Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

ENG: Hi gourmands! How are you today? It’s been a while since I’ve written the last recipe on my blog. Last articles where completely dedicated to traveling, hotels and restaurants, but now it’s to for all of us to cook something by ourselves. You know that I love fast, “easy to make ” recipes but that give as a result an amazing, delicious dish. I love cooking and baking for my family and friends. I love making them happy and at the same time, I’m also making myself happy. So, today, I wanted to share with you one of the favorite dishes of me and my family- it’s creamy chicken and mushroom pasta.

Preparation time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500 g of pasta ( penne, tagliatelle, tortiglioni, farfale, maccheroni of fusilli which I have used)
  • 1/2 kg of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 kg of mushrooms
  • sour cream
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 3 table spoons of flour
  • Parmesan ( cooking and serving)
  • Oregano

Preparation:

Firstly, in a pot add water, some salt and olive oil. When the water starts to boil, add pasta in and let it cook for  approximately 7 minutes. Than,  put some olive oil in the pan and wait until it get hot. When it is hot, put onion , garlic and chicken in to fry. When it’s almost done, add mushrooms, and cook it until the water evaporates. After that, add 3 spoons of flour to get more ticker sauce.  When it’s all done, add sour cream and Parmesan. When the Parmesan is melted, your sauce is done! For the end add oregano, pepper and salt and some other aromatic herbs if you want.  While you were cooking you’re sauce, your pasted has cooked and you can mix it with the sauce.  Your lunch or dinner is now done and you can serve it to your friend or family. Put pasta on the plate and add some more Parmesan on the top of it.

Enjoy!

SRB: Zdravo dragi moji gurmani! Kako ste danas? Odavno nisam sa vama podelila neki novi recept. Poslednji članci su bili u potpunosti posvećeni putovanjima, hotelima, restoranima, a sada je vreme da nešto i sami skuvamo. Znate da volim brze recepte koji se lako spremaju ali koji imaju kao rezultat fantastično, ukusno jelo. Volim da kuvam za svoju porodicu i prijatelje. Tako ih činim srećnim ali u isto vreme i sebe učinim srećnom ukoliko se njima dopada moj novi recept. Tako sam danas rešila da sa vama podelim jedan od mojih omiljenih recepata i jedno od omiljenih jela moje porodice- pasta sa piletinom i pečurkama.

Vreme pripreme: 30-35 minuta

Sastojci:

  • 500 g paste ( pene, taljatele, tortiljoni, farfale, makarone, ili fusile koje sam koristila i ja)
  • 1/2 kg pilećih grudi bez kostiju
  • 1/2 kg šampinjona
  • pavlaka za kuvanje
  • maslinovo ulje
  • so
  • biber
  • beli luk
  • crni luk
  • Parmezan
  • 3 kašike brašna
  • origano

Priprema:

Pre svega, sipajte vodu u šerpu i dodajte malo soli i ulja. Kada voda proključa dodajte pastu da se kuva i kuvajte je otprilike 7 minuta. Dok se pasta kuva, na drugoj ringli stavite tiganj sa ulja da se zagreje. Kada se zagreje, stavite crni i beli luk da se proprže. Nakon toga dodajte i piletinu. Ispržite piletinu i nakon toga dodajte pečurke. Pečurke će pustiti dosta vode, tako da treba da kuvajte ovaj sos dok voda ne ispari. Kada bude pri kraju dodajte 3 kašike brašna, pavlaku za kuvanje i promešajte. Nakon toga, dodajte i izrendan parmezan. Kada se parmezan stopi sa sosom, vas sos je spreman. Dodajte za kraj origano, so i biber i još neko aromatično bilje ukoliko to želite.  Dok ste spremali sos i pasta se skuvala tako da ih  sada možete pomešati. Vaš ručak ili večera su spremni i možete ga poslužiti svojim prijateljima ili porodici. Sipajte pastu na tanjir i za kraj izrendajte jos malo svežeg parmezana na vrh.

Uživajte!

Inspiration for this dish:

Evia- Neglected Paradise

ENG: Welcome to Evia, the second largest island in Greece. This island is located in  Aegean Sea. Evia or Euboea, is relatively new travel destination considering that tourism has started to develop here a decade ago.

On the  area of 3684 square meters, on the Evia island, you can find two main tourist centers, Pefki and Edipsos. The administrative, cultural, political and financial center of the island is Chalcis. The island of Evia has around 200 000 residents during the year, but during the summer, that number  is significantly increasing, because of large number of tourists.

