October 18, 2018

Ceramic vase by Jørgen Mogensen

During my recent shopping exhibition in the Limfjord area I stumbled over the retro/antique shop KrejlerbiXen in Nykøbing Mors. As I had already brought a local gin and plenty of dresses, I decided to have a look inside this shop as well.

Here I located some tea cups made by Royal Copenhagen in a old pattern call "Blå Blomst". I also found a "new" ceramic vase in my favourite of green. This vase is made by the ceramist Jørgen Mogensen, which still have a reasonable price level.

October 16, 2018

Meat balls in coconut-curry sauce a la Coop

Meat balls in curry sauce known as "Boller i karry" is a classic Danish food, which also is referred to mormormad (Grand Ma´s food). Meat balls in curry has always been one of my favourite food, which I always pick, when available for example in the canteen at work.

Quiet recently I served these "boller i karry a la Arla" for my mother at our weekly Sunday lunch. This time I located another recipe on boller i karry  from Coop with the use of fresh ginger, soya sauce and coconut cream.

Meat balls in coconut-curry sauce a la Coop: - 4 servings
  • Meat balls:
  • 450 g minced meat of veal and pork
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 onion - finely minced
  • 3 tablespoosn wheat flour
  • 2 cm fresh ginger - peeled and grated finely
  • Curry sauce
  • 35 g butter
  • 1 onion - finely minced
  • 2 teaspoon of curry
  • 3 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 2 dl of the boiling water from the meat balls
  • 2 apples - peeled and medium chopped
  • 3 carrots - peeled and medium chopped
  • 400 g coconut cream
  • salt & pepper for seasoning
  • turmeric - optional
  • rice boiled with 1 teaspoon turmeric in the water for boiling
  • salted roasted peanuts
  • mango chutney 
  1. Start by mixing the minced meat and soy sauce together for 1 minute, which makes the meat texture more stiff in it. 
  2. Afterwards mix in the minced onion, egg, sesame oil, fresh ginger and flour, stir well.
  3. Let the meat mixture rest for ½ hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Bring a cooking pot full of water (with salt) into the boil.
  5. Form the meat mass into smaller meat balls, which when is added into the boiling water. The meat balls are ready, when they pop up to the surface of the boiling water. Boiling time is around 8 minutes. Remove the meat balls from the water. Keep the boiling water for later use in the curry sauce.
  6. Let the butter fry at high temperature in a cooking pan without turning brown.
  7. Add in the minced onion and curry, let it fry for approx. 1-2 minute.
  8. Sprinkle over the wheat flour and let it dissolve into mixture.
  9. Add in 2 dl of the boiling water from the meat balls little by little, as you whip the mixture.
  10. Add in the chopped apples and carrots.
  11. Afterwards add in the coconut cream, let the sauce simmer gentle for 5 minutes.
  12. Season with salt and pepper and adjust if need the colour with tumeric.
  13. Add in the boiled meat balls and heat them up in the curry sauce for approx. 5 minutes
  14. Serve the meat balls in curry together with boiled rice, roasted peanuts and mango chutney.

October 14, 2018

Pecan nuts and baking magazines from US

Back again in my own little kitchen after a busy week in the US attending an internal company conference. We had a busy schedule from 7 AM to 8 PM all days, however some of us still managed to find both a supermarket in form of Whole Food (nick named whole pay check by our American colleagues) and a shopping mall, where we found some great stuff in Macy's, which was having a sale :-)

As the space in my suitcase was limited due to the shopping for cloth and boots in Macy´s, I only had room for some bags of pecan nuts, a small bag of gourmet gummies with champagne flavour and three baking magazines with focus on baking for the Autumn season and cookies.

My plan so fare is to bake a pecan pie and perhaps scones with pecan nuts. The pecan nuts could also be used for Mont Blanc tarts.

