MATCHA MERINGUE CHRISTMASTREES with PISTACIOS. And Christmastrees need some decoration, right? Decorate with Pomegranate and my MATCHA MERINGUE CHRISTMASTREES are ready for Christmas….One important detail! Be very careful and only add a little bit of Matcha Tea Powder – taste of Matcha should not be to strong. Enjoy making MATCHA MERINGUE CHRISTMASTREES or KISSES 🙂INGREDIENTS: 3 egg whites, 150 g superfine sugar (3/4 cup), ½ tsp vinegar, 0,5 ml or less MATCHA TEA POWDER. Decoration: 50 g PISTACIOS (extra green) chopped, 1 pomegranate, 1 egg white (pasteurized).HOW TO DO: Preheat oven to 212°F (100°C). Measure sugar. Crack and separate the egg whites free of yolk and shell. Check your egg whites. Pour the egg whites into the bowl. Whisk the egg whites. Add the 1/2 tsp vinegar to the egg whites. Continue whisking until the egg whites form stiff peaks and the bowl can be tipped upside down without the egg whites falling out. Stop whisking (eggs must not be over-whisked). With the egg whites stiff add a big tablespoon of sugar after another while whisking. Once you have added the sugar, continue to whisk until the meringue thicken up. When thickened, stiff and shiny meringue – it’s ready. Add the MATCHA TEA POWDER. Only a very little bit of MATCHA. If you put too much, they taste too strongly of MATCHA, which is NOT good! I have tried it!. Afterwards spoon meringue into large decorating bag. Finally pipe 15 MATCHA MERINGUE CHRISTMASTREES onto cookie sheet. I use a cookie sheet made of silicone because the meringue don’t stick to the silicone and easy to clean afterwards. Bake 1 hour or until meringues are crisp but not brown. Place the meringues in the preheatet oven in the lowest part of the oven. Turn oven off. The meringue are not supposed to stick to cookie sheet, when finished. (Store meringues in tightly covered container). DECORATION: Add a thin layer of eggwhite on the meringues. Add the chopped PISTACIOS on the meringue. And if you want – use egg white to stick pomegranates onto the meringue. MATHCA MERINGUE CHRISTMASTREES and a MERRY CHRISTMAS !
PAELLA WITH SEAFOOD…. is Magical dinner at the beach! We live in a small fishing village at the sea. It gives acces to very fresh fish and shellfish of excellent quality. And I love it. So naturally we often eat fresh seafood. Today we use fresh Danish SQUID, Turbot or Cod and Tails of Norwegian Lobsters from http://www.fiskehuset-gilleleje.dk/ The Danish Squid has ten arms. I did add Danish Seaweed from http://www.nordisktang.dk/ Seaweed is healthy ”super food”.Ingredients: PAELLA/SEAFOOD: 2 Squid, fresh; 150 g Turbot or Cod fillets (without skin); Norwegian Lobster tails; 2 lemons; Olive oil; 375 g Paella or Risotto rice; ½ teaspoon Saffron threads + 2 tablespoons Warm water; 1¼ liter boiling fish-flavor bouillon-water; Seaweed; salt & pepper. VEGETABLES: 1 Red Onion, 2 Garlic, pressed; 225 g Tomatoes; 1 Chili; Olive oil;
HOW TO DO: Prepare the vegetables first. Clean and rinse vegetables. Chop the onion. Press garlic. Remove seeds in Chili and chop it. Put Saffron threads in the warm water – set aside for a couple of minutes.SEAFOOD: SQUID: This is an 10-armed Danish Squid. Remove the black/ greyish thing on the squid. Please see on photo. Pull out/Remove the cartilage. It’s the sort of ”sceleton” of the Squid.Cut the Squid in pieces. FISH: Put Cod (Turbot) fillet in a pot with barely boilling fish bouillon water. Poach fish 5 minutes. Remove fish from pot and put in strainer and rinse with cold water. Put Squid and Norwegian Lobster-tails in the bouillon and cook 2 minutes. Cut Cod fillet in pieces and set aside with Squid and Norwegian Lobster-tails. Leave the bouillon simmer. PAELLA: Heat oil in Paella-pan. (I had to use a large Pot instead LOL. ). Fry 1 minute Onion. Add Garlic, Chili and ”Saffron in water” stirring. Add Tomatoes and fry 2 minutes, stirring. Add Rice. Add most of fish-bouillon and heat to boiling. Simmer without lid for 10 minutes. Season – add some Seaweed. Cook 10 minutes – or until rice is almost tender. Add more fish-bouillon if necessary. Add Cod, Squid, Norwegian Lobster-tails and cook 1-2 minutes. When ready – remove from heat. Serv with Lemons cut in halves. SERVING: We love this Paella with seafood – fresh Squid, Cod, Norwegian Lobster-tails – it’s magic 🙂 Bon appetit !
