Friday, June 19, 2015

Easy Salad - A Gift Option For Father's Day

This salad is so easy to make that even a child can prepare it to show his/her father their appreciation. However, a child can work in the kitchen only under the supervision and with the help of an adult.  Especially, when using a knife is required.
What you need (for 2 servings):
  • 1 slice of red bell pepper
  • 1 slice of yellow bell pepper
  • 1 slice of orange bell pepper ( if you have one kind of bell pepper only, you can use more slices of that)
  • 2 baby carrots
  • a slice of onion (or 1 green onion)
  • 1/2 bag salad (lettuce) mix
  • some grated cheese
  • about 8 salad croutons
  • your father's favorite salad dressing.
What to do with it all:
  1. Prepare two bowls - one for you and one for your dad.
  2. Put the lettuce mix into a colander, wash it with cold water and drain it. Divide the lettuce mix into two parts. Put each part into a bowl.
  3. Cut bell peppers, carrots and onion/green onion into small pieces. Divide each of the cut ingredients into two and put them in the bowls.
  4. Sprinkle some grated cheese on the salad mix you made.
  5. Place the croutons at the top.
  6. Serve with your father's favorite salad dressing.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quick Apple Pie

This is a very good recipe if you want to make a tasty apple pie and you do not have too much time to do it or you just do not feel like dealing with apples - peeling and cooking them. I like it a lot as the procedure is simple and the results are always pleasing.

What you need:
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS plain bread crumbs
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1 egg yolk

What to do with it all:
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix apple pie filling with cinnamon, sugar and bread crumbs.
  3. Place the bottom crust in the baking dish.
  4. Spread apple pie filling mixture on it.
  5. Put the upper crust on the apple filling mixture. Seal the edges of both crust layers.
  6. Brush the upper crust layer with egg yolk.
  7. Prick the upper crust layer with a fork.
  8. Bake it for about 38 minutes - till the crust is a bit brown - do not burn it.
  9. Enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Potato Gratin

This is one of our favorite 'potatoes for dinner' options.

What you need (for two servings):
  • 1/3 cup half and half,
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk,
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (or one garlic clove sliced/crushed),
  • salt and pepper,
  • 3 - 4 medium size potatoes,
  • grated cheese of your choice
and also: baking dish, some butter to grease the baking dish, aluminum foil.

1. Heat oven to 375F/ 190C
2. Heat the milk and half and half + garlic in a pot on the stove  (set it to #4).
2. Peel and slice the potatoes (each slice = 1/5 inch thick).
3. Grease your baking dish slightly.
4. Place 1 layer of sliced potatoes in the baking dish (see the picture).

5. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.

6. Pour a bit of the milk and half and half mixture over the potatoes.
7. Place another layer of sliced potatoes into the dish, repeat step #5 & #6 etc.
8. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes.
9. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake for 20 minutes more.
10. Take the dish out of the oven, cover the potatoes with grated cheese.
11. Bake it all for 10 minutes till the cheese is melted and a bit brownish on sides.

12. Enjoy!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Boston Cream Cake Is Easy!

Easy to make. I do not know why it is called Boston cake but it is both simple and tasty.

What you need to prepare the cake:
  • yellow cake mix,
  • instant vanilla pudding (5.1oz/145g),
  • creamy chocolate frosting.

Make the yellow cake - follow the instructions included on the box ( I baked it in two 9'' tins).
Make the pudding - add less milk than it is stated on the pudding package ( 2 glasses instead of 3).

Chill the pudding in the fridge.
After a few hours, when the cake is no longer warm, spread the pudding on the first layer of the cake, put the other one on it and cover it with the frosting (we used chocolate fudge frosting). Refrigerate  the cake (store it in the fridge), it is best when chilled. Enjoy!