There’s No Smoke Without Fire

On Monday we borrowed a pile of comics from the library. On our way home we stopped to buy some bread and somehow a bag of nachos went to our basket too. At home we made hot and smoky salsa and spent the evening on the balcony reading comics and eating nachos and salsa.

Smoky Salsa

6 ripe tomatoes (450-500g)
2 garlic cloves
some onion stalks OR 1 small onion
few slices of canned jalapeño
1 tbsp liquid from the jalapeño can OR hot sauce
2 tsp extra hot chili powder*
1 tsp chipotle powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
pinch of salt and brown sugar

Scald and peel the tomatoes (or if you don’t mind about tomato peel pieces in your salsa you can leave the peels on). Chop everything and mix together in a pot. Bring to boil, turn the heat on low and simmer 30 minutes or so, stirring ever now and then.

*We used extra hot chili powder and the salsa was rather fiery. If you like milder salsa, use regular chili powder and/or smaller amount.

Small Zucchini Quiches

Recipe for the veganized zucchini quiches we had on our Yugoslavian movie night.


400g wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3 dl mineral water

3 zucchinis
250 g tofu
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp basil
pinch of cayenne
3 garlic cloves
0,5 dl oil

Coarsely grate the zucchinis. Sprinkle with salt and drain in colander.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add mineral water and quickly knead together. Divide in 8 balls and roll them flat circles. Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius degrees.

Crumble the tofu with your hands. Add drained zucchini and rest of the ingredients. Add more salt or other spices if needed. Put a generous layer of filling on each dough circle, but leave a border on the edges. Lift the edges up. Bake 20-30 minutes or until the crust and filling are slightly browned.

Yugoslavian Movie Night

We watch quite a lot of movies. Especially non-Hollywood and non-English movies. Pretentious art-hipsterism or not, it’s a wonderful excuse for combining food culture and media culture.

Our movie of choice this time was Srđan Dragojević’s excellent and controversial “Lepa sela lepo gore” (“Pretty village, pretty flame”) which was accompanied by some Yugoslavian (Slovenian) delicacies. Hold your horses! We’re very aware the movie is essentially Serbian and the food cultures do vary in the melting-pot of former Yugoslavia, but we found Slovenian vegetarian recipes and decided that it’s close enough.

We had two kinds of salads, mini quiches, beer and Blair’s habanero chips.

Slovenian Cucumber Salad

5 medium/large potatoes + water for boiling
1 kg cucumbers (3 long)
3,5 dl soy yogurt
3-4 big garlic cloves

Peel the potatoes, cut them half and slice. Boil them, drain and allow to cool. Coarsely grate the cucumbers, mix with salt and drain in a colander for a while. Mince the garlic and mix everything in a bowl. Let sit in the fridge for couple of hours before serving.

The original recipe didn’t say how much garlic would be good. I used 2 big cloves, but I think the salad could have been more garlicy, so I wrote 3-4 cloves.

Lentil Salad

1,5 dl green lentils + water for boiling
1 small red bell pepper
1 shallot
3 tbsp red vine vinegar
3 tbsp oil

Boil the lentils about 30 minutes or until soft but not mushy. Chop the shallot and dice the bell pepper. Mix together and season with vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Let sit in the fridge couple of hours before serving.

The recipe for the zucchini quiches is in its own blog entry.

More Plants Indoors

Yesterday I posted about the plants on our balcony. Well, we have more plants on our windowsills.

Different chili varieties. They were planted last year and some of them are already producing pods.

Basil in the kitchen.

Rosemary and wild garlic. Our rosemary has survived two winters on the windowsill, even if it’s supposed to be impossible here in Finland.