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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I added some Grenadine to the Frozen Yogurt for a twist and some color.  Grenadine is a syrup made of pomegranate juice, so it is sweet and adds a really nice flavor -  just make sure it's the real thing and not some corn syrup imitation. Ingredients: 2 cups plain yogurt 3 Tablespoons Grenadine 1/2 ...

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Plátanos Fritos – Fried Plantains
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Plátanos Fritos – Fried Plantains

For this dish you need really ripe plantains.  When I mean really ripe is when they look so black that you think you should be getting rid of them.  This is common sense for anyone born and raised in or around the Caribbean, but I guess it is not that clear if you did not grow up there! Ingredients: Ripe ...

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Turmeric and Ginger Pork Stir Fry
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Turmeric and Ginger Pork Stir Fry

I was at the Asia-Markt this morning, and they had Ginger Turmeric tea. I must say I found the combination so interesting I had to have it for dinner - not the tea - the stir-fry! Ingredients: 1/2 lb pork meat - sliced 2 onions - sliced 2 cups mushrooms - sliced 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon ginger 1 ...

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Venezuelan Shish Kebabs – Pinchos
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Venezuelan Shish Kebabs – Pinchos

We're having such a terrible summer, that I had to make the Shish Kebabs on the stove.  Either way works well, but I must say, with pork it almost works better on a pan, since one can adjust the cooking time and temperature a little better. Ingredients or the Shish Kebabs: 1.5 lbs (75o gr) pork meat - in ...

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Banana Stracciatella Frozen Yogurt
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Banana Stracciatella Frozen Yogurt

If you're tired of buying ice cream at the store, try making your own.  Right before serving dinner, I add all the ingredients to the Ice Cream machine, and by the time we're done eating, it's ready! Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt 1 banana - mashed 1 banana - in slices 4 Tablespoons chocolate ...

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Yogurt with Bananas & Berries
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Yogurt with Bananas & Berries

It's time to add my family's favorite snack on the blog.  When the kids were little, I started to make "cambur machacado".  "Cambur" is banana in Venezuela (not in other spanish speaking countries), and "machacado" means mashed.  I think the name started as a joke, but I'm afraid it stuck :-) ...

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Kasseler with Sauerkraut
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Kasseler with Sauerkraut

Ingredients: 4 smoked pork chops 1/2 Cabbage - thinly sliced 1 can sauerkraut 1 onion - chopped 4 peppercorns 1 teaspoon salt 4 bay leaves 4 dried juniper berries 1 cup apple juice Directions: In a large pot, fry the chopped onions slightly in a little bit of oil. Add the ...

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Mushroom Cream Sauce
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Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 lb (500 gr) fresh mushrooms - sliced 1/2 onion – finely diced 2 garlic cloves – pressed 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk Salt Pepper Nutmeg 1 teaspoon cornstarch - dissolved in water Parmesan or Pecorino – grated Cooked tortellini Directions: Fry the onion and the garlic in a tiny bit of oil by ...

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Avocado Shrimp Cocktail
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Avocado Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail with avocado was one of my favorite meals in Venezuela. Ingredients: Cooked shrimp - 6 per serving Avocados - 1/2 per serving Salsa Rosada: 2 Tablespoons Mayo 4 Tablespoons Ketchup Lemon Juice Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon horseradish Directions: Mix all ingredients for ...

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Pork Roast with Quince
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Pork Roast with Quince

You can make this dish with quince jam, or any jam of your choice - I would stick to the light ones though (apricot, peach). Ingredients: 1 Pork roast 2 Tablespoons Quince jam 3 Onions - cut in small pieces 4 garlic cloves - chopped 1 cup water Sea salt - not ground Cumin (if possible German cumin) ...

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Cheese Sticks
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Cheese Sticks

Ingredients: Puff pastry Parmesan cheese - grated Olive oil Salt Garlic powder Directions: Cut the puff pastry in 1.5" x 10" (4cm x 25 cm) pieces. Brush olive oil over the puff pastry. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder and parmesan cheese over the puff pastry. Take each piece, fold lengthwise, and then ...

