Japanese, Wok

Wok with tofu, noodles and vegetables in a ginger and coconut sauce

This is a very tasty Japanese wok with tastes of coconut, ginger and lemongrass. (The recipe is inspired by the recipe “Yasai itameru” in The Wagamama Cookbook.)

Serves 6

150 g glass noodles, broken into smaller pieces
750 g firm tofu, diced
2 pak choi, shredded
1 sweet potato, peeled and shredded
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 leek, sliced
100 g bean sprouts
1 handful bunch of cilantro
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1.5 tbsp lime juice
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
4 lemongrass stalks, chopped and crushed
800 g coconut milk
1 teaspoon herb salt
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry garlic, ginger and lemon grass for a couple of minutes. Add the coconut milk and salt and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Include the noodles the last couple of minutes so they will become soft. Heat the oil in another pan and fry the onion and sweet potatoes for 3-4 minutes. Add the leek and fry for another minute. Stir in tofu, pak choi, bean sprouts, cilantro, soy, sesame oil, lime juice and the coconut and ginger sauce and stir until everything has become warm. Serve!

Chinese, Wok

Sichuan Tofu

This is a very tasty and spicy Chinese dish which gives me completely new taste sensations! Sichuan pepper gives a nice taste to the dish but also a tingling sensation on the tongue if you bite it. (The recipe is inspired from www.svt.se/kinas-mat.)

Serves 6

750 g firm tofu, diced into 2 cm cubes
2 broccoli heads, divided into smaller florets and the stem cut into slices
1 leek, sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 dl rice wine (red or white wine or sherry works fine too)
1 dl soy
1 tbsp sichuan pepper
3 star anise seeds
1 pinch of grated nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
3 bay leaves
1 tsp cloves
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the broccoli stem slices until browned. Put them aside. Fry the broccoli florets until they begin to brown. Put them aside. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes and include the garlic the last half-minute. Add soy, wine, ginger and all dry spices and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in tofu and broccoli. Serve with rice.

Tip: The larger spices may be added in a large tea strainer so they can easily be removed before eating.

Asian, Wok

Tofu and cabbage wok

This is a very tasty and healthy wok which saturates well, with fresh flavors of ginger and lemon. (The recipe is inspired by a recipe from Fredrik Paulún’s webpage www.isodieten.se.)

Serves 6

1 kg firm tofu, diced
1 leeks, sliced
4 carrots, finely sliced
1 cabbage head, shredded
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
230 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
180 g fresh mungbean sprouts
0.5 dl sesame seeds
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 dl soy
0.5 dl lemon juice
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a wok. Fry the sesame seeds for a couple of minutes. Add the leeks and carrots and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the cabbage, garlic, chilli and ginger and stir-fry for another couple of minutes. Stir in tofu, bean sprouts, black beans, sesame oil, soy sauce and lemon juice and mix until everything has become warm. Serve.

Italian, Soup

Italian lentil soup

There are many good recipes on Kung Markatta’s homepage! Here is my version of their Italian lenticchie soup. It’s a very rich soup with delicious flavors of root vegetables, mushrooms and herbs!

Serves 6

3 dl dried green lentils
1 carrot, sliced
1 parsnips, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
250 g champignons, sliced
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 leek, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500 g crushed tomatoes
7 dl water
2 tbsp thyme
2 tsp herb salt
1.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 handful bunch of parsley
Oil for frying
Grated Parmesan cheese and olive oil for serving

Heat oil in a pan and fry all the vegetables and onions for 5 minutes. But include the garlic only the last minute. Add lentils, chopped tomatoes and water and boil for about 25-30 minutes. Add parsley and blend the soup with a hand blender. Serve it with grated Parmesan cheese and olive oil curled over.

European, Patties and burgers, Salad

Root vegetable patties with bean salad and yogurt

These patties have a delightful taste of various root vegetables, and since they are fried raw they feel very fresh and crisp. The patties go very well together with a bean salad with corn and a dollop of yoghurt!

Serves 5

Root vegetable patties

300g carrots, roughly grated
300 g swede, peeled and grated
300 g celeriac, peeled and grated
3 eggs
1 leek, sliced
1 handful bunch of thyme, stripped and chopped
1.5 tsp herbal salt
0.75 tsp ground black pepper
Yoghurt for serving

Mix all ingredients and shape the batter into patties. Fry them over low heat until they get browned on both sides. Serve them with a bean salad (recipe below) and a dollop of yoghurt!