The nature of this island is breathtaking! On the north part of the island there are mountains with the highest peak of the island, Dirfis, 1743 menters high. On the south, there is  more flat land. Main part of the locals is working on their fields full of olive trees and producing home made olive oil. Olive oil from Evia, is considered to be one of the best in Greece.

How to get here? Well, if you are travelling by plain, you can land at the airport in Athens, and than take a car to get t the island. When you are coming here by car, you will get to the port of Glifa. From Glifa, there are ferries every 30 minute to the small port of Agiokambos, at Evia island. When you get to this port, you will ride 10 more minutes to Edipsos or 20 mnutes to Pefki. The first ferry runs at 6 o’clock in the morning and the last one at 8 o’clock in the evening.

As you already know, there are two main tourist centers in Evia. They have many similarities, but they are essentially completely different. Pefki is typical Greek summer resort with hotels, villas, beaches, cafes and restaurants and Edipsos is more like a small spa center on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Pefki has more beaches and it is more adapted for tourists, but Edipsos is world famous spa. Celebrities and historical figures like Aristotle, Maria Kalas, Greta Garbo, Marco Aurelius, Aristotle Onazis, Winston Churchill spend some time here, relaxing and recovering. The water temperature in Edipsos spas is between 30 and 70 degrees Celsius.

You are probably wondering why is this paradise neglected and not that popular like the other Greek islands? Me, too! This island have to offer so much to tourists, but considering that that tourism is still developing here, I believe it will be one of the most visited island in Greek in  few years time. Here, you have breathtaking nature, beautiful beaches, spa by the sea, delicious Greek cuisine, hotels and restaurants. So, I’m suggesting you to visit it, before it becomes hot spot for tourists all around the world.

SRB: Dobrodošli na Eviu, drugo ostrvo po veličini u Grčkoj. Ovo ostrvo je smešteno u Egejskom moru. Evia ili Eubeja, je relativno mlada turistička destinacija uzimajući u obzir da je turizam na ostrvu počeo da se razvija tokom prošle decenije.

Na prostoru od 3684 metara kvadratnih, nalaze se dva velika turistička centra- Pefki i Edipsos. Administrativni, kulturni, finansijski i politički centar ostrva je Halkida. Na ostrvu tokom godine živi oko 200 000 stanovnika dok se tokom letnje sezone broj ljudi na ostrvu znatno povećava zbog veliko broja turista.

Priroda ovog ostrva će vas ostaviti bez daha. Na severu ostrvu, prostiru se planinski venci i među njima je i najveći vrh ostrva, Dirfis, sa visinom od 1743 metara. Južni deo ostrva je dosta pitomije, sa više ravnica i maslinjaka. Najveći deo stanovništva ostrva se bavi poljoprivredom, uzgojom maslina i proizvodnjom maslinovog ulja. Maslinovo ulje proizvedeno na Eviji, smatra se jednim od najboljih u Grčkoj.

Kako doći do ostrva? Ukoliko dolazite avionom, najbliži aerodrom se nalazi u Atini, odakle morate automobilom dalje do ostrva. Najveći broj turista iz Srbije, do Evie dolazi autobusom ili automobilom. Ukoliko putujete drumom, pratićete autoput E-75, sve do luke Glifa. Odatle svakih pola sata polazi trajekt to Agioskambos luke na ostrvu. Prvi trajet polazi u 6  a poslenji u 20 časova. Vožnja do ostrva traje oko pola sata odakle vam posle treba još 10-tak minuta do Edipsosa i 20 minuta  do Pefkia.

Kao što več znate, dva najznačajnija turistička centra su Edipsos i Pefki. Iako imaju dosta sličnosti, kao i sva druga turistička mesta u Grčkoj, ova dva mesta se dosta razlikuju. Pefki je više tradicionaln turističko mesto, sa prelepim plažama, restoranima i kafeima, dok je Edipsos pored svega toga i banja na obali Egejskog mora. Poznate i istorijske ličnosti poput Aristotela, Marije Kalas, Grete Garbo, Marka Aurelija, Aristotela Onazisa, Vinston Čerčila i srpskog kralja Petra I Karađorđevića, posećivali su ovo mesto i uživali u svim blagodetima blata i mineralnih voda. Temperatura mineralnih voda u Edipsosu je između 30 i 70 stepni.

