Magisk tomatsaus

 

Magisk tomatsaus; smaker magisk, lager seg (nesten) selv, og kan brukes til det meste

Magisk tomatsaus

Denne sausen smaker intenst, søtt, salt og spicy, og jeg bruker den til så mangt. Jeg setter den på om morgenen før jeg går på jobb, så er den klar til bruk når jeg kommer hjem. Verdens enkleste og beste middagstips spør du meg.

Gjør som meg:

Ta så mange cherrytomater du ønsker i en form, dryss over godt med Maldonsalt, pepper, cayenne, litt kokosblomstsukker (eller annet brunt sukker) og en god slunk med olivenolje. Bland godt.

Sett formen i en kald ovn, og sett ovnen på 250°C. Når ovnen har nådd riktig temperatur, skrur du den av, og lar tomatene stå der hele dagen. Her er det greit å følge litt med; tomatene skal bli litt sorte noen steder, men ser det ut til at de blir brent lenge før ovnen når riktig temperatur, så skru av ovnen litt før. Det er ikke lov å åpne ovnsdøren! Nå kan du glede deg til å komme hjem til nesten ferdig middag.

Alternativ 1: Kok opp pasta (helst penne), og hell den glovarme pastaen, og 1/2 dl av kokevannet over tomatene. Bland og skrap opp alle rester av karamellisert tomat. Bland i ferske basilikumblader og masse nyrevet Parmesan.

Alternativ 2: Mos tomatene litt med en gaffel eller potet’masher’, og server til nystekt kylling, med brun ris og salat.

Alternativ 3: Server med deilige skiver av iskald mild buffalo mozzarella som en forrett eller lett middag.

Alternativ 4:  Server på bruscetta.

Alternativ 5: Lag en stor porsjon og putt tomatene i en blender. Bland i en god kraft, så har du en fyldig og fantastisk tomatsuppe.

Bruk fantasien, og kom gjerne med flere ideer 🙂

-Enjoy!

 

Pasta med kantareller og shiitake

Høsten er her og vi fråtser i kantareller!

(English text below)

September er her, og butikkene bugner over av den gylne soppen vi alle elsker! Er du så heldig å ha selvplukkede kantareller i hus, eller har du bare fylt posen til randen i matbutikken, vi dette være en perfekt rett å bruke dem på.  Når du allerede har spist stekte kantareller på brød, laget kantarellsaus til kjøttet, og spist suppe med smak av høst, kan det være greit med en litt annen rett å bruke den deilige soppen på. Her har jeg også blandet inn litt annen sopp, denne gangen shitakesopp.

Kantarell- og shitakesopp pasta

Ingredienser:

  • Kantareller (og evt annen sopp) godt renset. De største kan kuttes/rives i litt mindre biter
  • smør og olje
  • hvitløk, hakket
  • løk, hakket
  • 1 lite glass tørr hvitvin
  • creme fraiche
  • cayenne
  • flatblad persille, hakket
  • parmesan
  • pasta, den typen du liker best

Dette gjør du:

Sett på pastavannet, og kok pastaen etter anvisning.

Stek løk og hvitløk i olje til den er myk og gjennomsiktig. Tilsett så smør og sopp og stek til den er godt stekt- gjerne litt crispy i kantene.

Når soppen er ferdigstekt, tilsetter du litt hvitvin og lar den koke nesten inn.

Så blander du inn en god del creme fraiche, nok til at det blir en kremete saus som du kan blande inn i pastaen.

kantareller og creme fraiche

kantarellsaus

Smak til med salt, pepper og cayennepepper. Bland i persillen, og vend sausen inn i pastaen. Dryss på godt med parmesan og ekstra pepper.

Kantarellpasta

NAM!

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In English:

Chanterelle is a mushroom we all love here in Norway, and perhaps my favorite way to prepare this golden nugget, is  to simply fry it in lots of butter and serving it on toast. Here is a recipe for a chanterelle pasta I made for dinner last night. I also added some lovely shiitake mushrooms.

Ingredients:

  • Chanterelle, cleaned and chopped
  • butter and oil
  • garlic, chopped
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 small glass of dry white wine
  • creme fraiche
  • cayenne pepper
  • flatleaf parsley, chopped
  • parmesan
  • pasta, the kind you prefer

How to:

Boil the pasta.

