Traditional Recipes – Bosnian Kljukusa

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Even those who love change tend to enjoy the things that are familiar to them. The things that remind them of childhood, family, summer vacations, travel, friends, or earliest ways of life. This is why home made meals and comford foods are so popular.

These are the foods we grew up on, and even when times are changing, we can count on our tasty classics to carry us along. Some foods simply say “home” to us, and they always make us feel better about life. But, finding the time and energy to prepare home-cooked meals can sometimes feel like a daunting task.

At the end of the crazy and busy day, eating out or ordering in might feel like the easiest option although not the healthiest one. But cooking at home doesn’t have to be complicated and can even take less time than eating out.

I believe that delicious, home made food need not be complicated nor take hours and hours. Just keep it simple. There are plenty of quick, easy and wholesome meals that just scream “comfort food”, you can cook at home in less time than it takes to travel to a restaurant or wait for a delivery.

Today I will show you great, simple and delicious recipe for a traditional Bosnian meal “kljukuša”. Kljukuša or kljukusa is a traditional Bosnian dish made with potatoes, eggs and flour. Baked until crispy and golden outside and soft inside, it’s the best summer meal when you are in a hurry and crave some “comfort food”.

Kljukusa can be described as a hash brown potato dish, and if you like hash browns this is recipe for you. Make it, try it, taste it and let me know what you think about this dish.

How To Prepare Your Kitchen For Fall In 11 Fun And Creative Steps

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As the temperatures drop and pumpkin craze begins, prepare your kitchen for the season of celebrating roasted vegetables, spices, warm muffins, hearthy stews, and sweet potatoes for every meal. It’s time to welcome fall with open arms—and a clean kitchen. Autumn means crisper weather, foggy mornings, changing leaves, and cozy flannels and sweaters. Oh and boots!! Can’t wait to wear my Doc Martens and Uggs again!

If I could pick one season to live in year-round, it’d be autumn—and not just because of hot coffee and cinnamon apple everything either. I prefer fall to every other season because it gives me the perfect, guilt-free excuse to stay indoors. As the season changes and the temperature drops, I find myself wanting to be cozied up inside more often and cooking more frequently. Wrapping up in a warm blanket, sitting on the couch for a Netflix binge-session, and eating a big bowl of something comforting is an ideal autumn evening for me.

Do you agree that kitchen is the coziest place in your home? Kitchens are for more than just cooking, being the room where you talk, laugh, and share memories with the ones you love. September is the month where I start to prep my house, especially my kitchen, for fall and the upcoming holidays. 

As the summer comes to an end, your attention may turn to getting your house ready for the cooler fall and winter weather so it’s important to make your kitchen clean, cosy and beautiful.

So if you’re ready to say goodbye to summer and get ahead of the changing of the seasons, here are few easy steps that will help you get your kitchen ready for fall in snap:

Deep clean your shelves

You’ll be amazed by the rogue grains of rice and flour dust you’ll find. Kitchen is the busiest room of the house and it can get disorganized the fastest. As the weather turns colder, I’m in the kitchen more cooking and baking, so this month is a good time to go through each cabinet and get rid of the clutter.

It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take one cabinet at a time or a small section of your kitchen a day at a time. Empty the cabinet of everything, wipe it out and only put back the items that you actually use.

Free up some freezer space

It’s a good idea to sift through your freezer at least once a year and toss out expired, improperly stored, or freezer-burned foods. But more than that, you can get your freezer ready for fall by completely clearing out one or two shelves. What do you think? Can you do that?

Restock and reorganize your pantry

Throw out all of your expired goods, and take inventory of what’s left, making a note of any baking essentials (like all-purpose flour, baking powder, or vanilla extract) or dinner prep must-haves (like chicken broth, tomato paste, or rice) you’re short on. This will help you avoid making any last-minute trips to the grocery.

Without question, there will always be a few items in the pantry that just need to go, whether they’re expired or simply things you will literally never use. Oh, be sure to move all fall flavorings–cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves – to the front and center of your spice rack.

