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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Homemade Pylsur Recipe

Back in June and July, we were on holidays in Iceland. A wonderful country, full of amazing landscapes and people. Also full of amazing food... Among it, the pylsur (or pylsa). It is a type of hot-dog, unique to Iceland and for me, it is the best hot-dog I have ever eaten.

Back at home I missed its taste, and (as the Wikipedia entry has the list of ingredients) tried to roll my own.

What you will need
  • Hot dog buns
  • Hot dog (preferably a boiled Scandinavian type)
  • Dried onion
  • Finely chopped fresh onion
  • Ketchup
  • Sweet mustard
  • Mayonnaise (or remolaði/remoulade if you can find it)
  • Powdered curry
  • Tablespoon olive oil (optional)
I don't put quantities in this ingredients list, because you should already know it it one hot-dog for each bun and a little of everything in all of them.

The preparation is easy, as you may already guess. Mix three tablespoons mayonnaise with a teaspoon curry and the olive oil, mix well. This makes for a remolaði substitute (although the original is better, if you can find remolaði/remoulade go for it!). Heat your hot dogs and remove a little bread from the inside of the buns to make place for the chopped onion and dried onion. Add ketchup, sweet mustard to and mayonnaise with curry to taste.

This is not as good as a real pylsur from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur but it is a very good appetizer. I hope you enjoy it, and remember to ask for "eina með öllu" (one with everything).

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Lime Pie Recipe


Does not like like that, but tastes great!
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla (or vanillated sugar)
  • 3/4 cup agave syrup (or sugar syrup)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut butter (or coconut oil)
  • pie crust (below a recipe for it)
Mix all the ingredients (except the pie crust) in a blender.
  • 180 gr plain cookies
  • 200 gr butter
Melt the butter and crush finely the cookies. Mix and place in the bottom of a cake pan, also on the sides of it. Pour the blended mix and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

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Gluten, Dairy, Egg-Free Dark Brown Cane Sugar Biscuit



Although this looks like a all-free / no taste cake, it is wonderful. And of course, at it is gluten, dairy and egg free, almost everyone can eat it. What you will need:
  • 1 measure soy yoghurt
  • 1 measure dark brown sugar (we used Tate & Lyle Dark Brown Sugar)
  • 1 measure gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 measure oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Here measure depends on how much iogurt do you have. You can use the yoghurt cups to make all measurements. Mix well all ingredients, pour into a baking pan and put in the oven, 200ºC for 1 hour. Check very often... it is hard to tell when it is finished. It should be hard on the outside and soft on the inside, without leaving any trace on a toothpick. Enjoy!

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Iced coffee with Nutella: The nutcafecocktail

Nutella iced coffee

Or, as Fabian Kruse has named it: nutcafecocktail

The recipe is easy, as there is no really a recipe, just a list of ingredients. You can do it with real coffee, but Nescafe espresso is quite a good coffee to make iced coffee. You'll need
  • Nescafe espresso
  • Sugar
  • Nutella
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
As for quantities, find your own levels. I like my iced coffee strong and long, thus I can add anything from 4 to 6 teaspoons of Nescafe for a whole cup of water. And I use a little more sugar than coffee (5 for 4, 8 for 6).

Nutella iced coffee
Put the coffee and sugar in your cocktail shaker, add the ice cubes and one tablespoon of Nutella, more or less. Add water to suit your coffee taste, close and shake for a while. Once everything is well mixed, pour in a nice glass and enjoy your caffeine and sugar high, you deserve it.

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Nutella iced coffee

Æblekage (Crispy Apple Pie)

Crispy apple pie
A few days ago I found this recipe via StumbleUpon. I had two apples I would not eat, and decided to give it a go. But I didn't have oatmeal, so I improvised. This is my version, which I call Crispy Apple Pie.

If you have ever been to Denmark, they eat something named Æblekage. I ate it last November, and I loved it. This is very, very similar... with a little whipped cream it would be almost the same.

