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BBQ Lithuanian style (volume 2)

Chicken Shashlik recipeWe are off to Lithuania today so I thought to I will share another Lithuanian recipe for the barbecue (last year we shared a recipe for these pork shashlik that was a hit).

Few weeks ago we had some family over and of course we wanted to do bbq again since the weather has been great. Was not sure about pork so I thought of making them with safer meat option such as chicken (who does not like chicken?!). These are lovely and moist, can be served with rice and salad, same way as the pork ones.

CHICKEN SHASHLIK feeds about 4

  • 1kg chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, finelly chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper

1.Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix it well and cover it with plate so it is well compressed. Refrigerate the meat overnight.Chicken Shashlik recipe2. The following day, put the meat onto the skewers and you are ready to bbq.  Chicken Shashlik recipe3. Serve it with plain rice, green salad and good quality ketchup or tomato salsa. Chicken Shashlik recipeEnjoy those lovely summer days while it last ;-)

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Garlic rye bread and bean salad

Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipe It's becoming to look like Christmas and I decided to share a recipe for a salad that is traditional to have for Christmas Eve. It is that simple and tasty that my brother used to voluntarily go on salad making duty because of that. Hope you like it as much as we do! Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipe GARLIC RYE BREAD AND BEAN SALAD

Makes one medium serving bowl (I made half portion here)

  • 1 medium rye bread loaf
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • generous amount of oil for frying
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 onions, finelly chopped
  • 2tsp caraway seeds, soaked in water
  • 2 cans of butter beans or cannellini beans, rinsed under cold water
  • bunch of parsley, finelly chopped (optional)

1. Slice the bread and then chop the slices into 1cm cubes.Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipe2.Fry the bread together with garlic in generous amount of oil (very necessary, sorry for dieters). Season to taste and put it aside.Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipe3. Fry the onion together with caraway seeds until onions are nice and slightly transparent. Add the beans and take the pan off the heat.  Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipe4. Mix everything together.Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipe Rye garlic bread and bean salad recipeHope you don't miss this humble salad at your Christmas table ;-).

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BBQ Lithuanian style

BBQ Lithuanian style I know I know, bbq season is almost over, but I could not help but share my favourite recipe of the year! I was so addicted to bbq this year that I probably made this at least five times I think. The recipe is adopted from my dad who made it while I was in Lithuania this year (and many times before when I was little). Its fairly easy to prep, just need to think of it the day before because it needs to marinate overnight. It's pork unlike the other "shashlik" dishes in Middle East, but thats what makes it Lithuanian even though the name suggest otherwise. I love its freshness and the smell after marinating it overnight, it's a must try!

ŠAŠLYKAI (SHASHLIK LITHUANIAN WAY) feeds at least 5

  • 1.5kg pork, chopped into chunks for skewers (I used pork shoulder steaks)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, finelly chopped
  • 2-3 chilli peppers, finelly chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • salt and pepper to taste (be generous here)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix it well and cover it with plate so it is well compressed. Refrigerate the meat overnight. BBQ Lithuanian style2. The following day (can be even in the evening if you like), put the meat onto the skewers and you are ready to bbq.  BBQ Lithuanian style BBQ Lithuanian style 3. Serve it with plain rice, green salad and good quality ketchup (it really makes all the difference). BBQ Lithuanian styleI hope you will find the time while the weather is still warm and enjoy it as much as I did ;-).

