Sunday, April 21, 2013

Polenta Pizza

You know those days when you don't feel like cooking but you have to? Yes, I do have a few of such days in the year and I actually really like them. Don't get me wrong, I love to cook and it is my favorite hobby, but when I come back from work or the faculty exhausted I don't want to cook a fancy meal.

This is when Polenta comes in handy. Polenta is my favorite dish ever. Ever! I could eat it every day, no matter what. If you, by any weird reason, haven't tried Polenta yet – go to the store and buy it. It is the numero uno comfort food. So, once you discover the beautiful Polenta world, your cooking will change. I like my Polenta in a trillion ways. For example, when I want an old-school dinner that reminds me of childhood, I cook it and pour some cold milk over. Or when I want something special and yet a classic, I do this Pizza.

This is an easy recipe and everyone can make it. You need 15 minutes and your favorite pizza toppings. And Polenta, of course.

You need:
3 cups water
1 cup Polenta
Pizza toppings of choice (mozzarella, cheese, ketchup, olives, origano, ham, turkey etc.)

First, bring the water to boil and add the polenta. Stir constantly until thickened, this may take about 5 minutes. When cooked, pour into a baking tin (medium sized, or bigger if you want a thin layer of Polenta) and leave to cool down. Once it is cold, put toppings on it; I used ketchup as a base and then put mozzarella cheese, tuna chunks, olives and shredded Gouda on top. Put in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Peanut Thai Noodles

Hello readers! I am back!!! It feels so good to finally start blogging again. I have taken two weeks off writing The Cake Baby because I was on teaching practice and couldn't find the time to sit down and write a post. In case you're wondering, I am a student teacher, have a part time job as well as a social life :)) but enough personal details; I can't wait to read what all of my favorite bloggers were up to. 

I still have lots of delicious recipes to share and a lot to write so you will see The Cake Baby with crazy good stuff for the next months. 

One of the things I absolutely love is spicy food. I could eat it every day. This recipe is really easy and it is so quickly done. You just need to cook the noodles and in the mean time the sauce is ready, too. I was searching for a perfect Thai noodle recipe forever, but I couldn't find a good one. Either you need crazy ingredients that you don't have in your kitchen when you need them, or it takes forever to make the sauce. So I made this sauce that is just perfect, I think.

For one serving you need:

1/4 cup water
3 table spoons Peanut Butter (I use smooth, but you can use crunchy if you want)
1 table spoon olive oil
1 table spoon honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tea spoon chili powder
1 table spoon ginger (I use the powdered version, you can use fresh if you have it in your kitchen)

First cook the pasta of choice and drain well. While the pasta is cooking, put all of the above ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over low heat until it starts to boil. Remove from heat and mix with the pasta. Serve.