Polish-style steamed fish

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Mild flavored, flaky fish fillets. Any number of different types of fish will work, and you can increase the recipe easily. Try halibut, cod, salmon, red snapper, trout, etc. Serve with a white rice or potatoes.

Method:

  1. Heat the first 4 ingredients to boil, then lower to simmer in a pot big enough to hold the steamer.
  2. Add the fish on a steamer rack, rub olive oil and top with pepper, thyme, paprika.
  3. Cover and steam for 10 minutes until firm; turn it carefully on the other side
  4. Serve potatoes, vegetables and add freshly steamed fish

Ingredients:

  • fish fillet
  • olive oil
  • thyme
  • paprika
  • garlic clove
  • lemon juice
  • black pepper ground
  • soy sauce/salt
  • bay leaf

 

Cheers,
Stanley

Chicken stir-fry

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The absolute best dishes to prepare are stir fries. They’re so quick and easy, full of healthy, fresh and crispy vegetables and beautiful sauces; it’s usually a guarantee whoever you’re cooking for will love the outcome — no matter what the flavours.

 

 

Ingredients:

250g of lean chicken breast,
1 small zucchini,
A mix of bell peppers,
1 medium red onion,
150g of rice,
curry powder,
dark soy sauce,
oyster sauce,
olive oil

 

Method:

Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and fry chicken seasoned in curry. Add the pepper to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.

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Stir in the soy sauce. Add vegetables. Continue to stir-fry over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with rice aside.

 

Stanley

Stanley’s Chili Shakshuka (secret recipe)

 

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When I say the word shakshuka, people often give me a strange look… like I’ve sneezed, or something. I get excited when I see that look– it means they don’t know what the heck shakshuka is, which means they have no idea what they’re missing out on. If you aren’t familiar with shakshuka, I’m thrilled to introduce the concept to you! It’s one of my favorite dishes—a simple, go-to meal that works as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner (“brinner” might be the more appropriate word, since eggs are the star of the dish). I always have the ingredients for shakshuka on hand, and it never fails to make people say “yum!”. My girlfriend just loves it.

Ingredients (for 2 person):

3 eggs,
100g of tomatoe puree,
1 big tomatoe,
1 medium onion,
1 smal courgette,
100g of mushrooms,
1 medium pepper,
2 pieces of flour tortilla,
1 dried chili,
olive oil,
2 tsp of ground cumin (most important spice),
1/2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper,
1/2 tsp of garlic powder,
1/2 tsp of paprika,
1 teaspoon of sea salt

Method:

 

 

  • Wash and chop vegetables in reasonable size. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan that has a lid. Crush in chili, fry for few seconds then add all the veggies and season them with salt and pepper. Cook the veg over a medium heat until they’ve softened but still have a little bite – you don’t want them to collapse down too much.
  • Add tomatoe and sprinkle the cumin, garlic powder and paprika. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a couple more minutes until the paste starts to separate.
  • Simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes, uncovered, until it has reduced a little. Taste after 5 minutes and add a little sugar if you think the tomatoes need it. Keep an eye on the texture – you don’t want the sauce runny, but it mustn’t be too dry, either. If it does look dry, add another splash of water.
  • Make 3 little wells in the sauce. One at a time, break the eggs into a cup and drop them carefully into the wells. Cook for a few more minutes until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny. Serve with some flour tortilla on the side. If you are a savage, use them as a cutlery!

 

Cheers,

 

Stanley

 

Pasta with broccoli and chicken

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Pasta, broccoli, cheese and chicken. Oh, and sour sauce. That’s pretty much all you need for this simple, elegant 20-minute dish.

 

Ingredients:

250g of Italian pasta
600g of fresh broccoli
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced in cubes
10-12 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion
100g of cheese
4 tablespoons of sour cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook the cubes of chicken breast on both sides until browned. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  3. Wash, and cut broccoli and add to boiling water. Cook on a low heat for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Melt the butter in the same pan and sprinkle the flour over the top. Whisk the butter and flour together until it forms a paste. Add the cream and whisk it with the flour and butter until incorporated. Cook the cream for 5-10 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Add the cheese and whisk until it’s melted into the cream.
  5. Add the chicken, broccoli, and pasta to the cream sauce. Stir well to coat everything in the sauce.

 

Cheers,

 

Stanley

 

Baked fish fillets with beans and veggies

Classic vegetarian meal. Delicious, healthy and light.

 

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Ingredients:

-Lean, fresh fish fillets,
-Canned beans
-Canned tomatoes,
-One medium onion,
-Lettuce or some leafy greens as a salad
-Olive oil,
-Garlic cloves,
-Ginger,
-Ground pepper,

Method:

  1. Wash and pat dry with kitchen towel fillets, rub some olive oil then add a pinch of black pepper and some herbs.
  2. Turn oven on, 150-200 C for 5 minutes to warm it up, meanwhile start cooking beans.
  3. On a frying pan, cook chopped onion until soft, then add beans white & red, stir gently. Cook on a low heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Put fillets on a cooking paper, add garlic cloves and sliced ginger, let is stay inside oven for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Add half can of chopped tomatoes to the mixture in a pan and cook for another 3 minutes on a low heat.
  6. Enjoy.