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Cheese Quiche
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Cheese Quiche

Being in Switzerland at the moment, there's no wonder all my dishes this week are packed with cheese.  This is no exception! 1 lb (500 gr) grated Swiss cheese 1 teaspoon cornstarch 3/4 cup half & half (or milk) 1 Tablespoon flour 2 Tablespoons ricotta 1 egg 1 onion - finely chopped Pepper, ...

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Chicken with Broccoli
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Chicken with Broccoli

  I think I like any dish with cheese... I guess it has to do with my swiss roots ;-)  In Switzerland, at family restaurants, almost everything has cheese in it - if not, they put cheese on top! Ingredients: 1 chicken - in pieces 2 carrots, 1 celery stick, parsley 1 large broccoli - in small pieces ...

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Fish Sticks
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Fish Sticks

This is an easy way to make home-made fish sticks! Ingredients: 1 lb (500 gr) fish filets - cut into thin stripes 1 egg 1 cup bread crumbs salt oil Directions: Sprinkle some salt over the fish stripes Scramble the egg in a medium bowl, and add some bread crumbs to a large plate. Pass each strip ...

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Moussaka
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Moussaka

Hola Sonia, aquí te dedicamos mi mamá y yo la receta! It's been a very long time since we have made Moussaka at home.  We adjusted the preparation of the eggplants to save on a few calories ... We have been grilling eggplants for so long , that it didn't seem very appetizing to fry them anymore! Ingredients: ...

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Crunchy French Toast
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Crunchy French Toast

I remember eating "crunchy" French Toast when I was a kid.  There's a tiny little trick in order to make them! Ingredients: 8 slices sandwich bread 2 eggs 1 cup milk sugar cinnamon oil Marmalade, powder sugar, maple syrup Directions: Mix 2 eggs, milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon ...

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Tortellini with Saffron Sauce
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Tortellini with Saffron Sauce

Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon Saffron 1/2 onion - finely diced 2 garlic cloves - pressed 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk 2 egg yolks - mixed with a little bit of milk Salt Pepper Parmesan or Pecorino - grated Cooked tortellini Directions: Put the saffron in a small cup and add a little bit of hot ...

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Crispy Chicken
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Crispy Chicken

Ingredients: 2 cups corn flakes 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs 1 chicken - in pieces salt, pepper and garlic powder Oil Directions: Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder over the chicken pieces. Place the corn flakes in a large plastic bag and crunch them well with your hands. Add the flour. Scramble ...

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Pork Filet with Prunes
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Pork Filet with Prunes

Ingredients: 1 Pork filet 15 - 18 prunes 2 Onions - chopped in large chunks 7 oz (200 gr) sliced bacon salt and pepper 1 cup water Directions: Slice the Filet lengthwise.  Place prunes along the middle. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Wrap the filet with the bacon stripes. Add the ...

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Garlic Pizza Bread
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Garlic Pizza Bread

Ingredients: 1 Pizza Dough 1 Garlic clove - crushed 2 Tablespoons Olive oil Oregano Marjoram Directions: Make the pizza dough. Warm up the oven to 360ºF (200ºC). Form your pizza bread, cover with a towel, and let rest for 15 minutes. Mix the garlic, olive oil, and just a tiny bit ...

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Chicken Fajitas
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Chicken Fajitas

I love this dish. Yes, it does take more time to prepare all the ingredients, but then it is a lot of fun to eat! Tip 1:  leftovers taste great, so do not worry about making too much of anything! Tip 2:  Cover the leftover guacamole with plastic wrap.  I place the wrap so that it is in direct contact with the ...

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Mushroom Omelette
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Mushroom Omelette

You can adapt the recipe and make cheese, mushroom or any combination of your favorite Omelette.  It is important though to have a good non-stick pan to make this dish. Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr)  mushrooms 1 onion - chopped finely Salt and pepper to taste 2 eggs per omelette 1 cheese slice per ...

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Pizza
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Pizza

We like to make Pizza on Tuesdays, because the kids have sport until 6 pm, and then there's not enough time to cook. I usually set the bread machine to make the dough while we are away, so that as soon as we get home, we just have to form the pizza dough, and the kids get to "decorate" it - I just have to get the ...

