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Chicken Fillet Patties

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I am always on look out for a new dinner recipes,
because let’s be honest, from time to time I feel like I am stuck in a circle
by cooking same type of dinner over and over again. 

I do not own a lot of cook books. Just a few
books what I took with me from Latvia when I just moved to Ireland and few I
bought myself later on. I used to buy lots and lots of cooking magazines,
looking for some inspiration.  Some
recipes worked well for my family, and I still make them. And some were total
fail. You live, you learn. Right?
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Nowadays a lot of my inspiration comes from
Pinterest. I have to admit, I am slightly addicted to it. Ok ok, I confess, I
am addicted a lot. Here I said it : )
But sometimes idea comes from your friends or relatives.
Just like this recipe I am about to share. About these chicken patties I first
time learned from my friend. Well, actually they were turkey but chicken works
as well as turkey. So, we were sitting drinking coffee and chatting about food,
as you do, when I might complained told her that I had no idea what to
cook that night for dinner. And she suggested I try turkey patties she makes
for her family. It is hit in her house, so I thought why not to try as well,
just with the chicken instead. 
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She told me ingredients
she uses and I slightly adapted them, just to suit my family needs.
You need to start by
washing chicken fillets than pat them dry with paper towel. After that transfer
to chopping board and cut into small pieces. Transfer to a medium size bowl.
Next you need chop the
onion, peel and grate the carrot. Transfer to the chicken. Than chop coriander
and as well add to the chicken. Next peel one clove of garlic, mince it and add
to the chicken. After that add 2 tablespoons of mayo; season with salt and
pepper, mix all until combined. Cover the bowl with cling film and put it into
fridge for an hour.
After an hour, over
medium heat put non-stick frying pan and add oil.
To the chicken add
beaten egg and 3 tablespoons of flour. With a spoon (soup spoon), scoop
generous amount of chicken mix and add to the hot pan, shaping round patty. Repeat
with rest of the chicken mix. You may need to fry them in batches. Fry until
golden on both sides and cooked through inside. 
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Chicken
Fillet Patties
Serves 4-6
Ingredients:
3 large chicken fillets
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
Small bunch of coriander, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbs mayo
1 large egg, beaten
3 tbs  all-purpose flour
Salt, pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Method:
1.Wash and pat dry chicken fillets.
Than chop them into small cubes and transfer to a medium bowl.
2.Finley chop one onion and grate one
carrot. Transfer to the bowl with cubed chicken.
3.Wash and than chop coriander, add it
to the bowl with chicken.
4.To the chicken add minced garlic and
mayo, season with salt and pepper; stir well and transfer to the fridge for an
hour.
5.Over medium heat place non-stick
frying pan, add oil.
6.To the chicken add egg and flour,
mix all until combined.
7.With spoon (soup spoon), scoop
generous amount of chicken mix and put it to the pan, shaping round patty.
Repeat with the rest of the mix. You may need to fry them in batches. Fry until
golden from both sides and cooked through inside.

Easy weekday meal: {Sausage and Broccoli Egg Noodles}

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 My life just got a
lot busier. My almost 5 year old
daughter started her first year at school (a squeal of excitement!), and I am
the one who is doing majority of school runs and after school activities, with a toddler in  tow. And let me
tell you, it is not always an easy task. In those moments I wish I could drive,
which by the way is on my mile long to do/achieve list. But I am getting there,
slowly but surely : )

 

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With above being said, I am more and more opting for an easy
weekday meals, whether it lunch or dinner, quick and simple will do the job.
Weekends are more relaxed in our household, therefore more laborious meals are
being cooked then. 
This sausage and broccoli egg noodle dish is simple yet
satisfying and you could easily add more veggies if you want. It is quick to
make and you won’t need to stand hours near the stove.  Double score!
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First, start with putting large pot with salted water over
medium high heat and bring it to a boil. Add egg noodles and frozen broccoli,
boil it for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
To a frying pan add oil and heat it up; add chopped sausage
and fry it for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add chopped onions and
grated carrot, ½ cup of vegetable bouillon and simmer for another 3 to 5
minutes or until sausage is cooked through. Remove from the heat.
To the pan add noodles and broccoli, mix well. Add fresh
herbs, if using. Do not forget to grate some of your favourite cheese on top
and serve immediately. 
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Sausage and
Broccoli Egg Noodles
Serves 4
Ingredients:
4 egg noodle nests
3 cups frozen broccoli
5-7 sausages, chopped
1 tbs oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
½ cup of vegetable bouillon
Fresh herbs, optional
Cheese of your choice
Method:
1.Bring a large pot of salted water over medium
high heat to a boil, add noodles and broccoli. Boil for 5 minutes; drain and
set aside.
2.To a frying pan add oil and heat up over
medium heat. Add sausage and fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add
onion, carrot and vegetable bouillon, simmer for another 3-5 minutes or until
sausage is cooked through. Remove from the heat.
3.To the pan add noodles and broccoli, mix well.
Add herbs, if using. Grate your favourite cheese on top of the noodles and
serve immediately. 

