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Mini Quiche with Spinach and Bacon

I actually never really liked quiche (I thought it was too eggie..) but when I had a package of butter dough left over in the fridge (and wasn’t really planning to make a sweet pie for dinner) I decided to give it a try and I actually really loved it!

Ingredients:
– 1 package of filo (or butter) dough
– 250 ml cream (heavy or light, whatever suits you)
– 4 eggs
– peper and salt
– 1 charlot onion and 2 cloves carlic
– bacon
– vegetables (I used some leftover mushrooms and leek)
– spinach
– grated cheese

Tools:
Muffin tray

1. Preheat the oven on 180 degrees
2. Cut the vegetables, onion and garlic in small pieces.
3. Put the bacon in a medium hot pan untill they got a nice color, add the onion and garlic to finish with the vegetables. Keep it in the pan for about 3 minutes.
4. Mix the eggs with the cream and some peper and salt.
5. Cut the dough in little squares (about 10 x 10) and put them in a buttered muffin tray.
6. Put some spinach and the bacon/veggies mix on the dough.
7. Top it with a bit of cheese and fill the tray up with the egg/cream mix.
8. Place this in the oven for 35 minutes, it’s ready to serve!

With love,
-Janet

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Dumplings

Lucky for me, the boyfriend eats pretty much everything I make for him (as long as it’s not too spicy.. but that’s just a training process ;-)) so I can experiment as much as I want to, YAY!

The other day I made some home made dumplings and while its waaaay easier to buy a package deepfrozen and just heat it up it definitely is more fun and rewarding to make them yourself!

Ingredients (for two):
– 250 grams of minced pork
– 1 tablespoon of salt
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– 1 tablespoon of soya sauce (if you’re using soya as an ingredient, and not so much to dip your sushi in, I would always recommend to use light soya: it will flavour your dish without the overwhelming saltines)
– 150 grams of prawn meat (I prefer uncooked – grey – prawns, but they tend to be a bit expensive..)
– 4 shiitake mushrooms (use the dried ones, which you let expand in some boiling water for about 2 to 3 hours. the fresh ones actually taste nothing like the dried ones..)
– Some fresh herbs (I used spring onions and coriander)
– 40 gram water chestnut
– 2 table spoons ginger (finely grated)
– 1 egg
– 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– some fresh grounded pepper
– 1 tablespoon flour
– Wanton pastry sheets

1. Put the shrimps, herbs, shiitake, ginger and water chestnut in a food processor and shred it all.
2. Put the minced beef in a bowl together with the salt, sugar, egg, sesame oil, grounded pepper and the shrimp mixture and mix it together.
3. Put about a tablespoon of the mixture in a wanton sheet and fold them – everybody has their own style of folding but I like to fold the sheet in such a way that the two upper corners just miss each other (by doing this you have a bit more space to curl the remaining pastry) and fold the pastry in a zig zag pattern.
4. While making the noodle soup, I prepare the dumplings in a separate pot with boiling water. They are done when they start floating to the surface!

Success guaranteed 😀

With love,
-Janet

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Nasi Goreng

First of all, my sincere apologies for the extreme lack of blogging: after my birthday, many hangovers, many more drinks and a lot of laying around in the park I couldn’t find the spirit to blog.. But here I am again 😀

You can take away the girl from the past malam, but you can’t take away the pasar malam from the girl..

The Pasar Malam Besar is a yearly Infonesian foodfest in the Netherlands. And for as long as I can remember my dad would take me and my sister to eat some sate kambing, martabak and drink ice tjendol.

So since I can’t fly back for every random occasion, there was no other option than making myself some Indonesian food! I made an easy Nasi Goreng with “rookworst”, pickled cucumbers and a fried egg. It is an easy dish to use al the leftover vegetables that are waiting for you in the fridge to be used and it will be a guaranteed big success!

Ingredients:
– 1 day old rice (I wouldn’t use new rice – or at least rice that hasn’t cooled down first)
– 1 Onion
– 2 parts (that’s not how you say this in English?) of garlic
– Random vegetables (I used left over carrot, squash, bean sprouts and persille)
– Random meat (I used Dutch smoked sausage, but you could use any kind of meat you want)
– Bundle of coriander
– Nasi Goreng Boemboe (pack of seasoning which you should be able to find in any Asian supermarket)

1. Fry the onion and garlic untill the colour light brown
2. Add the vegetables in order from hard to soft (so I put the carrots in first to shimmer for about 2 minutes, then the squash, etc)
3. Add the meat and cook for another 2 minutes, make sure that everything is covered with the seasoning
4. Finally add the rice, make sure that there are no “white spots” and that everything is covered with the boemboe.
5. Add the boemboe and a little bit of water make sure that everything is covered
6. Optional: serve with some coriander on top!

With love,
-Janet

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