September 14, 2014

Tomato ketchup

My tomato plants have not been a big success this year, as they have been struggling with potato blight coming from my potato plants. Therefore I will next year be placing my tomatoes in the part of my garden facing, whereas the potatoes will be placed in their pots in the Northern part of my garden.

Any way one of the tomato plants has been full of smaller cherry tomatoes, so I decided to make my own tomato ketchup every using produce from my kitchen garden in form of tomatoes, chilies and apple using this Politiken´s tomato ketchup recipe as starting point.

It was actually the first time for me to make my own tomato ketchup. I decided to adjust the viscosity of this ketchup of adding in some pectin. If you do this, you need to blend eveerything after addition, so you ensure, that the pectin is dispersed homogenous.

Before addition of the dark brown sugar, the colour of the tomato ketcup was quiet light red. After addition of the brown sugar, the colour became much more dark red !!! Interesting colour changes.

Tomato ketchup a la Politiken:

  • 500 grams of fresh and ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • /2 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 125 g dark brown sugar
  • 100 g apple cider vingear 
  • pectin - optional for viscosity adjustments.
  1. Roughly chop all the ingredients.
  2. Put them into a small cooking pot together with vinegar and spices.
  3. Boil everything until the apple pieces are soft.
  4. Blend everything together using a blender.
  5. Taste the tomato ketchup, Adjust to desired by adding the dark brown sugar little by little. Vinegar can also be used for taste adjustment.
  6. Pour the tomato ketchup into jam glasses, which have been prepared by addition of boiling water in advance.
  7. Store cold.

September 12, 2014

Lønnestræde´s blackberry rum with liquorice root

Eventhough my good working colleague with a garden full of rhubarb and blackberry has retired, I still get a regular supply of these key ingredients finding it´s way from his garden to my kitchen. So a HUGE BIG thank you to this great ex-colleague :-)

This year I have decided to twist the basic recipe on Lønnestræde´s blackberry rum with liquorice root from liqueur with cherry and liquorice root. I was wondering, if I should have added into some lemon zest. It was not done, but when I have a new modification yet already for the 2015 version on Lønnestræde blackberry rum :-)

Blackberry rum: - 0.7 l rum
  • 200 g blackberries
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 liquorice roots
  • 0.7 l rum (light)
  1. Add boiling water to a glass bottle - leave for 4-5 minutes - empty the bottle.
  2. Bank the liquorice roots with a rolling pin to open up these roots.
  3. Place blackberries, liquorice roots and sugar into the storage glass. Pour the rum into the glass as well.
  4. Fill the bottle up with rum (light).
  5. Close the bottle.
  6. Place in a dark place.
  7. Shake the bottle regular to dissolve the sugar, which is found at bottom.
  8. Be patient !!!!! The blackberry rum should be drinkable around Christmas time !!!!!
  9. Remove the blackberry, before drinking this rum.

September 11, 2014

Fish & chips at Fly Inn, HEL

After having breakfast in Billund Airport, it was time for me during my long working day to have dinner at Helsinki Airport, before returning to Denmark having a stop over in Sweden !!! In Helsinki Airport I normally always eat at Fly Inn, Helsinki Airport, as the food in interesting and the restaurant is located away from the busy airport area full of passengers, which means I am able to relax more.

This time I decided to fish " chips with Finnish twist in form of fried pike-perch with mashed arctic potatoes and pea puree and finely chopped marinated onions. My only complaint about this main course was the actually size of it, as it was quiet small.

I paided 46 € for this main course, a medium size glass of white wine and ½ l bottle water. I will give this main course four stars for it´s great taste and excellent look, but the overall portion was to small in my opinion.

September 09, 2014

Pear cake with marzipan

The weekly vegetable box, which I received last week was full of fruit in form of apple, pears and plums, so it has been a challenge for me to eat my way through all this fruit: Therefore I went looking for cake recipe containing pear, which I located among various Arla recipes: pærekage med marcipan. I have made no modifications to this recipe as I wanted to taste the "originale" recipe, before twisting it somewhere else.