Spicy Beef and Kidney Bean Lettuce Cups

Lunches nowadays are almost nonexistent for me. With one
toddler and one four year old, there seems never time just to sit down and have
a lunch.  And by the time I finally have
a free minute to eat I am always starving and ready to wolf down anything. And
I have to admit that not always it’s a healthy or wise choice. 

Sure, I could stock up with oh so convenient store bought ready-made
meals but knowing or rather not knowing what exactly goes in there, I prefer to
cook myself. I guess it is something to do with my upbringing.  My mom always cooked from scratch, every
single day and every single meal. And that’s what I do for my family now.

These lettuce cups are perfect if you don’t have a lot of
time on your hands yet want to eat something healthy.

Start with heating up oil in frying pan over medium heat.
Add onions and lightly fry them, stirring from time to time so you do not burn
them.  When onions are almost done add
your minced meat. Break down big lumps of mince meat, so that meat cooks evenly
and throughout. 
When the meat is almost done, add minced garlic and finely
chopped red chilli pepper. Season with salt and if you wish add some black
pepper as well. Stir well.
Now you can add kidney beans. I used canned beans, just
drain and give them a rinse.  Stir well.
Cook everything for another minute or so and your are done with cooking.
Wash your lettuce leaves, pat them with kitchen towel to
soak excess water.
Arrange lettuce on plate, scoop some meat into lettuce and
top with some shredded carrot for a crunch. And enjoy your lunch 🙂 
Spicy Beef and Kidney
Bean Lettuce Caps
Serves: 4 
Print this recipe
Ingredients:
 
2 tbs sunflower oil
1
onion, chopped
450
g minced beef meat
2
garlic cloves, minced
½-1 red chilli, finely diced
Salt,
pepper to taste
1
can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
8
Lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1
large carrot, julienned or grated
Sour
cream
Method:
1.Over
medium heat, heat up oil in frying pan. 
Add onion and gently fry for 5 minutes.
2.Add
minced meat, garlic, chilli, salt and pepper. Keep frying for another 6-10
minutes or until minced is cooked. Break up large lumps as you fry the minced
meat.
3.
When the minced meat is done, add kidney beans. Keep frying for another minute
or until kidney beans are heated up.
4.
Place your lettuce cups on the serving plate, divide mixture evenly among the lettuce
cups. Top with some carrot.
5.
Serve with sour cream.

Fried sardines with garlic, chilli and fresh herbs

Where did summer go? We are already half way through September
and I definitely can feel chills in the early mornings. Although I enjoyed our
summer a lot, I am happy to welcome the autumn.  

Past summer has been exceptionally warm this year what is
very unusual to Irish weather and I bet nobody have expected that. Temperatures
were reaching as high as 27C, and I have to tell you it was very pleasant
change from what we would typically have. 

With all the sudden hot weather I really baked or cooked anything
too complicated. Instead we spent majority of our time outside soaking up the
sun and satisfying our hunger with light meals, fruits. And of course lots of
popsicles and ice-creams kept us cool.
  
One of my preferred ways to spend hot summer days is near
seaside. Not necessary swimming or sunbathing, but just to be near water and
feel cool breeze coming from the sea.  

There are couple of nice beaches around Dublin but I have to
say that one of my most favourite is definitely Howth. Located at north side of
the Dublin, it is easy to access whether you drive or take a public
transport.  There are always plenty
things to do or see, such as Howth Castle or Martello Towers. Or if you would
like to see some breathtaking views, I suggest having a walk over cliff tops as
you circle Howth head. 
 

And not to forget that you can take a short boat trip to the
Ireland’s Eye. It’s a small unpopulated island, just off the coast of the
Howth. It takes only about 20 minutes to get there and boats to and from the
island departs every 30 minutes, so you can stay there as long or as little you
want.  I would suggest you take a picnic
with you and spend some time there just relaxing and enjoying wonderful sights. 
 

 In our house we all love fish. Whether it’s fried, baked or
grilled, we could eat it every day. And sardines are not exception.  They are delicious and do not require long
cooking, just season and  fry them and
your lunch is served. Easy!


Serves 4   

Ingredients:

 8-10 sardines, gutted
and cleaned (you may need more sardines, depends on the size of yours sardines)

1 tsp chilli powder

Salt and pepper to taste

5-6 tbs all-purpose flour

 2 garlic cloves, sliced

Oil for frying

Chopped herbs to garnish

Lemon wedges

Method:

Put frying pan on a medium heat; add oil.

