MACARONS RASPBERY WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE/RASPBERRY CREAM! MACARONS are crispy, sweet bites of heaven. You can make them in all the colours of the rainbow and in your favorite flavours! Serv MACARONS RASPBERRY on Valentines’ Day, as a dessert or just with tea or coffee one afternoon. I used fresh Raspberries to give taste and colour to both the MACARONS and to the cream. The cream is only whipped cream, WHITE CHOCOLATE (Valrhona) and mashed RASPBERRIES. If you want stronger colours – you need to use colouring for food. Tiny French temptations! Ingredients: MACARONS: 100 g ground almonds; 200 g icing sugar; 3 egg whites at room temperature; 50 g sugar; 1-2 teaspoons mashed RASPBERRIES or a few drops of food-colouring. CREAM: ½ dl whipped cream/heavy cream; 100 g WHITE CHOCOLAT ; ½ dl mashed RASPBERRIES.
HOW TO DO: RASPBERRY CREAM: Chop white chocolate fine. Rinse Raspberries. Mash and press Raspberries through a strainer.In a small pot bring sour cream to boiling. Remove the pot from the heat. Add white Chocolate into sour cream in the pot and stir well. Add the mashed raspberies. Mix and stir well. Store in refrigerator until white chocolate is cooled off completely. Eventually store until next day.
MACARONS: Prepare large cookie sheet with foil. Put eggs in the room to get room temperature. Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit/160° Celcius. Sift ground almonds and icing sugar in a strainer into a large bowl. Separete egg whites and egg yolks. In a large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition until sugar dissolves and whites stand in stiff, glossy peaks. Fold ground almonds in macaron-mixture with mashed raspberries. Spoon macaron mixture into decorating bag with tube of 1 cm diameter. Onto cookie sheet pipe macarons – mixture into center of 4 cm rounds each. 30-35 MACARONS Hold piping bag in a 90°angle. Leave MACARONS to dry at room temperature on cookiesheet for 30 minutes. Bake MACARONS 15 minutes in preheated oven at 325° Fahrenheit/ 160° Celcius. CREAM: Beat cream lightly. Spoon cream into piping bag (or just a plastic-bag for food. Cut the corner of plastic bag. Pipe cream onto each half of MACARON. Add the other MACARON on top of MACARON with CREAM on. Store in refrigerator. MACARONS WITH RASPBERRY CREAM – a sweet, crispy treat for Valentines Day – or as a dessert. Bon appetit !
HOT CHOCOLATE – A DRINK OF GODS.
HOT CHOCOLATE is a drink of Gods. Originally a warm drink made from Cacao beans – named ”xocoatl”. It was served at religious ceremonies in the ancient Aztec Empire in Mexico mid of 15th century. The Spanish conquerors experienced a hot Cacao drink served late in the evening according to a local religious ceremony by the wifes or the mistresses… The Spanish wanted gold – but had to content with Cacao-beans – brought them back to Europe. Not till later on Chocolate was made out of Cacao Beans. So Chocolate did turn out to be a true treasure of gold anyway!HOT CHOCOLATE with dark chocolate – and without sugar – gives energy. Dark Chocolate is said to both reduce stress and give energy. My son brought home from Venice some delicious Italian, dark Chocolate ”Venchi 1878” – such a lovely scent of Chocolate. Perfect in a cup of HOT CHOCOLATE in the snow in my garden. CHOCOLATE is made of Cacao Beans from the Cacao tree: ”Theobroma cacao”. Originally the Cacao tree is said to have been cultivated in North and Centralamerica. Today Cacao is produced several places worldwide. The largest producer and exporter of Cacao in the world is Africa today. There is a al lot of different quality of Chocolate. But a dark Chocolate of a good quality in HOT CHOCOLATE is perfect on a cold winterday. Served with whipped cream with a bit of icing sugar and Cacao on top. Enjoy and keep warm with a shot of HOT CHOCOLATE. INGREDIENTS: 300 g dark CHOCOLATE 70-85 % (”Venchi 1878”); 3 cups (7½ dl) milk; 1¼ dl whipped cream; 1 tablespoon icing sugar; 2 tablespoons Cacao (Valhrona 100%).
HOW TO DO: Chop CHOCOLATE. Whip the cream and mix icing sugar in it. Set whipped cream in refrigerator until use. In saucepan bring milk to a boil – stir constantly. Mix and stir chopped CHOCOLATE in milk. Stir until melting of CHOCOLATE. No boiling. Pour in HOT CHOCOLATE in (warm) cups. Serv with whipped cream and a bit of Cacao on top of it. HOT CHOCOLATE – still a drink of Gods. Bon appetit !
ELDERBERRYSOUP WITH APPLES, LEMON & CINNAMON. Would you like some warm & wild ELDERBERRYSOUP WITH APPLES, LEMON & CINNAMON? My recipe is over 100 years old and written in Gothic letters. Got it from a good friend. We picked a basket full of fresh Elderberries: – ”Sambucas nigra” . Rememeber: Green, unripe Elderberries are poisonous. Only black, ripe Elderberries are edible. Use them cooked in soup, juice – is said to boost your immunity. Rinsed Elderberries can be stored in the freezer – so you can enjoy it later on this winter.Elderberries ”Sambucas nigra”: Green, unripe Elderberries are poisonous. Only black, ripe Elderberries are edible.Ingredients: 500 g (I used 800 g) ELDERBERRIES completely ripe, black, rinsed; 1 liter cold water; 6-8 apples (peel, cut in big pieces); 1-2 lemons, organic; lemon zest from 1 of the lemons; 1 whole cinnamon; 1 dl – 1½ dl sugar, organic; 3 tablespoons maizena (cornflour) mixed in a little bit of water.
