Budinca aromata cu ciuperci shimeji/Flavored pudding with shimeji mushrooms

Uneori se intampla sa primesc de la familie, prieteni sau colaboratori tot felul de ingrediente interesante si foarte gustoase. Inspiratia vine repede si ma grabesc sa va povestesc si voua despre ce am mai pus la cale in bucatarie.
Nu stiu daca am povestit vreodata pe-aici despre cum ma inspir pentru retetele pe care le postez. Daca e vorba de retete clasice incerc mereu sa le folosesc pe cele din familie si de la prieteni dragi. Folosesc si carti, uneori ma uit cu drag la bucatarii mei preferatii de la televizor, emisiunile culinare fiind singurele pe care le urmaresc. De fiecare data insa am incercat sa adaptez retetele pe gustul meu si al celor pentru care gatesc.
Reteta de budinca aromata cu ciuperci shimeji este inspirata din emisiunile bucatarilor englezi. Mirosul si gustul ciupercilor shimeji imi aduce aminte de o padure in timpul lunilor de toamna, cand umezeala si frunzele uscate creeaza o atmosfera unica. Desi nu am vizitat niciodata Anglia, asa imi inchipui eu padurile lor si atmosfera de la tara.
Sometimes it happens to get all sorts of wonderful and interesting ingredients from my family, friends and collaborators. Inspiration comes fast and in a big hurry I come here to tell what I cooked in my kitchen.
I don’t know if I told you before here somewhere from where I get my inspiration for the recipes posted on my blog. If there are classic recipes I try to use the ones cooked by my family and dear friends. I use books, sometimes I watch with so much joy my favorites chefs  at TV, culinary programs being the only TV shows that I’m usually try to see. But every time I tried to adapt the recipes to my tastes and also to the ones’ for whom I’m cooking. 
Flavored pudding’s with shimeji mushrooms recipe is inspired by English chefs’ TV shows. Shimeji mushrooms’ taste and smell make me think about a forest in autumn months, when the moisture and dead leaves create an unique atmosphere. Although I never saw England, that’s how I’m imagining its woods and countryside atmosphere. 

Reteta este foarte simpla, rustica si rapid de facut.
Aveti nevoie de urmatoarele ingrediente:
– 100 g ciuperci shimeji albe
– 100 g ciuperci shimeji brune
– 2 linguri de ulei
– 3-4 felii de spek (sau bacon)
– 1 ardei rosu
– 2 cepe
– 2 oua
– 3 linguri de smantana- busuioc
– maghiran
– sare
– cateva felii de paine graham
– 200-250 ml lapte
The recipe is very simple, rustic and quick.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
-100 g white shimeji mushrooms 
-100 g brown shimeji mushrooms 
– 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
-3-4 slices of spek or bacon
– 1 red bell pepper
– 2 onions
– 2 eggs
– 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
– basil
– marjoram
– salt
– few loafs of graham bread
-200-250 ml of milk 

Ele sunt faimoasele ciupercute. Ceea ce ati vazut in prima imagine sunt altfel de ciuperci-king oyster si champignon, folosite numai pentru fotografii.
These are the famous mushrooms. What you saw in the first picture are other mushrooms-king oyster and champignon, used only for photos here.

Am calit in putin ulei ceapa impreuna cu ardeiul si feliile de spek taiate marunt.
I tempered in some oil the onions with bell pepper and spek slices cut in small pieces.

Am adaugat apoi ciupercile, condimentele si sarea si am acoperit cu un capac. Nu am adaugat apa deoarece ciupercile au lasat suficienta. Dupa 15-20 de minute toate ingredientele erau moi iar cantitatea de sos format era destul de mica. Am stins focul si am lasat amestecul sa se raceasca cam 10 minute.
I added the mushrooms, spices and salt and I covered with a lid. I didn’t put any extra water because the mushrooms left in off in order to boil. After 15-20 minutes all the ingredients were boiled and the quantity of sauce that formed in the pan was just in off. I took the pan aside and left the mix to cool off about 10 minutes. 

Dupa cele 10 minute am adaugat smantana amestecata cu oua.
After 10 minutes I added heavy cream mixed with eggs.

