The paradise could very well be grandma’s garden in June, in a village in the South where you have the most delicious homegrown tomatoes, where you can pick your own Continue reading
On my way to the old city of Matera, I came across this local Saturday market. Not a very large one, but a typical one, or at least Continue reading
This is not really a serious recipe as it contains only 2 main ingredients and it is so easy to make, but this combination is so amazingly delicious that I couldn’t help sharing it. And, of course, it’s gluten free, dairy free and very garlicky 🙂 Continue reading
Dealing with chickpeas is never too complicated, most of the times quick and always, but always a delicious experience. You can never fail with chickpeas as they pair well with almost everything and they make a light and healthy salad (or side dish).I always have some extra chickpeas can somewhere stored at home and I resort to it whenever I crave for some healthy hearty salad I can prepare in 5 minutes. It’s either the Pho Bo bowl or the chickpea one 😀
Since root vegetables are now in the spotlight at the farmer’s market, I used carrots and celeriac. And I had bought some fresh organic delicious parsley and I used a lot of it.
You can serve this salad as it is, with flat bread or rye crackers. Or with a sunny side up egg and a dollop of Greek yoghurt.
Quick salad with Chickpeas & Parsley
400 g cooked chickpeas
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 celeriac, cut in sticks
1 red hot chili pepper (optional)
1-2 bunches of parsley (I use 2)
hot chili powder
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
a bit of lemon juice
First add olive oil, pepper, chili powder, garlic and salt to the chickpeas, mix well. Then add carrot, celeriac parsley and some lemon juice.
I grew up believing that polenta is a typical Romanian dish. I didn’t even know the Italian word “polenta” as the Romanian name is different, we call it “mamaliga”. Only later did I realize that this cornmeal porridge is a staple food all around the world, found in many variations.
As I a child, we would serve it on a round wooden cutting board, exactly in the middle of our small wooden table. My grandpa would cut it with a white string into smaller square pieces and only afterwards we could start eating. We basically used to serve it accompanying lots of dishes – polenta with cheese, sour cream and a sunny side up egg on top; polenta with grilled meat and garlic sauce; polenta with mushrooms in white sauce (ciulama); polenta with stuffed cabbage rolls and so on. Leftover polenta can be warmed in a pan with a bit of olive oil or grilled and it tastes delicious.
I still love it a lot and whenever I visit my grandma, she knows how to welcome me: she cooks polenta, scrambled eggs (from her happy hens) and spring onions/green garlic or leek in the winter. And goat cheese from the village.
Polenta with homemade fried potatoes and garlic sauce is also one of my favorites, but fried potatoes should not happen too often :).
Here is a recipe of basic polenta:
1 liter water
300 – 400 g coarse yellow cornmeal (depending on the consistency you want to obtain)
1 tbsp oil or a bit of butter
a pinch of salt
Bring water to a boil. Add salt and oil. Using a wooden spoon, add cornmeal gradually, stirring continuously in order to avoid lumps.
When the cornmeal porridge starts to bubble, let is simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens and breaks away easily from the sides of the pot.
When ready, put it on a wooden cutting board or on a normal large plate.