FRENCH APPLE TART. It’s apple time! My very good friend and I visited http://www.frydenlund-frugtplantage.dk/ to pick apples & pears straight from the tree. It was arriving in Edens Garden. Frydenlund Frugtplantage is a very beautiful plantation with 23.000 apple-trees and pear-trees. We picked ”Discovery” apples, ”Sunrise” apples and ”Clara Friis” Pears. When an apple hang and ripen on the apple tree – it has time to develop aroma/flavour. It tastes heavenly fresh, juicy, crunchy, sweet and aromatic. I am SO in love with these fruits – naturally I I will make a French Apple Tart. Enjoy.Picking Apples at http://www.frydenlund-frugtplantage.dk/ The plantation has 23.000 Apple and Pear Trees. When the apple hangs on the tree until it’s ripe – it develops aromatic flavour. Some of the oldest trees are planted 1930’ies and the youngest trees in 2008. It is very beautiful place with a long history – and a famous lovestory – perhaps I will tell you one day.Danish “Discovery” Apples – 1 kg Apples for an Apple Tart – Do you think I have enough?INGREDIENTS: TART SHELL: 225 g sifted wheat flour; 225 g butter, 4 ½ tablespoons cold water. Tart 24 cm diameter. Melted butter to grease the baking form, a little flour to spread on to the greased baking form.
APPLES: 1 kg APPLES; 4 tablespoons butter; 4 tablespoons canesugar; 2 lemons; 3-4 tablesponns Apricots Marmalade + 1-2 tablespoons cold water; Heavy/Whipping cream = optional (but I like it :-)).
HOW TO DO: TART SHELL: Preheat oven 400°F (200°C traditionel oven). Grease tarts shells with melted butter. Spread flour on to greased baking form. Sift the flour. Add butter. Stir in ice water with a fork. Gather dough with fingers. Gather dough into a ball. Chill dough ½ – 1 hour. Roll out the ball on a lightly floured board, handling as little as possible. Fit pastry into tart shell. With fork, prick pastry in many places to prevent puffing during baking. Trim, leaving an overlap to be turned under and fluted or crimped for an attractive edge. Bake in a 42°F (200°C) oven for about 15 minutes. Cool off before filling with apples.
APPLES: Peel and core apples, cut in equal slices. Put apple-slices in a bowl with juice from 2 lemons. (So apples wont get brownish). Lay all apples pieces on the tart shell. Start in outer circle and go around. Work towards the center. Melt butter and grease apples with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in oven at 425° F (225° C) 10-12 minutes. Warm Apricot Marmalade with cold water in a small pot. Not boiling. Remove Apple Tart from oven. Brush warm Apples (not edge) with warmed Apricot Marmalade on the apples. Cool Apple Tart on wire rack. Serv warm or cool completely to serve later. If you like, serve with heavy cream. From me to you: My APPLE TART with fresh Apples we picked straight from Apple-trees at Frydenlund Frugtplantage. I love it! Bon appetit !