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Holidaying in Lithuania :-)

Plane CloudsWe just came back from our long long holidays in Lithuania and Iceland (this is why I was so silent for couple of weeks). More holiday pics to follow, but for now here are the pics from our Lithuanian adventure with Nicola (my sister) and Chris :-). At my granniesFirst we have visited my Granny, than the forest in Kuršių Nerija National Park...Wild strawberriesMy sister and meForest at the seaside My sister and me...than the seaside with dunes.sand dunesRasa xoxo

 

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Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)

Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)From all the foods I liked in childhood I loved my mums cooked food the most. My mum was never a good cook, in fact only recently she started feeling passion for baking. But I really liked varškėčiai that she used to make (although I realised that they were slightly different to compare to other curd cheese dumplings that I have ever tasted). Traditionally varškėčiai are soft type dumplings that are often served with jam and sour cream. My mum used to add more flour into them making them more pasta like and served savoury with sour cream and butter. So it's up to you what way you want to make them (less flour or more), but I decided to go with savoury and serve it with pesto (oh it was so yummy! I think I might be the first one to try them this way!).Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)Varškėčiai are very simple to make, almost like gnocchi, except no need to prep anything ahead. Just mix three ingredients together into the dough and make the dumplings.

VARŠKĖČIAI serves 2

  • 250g plain quark (it came slightly different to what I am used to, but it works as fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 5-8 heaped tbsp plain flour

Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)1. Mix the egg with the quark and gradually add flour into the mix until the dough can be handled (so it does not stick too much onto the fingers).

2. Make varškėčiai dumplings  in the same way as you would make gnocchi dumplings. Roll the ball of dough into the "sausage" and slice it into small bits. Lay the dumplings onto floured plates ready to be cooked.Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)3. To cook varškėčiai drop them into the salted boiling water and cook them this way for 2 minutes until the dumplings float to the top (I usually fish them out from the top with the slotted spoon when they rise). Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)Serve with sour cream and pesto of your choice.Varškėčiai with pesto (Lithuanian curd cheese dumplings with the twist)Enjoy!

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Chilled beetroot soup (šaltibarščiai)

chilled beetroot soup (šaltibarščiai)First of all, happy Saint Patrick's day! Sadly we haven't got even a touch of irish so I thought I will make something pink instead of green :D.

Chilled beetroot soup is a proper Lithuanian summer soup, because it tastes soooo refreshing. However I have been missing it and I thought to myself why to wait if I can make it now. It's not like I need to wait till beetroot is in season. Therefore I recovered my old recipe that I adapted for cooking in UK (you know, with the ingredients available here) so I could make this soup straight away. I hope you like it too ;-). chilled beetroot soup (šaltibarščiai)CHILLED BEETROOT SOUP serves 4

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 packs of vacuum packed cooked beetroot (600g in total), or you can cook it yourself if you wish (however, don't forget to peal it)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch spring onions
  • 1 pack dill (30g)
  • 500g yogurt (Yeo Valley is my favourite) or 900ml buttermilk (then don't use milk or cold water)
  • 300-400ml milk or cold water
  • juice of 1/2 -1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder (optional)
  • salt to taste

1. Boil potatoes (with the skin on) and eggs in separate pots.

2. Grate the beetroot into the large bowl or pot.

3. Finely chop cucumber, spring onion and dill and add into the pot with beetroot.chilled beetroot soup (šaltibarščiai)4. Add yogurt into the beetroot mixture, stir gently to combine. The soup is very thick at this stage so thin it down with cold water or milk. Traditionally we use buttermilk, but the choice of it in UK is so small and besides I always seem to have yogurt in stock.

5. I like adding lemon juice into my soup just because we often use pickled beetroot (not pickled in vinegar) to make this soup and I feel that soup made with regular beetroot is missing some acidity. So add lemon juice carefully to your personal taste. If too sour then add some salt to balance it out.

6. Serve the soup with quartered  eggs on top and pealed potatoes on the side.chilled beetroot soup (šaltibarščiai)Enjoy!

