Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

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Fasten your seatbelts, kids. By the time I’m done with you today, you will be down on your knees, begging for more, declaring your undying love for cheese blogs in general, but this one in particular, and declaring me Queen of Cheeses. Everyone else is merely my jester.

Let the merriment begin.

I might have mentioned this before, but I kind of look like and English rose. On the inside, however, I am a sweaty, hairy cowboy. It gets really confusing sometimes. So while the lady-like breakfast en vogue seems to be composed mostly of fresh fruit and sea breeze, I’m more into waffles and pancakes. And bacon, let’s not forget the bacon.

And of course, no meal is complete without cheese.

So while I’ve combined cheese and pancakes before on this blog (see Cream Cheese Pancakes), those were light and very lady-like indeed.

These here are a horse of a different color. They’re messily, stickily, blissfully un-lady-like. They will step on your average pancake and crush it to a sad, cheese-less pulp. They are the Beyoncé of pancakes.

I see no reason to ever make the plain recipe again.

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One year ago on May the Cheese Be With You: Vegetable Cannelloni

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Servings: 4 to 6, or you know, 1

Prep time: 20 minutes

You will need:

For the strawberry sauce:

  • 3 cups diced strawberries
  • 1 cups sugar
  • tablespoons lemon juice

For the pancakes:

  • 8oz, or 250gr, of either cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone, or a combination thereof (which is what I went with)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • about 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

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Combine all the ingredients for the strawberry sauce in a sauce pan. Place over medium heat, bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until slightly reduced and thickened.

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Set aside to cool.

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Beat the first 7 ingredients on the pancake list until smooth.

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Gradually add in the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

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Heat a skillet over medium heat. Measure out 1/4 cups of batter and pour onto the hot skillet, flipping the pancakes over as bubbles appear on the surface.

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Finish browning on the other side.

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Serve hot, topped with strawberry sauce.

Enjoy🙂

Clara

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks

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Avui un clàssic dels clàssics, l’aperitiu preferit dels amants de formatge: els imprescindibles, atemporals, magnífics palets de mozzarella.

I, tal com vem fer fa unes setmanes amb el pollastre arrebossat al forn, en presentem la versió operació-bikini-friendly: més sana, més fàcil i més còmoda. Perquè pugueu vetllar el retorn dels Stark (que tornaran, creieu-me, no ens poden deixar tan orfes i eliminar les principals trames de la sèrie en un pim pam; seran més o menys zombies però tornaran) i planificar la venjança contra les males pècores de Dorne (que això que han fet és molt lleig, gratuït, injust i absolutament a traïció, per Lannister que fos) sense haver de patir tant pel recompte de calories.

Valar Morghulis.

Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks

Prep time: about 30 min

Servings: I made 25 sticks (and could eat 3 times the amount I cooked all by myself)

You’ll need:

  • Mozzarella, cut into little sticks (I made 25 sticks of about 1 x 1 x 4 cm)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • breadcrumbs (quantity difficult to say, just go and buy a couple of packages, it’s cheap and always useful to have around)
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  • any sauce you like (ketchup, BBQ, home-made Italian-style tomato sauce…)

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A healthier, cleaner and easier version of the typical fried mozzarella sticks, the same idea as in the Crunchy No-fry Fried Chicken.

There are basically three steps: first, place a bowl full of breadcrumbs mixed with salt, pepper and oregano and another bowl with the beaten eggs next to each other (the closer the bowls are, the smaller the mess will be in the next step).

Now take a cheese stick, dip it into the egg until well coated, then dip it into the bread and roll it until well covered. If the breadcrumb layer is too thin and weak, dip it in the beaten egg and in the breadcrumbs a second time (I did it). Repeat with all your sticks.

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Now look at your fingers, absolutely covered with egg and breadcrumbs, stick one finger into your mouth, clean it by eating the bread-egg crust, and enjoy the incoming childhood memories of summer evenings helping your mother cook breaded chicken. Nice.

Then, line a baking dish with baking paper and place all your beautiful cheese sticks on it.

