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RereRini

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Beef with dried figs

from RereRini on 11/10/2019 12:56 PM

Ingredients:
750 gr. beef cut in cubes
2 tbsps olive oil
1 medium onion thinly sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 dash pipento powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 glass brandy
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup dried figs cut in two
1 1/2 - 2 cups beef broth or water

Preparation:
We heat the olive oil in a big pan and we sautee the meat till it gets a nice brown color from all sides.  We turn the meat chunks with a wooden spatula so they do not get burned.  Then we add the onion and we continue sauteeing for 2-3 more minutes.  We add the tomato paste and we stir.  We add salt, pepper and pimento and we stir again.  We add the brandy, the cinnamon stick and the coriander and we stir again.  After alcohol has evaporated, we add the broth or the water and the figs.  We let boil for at least an hour.  If the meat has not got soft, we add more water and cook a bit further too.
  We serve with white basmati rice.

Itadakimasu!


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Reply Edited on 11/10/2019 12:58 PM.

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Rabbit with onions stew

from RereRini on 10/27/2019 09:28 PM

Ingredients:
2 lb. pearl onions, root ends trimmed
1 rabbit (about 3 lbs.), cut into 8 pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1 lb. medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
1⁄2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp. tomato paste
12 prunes
6 cloves
5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
3 dried bay leaves
2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
1 (2") stick cinnamon
Flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Instructions:
Bring a 4-qt. pot of water to a boil. Add onions and cook for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to a large bowl of ice water and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain onions and, using a small knife, remove skins; set aside.
Season the rabbit with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 5-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in 3 batches, add the rabbit and cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer rabbit to a plate; set aside. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, prunes, cloves, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and cinnamon. Nestle the rabbit in the pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until rabbit is very tender, about 45 minutes.  Transfer rabbit to a large platter. Set a medium strainer over a 1-qt. saucepan. Strain the cooking liquid, discarding bay leaves and rosemary. Transfer the onions and prunes to the platter. Simmer the strained sauce over medium-high heat until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Skim excess fat from surface, season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over rabbit. Serve stew garnished with parsley.
Pairing Note: A red wine with a touch of sweetness works well with this entree.

Itadakimasu!


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RereRini

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Cinnamon syrup (from the island of Kos)

from RereRini on 10/27/2019 08:39 PM

Ingredients:
1 kg sugar
1.5 lt water
5 cinnamon sticks
15 clove pins
1 tbsp red food color

Preparation:

We put all the ingredients in a cooking pot and we boil on low heat for about an hour.  If the boiling creates froth, we throw it away.  We take the pot from the stove and we add the food color for a more intense color.  After the syrup has got cold, we put it in glass bottle and we keep in the fridge.  We serve the syrup in tall glass, 1 part syrup and 3 parts water, fizzy water or ice.

Itadakimasu!


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Chicken with potatoes and beer in the oven

from RereRini on 10/08/2019 12:41 PM

Ingredients:
4 chicken legs with the thighs
1 kg potatoes
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp honey
2/3 of a 330 ml beer can
1/2 tbsp dry thyme
1 tbsp garlic powder
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Preparation:
We peel and wash the potatoes.  We cut them in 2-3cm slices and we put them in a baking pot with the chicken.  We salt and pepper chicken and potatoes.  We Καθαρίζουμε και πλένουμε το κοτόπουλο και τις πατάτες.  We sprinkle with the dry thyme.  In a bowl, we mix the beer, the mustard, the olive oil and the garlic and we pour over the chicken and the potatoes.  We bake in medium heat till potatoes are soft and chicken is fully cooked.

Itadakimasu!


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Reply Edited on 10/08/2019 12:41 PM.

RereRini

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Spaghetti with lentils bolognese

from RereRini on 10/05/2019 11:09 AM

Ingredients:
500 grams spaghetti No. 6
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly diced
2 carrots, thinly diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly diced
200 grams lentils
400 gram canned tomatoes
2 cups (500ml) vegetables broth
2 tbsp tomato paste
salt to taste
pepper to taste
feta cheese, crashed (optional)

Preparation:
In a big cooking pot we heat the olive oil, on medium heat.  We add the onion, the carrot, the garlic and we cook for 4 minutes until the vegetables soften.  We add the lentils, the tomato, the vegetables broth, the tomato paste, salt and pepper.  We increase the heat to higher and let them get a big boil.  We lower the temperature to medium and we continue cooking for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.  Meanwhile we have made the spaghetti as per the instructions.  We have them drained and put back in the cooking pot.  We serve the spaghetti with the lentils sauce and crashed feta (optional).

Itadakimasu!


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RereRini


Reply Edited on 10/05/2019 11:15 AM.