Clean your oven

To prep for your fall baking, you’ll also want to give your oven a deep clean. After removing everything inside the oven, make a paste with a 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water. Coat the entire interior of your oven with the paste, using gloves if your oven is extra grimy. Allow the mixture to sit overnight, and in the meantime, clean the oven racks.

After at least 12 hours, wipe out the paste (and all the grime it lifted) with a warm, damp dish cloth. Spray with white vinegar as needed to remove excess baking soda, then wipe down once more with a clean, wet cloth.

Clean under the sink

After you give your pantry, freezer and oven a refresh, it’s time to take a look at your cleaning supplies. Empty out everything underneath the sink (or wherever it is you store your cleaners), give the cabinet itself a scrub, and replace whatever needs to be restocked.

Deep clean your refrigerator

Now is the time to say farewell to crusty summer condiments and expired food so you can make room for your fall ingredients! But first, give your refrigerator a deep clean. As a general rule, your fridge can use a refresh and good clean at least once a season, and at the beginning of a new season is a great time to hit “reset.” Take all the items out of the fridge, remove the drawers and shelves, and give them a scrub in your sink. For the walls and surfaces you can’t remove, spray with a solution of water and white vinegar, then scrub. 

Get to meal planning

Now that the kitchen is decluttered and organized, you can move forward with a clear head and thorough knowledge of what you’re working with in the kitchen. This means you can easily plan meals around what you have to utilize the ingredients you intentionally keep in stock. Simply make a list of the ingredients you have, plan a few menus around those items, and then make a shopping list for the handful of other items you may need to enjoy prepping cozy meals in your refreshed, orderly kitchen.

Decorate with pumpkins

Pick up an assortment of colorful pumpkins (orange, white, green…) at your local supermarket and then have fun pairing them with various fall offerings, like warm-toned foliage and seasonal fruit. Arrange them in a bowl and set them on your table for a centerpiece, or set them on countertops next to cozy candles.

Decorate with seasonal fruit

Seasonal fall fruits like pears, plums, apples, and figs make great arrangements on your kitchen table or countertops. Create a fall fruit bowl and place it on your kitchen counter to bring in the feeling of the season, or use fall fruit in an arrangement with other decorations to create a centerpiece for your kitchen table.

Embrace classic fall colors

Fall introduces a lot of earth-friendly tones, and these tones can be used to easily add coziness to a kitchen that is starting to cool down. Colors like burnt orange, chocolate brown, olive green, and mustard yellow are all fall-appropriate colors that will instantly bring warmth to your kitchen. Most fall colors can be found in nature, so anything goes to make your fall-kitchen your own. 

Flowers and herbs

Collect fall foliage from your neighborhood or farmers’ market, then pair elegant florals like roses or hydrangeas. It’s easy, fun, and inexpensive to arrange your own fall-themed bouquets to use as centerpieces around your kitchen. 

Fall is a great time to use natural herbs as decorations in your kitchen. Keep bundles of herbs like rosemary, thyme, or fresh sage around your kitchen to use as a decoration, for cooking, or simply as an organic air freshener. 

You can also use dried wheat bundles as a decoration captures the essence of autumn without the maintenance of taking care of it. Dried natural wheat gives any arrangement a rustic, earthy look that feels appropriately autumn.

What do you think? Is your kitchen ready for fall? If not, what are you going to do about it? I’d love to hear what you do to prepare your kitchen for the fall.

Fluffy Lemon Cake

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How do we call one simple batter that transforms into perfect creamy cake? We call it – pure perfection! Or Fluffy Lemon Cake. This cake is so delicate, light, not too sweet but sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s delicious and there is something so refreshing about the citrus flavor. It reminds me of summer and Amalfi Coast.

This lemon cake is so easy to make from scratch. You just need few basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Every bite of this creamy lemon cake is bursting with lemon flavor and it’s made from scratch in 10 minutes or less.

The cake batter is very thin, similar to a crepe batter, and all you have to do is pour it into a baking dish, place it in the oven, and enjoy in magic of baking (and lemony smell that will fill your kitchen, top to bottom).

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, room temperature (separate yolks from whites)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted melted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • powdered sugar for dusting cake

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 170 C degrees. Grease a 8×8 inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper.

