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Harvest Pie with Cabbage

harvest pie lippewalleniusThis is our Saturday dinner. We’d had burritos for lunch and thought a lighter dinner would do. Well, I do not know how light it turned in the end. I wanted to make a savory vegetarian pie with what I had in the fridge ,and not with any fancy foreign vegetables. The only foreign ingredient was feta cheese or ‘feta-like’ cheese.

First you need a pie crust. Make your own or get one in the store.  My pie crust recipe is here: 100 g butter, 2.5 dl flour, 2 tbsp cold water. Mix the cold butter and flour. Add the water little by little. Work into a smooth pastry dough.

Pin out the crust and place in a greased pie form and start making the filling. Turn the oven to 180 C.

Filling: one carrot, one onion, 1 one-clove garlic, one leaf of kale, some leaves of oregano, 2 dl shredded cabbage, 1.5 dl chopped swede (turnip), butter, salt and pepper; and 2 dl milk, 2 eggs and 100 g feta cheese.
Sauté all the vegetables in butter for 10 minutes, and pour them into the pie form. Crumble the cheese on top.  Beat the milk and eggs, and pour over the pie. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy with salad.

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Apple Peanut Butter Crumble

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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Cannelloni di funghi

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.

Enjoy!!!

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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

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).

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#34 Apple Cake with Almond Flour

imageApples, apples and apples everywhere. This year the harvest is so abundant.

Friends have come over to pick them and we’ve made juice, cakes and pies, jam and puréed  them, put them into pots with pork and baked with vegetables. This is a new recipe I tried, the almond and the easiness attracted me. This originates @lantlivet, a Swedish lifestyle magazine.

for a cake you need

75 g butter, 1 dl sugar, 1 dl brown sugar, 1 dl flour, 1 dl almond flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, 2 apples and cinnamon

Peel and cut the apples into wedges. Sprinkle  with 2 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp brown sugar. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C. Grease a cake tin. Melt the butter. Mix together all the dry ingredients. Mix the butter, dry ingredients and the eggs.

Pour the batter in the cake tin and place the apples wedges on the top. Press them into the batter. Bake for 20 minutes.

Serve with ice cream. This is so yummy! Even the batter is delish and I’d be happy to eat a bowlful .

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#33 Lamb in a Pot

imageFound this wonderful packet of assorted lamb cuts t the local grocery store on Friday. I had been trying to decide what to cook and was lacking inspiration. This packet solved it all …and I knew I would have the time to make this slow cooked pot on Saturday.

For a meal for six you will need: 

1 kilo of lamb cuts, 2 tbsp butter, a twig of rosemary, a handful of thyme, 0ne onion, two carrots, one parsnip and 3 cloves of garlic, 2 dl red wine, 1.5 dl water, 0.5 dl espresso

Chop the meat into large chunks. Peel and chop the vegetables. Melt the butter in a pan, add half of the herbs and the garlic. Brown the meat and place in a pot. Sauté the vegetables in the butter and pour them over the lamb. Add the wine and water on the frying pan, let come to boil and pour into the pot.

Cook in 160 C for three hours, half the time with the lock and half without.

Serve with roasted vegetables – butternut squash, carrot, parsnip and potato.

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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Using all of everything be it a pumpkin, potatoes or chicken, and planning ahead is what I believe in cooking. As it is pumpkins I’ve been cooking it was time to learn to use the seeds too.

I’d earlier bought pumpkin seed oil and green pumpkin seeds that I use in salads, soups and baking. Now I have discovered a whole world of roasted pumpkin seed recipes, and tried my first batch with Hokkaido pumpkin seeds.

Cleaning the seeds was perhaps the most work reminding me of pitting cherries. I rinsed the seeds but might have gotten a tastier roast if I had not. The spices remind me of roasted Christmas almonds and nuts.

I tried a mix of cinnamon, chiliimage, coconut sugar and smoked salt, and roasted the seeds for 10 minutes.

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Chicken-Vegetable Soup

The plans of chicken soup with gnocchi changed into a soup without gnocchi. Two first days without pasta and the last servings with spaghetti.

My inspiration is The Cozy Apron on Pinterest and this is a modification.

For 10 portions you will need

400 g chicken with bones, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 parsnips,  2,5 dl butternut squash, 1 l of chicken stock, 2 l water, 2 bay leaves, 2 twigs of thyme and oregon, 1 cup of shredded kale, 4 cloves of garlic, a chunk of Parmesan rind,  2 handfuls of parsley

Chop the onions, carrot and garlic, sate in butter. Add the chicken and 1 l water. Cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes and set a side to cool.

Cut the vegetables into small cubes. Heat the chicken stock, bay leaves and herbs.  Chop the garlic and add it and the vegetables to the stock, cook for 25 minutes.

Chop the  chicken and add to the soup with the shredded kale. Cook for 5 min. Spoon out the Parmesan rind. Add the parsley and serve with grated Parmesan and country bread..

I added cooked spaghetti and tomato purée to the last servings.

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Artusi’s October Chicken Gnocchi

A warming soup is best for chilly and crisp autumn days. I was ready to cook a pot of vegetable stew with chicken and turned to my Artusi cookbook to see his recipe for gnocchi. To my delight one of his October menu suggestions started with gnocchi and hence our Sunday lunch starts with gnocchi today.

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I love the Artusi book, La Scienza in cucinare e l’Arte di mangiar bene collected by Pellegrino Artusi, given as a present by my dear friend Vittoria. Let this be the start of my journey of culinary Italian as the book  is to teach be both the art of cooking and the language,

This recipe is for seven to eight portions. It is slightly different from the traditional gnocchi recipe because the chicken mixed in with the gnocchi dough.

Ingredients:

200 g floury potatoes, one large or two small cooked breast of chicken, 40 g grated Parmesan, salt, nutmeg, 2 egg yolks, 30-40 g flour, chicken broth (1,5 l).

Cook the potatoes in water or steam. Press them immediately while still warm.

Mince the cooked chicken with a knife and combine with the pressed potatoes. Add the grated Parmesan, two egg yolks, salt and a dash of nutmeg. Place the mixture on a baking surface on a heap of flour, 30 – 40 g. Roll the dough into thin rolls the size of the little finger. Cut the rolls into small pieces, press with fork and cook in chicken broth.

The gnocchi floats on the surface one cooked, in  five to seven minutes. Place the gnocchi carefully on warm plates and spoon the broth on them. Prepare the gnocchi and cook them just before serving.

he secondo, main course, is to be pizzaoila (filet of beef brised in tomato) and the dolce, dessert, Angelfood cake.

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Autumn Blues

October is here and we’ve already had our first frost nights. The salad greens and herbs have survived the cold. It should not be this cold this time of year.

The forest is full of mushrooms. Have found and picked some and cooked canneloni, mushroom pasta and risotto. Have also found some quite good pumpkins for risotto but have not seen any butternut squash yet. I find myself going back to my ‘old’ recipes and not trying out new ones. Hence the lack of posts here, sorry! Then again, cooking is about seasons and traditions. Why should we invent new all the time.

Autumn is a busy season at work, new students and new courses, lots to do and many new faces. I love my work but at times I feel like having a bit slower pace.
I’m heading out for a seminar on language acquisition tomorrow. Let’s see if I find new inspiration, new breezes in Stockholm.

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