September 01, 2014

Welcome to Autumn - Welcome to September


Welcome to Autumn - Welcome to September

Autumn begins with the month of September. And September is somehow the Autumn version of April for me. One day can be amazing as a day full of sunshine and blue heaven, and the next day is just grey, windy and rainy. You have to enjoy every single day with good weather :-)

First apple harvest of 2014
It is also in September, that I can start to pick apples from my two apple tress in my little park. The first tree is of some unknown sort and the second tree is a family meaning one tree seeded with three different apple sort: Aroma, Ingrid Marie & Fillippa. The apple harvest of 2014 is lot looking to be as excellent, as last year, where the family apple almost was laying down on the lawn due all the many apples on it. And I could enjoy these apples well into the Winter.

Since the September 2013 welcome posting I would like to share these suggestion having apple as main ingredients as inspiration for you on how to use the abundance of apples in your kitchen.

If you have any suggestion to me, what I would be trying out in my own little kitchen during September involving the use of apples or other September produce, please feel free to leave a comment to this post :-) My friends in Horsens have suggest me to get hold of aronia fruits, so a big thank you for this great suggestion :-)






Scones with apple and walnuts



Apple "break" - bun with apple

Have a great apple harvest and enjoy your own use of apples :-)

August 31, 2014

Poppy seeds cake



In Germany it is very usual to use poppy seeds in cakes and sometimes as well in yogurt !!! Strange, but actually very tasteful. Sp when I recently was in Germany I decided to make some poppy seeds preparation for use in poppy seeds cake together with another very typical German cake ingredients in form of quark/fromage frais.

The poppy seeds preparation was sold as an Dr. Oetker ingredients, so you can easily imaging, how many of the other ingredients were Dr. Oetker ingredients as well !!! I decided to use these ingredients as well, as I had no clue, what to use instead of.

With it´s content of quark (750 g product with 12% protein), which cake could perhaps fit into a high protein diet ??? I am just joking about a high protein diet :-)

Poppy seeds cake a la Dr. Oetker:
  • Cake layer
  • 400 g cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100 g sugar
  • 200 g butter - with room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • Quark layer
  • 50 g butter - melted
  • 750 g fat-free quark/fromage frais with 10-12% protein
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 package of Finesse grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Poppy seeds filling
  • 250 poppy seeds preparation from Dr. Oetker
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg white
  • Glazing
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Heat the (conventional) cake up to 180'C.
  2. Mix all the cake layer ingredients together in mixer, until the layer comes together like a dough.
  3. Divide the cake layer into 2/3 and 1/3. The bigger portion (2/3) should be rolled into a thin layer, which is used to cover a bigger baking tray as bottom layer.
  4. Mix all the quark layer ingredients together to a homogeneous layer in a mixer.
  5. Pour the quark filling on top of the cake layer.
  6. Mix the poppy seeds filling together on a mixer.
  7. Gentle spread the poppy seeds filling as a thin layer on top of the quark filling.
  8. Roll the little portion (1/3) into thin strings, which is used for decoration on top of the cake. Glaze the dough part with the egg-milk glazing.
  9. Place the cake in the middle of the oven and bake it at 180'C for 45 minutes.
  10. Cold down the cake.

August 30, 2014

Sherry cocktail


Saying the word "sherry" makes me think of old ladies with purple hair !!! Perhaps you would call me prejudiced to have this image inside my head ? Well I do not have purple and I am not old, but I have started to drink sherry cocktail during this Summer after being introduced to this kind of cocktail by my very good friends in Horsens (which by the way are not old or having purple hair).

This sherry cocktail is mixed of half sherry and half ginger ale served together with a slice of lemon and ice cubes.

Sherry cocktail: - 1 cocktail

  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • sherry
  • ginger ale
  1. Put the lemon slices and ice cubes into a cocktail glass.
  2. Fill half the glass with sherry.
  3. Fill the remaining glass with ginger ale.
  4. Cherries - have a nice week-end :-)



August 29, 2014

Flensburger Summer tea for my tea pot 23


When I am travelling either on business or vacation, I like to bring back souvenirs for use in my kitchen either as funny kitchen equipment or food & tea for use in my little kitchen. Sometime this Summer I was on one of my regular day trips to Flensburg in Germany with shopping as the main purpose, where it is possible to save quiet some money compared to the similar stuff here in Denmark such as shoes, stockings, sport cloths, food, cat food, body shampoo and body lotion etc.

