August 31, 2013

Lønnestræde´s Plum in spices red wine - year 2013

The plum season has started again here in Denmark, and one of my work colleagues is supplying me with some wonderful tasting small red plums with a good firm texture, which is excellent for this specific formulation. When I am arriving to work I will find a bag full of plum ready to use laying waiting for me on my work desk - I will call this extreme good service :-) So a BIG thank you to my good work colleague for these great plums :-)

Continuing with my modification on this favourite plum dessert of mine, I have again made a few changes to this recipe used Lønnestræde´s plums in spiced red wine - year 2012. Again I looked into, what my kitchen cupboards had inside them, and what I felt like putting into the red wine.

When you cook these plums you are having the most fantastic smell of gløgg in your kitchen.

Lønnestæde's Plum in spiced red wine - 2013:
  • 1000 plums - without stone
  • 500 g red wine
  • 330 g sugar
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 10 cardamon
  • 6 allspice corns
  • 10 cloves
  • 10 red pepper corn
  • 10 white pepper corn
  • 1 empty vanilla pod - cut into smaller pieces
  • potassium sorbat - optional
  1. Add boiling water to the storage glass.
  2. Wash the plums and remove the stone. Cut the plum into 2 pieces.
  3. Cook up the red wine with sugar and all the different spices.
  4. Add the plums into the red wine, and let the plums cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Empty the glass for the hot water.
  6. Add the plums into the storage glass.
  7. Reduce the red wine syrup into half the amount.
  8. Fill the red wine syrup into the storage glass with the plums.
  9. Let the plums mature for minimum 2 weeks, before using them for dessert.
  10. Serve the plums together with whipped cream or ice cream.

August 29, 2013

Product test - Risotto with Karl Johan mushrooms from Il Formaio

Sometimes I do not have a lot of time to both cook a meal from scratch in the evening, and here it can be difficult to find a fast and good solution for such occasion.

Recently I found this solution in my local supermarket in form of risotto with Karl Johan mushrooms from Il Fornaio, which contains two servings.

The plastic bags contains all the dry matter for the risotto. As other ingredients you need as well to have olive oil, white wine and Parmesan cheese in your kitchen, ingredients which my kitchen always have inside. The parsley is an optional extra ingredients. The total cooking time is 15 minutes, which is the case for making your own home-made risotto, so the time saving element is the fact, that you do not need to make any ingredients preparation, as you simply add the entire bag into the cooking pot and no shopping is neither as well.

The taste was excellent and reminded me about a home-made risotto prepared to the bottom. I can certainly see myself buying some bags of this risotto.

August 27, 2013

Kitchen equipment 21 - tea cup for my garden

During a one-day trip to Sweden with my mother during Easter 2013, we visited an outlet area in Höganäs, Sweden, and here I found various new things for my little kitchen, which I as usual "could not live without" such as this herb watering pot and this silicone hand protector !!!!

I also brought this big tea cup with green flowers as decoration and a green tre strainer again from Sagaform (costing 99 SEK). So now I be able to sit in my little garden drinking a cup of tea full of flower and enjoying my garden being full of flowers.

August 25, 2013

Greek yogurt with Canadian twist

I am in a period, where I am having a caving for Greek yogurt (I suppose you could call this caving trendy) either for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon or evening. I have enjoying plenty of this Greek yogurt with rhubarb compote and honey roasted muesli during Summer. The only issue is, that the rhubarb season is more or less over, so I am forced to find a new way of enjoying Greek yogurt.

And suddenly I remembered one of yogurt, which I enjoyed in New York this spring, Greek yogurt with blueberry and blueberries are in season right now here in Denmark, or rather it is more correct to state that blueberries are in season in Poland, which is much closer to Denmark than blueberries coming from Chile during the winter season (I suppose you could call this being sustainable ?).

Now you are sitting wondering, where the Canadian twist in blog headline is coming from ? Well using Canadian maple syrup in combination with blueberries :-)

Greek yogurt with Canadian twist: - 1 serving
  • 200 g Greek yogurt - 10% fat or what ever fat content you prefer
  • 1-1½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons of blueberries
  • 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon of linseed
  1. Start by adding the Greek yogurt into the serving dish
  2. Fill blueberries on top of the yogurt followed by maple syrup, chopped walnuts and linseed.
  3. Grab a spoon and enjoy this start to your day :-)

August 24, 2013

Kerneboller (whole grain buns) a la Skærtoft Mølle

Most Monday evenings during the rowing reason I spend rowing on the fjord of Vejle, which means I drive directly from work to the rowing club, jump into the boat and I spend the first 15 minutes sitting on the coxing seat, while eating a bun with either cheese or ham.

