Author Archives: Margrèt Jóhanna

About Margrèt Jóhanna

Live in Reykjavík, Iceland with my husband and 4 kids. Love cooking and baking.

Grilled, dry-rubbed, Rib-Eye steaks, page 145

What a great meal. My DH was not home and there was a storm outside so I did not use the bbq. I used my very good stainless steal pan and it worked very well. My DH was nicely surprised when he got home. I did also make the Cowboy Caviar Salad or Side page 90. This I will have to make again and be careful with the smoked paprika.

Chicken Chili Tamale Pie, page 125

I was not able to find all the ingredients for this recipe. Missing was the can of diced tomatoes with chile, I used tomatoes with garlic, also canned chipotle in adobe sauce. I did use canned jalapeño instead. I used just a few jalapeños not the whole jar. Also I used maple syrup instead of honey.

I have never made this kind of food before and it was very good and also did not take too long to prepare. We all loved it. So doing this one again.

Moroccan spiced chickpea and noodle soup, page 66.

This was a lovely soup.

I didn’t find any angel pasta and I had some grounded lamb on hand so I used that.

I made the meatballs an Ottolenghi kofta from his book Jerusalem. I was also serving pitas, salad and some tahini sauce as a back up plan. In case my guys would not want soup. It was totally unnecessary, they all loved the soup and had more than one serving. I see that I forgot the lemons oh well next time.

Meatballs and Spaghetti, page 157

I have not posted since last summer. This is my post number 200!

I want to get back in the game and I have been making some of Dories recipe but not posted. I will post them one of these days.

So to get my mojo going I made the spaghetti meatballs. This is a new one for me to have meatballs with oats and walnuts. It was a nice change. We do not have hot Italian sausage over here so I used minced pork and chili. I have no idea how it is suppose to taste like. I did not bother frying the meatballs I baked them in the oven, less clean up and a time saver.

I was nicely surprised as how quickly this all came together.

Summer Vegetable Tian, page 234

Loved it. We are not going to Provence this summer for the first time in 10 years. This dish is the perfect Provencal dish to have when you are missing the of South of France. So we are going to be making more Provencal dishes this summer. I was lucky to have some buffalo tomatoes and I baked it for close to 90 min. We had the dish with couscous and chicken.

Ponzu Chicken

We loved this dish it was the sticky rice with ponzu chicken. Well I did not find any ponzu so it was a soy sauce and lemons also these are boneless chicken thighs I like them better than the breast. I have to try and find the ponzu sauce and do thins one again. I have had some requests from family members.

Fruit and Nut Croquants, page 307

We do love biscotti I always make some before Christmas. We like vanilla and almonds the most. SO for this recipe I used only almonds, walnuts and some vanilla. I did not have any oranges at hand so I used zest of a lemon. My DH was not to happy saying you don’t change a winning team, meaning he does not approve of any changes to his beloved biscotti. I think there is almost always room for improvement. Also this is not a biscotti. I’m sure he will be the one who will have most of the croquant.