Sunday, May 2, 2010

Recipe: Mom's Turkey Enchiladas

This is one of my favorite of my mother's recipes. I actually packed two cans of green enchilada sauce in my suitcase so I could make this in Berlin! It's not too hard to make and always gets rave reviews.

What you need:
*1 lb. ground turkey
*1 lg. onion, chopped
*2 T. vegetable oil
*1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, seeded and chopped
*1 small can chopped green chilis
*12 oz. pepperjack cheese, grated (I used shredded gouda since I haven't seen pepperjack here in Germany)
*2 14 oz. cans green enchilada sauce
12 flour tortillas

What you do:
In a large, deep saucepan, saute onion until translucent. Add turkey and saute, crumbling with a spoon, until turkey is cooked. Add chipotle peppers and chopped green chilis; stir to combine. Add 2/3 of the cheese and 1 1/2c. enchilada sauce and stir to combine.
Fill each tortilla with about 1/4c. of the mixture from the pan and roll them up. Place into a greased oven-safe pan or baking dish, seam side down. Do not be afraid to pack them into the pan, but a second one may be required.
Cover enchiladas with remaining sauce and cheese and bake at 350F (175C) for 20-30min, when the cheese has melted and the dish is bubbly. Remove from the oven and let cool 5min before serving.

We always serve them with black beans (conveniently these come in chili sauce at Kaufland), spanish rice (rice with chopped tomatoes and spices) and a side salad. Enjoy!

Side note: if you recall the vegan molasses-blueberry cake from supper club, I recently tried making the same recipe in muffin form...they turned out great! Try em out sometime if you want a healthier blueberry muffin.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Qype: El-Dai'a Snack in Berlin


I've only ever eaten one thing here, but it's amazing: HUMMUS.
You pay 3eur and are served a warm, made-to-order bowl of delicious hummus along with a pile of chopped veggies and pita bread. It's more than enough for a meal and sooo tasty. I come here all the time!

Check out my review of El-Dai'a Snack - I am insizlane - on Qype

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Qype: risotto in Berlin

Berlin - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - European - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - Italian & Pizza

If you're like me and adore the culinary amazingness that is risotto, then this place will be your dream come true.
4 or 5 risotto options make up the menu, all you have to do is choose which scrumptious option to go with--not an easy task! Luckily since I had been craving artichokes and today's cheapest special was an artichoke risotto, my task was made somewhat easier. But I was still tempted by the tomato and broccoli-and-goat-cheese options.
I added a small side salad to my order and loved that the greens and dressing were handed to me in small jars. Plus the dressing was delish.
For that and my risotto I ended up paying about 7eur, which is not too bad considering the quality.
From the lovely heavy silverware to the friendly service to the decor, I loved everything about this place. Definitely worth checking out!

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Recipe: Potato and Leek Soup

Recently we had some potatoes lyin' around our kitchen that needed to be used up, quick! I thought the perfect solution would be a nice potato-leek soup, because I love the savory deliciousness of leeks balanced by a nice hearty potato base.
My favorite way to make vegetable soups is to let the veggies speak for themselves and not dilute their flavor with a lot of cream or cheese, and this recipe is no different. It's aaaall about the natural flavor of the yummy veggies! And it's really simple and quick, to boot.

What you need:
*olive oil
*1 large onion, diced
*1 garlic clove, minced fine
*1 lb potatoes, diced
*3-4 large leeks, sliced
*couple cups vegetable or chicken broth
*salt and pepper to taste
*couple pinches cayenne pepper
*finely chopped parsley
*couple drops of your favorite hot sauce

What you do:
Heat the oil in a pot. Add the onions and sautee. Add the garlic and sautee until fragrant. Add the leeks and cook for a couple minutes, stirring intermittently. Add the potatoes and cook with the occasional stir. When the potatoes begin to brown, add broth to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 30 mins or until soup is at desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy. I prefer not to puree, I like my soups chunky :)
If you, like I, like a little kick in your soup, add cayenne pepper liberally to taste. It's also nice with some chopped fresh parsley stirred in, and I always add some hot sauce to my bowl to get some real heat going.
Bon Apppetit!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Qype: Mustafas Gemüse Kebab in Berlin

Berlin - Eating & Drinking - Fastfood & Takeaway - Kebabs

it's WORTH the WAIT.
forget about the stupid chicken. delicious crispy perfectly seasoned veggies covered in crumbly cheese and lemon juice is all you could ever want at this gem.

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Qype: Room 77 in Berlin

Berlin - Eating & Drinking - Pubs & Bars - Pubs - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - American - Eating & Drinking - Restaurants - Mexican

I had heard this place has good burgers and when I walked in and saw the massive specimens on people's plates I could hardly wait to get my hands on one. When I saw the menu I was even more pleasantly surprised: not just burgers, but enchiladas, texas chili and a fajita special! Then they plunked down my favorite hot sauce on the table (Tabasco smoked chipotle) and I was certifiably in heaven. Ensconced on a cozy couch, beer and live music close at hand, I devoured a chicken burger smothered in delicious guacamole and hot sauce, as well as some crispy potato wedges. Yum. My companions had beef burgers that they pronounced wunderbar and a lovely-looking enchilada with a BIG salad. I want to go back and try some of the other menu items!
The only negative is that we were sitting right by the stage and the music was extremely loud, making conversation almost impossible. Also, as a non-smoker I found the smoke kind of oppressive (particularly as I was getting over a sinus infection at the time), but I guess the ability to smoke freely would be a draw to some.
I will be back for sure.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recipe: Quick Lentil Stew

Hey friends!
We're back from California, but we don't know yet when the next supper will be. In the meantime, I have a new recipe for you all! Now that the weather's warmer again, I've started going to the Turkish Market more frequently than I did in the cold winter months, and today I knew I had to finish off some cherry tomatoes I picked up last week. I wanted to use them in a stew of some kind because I was sick of eating them raw. So I figured a lentil stew would be yummy. I picked up some fresh carrots and parsley and voila.

What you need:
couple onions, diced
little bit of olive oil
4-5 carrots, chopped
few handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups dried green lentils
2 cups water
couple handfuls fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

What you do:
Heat the oil in a pot. Add the carrots and onions and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes, stir a bit, then add the lentils, water, salt and pepper. Turn down the heat and simmer until the lentils get soft (15-20min). Toss in the parsley, salt and pepper, stir a few times, remove from the heat and enjoy :)
Serves 4ish

The sweet fresh carrots really made this an unexpectedly delicious dish, and surprisingly light, despite the fact that I described it as a stew. It's a nice 'n easy recipe for early spring!