Vegetarian Paella

This meatless paella is amazingly satisfying. Enjoy this with vegetarians for simply on a meatless dinner evening.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound baked tofu, cubed
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 tablespoon paprika
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, in juice
1 (14-ounce) can vegetable broth
1 cup frozen peas
1 ½ cups brown basmati rice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

1) Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium. Add tofu and brown on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and paprika; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2) Add tomatoes, broth, peas, and rice; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve hot.

Source: Paella Recipes.

Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm  Comments (1)  
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Swedish Meatballs & Noodles

You can easily whip up the classic Swedish dish at home. This recipe creates a hearty portion, so serve it for the whole family or a group of friends.

1 pound flat egg noodles
1 pound ground pork
1 cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ cup minced onions
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons whipping cream

1) Preheat oven to 450°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add noodles and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine pork, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Scoop mixture into 1-inch round balls (should make about 24); place on rimmed baking sheets. Bake until golden and cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove.

3) Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium pan over medium. Add flour and cook until golden, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Slowly add broth, whisking to mix; add cream and whisk well. Bring to a boil over high heat, whisking, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add meatballs and mix gently to coat.

4) To serve, place a mound of noodles in a large serving bowl; top with a few meatballs and a large spoonful of sauce.

Source: Noodle Recipe.

Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Spiced Shortbread

Not only does this make delicious shortbread, you could poke a hole into the top of these before baking so that you could thread ribbon through them and make them a Christmas tree decoration.

500g flour
250g butter
250g caster sugar
3 whole eggs + 1 extra egg yolk
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cloves
½ tsp. ginger

1. Mix the butter, sugar, eggs (not the yolk) and spices in a bowl until you get a smooth creamy paste.

2. Sift in the flour. Rub the mixture with the pads of your fingers until it starts to come together and then form it into a ball.

3. Pop it in the fridge for two hours to chill so it will be easier to roll.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

5. Roll the dough out and cut out into the shapes of your choice. A Christmas tree is lovely for Christmas biscuits.

6. Brush the biscuits with the extra yolk. Bake for 15 minutes.

Source: Shortbread Recipes.

Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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