I enjoy cooking and I like trying on new recipes, especially if they are different and come from other countries. It's just another way of travelling without having to pack your bags.
Nowadays, it is very easy to find recipes on the internet and supermarkets became more global over the years, so that it's easier to find exotic ingredients far from their original country. Of course is always better and more environmentally friendly to consume local products, but one should also take advantage of the large variety offered.
When I moved to Sweden, determined to change my life for better, I decided that I had to find a way to include "trying new recipes" in my routine. My shelves are full of cookbooks, collected during all of my travels, but the recipes were just not going from paper to the plate. That was when I decided to start planning our weekly dinners. At the beginning of the week, we decide what we are eating that week, taking the time to find some new recipes and repeat other old good ones. This may sound like a lot of work, but we are usually done in 20 minutes, plus we save loads of time in the supermarket, and we almost never throw food away, since we always buy what we need for each recipe. On top of that was a bonus advantage. Since we see our meals written down on our wipe-off board, it is easy to notice if the meals are not balanced and we can correct that. What I mean is that we usually make one dinner with meat, one with fish, one vegetarian, and one "fast but good". (Fridays are for comfort food, according to Swedish tradition, so we don't plan those.)
Somehow, this makes it easier to choose recipes, we feel that we eat more properly and varied food, and we try at least one new recipe per week and sometimes more. It is also quite nice to not have to ask each other "what's dinner today" everyday after work. It's not very good to make food decisions when we are tired and hungry...
Apparently, the language I write things in changes according to the source of the recipe...
The inspiration for new dishes doesn't come alone from my cookbooks, but also from the Swedish food magazine Allt om Mat (all about food), the website taste.com.au (from Australia, great recipes!), and from other pages and blogs.
My favourite new recipes get usually put it my recipes blog, so that I can access them from everywhere when I need them. That's my way to turn new recipes into old ones. Here are my most recent finds. All delicious of course!
Thai white bean stew with cucumber salad and yoghurt (recipe here)
Guisado de feijão branco tailandês com salada de pepino e iogurte
Parmesan chicken gratin with spinach (recipe here)
Gratinado de peitos de frango com parmesão e espinafres
Frango assado com toranja e sriracha, servido com arroz e funcho
Sweet potato curry (recipe here)
This is one of my favourite recipes, I have already made it many times, it's just so good!
Curry de batata doce
Esta é uma das minhas receitas favoritas, e já a fiz muitas vezes, porque é mesmo mesmo boa!
Cauliflower curry with peanut flavour served with naan bread. (recipe here)
The picture doesn't do it justice. The sauce is really rich in peanut flavour and is delicious!
Caril de couve-flor curry com sabor a amendoim servido com pão naan.
A imagem não faz justiça ao sabor. O molho é realmente rico em amendoim e é delicioso!
Homemade granola (recipe here)
The granola was probably the best find we made. Store-bought granola is full of unnecessary sugars. This one is not. It makes a huge difference and we don't get hungry an hour after we ate it. The best part is to be able to vary the ingredients that go in it and make it to our taste. We will never buy granola again, because once you try your own it is just not possible to go back.
PS. I just realised none of the recipes were of fish! I did find some good ones, but didn't have the time to put them on the blog yet.