WILD ROSEHIPS MARMALADE. WILD ROSEHIPS from ”Rosa rugosa” are filled with vitamin C and vitamin A. Grow wildly on bushes at seaside along our beaches and coastline. My recipe gives approx. 1,5 liter marmalade. Prepare jars of glass and caps for processing. Each jar is 0,5 liter, so you need 6 jars. You can preserve raw Rosehips in freezer. Some think it’s easier to remove the seeds. I just prepare and use Rosehips right after picking. I LOVE wild Rosehips marmelade and make it each summer. A taste of summer in a marmalade. Enjoy!INGREDIENTS: 1,5 kg fresh WILD ROSEHIPS (prepared rosehips 750 grams to 1 kg), ½ lliter water, Juice from 2-3 lemons, 375 g – 500 g sugar, 2-3 teaspoon fruit pectin ( Rød Melatin, Marmeladejævning).HOW TO DO: Cut of flower and stem. Cut rosehips in two. Remove seeds. Rinse with cold water all the rosehips. Mesure. Chop rosehips. In heavy saucepot mix Rosehips with water and lemonjuice. Over high heat, heat mixture to boiling, stirring. Boil, stirring. With spoon, skim off foam and seeds. Boiling approx. 15 minutes, stirring. With potato masher thoroughly crush rosehips. Keep mixture simmering. In a small pot mix 1/3 of the sugar with fruit pectin (Marmelade-jævning). Mix most of the sugar (2/3 without the fruit pectin) with Rosehips mixture in the saucepot, so it’s boiling/simmering the last 10 minutes of boiling. Mix rest of sugar (1/3 of sugar mixed with pectin) with rosehips mixture in saucepot. Keep simmering, stirring for 2 minutes. Immediately laddle rosehips mixture into jars. Close jars. Store in refrigerator. Serv: WILD ROSEHIPS MARMALADE – orange, summer in a marmalade and rich on Vitamin C. Bon appetit !
CRAYFISH PARTY Swedish ”Kräftskiva”. CRAYFISH PARTY or ”Kräftskiva” is a Swedish tradition in August – September. The Swedes eat boiled Crayfish ”Kräftor” with toasted bread or ”knækbrød” and mayonnaise-dressing. And off course drink ”Snaps” Schnapps and sing Swedish songs. ”One Schnapps per Crayfish Claw!”. My Son got us some fresh, live Danish CRAYFISH excellent quality from our local fish-store: Fiskehuset in Gilleleje: https://www.fiskehuset-gilleleje.dk/Danish CRAYFISH Astacus astacus is a small freshwater shellfish that resembles the lobster in appearance and taste – only much smaller. Crayfish are sold live in their shells. You eat the meat from the tail, claws and the small pocket of rich yellow or orange fat (roe) from the head. Fresh CRAYFISH is alive, so it’s necessary to boil it as quickly as possible the same day. Keep them dark and cool until handling. Keep them out of sun. Put a wet towel of cotton (cold water) over the CRAYFISH.INGREDIENTS: BOILED LIVE CRAYFISH: 5-8 CRAYFISH per person. In Sweden: 20-30 CRAYFISH per person. Dill; salt; cold water in a large saucepot. Serv with: Toasted bread or Swedish ”knækbrød”; Mayonnaise-dressing; dill.
TO PARBOIL LIVE CRAYFISH: Place the CRAYFISH in the sink. Check them. In a large saucepot heat enough water to boiling to cover the crayfish. Plunge the crayfish (3-4 at at time) into the boiling water and heat to boiling. Cook for 4 minutes. Drain. Remove Saucepot from the heat. Let cooked crayfish cool off 5 minutes in the water in the Saucepot. Drain. Let cool of. When served – peel CRAYFISH. Serv with lots of dill, toasted bread and/or Swedish ”knækbrød”, mayonnaise-dressing and offcourse Schnapps! Serving: Swedish ”Kräftskiva” or CRAYFISH PARTY and remember: Drink one Schnapps per Crayfish Claw and say ”Tjing – Tjing” !
