Pinaattipäivät – Spinach Days

It has been a long time since I last wrote. I always promise to myself to write at least one post per week but oh well. I guess this is the reality when you are working 5 days a week in a busy job and have a toddler. Not much of your own time and when you do, you just want to be and breath. I love my job and that keeps me going when I am tired or sick as today when having a day off from work.

My daughter and I had a very spinachy week last week, we did spinach pancakes and spinach soup and she loved the both. I felt like a huge victory when I got her to eat something green, she is one of those kids who prefer pasta&chicken, pasta&sausages, rice&chicken , white bread and all of these with loads of ketchup. No vegetable have I managed to get her to eat for 3 years! Spinach victory, that what it was. I was also excited to be able to do both spinach soup and pancakes without dairy or eggs (my soup I served with one boiled egg as it is traditional to do so). My husband did not recognise the oat milk base in the spinach soup when he did blind tasting, that is how good and authentic it tasted like! Here you are these simple recipes, perfect for toddlers. My daughter loved dipping bread in different kind of soups.

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Spinach Soup (Dairy free):

1 litre of oat milk
1dl (1/2 a cup) white flour
150g of frozen spinach
1tsp salt
hint of white pepper
hint of nutmeg

1. Mix cold oat milk and white flour together and whisk it a bit to make sure no flour lumps appear.
2. Heat it up to the boil and then keep in heat (without boil) and mix all the time until gets thick (takes 10-15min).
3. Add spices.
4. Serve with bread and boiled eggs if you prefer.
This is super tasty and so traditionally Finnish! The same thick soup tastes great with boiled potatoes too when used as a sauce.

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Spinach pancakes (Dairy free): Makes 8-10 small pancakes

 2 1/2 dl (1 1/4 cup) oat milk
a bit under  1/2 dl (1/4 cup) canola oil
1 1/2-2dl (3/4-1 cup) white flour
1/2tsp salt
2-3 cubes of defrosted frozen spinach

1.Mix together oat milk, canola oil, then add flour and salt.
2. In the end add the defrosted spinach cubes and mix well.
3. Fry in the frying pan in canola oil and serve with sugar or jam.

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View from my office building. Pretty amazing!

Butternut squash spinach ricotta pie

This recipe is one of my most recent ones. I developed this pie for our Halloween party last weekend as I wanted to do something halloweeny that has pumpkin in it.  I decided to combine all my favourite flavours and it worked indeed. The pie was super tasty.

Ingredients:

500g puff pastry

1 big butternut squash

250g spinach

200g ricotta cheese

black pepper and salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1-2tbs Kecap Manis

1 egg

1. Precook the butternut squash. Cut it into small cubes and roll in olive oil, add lots of salt and black pepper. Cook the cubes in the oven in 200 celcius degrees for 15-20min so that they turn to brown and look cooked. You can do this phase on the day before and let the cooked cubes sit in the fridge  and absorb all the flavours.

2. Cook spinach in a casserole.

3. Mix butternut squash cubes, spinach and ricotta cheese together. Add salt, blackpepper, nutmeg and KeCap Manis. Let the filling sit for a while to absorb the flavours.

4. Put half of the puff pastry in a large baking dish and form the base. Precook the base in 200 celsius degrees for 10min. REMEMBER to stick small holes in it with a fork so that it does not turn out to be to puffy.

5. Take the precooked base out of the oven and put the filling on the top of the base. Use another half of the puff pastry to cover the pie,  brush the cover with some egg so that it gets a nice golden colour when it is cooked. Remember again to stick small holes on the puff pastry. Cook in 200 celsius degrees for 20-30min so that the pie looks golden brown and cooked.

ENJOY!

Saag Paneer

My dear Aussie man surprised me with this meal one weekend. After that we have had this same dish once in a week for three weeks. It is delighful, I mean absolutely delicious! Try it and you get addicted.

  • 400-750g baby spinach, washed
  • 3 tbs polive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 onions chopped
  • thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 2 tsp ground coriander (can add more)
  • 1 tsp Kecap Manis
  • 250g paneer cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1-2tbs yellow curry powder
  • 2dl double cream (in Finnish ”ruokakerma”)
  1. Cook the onions and garlic. Add spinach
  2. Add all the spices and cream.
  3. Add the paneer cheese.
  4. Cook it slowly in a casserole.
  5. Enjoy!