So on a regular basic I need to stock my freezer up with more buns for the rowing tour on a Monday evening, so I spend time looking for new recipes mostly located in the bread book "Hjemmebagt". However, this time I have found this recipe on kernebrød on the home-page of Skærtoft Mølle, and instead of baking bread I turned the dough into buns.

Kerneboller (whole grain buns) a la Skærtoft: - 20 buns
  • 150 cracked rye grains
  • 200 g cold water
  • 30 g salt
  • 80 g sun flower seeds
  • 80 g stone grounded whole grain rye flour
  • 1300 g stone grounded Ølands wheat flour or spelt flour
  • 15 g yeast
  • 20 g sugar
  • 400 g buttermilk or yogurt
  • 500-600 g water
  1. Start by mixing the cracked rye grains, salt and water together in a mixing bowl, let it rest cold for minimum 8 hours or night over.
  2. Add the soaked cracked rye grains into a dough bowl, add the rest of the ingredients as well.
  3. Knead the dough together, I usual knead for 10 minutes.
  4. After the kneading process, let the dough raise warm for 1½-2 hour.
  5. Divide the dough into equal size buns, I always a kitchen scale for this purpose in order to ensure equal baking of the buns, I target a dough amount of 80 g per bun.
  6. Place the buns a baking tray covered with baking paper, and let the buns raise for another 30-45 minutes.
  7. Heat up the (conventional) oven to 200'C.
  8. Bake the buns at 200'C for 20-30 minutes in the upper part of then oven.

August 23, 2013

No clue what to do with the last of this season´s rhubarbs ?

If you are in the lucky situation that you still are having rhubarb growing like maniachs in your garden or perhaps in a garden belongs to friend ? You really need to use this opportunity to use these rhubarb for various great tasting food stuff, as the rhubarb are getting to the end of their season. Or perhaps you have a freezer full of rhubarb to use during the coming Autumn and Winter ?

If this is the case I would like to share a selection of recipes having rhubarb as the main/important ingredients.

You can make various types of rhubarb cordial sush as a la Camilla Pluma la Årstidernea la Dansukkera la Perch Hill or just this .

What ever rhubarb cordial you make, you can drink it as "normal" cordial mixing with tap water or sparkling water or you can make these great tasting drinks:

And if you like to turned your rhubarb stems into some more solid food, you can try to make:

Or you can "save" the rhubarb in form of:

August 21, 2013

Classic rhubarb cordial - easy to make

As I still had some rhubarb stems left from my visit to the garden in Horsens, I decided to make the very last portion of rhubarb cordial of 2013 !!!! This time I used another old recipe clipping from a Danish magazine, where I again have no idea of the original source.

Have a look at the picture of this rhubarb cordial, is it not an amazing dark red colour it is having ? Wauuw I am crazy with this red colour, which I know my cousin will be as well.

Classic rhubarb cordial:
  • 500 g rinsed rhubarb - chopped in to smaller chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 500 g water
  • 600 g sugar
  1. Cut the rhubarb into pieces of 2 cm.
  2. Add water, sugar and rhubarb into a the cooking pot.
  3. Cook it up and left it cook for 5-10 minutes.
  4. I prefer to keep the lid on the cooking pot on as much as possible in order to keep the  volatile part of the rhubarb flavour inside the cordial instead of loosing to the air.
  5. Remove the cooking pot and place it away from the stove, let it rest for 1 hour
  6. Remove the rhubarb pieces from the cordial part using a sieve.
  7. Pour the rhubarb cordial into bottles, which have been standing with boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Store the rhubarb cordial in the refrigerator or freeze, as it no anti-microbial have been added.
  9. The rhubarb pieces in the sieve can be turned into a rhubarb compote, which I decided to do. I add sugar until desired sweetness level and juice of ½ lemon. Stir everything well together and place the rhubarb compote in the freezer for later use in desserts.