Pear cake with marzipan a la Arla:
  • 5 pears - firm
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 250g butter - soft
  • 300 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 375 g wheat (cake) flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 250 g milk
  • 200 g marzipan - coarsely grated
  • 1 teaspoon organic lemon zest
  1. Heat up the (conventional) oven up to 200'C.
  2. Peel the pears, cut them into quarters and remove the flower stalk and cored. Cut the pears into pieces (about 2 x 2 cm) and turn them immediately in lemon juice.
  3. Beat butter and sugar together on a mixer until it crumbles.
  4. Whip in the eggs one at a time. Keep whipping until the mixture is light and airy.
  5. Mix flour, baking powder and cardamom together. Sieve it.
  6. Add milk and flour into the dough swifting between milk and flour.
  7. Add hand gentle mix into the marzipan, pear pieces in lemon juice and lemon zest.
  8. Cover a large baking tray (30 x 37 cm) with baking paper. Spread the dough in it.
  9. Bake the cake in the middle of the oven at 200'C for 35 minutes.
  10. After baking lift the cake out of the baking tray, and let it cool down on a wire rack.

September 07, 2014

Hannibal the Cat´s 6th birthday

Today Hannibal the Cat reaches the age of 6 years :-)

After long negotiations during spring of 2014, we reached a deal, so Hannibal has become an outdoor cat during nighttime, and when he returns for breakfast and some sleep in the morning, before I go to work. It is tough to negotiate with someone, who bites you in the toes during your sleep, in order to be let outside. Let´s see, if Hannibal will return to the warm duvets as the cold Winter night returns !!!

During warm and dry Summer days Hannibal can also completely forget time, so there can go between 2-3 days, before he returns home. During such time I would like to have a GPS tracker on the garden lion, so I had an idea, where he is staying. You never knows, if the cat has been closed in a house or shed, where the owners have gone on vacation.

So happy birthday to you Hannibal and wish you all the best in the coming year and many mice to be caught and eaten as fresh as possible.

September 06, 2014

Hunting for new kitchen

My HTH kitchen and I have now been living together for 10 years, before we moved in together, the kitchen has been through several other relationships during it´s 23 years. The only two things, which I did, when I moved in, were to paint the walls in the kitchen and replaced the grips from white square HTH-grip version 1990 with oval steel handles. With me craftsman capabilities, this is the one and only thing, which I can handle. On the other side I am really good at making jam and baking cakes.

However, I have now decided to throw myself into a MEGA project in the form of "new kitchen" !!! which means new kitchen units, new appliances (stove, oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and range hood), new tile floor and new wall tiles.

I have looked at the floor tiles, where I seem to have an unusual desire for a tile of 20 cm x 20 cm in white !!!! The tiles are now at 30 cm x 30 cm or even larger (60 cm x 60 cm) in those dull colours: black, gray and beige, but not white !!!! At one place I got a catalogue of 244 pages with tiles, where I could ordered sample tiles home to my kitchen to see for them in reality. I mean, how hard can it be, an ordinary white floor tile !!!!

Fortunately enough I am living in Vejle, where the range of kitchen stores are large, very large indeed. So far I have visited HTH, Designation and Svane. And now I do not want to visit other kitchen stores !!! At Svane I walked away from the store with a plastic bag containing catalogues with a total weight of 2894 g !!! And at the Designa store I got the complete catalogue of appliances from Siemens. So I am not lacking reading stuff before falling a sleep at the moment.

As a person I am having a holistic overview, so all these many tiny details are less interesting for me as personality, but this is not an option in a kitchen store !!!! What I need is a white kitchen without gloss, drawers and no cupboards and a worktop, that I can cut directly on without a chopping board. Is the type of information enough for a kitchen seller ? NO. I have to make up my mind concerning all these other questions:
  • should the elements be with or without grips/handles ? 
  • should the elements be painted or in laminate ? 
  • should the drawers giblets be in wood or plastic? 
  • should the stove be induction? 
  • do I a cooking island? Oh, how the heck do I find the room for such a thing !
  • should it be Swedish country kitchen or trendy Italian style? 
  • will you do the dismantling of the kitchen yourself ? NO !!! And I will neither put the kitchen on my own or I will end up with all kitchen modules in one big pile on the floor. 
Every time you walk through the door to a kitchen shop you easy spend 1 hour answering all sorts of questions. Perhaps it is easier to buy a new house instead off ? 

The good thing is, that I know which tiles that I want for my kitchen wall :-) I saw some smaller tiles during my summer vacation from a potter located in North Jutland, who had made ​​a mosaic in four different colours, two blue and two green. And she is willing to make such tiles to me :-)

I also am considering to use various ceramic handles instead of the usual metal handles on the kitchen units.