Am inmuiat painea in lapte si am asezat-o intr-o tava de silicon. Am pus compozitia cu ciuperci si am acoperit cu felii de paine inmuiate in lapte. Tava am pus-o in cuptorul preincalzit la 150 de grade Celsius. Budinca este gata dupa 30-40 de minute, in functie de cat de crocanta vreti sa fie painea.
I dipped the bread in milk and put it in a silicon tray. I added the mushroom mix and I covered with slices of bread dipped in milk. I put the tray in the preheated oven at 150 Celsius degrees. The pudding is ready in 30-40, depending on how crunchy you prefer the bread.

 

Budinca se serveste calda sau rece, cu legume proaspete sau langa aperitive.
PS: Nu stiu exact unde gasiti ciupercutele astea. Eu le-am primit de la prietenii mei (multumesc, Laurentiu!)
The pudding can be served warm or cold, with fresh vegetables or near some appetizers.
 PS: I don’t know exactly where you can find these mushrooms. I’ve got them from my friends ( thanks, Laurentiu!)
Bon appetit!

Rulada cu crema fina de ciocolata neagra si cafea/Cake roll with dark chocolate and coffee

Fac ce fac si tot la ingredientul meu preferat revin! Nu mai e o surpriza pentru nimeni ca sunt indragostita iremediabil de cafeaua buna, de povestile care se tes in jurul ei si de faptul ca a devenit un pretext ca sa fim alaturi de cei pe care-i iubim si pretuim.
Tot la o cafea am intalnit o persoana deosebita, care imi impartaseste pasiunea si chiar mai mult, ii stie toate secretele. Promit ca am sa-l conving sa ne spuna secretul celui mai bun cappuccino facut acasa dar si cum sa alegem cele mai potrivite tipuri de cafea, in functie de ceea ce preferam si alte lucruri inedite. Intre timp a ales ingredientele pentru unul dintre cele mai fine deserturi facute de mine pana acum-rulada cu crema fina de ciocolata neagra si cafea.
I do what I do and I keep coming back to my favorite ingredient! It’s no surprise for nobody that I’m irremediably in love with good coffee, with stories told near it and the fact that it became a pretext to be with the ones that we love and cherish. 
Also near a coffee I met a special person, who shares the same passion and even more, he knows all its secrets. I promise to convince him to tell us the secret of the best homemade cappuccino and how to choose the most suitable types of coffee, depending on what we prefer and other interesting things. Meanwhile he chose the ingredients for one of the finest desserts I ever made-cake roll with dark chocolate and coffee.

Ingrediente blat:
– 4 oua
– 3 linguri faina
– 2 linguri cacao
– 4 linguri zahar
– extract vanilie
– 5g praf de copt

Ingrediente crema:
– 200 ml cafea espresso (sau 250 ml daca doriti crema mai moale)
– 80 g ciocolata neagra
– 50 g unt
– 2 linguri zahar (optional)

Ingredients for sponge cake:
– 4 eggs
– 3 tablespoons of flour
-2 tablespoons of cocoa
– 4 tablespoons of sugar
– vanilla extract
– 5 g baking powder

Ingredients for cream:
– 200 ml of coffee – espresso (or 250 ml if you want a more liquid cream)
– 80 g dark chocolate
– 50g butter
– 2 tablespoons of sugar (optional)

Am separat albusurile si am mixat bine pana am obtinut o spuma. Apoi am adaugat zaharul si am continuat sa mixez pana cand spuma a devenit tare. A venit randul galbenusurilor si al vaniliei sa le incorporez. In final am adaugat faina, cacao si praf de copt si am mixat pana la omogenizare.
I separated the egg whites and I mixed well until I obtained a foam. After that I added the sugar and I continued to mix until the foam thickened. Then I incorporated the egg yolks and vanilla. In the end I put the flour, cocoa and baking powder and I mixed until the composition became homogeneous. 

Intr-o tava am pus hartie de copt si am turnat compozitia. Am copt blatul la 150 de grade Celsius timp de 9-10 minute. Inainte de a scoate blatul din cuptor am incercat sa vad daca e copt cu o scobitoare.
In a baking tray I put some baking paper and I poured the composition. I baked the sponge cake at 150 Celsius degrees for 9-10 minutes. Before taking out the sponge cake I verified if it’s baked with a toothpick.

Apoi am rulat blatul cu ajutorul hartiei de copt si l-am lasat sa se raceasca. Inainte de a fi folosit acesta se va desprinde usor de pe hartie. Apoi se va pune crema. Rularea se face usor deoarece blatul are deja forma si elasticitatea necesara.
After that I rolled the sponge cake with the baking paper and I left it to cool off. Before using it, take the paper easily and after that put the cream. The rolling is made easily because the sponge cake has the shape and the elasticity already. 