Finally, bake for 5 minutes, until the melted mozzarella just starts to break the golden crispy crust to expand its cheesy warm royalty all over the place.

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Enjoy!🙂

Berries and Cream Cake

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Fair warning: Ode to friendship ahead. Things are about to get mushy. Maybe even teary. There’s no sayin’. You have been warned.

Bombs away.

This little cake here was born last week, to celebrate the birthday of one very special person. 25 years of shared summer adventures, cups of tea, hikes into unsuspectedly nudist corners of the countryside, vicious games of Clue and Hotel, fried eggs, French fries, mosquitoes, sunburns, swimming pools, and cheese (in no particular order).

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my first memory is all of 20 years old, of wee Annie on her bike with little side wheels and a helmet, all curls and freckles. The nineties were a glorious riot of adventures, imagination, sleepovers and berry picking.

The latter was probably among the best things summer had to offer. After two months of running endlessly wild and free in the forest and continuously soaking up sun and water and laughter in the pool, September brought a bounty of blackberries, tumbling into our purple-stained little hands like so many little jewels.

It was utterly pure, unconfined bliss.

Those golden days shaped a friendship that has withstood the harshest tests of time. The blackberry brambles have dwindled, the unexplored paths in the woods left for the next generation of adventurers to discover – but to me, we remain unchanged. Eternally eight years old, conquering the world together. Some things never fade. Some memories are forever young. An inspiration, then and now, an unerring, unfaltering source of courage and solace.

There are no words. Years upon years of endless conversation, deep into the night, and now there are no words that will suffice.

Let’s leave it at thank you.

To summer, and friendship. They’re all your really need in life.

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Berries & Cream Cake

Servings: well, I could eat it alone, but let’s say 8

Prep time: 25 minutes, plus overnight cooling

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup berry preserves
  • 2 1/2 cup blackberries, when in season, or raspberries or blueberries, when not
  • 230 gr, or 8oz, Neufchâtel cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • slices of pound cake, enough to cover the base of your cake pan twice over

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Combine the 1/3 cup of water, honey and lemon zest in a small sauce pan. Heat while stirring to dissolve honey, then set aside to cool. Add lemon juice.

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Combine the 1/4 cup of water, preserves and berries in another sauce pan. Cook over medium low heat until it begins to thicken. Set aside to cool.

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Beat the cheese and sugar together.

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Beat the cream until until stiff peak form, the gently fold into the cheese mixture.

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Cover the bottom of your cake pan with a single layer of pound cake, cutting up piece where necessary. Sprinkle half the lemon-honey mixture onto the cake. Top with half the berry mixture, then cover with half the cream mixture. Repeat.

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Refrigerate over night (cover with plastic wrap to avoid cracks… I didn’t😦 ).

Top with fresh berries to serve.

Enjoy🙂

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Brie en croûte

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This just happened in my kitchen.

There are no words. I will not even attempt at writing a post befitting of this recipe. I will just tell you how to make it yourselves, and know that, if I should do nothing else at all, I will have left the world a tiny bit better than I found it.

We should all worry less about what others do, do more of what makes us happy, and eat more cheese.


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(This picture… I know, NOT sexy. But I found it impossible to capture the oozing molten cheese flood in a sexy way, when all I wanted was to bury my face in it)

One year ago on May the Cheese Be With You: Provolone Salad

Other Brie recipes: Baked Cherry Brie Bites, Chips del Diamant, Strawberry Almond Brie Salad

Brie en croûte

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Servings: 1, if it were up to me. Probably more like 4, though, or 8, depending of the size of your brie round

Prep time: 45 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 Brie round
  • 1 sheet of round puff pastry, large enough to cover the entire brie round
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut up into little chunks (more if using a large brie round)
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water, beat together
  • apples, crackers, veggies or any other dip-able fare you can come up with

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To begin with, roll out the puff pastry sheet onto a flat surface and place your little brie round right in the middle.

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In a small bowl, mix the tomatoes with the thyme.

