Persian Raisin Cookies – almost addictive!

These cookies (Shirini Keshmishi) are truly a classic in Persian cuisine! There are countless recipes for this but I have developed my own that reminds me of my childhood cookies. It’s really a light cookie, but sweet! The basic recipe is simple, you can replace the raisin with, for example, chopped cranberries, or why not combine raisins with chopped nuts? You will be able to experiment. Here comes the basic recipe as it is made in Iran. Continue reading “Persian Raisin Cookies – almost addictive!”

Kale soup. As Swedish as it can get!

I like different kinds of soups, especially during autumn and winter, since autumn is here (in Sweden) I decided to make Kale soup. It really became a hit! Fast and simple and comforting food! If you avoid cream, it will be completely vegan. I remove the stalk but you are free to use the whole kale.
If you avoid using cream it will be all vegan!

Ingredients:
450 grams of Kale
2 yellow onions
3 – 4 garlic cloves
1.5 dl white wine
1 liter of water
2 st concentrated stock “Fund Du Chef”
1 teaspoon salt
2 ml or 2/4 of a teaspoon black pepper
1 ml or ¼ of a teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ml or ¼ of a teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 – 2 dl cream (can be excluded)
1 – 2 tablespoons of squeezed lemon
Butter for frying

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in a spacious pan
  2. Add the onion and fry for 5 – 7 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and continue to fry for an additional 2 minutes
  4. Add the wine and half of the water
  5. Put the lid on and let it simmer for 15 minutes
  6. Add the kale, seasoning, the two “Fond du Chef” and the rest of the water.
  7. Bring it to a simmer on medium heat (with the lid on) for an additional 15 minutes or until the Kale has reduced in volume.
  8. When the kale has reduced in volume, mix it well and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes with the lid on.
  9. Process the mixture in a mixer and then pour it back into the pan.
  10. Add the lemon juice and the cream (optional), taste and adjust seasoning.

Ready to serve! Warm sandwiches or garlic bread are nice to have with this soup.

Enjoy!

Farmers gravy – as Swedish as it can be!

In our household, we most certainly make a lot of Persian food, but also real old-fashioned Swedish food. My mother-in-law used to make this dish that is both simple and delicious. For me, this is a winter dish. Our children love farmers gravy and the eldest son has developed his own recipe for it. I just wanted to commemorate my mother-in-law by making the dish today.
Some also call it onion gravy, some use thick bacon but we prefer thinly sliced bacon instead. Continue reading “Farmers gravy – as Swedish as it can be!”

Dressing from Getryggen!

My dear niece Shirin with family has a summer cottage in Getryggen in the region of Hälsingland,  Sweden, a wonderful place where visitors can fully charge their batteries! This is the place where you just do whatever you want.
We gathered there to celebrate Kahan (nephew) and Tina (his wife) who together became 100 years! I made the dinner and Shirin made the salad dressing that was incredibly good! Asked to get the recipe of course!
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Delicious cake with dates and nuts

There are few things that most Iranian household always have at home. Dates and walnuts are among these ingredients. I saw a TV program where they made a date cake and got very inspired to do my own version. Here is my interpretation. I decorated my cake with icing – but it is not necessary, the cake is such a delight without the icing as well. Continue reading “Delicious cake with dates and nuts”

Tasty twirls!

I ordered party food for my brother in law from a place called Ingelsta Kalkon here in Sweden, everything is made out of Turkey. They had some twirls that were incredibly delicious. I exchanged recipes with the company, they received a recipe from me and I was told how the twirls were made, but no measure. Now I’ve tested it several times and it just gets better and better.

The twirls from Ingelsta Kalkon did not have as much bacon as I use, they were significantly smaller as well. But here is my version or interpretation of these tasty twirls. It is very nice to serve it with a drink before dinner for example. I served it with champagne when I held Baby Shower for my daughter-in-law. She loves these twirls and I make it for her every time they come for a visit 😊 Continue reading “Tasty twirls!”