Category Archives: International mix

Salmon & Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

Sarah read the you can stuff peppers with almost with anything and that it’s almost always good. So, creative as she is, she came up with this delicious seafood stuffed peppers. We almost ate everything and then, as usual we said: “mmm! we should have taken a picture before we finished it!” This happens many times, in fact, the things we put on the blog (and specially since Anna was born) is just a very small fraction of Sarah’s new recipes. Sarah made this by herself, without even Carlos as an apprentice.

Stuffed Peppers

  • 3 peppers (cut in half)
  • 1-1 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 200 gr/ 7 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 shrimp partially cooked
  • 2  4 oz salmon fillets thawed
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tsp dried mint leaves (I would have used fresh 1 tablespoon, if available!)

Cut peppers– clean and place in boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Drain and place in cold water to stop them from cooking any more.

Saute chopped onion and whole garlic until soft. Add shrimp and cook until almost cooked. Add salmon for 1-2 minutes (until only half cooked).

Chop shrimp in small pieces and cut salmon in small chunks.

Mix rice, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, shrimp and salmon, onion mixture, and remaining ingredients.

Grease a baking dish and place peppers in it. Salt the peppers and add rice cheese and seafood mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake on 375 for 30 minutes. Remember when cooking fish, but especially salmon, you don’t want to over cook it, because you would loose all the juice of the salmon. So it’s better to have it a little bit raw.

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LiRo Potatoes and Eggplant

Nice invention...

This was completely Sarah’s inspiration and it turned out well. Li is for Lime and Ro for Rosemary.

  • 8 red potatoes
  • oil
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 green pepper
  • 5-8 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tomato or a few tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • juice and some of the zest from 1 lime
  • rosemary
  • marjoram
  • thyme
  • salt

Cut potatoes and fry in oil.  Sauté green pepper and garlic. Add eggplant and water and sauté for a few more minutes.  Add the almost cooked potatoes and mix in the spices.  Add the tomato and lime. Mix. Let cook on low heat 10 minutes more or until the eggplant is soft.

We ate this with fried eggs and it was good.

White chicken lasagna

white lasagna

white lasagna

We had planned to make a meat and cheese lasagna but the rain kept us indoors last Saturday. We had chicken and a few other vegetables so made this new lasagna recipe. I don’t like a strong tomato flavor with chicken so we experimented with this new white lasagna. You could put a small amount of tomato sauce on the top to make it more liquid. Feel free to experiment with other vegetables. I imagine mushrooms and spinach would also be really good.

  • 1 pound (400+ gr.) chicken breast diced
  • 1 half cauliflower chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • lasagna noodles
  • half pound mozzarella cheese (250 gr)
  • cream sauce (800 gr)
  • diced dried tomatoes (optional)
  • salt/pepper

Saute onion and garlic in large frying pan. After 5 minutes add peppers and chicken. Chop cauliflower and add. Let cook for 15-20 minutes while you make the cream sauce and prepare the lasagna pan. Grease lasagna pan and layer with noodles. Add 1 layer of chicken mixture. Use the juice that has been accumulated. Add a layer of cream sauce. Repeat noodles and chicken. Add dried tomatoes if using and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Add noodles and top with last of cream sauce and tomato sauce if using. Cook for 30-40 minutes covered with tin foil (or until noodles are done). Add remaining cheese and bake uncovered until melted.

Serve with a salad and garlic bread.

Birthdays Parties!! (Back to the kitchen!)

Yesterday, on Friday night we celebrated our birthdays. They’re only 1 day apart! So we have to celebrate together, right? We invited almost 40 people! and only a few had to missed it. We were very excited for the party. It was very cool to have all the friends from Aalborg in one place. They were from different groups so it was nice to see them mixing.

It was an international party, besides Carlos (from Spain) and Sarah (from the U.S.) we had people from (East to West aprox.) Japan, Korea, China, Philippines, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Norway, Great Britain, Senegal, Ghana, Island, Colombia, Mexico, Chile and California, and the ones who missed it were from New Zealand, India and Iran. All of this of course doesn’t count the people from Denmark.

Anyways this is food blog, so here we share the menu of the snacks. We put little signs with the dishes, since the international crowd would not know what it is. In our experience we have seen that it can be somewhat confusing trying something new that you have not idea what it is.

Birthday Party Menu:

For exact recipes please ask for it.

Spanish Empanada
Tuna, eggs, tomato, onion, peppers
This recipe was given to Carlos by his grandmother on her death bed.

American Potato Salad
Potatoes, eggs, mayo, celery, green onions, pickles, mustard
American as Coca-Cola. This is an authentic dish at every American party.

“Tex-Mex” 7 layer dip

Spiced pinto beans, (mexican) salsa, crème fraiche (sour cream), cheese, guacamole, green onions, and fresh tomatoes
This recipe comes from our days in Texas. Please don’t ask for this secret recipe.

Danish Carrots and Celery with American Dip
This is an amazing combination that keeps amazing generations.

Hummus
Garbanzo bean, lemon, sesame, olive oil
Middle Eastern Specialty (recently there has been an argument about if is Jewish or Palestinian)

Turrón
Traditional Spanish Christmas Candy.
These samples have been especially brought to you from Spain by Sarah and Carlos.


There were also other things and store-bought dips. There were plenty of chips to dip, but it took a while for many guests to get the concept. Some of them were eating all the dips with spoons!