Later,

 

Stanley

Fish ‚n’ chips

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Homemade, oldschool comfort food! Tastes delicious and is healthy too! What else do you need?

Ingredients:

300-400g skinless cod fish,
Medium egg,
About 1tb of flour,
Potatoes/french fries,
Curry powder,
Dried basil,
Thyme,
Salt,
Pepper,
Sunflower oil

Method:

  • Beat egg into a bowl and mix for smooth texture. Meanwhile, wash fillets and leave them to dry or pat with paper towel. 
  • When the fish is dry, rub in spices and dust each fillet in a little flour. Dip into beaten egg.

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  • Do the same thing with another fillet.

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  • Pour the sunflower oil into large frying pan and heat it. Holding one end, lower the fish into the oil one by one, carefully so you don’t get splashed – it will depend on the size of your fryer how many fish you can do at once. Cook for 6 minutes or so, until the batter is golden and crisp.

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Cheers,
Stanley

 

Pesto basilico pasta

 

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Impress your sweetheart with this easy yet classy, romantic dinner. Basil pesto pasta will keep you warm yet light. And it is ready in a flash!

Ingredients:

250g of durum pasta,
1 tablespoon of roasted pumpkin seeds,
A bunch of cherry tomatoes,
1 teaspoon of garlic powder,
1 teaspoon of dried basil,
Olive oil,
Some good quality basil pesto

Method:

  1. Cook pasta in a saucepan al dente. Follow packet instructions. Usually it is around 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Put saucepan on a medium heat, return pasta and add pesto. Stir it well and gently. Add spices. Stir. Cook for 2-4 minutes.
  3. Serve.

 

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Cheers,

Stanley

Roasted pumpkin cream soup

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Halloween is near, while the weather gets colder. Great time to grab some fleshy pumpkin and make yourself and for your dear ones, something special like… a pumpkin cream soup. It is elegant, tasty and so, so easy. Good pick for lazy ones.

Ingredients:

1kg pumpkin,
olive oil,
roasted pumpkin seeds,
2 medium carrots,
1 big onion,
salt n pepper to taste

Method:

Wash and peel the skin off the pumpkin. Remove the seeds and cut flesh into small wedges.
Meanwhile, roughly chop onion and carrot. Heat a lug of olive oil over medium heat in a deep saucepan, add all vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. Add about 0,5 l of water and cook for about 30-40 minutes on a low heat. When the squash is ready, it should be very soft but still fleshy. Do not overcook! Be careful. Blend with a stick blender. Finished.

 

 

 

Peace,

Stanley

Melt-in-your-mouth BBQ ribs

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I almost didn’t want to share this recipe because it is so good. I created recipe myself, experimenting as usual. Finally it became very smooth and well-rounded, meat was very tender. God bless BBQ ribs!

Ingredients:

  • 1kg pork ribs,
  • 1tbs of sweet paprika,
  • 1tbs of caraway seeds,
  • 1tbs of ground, dried garlic,
  • 2 teaspoons of honey,
  • 2 teaspoons of oyster sauce,
  • 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce,
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger,
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper,
  • 50ml of matured whisky

Method:

  1. Cut ribs into smaller pieces and make the marinade.
  2. Marinade should have paste-like form and is made of all the ingredients mentioned above, mixed all together in a bowl.
  3. Pour the marinade over the ribs and massage it gently yet precisely.
  4. Cover with lid or a foil, put it in a fridge, let the marinade absorb.
    Minimal time required is 2-3 hours.
  5. About 20 minutes before the estimated time, preheat oven to 200 C degrees.
  6. Place on baking sheet and bake for 2 hours until meat is starting to shrink away from the ends of the bone.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. Let it cool down and serve. You can store it for 2-4 days and still it will be tasty, even tastier!

 

 

Cheers,

Stanley

Potjiekos – Afrikaner stew

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„Potjiekos” literally means pot food. It has been traditional Afrikaner dish since centuries. It is believed that it came from the Dutch ancestors of the South Africa, who brought heavy iron pots with them. It is a simple dish, easy to prepare with only ‚few rules’, although it can come in many variants. Conservative South African chiefs stick only with ground black pepper and salt to spice. Although it resembles a stew it is not a stew and it is made quite different.

Ingredients:

  • 500g of minced or cut meat like ham, boar, chicken, beef, game etc.
  • 1 big squash
  • 1 big zucchini
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 3 small bell peppers
  • 2 bay leafs
  • ground black pepper
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • oil
  • rice/bread/pita/pasta

Method:

Use some deep and heavy pot. Heat cooking oil until very hot. Meat and onions are browned by searing into oil. Vegetables are then packed on top of the meat. It is ‚sealed’ with a rice or some starch to keep the temperature inside the pot and steam cook vegetables. It is cooked slowly, over medium heat. Traditionally it was done outdoors over coals.