LOBSTER ROLLS – is an american way to eat lobsters. Been wanting to make them for a long time. There are two ways to make them: Either Lobster and mayonnaise in rolls or Lobster with mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, lettuce. So many ways to make them. I like a Lobster Roll with lemon juice, lettuce & celery – and the leading role of the Lobster. I intended to make homemade Rolls from an old recipe of Rolls from my Mother who got it from a good American friend of my Grandmother. But you know time is short, so had to buy them instead. Thank you to www.havtorvehallerne.dk in Copenhagen – where I got three Danish Lobsters from Limfjorden of excellent quality. Enjoy my Lobster Rolls.So I got three beautiful, fresh Danish Lobsters from Limfjorden at WWW.HAV.DK . This is European Lobster – Homarus gammarus – can be up to 60 cm, weight up to 6 kg. And it can be up to 50 years old. These Lobsters have blue tails, blue legs and partly black/blue on the body. European Lobster lives in the North Atlantic Ocean from Lofoten Norway, Sweden, Denmark. According to WWF European Lobster has suffered from overexploitation. I believe in sustainable seafood fishing! Sustainable Lobster fishing is using ”Spare-Tools” for fishing and fishing locally on small boats. These Lobsters are caught locally in Limfjorden in Denmark using ”Spare-Tools” like ”Tejner-Cages”. Lobsters is an expensive and lucrative shellfish – I hope countries and fishing industry with large economic interests in Lobster fishing – will agree on international fishing-quotas in order to protect Lobsters now and in future.HAV Torvehallerne http://hav.dk/ has Lobsters of excellent quality. Look at the blue tail. Lobster is lean meat, a bit high on cholesterol and high in selenium and other minerals. It’s so very delicious – but not every day food. We eat only 1/5 of total weight of the Lobster.Wow amazing, so beautiful Lobsters. Honestly I am not happy about having to take the lives of these animals. But if I/we often eat porc, chicken, fish etc. then I have to cook these Lobsters myself. So in order that the Lobsters don’t suffer to long – boil them as quickly as possible in hardboiling water. For transport it’s good to have a towel of cotton of cold water over the Lobsters plus a little bit of ice in a bag in the box to keep cool. Keep them dark and cool until handling. Keep them out of sun. HAV Torvehallerne http://hav.dk/ has Lobsters of excellent quality. Lobster is lean meat, a bit high on cholesterol and high in selenium and other minerals. It’s so very delicious – but not every day food. We eat only 1/5 of total weight of the animal.LOBSTER ROLLS: LOBSTER: Three to four 500 g – 700 g (1 – to 1 1/4 pound) Lobsters; dill, salt, cold water. ROLLS: -1-2 ROLLS per serving: Hot dog buns. SALAD: 400 g mayonnaise; Juice from 2-4 fresh Lemons; Salt & pepper; Cayenne pepper; Chopped lettuce; chopped celery; fresh dill.
HOW TO DO: BOILED LIVE LOBSTER: Fresh LOBSTER is alive, so it’s necessary to boil it as quickly as possible the same day. In very large saucepot over high heat, heat cold water to boiling. Add salt and dill. Plunge 1 Lobster at a time, headfirst into boiling water. Immediately cover with lid; Cook until water boils again. Cook 10-14 minutes. Covered.When Lobster is done, remove Lobster to another saucepot of ice-water bath for 2 minutes. Then drain.
TO REMOVE COOKED LOBSTER MEAT: Break off claws and legs. With lobster cracker, crack large claws and remove delicious meat. Twist off head from tail. Remove the dark vein and discard it. Gently pull meat from the shell of the tail. Use a lobster pick to pick out the meat. Set aside and keep cool in refrigerator.
SALAD: In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise with lemon. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Fold in Lobster meat, diced celery/lettuce, dill. Keep in refrigerator until use.