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Panemunė forest

I just came back from Lithuania and i could not wait until I can share about our forest. Me and my mum went for a walk everyday here because it is just outside my parent's house. I know it may look dull as it is still an early spring but it is magical in winter or summer. Sadly, one thing I could not transfer into the pics is the smell of pines and oaks :-).Panemunė ForestAlthough there was a storm 4.5 years ago that destroyed 1/3 of forest, the consequences of it are still apparent today. Panemunė ForestEven if mini forest is growing to replace the lost one (It's a looooong process)Panemunė Forest Panemunė ForestAnd there is a river! (the biggest river in Lithuania called Nemunas)Panemunė Forest Panemunė Forest Panemunė Forest Panemunė ForestI hope you liked our mini forest tour ;-)

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Buckwheat, roasted veggies and avocado hummus bowls

Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowlsSomebody once asked me what food is like in Lithuania.... and after a quick think I said that traditional Lithuanian food is generally very fatty and rich in taste, and doesn't look ascetically pleasing (I don't think I sold Lithuanian food well here!). However I have shared many Lithuanian recipes on the blog here that are slightly edited and presented in a more appealing way. For instance we do eat a lot of buckwheat in Lithuania (almost like rice here), but it is usually served with fried onion and pancetta type bacon cubes which if you can imagine would look a bit brown and dull (and very unhealthy). However I used to love eating cooked buckwheat with sliced avocado and some tomatoes in the very beginning when I moved to England. I love the taste of buckwheat so I am happy that I started cooking with it again!   Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowlsBUCKWHEAT, ROASTED VEGGIES AND AVOCADO HUMMUS BOWLS makes about 3-4 bowls

(for veggies)

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp cajun spices (or any other spices such as curry or Moroccan spices)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

(for buckwheat)

  • 200g buckwheat
  • 1l water
  • 1tsp salt

(for more hummus than you need for 4 portions)

  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas, drained
  • 1  ripe avocado, stone removed and flesh scooped out with the spoon
  • 2 cloves garlic, pealed
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground paprika
  • salt to taste

(extras)

  • 100g feta cheese, crumpled
  • handful dill, finely chopped (very Lithuanian)

1. First prepare the veggies. Slice courgette, tomato and red pepper and place them into the baking dish. Season the veggies and drizzle oil over them, toss well to coat. Roast in C200 preheated oven for 30 min or so.Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls2. Meanwhile cook the buckwheat (in Lithuania I am used to seeing dark brown buckwheat, but here they are much lighter in colour, although it taste the same). Add the water, salt and buckwheat into medium size pot and cook it as you would cook rice. I usually start with cold water, bring it all to boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 20 min or so. Cooked buckwheat usually soaks up all the water and becomes really soft.Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls3. Next make the hummus. Just pull all the ingredients to the food processor and whizz… ta da! Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls4. To combine the bowls just add a little bit of everything: roasted veggies, buckwheat and avocado hummus. Sprinkle the bowls with some feta cheese and dillpomegranate Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowlsSkanaus! ("Bon appetit" in Lithuanian)

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Lithuanian seaside in winter (minus the the snow)

Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaWe are back from Lithuania and I could not wait to share the highlights with you. My favourite place in the world still lies on the Lithuanian seaside, in Kuršių Nerija National Park. However this time I was hoping for snow. Why? Because snow on the seaside looks unusual and I like unusual things! Anyway, maybe I will catch the snow next year?

Getting to any destination begins with a journey and ours started with a ferry. I love how there is no other way to get to the other side than the ferry (unless you travel via a Russian enclave)! You basically get transferred to the other side while sitting in your own car. How amazing is that!Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaWalking through the forest to get to the sandy beach feels fairytale like. However I found these squirrel trail signs hilarious :-D.Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaAnd who thought we could find ready decorated Christmas tree in the middle of the forest?Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaTrying to make sand angels (I somehow think snow angels are better).Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaI hope you enjoyed your Christmas and getting ready for 2015 ;-)

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How to bake Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits)

How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) As I write this I am Lithuania and I thought it would be nice to post something Lithuanian to make for Christmas. Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) are very traditional, but they might not be to everybody's taste.  Some might find them too bland but they are definitely fun to make, so please give them a chance! If you are trying to imagine what they taste like imagine a small breadstick but with poppy seeds in them. They are usually served soaked in poppy seed "milk" but can be eaten as a snack. Interested? Then read on ;-) How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) KŪČIUKAI

