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

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.

August 17, 2014

Classic plum jam

Besides from making the annual Lønnestræde Plum in spiced red wine I also made some classic plum jam without any addition of spices, as I wanted to have the pure taste of plum.

Classic plum jam:
  • 700 g plum - without stone cut into smaller pieces
  • 4 tablespoon of water
  • 12 g pectin / gelling powder   
  • 350 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of white wine or apple vinegar - optional
  1. Heat up the plum pieces together with water and vinegar in a cooking pot together over low heat. Stir on a regular basis.
  2. Heat the fruit up to 80'C. Mix the pectin/gelling powder together with 50 g sugar. Add this dry-mix slowly to the plum, while you stir very well in the cooking pot to avoid lump formation.
  3. Let the plum cook slowly for another 5 minutes. Stir on a regular basis.
  4. Add in the rest of the sugar. 
  5. Bring the jam to the boiling point and let it boil for 2 minutes.
  6. Taste the jam. If you find it too be to sweet/matured in taste, you can add some more vinegar to bring freshness back to the jam. I normally do this in 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. Fill the glass with jam and when close the glass.
  9. Store the jam cold.

August 16, 2014

Lønnestræde´s Plum in spiced red wine - 2014

With the arrival of a new plum season here in Denmark, it is time for me again to make this years version on plum in spiced red wine.

I continue to make modification on this recipe of mine on Lønnestrædes Plum in spiced red wine 2013, this year I have decided to twist the flavour in the direction of liquorice. I am really looking to taste these plums sometime during Autumn/Winter in the company of some good friends.

Lønnestæde's Plum in spiced red wine - 2014:
  • 1000 plums - without stone
  • 500 g red wine
  • 350 g brown sugar
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 10 cardamon
  • 6 allspice corns
  • 10 red pepper corn
  • 10 white pepper corn
  • 5 black pepper corn
  • 10 fennel seeds
  • 1 liquorice root - cut into smaller pieces
  • 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 15, 2014

One of the five best home-made Danish jams 2014

Yes !!! My apricot jam with lavender / abrikos marmelade med lavendel has been awarded as one of the five best home-made Danish jams of 2014 in a competition (Isabellas - laver du Danmarks lækreste syltetøj) runed by the magazine Isabellas and Dansukker.

Perhaps I should sell my remaining glasses of this apricot jam a fortune ? I am looking forward to have your bid for one of the five glasses left in my kitchen :-)

Today I have therefore received a goodie-bag from Dansukker full of various sugar products for further creations in my little kitchen.

August 14, 2014

Smørrebrød at Remouladen

After a rowing tour with some rowing friends coming from outside Vejle, we decided to have lunch at Remouladen, as it is situated more or less next door to the rowing club in Vejle. So it was an easy place to eat in this specific situation.

I decided to have two classic pieces of open Danish sandwiches: the first being egg with scrimps served on rye bread and the second being fried filet of plaice with remoulades as well served on rye bread.

Both pieces of open sandwiches are my two favourite pieces among the many type of open Danish sandwiches.

The prices for these two sandwiches was 134 DKK without any anything to drink. I think this is the price level eating lunch. The service was better this time compared to last time having dinner. However, it is not a place standing out as extra-ordinary.

August 12, 2014

Arrival of plum season

The plum season has arrived here in Denmark, meaning that you easily can get hold of plums from friends and work colleagues for free, as people with one or more plums trees during the peak period as becoming desperate to ride of their surplus of plums. And the plum season of 2014 is very rich due to warm Spring and Summer here in Denmark.

If you have no idea to use your surplus of plums I would like to share these suggestions with you:

The first option is off cause to make jam, this jam has an interesting spice twist to it in form of cinnamon and and star anise.