Pentru crema noi am ales cafea cu aroma deosebita si o ciocolata de foarte buna calitate.
Am preparat expresso dupa care am pus lichidul intr-un vas in care am adaugat si bucatele rupte de ciocolata. Am amestecat energic pana la omogenizare. La final am pus untul si am amestecat bine pentru a-l incorpora. Am preferat varianta cu o crema mai lichida si fara cele doua linguri de zahar optionale, considerand ca este suficient in ciocolata.
Am pus crema calduta peste blat si l-am rulat. Rulada am invelit-o in folie si am lasat-o pana a doua zi in frigider. Se serveste ca atare, pudrata cu zahar sau cu frisca.
For cream we chose coffee with a special flavor and a chocolate with a very good quality. 
I prepared espresso and after I put the liquid in a pot in which I added the small pieces of chocolate. I mixed very well until I got a homogeneous composition. In the end I put the butter and stirred well to incorporate it. I preferred the variant with the liquid cream and without the two optional tablespoons of sugar, because I considered that the chocolate has in off sugar. 
I put the cream warm on the sponge cake and I rolled it. The cake roll was put in aluminum and left until the next day in the fridge. It can be served as it is, dusted with powdered sugar or even with cream.

Pofta buna!
Bon apettit!

Supa crema de legume si porumb cu trufa neagra/Vegetables and corn soup with black truffle

Se intampla cateodata sa primesc anumite ingrediente pe care nu stiu sa le folosesc. Habar n-am sa le combin, de multe ori nici nu le-am vazut in magazine sau nici nu le-am gustat vreodata. Asta s-a intamplat si cu trufele negre pe care le-am primit de la cineva tare dragut, ca parte a unui cadou deosebit. Asa ca m-am pus e treaba si am studiat cateva retete. Am ales cateva care mi s-au parut deosebite, simple si gustoase.
Una din ele este supa crema de legume cu porumb. Eu am adaugat feliile de trufa. Am avut o idee buna, aroma fiind deosebita.
Sometimes it happens to receive different ingredients that I don’t know how to use. I have no idea how to combine them, in most of the times I didn’t even saw them in the store or tasted them. This happened with the black truffles also. I received them from a sweet person, as a part of a wonderful present. So I made some research and I studied few recipes. I chose some of them which seemed exquisite, simple and tasty. One of them is the vegetables and corn cream soup. I added the slices of black truffle and it was a great idea because the flavor is wonderful. 

Ingredientele alese pentru supa au reflectat regula generala de a le folosi pe cele care pun in valoare trufa, fara a fi foarte aromate.
The ingredients that were chosen for this soup reflected the general rule of using the ones that put the truffle in the light, without being very flavorful.  

Ingrediente:
– 1 ceapa
– 3-4 morcovi
– 2-3 cartofi
– 1 ardei rosu
– 200 g porumb dulce
-sare
-piper
-ulei de masline
-felii de trufa neagra
Ingredients:
– 1 onion
– 3-4 carrots
– 2-3 potatoes
-1 bell pepper
– 200g sweet corn
– salt
– pepper
– olive oil
-slices of black truffle

Am fiert legumele cu putina sare iar spre final am adaugat porumbul dulce, din conserva. Am folosit din cel de la Sun Foods
Am pasat legumele cu mixerul vertical pana am obtinut o supa crema destul de consistenta. Apoi am adaugat putin piper, cateva picaturi de ulei de masline si cateva felii de trufa si am servit supa alaturi de crutoane de paine. Eu am preferat varianta vegetariana/de post. Se poate servi si cu smantana sau putin iaurt fara a afecta gustul trufei.
I boiled the vegetables with some salt and in the end I added sweet corn, from can. I used sweet corn from Sun Foods
I mixed the vegetables with the vertical mixer until I obtained a thick soup. After that I added some pepper, few drops of olive oil and some slices of black truffle and we served the soup with bread croutons. I preferred the vegetarian/ fastening recipe. It can be served also with sour cream or yogurt without affecting the truffle flavor. 

Daca nu aveti trufa puteti folosi ulei cu aroma de trufa pe care il gasiti mai usor. Pofta buna!
If you don’t have truffle you can use oil with truffle flavor which can be found easily. Bon appetit!