  • 500g  plain flour
  • 7g dry fast acting yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 250ml milk (lukewarm)

1. Mix all the ingredients and form it into a dough. Kneed the dough for at least 5 min. How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) 2. Form the dough into a ball and place it into a bowl. Cover it with cling film and place it somewhere warm for an hour or so. When the dough has risen (at least doubled in size) then punch it to "deflate" it and cover it to proof for another half an hour. 3. Once the final proofing is done shape the dough into sausage shapes and slice them into small bits (about 1cm in size).  How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) 3. Bake these in preheated 190C oven for 5-7 min until slightly golden but not brown. How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) I must admit, this recipe is slightly naughty! Traditionally Lithuanians don't eat any dairy or meat during Christmas eve and this recipe certainly has some milk and eggs. If you want to try you can soak these in poppy seed "milk". To make the "milk" just soak some poppy seeds in sweetened water and mash them with a mortar and pestle. The water should turn slightly white and milk like. How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) Enjoy! Rasa ;-)

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12 days of overnight porridge

My mornings are sleepyI am not always a morning person and very often I just prefer to snooze instead of having more time to eat breakfast. And I do LOVE breakfast! But since I have tasted overnight porridge at grannies, I have started experimenting with different types of grains for a simple morning breakfast. My mum also makes porridge a lot and I did grow up on that type of breakfast. And porridge does't just stop with oats! You can also use barley, rice, quinoa, buckwheat and many more. I only tried out few and I am really glad I did. I feel much more organised when I prep my breakfast the night before :-).

And this is how my lovely warm porridge breakfast journey went:

Day 1: I have mixed steel cut (pinhead) oats with 3 parts of water (1:3 ratio) and added a pinch of salt. Next morning I added yogurt, mixed berries, seeds and honey. The best oats ever!12 mornings of overnight porridge Day 2: It's a spiced apple morning. The night before I have added one cored and sliced gala apple into 1:3 ratio oats (you can try other apple types, but if you pick a cooking apple such as bramley or granny smith then your porridge might need some sugar). I also added some ground cinnamon together with the pinch of salt. This also came out wonderfully well! I had it with some yogurt and honey :-).

Day 3: I don't know what came to me, but I got attracted by the idea of adding spinach into the porridge (crazy, I know!). I have seen this "green monster" overnight oats recipe and I just wanted to try it in porridge form. I mixed oats with almond milk, added chopped banana and some frozen spinach. Little did I know that in heat banana discolours and spinach turns all khaki. So if you can guess, we could not eat it, even if it had a wonderful banana aroma...

Day 4: Another unlucky day. I decided to try out rice pudding grains, so I mixed 1/2 cup of rice with 3 cups of almond milk as I would with oats. Turns out rice requires more liquid when slow cooked, so rice burned in the slow cooker by the next morning!

Day 5: I mixed 1/2 cup pudding rice with 4 cups of almond milk.The consistency turned out great! Served it with cherries, yogurt and almonds. Although I think this would be soooo nice with some condensed milk and cherries. But then this would be a pudding, not a breakfast. But maybe pudding for breakfast is not that unacceptable?

Day 6: This time I used a regular milk instead of almond milk and mixed it with some molasses. I suggest you don't do it! It's too rich while maple syrup would compliment this sooo much better. Anyways sliced banana and pecan nuts are good match! Don't you think?

Day 7: I used my mum's recipe. I finely chopped 1/5 butternut squash, added 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cups raisins, 4 cups of milk, 1tbs sugar and pinch of salt. It's lovely just as it is as it has sweetness of it's own! 12 mornings of overnight porridge Day 8: Tried out barley grains today! But not pearl barley, but the flaked ones. We usually have them savoury in Lithuania, but decided to have sweet this time. I mixed 1/2 cup barley with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. In the morning I had it with some yogurt, pouched pear, honey and some poppy seeds. I loved pouched pear, even if I don't like pears in general!

