12 June 2007

Mad about red

There are some studies on colour influence on our minds and apparently red is the one which makes you energetic, vibrant and... hungry. As I read, this is why all those McDo's, Pizza Huts and KFCs are so crazy about the red stuff in their logos, interiors, outfits, advertising...
They just want to sell you more junk food...

Anyway, for me red food is just the best you can have and I'm not sure if it has something to do with affecting my brain... The taste is enough really.

Today's trio: watermelon, beetroots and strawberries are all-time killers... Never give up on any of them.

watermelon, feta and salad

With watermelon you can just eat it, infuse it with vodka for some crazy summer parties or have as a refreshing entree - red and white salad which I adore truly. The combination: HIM, bold, sweet and juicy watermelon and HER, delicate, soft, salty feta is just perfect!

Beetroots at this time of year come as lovely babies. It's a great base for famous Polish soup called boćwinka (eaten with boiled eggs) but for lazier people it's enough to cut them and fry in some good oil with garlic. Wonderful for pastas, rice, pancakes, etc. You have main dish in 20 minutes.

fried baby beetroots

And the red dessert would only need some washing (or even not necessarily)...

Still for all the happy non-dieting people of the world it's worth to try some whipped cream (couldn't not mention THIS thing :), chocolate fondue or some very rich ice-cream...

stracciatela ice cream with strawberries

08 June 2007

Cleaning the mess

Trying to make order with pictures catalogues, I found some "edible" ones that have not been lucky enough to get published so far... I guess it's high time to give them chance before something horrible happens to my hard disk... not quite that unusual.

The one above is quite obvious to be always forgotten... Meaty thing you cook but then try not to mention;) This one had to do something with minced chicken with lots of herbs, fried into kind of meatballs... No idea about the taste, really but my brother looked happy.

Another meaty dish above - this time I'm really surprised how could I not have so far devoted any space to such a delicacy like gołąbki. It's enjoyable enough to make vegetarians lose their strong will and has been my favorite childhood non-pancake dinner.

Minced pork of best quality, mixed with rice and folded into cabbage leaves, then slowly simmered in tomato sauce... Polish cuisine staple with no doubt. The only sad thing is the meaning of word "gołąbki" - little pigeons... I immediately have in my mind the image of small birds tucked in their own wings and boiled in a pot :(

Oh, that's something even better!
Pink trout having been roasted with butter until it was all delicately melting under lightest pressure of finger. Of course, you don't use cutlery to deal with such delicacies...

Picasso inspired cacophony of veggie colours - cherry tomatoes, chickory, parsley, garlic... A crispy french baguette and dry white wine would do whole dinner here!

And that was an experiment on frying aubergine in salty peanut butter... surprisingly, very successful improvisation!

Last, but not least, as it's usually with desserts, good old gorgonzolla brought directly from Lombardy and adorned with some purple bombs of juicy sweetness.

All mess cleaned up.