October 23, 2014
With Autumn outside my house it is good to be inside enjoying a more spiced tea in form this Indian-style tea from Irma. It is mix of tea and various spices blended from 59% black tea from India and 41% spice (ginger, anise, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves) with some anise flavour.
The smell of this tea reminds so much of Christmas baking :-)
October 21, 2014
This pasta sauce is called a "fake" sauce, because it is not containing any meat at all. I have the original recipe from a small recipe collection published by the Danish Cancer Association "Kræftens Bekæmpelse" having focus on enjoying more vegetable in our daily food.
In these days, where the focus is on sustainability as well, a meat-free paste sauce could also be regarded as CO2-friendly food.
Well the main reason why I like the "fake" pasta sauce is, because is tasting great and at the same time gives you an excellent filling sensation in your stomach !!! On top of that it is easy food to prepare in advance for some busy working days, as the sauce can stored in your freezer.
I have been adjusting the original version by using garlic, increasing the amount of canned tomatoes and removing the basil.
"Fake" pasta sauce: - 4 servings
- 1 onion - finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic - finely chopped
- 2 stems of celery sticks - finely sliced
- 2 carrot - finely sliced
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1-1½ dl red wine
- 800 g canned tomato
- 1 handful of fresh parsley - finely chopped
- salt and pepper for seasoning
- 400 g pasta
- Heat up the oil in a large cooking pot. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots and parsley into the warm oil.
- When the onions become more clear in the colour, add in the red wine. Let the red wine be reduced.
- Add in the canned tomatoes.
- Let the pasta sauce cook gently for 20 minutes under lid.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve this pasta sauce to paste of your choice.
October 19, 2014
What better start to a rainy grey Sunday, than a Sunday Smoothie ! I found the original recipe in advertisement for God Morgen juice in "Alt for Damerne", and I have made no changes to it. It is a great tasting smoothie combining the thick texture of sweet mango with fresh acidity from passion fruit.
If you like some sweetness in the final smoothie, consider to add in ½-1 teaspoon of liquid honey and blend everything together again.
Sunday Smoothie: - 1-2 smoothies
- 1 mango - peeled and diced
- 2 passion fruit - only the inside of the fruit
- 2 dl orange juice
- 3 ice cubes
- Place everything in a blender.
- Blend it together into a homogeneous mass
- Fill a glass with the smoothie and serve with a straw.
- Enjoy your Sunday morning :-)
October 16, 2014
On our tour around Lolland my mother and I also visited the estate Knuthenlund, which is focusing on organic food. Besides from farming the land, the estate has also established a small dairy, where cheese and yogurt is produced from the milk coming from the sheep and goats living on the estate. In a small, very clean and very trendy farm shop you can see the milking of the goats and sheep every afternoon to one side and the small dairy to the other side with the farm shop in the middle.
At the farm shop you can buy yogurt, cheese and meat from the estate as well as other foods produced in the neighbourhood. You can also enjoy coffee, tea, cake and lunch as well. It was a very nice to visit, so if you are in the area, you should take the time to visit this dairy/farm shop.
|Sheep queueing to be milked|
The yogurt is very thick and creamy. It is also made from the sheep milk as it is with a high fat and protein content. I really liked the consistency, however I could have done with a more sweet taste.
October 14, 2014
My kitchen project is moving along quietly at the time being. There are now 11 days left, before my old kitchen disappears forever !!! The first parts of the new kitchen is actually already arrived in a cardboard box, the Anne Black porcelain handles, which I have chosen instead of the standard solutions from the kitchen supplier.
I have even ordered 2 extra grip based on the recommendations of the "mothers" among family and friends, as you never know, if these handles can be found again, if they break sometime out in the future. So yes, I have listened to you "mothers":-)
Tonight the electrician also came by to inspect the kitchen, receive a plan of the future kitchen and talk about the need for more electrical outlets for lights in the wall cabinets. The good news is that there is a need to make changes in the electrical switchboard.
Mit køkkenprojekt skrider stille og roligt fremad. Der er nu 11 dage til, at mit gamle køkken forsvinder for evigt !!! De første dele til det nye køkken er faktisk allerede ankommet i en papkasse, nemlig de Anne Black porcelænsgreb som jeg har valgt i stedet for standardløsningerne fra køkkenleverandøren.
Jeg har endda bestilt 2 extra greb baseret på anbefalingerne fra "mødrene" blandt familie og venner. for man ved jo aldrig om grebene kan skaffes igen, hvis de går i stykker ud i fremtiden. Så ja, jeg har lyttet til jer "mødre" :-)
Elektrikeren var ligeledes forbi i aften for at besigtige køkkenet, modtage en tegning over det kommende køkken og snak om behov for flere stikkontakter til lys i vægskabene. Den gode nyhed er, at der ikke er behov for at lave ændringer i husets eltavle.
October 12, 2014
After we spend the night at Bandholm Hotel, my mother and I started our one-day trip around Lolland and Smålandsfarvandet, where a selection of small islands is located north of Lolland. The only way to come out to the small islands is to take a ferry. And as usual you buy a return ferry ticket on the way over to the island, as they are not selling any tickets on the way back from the island ! Because people returning from the island would have needed to take the ferry to the island in the first place !
We went to the island of Fejø, which is one of the Danish apple islands, where you can see field after field full of apple tree, which are booming the wonderful apples at this time of the year. I think it could be very nice to visit the island during Spring time, when all these apple trees are standing in full bloom. I have never seen so many apple tree in one Danish location beforehand.
|Large scale fruit booth|
When ever we were passing another car on our drive around the island, the other driver was greeting us ! Very charming and also very unusual for us Danes coming from the "outside" :-)
On one of the road we noticed, that each dead hollow tree trunk was full of stuffed toys left where for unknown reason. It reminds me of the tree in the forest, where the small children are hanging their nipples, when they have stopped using it. Passing by the local waterworks we also saw, that the "locals" had decorated the little fence around the waterworks with crocheted flower decorations :-)
|Dead hollow tree full of stuffed toys|
I did some "souvenir" shopping at Kernegaarden,which produce apple juice, apple cider and liqueur of the apple cider. I am really looking forward to taste all these different apple products. The only thing, which I did not buy was their apple jam, as I found it to be too liquid, when moving the jam glass around. A jam for me should be thick, and it is possible to make a thick apple jam. However, the composition of the apple jam was 79% apples with sugar and spices, so there is not enough solids to make a more viscous jam, if there is no addition of pectin up top.
When I wanted to pay for my "souvenir shopping", the electronic bank card system was not working. In all other situations like this, you would have to leave the shop without any of the goods. However, on these small islands/country side area, people are trusting each other, so I got a piece of paper with the bank details of shop and I left behind another piece of paper with my name and phone number. The money was transferred on the first coming bank day, so I can enjoy my "souvenir" having a "good taste in my mouth" !
At one of the booth along the road I also bought a bottle of apple juice and a bottle of plum cordial.
I am really looking forward to taste my apple shopping from Fejø :-)