Archive for March, 2012


Last night Gaila was flicking through a book called “Lithuanian Traditional Foods” not that she doesn’t know the recipes 🙂 she is Lithuanian after all,  just getting some inspiration for dinner. One of Gaila’s favourite Lithuanian dishes is this savoury potato cake. Lithuanians can make hundreds of dishes out of potatoes and here is one of them.

You will need:

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • some oil or butter for frying
  • 2-3 slices of bacon or few pieces of chicken (parboiled in salted water)

First peel your potatoes and grate them with the fine grater as you see in the picture. Watch your fingers 😉 Then take some potato juice out by tilting the bowl and spooning it off.

 

It’s a lot easier and faster if you have a potato grating machine – a necessity in every Lithuanian house.

Bring your milk to a boil and pour over the grated potatoes. That helps to spread the potato starch through the mix and keep the mix nice and light.

Fry your bacon and onions and mix into potatoes.

Add eggs, salt and mix well.

Add the mixture into medium depth greased baking dish and bake in preheated oven at 180C/350F until the top is well browned. It took me around 2 hours. Depends on your oven, so check regularly.

And Voila!!!! Serve with sour cream or some fried onions and bacon.

Enjoy.

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Tarte Tatin

We were sitting watching ‘good morning’ on tv one morning were they had a chef cooking Tarte tatin. Trevor was shocked  at what he saw being cooked, so he said “hey baby lets make a tarte tatin tonight” and so we did. So there you are- our Tarte Tatin!!!!!

So first you need to get all your ingredients together:

  • 5x apples (breaburn or pink ladies are the best)
  • 110g granulated sugar
  • 110g butter
  • zest of one lemon
  • 450g flaky puff pastry (good quality shop bought is all good)

don’t forget that you need a pan that you can put in the oven, so take the handle of your frying pan if you can, like we did so it doesn’t melt 😉 and a rolling pin!

So to start with first peel your juicy apples

Core them and cut them in half

Melt your butter in the pan, not too hot or your butter will burn

add your sugar

when you can see the sugar dissolved into the bubbling butter and starting to change colour, add your apple as shown in the photo. I find it is always best to add them now as they have more time to absorb that delicious caramel…

Lovely jubbly! Now would be a good time to pre heat your oven to 190c/375f

So keep an eye on your pan, you want a gorgeous caramel, a medium heat will get you that result in around 10-15 minutes, don’t go too far though. While your apples are caramelizing zest your lemon over the top of your apples! For us this is a must! You`ll understand (hopefully) what I mean if you give this recipe a go! You get a little kick of lemon! Whoop!

Whilst your apples are making themselves yummy, roll out your puff pastry around 5mm thick, as shown by Trev!

Now its time to cut out your pastry, if you have a plate around the size of your pan, perfect, if not have a rummage to find something similar to cut around.

 

Gently place your pastry on top of your apples……..

Carefully tuck the edges of your pastry around the apples, no need to eggwash as you will be turning it upside down! If you’re wondering whats in the pot, it was our dinner! Mmmm curry!

 

Bake in your pre heated oven for 20- 25 mins. Our oven is very dodgy, so whenever we are cooking we always keep an eye on it! Take out of the oven, allow to cool a little bit……

……..Place plate on top, and very carefully flip over (maybe over the sink…..just in case)…….

 

How good does this look 🙂 Tastes even better!

Bon Appetit

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