August 19, 2013

Apple sorbet

Nice cup of apple sorbet
The Tea Time Treat for this month of Summer is hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked (being the hostess of the virtual tea table), and she selected has selected a very relevant theme in form ice creams, jellies and chilled desserts. And I right away set my heart on making ice cream as a celebration of Summer time. Well it is more correctly to refer to my contribution for this virtual tea time table as a sorbet, as the recipe is containing no milk or dairy cream at all. 

This is another old Dansukker recipe, which I again found some years ago. However, I have been unable to locate this recipe on the home-page of Dansukker, so I can not the original recipe with you.

The good thing about this apple sorbet is, that is was more easy to locate the main raw material for this sorbet, as we are actually approaching the season of this fruit instead of been moving out it´s season as this case is for the rhubarb, which I used in my first contribution on rhubarb sorbet for this monthly tea time table. 

I have made two changes to the original recipe, as I decided to remove the use of Calvados from my version of this apple sorbet. Addition of alcohol into ice cream or sorbet is lowering the overall freezing point of the ice cream and thereby making it more difficult to freeze the ice cream at home in your own kitchen. Lowering the freezing point also means, that the ice cream/sorbet becomes more soft (less hard = more easy)), when you scoop the ice cream directly taken from the freezer.
The second change is, that I have removed the egg white as well.

The Tea Time Table is a monthly blogging event managed  Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked.

Apple sorbet:
  • 750 g apple - cored, peeled and cut into boat shape
  • 450 g water
  • 190 g sugar
  • 1 organic lemon - juice and zest
  1. Boil the apple pices and 200 g water together, untill the apple pieces have cooked out.
  2. Blend the entire apple mass together.
  3. Add lemon juice and lemon zest into the apple mass.
  4. Cook up the sugar and the rest of the water. Add this sugar syrup into the apple mass.
  5. Cold down this apple mix for min 4 hours or night over in the refrigerator.
  6. Meanwhile cool down the ice cream machine bowl in the freezer.
  7. Run the apple mix on the ice cream machine for 25 minutes.
  8. Place the apple sorbet in the freezer.
Two for tea ? Apple and rhubarb for sorbet time

August 18, 2013

Rhubarb sorbet

Cup of tea ? No cup of rhubarb sorbet
The Tea Time Treat for this month of Summer is hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked (being the hostess of the virtual tea table), and she has selected a very relevant theme in form ice creams, jellies and chilled desserts. And I right away set my heart on making ice cream as a celebration of Summer time. Well it is more correctly to refer to my contribution for this virtual tea time table as a sorbet, as the recipe is containing no milk or dairy cream at all, and therefore can not be referred to as ice cream !

I have keeping this specific recipe as a clipping for some years or more without getting around to make, so I grab this opportunity to make it for this blogging event. I have no clue, where I originally have found this recipe, but it is coming from a Danish magazine of some kind. 
Rhubarb harvest from the garden in Horsens

At the same time it was something of challenge to make this rhubarb sorbet, as the rhubarbs after a long and very sunny July here in Denmark withour any rain for the majoirty of one month have given up in most gardens. The rhubarbs in my own garden are done for this year, and most of my work colleagues were in the same situation. However, a short sms to my very good friends in Horsens turned out very positive, as they were able to support me and thereby the virtual tea table with plenty of rhubarb stems, which I could come and pick on my way home from work :-) 

The rhubarb sorbet has a refreshing and rich wonderful taste of rhubarb.

The Tea Time Table is a monthly blogging event managed  Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Baked.

Rhubarb sorbet:
  • 500 g rhubard stems - cut into small pieces
  • 250 g water
  • 125 g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of glucose syrup
Rhubarb sorbet ready to be placed in the freezer
  1. Boil the rhubarb pieces, water and sugar together, untill the rhubarbs pieces have cooked out.
  2. Blend the entire rhubarb mass together with glucose syrup.
  3. Cold down this rhubarb mix for min 4 hours or night over in the refrigerator.
  4. Meanwhile cool down the ice cream machine bowl in the freezer.
  5. Run the rhubarb mix on the ice cream machine for 25 minutes.
  6. Place the rhubarb sorbet in the freezer.

