Recipe for delicous, creamy, mushroom soup

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Today I have outdone myself. What a delicious soup this is!

I have made mushroom soup before but I have never managed to get the taste, the consistency oe the creaminess just right. But today I did!

Here’s what you do:

300 gr of mushrooms
1 onion or 2 sjalots
3/4 liter of beef or vegetable stock
30 gr of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
125 ml of cream
Parsley

How to make:
Slices the onion and the mushrooms and bake them. Add about to tablespoons of chopped parsley. Set aside.
In a cooking pan melt the butter, and add the flour. Whisk until the flour is absorbed to make a roux. After that, add the warm stock bit by bit and keep whisking.

Add the cream and stir. To finish, add the mushroom/onion mixture and warm. Do not boil.

Serve in soupbowls and finish off with some chopped parsley. Together with the garlic & cheese toast in the photo… Yum!

Enjoy!!

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Cannelloni with beef, ricotta and spinach – Recipe

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Last week we had dinner with our neighbours, whom we get along with quite well!
For this occasion I decided to make an italian dish; Canneloni!

The ingredients I used:
20 canneloni
400 gr minced beef
500 gr spinach
250 gr ricotta
Herbs (paprika, salt, pepper, oregano)
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
Two cans of tomatoes
2 onions
Grated cheese

First make the tomato sauce by baking the onions, 1 clove of garlic and after that adding the tomatoes. Put the mixutre in a blender to make it a smooth sauce.

Than bake the minced meat with the other clove of garlic; mix this with this (defrosted) spinach and the ricotta. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Fill the canneloni with the spinach/meet/ricotta mixture. I used a piping bag which worked very well!

Put the filled canneloni in a big dish and cover all the canneloni with the tomato sauce. Finally, sprinkle a layer of grated cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven on 200 degrees celcius.

The result was appreciated!

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Tomato and beef casserole with a “roof” of potato and pesto

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This is one if those recipes that I make when I feel like eating something warm and comforting. Another winner! It is savory, but also a little sweet, it is creamy and cheesy, everything I like! And too bad these dishes always come with heaps of calories, but well, you only live once they say!

Ingredients:
400 gr of minced beef
250 gr of bacon, diced into small pieces
400 grams of potatoes, precooked and in slices
Thyme
2 cans of tomatoes
Sundried to atoes, about 5, sliced
Cream, about 150 ml
Grated cheese, about 150 grams
Green pesto, about 3 tbs.

First fry the bacon and the minced beef. Then add the tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, a teaspoon of thyme, pepper, salted and a splash of cream. Let this simmer for about 15 minutes.

Pour this mixture in a 20 x 30 casserole, then lay the potato slices on top like the tiles of a roof. After that, mix the rest of the cream with the green pesto and spread this on top of the potatoes.

Finish this of with a layer of grated cheese.

In a preheated oven, 180 degrees. For about 30 minutes, and done!!

Enjoy!!

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Recipe for… BLONDIES!!

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Again another favorite recipe of mine, and not only my favorite, but also a winner at my work as well as my husband’s work. Blondies are the white version of brownies.

In this Australian recipe a key ingredient is macademia nuts. Delicious! The recipe says you have to use unsalted macademias, but I can never find unsalted macademias easily, so I have always used salted macademias, and I really like the tasted of the blondies with the salty taste that comes now and then.

The ingredients for a 20 x 20 cm ovendish:
175 grams of white chocolate, chopped
115 grams of unsalted butter, chopped into squares
100 grams of sugar
2 big eggs, whisked
0,5 teaspoon of vanilla essence
130 grams of flour
0,5 teaspoon of baking powder
150 grams of macademias, chopped
100 grams of white chocolate, chopped

How to make the blondies:
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celcius
Melt the 175 grams of white chocolate and the butter. The recipe says au bain marie but I just use the microwave…
Pour the chocolate/butter mixture into a big bowl and add the sugar. Whisk with a wooden spoon.
After that add the eggs and whisk. It doesn’t matter if there are any lumps. Add the vanilla.
Siff the flour and bakingpowder and stir through the mixture.
After that, add 100 grams of white chocolate chopped into pieces, and and 100 grams of the chopped nuts.
Put the mixture into a greased oven dish, and sprinkle the rest of the nuts (50 grams), on top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and a wooden toothpick comes out almost clean.

Let the blondies cool before taking them out. They should still be a little bit soft and moist.

ENJOY!!!

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Ingredientes:
175 gr chocolate blanco, picado
115 gr mantequilla
100 gr azucar
2 huevos grandes batidos
0,5 cucharilla esencia de vainilla
130 gr harina
0,5 cucharilla levadura en polvo
150 gr macadamias picadas
100 gr chocolate blanco picado

Preparación:
Fundir 175 gr chocolate blanco y 115 gr mantequilla. (Microonda)
Mezcla en un tazón grande
Añadir los huevos, y mezclar todo con una cuchara de madera
Pues, tamizar la harina y añadir a la mezcla
si todo está bien mezclado, añadir el chocolate blanco (100gr) y 100 gr de las macadamias
poner la mezcla en el molde y añadir 50 gr acadamias picadas.
20 – 25 minutos en el horno hasta que la masa esté dorada

Primero deje enfriar completamente antes de obtenis del molde.

Buen provecho!