RereRini

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Cinnamon Mocha Coffee

from RereRini on 10/04/2019 08:06 AM

Ingredients:
1/2 cup ground dark roast coffee
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
5 cups water
1 cup milk
1/3 cup chocolate syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
whipped cream (optional)

Preparation:
Combine coffee grounds, cinamon and nutmeg.  Pour into coffee filter of drip coffeemaker.  Add water, brew as usual.  In a large saucepan, add milk, chocolate syrup and brown sugar.  Cover and cook on low until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.  Stir in vanilla and brewed coffee.  Ladle into mugs, garnish with whipped cream, if you like.  You may add shaved chocolate or a cinnamon stick.  During Christmas you may add candy canes or broken pieces/candy cane on whipped  cream.  
Makes 8 servings.

Itadakimasu!

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Creamy green beans casserole

from RereRini on 09/28/2019 09:26 AM

Ingredients:

For the onions:
2 tablespoons butter2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

For the white sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 pinch ground nutmeg
cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

For the topping:
2 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
4 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.  Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir the onions into the pan; cook and stir until very soft and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in sherry vinegar. Transfer to a small bowl, and reserve.  In the same skillet, melt 2 more tablespoons butter. Whisk in 2 tablespoons flour. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until the flour smells like baked pie crust, about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk, about 1/2 cup at a time, then whisk in nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and thyme. Bring to simmer, and cook until thickened, whisking constantly, 3 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.  Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in clean skillet; stir in panko until all crumbs are coated; reserve.  Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over medium heat, and boil beans until bright green and crisp but not raw tasting, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain very well.  Spoon half of the caramelized onions into the prepared casserole dish; top with green beans. Season with salt and black pepper. Spread reserved white sauce over the green beans; sprinkle with half of the Gruyere cheese. Top with the rest of the onions, and use the back of a spoon to push onions down into sauce and cheese. Top with the buttered panko crumbs, the remaining Gruyere, and Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven until hot throughout and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Itadakimasu!


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RereRini


Reply Edited on 09/28/2019 09:27 AM.

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American pumpkin pie

from RereRini on 09/28/2019 08:57 AM

Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 45 minutes


Ingredients:
1 (15 ounce) can pureed pumpkin
1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 large eggs, slightly whisked
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (rounded)
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) pie crust (bonus points for homemade

 

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425F (220C).  In a small saucepan, heat pumpkin, spices and salt over low heat. The pour into another bowl to cool to room temperature. [This step is optional, but I think it makes the canned pumpkin taste closer to fresh pureed pumpkin.]  Whisk all ingredients except piecrust together in a medium bowl until combined. Make sure there are no streaks of egg white because those will show up in the final product!  Pour into crust and bake at 425F (220C) for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350F (180C) and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted 1 inch from the center comes out clean. If you don't want to poke your pie, which will cause it to crack as it cools, you can jiggle it. It is done when only the center (1 inch diameter) jiggles. The pumpkin pie will set perfectly if allowed to cool completely prior to cutting.  Refrigerate in a sealed container or covered with foil. It will also keep for several days at room temperature if you prefer.

Notes:  Note: This recipe makes 1 regular 9" pie. If you have a deep-dish pie pan or a slightly larger pie dish, I would make 1.5 times this recipe. You will need to cook the pie closer to 50 minutes.

Itadakimasu!



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RereRini


Reply Edited on 09/28/2019 08:58 AM.

RereRini

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Grape spoon sweet (stafyli glyko)

from RereRini on 09/27/2019 10:03 PM

Ingredients:
1 kg of seedless grapes 
1 kg of sugar 
2 cups of water 
2 tablespoons of lemon juice 
2 cinnamon sticks 
Powdered vanilla or a sprig of ginger for garnish

Preparations:
We wash the grapes thoroughly and we drain them in a strainer.  We boil the water and sugar in a saucepan for 4 minutes.  Then we add the grapes and cook for another 10 minutes.  We turn off the heat and let the mixture rest for 4 hours.  We turn the heat back on and simmer until the syrup thickens.  We add the lemon juice, stir and remove from the heat.  We take a spoonful and let it cool on a plate to sample.  The mixture is ready when it becomes a viscous syrup with a nice, even honey colour.

While it is still hot, we transfer the sweet to sterilized jars, we place the cap on tightly and turn upside down for few minutes.

Itadakimasu!


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Reply Edited on 09/27/2019 10:04 PM.

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Cream cheese stuffed lychees

from RereRini on 09/27/2019 09:14 PM

Ingredients:
600 grams (2 cans) lychees,
250 grams cream cheese 
1 tbsp sherry 
Dash of salt 
3 tbsp chopped macadamia nuts 
2 tbsp chopped crystalized ginger

 

Preparation:
We drain lychees. In the small bowl of electric mixer, we beat the cream cheese with sherry and salt until mixture is smooth.  We stir in the remaining ingredients. We stuff lychees. Makes about 4 dozen.

For a Hawaiian treat, these are hard to beat.

Itadakimasu!


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RereRini


Reply Edited on 09/27/2019 09:15 PM.
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