Fry garlic and onion in the oil until soft.  Add butter and the mushroom, and fry until golden and crispy.

Add the wine and let it reduce until a few tablespoons of juice is left in the mix.

Add a good dollop of creme fraiche. The sauce needs to be creamy enough to coat the pasta.

Add cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix in the parsley, then the drained pasta. Serve with lots of parmesan and extra pepper.

Enjoy!

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Green chicken

Chicken with herbs and lime zest

A few weeks ago, one of my followers asked me to make something for her. She said she was into eating healthy, but because of allergies etc., she had a lot of restrictions in her diet. She does not eat dairy, gluten, tomatoes, pork or red meat.

So, with her in mind, I started planning todays dinner. I ended up with this: Chicken breast with a lovely herby ‘sauce’, my potatoe wedges with aioli (this time I made two versions: one with added lime zest and the other with a lovely spice mix for patatas bravas, and fried green beans.

This was a big hit- especially with my husband! We love chili in our house, so the sauce was quite spicy, with a strong taste of lovely lime and coriander- the queen of herbs! 😉

chicken challengeIngredients:

  • Chicken breast- the best you can find, skin on
  • a couple of handfuls of coriander
  • a small handful of oregano
  • zest of one lime
  • green chili- to your own liking
  • approx. 1 dl olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • green beans
  • ingredients for aioli and potato wedges if making 🙂

Green chicken

How to:

If making potato wedges, put them in the oven now.

The chicken breast I used were about 300 grams each. Let them reach room temperature. Season with salt and pepper each on side. Fry in olive oil in a frying-pan on low to medium heat for 15 minutes, then turn and fry for 10 minutes on the other side.

In the meantime, make the ‘sauce’: mix the coriander, oregano, lime zest, chili, olive oil, salt and pepper with a hand-held blender.

Put the sauce in a small plate that fits the chicken breast. When the chicken breast is done, put them in a single layer on top of the sauce and leave to rest for ten minutes. The chicken will be even tastier when left to rest on marinade, sauce or even just chopped herbs and garlic.

Just before serving, fry the green beans in the frying pan with all the lovely juices from the chicken. Cut the chicken in pieces and pour the juices and marinade over. Serve with potato wedges, aioli and the lime for squeezing over the chicken.

Gluten and dairy freeEnjoy!

Spaghetti Bolognese full of veggies

This is my version of the much loved recipe for spaghetti-sauce with meat and tomatoes. I always try to incorporate extra vegetables for obvious reasons 😉

Spaghetti Bolognese

Fry in olive oil until soft:

  • chopped onion
  • celery stick, chopped
  • red peppers, chopped
  • garlic, chopped

When done, put in a large casserole with

  • tomato paste
  • tomato passata
  • carrots, chopped or grated
  • mushrooms, sliced and fried
  • minced meat, browned

Add salt, pepper, dried herbs, a pinch of sugar or 1 tsp of agave sirup, a few drops of tabasco and Worcestershire, and enough water to incorporate the sauce.

Let it boil for up to an hour. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add lots of chopped oregano and basil, and boil for a few minutes more.

Serve with lots of grated parmesan and extra black pepper.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Enjoy!

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Plain and simple pasta arribiata

The easiest and best pasta-sauce ever, and a long time friend

This is what I make when I feel really un-inspired, or when the fridge is empty and the food stores are closed. I always try to keep it boiling for around half an hour to make the sweet, deep taste of the tomatoes come through. Also, boiling the tomatoes for this long, increases the lycopene content and making it more healthy in many ways. The only down side is that the vitamin-C level decreases, so sometimes I add raw cherry tomatoes just before serving. Or you can just have a salad on the side or a kiwi for dessert 😉

Arribiata_passion_for_lime

How to:

  • a couple of cloves of garlic (fresh)
  • lots of chopped chili
  • some chopped onion if you have
  • some nice quality tomato paste if you have

fry gently in olive oil until translucent

  • add a glass of tomato passata or a couple of tins/cans of tomatoes
  • lots of fresh or dried herbs; oregano, thyme, basil (if fresh, leave the basil and oregano til the end of the cooking-time)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt and pepper

Boil for as long as you wish. The longer you boil, the deeper the tomato-taste.

