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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese

Do you prepare something new out of your leftover food or do you just throw it in the bin? 

I am not a waster. I hate it when food is being wasted. Maybe my childhood experience one night time when we really had nothing to eat for supper if we had not borrowed a can full of NGA rice (a very low-quality rice in the Philippines) for making Linugaw (rice porridge) made me like this today. A "leftover" food maker wife. I usually create something new out of a leftover food, from leftover rice, potatoes, bread, pasta and more. Why throw food when it is still good to be eaten? I make a new meal out of what is left from yesterday. Sometimes when I am hungry, I cook plenty. I just can´t help it. No wonder I create a lot out of leftovers;-)

A slideshow video of Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese.


The other day, I baked pasta with mozzarella cheese from the leftover Spätzle / Spaetzle. (Spätzle is a soft egg noodle which is very popular in the south of Germany, Austria and Switzerland). I didn´t want to eat the same meal of Spätzle with brown sauce and steak the next day. I wanted something different and so I was inspecting my fridge again for ingredients that I could use. I found some good ingredients and so I was cooking. It was not the first time I baked leftover pasta but every time I was baking leftover, the ingredients were always different. So, it was always a surprise to me when my new creation went well and I couldn´t help it but share this with you. Shall we start?

Some of the ingredients


Ingredients: 4 persons


Olive oil, enough for sauteing
250 g leftover Spätzle or other pasta of your choice
2 pieces of garlic, minced
1 piece of onion, washed and cubed
1 ripe tomato, washed and cubed
6 round pieces of Salami, cubed
500 g tomato sauce
100 g grated Mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil herbs
Pizza dried herbs spices
salt and pepper 


Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese

You need baking tin beside frying pan or a wok.

Procedure:

  1. Heat the frying pan. Put the olive oil in the heated pan and saute the garlic, onion and tomato cubes.
  2. Then add the Salami slices. Stirring them well in the mixture.
  3. Then add the tomato sauce while stirring and leave it on a low heat until boiling.
  4. Add the pizza dried herbs, salt and pepper. Taste the tomato mixture if it is enough salt and pepper to your own taste. 
  5. Add the leftover pasta, the fresh basil and mix them well in the sauce.
  6. Brush the baking pan with olive oil before putting the pasta mixture.
  7. Put the grated mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta. 
  8. Bake it in the preheated oven (175°C) for around 20 minutes or until the cheese melted and golden brown.
  9. Serve with a salad of your choice. Enjoy!

Almost empty pan of Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese


Thank you very much for dropping by. Please feel free to share this blog to your social media sites. Here are the links to my cooking site at Blogger and Hubpages where you can find some of my created and tested recipes. Enjoy your weekend and God bless.

My lunch! Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese with lettuce and tomatoes.

Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Filo Pastry ala Pizza

It is a week now since I have baked this Filo Pastry ala Pizza. It is also a week now since I have announced to my FB friends to wait for the recipe of the photo I have posted. I am a busy woman with no real time management so I just write when I want to. Anyway, I have already written the ingredients in a draft so I would not forget some important veggies or spices. Let´s start!



Ingredients: 

1 ready made Filo Pastry (about 10 inches x 14 inches)
Steak sauce for spreading (tomato sauce or ketchup will do if you have no steak sauce)
6 pieces of smoked ham, cut into small cubes
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
a few pieces of rucola or arugula leaves (rocket salad), chopped
4-6 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten 

Things you need:
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • a strainer for straining the rucola leaves
  • baking tray with a baking sheet

Step by step of making the filo pastry ala pizza.

How To Make Filo Pastry ala Pizza

  1. Put your ready made filo pastry on your working table. Cut this into 8 squares. Cut the edges of the filo pastry as you can see in the photo. Arrange them on the baking tray with baking sheet.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of steak sauce on every square and spread it in the middle of the filo pastry.
  3. Then add the smoked ham, rucola leaves and tomato slices on top of the sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Then add mozzarella cheese on top.
  6. Then insert the cut edges of the filled filo pastry into each other to form like a small saucer. You can wet them a bit of water so the edges will stick to each other. 
  7. Brush the sides of the filled filo pastry with a beaten egg.
  8. Bake in the 175°C preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, it depends on what kind of oven you have at home.
  9. Serve with salad. Enjoy baking.


Tips:
  • You can use bacon instead of smoked ham and be careful of using the salt.
  • If you don´t have mozzarella cheese, you can use Gouda or Cheddar cheese.
  • I used the steak sauce in this recipe as I didn´t have ketchup and a pack of canned tomato sauce was too much to be needed.
Thank you very much for dropping by and I hope I have made you hungry that you will try this recipe. Don´t forget to comment, like and share this recipe to your social media sites. Have a great day!


                              My slideshow photos of this recipe on You Tube.

