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Potato moussaka with bacon and spinach

Ingredients:

  • 800 g potatoes,
  • 200 g spinach,
  • 1-4 tablespoons oil,
  • 50 g fleshy bacon,
  • 100 g feta cheese,
  • 3 tablespoons grated cheese,
  • 1 small clove garlic,
  • 8 dl milk,
  • little butter,
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs,
  • salt, pepper, dried vegetables seasoning.

Preparation:

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into thin slices. Drain the spinach and finely shred and feta cheese crumble with fork.
  2. Butter fireproof dish and align layer of potatoes, layer of spinach, bacon pieces, feta cheese, and so until all is used (the last layer need to be potato).
  3. Heat milk with garlic, salt, pepper and spice from dried vegetables, then at first spray moussaka with oil, sprinkle bread crumbs, and then pour the milk.
  4. Place in preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius and bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  5. At the end of baking sprinkle grated cheese and return to oven until cheese melt and brown.

Plum Dumplings

1 kg of white potatoes
20 pieces of fresh plums
700-800 gr of flour
250 gr of bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 soup spoon of butter or margarine
2 tea spoons of salt
5 soup spoons of cooking oil
sugar according to taste

 

  • Preparation :

1. Peel 1 kg of potatoes, put them into a deeper saucepan with enough water to cover the potatoes, add 1 tea spoon of salt

. Cook the potatoes in a boiling water on the stove plate for about 30 minutes until the potatoes become soft. While the potatoes are cooking you can little lower the temperature to prevent boiling water come over the pan.
2. Drain water from the pan and mush potatoes well with the potatoes musher. Add 1 soup spoon of melted butter or margarine and stir it well too. Leave it for awhile to cool down a little, add 2 eggs and stir it well again to achieve the mixture get equalized. Then, while adding the flour constantly stir the mixture until you get the medium soft (not sticky) dough.

3. Spread thin layer of flour over the working table surface to escape dough sticking to the working surface. With the wooden rolling-pin expand the dough to a rectangular shape and up to 1 cm thick.
4. Cut the dough with the knife and make as many square dough pieces (about 7-8 cm size – depending on the plums size) as it comes out from the whole piece of dough (about 20 square pieces you can get from up mentioned quantity of ingredients-counting the rest-ends which you can compile, spread and cut the dough to a required size pieces again).
5. Put the plum (previously remove kernel) in the center of each square dough piece, fold the plum with the dough and form a small ball (dumpling) with your palms, watching that plum must be covered with the dough by all sides.
6. Turn on the stove plate, put some bigger cooking pan onto it, pour in about 1-1,5 l water, add 1 tea spoon of salt and wait until the water starts to boil. Drop each dumpling, one by one, with the soup spoon into a boiling water and cook them about 10 minutes until dumplings emerge to the surface. Divide the dumplings cooking into 2-3 takes (depending on the pan size), not all at once.
7. Take out from the water cooked plum dumplings with the ladle, and leave them for awhile to cool down.
8. In the meantime, pour 5 soup spoons of cooking oil into another pan, add 250 gr of bread crumbs and fry it for a few minutes until it gets golden-yellow-brown color, stir constantly to prevent bread crumbs get burned.
9. Take off fried bread crumbs from the stove plate, add the sugar according to taste and mix it well.
10. Cooked plum dumplings roll into the mixture of fried bread crumbs and sugar, arrange them on the tray and plum dumplings are ready for serving.
Plum dumplings could be served as an desert, after the main meal, rarely alone, as they are sweet and exceptionally delicious part of menu.

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Ingredients:

  • 500 g boneless pork steaks,
  • 150 g kajmak (Balkan creamy dairy product) – you can use some cream cheese instead,
  • 2 eggs,
  • flour,
  • bread crumbs,
  • salt.

Preparation:

  1. Pound pork steaks untill they are thin and soft and on each steak put a little kajmak (or cream cheese).
  2. Wrap the meat into the rolls and secure each piece with a toothpick.
  3. Coat the steaks in the flour, then dip them into beaten eggs and finally roll in bread crumbs.
  4. Fry in hot oil untill golden yellow.

Notes:

This steak is sometimes called jokingly “maidens’ dream” (devojački san), because of its shape.

Mistranslations

Cocktail lounge, Norway: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

Airline ticket office, Copenhagen: We take your bags and send them in all directions.

Hotel, Vienna: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.

At a Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. if you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

Hotel lobby, Bucharest: The lift is being fixed for the next day. during that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

Doctor’s office, Rome: Specialist in women and other diseases.

Too True!

While walking down the street one day a politician is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter.

‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’

‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’ says the MP.

‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it’s time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises….

The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

‘Now it’s time to visit heaven.’

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.’

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down down to hell.

When the doors open he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ‘ I don’t understand,’ stammers the MP.

‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened? ‘

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘ Yesterday we were campaigning..

Today you voted.

 

 

 

“Beary’ True!

Two campers are walking through the woods when a huge brown bear suddenly appears in the clearing about 50 feet in front of them.

The bear sees the campers and begins to head toward them.

The first guys drops his backpack, digs out a pair of sneakers, and frantically begins to put them on.

The second guys says, “What are you doing? Sneakers won’t help you outrun that bear.”

“I don’t need to outrun the bear,” the first guy says. “I just need to outrun you.”