May 24, 2017

Rhubarb 75

To start off the birthday lunch we enjoyed a cocktail with inspiration from French 75, however with a big twist of rhubarb :-)

Instead gin, sugar and lemon was used rhubarb gin and rhubard cordial. The sparkling wine was still sparkling wine !

Rhubarb 75:- 1 cocktail

  1. Add the ice cubes into a champagne glass.
  2. Pour in the rhubarb gin and rhubarb cordial.
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling wine
  4. Cheer :-)

May 21, 2017

Birthday lunch for the girl friends

I have been celebrating my upcoming birthday today with a lunch for the girl friends and my mother (could be referred to as the extended family). 

We started off the lunch with a sparkling cocktail, a rhubarb version of French 75, where the plain gin and lemon juice had been replaced with rhubarb gin and rhubarb cordial. A glass of bobbles always get the talking going :-)
The lunch menu was skagensrører, patty shell with asparagus and scrimps and pie with bacon, mushrooms, spinach and Gryere cheese.

Afterwards a cheese board followed by cream cake with rhubarb and white chocolate cream and strawberry-champagne marzipan sweet treat. I will be sharing the various recipe from this birthday lunch in the very near future.

As birthday gifts I got Haute Couture Tea from TWG Tea and a green ceramic vase. And as you can see, my girl friends have a great grip of my favourite colour :-)

May 20, 2017

Strawberry-champagne marzipan in white chocolate

As a little sweet treat I have been making strawberry-champagne marzipan coated in white chocolate and sprinkled with freeze-dried raspberries as preparation for my up-coming birthday.

The strawberry-champagne marzipan has been brought at Odense Marcipan as a special marzipan. So I did only have to cut the marzipan into smaller pieces, which were rolled into small bread shape follwed by coating in white chocolate.

Strawberry-champagne marzipan in white chocolate: - approx 20 pieces

  • 450 g strawberry-champagne marzipan
  • 300 g white chocolate
  • freeze-dried raspberries
  1. Cut the marzipan into smaller pieces, which is rolled into bread shape by hand.
  2. Temper the white chocolate to 29-31'C.
  3. Dip one piece of marzipan by the time into the melted white chocolate. Let the chocolate drip of, before the pieces in placed on a piece of baking paper, while it hardens.
  4. Sprinkle the white chocolate with freeze-dried raspberries.
  5. Store the marzipan sweet in an air-tight container, perhaps in the refrigerator.

May 12, 2017

Hveder a la Isabellas

Today it is Store Bededag (Great Payer Day) (a Danish religious holiday celebrated on the 4th Friday after Easter). And it is the peak evening for enjoying roasted "hveder" - wheat buns with cardamon.
I found this recipe on "hveder" at Isabellas, where I have exchanged the grahamflour with wholegrain wheatflour. I reduced the yeast amount, as I was adding some sour dough together with the yeast.

The dough was to the liquid side after raising, so I am wondering, if the sour dough level was to much or should not have been added at all. The taste was good.

Hveder a la Isabellas: - 12 buns

  • 100 g butter - chopped into smaller pieces
  • 150 g wholegrain wheat flour
  • 450 g wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teasoons cardamone
  • 25 g yeast
  • 50 g sour dough (optional)
  • 350 g water
  • 1 egg
  1. Add the flours, salt, sugar and cardamone into the mixing bowl on a stand-alone mixer. Add in the butter pieces. Mix the butter pieces into the flour mix for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir the yeast into some part of the water. Afterwards add the rest of the water together with the sour dough.
  3. Add the liquid into the mixing bowl together with the egg.
  4. Knead the dough together at speed 3 for 5 minutes.
  5. Let the dough raise for 2-3 hours.
  6. Divide the dough in equal sizes of 80-90 g. Place the bun pieces in a baking tray covered with baking paper.
  7. Place the baking tray with dough in the oven without heat together with another tray filled with boiling water. Let the buns raise and "grow" together in the steam for 30 minutes.
  8. Take water and bun dough out of the oven.
  9. Heat up the (conventional) oven to 200'C.
  10. Bake the buns in the baking tray at 200'C for 20-30 minutes placed in the middle part of the oven.
  11. Cold down the buns
  12. Cut the wheat bun into 2 pieces - lets those roast at 225'C for 4-6 minutes
  13. Served hot or cold together with butter - plenty of butter, cheese and some fantastic home-made jam.

May 11, 2017

Inspiration for hveder for Store Bededag - inspiration for baking wheat buns with cardamone

This evening is the evening before Store Bededag (Great Payer Day) (a Danish religious holiday celebrated on the 4th Friday after Easter). And it is the peak evening for enjoying roasted "hveder" - wheat buns with cardamon.

Having discovered the great taste of home-made "hveder", where is no turning back for commercial baked "hveder". The combination of freshly grounded cardamon covering your kitchen in wonderful flavour and eating freshly baked/roasted buns is a combination made in heaven !!!

As inspiration for you I hereby share a selection of the various "hveder", which I have been baking over the years. And tomorrow I will share the recipe of the "hveder", which I am baking this evening.

April 19, 2017

Eastern Afternoon Tea

Saturday my good friends from Horsens came around for Eastern afternoon tea, so they could help me to eat some of the many Eastern calories as well as enjoy the goodness of both butter and marzipan :-)

We started out with a welcome drink with white port wine and creme de bergamot, while the more chewable part of the menu were:

My good friends did not come empty handed, as they brought a beautiful rose bouquet and some Italian nougat :-)

April 17, 2017

Drink with white port wine and creme de bergamot - Easter Calender 2017

Today is Easter Monday or second Easter day, which is the the final Easter vacation day here in Denmark. So tomorrow the normal working day starts again for many of us, so lets say cheers and happy Easter to each other with a drink.

Drink with white port wine and creme de bergamot: - 1 drink

  • 1½ cl creme de bergamot
  • 6 cl white port wine
  • 1 slice of orange
  • Sprite
  1. Fill creme de bergamot and white port wine into a champagne glass.
  2. Add in a slice of orange cut into two.
  3. Fill the remaining of the glass with Sprite.
  4. Cheers and happy Easter.


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