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Spoon (in my case, more like heap) the mixture onto the brie round, as well as around the sides.

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Then gather the pastry up to create a little pouch, and cinch it shut. You can also get creative and make nice variations and spectacular designs.

But I am lazy. I hereby officially extend the invitation to be lazy with me.

It will taste the same. Promise.

Now brush the puff pastry pouch with the egg wash, the place in a medium oven for about 20 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Allow it to cool for a bit before digging in, or, you know, blistering pain.

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Serve with the crackers, apple slices et al.

Enjoy.🙂

Clara

Zucchini Goat Cheese Patties

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Avui faig país. Fa ja més d’un any que tinc un blog de cuina amb formatge en un país gastronòmicament molt ric (i en molts altres aspectes també, què coi!) i em dedico a fer receptes amb Emmentals, Bries, Cheddars i Parmesans. I no és que no estiguin bé, de fet són deliciosos, però i un bon tall d’Urgèlia? I un mató de Montserrat? I un Recuit de Fonteta? I un Tupí d’Ossera?

Avui reivindico el formatge de km 0, perquè ens les donem de patriotes i ens posem l’estelada fins i tot a les calces però després anem al Caprabo i comprem formatges de tot arreu menys de casa nostra. I mentrestant el nostre patrimoni formatger queda reduït a vendre’s en firetes d’artesans de pobles perduts.

Doncs no, menys postureig nacionalista, menys creure’ns més catalans perquè tenim mil i un gadgets amb estelades i rucs que hem comprat al tot a cent xinès de la cantonada, que fa estelades com podria fer banderes d’illes de la polinèsia, i més recolzar els nostres productes i els nostres productors. Si volem aixecar un país, posem-nos-hi de veritat, collons!

(Com que explicar tot això a la recepta en anglès per al públic internacional és una mica complicat, us dic que el que allà és goat cheese és en realitat un formatge tendre de cabra de Montbrú, uns formatgers del Moianès. Suau però amb molta personalitat, així amb un punt àcid, boníssim).

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One year ago, on May the Cheese Be With You: Chips del Diamant

Zucchini Goat Cheese Patties

Servings: 12-14 patties (depending on the size)

Prep time: about 40 min

You will need:

  • 2 medium zucchini, shreaded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill
  • 1/2 crumbled goat cheese (or feta, if you prefer)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (or corn starch)
  • 1/2 teasppon baking power
  • about 1 cup bread crumbs (enough quantity to thicken the paste)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

This will be a lot like making your own hamburguers, but with zucchini instead of meat. You’ll see.

First of all, put the shreaded zucchini into a strainer, toss with the salt and let it stand for about 10 minutes. After this time, the zucchinis will have let go the major part of their water. (If right after reading this sentence a little anoying voice inside your head is singing Frozen’s “Let it go”, don’t worry, I have exactly the same problem as you). So, squeeze the zucchini until as dry as possible and set aside.

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Beat the eggs in a large bowl (large enough to contain all the other ingredients). Mix in the dried zucchini, onion, cheese, garlic and black pepper, then add the flour and baking powder and stir until well incorporated.

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Now you’ll probably have some too-liquid-to-be-patty-shaped mixture, so add bread crumbs and stir until thick enough to form little patties (but don’t add too much bread crumbs or you’ll obtain some nice zucchini and goat cheese rocks when cooked).

Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Form patties of about 1,5 tablespoons of mixture each and fry them unil golden brown on both sides (I’m not saying you have to fry them one at a time, but don’t overfill the pan or you’ll end by having one huge zucchini patty to share with the entire family). Let them dry a little on a paper towel-lined plate and that’s it.

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You can used them either as a starter or as a side dish for salmon, for example, as I did, or you can even turn them into some nice vegetarian hamburgers.

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Enjoy!🙂

Annie

Greek Salad

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So I’ve been gone for a while.

You see, I’ve changed apartments, and currently my entire life is in boxes. It’s been three weeks since I last saw my socks. I haven’t cooked since – oh, I can’t even remember when. My kitchen appliances are scattered to the four winds, and it seems like I have at least three worm holes in my new apartment.

