The plan for this Sunday breakfast was to have fresh bread and thus I started baking around before 8 am. It was to be tea cakes from an old issue of Lantliv Mat & Vin but little did I know. From now on I know to read to the end of the recipe before starting. On the first count I figured it would take 3.5 hours to have these ready, and so I decided to cut a few corners. I put in a bit less butter and replaced it with olive oil. In the end the bread dough and the small cakes rested three times!
This is what you need for 12 small cakes: 25 g yeast, 2.5 full milk, 450 g flour (half white, half graham), 1 tl honey, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 50 g butter, 2 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Dissolve the yeast into the milk. Add the honey and half of the flour. Let rest for 30 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the salt. Knead for 10 minutes. Add the salt. Let rest for 45 minutes.
Work the dough with hands and make 12 small buns. Let them rest for 5 minutes. Flatten the buns with a rolling-pin, place them on a baking sheet and pinch with a fork. Let rest under a cloth for 45 minutes. Turn the oven to 250 C during the last rest.
Spray some water in the hot oven. Put in the cakes and bake for 8 minutes. Place to cool on a baking rack.
Enjoy! Best still while warm and with butter.
Sunday it is and time for a waffle breakfast! This is a new experiment with the batter and it turned out ok.
This recipe makes a small portion of four waffles, which is just perfect for two.
1 dl skimmed milk, 2 free range eggs, 1 dl almond flour, 1.5 dl whole meal flour, 0.5 tsp baking powder and 2 tbsp olive oil.
Mix the batter and refridgerate for 30 min. Use a waffle iron to make your waffles and brush on a little olive oil.
Serve with sliced avocado topped with lemon juice and pumpkin seeds, and chèvre topped with agave syrup. Try also blue cheese and apple jam.
This is the first crumble this autumn and it is made of apples from the shop! Apples were of abundance last autumn and now the trees on my garden are bearing no fruit at all. This is because of the very early blooming followed with cold nights and snow. There were no bees to carry the pollen.
We love crumble pie and I try to vary it. Last week I experimented with peanut butter and cinnamon rolls. I filled the rolls with peanut butter and apple syrup (applestroop) instead of butter, sugar and cinnamon. The taste was new but not a bad one. This week I thought about replacing some of the butter with peanut butter in a crumble.this combination works even better.
This is what you need: olive oil to grease the pie form, 5 small apples (sliced), 2 tbsp brown sugar, 3 dl (a full cup) of oat meal, a handful of mixed nuts, 50 g butter and 3 tbsp of unsalted peanut butter.
Turn the oven to 175C. Place the apple slices in a greased pie form. Sprinkle on the sugar and then the oatmeal. Chop the nuts and sprinkle on. Melt the butter. Turn off the heat and add the peanut butter. Pour evenly on the pie. Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with creamy joghurt or vanilla ice cream and enjoy! We certainly did and half the crumble was gone!
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Mushrooms and autumn go hand in hand. I’ve not yet found the perfect spots for chantrelles, porcini and all other sorts in the woods near my newish hometown. Hence I headed to the grocery store for them. To my disappointment there were no first class chanterelles and I settled for a package of lightly salted mix of forest mushroom. Now I could make my cannelloni.This is what you need for a panfull (3-4 portions)
9 lasagne sheets, 1 tbsp 1 cup of chopped salted mushroom, an onion, a clove of garlic, 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp tomato pure in a tube
Bechamel: 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour, 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup grated pecorino
50-100g of Grated cheese to top the dish (this can be a mix of Parmesan, Pecorino, Mozzarella or Emmenthal).
Cook the lasagne plates if you are not using fresh pasta. Chop the garlic and onion. Sauté them in butter. Rinse the mushroom in cold water to remove excess salt. Add the mushroom and tomato paste, cook for 10 minutes. Add the oregano and pepper. You will not need salt if the mushroom was in salt brine.
Make the bechamel. Melt the butter and add the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add the milk whisking vigorously, you do not want clumps of flour. Add the cheese and cook for 5 minutes of so. Taste and add salt and pepper. You can even use a bit of nutmeg.
Turn the oven to 180 C. Grease an oven pan. Take a lasagne sheet and place 1 -2 tbsp of the mushroom mix on it. Roll into a cannelloni looking roll, and place in the pan. Pour the bechamel over your cannelloni rolls and put on the cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.
This was our Saturday lunch. It was meant to be light but kept adding cheese, so do not know about the lightness. My sister served this type of soup as a starter for crayfish last weekend, and I just had to try cook it too.