August 16, 2013

Pizza inspiration

Recently I had this unusual very great tasting combination on a pizza eating at a cafe:
  • Brie cheese
  • mozzarella 
  • red onions
  • apple slices
  • lingonberry jam
Hopefully this can bring some inspiration as well to your kitchen :-)

August 13, 2013

Dinner with rowers at Gourmet Gaarden, Stege

Starter with fish from Klintholm Havn
As tradition demands (hereby assuming that twice makes it a tradition) one evening during the annual Summer rowing tour is spend eating some great food. Last year, being the first year doing that, we went to Rudolf Matis in Kerteminde celebrating our rowing tour around Fyns Hoved.

This year we went to Gourmet Gaarden in Stege celebrating, that we managed to row around the island of Møn from Vordingborg seeing the wonderful view of Møns Klint (The White Cliffs of Møn), which is such a spectaculars view of blue sea, white cliffs and green beech forest as topping on the cliffs. Møns Klint is the second most windy place in the country of Denmark, what the most windy place I have no clue about.

In case you have never seen Møns Klint I have added a photo here of the cliffs in morning light, it´s not an amazing sight ?? White Cliffs of Dover is nothing compared to this in my opinion

The menu card is quiet small at Gourmet Gaarden, basic two starters, two main course and two desserts, but this is actually quiet nice in my opinion, as I many times get lost, when I have make a decision from a menu card full (too full) of options !!!

Appetiser with smoked halibut and cheese
As a small appetiser we were served smoked cod with smoked fresh cheese, radishes, onion and roasted rye bread.

We all went for the season menu, which was a starter with fresh fish from the local harbour (Klintholm Havn) served together with dill oil, dill mayonnaise, dill "snow", white asparagus pickled in French white wine vinegar, fresh peas and hand-made potato chips. Great flavour combination and nice look, the asparagus was just great in taste.

Main course: veal in two version
As main course we were served Danish veal fillet, a sausages made of the same veal meat, potatoes and "green stuff" of the season together with a great sauce made on veal. Of the two veal part the sausages was actually the best tasting part .

As the finishing touch (as yes you can eat a lot, when you have spend between 5-8 hours rowing) I had dessert. One part of the dessert was raspberry mousse served a single fresh raspberry and white chocolate. The second part of the dessert was ice cream made from ymer (fermented concentrate dairy, almost like Greek yogurt, but fermented with a mesophilic starter culture as in buttermilk, ymer is known only in Denmark), white chocolate cream, fresh raspberries and liquorice meringue. This was a fantastic finish for a evening full of great food.
Dessert: raspberry mousse, ymer ice, white chocolate cream and liquorice meringue
A tree course menu costed 365 DKK, which really is value for money in this case, so if you are in the neighbourhood of Stege you should do yourself the favour of eating at Gourmet Gaarden.

If you are suffering from any kind of allergy you need to tell this in advance, when you book the table, so the chef can prepare him self for this challenge.

My only little negative remark to this evening at Gourmet Gaarden is not at all related to the food, but to the chairs :-( We were setting on some chairs without armrests, which at the same time was too high for people with short legs. So if the chair had been better, I would have given this experience 6 stars, but due to the chair I end up with 5 stars !!!

August 11, 2013

Blackcurrant jam with liquorice and lemon

Again I have been invited in for free picking of mega blackcurrants at my friend´s garden in Horsens. I could have turned these blackcurrant into a more normal blackcurrant jam. However, over a cup of tea after the berry picking process we discussed various options for twisting blackcurrant jam, and one option was to included liquorice, which I went back and actually did in my little kitchen.

The liquorice addition is giving a interesting flavour twist on top of the blackcurrant flavour. During my flavour adjustment process, I found that this jam with liquorice was becoming to sweet and mature in it´s flavour, so therefore I decided to add in some lemon zest and lemon juice to bring back freshness in the jam.