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Crêpes
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Crêpes

Ingredients: 18 oz (550 ml) Milk 3 eggs 2 Tablespoons oil 1/2 lb (220 gr) flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender. Make Crêpes in a Crêpe pan at med - high heat.  Use a soup serving spoon to add the batter to the pan.  Move the pan quickly so ...

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Coleslaw
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Coleslaw

This is a very simple, very light version of the classic  side-dish. Ingredients: 1 small cabbage 6 carrots - finely grated 1 lime - juice 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt pepper to taste Directions: Add the salt to the finely chopped cabbage, and crunch it ...

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Cheese Fondue
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Cheese Fondue

Still cool enough to make Fondue one more time, although we even used to make Fondue in Venezuela -   I  remember once eating Fondue at the Beach after bringing the air conditioner to the max, so it would be cold enough to survive eating such a meal in the tropics!!  Not very environment-friendly, but nobody knew that ...

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Sauerkraut – Latvian style
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Sauerkraut – Latvian style

My mom has always made sauerkraut this way.  I am assuming it is the way it is made in Latvia, since she learned how to make it with her grandmother. Ingredients: 1/2 Cabbage - thinly sliced 1 can sauerkraut 1 onion - chopped 4 peppercorns 1 teaspoon salt 4 bay leaves 4 dried juniper berries ...

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Pork Roast with banana sauce
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Pork Roast with banana sauce

I started to make this dish in Germany. It is not particularly German style, besides the fact that I do use German cumin for this recipe. I did mention in earlier posts that the cumin tastes different here.  Now this might be a tricky one to find in the US, but  I would really try to find a German store, and buy it ...

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Rosemary Potatoes
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Rosemary Potatoes

The rosemary adds a really nice touch to the potatoes.  It's a great side dish when making a roast! Ingredients: 2 lbs (1 kg) potatoes 1.5 teaspoons salt 1 rosemary stem 2 tablespoons olive oil pepper to taste Directions Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Slice the potatoes in wedges and place the ...

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Lemon Chicken
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Lemon Chicken

This recipe is a combination between the way roast chicken is made in Venezuela and the way I used to make it in Florida... It's also an easy recipe when the kids have friends over - I still have not met a kid yet that didn't like lemon chicken! (This recipe serves 8 - adjust for 4) 2 chickens 4 garlic ...

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Chocolate Gugelhupf
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Chocolate Gugelhupf

I adjusted one of my great-grandmother's cake recipes to please my kids... they wanted chocolate! I will eventually post the original recipe. Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr) Butter 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 1.5 cups flour 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 3.5 oz (100 gr) melted chocolate ...

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Schnitzel – cordon bleu style
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Schnitzel – cordon bleu style

This is a Schnitzel variation served here in Germany.  I used to know it with chicken only, but this is also very tasty! 4 pork chops (boneless) 4 ham slices 4 cheese slices 1 cup bread crumbs 2 eggs – beaten Salt and pepper to taste Oil Schnitzel: Place the cutlets on a board, and using ...

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Meatloaf
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Meatloaf

Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef 2 Tablespoons sour cream 1 Onion – finely chopped and fried in a little bit of oil 2 Eggs 3 Slices of sandwich bread 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Directions: Chop the onion finely and fry it for about 10 min at low ...

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Carbonara
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Carbonara

I think I learned how to make this dish in the US - I guess that's why I add cream to it...  I'm still categorizing it as Italian, although the original should not have any cream in it! Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr) bacon - diced 3.5 oz (100 gr) ham - diced 1 onion - finely diced 2 garlic cloves - ...

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Chupe andino
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Chupe andino

This is one of my favorite Venezuelan soups.  It is really nice to make when expecting guests that are traveling and are not sure when they arrive, because it is a main dish, and you do not have to worry about any last minute cooking! Ingredients: 1 whole chicken or 6 legs (thighs & drumsticks) 4 celery ...

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Geschnezeltes
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Geschnezeltes

This dish I learned with my grandmother (father's side). I remember watching her make it when I was a kid, and I was truly amazed to see that you could make a sauce by just adding cream to a pan after frying the meat.  It is an obvious thing as an adult, but for me it was magic! Ingredients: 1 lb (500 gr) ...

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