For more food recipes, just click on my cooking site 
http://thellyscucinainternational.blogspot.de/ and to my other writing site Hubpages. Thank you!

Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved




Thursday, 6 July 2017

How To Make An Easy Mango Coconut Yogurt Dessert

Have you tried making mango dessert? The one which is not called mango float? Well, mango float is delicious but does it has to be always mango float? Our life is a bit boring if we have the same meal every day. So, why not change something. Like making a new mango dessert with coconut cream or milk.

Mango Coconut Yogurt Dessert

How To Make An Easy Mango Coconut Yogurt Dessert

Ingredients: 3-4 Persons

1 ripe mango
450 gram natural yogurt
3 tablespoon honey
150 coconut cream or milk
1 Gelatine fix 
50 gram chocolate sprinkles
12 pieces whole wheat crumbled biscuits (leave a few for decoration)

Some of the ingredients: ripe mango, coconut milk, gelatine, yogurt with honey and whole wheat biscuits.

What we need!

  • Smoothie maker or a blender
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Weighing scale 
  • Mixing bowl
  • A whisk
  • Glasses for serving the dessert

Biscuits, yogurt with honey, mango with coconut milk, chocolate sprinkles, yogurt and mango mixture are layered in an empty glasses.

Let´s make the dessert:

  1. Cut the mango (excluding the skin and seed) into small cubes.
  2. Put the mango cubes into a blender or smoothie maker.
  3. Add coconut  cream or milk to the mango cubes. Blend the 2 ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker until smooth.
  4. Put the natural yogurt in a bowl and sweetened it with honey. You can add more honey if you want it more sweet.
  5. Then add the gelatine fix powder to the yogurt with honey and mix them well with a whisk for a minute or 2.
  6. Prepare the serving glasses by putting some crumbled biscuits in the bottom of the glasses.
  7. Then add the yogurt mixture on top.
  8. Then add the mango coconut cream on top of the yogurt.
  9. Add the chocolate sprinkles. 
  10. Then yogurt mix again and the top is the mango coconut  mixture.
  11. Chill the dessert for an hour or two in the fridge.
  12. Serve the mango coconut yogurt dessert with biscuits cuttings on the side of the glasses. 
  13. Enjoy!
Mango Coconut Yogurt Dessert

Tips:
  • The golden yellow color of the mango fruit is far more better than the one I have used in this recipe. I thought the mango fruit I bought was yellow in color but it was not and so this dessert loooks pale. The Filipino variety of mango is still the best.
  • If you can´t find coconut cream, you can use coconut milk. 
  • You don´t have to use natural yogurt. You can use the yogurt with fruits in it.
  • If you don´t have gelatine fix like the one I used, just use the gelatine you have there and just follow the instruction how to mix it with the other ingredients.
  • I use honey for this recipe as I love it and it is not so sweet. So you can use refine sugar instead.


Filipino mangoes .
So far, this dessert is filling to my tummy and it can be eaten in the afternoon as a snack on a hot day. Thanks for dropping by and feel free to comment, like and share this to your social media sites.

For more food recipes, just click on my cooking site 
http://thellyscucinainternational.blogspot.de/ and to my other writing site Hubpages. Thank you!

Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Homemade Smoked Ham and Mozzarella Cheese Pastry

Schwarzwälderschinken is a German smoked ham. It is usually eaten on a rye or a whole wheat bread for breakfast or for supper in Germany. Lunch time is the heavy meal of the day and the Germans eat their breakfast and supper with just bread, variations of ham or cheese.

Schwarzwälderschinken aka  smoked ham is delicious but it is sometimes a hassle when I bite on it in the bread and part of it is still hanging on my mouth. I still had a pack of smoked ham today and I thought I could make something different from it besides in a sandwich and so I was creative again. Well, it was more delicious than what I have expected.



INGREDIENTS : 6 pieces

30cm x 20cm ready made filo pastry

6 tbsp. Cheese spread with herbs (Bresso)
5 pieces of smoked ham, sliced into cubes
1 big ripe tomato, cut into cubes
1 tbsp. of sliced fresh or frozen basil
50 gram grated Mozzarella cheese
1 egg beaten for brushing the top of the pastries



Let’s cook! 

1. Cut the filo pastry into 6 equal sizes and put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

2. Spread 1 tablespoon of cheese spread with herbs on each of the filo pastries.
3. With the smoked ham, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, put them on top of the cheese spread equally.
4.Then sprinkle with chopped basil (fresh or frozen).
5. Fold the filled filo pastries as shown above and brush with beaten egg.
6. Bake in the preheated oven (170°C) for about 20 minutes or until the top of the pastries turn golden brown.

Serve the homemade smoked ham and mozzarella cheese pastries warm. Enjoy!