Blackcurrant jam with liquorice:
  • 800 g (Danish) blackberries 
  • 400 g jam sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of raw liquorice
  • 2½ tablespoon of sweet liquorice syrup
  • ½ lemon - zest and 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4-5 tablespoon water - optional
  1. Heat up the blackcurrant and jam sugar in a cooking pot together with a small amount of water. I use extra water in order to avoid burning at the bottom of the cooking pot.
  2. Bring the fruit to the boiling point and let it boil for 2 minutes
  3. Add in the raw liquorice, sweet liquorice, lemon zest and lemon juice. I normally add it smaller steps, so I can fine tune the flavour profile to my preference. It is more easy to add some extra, than to remove an overdose of something.
  4. Bring the fruit to the boiling point again and let it boil for 2 minutes
  5. Prepare the jam glasses by filling them with boiling water. I do not use any preservatives in my home-made jam, so this is important to increase shelf-life of your jam. Another thing you can do is to store the jam cold afterwards.
  6. Fill the glass with jam and close the glass.

August 10, 2013

Cake and tea at Cafe Fiedler in Kiel

My mother and I have been away on another vacation trip to Germany, where we this time went to Kiel staying at a hotel located in the very city centre for 2 days. And as usual we went looking for a cafe or patisserie, where we enjoy some great cakes together with a cup of coffee and tea.

As usual it took us some time to locate the right place, so the first afternoon we only found a cafe without a big selection of cakes. And right after we had eaten our cake there, we continue our walk around in the city centre and of cause found a much better patisserie to have cake and coffee 3-4 minutes walk away. How many times is this not the situation, when you are looking for something specific like a restaurant, cafe or dress. You can not find the right place, however you need to eat/buy something and after you have eaten/brought, many more options turns up with a much better selection !!! Do you know this feeling ?

So the day after we went straight to this patisserie called Cafe Fiedler for our afternoon break. We had a Lübecker cream cake (cake with cream filling with walnuts and marzipan cover layer) served together with coffee/tea and a drink called "Hugo", which was sparkling wine with elder flower cordial, ice cubes, slice of lime and mint leaves. I will later share my version of such a "Hugo" drink.

August 09, 2013

Karin´s 1 minute strawberry cake

One of my good girl friends needs plenty of energy, as she is eager triathlete, and one of the things, which she really likes to eat is Digestive biscuit with Nutella and slice of marzipan !!! However, for me having a "sweet tooth" this combination sounds toooo sweet, so I have been staying away from this fast energy fix.

Sometime during a short afternoon tea break I was served this specific combination with a strawberry twist, and I must admit I really liked this combination, which my girl friend referred to as 1-minute strawberry cake. So I am dedicating this extremely easy "cake recipe" to my good girl friend.

Karin´s 1 minutes strawberry cake: - 1 serving

  • 1 Digestive biscuit
  • Nutella
  • 1 slice of marzipan
  • 1-2 strawberry in slices
  • chocolate sprinkles
  1. Start by spreading Nutella on the Digestive biscuit
  2. Add the marzipan slice on top of the Nutella
  3. Add strawberry slices on the marzipan
  4. Finish off with adding chocolate sprinkles on the strawberry slices.

August 03, 2013

Apple Mac with modification

I was introduced to this recipe on the drink called "Apple Mac" in the TV programme "Anne og Anders på sommerferie", and I noted down the ratio between whiskey, ginger wine and apple juice. As I already had one of the important ingredients in form of ginger wine, I decided to make this drink for the annual illumination evening.

We started out with the original ratio between whiskey, ginger wine and apple juice, which was 1 part of each ingredients. However, the majority of the guests found it to be strong alcoholic in taste, so we decided to increase the amount of apple juice. And later on I did my best "to get ride of" the leftovers, I decided to made a slice of lemon to bring some freshness to the sweet apple taste.

So I am sharing this recipe with you, which is the final drink after a few modifications.

Apple Mac with modifications:
  • 1 part of whiskey
  • 1 part of ginger wine
  • 2 parts of apple juice
  • ice cubes
  • slice of lemon
  1. Mix everything together in cocktail glass
  2. Cheers :-)

August 01, 2013

Sweet Love for my tea pot 20

Another wonderful Kusmi tea is Sweet Love in it´s pink tea tin.

Sweet Love is an exquisite blend of black tea, spices, guarana and liquorice, that stimulates according to the text on the tea tin. The tea is made from black China tea, liquorice roots, spices, guarana seeds and pink pepper.

I do not know, if this tea is stimulating my senses besides from stimulating my taste buds, as I drink yet another fantastic Kusmi tea.


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