Day 9: Decided to have barley the traditional way: savoury! In Lithuania we usually add fried onions and carrots on top of cooked barley porridge. But I wanted to keep it simple and healthy! So I added some butter (butter has lots of goodness in it!!) and sprinkled with some chopped carrot and cucumber. Indian or moroccan spices go really well here too!

Day 10: tried out quinoa. I have mixed quinoa with 3 parts of water (1:3 ratio) and added a pinch of salt. Next morning I added yogurt, chopped pineapple, seeds and honey. I found quinoa tasting dry and a bit bitter. 12 mornings of overnight porridge Day 11: Went all Christmasy! I mixed 1/2 cup quinoa and 2 cups of milk with some dried cranberries. Next morning I added a little bit more milk, pecan nuts, clementines and maple syrup. It was fab!

Day 12: Had the best of all! I mixed 1/4 cup steel cut oats, 1/4 cup quinoa and 2 cups of milk. In the morning I had it together with cherries, extra milk and some maple syrup. It was quite filling indeed!12 mornings of overnight porridge So I tried overnight porridge with steel cut oats, rice, barley and quinoa. I loved oats the best. No wonder it's the most popular. But I guess it is nice to have some variation sometimes. I really hope you found this inspiring!12 mornings of overnight porridge Enjoy healthy breakfast running up till Christmas :)

Rasa xx

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Lazy caramel and cranberry bites

Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipeIn Lithuanian these lazy bites are called "Tinginys" which essentially means "The Lazy One' (fancy some history about this? There we go!). Traditionally this easy to make treat is made with crumbled biscuits, coco powder, condensed milk and butter. But when I was little I experimented a lot (because there is no oven needed here) and I came up with this version (read on). I forgot about this for a while until I treated myself with my first cooking book "Cheap as Chips, Better Than Toast" just before my student years began (in year 2004, long time ago!). Oh, I learned so much from it, thanks you soooo much, Miranda Shearer. I probably would not be writing this blog if you have never written this wonderful book! But where art thou? I searched for you in twitter, no luck :(.

Anyway, I came across "Fridge Cake" recipe, which reminded me of my "The Lazy One" recipe. I used Miranda's recipe to recover my childhood's recipe and there we go! In all it's glory!!!! You would be silly not to try it! Even better if you make it with kids (because that's how simple it is!). Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipeLAZY CARAMEL AND CRANBERRY BITES

  • 175g malted milk biscuits
  • 90g butter
  • 30g sugar
  • 60g caramel (I use the one that comes in the tin and can be found in condensed milk department)
  • 60g dried cranberries

1. Crumble the biscuits either by hand or by using food processor. It does not have to be crumbled so finely, roughly will work as fine!Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe2. In the pan melt the butter with sugar and caramel.Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipeLazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe3. Add the biscuit crumbs and the cranberries into the melted butter. Combine everything well and let it cool slightly. Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe4. Wrap the mixture into the cling film and baking paper like the sausage. If you want even easer method, then put the mixture into cake tin and press down well. Leave it to harden in the fridge.Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe5. The cake is ready after few hours! Just unwrap it (or remove it from cake tin) and slice it to serve.Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipe Lazy caramel and cranberry bites recipeEnjoy!!!! This is really yummy!

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Happy 1st of September!

my school years1st of September has always been an official 1st day at school in Lithuania with celebration and parades. Don't you think that celebration is a great way to start the school? To me this was something I looked forward to, although I was never a good student (except arts and biology). Free lovely pattern printouts Another thing I was looking forward to at school was catching up with my friends, shopping for new stationary, organising the books and getting ready to start. So I could say organisation has been my stronger point. I used to enjoy (still enjoying) putting things in order so it looks prettier and it's easy to find stuff when you need them. I guess I should be able to give you some tips in this area of my expertise. But one thing I should point out that this won't make you a better student and spending too much time on it will lose your focus on something else more important. I of course have learned that good balance is the key to almost everything! My school yearsFree lovely pattern printouts to cover your booksSo today I would just like to share a project on how to protect your books with pretty covers (extra printable patterns as well). Click here for full project walkthrough. protecttive book cover DIY protective book cover DIY