How to do: Clean & rinse elderberries in a bowl of water. Change water. Remove elderberries from stalks. Only use completely black, ripe elderberries. Measure berries. Pour Elderberries in large pot with water. Heat to boiling, stirring until berries can be squezed (cookingtime approx. 10-15 minutes). In a strainer – with wooden spoon press elderberries through strainer into a big bowl.Put back elderberryjuice into pot. Add whole cinnamon, Juice from lemon, Zest from lemon, Apples cut in big pieces. Add sugar and mix it. Heat to boiling. Thicken soup with maizena/cornflour. Cook 2 minutes, stirring. SERVING: WARM & WILD ELDERBERRY SOUP WITH APPLES, LEMONS & CINNAMON. A delicious dessert & a boost to your immunity. Bon appetit !
MEXICAN RICE WITH FISH… Being with my sweet friend is great inspiration. We both love cooking & baking – forget time. We cook & talk about life & discuss cooking. This MEXICAN RICE she gave to me – and now I give it to you! Excellent with PORC CHOPS, ROASTED CHICKEN OR FISH etc. My family loves it! Chili is also one of the ingredients, I just didn’t add it – but you can use it, if you like chili. I love LEMON SOLE baked in the oven. I get it from http://www.fiskehuset-gilleleje.dk/ Fish contains Omega 3, Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine – the amount depends on which fish it is. I can only recommend this MEXICAN RICE WITH FISH, PORC OR CHICKEN. 3-4 servings.
Ingredients: FISH: 1 LEMON SOLE per person; salt & pepper, a little butter. MEXICAN RICE: 5 dl parboiled (brown) rice (organic); 6-7 dl boiling water (or enough water to cover rice in saucepan); 1 onion; 1 whole garlic (use all garlic gloves); olive oil; 1 bouillon-cube; 2-3 corn; 2 red, sweet peppers; 250-500 g peas; 4 carots; 1 chili.PROCEDURE: Preheat oven to 400°Fahrenheit/ 200° (traditionel) Celcius. RICE & VEGETABLES: Put rice in a strainer, pour cold water over rice, set aside. CORN: Just before cooking, remove the husks and silk. In a saucepot heat the water to boiling, add the corn. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Drain. Cool off. Cut of the corn, set aside. ONION: Peel onion and slice it. GARLIC: Peel garlic. Cut roughly all garlic gloves. SWEET PEPPER: Rinse red, sweet peppers. Remove seeds and white membrane. Dice peppers. CAROTS: Rinse, scrape, dice. PEAS: Frozen, ready for use in rice.MEXICAN RICE: In large saucepan heat oil, cook onion only a little bit (must NOT take colour, until see-through) and stir. Add all garlic gloves and stir. Add the parboiled rice, mix well. Add boiling water so it covers the rice. Add bouillon-cube while dissolving it with your fingers. Mix well, stir frequently – and cook for 25 minutes (or follow instructions according to the rice you use). Cover. When approximately 5 minutes left of rice-cooking – add vegetables except corn. Stir well. When ready – add corn to rice, stir well.Now this MEXICAN RICE is ready for serving. Next do the LEMON SOLE.FISH: Grease baking pan with melted butter. Rinse LEMON SOLE with cold water. Place LEMON SOLE in baking pan. with a little bit of butter on top of fish. Bake LEMON SOLE in preheated oven 25 minutes at 400° Fahrenheit/200° Celcius. Bake fish without turning it, until done. LEMON SOLE tastes also good fryed in a saucepan. But it’s easier baked in oven. SERVING: MEXICAN RICE WITH FISH – LEMON SOLE BAKED IN OVEN. A very nice family dinner. Bon appetit !
BAKED WHOLE TURBOT WITH VEGETABLES… is easy dinner and healthy too. TURBOT is one of my absolute favorite fish. Fresh fish http://www.fiskehuset-gilleleje.dk/ – off course from. When you buy the TURBOT at the fish-store – ask the man to cut two ”pockets” on top of the fish along the backbone. He can also remove the head – but I prefer this TURBOT with its head on. Some of the fresh asparagus and leeks are chopped in small pieces and used as stuffing in the ”two pockets”. Served with potatoes and some melted butter-sauce. 3 servings. TURBOT. A big advantage: If you’re afraid of the ”fish-bones” – then TURBOT fishbones are so big – you can’t miss them. Delicious & Healthy. Fish contains Omega 3, Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine – the amount depends on which fish it is also. Enjoy! Ingredients: FISH: 1,5 kg WHOLE TURBOT; salt & pepper, a little butter (to prevent fish drying out during baking, brush the whole TURBOT with melted butter (or oil). Bake fish without turning it, until done
VEGETABLES & STUFFING: 1 kg small potatoes; 250 g asparagues; 3 leeks; salt & pepper; parsley. SAUCE: 100 g melted butter,PROCEDURE: Preheat oven to 400°Fahrenheit/ 200° (traditionel) Celcius. Grease baking pan. VEGETABLES & STUFFING: Clean and rinse vegetables. Peel potatoes and put in saucepan covered with cold water. Cook potatoes about 10-14 minutes, until done. Depends on their size. Keep warm until serving. Mince asparagues and leeks. FISH: Rinse TURBOT with running cold water. Place TURBOT on baking pan. Fill ”two pockets” in TURBOT with some of the stuffing. Place the rest of stuffing a bit under and around the TURBOT on baking pan. Brush the TURBOT with some melted butter. Add 2-3 dl bouillon to baking pan. Bake TURBOT in preheated oven 35 minutes at 400° Fahrenheit/200° Celcius. SERVING: WHOLE TURBOT BAKED IN OVEN WITH ASPARAGUES, LEEKS & PARSLEY served with potatoes – Bon appetit !