It is not a good-looking dessert, but it is the kind of dessert you can bake in a big plate for quite a few people... and when the party is over, there will be no Crispy Pie left. Guaranteed. Moreover, it does not take very long to do it (around 30 minutes only, plus 40 of baking time).

What you will (roughly) need:
  • Two apples
  • 200 gr creamy cheese (Philadelphia or similar)
  • 2 eggs
  • Crispy cookies (Graham crackers, galletas María...)
  • Walnuts or some other nut (optional, more if you are allergic)
  • Brown sugar (around 1'5 cups, but not all in one batch)
  • Cinnamon, powdered ginger, vanillated sugar or vanilla extract
  • Melted butter (around 7 tablespoons)
I know the measurements are wishy-washy. This kind of dessert allows for quite adding sugar, removing sugar, adding butter or removing it. So feel free to put whatever you want. This is just the blueprint, you are the architect.

The procedure is easy. Peel the apples and cut them like French fries Grease a pie plate liberally with butter, and place the apple sticks there. Add a quarter cup of brown sugar, a teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon ginger. Mix thoroughly (I used a fork for this).

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Mix 200 gr of creamy cheese (Philadelphia, for instance) with two eggs, another quarter of cup of brown sugar and a teaspoon vanillated sugar or vanilla extract.

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Once beaten, pour over the apples, extending evenly

Crispy apple pie

Now crush some crispy type cookie (in Spain that would be Galletas María, in other parts of the world, Graham crackers... the kind of cookie you would use to make a cheesecake pie crust, crispy but not really sweet) to fill half a cup. Crush some walnuts (up to your taste), add 1/3 of cup of brown sugar, more cinnamon and 6 tablespoons melted butter. Mix thoroughly, all the cookie bits should be moist with butter.

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Once you are done, spread it over the previous mix, as evenly as possible.

Crispy apple pie

Bake for 40 minutes at 180ºC. It will be almost done when the sugar from the bottom starts to bubble at the top.

Crispy apple pie

Let it cool down. When it is cold, the top will be crispy, the bottom soft and the taste amazing (if you like apple pies, of course).

Crispy apple pie

Keep it in the freezer, it can last a few days... if you don't finish it before.

Crispy apple pie


If you feel creative you can change the walnuts for pistachios or almonds, or the apples for peaches. The peach+almond combination is the next I'll try.

If you enjoyed this recipe and want to share it with more people, please consider thumbing it up in StumbleUpon or upvoting it in Reddit. If you don't use these, share with your friends!

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Tibetan flatbread: the easiest flatbread recipe

The easiest flatbread, really

I bet you have felt like this some day. You just prepared a soup, one of those soups in need of crumbs of bread. Or you prepared a nice meal, asking for bread to dump in the sauce. And you have no bread at home! Not a single piece of bread.

This is the answer

This bread, soft in the inside, slightly crispy in the outside and chewy, only takes 20 minutes from taking ingredients out of the cupboards until breaking it into pieces with your hands. Please consider thumbing up on StumbleUpon or upvoting in Reddit. Thanks!

What you will need:
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking power
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add a little more if you want it saltier)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • add your preferred spices here (curry, thyme...)
That's all. Preparing it is a breeze: mix the flour, baking powder and salt, then add the cup of water and mix thoroughly. Take out a cold pan (it has to be a cold pan) of around 20 cm wide (around 9 inches) and spread the olive oil in it. Pour the dough and put the two tablespoons of water around the edges of the dough. Close the pan with a tight lid and turn on the fire on medium-high. Wait for 10 minutes and flip over. Cook for 5 more minutes, and you are done!



If you think you will try this recipe, please consider thumbing up on StumbleUpon or upvoting in Reddit to share it with your friends. Thanks a lot!

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Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles
Maybe the best coffee time cookies?
Picture courtesy of Shanidar

Snickerdoodles are probably the best coffee time cookies I have eaten, and also one of the simplest cookie recipes to do.

