (they have to be pretty small, otherwise the burger patties tend to fall apart) and kick them with the mince and the egg into a bowl. Also add a good bit of salt (it is important you give the mince plenty of salt so that it has enough taste), some pepper and 1 teaspoon paprika powder. Of course you can also add other spices to you burgers, that is really up to you. now mix the mince-mix together and add as much breadcrumbs as you need to get a sticky mixture. Before you shape the patties, fry up a little bit of your meat to check if it has enough salt.

When you are happy with the taste of your meat, shape it into patties and fry them up on a medium heat in a good bit of oil or butter.

Now you only need to assemble your burgers with whichever ingredients you like best. We often use lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sweetcorn, pickles and/or pineapple. Also we use some hamburger dressing or ketchup.

Oven-fried Potatoes

6 Potatoes
Salt, pepper and paprika powder

Making Oven-fried Potatoes

Well, this is really easy actually: Peel the potatoes, cut them into boats or chips-like shapes and boil them until they are done, but not falling apart. Then take the potatoes out of the water, slightly bruise them by shaking in the pot with a lid on, and after put them onto a baking paper-lined baking tray. Drizzle the chips with oil and spices and bake them in a 200°C oven until they are crisp (that won’t take long, probably about 20 minutes).

After that just put the burgers and chips onto a plate and enjoy.

This might seem like a bit of work, but it is absolutely worth it, you will have really really delicious burgers!