ROLLS: Heat a large skillet. Brush the sides of the hot dog buns with melted butter and toast until golden brown on both sides. Alternatively warm hot dog buns in the oven at 200°Celcius (400°Fahrenheit) for a couple of minutes. Transfer the hot dog buns to plates, fill them with the Lobster salad. Serv immediately. Serving: Lobster Rolls on the beach. Delicious summer food – Bon appetit !
Rhubarb Soup with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mint leaves. I never had tasted cold Rhubarb Soup before. I learned to make it at Restaurant ”Kommandanten” some years ago. It was at the time the restaurant had just received one Michelin Star. One of four Danish restaurants, who had one Michelin Star for the first time in Denmark. The taste of icecold Rhubarb soup with homemade Vanilla Ice cream decorated with Mint leaves – was an eyeopener to me. And with the pieces of cut Rhubarbs still intact. So I am happy to share with you cold Rhubarb Soup with Vanilla Icecream and a bit of Mint leaves. A refreshing dessert on a warm summer night. Enjoy.
Ingredients: 500 g Rhubarbs; 3-4 dl cold water; 150 g raw, organic sugar (or more, if you like it sweeter); 1 Vanilla pod + a little bit of raw sugar, Lemon juice from 1 organic Lemon. 1 liter Vanilla Ice Cream. Fresh Mint leaves. First we have to pull up some fresh, organic Rhubarbs in my garden. When you pull them up, be careful not to harm the new ”baby-plants”. At spring Rhubarbs litterally burst up of the ground. They are the beginning of a new season of fruits, berries and veggies. Rhubarbs have so much taste. And you can use them in many things. Let’s use these Rhubarbs in a cold Rhubarb Soup. How to do: Rhubarb: Trim roots and tops. Rinse. Cut Rhubarbs. In a pot add Rhubarbs, water, sugar, Vanilla pod mix and the pod itself, juice from one Lemon. Cook about 3-5 minutes. Stirring gently. Be careful – do not cook too long. Rhubarbs must stay in ”the cut pieces” and still be ”cooked”. You can choose to use strainer to only use the Rhubarb Juice for Soup. I prefer it WITH the ”cut pieces” of Rhubarb in the soup. Set aside in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Leave the Vanilla pod in the soup. The Rhubarb Soup must be very cold when served. Serv ice cold soup in a plate. Roll Mint leaves together and cut them. Put one tablespoon of Vanilla Icecream in the middle of your Rhubarb Soup. Decorate with Mint leaves on top op the Rhubarb Soup. SERVING: Rhubarbs straight from my garden in a cold Rhubarb Soup with Vanilla Ice Cream and just a little bit of Mint leaves on top of it all. Refreshing, cold dessert on a warm Summer night…..Bon appetit !
Rhubarb CheeseCake: Rhubarbs straight from the garden – what better way to use them than in CheeseCake. My Sister is excellent making it. Honestly – I never made one. She was very kind to show me how she makes the best CheeseCake. I changed it a bit – and like to use Rhubarbs and Vanilla pod. So I am now very happy to share my (our) Rhubarb CheeseCake with you. Enjoy.
Ingredients: 1) Bottom: 300 g crushed Crackers ”Digestive”; 150 g butter, melted. 2) Rhubarb-juice for Cheesecake Topping: 400 g Rhubarbs; 0,5 dl cold water; 50 g Icing sugar; 1 Vanilla pod + a little bit of raw sugar; 3 leafs gelatine; 2 teaspoons Lemon juice. 3) CheeseCake Topping: 200 g Sour cream 38% (I use 18%) (creme fraiche); 300 g ”Philadelphia” (classic) Cream cheese; 1,5 dl Heavy cream; 5 leafs gelatine; 2 Egg whites; 1 organic Lemon (juice + grated peel); 150 g Raw, organic Sugar. First we have to pull up some fresh, organic Rhubarbs in the garden. When you pull them up, be careful not to harm the new ”baby-plants”. At spring Rhubarbs litterally burst up of the ground. They are the beginning of a new season of fruits, berries and veggies. Rhubarbs have so much taste. And you can use them in many things.Let’s use these Rhubarbs in one delicious CheeseCake.
