May 29, 2016

Cheese cake with white chocolate and rhubarb

As the sweet finishing touch for the birthday lunch I served a cheese cake with white chocolate and rhubarb. I have used a recipe from the magazine "Isabella's issue 03/2015" as starting point for this cheese cake.

If you remove the water part of the rhubarb compote, there should be no need for addition of pectin or starch. The rhubarb is giving off plenty of water in connection with the cooking.

Cheese cake with white chocolate and rhubarb:
  • 100 g butter - melted
  • 175 g Digestive biscuit - crushed to finer powder
  • 100 g rhubarb - cut in 1-2 cm
  • 100 g water
  • 100 g sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pectin
  • 100 g strawberries - cut in quarters
  • 4 leaves of gelatine
  • 75 g white chocolate - medium chopped
  • 75 g sugar
  • 2 eggs pasteurised
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 250 g dairy whipping cream, 35-40% fat
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  1. Mix the melted butter and crushed Digestive biscuit together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Press this butter-biscuit mix together as a bottom layer of a spring form, 20-22 cm in diameter.
  3. Cook up the water, sugar and rhubarb pieces in a smaller cooking pot.
  4. Bring the rhubarb compote to the boil.
  5. Stir in the pectin in to the rhubarb compote. Cook until the rhubarb pieces are soft.
  6. Remove the rhubarb compote from the heat, mix in the strawberry pieces. Cool down this rhubarb compote.
  7. Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl with cold water for minimum 10 minutes.
  8. Melt the white chocolate over a water bath.
  9. Whip the sugar and eggs into a foamy mass.
  10. Whip in the mascarpone into the sugar-egg mass.
  11. Melt the gelatine leaves over a water bath.
  12. Stir the melted gelatine into the lime juice.
  13. Whip the dairy whipping cream in a stiff foam.
  14. Add the melted white chocolate into the mascarpone-egg-sugar mix.
  15. Add the lime juice-gelatin mix, while whipping.
  16. Gentle stir the whipped cream.
  17. Pour the cheese cake mix into the spring form on top of the biscuit bottom layer.
  18. Pour the rhubarb-strawberry compote on top of the cheese cake base.
  19. Store the cheesecake cold in the refrigerator cold for minimum 3 hours or night over.
  20. Remove the spring form prior to serving.

May 28, 2016

Birthday coffee for the rowers 2016

After the birthday lunch it was time for the birthday coffee for my rowing friends. The three key element for a traditional Danish birthday coffee is bun being spread with plenty of butter and cream cake served together with hot chocolate. Hot chocolate or chocolate milk has NEVER on my list over favourite food stuff !!!! I really dislike the taste of hot chocolate/chocolate milk. And I still remember my dislike, when I was served this at other children´s birthday as a kid :-(

I had selected rhubarb as theme for this birthday coffee, as my rhubarbs are doing the best to take over mu little garden, so I am doing my best to control them ! So instead of the usual bun served with butter and jam, I served a bun with rhubarb compote as filling.

Continuing with the rhubarb the guests enjoy with rhubarb cake, where I actually had to make all the components of the cake twice !!!! After I had add all the three components together in the baking tray I decided to eat some of almonds, while I was chopping some almonds as the final touch. The almonds, which I had been using tasted really foul !!! Luckily I had some another portion of almonds, so I could remake all the cake components. On top of the cake "disaster" I also got home 1 hour later than expected, as my car battery was completely flat, so it had to be changed. So all in all it was a bit stressful !

The classic element for a birthday coffee in form of the cream cake, which time with a filling of cream part with white chocolate and fruit part of rhubarb compote and sugar glazing made from rhubarb cordial and icing sugar.

To fill the last hole in the stomachs of my guests I served some oat cookies with a small rhubarb piece as decoration.

I received some very nice birthday gift in form of a crime, some me tea light holder for the garden and a very interesting gin (sloe gin), which I really are looking forward to enjoy. Thank you very much to my rowing friends for some great gifts and your excellent company :-)

May 25, 2016

Small puff pastry pies with goat cheese

Great tasting and very easy to prepare snack, which you could serve as either a small starter or as a snack together with drinks.

I used ready-to-use puff pastry dough, as I had some many more thing to prepare for my birthday lunch. So do, what it most easy for you making your own puff pastry dough or using ready-to-use dough.

As nuts I used pecan nuts as I could not locate any walnuts in my kitchen, while making this snack. So again use pecan, walnuts, hazel nuts, pine kernels and what ever you have in your kitchen cupboards.

Small puff pastry pies with goat cheese: - 7 small pies

  • 200-300 g ready-to-use puff pastry dough
  • 100 g fresh goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 14 needles of fresh rosemary
  • 40 g pecan nuts - medium chopped
  1. Heat up the fan oven to 190'C.
  2. Use a large tumbler glass to cut 7 circles of the puff pastry dough. Cover each hole in a muffin form with this circle of puff pastry dough.
  3. Place a slice of fresh goat cheese into each muffin form covered with puff pastry dough.
  4. Sprinkle each slice of goat cheese with 2 needles of fresh rosemary.
  5. Place the honey (1/4 teaspoon of honey) on top of the goat cheese.
  6. Finally added the chopped pecan nuts as topping of each small pie serving.
  7. Bake at 190'C for 10-12 minutes.¨
  8. Serve warm :-)

May 24, 2016

Birthday lunch together with the girl friends

I was celebrating my birthday last Sunday with a lunch for my good girl friends.

