Monday, September 6, 2010

Sweet Corn Bread

Gorgeous, simple, quick and delicious bread that takes a couple of minutes to put together and after less than an hour in the oven you can serve it with a salad or simply with a slice of cheese and butter! So what you do is : in a bowl mix 350g of self-raising flour, 350ml of milk, 1 small can of rinsed sweet corn (no liquid), ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of baking powder. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 50 - 55 minutes at 180 degrees. You can check the bread by poking a wooden stick into the centre of the bread, the stick should come out clean :) ENJOY!

Czech Potato Salad

We enjoy this traditional salad every Christmas back home in the Czech Republic and It is most definitely irreplaceable dish at nearly everyone's Christmas table. Every family has a bit different recipe, some add boiled ham, eggs, peppers and some don't. But what everybody uses are boiled potatoes, carrots, peas, pickled gherkins and mayonnaise :) and that's the basic! The best potato salad is prepared a day before Christmas Eve so that all the ingredients can "mellow" for a day. We serve it with deep fried carp fish from our lakes and a glass of cool sparkling wine. Different versions of this salad are widely spread across Eastern Europe. When I asked a friend of mine from Latvia if she could recommend a dish that we could cook together, POTATO salad was her answer. It was nearly the same salad that our family has been cooking for many generations, except for one thing, and it was Latvian ham that was added to it. You will find one of many recipes in my comments!