2. Separate eggs. Mix whites until stiff. Set aside.

3. Beat the egg yolks with sugar until light. Add melted butter and vanilla extract. Continue beating for a while and then add the flour and mix it until fully incorporated.

4. Add lemon juice and lemon zest then slowly start adding lukewarm milk and mix until everything is well mixed together. Gently add the egg whites, and fold them using a spatula.

5. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cake is firm to the touch. The baking time could depend on the oven, so take a peak at around 30 minutes and see how it looks.

6. Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.

How to serve?

Make sure your fluffy lemon cake is completely cooled before you dust the top with the powdered sugar. You can add some citrus zest as garnish to really make the presentation stand out.

Some questiones answered:

1. Egg Whites

When you add the egg whites to the batter, don’t fold the egg whites in completely so that it’s a smooth batter. You need to leave those white bits in there.

2. Baking Time

Each oven is different so baking time will depend on your oven. I baked this cake for 40 minutes and, as you can see, it’s nice and brown on top. Some people have said that after 20 minutes the cake is done, but for some other people it was 70 minutes.

One trick is to touch the top of the cake to see if it’s firm. Make sure it’s firm to the touch, and not jiggly. If it’s jiggly it’s not cooked completely. The important thing to remember is that the cake needs to be a bit golden on top and firm to the touch.

Enjoy!

Divine Berry Clafoutis

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Imagine something magical. Something creamy. Something fluffy. Something sweet and elegant. Imagine hot summer in your aunts perfect garden. Imagine summer in France. Now imagine super quick dessert that is so easy to make you just won’t believe it. This dessert is called clafoutis but you don’t have to imagine it because you can make it all by yourself.

No matter what’s the level of your culinary skills, you can’t go wrong with this summer recipe. Clafoutis [kla-foo-tee] is a baked French dessert made of thick egg batter and fresh fruit, usually black cherries but you can put anything you like and the result will be equally good.

Clafoutis originated in in the rural region of Limousin, France and spread all over the France in the nineteenth century. This custardy dish became so popular all over the country that everyone fell in love with this rustic fruit dessert with a rich and savory texture that hovers between cake and custard.

Clafoutis comes from the verb clafir, meaning “to fill”. This dessert is true to its name because clafoutis is made by filling the baking pan with a sweet (but not too sweet) egg batter and fruit on top. Traditionally, clafoutis is made with un-pitted black cherries. When heated, the cherry pits infuse the batter with an almond flavor.

Some say that a clafoutis made with anything other than cherries is called flaugnarde. Clafoutis or flaugnarde, you can put any fruit you can imagine, like berries, peaches or apples, to name just a few.

If you have some leftover berries in your fridge and would like to indulge in a perfect, elegant and easy dessert keep reading. Especially if you love French culture and food and healthy recipes. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this is the healthy recipe. But, you know, it’s not unhealthy either.

It’s not too sweet, it’s fruity and light. You can serve it warm, cold or at room temperature and you can even make it in advance. One thing I can guarantee you – there won’t be any leftovers for tomorrow.

Berry Clafoutis

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes (depends on the oven)

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

– 1/2 tablespoons of butter

– 1 cup milk

– 3 eggs

– 1/2 cups sugar

– 1 tablespoon vanilla

– 2/3 cups all purpose flour

– 1/8 teaspoon salt

– 2 cups berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)

– powdered sugar, for topping

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Place a pie dish in the hot oven with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Let it melt and spread it evenly to coat the pie dish.

2. In a bowl add eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla and blend well (with hand mixer) until combined and foamy. Add flour and salt and mix for another 1 minute.

3. In the hot pie dish, pour half batter and let it sit for 2 minutes until batter is set (this will help the berries remain in the middle). Spread berries in an even and generous layer on the set batter and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour remaining batter on top of berries. Smooth the top (you can do it with the back of the spoon).

4. Bake for 30 minutes (depends on the oven so make sure to check it every now and then). Knife should come out clean when it’s baked, and the edges will be golden brown. Clafoutis will also rise while baking and deflate as it cools.

5. You can serve clafoutis warm after baking. You can also serve it at room temperature or cold. Don’t forget to sprinkle powdered sugar on top before serving.

Bon Appétit!