And I am under no time pressure at all ? Well, if I would like to use the craftsman tax deductions I have to be finished before 31 December 2014 !!!

So right now I am anxiously awaiting the various drawings and price estimates. And when I will start to hyperventilating !!!

På køkkenjagt

Mit HTH-køkken og jeg har nu boet sammen i 10 år, men før det har køkkenet været igennem flere andre forhold i løbet af dets 23 årige historie. Og det ene, som jeg gjorde i forbindelse med min indflytning var at få malet væggene i køkkenet samt udskiftet greb fra hvide firkantet HTH-greb version 1990´erne med ovale stål greb. Mine håndværkerevner rækker nemlig ikke længere end at udskifte greb, til gengæld er jeg rigtig god til at lave marmelade samt bage.

Jeg har derfor besluttet mig for at kaste mig over et MEGA projekt i form af "nyt køkken" !!! hvilket betyder nye køkkenmoduler, nye hårde hvidevarer (kogesektion, ovn, køle-fryseskab, opvaskemaskine og emhætte), nyt flisegulv og nye vægfliser.

Jeg har kigget på gulvfliser, hvor jeg tilsyneladende har et usædvanligt ønske om en flise på 20 cm x 20 cm i farven hvid !!!! Fliserne i dag er nemlig 30 cm x 30 cm eller endda større ( 60 cm x 60 cm) i de der kedelige farver: sort, grå & beige, men ikke hvid !!!! Det ene sted fik jeg et katalog på 244 sider med fliser, hvor jeg efterfølgende kan få bestilt prøvefliser hjem til selvsyn. Jeg mener, hvor svært kan det være, en ganske almindelig hvid gulvflise !!!!

Heldigvis bor jeg i Vejle, så udvalget af køkkenbutikker er stort, rigtig stort endda. Indtil videre har jeg besøgt HTH, Designa og Svane. Og nu orker jeg ikke at besøge flere køkkenbutikker !!! Hos Svane gik jeg ud af butikken med en plastikpose indeholdende kataloger med en samlet vægt på 2894 g !!! Og hos Designa fik et komplet katalog med hårde hvidevarer fra Siemens. Så jeg mangler ikke god nat-løsning i øjeblikket.

Som person er jeg nemlig helhedsorienteret, og alle de mange små detailjer er mindre interessante, men det går ikke i en køkkenbutik !!!! Overordnet så vil jeg have et hvidt køkken uden højglans, skuffer og ingen skabe og bordplade, som jeg kan skære direkte i. Er den type information nok for en køkkensælger - NEJ. Jeg skulle tage stilling til en masse andre spørgsmål:
  • skal elementerne være grebsfrie eller med greb ?
  • skal elementerne være malet eller i laminat ?
  • skal skuffernes indmad være i træ eller plastik ?
  • skal kogepladerne være induktion ?
  • skal jeg bruge en kogeø ? Nej, hvor pokker får jeg plads til den henne ?
  • svensk landkøkken eller trendy italiensk stil ?
  • vil du selve pille dit køkken ned ? NEJ !!! Og jeg vil heller IKKE selv montere mit eget køkken, får så vil det ende med, at alle køkkenmodulerne kun blev sat ovenpå hinanden på gulvet.
Og der er går nemt 1 time, hver gang du bevæger dig ind af døren i køkkenbutik med at besvare alle mulige og umulige spørgsmål. Måske det er nemmere at købe et nyt hus i stedet for ?

Til gengæld ved jeg hvilke fliser, som jeg vil have til væggen :-) Jeg så nogle mindre fliser under min sommerferie hos en keramiker i Nordjylland lavet som mosaik i fire forskellige farver, to blå og to grønne. Så jeg har haft i den pågældende keramiker, og hun vil gerne have disse fliser til mig :-)

Desuden overvejer jeg kraftigt at få diverse keramik greb i stedet for de sædvanlige metalgreb på køkkenelementerne.

Og jeg er jo slet ikke spor tidspresset, vel ? Bestemt ikke, hvis jeg skal have udnyttet min håndværker fradrag, der udløber d. 1. januar 2015.

Nu går jeg spændt og afventer de forskellige tegninger og overslag på priser. For så kan jeg komme i gang med at hyperventilere !!!


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