What you'll need:
  • 125 gr butter
  • 110 gr sugar (+ 1 big spoon later)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or change some sugar for vanillated sugar)
  • 250 gr flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
Preheat the oven at 180º. In a bowl, mix the flour (previously sifted), salt, baking powder and nutmeg. Mix and set aside.

Soften the butter in a microwave (or double-boil it) and mix it with the sugar, until it turns white and smooth.

Add the egg (in 2 or 3 batches), mix and add the vanilla extract (if not added to the butter).

Add (very slowly) the flour, while mixing. When the mix is firm and detaches from the bowl walls, it is ready.

In a small plate, mix the remaining sugar with the teaspoon cinnamon. Make small balls of dough (ping-pong ball sized) and batter them with the sugar mix.

Put all balls in a cookie pan, spread around 3cm each. Smash them (slightly!) with the bottom of a glass.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the sides look done. Turn the pan around, to bake uniformly the cookies.

Let them cool a little before putting them in a cooling tray.

They may last something like 3 days in an air-tight container, but I bet they will be finished by the end of the first day, beginning of the second at most. Keep in mind that they are better the same day they are cooked and that the batter can be kept frozen in the refrigerator

You can find the recipe in Catalan in Shanidar's site.

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  • 2 or 3 fillets of marinated herring with onion (typical scandinavian)
  • 3 marinated cucumber, polish (sweet) style
  • 1 Golden (yellow and somewhat sweet, not acid) apple
  • 3 boiled potatos, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • Optional: a little mustard
Slice finely the cucumber, cut the apple in dices and the fillets in small pieces. Mix the mustard, mayonnaise, a little vinegar from the herring and then add the fish, mix well. Add the potatoes and apple dices, and revolve a few times.

If you are in Spain, you can find the marinated herring and cucumber in El Corte Ingés.

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Pasteli (greek sesame and honey candy) recipe

Pasteli
Pasteli
The Greek home-made energy bar

Ingredients (yields around 500 gr, can be scaled down or up):
  • 250 gr honey
  • 250 gr sesame seed, shredded pistachios and almond (I used: 50 gr shredded pistachios, 70 gr shredded almond and125 gr sesame seed)
  • Peel of half a lemon (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Some place to put it all on (A mould with parchment paper is perfect)

Bring to a boil the honey and optionally a lemon peel and some cinnamon. They will add a special flavour to the base. Mix all the nuts well in a plate


When the honey starts boiling, wait for around 5 minuts (stirring occasionally) and remove the lemon peels and cinnamon. I used chopsticks for this, they come in handy later. Add the nut mixture, and keep mixing them thoroughly with the honey. Keep it at medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring and moving often. The chopsticks come handy to stir, because they are easier to clean than spoons. It will turn darker as the honey starts to caramelize.


Pour it on the mould (beware, it will be really hot), cover with some parchment paper and press until it is more or less evenly spread.

Let it cool down for a while and then move to the fridge for at least 2 hours. Then, let it stand out of the fridge for 30 minutes (it will be hard as a rock just after taking it out), cut in small pieces and store in an airtight container. In the fridge, better.


The generic recipe is just the same proportions (in weight) of honey and sesame seeds (or a mixture of other nuts and sesame). Scale it as you wish!

Links to nutritional information about these ingredients:
The whole 500gr bar has around 2100 kcal, thus each piece has around 140 kcal (I made 16 pieces), which comes mostly from non-saturated fats (nuts) and sugar (from honey). Quite a lot of minerals (mostly calcium and iron from sesame, and manganese, phosphorus and copper from all ingredients), vitamins (B6 pistachio and sesame, E almond, a little from almost every other) and fiber (from all nuts). This is an amazing treat, both in taste and in nutritious value.

I got the original recipe from about.com and grouprecipes.com and changed a few things to suit my tastes. If you enjoyed this recipe, leave a comment to tell me how did it turn, give a thumbs up, reddit or whatever you feel like doing. Thanks for your attention!

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