October 09, 2018

Tea cups in Blå Blomst

During my recent shopping exhibition in the Limfjord area I stumbled over the retro/antique shop KrejlerbiXen in Nykøbing Mors. As I had already brought a local gin and plenty of dresses, I decided to have a look inside this shop as well.

And here I located some tea cups made by Royal Copenhagen in a old pattern call "Blå Blomst", which is no longer in production. I found this pattern to fit perfect into the style of my other China tea cups in the pattern "Prinsesse" and "Musselmalet Halvblonde", so I went away with 2 tea cups, plates and serving dish for cookies. I also stumbled over a vase in my favorite colour of green, but more this vase at a later time.

So now I can invite 5 guests for a real fine afternoon tea party :-) And my good rowing friends were joking about, that now I could invite all of them around for afternoon tea and they would bring their own individual tea, as we each have our own personal preferences within tea (black, green or herbal), This means, that we on rowing trip bring along these individual teas with us, as we cannot agree about what tea is best !!

October 06, 2018

Making a new portion of tomato-ginger-garlic jam

As I am running out this tomato & chilli jam I decided to cook a new portion of this specific jam. So fare I have been serving this jam together with cheese such as these small sandwiches with matured Cheddar. I would also think, that this jam would fit perfect as compliment for cold meat slices or as part of a sandwich.

As I got plenty of smaller jars with this tomato & chilli jam, I decided to bring some of them to work, where I will sell the extra jars for 15 DKK (approx 2 €) to my colleagues, which afterwards is donated to charity.

Two weeks ago I on behave of my colleagues donated 205 DKK to araceagainstbreastcancer.dk, as my colleagues have been busy buying (and hopefully eating) both gooseberry jam and blackcurrant jam (classic version).

October 04, 2018

Plum jam without addition of gelling agent

From the garden of my good friends in Horsens I have receive a portion of fresh plums, which I have turned into some jam using my jam recipe book as inspiration with a few modifications.

As I could not figure out, why some of the plum stones should be cracked and added into the cooking pan, I decided not to do to, so people eating the jam would hurt some of their teeth.

The texture of the final jam is a little to the slimy/ropy side, which I have no explanation to, why it is so.

Plum jam: - 4 glasses
  • 700 g plums - washed, de-stoned and cut into half
  • 225 ml water
  • 700 g sugar
  1. Prepare the plum by washing, de-stone and cut into half. Place the plum pieces into the cooking pan and pour the water in as well.
  2. Put the cooking pan on the stove, heat up the content, so the plums are simmering. 
  3. Let the apple simmer until the plums become pulpy in texture, it takes between approx 20-30 minutes.
  4. Prepare the jam glasses either by heating up in the oven or adding boiling water to them.
  5. Add the sugar to the plum mass and stir until it is dissolved.
  6. Bring the jam to a rolling boil and boil hard until the setting point is reached. Stir the jam frequently.
  7. Test of set after 5 minutes using the flake test.
  8. When the setting point is reached, remove the pan from the heat and leave it to stand for approx.  5 minutes. As the jam settles, push any scums from the surface of the pan to the side and remove it with a metal spoon. The purpose for the waiting step is well to build viscosity in jam, so the fruit pieces will be trapped inside the jam inside of be going to the top of jam.
  9. Gently stir the jam after the resting time and pour it into the prepared glasses, fill the glasses up to the brim. Remove any scum for the surface of the jam using a tea spoon. Close the glass with a lid.
  10. Leave the glass upright and disturbed to cool and set.
  11. Store at ambient temperature.

September 30, 2018

White Element serving dishes

When you invite people around for afternoon tea serving various scones, cookies and cakes on your Royal Copenhagen china you need some serving plates/dishes, which fit into this context. So in my local Royal Copenhagen outlet I found these two plates in the design of White Elements during the Summer sale, which means a price discount of 35% compared to the products of first class/sorting.

So now I can serve various cakes and cookies, when I use my Royal Copenhagen China tea cups for afternoon tea parties.


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