Derby day treat for the family

Well, derby days are different for all the family – but I wouldn’t say that difference is always loved or understood. But you all know that, you football lovers. It’s half past one now here in Hungary, so something like 3 and a half hour to go – and I NEED to read previews, articles, blog posts from all over the world about the match.

So, prior to the kick off it’s always good to do something together – so this time we managed to cook something with my daughter for the family – fish with mushroom and onion with a bit of marinade. Even kids love it, and it’s really easy to prepare, kids can create their own marinade, so no worries, at all.

We had cod at home in the freezer and my wife was clever enough yesterday to take that out for the night. What was important is that I put the fish in a bowl that has whole underneath, so the ice becoming water could drip down to another bowl – that helps you have a dryer piece of fish that doesn’t easily fall into little parts.

So, what I do is put tinfoil to a pan, so it’s easier to clean – and the fish on it. You can add a bit of olive oil or butter but that’s not a must, it works without it, too.

I cleaned and sliced some mushrooms, say 6 pieces, and one onion. I placed one third of the sliced mushrooms on the foil, the put the fish on them. Then the rest of the mushroom and the onion, taken apart to rings.

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Layers of fish, mushroom and onion

Then came my daughter with a bowl, mixing sour cream, mayonnaise, grated cheese, diced mozzarella, salt and pepper together. Pour it all over the things in the pan, use a spoon or anything else to spread.

Preheat the oven to 210-230 degrees Celsius, put the pan in for something like 20 to 30 minutes – and here we go!

fish and mushroom
Ready to serve!

Everybody loves it, and you can make your own sauce if you don’t like mine – it was ready in 50 minutes.

Enjoy and Go Reds!

(Back to preparing for the game!)

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Sautéed skillet potatoes – and Hull City, away

Well, I’m a bit behind, first ’cause I missed the West Ham game (well, I watched it in a pub, so I couldn’t cook anything, I had a bit more beer, rather…), and secondly because there was an internet crisis here during Christmas – when else?

Never mind, I’d planned to cook this as part of the learning process – this time it was sautéing something easy, just to start with. (And it was the same kind of experience for Moyes as well – after a couple of disappointing results, the team won four in a row in all competitions. And the festive season coming there was a lot to hope on either the cooking side – turkey, soups, whatever or the footballing side – while we play against teams below us, on the table, at least, our biggest opponents play a couple of matches against each other.)

As on Boxing Day we still had the best part of the Christmas Turkey it was obvious to make a side dish for it, and when the match started I started to prepare everything. That was the time when I realized that I hadn’t known if I had baking potatoes at home. So there was a bit of a delay in the process – and by the I made the decision to bake them anyway, Hull City were in front by a goal that shouldn’t have happened – firstly because it wasn’t a corner and secondly because we should have defended better. Anyway, it’s not really a big deal if you concede early in the game – most of the game is there for you to turn it around, and United have proved they can do that many times.

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Potatoes sautéed in a skillet/pan

So I started to chop the potatoes into cubes, or as size matters, into dices, rather. By the time I finished and put the cubes into the skillet with something like three or four tablespoon of oil, United were two goals behind, once again a rather interesting goal – good old Evans and his right leg did the job for Hull. We were unlucky there, and although I was swearing a little bit (I really didn’t understand what was going on, ’cause I didn’t know what our defenders were doing there), but I knew that we would somehow win that game. I really thought that we were going to score more than two and weren’t going to concede again. Continue reading

Pickled eggs with chilies

I’v been planning it since I first saw the picture of a jar, packed with boiled eggs – and this last weekend was the day when I was ready for.

Pickled eggs are rather easy to make – boil the eggs, put them in a jar, pour vinegar on the stuff and ready. And it probably tastes good – I don’t know, ’cause I’ve never tried it. Only, I loved the picture of it, so I decided to make my own jar on the HMC way.

All in one jar - plus the eggs
All in one jar – plus the eggs

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Nakládaný hermelín – cheese in a jar

The title means something like layered cheese – as far as I know hermelin is a type of cheese in the Czech Republic, made in the town of Sedlčany. It is sold throughout the country under different brands but rather hard to buy elsewhere.

nakladany hermelin
Nice looking layers…

But don’t worry, the cheese is quite the same as a Camembert. It has a soft, spreadable inside and covered with mold.

But what is it for? Continue reading