In Rote Strasse (an amazing authentic little street located next to the main shopping area of Flensburg) I have located a little tea shop, where I among three bags of tea brought this Flensburger Summer tea, which is a black tea with orange granulate, lemon granulate, flavour, orange and lemon peel. The smell of the tea is quiet pleasant and refreshing without being perfumed, however, I could with some more taste of citrus in the finally brewed tea.

August 23, 2014

Food shopping on the island of Fur


In June I spend two wonderful days at the little island of Fur located in Limfjorden, enjoying the excellent weather (nothing but sunshine) together with a great girl friend from Copenhagen. Besides from filling up the stomach with some great food (dinner at Fur Strand Hotelburger at Fur Strand Hotel and lunch at Fur Bryghus), I also filled up the suitcase with some eat and drinkable souvenirs such as:



Four different cheeses from Thise Mejeri. This dairy is not located on Fur, but is situated nearby to the island, so we passed this dairy on he way back. So we decided to stop by and taste all the various cheeses, and where endless reams of cheese. Also a glass of heather honey was a part of the shopping.
I am not a beer drinker, but it does not mean, that I can not serve beer for my guests, so off cause various beers and some beer aqua vita from Fur Bryghus found a place in my shopping basket.
On our bicycle tour around the island of Fur we passed by a small coffee shop called Fur kaffe og the, where the by passers are served free coffee or tea together with a small glass of liqueur or rum !!! Great concept, and yes we returned the favour by buying tea, coffee and a bottle of liquorice liqueur.

Finally as the non-eatable souvenirs from Fur I brought some wool at Fur Ø gårdbutik Klode for a light neck warmer together with three small drawings from the island.

August 21, 2014

Liqueur with cherry and liquorice root a la Isabellas Countryliv


When I noticed this recipe in the magazine Isabellas CountryLiv issue 3/2014 on liqueur made on aquavita, fresh cherries and liquorice roots I knew at once, that I need to test it out in my little kitchen.

I decided to make two changes to the recipe. I replaced the plain sugar with brown sugar instead off, that I like the caramel/liquorice flavour from this type of sugar. And instead of making the liqueur in two portions I decided to pour all the ingredients into one big storage glass.

I am really looking forward to taste this liqueur.

Liqueur with cherry and liquorice root a la Isabellas Countryliv:

  • 20 fresh cherries
  • 4 whole liquorice roots
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 70 cl clear Brøndum (clear Danish aquavita without taste)
  1. Start by pouring boiling water into the storage glass, let the glass stand for 5 minutes, before emptying it.
  2. Cut four small cutting into each cherries. Do not remove the stone from the cherry.
  3. Bank the liquorice roots with a rolling pin to open up these roots.
  4. Place cherries, liquorice roots and brown sugar into the storage glass. Pour the aquavita into the glass as well.
  5. Shake the glass, before it is stored cold and dark for minimum 3-4 weeks, before you can enjoy the taste of it.

August 19, 2014

Dinner "sale" at Vedelsborg, Vejle

Starter
I was one of the lucky 100 people, who managed to get hold of the August dinner "sale" deals arranged by restaurant Vedelsborg located in Vejle in form of 3 course dinner for 2 persons for 400 DKK excl. drinks. I have really been looking for eat here since I enjoyed take-away Vedelsborg menu for my birthday. All my expectations were fulfilled in form of great tasting food and excellent service.

As starter we choose pea soup with pieces of Norway lobster souffle, sugar snaps, pea leafs and sour cream. Excellent taste and fantastic texture differences between the rough blended soup, soft pea leafs and cracking sugar snaps.


For the main course we selected fillet & rilette of beef, served with new potatoes, puree of root parsley, a warm salad of this beech mushrooms, spinach, summer cabbage and red currant and finally a ox glace. Uuummhhh, the rilette had the most rich fantastic taste. And the use of red currant in the warm salad gave a refreshing flavour note and texture to this salad.



After these two course we were feeling quiet filled, but we still had one more dish to enjoy in form of dessert. The dessert was an excellent combination of fresh tasting raspberry sorbet and the sweet part in form of airy dark chocolate cake, white chocolate cream served together with various fresh Summer berries. 

This three course dinner incl. one glass of white wine costed 275 DKK. And I will give this dinner six stars for it´s great taste and all the attention to the details to both flavour and texture combination combined with excellent service. This is a place, which I only can recommend for you to try out on your own.

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