This is what you need for 8 portions: 1-1.5 kg cauliflower, 1 tbsp oil, 2 onions, 1,5 l water, salt and pepper, 100 – 150 g cheese (cream cheese, Finnish Koskenlaskija strong or even crime fraiche). Clean and chop the onions and cauliflower. Sauté the onion in oil for 5 min. Add the cauliflower. Pour over boiling water, cook until done. Pure and add the cheese. Bring to boil and check that the cheese has melted. Add salt and pepper.
Enjoy with crisp bread, rye bread and salad greens (even in the soup).
We tried chicken on our charcoal grill for the first time the other Friday. I’d never thought of grilling chicken drumsticks on our tiny little grill. The outcome was charred drumsticks but the taste was good! Served the bits with a fresh salad of tomatoes, herbs and lettuce, and parcels of potatoes (thinly sliced potatoes, onion, olive oil and salt wrapped in aluminium foil and cooked on the grill).
I started with mixing a marinade of salt, lemon, cilantro and parsley, rash el hanout spice mix, 1 garlic clove, salt and black pepper. Then i placed the chicken bits in a plastic bag and poured in the marinade. The chicken then rested in the fridge for an hour.
Start the grilling with wiping the excess marinade off and place the chicken bits on the grill. Place the potato parcels on after 5 minutes. Then grill for 25-30 minutes until done. The drumsticks are done when the meat loosens from the bone. Add some fresh parsley, lemon slices and garlic in to the serving bowl.
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Good morning dear folks! It’s time for a healthy breakfast. Try this green juice.For two glasses you will need:
A handful of fresh basil, a handful of spinach, half a lemon, 1.5 dl home-made rhubarb juice (rhubarb, lemon, dash of brown sugar, anis, cardamom), 1.5 dl Pellegrino or any other mineral water, 1 tsp agave syrup. Mix in a blender starting with the lemon and herbs. I alway trust my husband’s good old Hamilton Beach bar mixer. Never let’s me down. Neither one!
My endeavours with ice cream continue. This is a semifreddo recipe shared by a colleague who has a habit of taking all sorts of delicacies to us and sharing the recipes. She is one who some days invites us to our educational kitchen at work to taste something she’s baked during a leap hour. Such a joy, such a dear colleague. Such great recipes!
For this semifreddo you will need but no ice cream machine needed.
500 g rhubarb and 1 dl brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp cardamom and 1/4 tsp finely grated ginger, zest of one lime
4 eggs, 1 dl sugar, 2 dl double cream, 100 g meringue
Start with cooking the chopped rhubarb with the sugar. Cook for 5 minutes and add the spices. Let cool.
Separate the egg yolks and whites. Beat the yolks and the sugar. Whip the cream. Beat the egg whites. Crush the meringue into chunks.
Mix everything together once the rhubarb ‘jam’ has cooled. Refrigerate for 5-6 hrs.
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We had the first bbq of this summer the other day. The weather was finally warming up and there was no rain either. My husband masters steaks and such, and I wanted to try this aubergine recipe on a coal grill. It turned out fabulous, I cannot believe how quick and easy it was to grill these baby aubergines.
For two 2-3 portions you need 2 baby aubergines (mini ones, about 15 cm each), 1 garlic, olive oil and salt.
Put the abergines on the grill and roast them, turning every once in a while, for about 20 min OR until soft and well done. Roast also a garlic at the same time. Don’t worry when the skin burns. Place the aubergines on a plate, cut them into 1 cm slices and open into fan shape. Sprinkle with olive oil, squeeze half of the garlic on them and add some salt. You can also add parsley and lemon juice. Enjoy as a side dish, a starter; hot or cold.
One of my colleagues makes a delicious rhubarb semifreddo with meringue and I was tryinhg to find the recipe yesterday. No luck and I texted her knowing they are on holiday. No reply. Then I improvised with the basil-lemon ice cream recipe.
This is what you need for a small portion: 5 dl chopped rhubarb, 1,5 sugar, zest of half a lemon, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1,5 dl double cream, 1 can of condensed milk and a handful of mixed (unsalted) nuts.
I got three stalks of rhubarb and chopped them. Cooked with 1 dl brown sugar and 1/2 dl caster sugar for 10 minutes. Then I let the rhubarb cool down.
The next step was to wash and grate the lemon zest, and squeeze the juice. And in to the pan with the rhubarb. Next it was time to mix in condensed milk, and whipped cream. In the end I added a few drops of burgundy food colouring for extra color but turned it in just slightly. The mixture was ready for a freezer tin (5 dl) and topping with crushed mixed nuts.
It was a long four hour wait for the ice cream to freeze. It was definitely worth it!
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