Bean salad with corn

230 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
230 g cooked kidney beans (drained weight)
1/2 red onion, chopped
150 g corn
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 pinch of herb salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper


Greek, Pie

Spinach and feta cheese pie

This pie has a wonderfully thin and crispy pie crust of filo. With the tasty filling of spinach, feta cheese and garlic with a touch of sesame seeds and mint it really is a hit! (The recipe is insirerat a recipe from “Det vegetariska köket” by Lotta Brinck.)

Serves 4-5

130 g filo
250 g fresh spinach, blanched
1 leek, sliced
150 g feta cheese, crumbled
3 eggs
2 dl milk
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp dried mint
0.5 tsp herb salt
2 tbsp sesame seeds

Heat the oven to 200 °C. Cover a pie dish with filo pastry. Whisk the eggs and milk and stir in the garlic, salt and mint. Spread spinach, leek and feta cheese on the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture and top with sesame seeds. Bake it in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the egg mixture has solidified and the pie is golden.

Fusion, Indian, Iranian, Omelette

Herb omelette with lemon basmati rice

This is a wonderfully herbal omelette which goes well together with flavored rice. The dish is a self-composed Iranian-Indian combination where the recipe for the Iranian herb omelette is inspired by a recipe I got from my friend Maryam and the lemon basmati rice is inspired by a recipe from the cook book India by Mridula Baljekar.

Serves 4

Herb omelette

5 eggs
1 leeks, sliced
65 g fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
30 g parsley, chopped
1 handful bunch of coriander, chopped
0.5 dl dried cranberries
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
Oil for frying

Beat the eggs and mix in the remaining ingredients. Fry the omelette over medium heat in a frying pan until solid and browned on both sides. Serve it with lemon basmati rice (see recipe below).

Lemon basmati rice

3 dl basmati rice, rinsed
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
0.5 dl cashew nuts
0.5 tsp turmeric
1 tsp herb salt
5 dl water
2 tbsp lemon juice
30 g chives, chopped

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry mustard seeds and cashews for a few minutes. Add rice, turmeric and herb salt and fry for another minute. Pour in the water and lemon juice and cook according to the cooking time on the rice package. Stir in the chives before serving.

Italian, Soup

Tomato soup with chickpeas and chard

A good olive oil is the icing on the cake for this soup of which the fruitiness gives a nice contrast to the other flavors of sweet tomatoes and herbal rosemary.

Serves 5

400 g dried chickpeas (about 9 dl cooked)
1 kg crushed tomatoes
130 g chard
1 leek, sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
6 dl broth from boiling the chickpeas
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 tbsp rosemary
Olive oil to drizzle
Oil for frying

Cook the chickpeas according to the instructions on the package. Save 6 dl of the broth from the chickpeas and blend 2/3 of the chickpeas with the broth with a blender. Heat oil in a stewpan and fry leek and garlic for about 1 min. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, spices, chickpea mash, the whole chickpeas and chard. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve the soup with olive oil curled over.

Middle eastern, Soup

Sweet and sour couscous and lentil soup

A rich and spicy soup with a slight tartness. The highlights are the yoghurt which gives a nice contrast to the spiciness and the cashew nuts which give the soup a crunch.

Serves 5

1 leeks, sliced
2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
2.5 dl dried red lentils, rinsed
1 dl couscous
1.5 l water
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
Oil for frying
2 dl cashew nuts
Yoghurt as topping

Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the cashew nuts until golden brown. Put them aside. Fry onions and leeks for about 1 min. Add the vegetables, ginger and garlic and fry for another couple of minutes. Add water, lentils, couscous, lemon juice and spices. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve the soup topped with a dollop of yogurt and cashew nuts.

European, Fusion, Lasagna and gratin, Patties and burgers

Green pea and carrot patties with potato gratin

These are very tasty pea and carrot patties which go very well together with potato gratin.

Serves 4

Pea and carrot patties
5 dl green peas
2 onions
2 carrots
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp marjoram
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp black pepper
2 dl soy or chickpea flour

Blend all ingredients in food processor to a coarse batter (alternatively mash the peas, chop the onions and grate the carrots and mix with the other ingredients). Shape the batter into patties and fry them on low heat until they are browned on both sides. Serve the patties with potato gratin (recipe below) and a green salad.

Potato gratin
800 g potatoes, sliced (preferably with skin on)
1 leek, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp thyme
1.5 tsp herb salt
2 dl cream
3 dl milk
3 dl grated cheese

Heat the oven to 200 °C. Mix potatoes, leek, garlic, thyme and salt in an ovenproof dish. Pour in the cream and milk and top with grated cheese. Gratinate in the over for about 45 minutes.