All posts tagged: Starters

Green seduction: avocado & cucumber salad

Yes! I am most happy about this simple summery salad. Ready to eat just under 5 minutes, it’s an ultimate green-dream lunch for a rushed Londoner. Creamy avocado with a bits of crunchy cucumber work amazingly well under fresh lime&chilli dressing. Green magic! Green seduction: avocado & cucumber salad Preparation + cooking time: 5 minutes / A stunning light treat for 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 1/2 cucumber, chopped 2 small avocados, stoned and sliced 2 scallions, finely sliced 2 tbsp of mayonnaise 1/2 lime juice Sriracha sauce, to taste sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste a handful of arugula, to garnish DIRECTIONS: Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Make the dressing by whisking mayo, lime juice and sriracha sauce together. Taste and adjust levels of seasoning. Drizzle salad with dressing, garnish with arugula and serve immediately. Bon app! With love, Marie Inspired by Smitten Kitchen   Žalioji vilionė: avokado ir agurkų salotos Ypatingai džiaugiuosi dėl šių paprastų vasariškų salotų atradimo. Greitai pagaminamos, šios žalios salotėlės yra puiki skanių pietų alternatyva skubantiems. Kreminis …

My 20 min after work Korean dinner

Last few weeks were extremely busy for me, which resulted in having almost no time for cooking. In a way it was good as I had an opportunity to get creative and improvise on a speedy after work  dinner options. Here is what I came up with: Taking just 20 minutes from kitchen to plate, this Korean-style 4 dish-dinner makes a perfect healthy midweek meal. Delicious tuna pancakes are served with rice and lightly stir-fried courgette with a tangy lettuce & scallion salad on the side. Prepare to be amazed! My 20 min after work Korean dinner   / Serves 2 Preparation + cooking time: 10 min Tuna pancakes (Chamchijeon,참치전) We would need: 1 can of tuna, drained 3 tbsp of onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 free-range egg a pinch of sea salt a pinch of ground black pepper 1 tsp of roasted sesame seed oil 1 tbsp of flour 1-2 tbsp of canola oil, for frying DIRECTIONS: In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well together. Place a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and pour 1-2 …

A spoonful of Baltic with a twist: pickled herring bites

I think it is safe to say that most Estonians wouldn’t claim that their country is best-known for its food. In fact for the majority of us the local cuisine might stay the next big secret, but in case you are curious – traditional Estonian kitchen celebrates simple peasant food: meat, fish, potatoes, as well as rye bread and a variety of dairy products. Estonian eating habits are also closely linked to the food traditions of nearby countries and are deeply influenced by pure Estonian nature. However, it is absolutely fair to say that Estonia is a country of good quality food. For instance, the local taste palate is stipulated by four seasons. A necessity back in the days, but in the age of food abundance, rather a mindful use of a local produce. A culinary trend more and more widely recognized in the world. As Estonian cuisine, the national fish of Estonia – Baltic herring – is also often overlooked. Coming from the Baltic region myself, I felt responsible to share with you my experiences with this little sea fish and perhaps …

Georgian Aubergine with garlic and cilantro

Did you know that aubergine is actually a fruit? A berry to be exact. In fact, a berry related to both tomato and potato. It was a discovery for me, which straight away made me think of a delicious&unforgettable Georgian Nigvziani Badrijani (ბადრიჯანი, aubergine rolls with spiced walnut filling). [I would be making those too in the nearest future]. I visited this magical mountain country last march and brought back with me deepen love for extraordinary Georgian cuisine. There are plenty of original and exquisite dishes. Some of my favourites include most recognizable Khachapuri and Khinkali, Lobio and Sulguni cheese, and of course aromatic Georgian wine. This is my variation of Georgian style aubergine starter. Slices of aubergine are served with fresh onion rings and garlicky dressing, garnished with pungent flavoured cilantro. A great appetizer to begin your culinary journey through Georgia! Preparation + cooking time: 40 min / Serves 2 as a main dish and 4 as a side or starter TIP: In order to reduce bitterness of aubergine,  usually it is sliced and salted before cooking. We would need: …

Winter treat: Creamy prawn gratin

A delicious creamy oven bake inspired by home-holidays-nostalgia. Rich, good-hearty starter, which makes it almost a petit dîner. Preparation + cooking time: 25-30  min / Serves 4  We would need: 2  tsp. of butter 1 onion, finely chopped 100 g prawns 5 crab sticks Parsley (optional) For sauce: 1 tsp. of butter 1 tsp. of flour 1 cup of milk salt & pepper to the taste 1 tsp. of soya sauce Few drops of Tabasco sauce 4 tsp. of grated cheese DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a saucepan and over medium heat cook onion until transparent. Cut crab sticks and prawns into small pieces and add to the saucepan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.  For sauce: In a new pot melt the butter over low heat, then stir in the flour. Cook for about 1 minute constantly stirring. Slowly add the milk. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Use a whisk to create a smooth sauce. Lastly, add salt&pepper, a spoon of soya sauce and few drops of Tabasco sauce. Stir until the sauce is completely smooth and thickened. Pour …

Champignon très spécial

Always classy, easy to make, gorgeous and great starter for any party! Even if you think you don’t like mushrooms, you still should give these a try – it’s absolute deliciousness in a bite-size cup simply melting in your mouth. To rock the party, you would need: 24 medium white button mushrooms, cleaned and stems reserved 1/2 cup of cream cheese Some Camembert cheese, cut into slices 2 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the baking sheet Half of large onion, finely chopped 1 cloves of garlic, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper Almonds for decoration (optional) DIRECTIONS: Start with preheating oven to 180 C and lightly oil a baking sheet. After that, hands on the mushrooms, remove stems and chop them finely. Bake just the mushroom caps, stem-side down, until tender, around 10 minutes. Meanwhile, take a medium skillet and sauté onion and garlic in olive oil, add some chopped mushrooms, salt and freshly ground black pepper, cook until tender. Stir in some cream cheese and mix until thorough. At this point , …