  • swirl some nice peppery olive oli on the top before seving

Serve with pasta (I normally use penne, but spaghetti was all I had when making it this time), lots of grated parmesan and pepper. If you have a nice chili-oil, I would put that on the table as well. Some people (like me) just can’t get it hot enough 😉

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Enjoy!

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Spicy meatballs in tomato sauce

Small spicy meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce

This makes a large portion of meatballs, but I always freeze half the quantity. The first half we had for dinner a few weeks ago, with pasta and lots of grated parmesan. Today, I didn’t feel like cooking, so I took the pre-made meatballs out of the freezer in the morning, and reheated them in the oven in the afternoon, mixing in big chunks of mozzarella and lots of basil leaves. I made an easy rucola salad- mixing it with lemon-scented olive oil and Maldon salt and pepper, and heated up some frozen baguettes. Easy, tasty, delicious!

Spicy meatballsMeatballs

  • 1 kg minced meat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1,5 tsp salt + pepper
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar
  • chopped oregano, rosemary and thyme, or dried if you don’t have fresh.

Mix all the ingredients, then mix in the meat. Make small meatballs with wet fingers, then brown them all over in a frying pan with olive oil (a few at the time). When browned, put in the pre-cooked tomato sauce and cook until ready.

Tomato sauce

  • 1 clove of garlic, gently fried in olive oil
  • about 1 kg tomato passata, or whole cherry tomatoes from a box or tin, organic if possible
  • a pinch of chilli
  • salt and pepper
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinagre
  • some organic vegetable stock, I use the one from Renee Voltair

Let all the ingredients boil carefully with a lid on for an hour or so (you might need to add a bit of water so it doesn’t dry out). Then add:

  • fresh oregano
  • fresh basil
  • a swirl of good olive oil

Taste the tomato sauce and check for seasoning.

Add the meatballs.

Serve with rice, pasta, potato wedges, as tapas or in a baguette.

spicy sandwich

Enjoy!

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Stir-fried cabbage and green beans

Lovely side-dish for fish or just as a warm salad

stir-fried cabbage and green beansIn a wok, stir-fry:

  • lots of chopped ginger
  • fresh garlic, chopped
  • chilli, chopped
  • green beans
  • shredded cabbage
  • soy sauce
  • black sesame seeds

Enjoy!

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Pan fried cod with chili and parsley

Cod with soy-sauce, butter, chili, garlic and lots and lots of parsley

This is a fresh and easy way to prepare cod or other white fish fillets. Buy the freshest fish possible- preferably from a proper fish monger who can tell you exactly where and when the fish is caught.

cod with chilli and parsley

What you need and how to prepare it:

  • fillets of cod, skin and bones removed

Pour coarse sea salt on one side of the fillets. Leave for 15 mins. Rinse, pat dry

and put more salt and pepper on both sides of the fish fillets.

Pan fry the fish in oil for two minutes. Turn the fillets around and add:

  • a knob of butter
  • soy sauce
  • chopped shallot or spring onions
  • chilli, chopped
  • garlic, chopped

Fry for two more minutes, while basting the fish with the juices. Add:

  • lots of chopped flat-leaf parsley

Put a lid on and leave for five minutes off the heat.

Today, I served it with Stir fried cabbage and green beans, and organic jasmine rice.

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Enjoy!

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Enkle ‘wannabe’ Greske kjøttboller

Kjøttboller i tomatsaus med kikerter og poteter (in english below)

Mannen min liker å jakte, så jeg har alltid fryseren full av viltkjøtt. Jeg prøver alltid å finne nye måter å tilberede dette fantastiske, sunne, økologiske kjøttet på. Vi får kjøttet delt i forskjellige stykker, og noe blir brukt til å lage verdens beste kjøttdeig.

