Thursday, 8 March 2012

How to defrost fish

There are many ways how to defrost fish. E.g. leaving it in its original packaging in the fridge, leaving it under running cold water for a while, leaving it in a fridge on a plate regularly removing excess water, microwaving them... Well, I have tried them all.

In the end, I have settled for a very simple and efficient way without any worries about fish swimming in a defrosting water, or actually cooking them in microwave instead of defrosting them.

So I take my pack of frozen fish and drop them into a strainer. Yes, plain old strainer you would use for your spaghetti or pasta.

If I'm going to leave fish over night to thaw, I place strainer into a casserole slightly larger so the bottom of strainer is not sitting all the way down. Cover with lid and place it on the bottom shelf of a fridge. This way all the defrosting water goes down to the casserole and does not stay on a fish.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Flat bread

Flat bread  (16 pieces):

3 and 2/3 cups of flour (you can mix up white with whole wheat)
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
2 tbs of oil
1 cup of water (you can add a bit more if needed)

Knead all ingredients together. Place into a lightly oiled bowl and let sit for an hour. Divide to 16 smaller balls, or 8 bigger and roll to oval-shape. Place on grill or frying pan with little or no oil. Bake till brown and serve.

Bean soup

Easy bean soup with flat bread

Ingredients for bean soup (recipe for 8 people):

2 cans of beans (any kind)
1 liter of water
2 cubes of chicken stock
1 potato
handful of fresh parsley
bit of marjoram
2 spoons of tomato paste

Boil everything together. Once potatoes are soft, blend everything together using hand mixer if possible. Hand mixer is very easy and useful tool, especially if your kids don't like so much veggies. Serve with flat or any other bread.

Recipe for flat bread: here