How I make meat sauce

Spaghetti and meat sauce is a dish that I make quite often in the weekdays. It’s fast, is tasty and easy to make in larger amounts so that it’s enough to make a lunch box out of. My mother used to make meat sauce when I was a child by browning minced meat and adding tomato puree and water. That was it. I think that a good meat sauce should contain some other things. It’s both cheaper, healthier and tastier with vegetables. Remember that my kitchen is very limited, so if you have the opportunity to use a bigger frying pan it’s better.

I usually start with an onion, a carrot and a stalk of celery. I chop the onion and the celery finely and grate the carrot roughly by using a regular box grater. The I fry the mix in rapeseed oil (canola oil) in a frying pan.

celery, carrot, onion chopped vegetables

When the celery and onion start to get soft I press in two cloves of garlic using a garlic press. I add the garlic later than the other vegetables since I want to avoid burning it.

garlic cloves garlic press

I fry the garlic with the other vegetables for a while and then I turn up the heat to the maximum and add 400-500 grams of minced meat. I brown the minced meat with the vegetables and mix everything. This of course will go better if you have a bigger frying pan. When the minced meat no longer is raw I add 500 grams of canned crushed tomatoes.

meatsauce crushed tomatoes

After the tomatoes I add a bit of cream (15% fat), a bit of concentrated beef stock (I usually use Touch of Taste) and a few tablespoons of tomato puree. I mix everything and add oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

meatsauce oregano

Then I let the sauce boil until it’s a bit reduced. Serve with freshly boiled pasta and grated Parmesan cheese. And don’t forget the salad (as I did in this photo). Done!

spaghetti meatsauce

Degree of bachelor of science in dietetics

I am finally a dietitian! I have actually already started to work in a hospital. It is super fun and I am certain that I will be very happy working in this profession. It’s great to finally work with something within which I can develop my skills. There is constantly new research coming out within nutrition and medicine to read and I can always develop my knowledge and my conversational skills.

Now in the beginning it takes up a lot of my time since I work full time and apart from that I am trying to learn things in my free time. That’s why I haven’t blogged in a while, but I hope to have more time to do that in the near future when I start to settle in more.

fruit bowl

Chicken stock

Yesterday was spent standing in the kitchen all day! I haven’t had time to do that in a long time so it was really fun. I made chicken stock, homemade ice cream and baguettes. I made lamb meatloaves and oven potatoes for dinner and had homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert. It’s so nice and homey when it smells like food and freshly baked bread at home. :)

Chicken stock is actually very simple to make. I used the chicken carcass that was left over when I last made chicken stew. You just have to boil the carcass with some root vegetables, onion, parsley, bay leaves and salt and pepper. Then you pour it through a strainer and freeze it in the amounts that you think you will use each time.

chicken stock

Chicken stew with cumin

Hello everyone! I have just sent in the final version of my thesis. Cross your fingers that it will be passed! :) I have spent the whole day working on the essay to finish it, and now it’s finally sent. Now I will relax by blogging and eating popcorn.

Today I want to share a recipe that I found somewhere online. I have changed it a bit though according to my taste. I have been craving a good chicken stew for a while now. It has been a long time since I ate that. Most recipes that I have found online have chicken breasts as the main ingredient. I chose to make my stew from a whole chicken since I think the dark meat is more juicy and better tasting when boiled.

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken
2 yellow onions
500 grams crushed canned tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika powder
1/2-1 chili according to taste
A small amount of lemon juice
1 bell pepper
2 dl cream (15 % fat)
2 tbsp wheat flour
Black pepper
Salt
Fresh parsley

Instructions:
Cut the chicken into pieces. I have divided the legs into drumsticks and thighs and the breasts and the wings in to parts each. Brown the chicken pieces and add the crushed tomatoes. Fill the pot with water until it covers the chicken pieces. While you wait for it to boil while you chop the onions coarsely and the garlic and the chili finely. Add onion, garlic and chili. Also add the cumin, paprika powder and lemon juice. Let boil until you are almost satisfied with the consistency of the chicken. I like to boil it until the meat almost falls off the bones. :) Chop and add the bell pepper and let it boil until it’s soft. Make a rue out of the flour and the cream by putting the flour in a bowl and slowly add the cream while whisking to avoid the formation of lumps. Add the rue and let boil for about 5 minutes until the taste of flour is gone. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chop fresh parsley (amount according to your taste), add it in the stew and remove the pot from the heat. Serve with rice or potatoes.

Chicken stew with brown rice
chicken stew cumin

My grandmother’s birthday

We celebrated my grandmother’s 80th birthday yesterday. We had food from a caterer. It was good food, especially the starter which was toast with skagenröra (mix with mayonnaise, dill, onion and shrimp – very common starter in Sweden). I love skagenröra! I will look around for recipes so I can make my own just as good and share a recipe. :) Yum! The main course was fish with mashed potatoes and some cream sauce which I think was seasoned with anise. The cake in the photo is a passion fruit cake.

toast skagen white wine fish with mashed potatoes passion fruit cake

Pizza with scone dough

Here is another recipe that is fast, simple and good when you want to get rid of various leftovers that you have in the fridge. Pizza made from scone dough is actually okay tasting. A perfect option when you don’t want to spend as much time but you still want homemade pizza.

Ingredients for dough:
8 dl wheat flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
100 g butter/margarine/oil
3 dl milk/water

Instructions:
Start by mixing the flour, baking powder and salt. Then add the fat and mix into a granular paste. Add the water or milk and mix into a dough.

Spread the dough on a baking tray with parchment paper. Top with tomato sauce, grated cheese and whatever you want. A very good way of getting rid of leftover sausages, tuna, ham and so on. On my pizza I put tuna and onion from a tuna pasta dish that I made earlier the same day. I also added some red bell pepper and leek. Have a nice meal!

scone dough pizza

Stand mixer

Okay, I know which stand mixer I want. For I while I wanted a KitchenAid since they are so insanely pretty, but after reading reviews I have changed my mind. The main thing I want to use my stand mixer for is baking, and I have read opinions that KitchenAid has a rather small bowl that can’t handle big doughs. Apart from that I have read that it doesn’t knead that well. Since KitchenAid costs a lot of money in Sweden one feels like one actually would want a fantastic machine for that kind of money.

The machine that I instead have gotten attached to is the Swedish Ankarsrum Original. It has a more powerful engine, can take bigger doughs, and has the best score in many reviews that I have read. It’s not as nice looking as the KitchenAid, but it’s not ugly either. I especially like the one with this green color.

ankarsrum

Unfortunately I can’t get one of these right now, since I could never fit it in our current apartment. I really long for being able to move to a home with a real kitchen! Then I will probably buy a stand mixer for myself as a house warming gift. :)