Homemade Smoked Ham and Mozzarella Cheese Pastry


For more recipes please check:

My main writing site Hubpages

Thellys Cucina International

My Kitchen and I


                                             Step by step upload photos of this recipe.


Thank you very much for stopping by. Please feel free to share this blog in all your social media sites. Comments are highly appreciated. God bless.

Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Homemade Mango Banana Ice Cream

Hello June! It is summer in Germany and it is getting hot every day. I feel like I am in my home country again, sweating to the max. Well, not so much as I did a few weeks ago in the Philippines. 

I am not complaining as I love summer more than winter. I only have to be creative that helps me fight against the heat of the weather. No, I don´t use aircon. Aircon makes me sick. I only eat something cold and refreshing.



In Cebu airport before I flew back to Germany, I bought a box of Philippines mango puree, unsweetened. It was expensive but I forgot to buy this in the supermarket. And so what? I have to get rid of some Pesos anyway before going home. This 1 pack pureed mango was for making juice and I loved its natural sweetness. After a few days of drinking mango juice, I had an idea to make an ice cream. So I made an ice cream out of the remaining mango puree but added banana and yoghurt in it. Yummy!



Homemade Mango Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

150 gram Philippines mango puree
1 ripe banana, sliced in small pieces
1 teaspoon honey
150 gram natural yoghurt

Mango puree and yoghurt.

Let´s start!

Put the sliced banana, mango puree, honey and yoghurt in a blender. Blend well and put in the freezer for a few hours before serving. Enjoy!

Mango banana ice cream.

Tips:


  • You can use frozen sliced bananas. This makes the mixture cremier than using the unfrozen one and you can enjoy the ice cream after making it.
  • Add grated chocolates or sprinkles when serving. 
  • Decorate with a piece of ripe mango when serving.

Here are some Summer Goodies to enjoy.




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Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, 15 April 2017

How To Make Papaya Avocado Ice Cream

Papaya and avocado are one of the delicious fruits in Asia. They are abundant in my home country Philippines. Papaya is all season fruit while avocado season is from May to September. Papaya costs 20 to 40 Pesos a kilo while avocado costs from 70 up to 100 Peso a kilo here in the Philippines . Avocado just started its season and so it is still costly to purchase it.

It is so hot now in my home country with 30+ degree Celcius that I was creating a new recipe from the fruits that I have bought from the open market in our town. The other ingredients were already in my fridge before I had the idea of making the ice cream.



                            Papaya Avocado Ice Cream

Ingredients :


300 gram Papaya fruit, in cubes
1 avocado meat, sliced in cubes
8 calamansi, juice
100 g sugar
100 g fresh milk
250 g whipped   cream
1 tablespoon honey


Let’s start making ice cream:

  • Add the calamansi juice in the slices of avocado to avoid making the fruit brown.
  • Put the slices of papaya and avocado in the blender.
  • Add the sugar, fresh milk and honey to the blender and blend the fruits mixture.
  • Then put the papaya and avocado mixture in a bowl and fold in the whipped cream with a spatula until well blended.
  • Cover the bowl with its lid and freeze the fruit mixture in the freezer for at least 4 hours or let it stay  overnight in the freezer.
  • Serves 4 to 6 persons depending on how big the portions are.
  • Enjoy this yummy summer treat.

Thank you for reading. Here are some more fruit recipes you might want to try.
 HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!
 
Copyright 2017 © Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, 16 March 2017

How To Make Delicious Corned Beef Wraps



Living in the Philippines for a few months makes me (sometimes) want to eat different food rather than Filipino food. Don't  get me wrong. I love Pinoy food but sometimes I crave for other food like pizza, pasta or just any international or European delicatessen.

Today, I have made corned beef wraps. I saw pre-baked tortillas for making wraps in Gaisano supermarket. It was the first time I saw it there. I grab the opportunity and bought a package of tortillas. 1 package has 6 pieces of tortillas. I would never know when I see those kind of wrappers again.
                                                    

INGREDIENTS : 6 Persons

1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 garlic, crushed and thinly sliced
50 grams corned beef
1 piece of spring onion, sliced thinly
6 pieces of pre-baked tortillas 
6 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 carrots, grated
3 leaves Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
2 ripe tomatoes,  cubes
1 hibiscus flower, petals and washed (optional)
6 tablespoons of ketchup
Salt and pepper to taste

                                     Heated Tortilla Wrappers


LET'S MAKE THE WRAPS:      
                
1. Put the oil in the heated frying pan and saute the garlic. Then add the corned beef. Stir it well. Then add the spring onion and taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.


2. Heat the tortilla wrappers as directed in the package. Let them cool.

 

3. Then spread a tablespoon of mayonnaise on the wrapper.


4. Add the fried corned beef on top.


5. Then add the carrots, cabbage, hibiscus petals, tomatoes and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Then spread 1 tablespoon ketchup on top.