How to do: 1) Bottom: Melt butter in small pot – no boiling. Place Crackers in 2 plastic bags. Crush finely the Crackers with rolling pin – until very fine crumbs. With hand mix in a bowl crushed Crackercrumbs with melted butter. In springform pan with hand press crushed Crackers onto bottom. Make sure it is homogeneously flat. Set aside in refrigerator.
2) Rhubarb juice for Cheesecake Topping: Trim roots and tops. Rinse. Cut Rhubarbs. In a casserole add Rhubars, water, icing sugar, Vanilla pod mix and the pod itself, 2 teaspoons Lemon juice. Cook about 5-7 minutes. Stirring. Use strainer to strain off juice into a large bowl. Set aside in a small casserole with lid on. Gelatine leafs: Add cold water in two small bowls and add 3 leaf gelatine in one of them, and 5 leaf gelatine in the other one. Mix 3 leafs gelatine in warm Rhubarb juice; stirring well.
3) Cheesecake Topping: In a large bowl mix Cream Cheese ”Philadelphia” with sour cream and heavy cream. Separate the eggs. My dog loves eating the Egg yolks. Beat the 2 Egg whites stiff. Fold the stiff Eggwhites into the Cheesecake Topping. In a small casserole heat the Lemon juice and Lemon peel. Off the heat, add 5 leafs gelatine in Lemon + peel. Stirr well. Mix gently the Lemon/peel-gelatine into the Cheese Topping. Finally add Rhubarb/juice-gelatine into Cheese Topping. Fold gently, not to much. Add Cheese Topping onto Bottom. Put a lid on. Set aside in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Rhubarbs straight from the garden in the best Rhubarb CheeseCake….Bon appetit !
FISH FILLET WITH SEAWEEDS AND BEETS. Fresh HAKE-FILLET breaded with SEAWEEDS ”Tang Panér-mix” from http://www.nordisktang.dk/ “Tang Panér-mix” is a made of Sugar Tongs (”Sukkertang”) which are Seaweeds. It’s considered to be Super-Food and rich on Omega 3 fatty acid, minerals and vitamins B12, C, A, D, E, K and it’s antioxydant. The HAKE-FILLET is excellent fresh fish from http://hav.dk/ I love to eat fish at least once a week. Fish contains Omega 3, Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine. And in addition the fishbones has been removed in the fillet, so it’s easy to eat. Easy fish for dinner. In my garden I digged up some of my homegrown beets and carots. Organic seeds and organicly grown. Now time to cook!
Ingredients: FISH: 1 kg HAKE-FILLET, fresh (2 large, long fillets); Butter, TANG Panér-mix (Breading with SEAWEEDS); Salt & pepper.
VEGETABLES IN OVEN: Beets: Red, pink, white, yellow; Carots: Orange, white, red, yellow; Fresh Rosemary; Olive Oil; salt & pepper.PROCEDURE: Preheat oven to 400°Fahrenheit/ 200° (traditionel) Celcius. VEGETABLES IN OVEN: Wash and rinse vegetables. Chop Beets and carrots. In a large bowl mix rosemary, Olive Oil, salt & pepper with all the beets. Bake vegetables in the preheated oven 50-60 minutes minutes at 400°Fahrenheit/ 200° (traditionel) Celcius.FISH: Prepare fish for pan frying. Cut the fillets in smaller parts – though not to small parts. Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Then dip both sides of fillet in egg beaten. Then coat fish with ”Tang Panér-mix” – crumbs. Fry hot butter. Fry the breaded HAKE-FILLET 2-3 minutes on each side in the butter. Turn the fish once half-way through frying. SERVING: Delicious PANFRIED HAKE-FILLET BREADED WITH SEAWEEDS ”Tang Panér-mix” SERVED WITH BEETS & CAROTS & ROSEMARY – delicious dinner. Bon appetit!