Sada se verovatno pitate, zašto je ovaj raj zanemaren i nije toliko popularan kao ostala ostrva Grčke? Iskreno, i ja takođe! Ovo ostrvo ima toliko toga da ponudi turistima, ali uzimajući u obzir da se turizam ovde tek razvija, ne sumnjam da će u narednim godinama postati jedno od najposećenijih ostrva Grčke. Ovde, možete pronaći, neverovatne predele, čist vazduh, prelepe plaže, banju kraj mora, fenomenalnu Grčku kuhinju, restorane, kafee i hotele- sve što je potrebno za savršen odmar kraj Egeja. Zato vam preporučujem da ga što pre posetite, dok još uvek ne postane pretrpan turistima iz celog sveta.


Photo by: Jasna & Miloš Petrović

Top 5 restaurants in Parga

ENG: My dear world travelers, welcome to one last posts about Parga. As I promised, I am sharing with you my favorite restaurants in this magical Greek little town. While you are on your vacation, you can relax a little bit, and forget about diet and losing weight. Enjoy and embrace the beauty of Greek cuisine. In Parga, you can choose from variety of cuisines and restaurants. There are fish restaurants, restaurants with traditional Greek cuisine, Italian food or small family restaurants with Greek fast food. One of my favorite restaurants in Parga is ” Gemini” . It’s a restaurant with Italian food and it is located on the most best location in Parga, in the port, with the sea view. If you decide to visit Gemini restaurant, you can sit on the terrace eat your delicious pasta or pizza and enjoy magnificent view over the port of Parga. The owner of the restaurant was so nice that she gave as a free dessert. Another Italian restaurant that I would recommend is ” Kantouni Tavern” .

But, when you’re in Greece, you should eat some traditional Greek dishes, like gyros, moussaka, souvlaki… Some of the best restaurants with Greek cuisine are ” George’s Souvlaki”  and ” Miam Miam” . If you want to try some seafood, go to ” Kastro” or ” Tavern Stefanos”. the owner of the tavern Stefanos is also a fisherman, so he fishes fresh fish everyday for his restaurant. This restaurant is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Parga.

For the end of a lovely evening spent by the sea, I suggest you to visit Sail in bar and try some amazing cocktails. The place is always full and has the most beautiful atmosphere in the city. You can get your cocktail to the terrace and enjoy the night by the sea.

SRB: Dragi moji svetski putnici, dobrodosli na jedna od poslednjih postova o Pargi. Kao što sam obećala, podeliću sa vama par preporuka što se tiče restorana i hrane u Pargi. Ukoliko odaberete ovo živopisno mestašce na Jonskom moru za svoj odmor, moćićete da uživate u fantastičnoj hrani i prelepim restoranima. Veliki izbor restorana kako na samoj obali tako i na vrhu brda pored tvrđave učiniće vaše večeri nezaboravnim. Moćićete da birate između morkih plodova, tradicionalne Grčke kuhinje i Italijanskih restorana. Jedan od mojih omiljenih restorana u Pargi, jeste restoran “Gemini” . Ovaj restoran nudi široku lepezu Italijanskih jela od raznih pasti, pica i slatkiša. Ukoliko izaberete ovaj restoran, uživaćete na teresi restorana u prelepom pogledu na luku. Vlasnica restorana je bila toliko divna da nam je na kraju večeri dala i dezert na račun kuće. Još jedan restoran sa Italijanskom kuhinjom koji bi preporučila je taverna ” Kantouni” . 

Ali, pošto se nalazite u Grčkoj, red je da probate neki od tradicionalnih Grčkih specijaliteta poput girosa, musake, suvlakia… Neki od najbolji restorana sa tradicionalnom Grčkom kuhinjom su ” George’s Souvlaki” i ” Miam Miam” .Ukoliko ste raspoloženi za plodove mora i riblje specijalitete posetiti restoran Kastro kod ulaza u trvđavu ili tavernu ” Stefanos”. Taverna Stefanos je poznata po tome što vlasnik restorana svakoga dana peca ribu koju sam priprema za svoje goste. Ovaj restoran se smatra jednim od najboljeih restorana u gradu.

Za kraj večeri u Pargi, preporučujem vam da popijete par koktela na terasi bara “Sail in” . Uživaćete u raznik koktelima i fenomenalnom pogledu na luku, šetalište i grad.

” Gemini”  restaurant 

“Kantouni”  restaurant

“Kastro” restaurant

Tavern ” Stefanos”

” George’s Souvlaki “

Bar ” Sail in” 

The best of Greek cuisine