 

Good luck and have fun at school (or work)

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Slow cooker cabbage rolls (called little pigeons in Lithuanian)

Slow cooker cabbage rolls (also known as little pigeons in Lithuanian)I loved cabbage rolls when I was a kid and this was my first Lithuanian dish that I learned to make all by myself! I am proud to even say that my dad doesn't even know how to make them and he is big on patriotic food! We call cabbage rolls 'balandeliai' which actually means 'little pigeons'. Cute isn't it? Here I share my new version via slow cooker, because I am mad about slow cooker these days. It's like revolution to me.... ok, ok, I will get over it soon!Slow cooker cabbage rolls (also known as little pigeons in Lithuanian)SLOW COOKER CABBAGE ROLLS

  • 1 Savoy cabbage
  • 70g risotto rice (dry)
  • 500g minced pork
  • 2 carrots, shredded + 2 sliced for the pot
  • 2 celery sticks, shredded
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 heaped tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp paprica
  • 1l beef or chicken stock
  • boiled potato to serve

1. First cook the cabbage, but only lightly, this is because we want the leaves become all flexible (easy for rolling). So with knife cut around the cabbage stalk so its easy to remove the leaves later on. Dip the cabbage in boiling water and simmer it slightly. The water should cover the cabbage and if it doesn't then turn it in the pot while cooking so it gets cooked evenly.Slow cooker cabbage rolls (also known as little pigeons in Lithuanian)2. Meanwhile, get ready!!! Mix minced meat together with rice, shredded carrots, celery and chopped dill until well incorporated. Season it well.Slow cooker cabbage rolls (also known as little pigeons in Lithuanian)2. Set the workspace right! Have slow cooker ready, meat stuffing, cooked cabbage (rinsed under cold tap), all on the same table. Slow cooker cabbage rolls (also known as little pigeons in Lithuanian)3. Before wrapping thin the cabbage leaf stalk so it is even easer to roll meat in it. Simply just run the knife along side to cut a hard piece away. Slow cooker cabbage rolls (also known as little pigeons in Lithuanian)4. Wrap the stuffing into the cabbage leaves.wrapping-meat-in-the-cabage5. Place the cabbage rolls into the bottom of the pot.Slow cooker cabbage rolls (called little pigeons in Lithuanian)6. Cover the bottom layer of cabbage with chopped carrots and repeat the same again creating a second layer of cabbage rolls. Slow cooker cabbage rolls (called little pigeons in Lithuanian)7. Spoon tomato puree on top, sprinkle paprika and cover with stock. Cook for 3-5 hours according to your slow cooker guidelines.Slow cooker cabbage rolls (called little pigeons in Lithuanian)Gero apetito!

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Quick and easy way to make Lithuanian pasta (skryliai)

Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai)If you like fresh pasta, then this is for you! Its so easy to make, can be cooked on the spot (only flour and egg needed) and it's so delicious! Traditionally skryliai are served with sour cream sauce together with fried lardons, however it works well with any other pasta sauces or toppings.

Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai)SKRYLIAI

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • water as needed

1. Mix flour with salt and egg. Gradually add water while kneading until it forms a solid dough. For best results leave the dough to rest for 15 min or so before rolling it out.Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai) 2. Roll the dough out.Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai) 3. Cross cut the dough to little diamond shapes ;-).

Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai)

4. Cook pasta in boiling, slightly salted water for 5min.

Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai)

5. Drain the pasta and serve it with your favourite sauce and topping. Here I have topped it with stir fried vegetables and some parmesan cheese.

Quick and easy Lithuanian Pasta (skryliai)Enjoy!!

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