We noticed that our vegetarian friend was pretty glad that everything was vegetarian (except the tuna of the Empanada).

p.s. So, now after the first trimester of Sarah’s pregnancy, it seems we’re back in the food blog businesses!

Tofu-Meatballs

This is a really great recipe that gives tofu a lot more flavor but also has the benefits of eating soy and less meat. You could also make it with beef. We think it is pretty cool that you can hide the tofu this way!  It was easy and good. It is a great recipe to make in the t-mix. 

Steamed meatballs

Steamed meatballs

Steamed tofu and pork meatballs

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/3 of a green pepper
  • 8 oz tofu (250 grams)
  • 8 oz ground beef/pork (250 grams)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 squirt soy sauce 
  • salt
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • pepper
  • herbs: nutmeg, basil, oregano, or others you like.

Chop the onion, pepper, and garlic finely in the t-mix for a few seconds. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and saute for a few minutes (8 in the t-mix). Add remaining ingredients and mix. The tofu will kinda disintegrate into the meat mixture. Form into approximately 1 inch meatballs and coat in breadcrumbs. Place in a pan to steam for 15-18 minutes. I Put it in the t-mix varoma and cooked it  while making tomato sauce. Its great to use the energy the t-mix is already producing. 

We ate it with pasta but you could also make an Asian soy/ginger/garlic sauce that i bet would be delicious. I’ll update other sauces next time I make make it.

Coconut Tofu

 

This is all that was left!

This is all that was left!

I had my first whole conversation with a random person and on various topics in Danish. I went to get tofu at one of the many ethnic shops in Aalborg. She asked what I was looking for and we started talking while she gave me my tofu. She has family in who lives in the US and we talked about that and the different opportunities life in Denmark and the US offers. In Denmark there is equality to get an education but after you graduate she says it is difficult for foreigners to get a job. In the US, its hard to get higher education but once you do there isn’t as much racism to get a job. It was an interesting perspective. She also talked about the problem of corruption in Vietnam. I tell you this was a real conversation, not your typical “hi, my name is…, I’m from…, I’m…”.

Coconut Tofu Rice Noodle

  • 1 stalk (not the upper stem) leek 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar
  • salt, pepper, squirt of soy
  • spices: pinch of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon “tandori masala bbq” seasoning (a mix of cumin, cinnomin, cilantro, oregano, thyme), dash of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon basil.
  • 1 400 gr. (10.5 oz) coconut milk– today I used organic and it was good!
  • 1/2 cauliflower
  • 125 gr. rice noodles (i used half a package).

Saute leeks and garlic in oil until done. Add cubed tofu, sugar, and spices. After 2 minutes add coconut milk. Leave coconut tofu to simmer. Adjust seasoning if necesary. Add chopped cauliflower to boiling water with salt and cook for 4 minutes. Then add rice noodles and drain after 3. Combine coconut tofu and cauliflower and rice noodles.

Special Chicken Pesto Pasta

Ok, so between Carlos and I tonight we made a great meal! It was great! I was also inspired by a conversation this morning with a Filipino women who had lived in China and was talking about Asian noodles. Anyway, Carlos wanted to cook chicken and then cook the noodles in the broth (an oriental idea). We also want to thank Karl for letting Carlos try his vegetarian pasta one day with dried tomatoes and capers. We have added them to our seasonings thanks to that! Originally we were going to have the noodles with tomato sauce but we decided that would take too long, besides it was a bit boring.  I’m telling you this is good and easy! It is easy, just remember when reading the directions that you are constantly moving between two pans: a noodle/broth pan and saute pan. Ask if you have any questions.

Special Chicken Pesto Pasta

Special Chicken Pesto Pasta

Special Chicken Pesto Pasta

  • 1/4 chicken with some skin on it
  • 1/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 small/medium cauliflower chopped
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon pesto
  • 3-4 dried tomatoes (i used the ones in oil)
  • olive oil
  • capers to taste
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt
  • fresh basil leaves
  • a big squirt of soy sauce 

First, place 1/4 of a small chicken (one thigh, part of a breast) into a small/medium sized sauce pan. This will now be referred to as pan 1.  The chicken should have a little skin on it. Add water to fill about 1/3 of the pan.  Add salt and boil for about 10 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, chop onion and saute in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium/high heat in pan 2. Prepare pressed garlic and cauliflower.  When the chicken is mostly cooked remove it. Add the noodles to the chicken broth in pan 1 and stir. The broth should cover noodles by only a little. Stir to prevent them from sticking.

In pan 2, add 2 crushed garlic cloves and another 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the onions. Stir and reduce heat to medium. Take the chicken meat off the bones and add to the onion and garlic with a tablespoon of pesto concentrate in pan 2. Add 3-4 chopped dried tomatoes. Mix.  

After the noodles have cooked for about half their cooking time (4-5 minutes) add the cauliflower and add a bit of salt to pan 1. Cook for another 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Then, as the water evaporates more, turn the heat off and leave covered. Any remaining water will continue to be evaporated. While the noodles/cauliflower are finishing cooking, turn off the chicken and finish it by adding any salt, a generous amount of freshly ground pepper, capers and fresh basil. The noodles should have absorbed the water by now so finish them by adding a splash of soy sauce, 1 clove crushed garlic, a dash of pepper and salt to taste.  Top the noodles with the chicken pesto mix! It was a winner!