Monday, April 30, 2007
The soup was easily made. I gave the nettles a short boil and while waiting I made the base for the soup melting butter, mixing in some white wheat flour and adding a little milk and salted water from the boiling nettles. After the nettels had boiled for a few minutes I sliced thwm and added them to the soup. Then added more salt, some pepper and some nutmeg.
The left over water from the boiling of the nettles was used to water the tomatoplants. Nettles is known to be good for arthritis.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
They are served in a white sauce made by butter, flour and milk, salt, pepper and curry. And I also added spring onions and chives. The chives in the garden are growing fast now, and i love to use them generously.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The pie plate was glazed with olive oil and on top of the oil I put a layer of sliced oranges. Two chicken filets, which was marinated in a garlic and herb marinade and braised slightly, was laid on the oranges, and finally my filet was covered with a blue cheese. Ingid is not fond of this cheese, so I left hers plain.
Baked in the oven, 200C for about 30 minutes. Served with basmati rice.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Walking home from the busstop takes my steps past our closest grocery store, and it is easy to stop and shop for dinner. And the bus ride home from work gives me the perfect time for planning what to eat.
Today was one of these days when I knew I wanted to make something fast and simple. I was hungry, and I wanted to go out in the garden as soon as we had eaten. A Swedish sausgae called "falukorv" was the solution. Diced and braised in olive oil with a red, sweet paprika and fresh green spring onion - fast, simple and delicious. And some macaroni we bought in Italy was perfect with the sausage.
And knowing my kids I was smart enough to buy an extra sausage. Marta had two friends at home who were hungry for dinner, Ingrid and her friend came home during our meal, starving after a long run.
The Blue Café is always busy.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Rhuburb porridge with yoghurt
I cut a few stalks of rhuburb and boiled them in water and sugar. The stalks were so tiny they needed boiling for just a few minutes. I took the pot away from the heat and added "potetmel" (sorry, I can't find an English name for this floour made of potato starch?) stirred in cold water. I stirred the porridge, put it back on the heat till it almost started to boil, and........finished.
Before eating I topped it with a couple of teaspoons with plain yoghurt, left over from the other day.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Usually, when all of us are at home on Saturdays, we (i.e. I) make a nice family dinner in the night. I didn't feel for a dinner alone today (though I love to cook for just one), so I decided to make a fruit salad.
Dice one orange, one banana, a pear and a few green grapes. Whipe cream with a little sugar and mix it all together. Top the salad with chocolate and the first fresh mint leaves from the garden.
Eat the salad while enjoying Händel's Rinaldo.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
When I spent Easter in Italy last year I learned to know that Easter means time for the artichokes. I tasted them at restaurants last year, but this year my goal was to use them in my own cooking.
On our way back home to Nati House one day we passed a vegetable market where the seller was peeling artichokes. "Wait", I said to Terje and Marta. "I have to check out this." The seller knew just a couple of English words, I know just a couple of Italian ones, but both of us interested in artichokes he was able to tell me how to cook the artichoke hearts with the help of salt, fresh garlic and some other greens.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Why is it that I have never flovoured my own yoghurt before? Thanks Ilva for the inspiration.