6. Roll the corned beef wraps by folding both sides first. Then roll the wrap upward.



7. Do the same until you have made 6 pieces of corned beef wraps.



8. Cut the corned beef wraps in the middle like the one in the photo. You can see how they look like inside. 4 slices of them have no ketchup included as I wanted to taste the difference and they are deliciously mouth watering.



Tips:

You can use Remoulade instead of mayonnaise. 
If you want it spicy and hot, you can add chili powder.
Just in case you have vegetable  leftover, you can make it into salad.

So here you go. Enjoy making your wraps. You can serve these as snacks, for lunch or for dinner. It's  up to you. Thanks for reading. Feel free to share this recipe to your social media sites like fb, and share this to your friends and family as well. 



Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved
  

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Healthy Papaya Salad Sandwich


I was shopping in the farmers market last Sunday when I saw a lot of grated raw papaya for sale. I was tempted to buy and then I made my own version of green papaya salad. It was very delicious that I have filled this papaya salad in my self baked whole wheat bread. You can check the papaya salad recipe in this link.


Wheat bread papaya sandwich

INGREDIENTS : 1 Person

2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 tomato, sliced
Butter for spreading
2 tablespoons of green papaya salad


HOW TO:

1. Just spread the butter on the lower part of the bread.
2. Put the slices of tomatoes on the buttered bread.
3. Add the papaya salad on the top.
4.Then covered it with the remaining whole wheat bread slice.

GUTEN APPETIT!!!! BON APPETIT!!!!


Here are some sandwiches for you to try:

 http://hubpages.com/food/Awesome-Tuna-Sandwich-Recipe
 http://hubpages.com/food/How-To-Make-Croissant-Sandwiches
 http://hubpages.com/food/How-To-Make-Baguette-Sandwiches

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Monday, 6 March 2017

How To Make Star Apple Smoothie

Star apple or Caimito  as we called it in the Philippines, is a healthy and delicious tropical fruit. Living here in  my home country for a few months, makes me enjoy different kinds of healthy fruits.


Caimito / Star apple is in season now and the price for a kilo is from 20 to 60 Pesos depending on how plenty is sold in the market. Yesterday, I  was able to buy  Caimito for only 20 Pesos a kilo in the farmers market. Farmers market is only during Sundays. It was already late in the morning and the seller was about to go home for lunch. Lucky me! I bought 2 kilos then and some I have eaten just how it was and some were made into smoothies.

                                                         Star apple / Caimito

INGREDIENTS : for 2-3 small glasses

4 Star apples / Caimitos

1 cup fresh milk
1/4 to 1/2 condensed milk


The inside fruit of the Star apple/ Caimito .

 

What you need :


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board 
  • Smoothie maker or blender
  • Tablespoon for scooping the fruit



Let's  make the smoothie!


  1. Wash the star apples. Then cut them through.
  2. Scoop the fruits with the tablespoon and put them in a mixing bowl.
  3. Get rid of the black and not edible seeds.
  4. Put the juicy star apples in the smoothie maker or blender.
  5. Add the fresh milk and the condensed  milk.
  6. Blend the mixture and drink cold.

Tip:

If you add more milk in it and ice cubes, you will be having a very delicious milk shake. As I said, serve it cold.

Here are some other smoothies for you to check and maybe  make as well.


Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment and share this recipe to your social media sites. Have a great day!

 Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Friday, 10 February 2017

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

It's  Valentine’s Day again! I know there are lots of blogs online about Valentine’s Day. In fact, I have written some of them  and of course in a PILYA BLOG MAGAZINE, a Filipino German magazine originated in Germany. This time I am writing about food ideas which recipes I have already written in my other writing sites. Valentine’s Day celebration is not complete without food. So, we'll start with the starters.



Starter Choices:
  • Buttered salmon with steamed vegetables like broccoli and decorated  with mango.
  • Lettuce salad with oranges and cashew nuts.
  • Rocket salad with bramble fruits.
  • Simple salad with lime dressing.
  • Mango Cucumber and tomato salad.


Main Menu Choices:
  • Beef Steak with broccoli and mashed potatoes
  • Pork Chopsuey with boiled rice
  • Cordon Blue with pasta
  • Chicken Tocino with rice
  • Grilled fish, boiled rice and steamed vegetables 


Dessert Choices:
  • Fresh fruits slices like mango, orange, guyabano, lychee,  etc....
  • Vanilla, chocolate or fruit ice cream
  • Mango Float
  • Black Forest Cake


Drinks:

It is up to you what you would like to drink. It could be fruit juices, red or white wine, beer, champagne,  coke, Pepsi or just a healthy mineral water.


Here is the link to my cooking site where you can find some of the recipes I mentioned above.
Thellys Cucina International 

Hubpages- the link to my main writing site where I have written some recipes.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebration.

 Copyright 2017 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved