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Recipe No. 17: Kofta In its simplest form it is balls made with minced meat, similar to meatballs, used beef or lamb that is often mixed with different spices and sometimes also with chopped onions. The meat is sometimes mixed with rice, burghul, vegetables, or egg to form a paste that is then roasted. Koftas are sometimes made with fish or vegetables instead of meat, especially in India.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 1 kg of fine minced beef.
  • 2 medium grated onions.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pita bread and green salad to serve.

For the sauce

  • 300 ml thick natural yogurt.
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Preparation in 5 steps

  1. In a bowl or bowl place the minced meat and add the rest of the ingredients. Knead the mixture gently with your hands until it acquires a homogeneous consistency.
  2. Separate the mixture in 4 equal parts and wrap with it 4 flat metal skewers.
  3. Grill skewers in a grill that has been preheated for about 4-5 minutes and until golden brown.
  4. Mix the yogurt and fresh mint. Reserve it
  5. Serve the hot kofta, accompanied by pita bread and green salad. In a separate bowl the yogurt sauce to accompany.

Lamb cubes with yogurt

I have not tried this recipe for several months now. If I remember correctly, it was last winter in a small family reunion very close to the snow. Now that I look through my cookbooks and have found it, I decide to share it and point it out among the culinary objectives of the next 2 weeks.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 450 g of lean lamb meat and cut into cubes of approximately 2.5 cm
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon more for tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of bread without crust
  • 4 peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 300 ml of yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika

Preparation in 3 steps

  1. Heat the olive oil with 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over low heat and fry the meat cubes until tender. Season them to taste.
  2. Melt the butter in a bowl over medium-low heat and sauté the tomato until tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Beat the yogurt until it is soft and season it to your liking. Lightly toast the bread on both sides and cut them into 2.5 cm squares and place them in a dish. Melt the remaining butter and mix it with the paprika.
  3. To serve, spread the tomato over the bread and add the yogurt on top, then place the meat cubes and sprinkle with butter and paprika. Serve immediately.

ENJOY!

Chicken croquettes

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Although the origin of croquettes is associated with France, I think it is a universal and timeless food that will survive the passage of time as an international culinary heritage. Despite all this, my Ottoman friend Ahmed has insisted on the Turkish origin of the croquettes, and even with some rickety arguments poured by Ahmed in favor of the origin of this entrant, I decide to pay him a small tribute with this post on the blog.

Ingredients for 4-6 people

  • 2 large slices of white bread without crust.
  • Milk to soak.
  • 2 chicken breasts medium, cooked, without skin.
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Half teaspoon of turmeric.
  • Flour to flour.
  • Frying oil
  • Juice of half a lemon

Preparation in 3 steps

  1. In a bowl, cover the slices of bread with milk. Let them soak for 5 minutes. Then squeeze them and demolish them.
  2. Grind the chicken breasts in a food processor. In a bowl, mix the breasts with the bread and the beaten egg and season with salt, pepper and turmeric. Knead the mixture and roast small croquettes 1 cm in diameter. Pass them through flour.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the croquettes in batches until golden brown. Serve hot or cold, sprinkled with lemon juice.

Enjoy!

How to avoid a car loan debt?

Image result for car loanIn the last years, more and more long auto loans have become very popular. It’s about making monthly repayments more affordable, but in the end you stack up a debt that you can not afford. Staggered auto loans rely on the fact that you can purchase a more expensive automotive model at a lower monthly cost. The end result is that people buy a more expensive car than they can afford and spend a lot more on interest than they would like. There has definitely been a boom in the long-term auto loan industry over the past decade, and that is almost troubling. The average car loan in 2015 was 72 months, compared with just 65 months in 2007. This increase has even exceeded mortgages, line of credit and credit cards. In the last 7 years, the auto loan industry has grown from $ 16.2 billion to $ 64 billion.

Negative impact and negative equity

Auto loans can have negative or positive equity. Negative equity occurs when you owe more than the value of the car and positive equity is the opposite. When you buy a new vehicle, its positive equity is at its highest since you have not made a payment yet and because the value of the vehicle is falling rapidly.

However, around the fourth year of a standard 60-month loan, you will fall into positive equity. This is a good position since you owe less than the value of the vehicle. The problem with long-term loans is that you quickly fall back into negative equity. The reason is that the value of your vehicle decreases faster than the speed at which you make your payments. You want to avoid that at all costs.

Separate the good from the bad

Auto loans are not all bad, but there is certainly a good and a bad way to manage them. The best gift you can make to yourself and your financial future is to put yourself in a position where you know what is going on and you will not be tempted to take a loan more staggered than necessary for the sole purpose of having lower monthly payments. The good news is that after reading this article, you will already be more informed than the majority of the population. Always remember to reimburse your vehicle during the given period and no longer.

Learn how to avoid auto debt

The truth is that most Canadians will have to borrow money at some point in their lives. The important thing is to avoid a car debt and not be seduced by debt-bonds that announce high-end vehicles at lower costs.

Buy only a vehicle that you can afford

Do not take a car loan for a car that will drive you into more debt. A 60-month loan is ideal. It is also normal to have negative equity at the beginning of your contract, but you have to convert it to positive equity towards the end of the contract.

Give a bigger down payment at the start

Ideally, when buying a new vehicle, you should give 20% of the total amount. The higher the down payment, the better.

Avoid long term loans

You are already aware of this but it is important to remember it. Most people are seduced by staggered loans to avoid making higher payments, but as mentioned, a shorter loan will save you more money in the end.

Do your research on your options

You may have decided on your car model. This is easy. You must also know which financing option to choose. Do your research and do not let the dealers persuade you to avoid certain financing options.

Pay off your vehicle as soon as possible

Once approved for a car loan, you must start paying it back as soon as possible. Here are some ways to make a car loan faster

Lump sum payments

Making lump sum payments as much as you can will allow you to repay your loan faster. These payments are not pre-established and can be made at the discretion of the borrower. In the end, you will pay less interest.

Increase your payments

Making higher monthly payments will reduce the duration of your car debt. The more you increase these payments, the faster your loan will be repaid. Ideally, your goal is to have a reliable and convenient vehicle as soon as possible. If you manage your finances well and increase your monthly payments, this goal is achievable sooner than you can imagine.

Go to a lower-end vehicle

One of the reasons for having refund problems can be your vehicle itself. If it’s too upscale, maybe it does not reflect your income. In this case, you could sell it or exchange it for a profitable vehicle. You could reduce your payments considerably. With a lower loan, you will be able to make regular monthly payments and thus repay your loan faster.

The result

Your ultimate goal should be to improve your financial situation and pay off your car loan as quickly as possible. It should not exceed a certain period of time. Be realistic in your choice of car and, if possible, make lump sum payments as soon as your finances allow. If you follow this line of action, you will repay your car loan successfully.

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Lamb dumplings with yoghurt sauce

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In the case of today you can see that the recipe offers the possibility of making dough for the empanadillas, although I have taken the option of buying tapas from supermarket empanadas that save time. In any case, it is more romantic to do the whole ritual. For those who prefer it, you could use wholemeal flour that provides biologically better energy.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 250 ml chicken broth
  • 500 ml thick yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried mint
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

For the mass

  • 300 g flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten with cold water until it reaches 125 ml

For filling

  • 200 g of minced lamb meat
  • 1 small grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation in 7 steps

  1. To prepare the dough, place the flour and salt in a bowl, add the egg and mix to form a consistent dough. Love it until it has a homogeneous consistency. Now cover it with a cloth and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  2. If you have decided to buy the dough made, take those 30 minutes to watch the next video.
  3. Start preparing the filling. In a bowl, mix the meat, the grated onion, and the parsley. Spice and mix everything.
  4. Spread the very thin dough on a floured surface, cut it into squares about 5cm on each side and cover them with a damp kitchen towel.
  5. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each box. Moisten the edges with a little water and seal them in a triangle shape. Press the edges well so that they are well closed.
  6. In a saucepan with boiling water, place the empanadillas and let them cook for 5 minutes and remove them.
  7. In another saucepan, bring the broth to a boil and cook the empanadillas again for 5 more minutes. Mix the garlic and mint with the yogurt, put it in the saucepan and heat it without letting it boil. Serve the dish garnished with mint leaves.

ENJOY!

Bean salad

Recipe No. 9: Bean salad There is no doubt that being a salad, it would be better to post this recipe in July or August, but accompanied by a good grilled or baked meat, it is ideal for any season. On the other hand, the Spanish-speakers of South America are in full summer solstice and wanting to eat something fresh.

Ingredients for 6 people

  • 400 g of white beans left to soak overnight in cold water and drained. But those that come in preserves are worth.
  • Salt.
  • 1 clove garlic.
  • 2 small onions cut into thin rings.
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar.
  • 150 ml of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 spoonful of chopped parsley
  • 1 handful of fresh and chopped mint
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill.
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into strips
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs cut into slices.

Preparation in 3 steps

  1. Put the beans in a pot with cold water, bring them to a boil, over low heat, for an hour. Add salt to taste. Drain them and put them in a salad bowl.
  2. Crush the garlic with a little salt in a mortar . Add it to the beans together with the onion, the lemon juice, the vinegar and the olive oil. Mix the ingredients well.
  3. Spread the chopped herbs and add the pepper strips. Serve the cold salad after an hour in the fridge. – Garnish with the slices of hard-boiled egg.

ENJOY! 

Lamb with spring onion and herbs

You are already realizing that Turkish food is very spicy and somewhat spicy; In addition, lamb and rice are essential parts of many of the recipes.
In the dish of today, not to be outdone, we incorporate the lamb meat and rice with a delicious mix of herbs that elevate the recipe to another level. The red wine syrah is a good choice to accompany.

Ingredients for 6 people

  • 1.5 kg of leg of lamb boneless.
  • 2 bundles of chives clean and cut into slices.
  • 1 handful of fresh and chopped dill.
  • 1 large onions cut into quarters.
  • 300 ml of water.
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cooked rice to accompany.

Preparation in 3 steps

  1. Remove all excess fat from the meat and place the lamb in a large clay pot. Add the onion, dill and onion and pour over the water and oil. Salpiméntalo.
  2. Cover the casserole and let it cook over medium-high heat almost until it is boiled, then lower the temperature and keep cooking for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender. You can add more water if necessary.
  3. Remove the casserole from the heat and after letting it rest for 10 minutes, serve it accompanied by white rice.

ENJOY!

Iman Biyaldi

This recipe is to prepare what in Turkey is known as “mezze” and they serve to open your mouth before a meal; in Western Europe it was referred to as an entrant.
The recipe was taught to me by a friend about 4 years ago and I have put it into practice 2-3 times, 1 of which was in a meeting with friends and they had a resounding success !!


Ingredients for 4 people

  • 4 large aubergines without the stem
  • Sea salt
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar or honey

For the filling

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 onions cut into rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped and seedless
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 handful of chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation in 5 steps

  1. Make 3 incisions along the aubergines but without cutting them. Leave them in a container, drain them and cover them with something that makes weight to let them rest for the time of 1 hour.
  2. Sauté the onion for 5 minutes, until tender but not golden brown. Add the garlic and stir 1 more minute. Remove from heat, add tomato and parsley together with ground pepper and let warm.
  3. Rinse the aubergines in a stream of cold water and then dry them on absorbent paper. Fill them with a spoonful of the preparation that you will introduce through the incisions previously made. Place the stuffed aubergines in a large saucepan.
  4. Mix the water with 150 ml of oil, lemon juice, sugar and honey. Pour the contents into the saucepan with the aubergines, cover the saucepan and let them simmer for 45-60 minutes until they are tender. You can add more water if necessary.
  5. Remove the aubergines from the heat, let cool to room temperature and serve cold and as a starter in a dish.

Shish Kebab

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Kebab (kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, or kephav) is a wide variety of foods on skewers or skewers from the Middle East that were later adopted in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and other parts of Europe, as also in southern and central Asia. In general the term, kebab without any other qualifier is used to refer to the shish kebab (in Turkish: “şiş kebap”) that is cooked on a skewer or skewer.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 900 g of leg of lamb cut into cubes
  • 16 whole cherry tomatoes
  • 16 whole onions
  • 1 red pepper, ginned and cut into 8 pieces
  • Cooked white rice and green salad to serve.

For the marinade

  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation in 5 steps

  1. For the adobo, put the olive oil in a source that is not made of metal, grate the onion on top, add the cinnamon and salt all. Add the meat cubes and let them marinate for at least 3 hours and better if it is all night.
  2. Blanch the onions for 5 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain them.
  3. Drain the meat cubes and spread them on the skewers alternating with the tomato, onion and pepper.
  4. Grill the kebabs in a preheated grill for 10 minutes, turning them frequently and seasoning them occasionally with the marinade until the meat is golden brown.
  5. Serve the kebabs with rice and green salad.

ENJOY!

Bean salad

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There is no doubt that being a salad, it would be better to post this recipe in July or August, but accompanied by a good grilled or baked meat, it is ideal for any season. On the other hand, the Spanish-speakers of South America are in full summer solstice and wanting to eat something fresh.

Ingredients for 6 people

  • 400 g of white beans left to soak overnight in cold water and drained. But those that come in preserves are worth.
  • Salt.
  • 1 clove garlic.
  • 2 small onions cut into thin rings.
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar.
  • 150 ml of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 spoonful of chopped parsley
  • 1 handful of fresh and chopped mint
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill.
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into strips
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs cut into slices.

Preparation in 3 steps

  1. Put the beans in a pot with cold water, bring them to a boil, over low heat, for an hour. Add salt to taste. Drain them and put them in a salad bowl.
  2. Crush the garlic with a little salt in a mortar . Add it to the beans together with the onion, the lemon juice, the vinegar and the olive oil. Mix the ingredients well.
  3. Spread the chopped herbs and add the pepper strips. Serve the cold salad after an hour in the fridge. – Garnish with the slices of hard-boiled egg.

ENJOY!