A salad is all I’ve managed to throw together. It’s a good salad, mind you, and the weather here does seem to warrant salads and ice cream. But making ice cream is quite out of the question. So salad it is. I’ve made this countless times, and it’s always a hit. I call it Greek salad, although any Greeks out there will probably scoff at my ignorance. Oh, well, so be it.

Call it what you like, but I’m tellin’ ya, this tastes of summer.

One year ago on May the Cheese Be With You: Goat Cheese and Leek Pasta

Other feta cheese recipes: Spanakopita, Feta Bites, Feta and Herb Sweet Potatoes, Walnut Feta Cookies

Other salads: Strawberry Almond Brie Salad, Provolone Salad, Pistacio Mozzarella Salad, Date Bacon Parmesan Salad

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Greek Salad

Servings: varies

Prep time: 20 minutes

You will need:

  • fresh mixed salad greens
  • cucumber, peeled and diced
  • black olives, pitted and sliced in half
  • feta cheese, cubed
  • pita bread, cut into quarters
  • olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to taste
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Greek Salad 1

This is quite straightforward. Heat up your grill and add a drizzle of olive oil. Lay out the pita quarters in a single layer on the grill, and sprinkle with oregano. Allow to brown until nice little lines appear, then flip them one at a time and sprinkle with oregano again. When the other side has browned as well, remove them from the grill and place on a paper-towel lined plate.

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Meanwhile, toss the greens, cucumber, olives and feta in a large bowl. Now, you can either arrange the pita quarters around the salad bowl, or you can dish up the salad and artistically place a few quarters on the side. Or just eat them like they’re chips. No, really, I betcha you can’t stop at one.

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Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Voilà, summer holiday on a plate. And it’s very nearly healthy.

Enjoy🙂

Clara

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Mini Cheeseburgers

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A casa tenim una tradició sagrada, i és que el dia del teu aniversari esculls el sopar. No és que la resta de sopars de l’any siguin gaire dictatorials, de fet normalment es fan a quatre mans i sempre s’accepten propostes, però aquell dia pots menjar el que et vingui més de gust. No et cal pensar que estigui equilibrat amb el dinar, ni que tingui més part de verdura que d’hidrats de carboni, ni res semblant. Que vols pizza? Doncs pizza. Que ja has menjat pasta per dinar i després de sopar aniràs a dormir i la pizza t’anirà directament al cul? És completament igual.

Això ara pot no semblar gaire estimulant, perquè habitualment ja penses en què fer per sopar, però si ets petit i estàs acostumat a arribar a casa i trobar-te el plat de verdura al davant, tenir carta blanca per un dia és tot un esdeveniment. Tant, que aquest any la meva germana ha decidit que pel seu sant volia repetir el privilegi. De fet, més d’un mes abans ja tenia el menú pensat i clar, amb la il·lusió que li feia el seu sopar, pobreta, no li diràs que no, oi?

I ha demanat un menú festiu absolutament caòtic: figuretes de peix arrebossat (de les que són conglomerat pur i tenen forma d’estrella i de peixet i de cavallet de mar), brandada de bacallà amb torradetes i mini hamburgueses.

Sí, no pega ni per casualitat, però què esperàveu d’un menú ideat per un cervellet supercreatiu de 9 anys?

I jo, l’encarregada de preparar aquest sopar, per intentar salvar la situació i donar una mica de glamour a la diada de Sant Jordi, he transformat la seva petició de mini hamburgueses en tres mini cheeseburgers d’autor.

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Swiss cheeseburger

  • Mustard
  • Emmental
  • Mushrooms

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Honey Goat Cheeseburger

  • Goat cheese
  • Honey
  • Oregano

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Parmesan Pesto Burger

  • Pesto sauce (made of basil, pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil)
  • Parmesan slices (or Grana Padano, if your budget is reduced, as mine is)

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There’s no need to explain how to put it all together, right? Just cook, assemble, melt and eat.

Enjoy!🙂

Annie