Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Is it normal that when I realized that I completely failed at preparing dinner, I was more sorry for my perfectly planned blog post than the dinner itself? I guess not. This is not a story when something goes wrong, but the outcome turns out to be miraculously good, but I think it is funny, so I wanted to share anyway.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I bought some fresh figs at the market, because I decided it's time to incorporate them into my "repertoire", and to learn how to prepare them. I also have a faint attraction towards them, because my Mom keeps telling me how I used to love figs when I was two years old. And I haven't eaten any figs ever since.
So having bought the figs, I started to think about ways to use them, and ideas for great combinations. After browsing through several fig related blog posts and recipes, I concluded that figs are supposed to go well with thyme and cheese, so there was my combination, I just had to think of how to interpret it. Finally, I decided to make a quiche.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
This weekend, my boyfriend decided to bake something, and he chose baklava, a traditional Greek/Turkish/middle eastern desert. So far, I've tasted baklava only in kebab places, and I thought that they tasted OK, but their sweetness is a little bit overwhelming. Now, it changed completely.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I really felt like a grilled cheese sandwich today, partly because I have stumbled upon some great recipes lately (for example this and this one), but mostly because the autumn has suddenly arrived with chilly wind and lots of rain. I know rain is good, especially after such a dry summer, but I wasn’t very happy about it while I was biking to work. A warm sandwich with lots of melted cheese is a great comfort food for me, so I made one with a few extras.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This is a salad I love to take with me to work for lunch, as it makes a very refreshing change from boring sandwiches. It takes minutes to prepare and doesn’t need anything that I don’t usually have in my fridge. The combination of apple and mayo comes from my mother who prepared it for sandwiches when we had guests, and I was always looking forward to having them- both guest and the apple-mayo sandwiches. When I started to make it on my own, I added ham and eggs to make a whole meal from it.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Cottage cheese made of sheep milk has a great, very distinctive taste. We usually eat it with gnocchi and bacon, but it works really well with mushrooms, too. If sheep cottage cheese is not available in your country, use a mixture of feta and sour cream or ricotta and sheep cheese. Or goat cheese with something that will make it more creamy. Maybe you will find sheep cheese as pecorino, and sheep cottage cheese as ricotta di pecora, as the Italian versions may be more widespread.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I chose Basil and Strawberry as a name of my blog, because I love them both, and I think their combination is so good, I can't even describe. Early summer I tasted a strawberry-basil soup in a restaurant, and it was the best food I have EVER had, no exaggeration. Unfortunately, it was only a weekend offer, so I couldn't have it next time we went back there. But the taste remained with me, and I was planning to use the combination of strawberry and basil in a homemade ice cream ever since.
I am a huge ice-cream fan, so I got super-excited, when I learnt how to make them at home, without owning an ice-cream maker. It is actually quite simple, you just need eggs, sugar, double cream, and even in a simple freezer, it will turn out surprisingly creamy, guaranteed.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I love to make an omlette on a weekend morning, and try different fillings. For example, spinach and ricotta is a great combination, or I simply use cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. As I was reading about this great middle-eastern egg dinner with stewed tomato and peppers, I realised that combining stewed veggies with eggs is a common thing here in Hungary, but we generally eat the eggs scrambled. This gave me the idea to go for omlettes instead, and use the stewed tomato and peppers as a filling.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This is a light and super quick desert, that doesn’t require any baking or cooking. At first, I threw it together from leftovers that I layered in a glass, so this desert it is quite random, but as it turned out great, I continued to make this since.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
This is a recipe that I have learnt from my grandmother. She makes mushroom salad with mayonnaise, along with a lots of other things every time the whole family gets together. I can’t get enough of it, so I wanted to make it on my own. It makes a quick, simple and very satisfying dinner.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This is a recipe I belive to have come up with on my own, though I guess I am not the first one on Earth. Anyway, I am proud of my little puff pastry bites, especially the creamy chicken liver paté filling.
Monday, September 3, 2012
To give your day an energizing, healthy start, try this wonderful fruity oatmeal recipe with fresh fruit. I eat this every weekday before setting off to work. It is super simple, very quick to prepare in the morning and very-very nourishing.
If you have tomatoes in your garden, or simply do not want to buy canned tomatoes throughout the winter, you can prepare your own conservated tomatoes. Below, I present a 100% natural recipe, no preservatives. To save the tomatoes, you have to cook and can them, similarly to making jam.
Welcome to Basil and Strawberry, a blog about food I love to make and love to eat. I will post great recipes I regularly make. I am a phd student in mechanical engineeering, and an enthusiastic cook. I am trying to provide a healthy, balanced diet for my boyfriend and myself, following traditional recipes from different countries and sometimes experimenting on my own. As I am Hungarian, my recipes are often inspired by traditional Hungarian cooking, but my favorite cookbook is an Italian one, called The Silver Spoon. I enjoy trying any nation's authentic recipes. I love to eat well, but I have only a very small budget for it. I realised that very often, the simplest meals are extraordinarily good and also very cheap to make, if I use fresh ingredients and prepare most things at home.