 Season sardines with
salt, pepper and chilli powder then dredge the sardines in the flour, shaking off
the excess flour.

To the frying pan add sliced garlic, gently fry it for about
minute then add sardines and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Transfer to a
serving plate and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve with lemon wedges on the
side.

Glimpse of our holiday in Torrevieja and prawns in garlic, olive oil and lemon marinade

It’s certainly become a tradition for us.

 Every
spring, for the past five years we go to Torrevieja.

Torrevieja (Old Tower),
pronounced as [toreˈβjexa], is a coastal
city located in the south-eastern Spain. Situated in the Costa Blanca and is just
47 km from the second-largest Valencian city – 
Alicante. With two airports nearby, one in Murcia and other in Alicante,
Torrevieja is easy to access. 

Located
between the sea and two large salt lakes (Las Salinas), Torrevieja was
originally a salt-mining and fishing village and only in 1931 was given
official city status.

Although
Torrevieja is relatively small city, there are plenty of thing to do and to see.
Whether you like an active holiday or just looking to enjoy a slow paced
Spanish life, there is something for everyone.

 

Even though Spanish
cuisine differs from region to region, they all have one in common – using locally
grown, fresh ingredients. Many dishes prepared nowadays are same as they were
hundreds years ago and recipes are usually passed from generation to
generations. Some dishes were developed with the help of the other cultures,
both invaders and visitors.

With all the
water that surrounds Spain, there are large choice of fresh seafood and fish at
the market. You can find anything from sea bream to shrimp and octopus.
The most
typical dish in Torrevieja is ’’Caldero’’, it’s a fish stew which consists of
different types of fish and rice and is cooked in cauldron – cast iron pot with
a tight-fitting lid. Caldero translates as cauldron, hence the name of the
dish.

 

There is
weekly market with abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as freshly
baked bread, pastries and other great produce. It takes place every Friday
morning at Salinero Calle. 

With the
plenty of seasonal and local food choices available, we always cook ourselves. The
meals are usually very simple and always consist of some kind of fish or
seafood and always a huge salad to accomplish the meal. Garlic, lemon, sea salt
and olive oil –  all what we need to
season our meals.
Simple,
fresh and healthy.

Without any
doubt, after long winter and cold spring, warm Spanish sunshine is what we
needed.  Long walks along the beach, listening
to tranquillity of the waves and just sitting in cafe and sipping cortado or
coffee con leche and watching the world go by.
 We always come back recharged and ready for
the next challenges that awaits us back home.
Here is
simple prawn recipe we cooked a lot at Torrevieja. It only needs few
ingredients but it tastes flavoursome and complete.
 Enjoy!

Serves 2
Ingredients:
500g prawns,
cleaned
2-3 garlic
cloves, minced
Juice of 1
lemon
2 tbsp
chopped parsley
3 tbsp olive
oil
Sea salt and
pepper to taste
Method:
In bowl combine
garlic, lemon juice, parsley, olive oil and salt and pepper, mix well until
combined.
Place prawns into marinade, make sure all prawns are well coated in the marinade.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat a non-stick
pan over medium heat, place prawns into the pan and cook for about 3 minutes
on each side. Discard the marinade used for prawns. 
Leave
shrimps to cool off a bit before serving.

Spicy CousCous Stuffed Peppers

Don’t you just love when things work out better then you expected? Like your meals, you plan one but end up with completely different meal. I definitely love. It gives this nice, warm feeling inside me. Very satisfied feeling I should say.

Like these peppers. They suppose to be stuffed with meat and some other vegetables, and slowly simmered in a tomato sauce in a pot over a stove. But because time wasn’t on my side I had to think of something else. Quickly looking into my cupboards I decided to go with couscous. Perfect.

Since there are not a lot of preparations involved, it makes perfect mid-week meal. Quick, easy and delicious. What more can you ask for?

Spicy CousCous stuffed Peppers
Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serves: 4
Ingredients:
4 large bell peppers
90g Couscous
150ml hot vegetable stock
1-2 chilli peppers, depending on your taste, finely diced
½ tsp cumin
Handful of coriander, chopped
50 g goats cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
Preheat oven to 200⁰C. Lightly grease baking tray.
Cut the peppers in half through the stalks and remove the seeds. Place peppers on the baking tray. Set aside.
Put couscous in a bowl and pour over hot vegetable stock, cover with cling film. Leave to soak for 5 minutes then fluff up with a fork. Stir in parsley and chilli, cumin, season with salt and pepper if required. Spoon couscous into pepper halves, top with goats cheese. Cover with foil and transfer to the oven.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until peppers are tender. Then remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve with green salad.