You could also turn your over-load of plum into plum-compote, which you can enjoy together with cheese, sausages and meat dishes. Last year I made two different compotes, the first being a more traditional plum-compote
    and the second being a plum and tomatoes

    Moving away from the savoury options to the sweet options in form of either plums in spiced red wine, which you can enjoy later on in Autumn as dessert

    August 10, 2014

    Tea with Summer flowers

    You can add flowers or herbs from your garden into your tea to give it a flavour twist. This time I did not go for a flavour modification of my tea, but for a more visual appealing tea instead of bringing the Summer inside to my tea containers.

    I assume it would be better to store your tea in metallic containers to prevent oxidation coming from sun light, when you use glass for storage of tea. However, when you can see inside the tea tin and see how the Summer has moved into your tea as well !!! Therefore I store these type of teas in glass container, which is placed in my little kitchen window being a part of the decoration.

    It is important, that you use dried Summer flowers, as un-dried flower heads can make the entire mouldy and thereby undrinkable.

    Tea with Summer flowers:
    • 50 g Earl Gray tea
    • 3-5 heads of eatable Summer flowers - dried
    1. Remove the leafs from the Summer flowers, so they are individual, and thereby can give visual impact to the tea.
    2. Mix tea leafs and flower leafs together.
    3. Store in airtight container.

    August 04, 2014

    Barbecue evening of 2014

    Where are the guests ?

    Taking a nap waiting for the guests to arrive
    Saturday evening a group of great friends as usual meet in my little garden for the yearly barbecue event, where all participants bring their part of the food. I take care of the firing up the grill, the liquid part of the menu and the sweet dessert part. Hannibal the Cat was coming and going, not being able to locate his usual resting spot on the terrace, which was occupied by the bonfire plate.

    The weather was just perfect this evening, it was quiet windy, but the temperature were above 20'C during most of the evening, so we could sit outside enjoying the a perfect Danish Summer evening.

    Starter: samosa with two types of dip
    The starter was samosa made from filo dough and a filling of Summer greens like potatoes, asparagus and spices. Two different dips came along the samosa: one being cucumber with chili in vinegar dressing and the second being cucumber in yogurt. Excellent start to this barbecue evening :-)

    Sausage selection
    The main course was a selection of various sausages, as the guest bringing the meat part had to travel with train from Copenhagen to Vejle, so it had to be possible to transport the food under safe condition.

    As company to the sausages one of the guests from Horsens was bringing a selection of five different garden greens such as:
    • freshly dug up potatoes
    • cold slaw made from pointed cabbage and carrots
    • Summer salad made from salad leafs, tomatoes, onion and white salad cheese
    • tzatziki
    • red beet salad
    "Garden greens" from Horsens
    Bonfire plate
    Using the remaining barbecue charcoal a fire was lit in the bonfire plate on the terasse, which played an important role for preparation of the dessert.

    As the flames were dancing around the bonfire plate, one of the guest behaved extremely well, as she fill a bucket with water for the just-in-case event taking place - safety first :-)

    The dessert this year was twist bread (this year without marzipan) and roasted marshmallows served as filling between two Oreo-style biscuits. The Danish vanilla biscuit called Mariekiks would be another good serving suggestions for roasted marshmallows. None of the guests had never tried to roast marshmallows as biscuit filling, so this turned out to be great thing to do.

    Baking twist bread

    Marshmallow and Oreo-style biscuit

    Ready to be eaten !

    August 01, 2014

    Welcome to August - the last Summer month

    Welcome to August - the last Summer month

    Being the last Summer month August is also a big harvest month of home-grown produce from my little kitchen garden.

    The fig tree is bearing a huge flock of figs, which I am looking very much forward to taste. Here in Denmark you are only able to enjoy the figs appearing during springtime, as the second round of figs, which start growing in July will never mature in Denmark due to our climate.

    My various tomato plants are now booming with plenty of tomatoes, which sometimes can become to overwhelming to eat your way through. Let´s see how I will succeed this year.

    Therefore I find it very appropriate to share some recipes with tomatoes as main ingredients:


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