As table decoration I used a selection of my many green vases incl my latest addition from the Whit market at Trapholt.The flower input for the vases forget-me-not going at the boarders of one neighbour´s garden, while the lilac has picked in another neighbour's garden, while she was not at home !

As usual the the local garden lion needed to rest on the dining table just before, I laid the table :-) I did not serve the cat for the guests !

I will be sharing the various recipe from this birthday lunch in the very near future.
As starters we had first some small puff pastry pies with goat cheese, honey, rosemary and chopped pecan nuts.

The second starter was patty shells with a filling of carrots, asparagus and scrimps.

As the more filling part of the lunch I served pirog with vegetable filling, tortillas with chicken, rhubarb compote, boiled potatoes, steamed asparagus, fresh cucumber and radish and cream-lemon dressing. The bread part was the great tasting Manitoba bread with maple syrup.

The sweet for the afternoon coffee was a cheese cake with white chocolate and rhubarb fitting perfect in the theme of May.

May 22, 2016

May equals green everywhere

May equals green everywhere

May is a busy birthday month in the family. First my mother celebrates her birthday and 3 weeks later on it is time for my own birthday.

Therefore plenty of guests find their way to my home either for dinner or coffee. And this year I have selected a theme for my birthday coffee, as the rhubarbs more or less have concurred my tiny kitchen garden area in my little park. 
So all the thing, which I will for the upcoming birthday coffee with contain rhubarb, so I hope my guests are rhubarb fans like me !!!

Meanwhile the garden lion has found a new spot for taking a nap in the garden :-)

May 16, 2016

Cooking pot bread with ramson

In order to celebrate the arrival of Spring I decided to have a cooking pot bread with a twist of ramson. I found less ramson flavour, when I was expected as starting point. So perhaps it would be better just to serve a cooking pot bread with ramson oil and ramson salt ?

Cooking pot bread with purple wheat: - 1 bread
  • 5 g fresh yeast
  • 50 g sour dough - optional
  • 380 g water
  • 3-3½ teaspoons ramson salt
  • 2 tablespoons ramson oli
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 100 g purple whole grain wheat flour
  • 400 g wheat flour
  1. Stir yeast, sour dough and water together in a big mixing bowl together with ramson salt, ramson oil and sugar. 
  2. Afterwards add the two flours and stir very well with a cooking spoon. 
  3. Rise the dough to rise at room temperature overnight - minimum 12 hours and up to 24 hours.
  4. Take the dough out off the mixing bowl, move 1/3 of the dough in over the rest of the dough, keep repeating this process until you have a small size of the dough.
  5. Clean the mixing bowl for any dough leftovers.
  6. Glaze the dough bowl with oil.
  7. Place the dough again in a clean dough, let is rise again for 2 hours.
  8. Heat up the cast iron cooking pot (2 l) incl. lid on a rack in the lower part of the oven at 250°C (fan oven) for ½ hour.
  9. Remove the hot cast iron cooking from the oven, remove the lid. Cover the bottom of the cooking pot with oat flakes, as this will prevent the dough from sticking to firm to the surface.
  10. Place the dough in the hot cast iron cooking pot.
  11. Put the lid back on. Place the cooking pot in the lower part of the oven, let it bake at 250°C for 25 minutes.
  12. Remove the lid from the cast iron cooking pot, and let the bread bake at 225°C for another 15 minutes. 
  13. Let the bread cool down in the cooking pot, before you try to remove the bread.

May 15, 2016

Whit market at Trapholt

The Christmas fair at Trapholt has become a mot-do-thing for me, however, it is very first time for me, that I have been a guest at the similar pinsemarked Trapholt. At this market you can find some great craft designers of very high quality.

As usual my advise to you is to arrive from the very beginng, as this means you can get parking spots more or less next door to the museum. Besides from getting a good parking spot, you can also get a good look around the various arts and craft booths, before the fair area becomes over-crowed.

The entrance is free to both the fair as well as the museum, so you actually save 75 DKK, which is the normal entrance to the museum !!! The fair will also be open again tomorrow Whit Monday.
I will be back again next year :-)

So what could I "not live without" this time ?

A thermo tea cup in china by Esther Elisabeth Pedersen

Another vase by Rikke Elgaard with dots/small hills popping out from the vase. So a new "family member" can be added to my green vase table :-)

Another china bowl where the pattern is inspired by pines by Gitte Jensen.

Another green vase by Janni Godtliebsen, where a new colour of glazing had been testing. Otherwise her vases are in white or white with black pattern.


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