I dag drømte jeg om sommer, og om en rett familien min og jeg ble servert i en liten taverna på Hydra i Hellas for noen år siden; supergode store lamme-kjøttboller i tomatsaus. Jeg ville lage noe liknende, men det endte opp med å smake ganske annerledes enn den greske varianten, hovedsakelig fordi jeg endte opp med å bruker mer spanske krydder enn greske.

Konsistensen på kjøttbollene ble veldig lik originalen, men disse var mye mindre i størrelsen. Neste gang skal jeg prøve å lage dem mer autentiske med lammekjøtt, oregano, sitronskall og servere dem med tzatziki. Ikke misforstå; disse er veldig gode! Jeg ville aldri lagt ut en oppskrift jeg ikke elsker:)

meatballs1_passionforlime

  • 500g kvernet kjøtt etter eget ønske (storfe, lam eller vilt)
  • 2-3 ss brødsmuler
  • 1 egg
  • 1 hvitløksfedd, hakket
  • flatbladpersille, hakket
  • 1 dl vann
  • 1 ts Maldonsalt
  • pepper
  • pimientón Picante (se detaljer om krydderet her), evt bruk paprikapulver blandet med litt cayennepepper.

Bland alle ingrediensene og la det hvile mens du lager tomatsausen:

  • 1 løk, hakket
  • noen poteter, kuttet i biter på 2-3 cm (ikke for store)
  • 1 hvitløksfedd, hakket

Stek i olivenolje i en stor/vid kjele til løken er gjennomsiktig. Tilsett så:

  • 1-2 ss tomatpuré
  • 1 boks med tomater (jeg bruker økologiske tomater fra en kartong, eller tomato passata i glassflaske).
  • salt, pepper, en klype sukker, noen urter, og en klype cayennepepper
  • nok vann til at det dekker potetene, evt tilsett litt buljong

La dette koke til potetene er mykere, men fortsatt trenger ca. 15 minutter til. Lag 14-15 kjøttboller av kjøtt-miksen og legg forsiktig i kjelen. Legg på lokk og kok i ca. 15 min, eller til kjøttbollene og potetene er gjennomkokte. Snu dem forsiktig et par ganger. Når det er ca. 5-10 minutter igjen, tilsett:

  • kokte kikerter
  • evt. paprika og gulrøtter i tynne skiver

Server retten med masse hakket flatblad-persille og en grønn salat.

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Meatballs in a thick tomato sauce with chickpeas and potatoes

My husband is a keen hunter, and he regularly fills up the freezer with venison (viltkjøtt, som oftest rådyr). I always try to find new ways to prepare this gorgeous healthy organic meat. We get the meat cut into different joints, and some of it minced into a gorgeous almost fat-free mince.

Today I was dreaming of something my family was served in a tiny taverna i Greece a few years ago; huge lamb-meatballs in a thick tomato sauce. It was unbelievably good, and today I wanted to try to make something similar. It ended up tasting quite different from the Greek version, mainly because I was using more spanish spices than Greek, but I will definitely make this again, trying out different herbs and spices.

The density of the meatballs were quite similar to the original, but these were much smaller. Next time I might try to make it more Greek by using minced lamb, make them bigger in size, adding lots of oregano, lemon peel and serving it with tzatziki.

…dont get me wrong, these are very good- I would never post recipes we don’t love! ❤

  • 500 g minced meat, venison this time
  • 2-3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • minced garlic
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 dl water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • pimientón picante (check out my recipe for potato wedges for notes on this spice)

Mix it all together and let it rest while you make the tomato sauce:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • a few potatoes, cut into chunks (not too big or they will take forever to cook)
  • garlic, chopped

Fry in olive oil in a wide casserole until the onion is translucent. Then add:

  • tomato paste- a couple of tablespoons 
  • 1 can of tomatoes (I use either organic tomatoes from a carton, og tomato passata from a glass container).
  • salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, some herbs, a pinch af cayenne- to taste.
  • stock or water to cover the potatoes

Let this boil until the potatoes are getting softer, but still needs approx. 15 more minutes. Then make 14-15 quite large meatballs of the mince-mix and put in the pan. Put the lid on and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, turning carefully a few times. When 5-10 minutes of cooking-time remains, add:

  • boiled and drained chickpeas

Serve with plenty og flat leaf parsley and a green salad.

Enjoy

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