Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
We are trying to empty our huge freezer now, to make room for the new meat and vegetables of the season, and when I found a packet of frozen salmon filets the other day I knew it was time to try out the secret fish sauce.
Yes! - the taste was just as good when I made it all by myself :-). No! I will not share it here. You will have to come to The Blue Café yourself. Give me at least a one day notice, and remember to mark your order "secret".
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Again I used the Flor de Sal from Portugal. This natural salt is perfect to make the best out of fresh products.
I got a comment from Mr. Mauro Canas who sent me the salt, and since he writes more about the product I want to share the comment with you here:
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Our meal today was a family meal where we shared stories from our day while eating. I believe that just as important as good, healthy food is the time we spend together, and with everybody living a busy everyday life, the shared meals are getting more and more important. Our meal is finished now and the dishes are done. One daughter and her friend have left for handball and swimming practice, another daughter is getting ready for a soccer match. My husband has his well deserved afternoon nap on the coach, my nap today is listening to Schubert's Trout Quintet, and reading a few pages from Jane Austen's Emma.
Have a blessed day.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
- Books: I have finished Dervla Murphy's Full Tilt, I am deep into Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and have started Jane Austen's Emma
- Treats: I am in Oslo today and lucky for me my meeting starts late enough allowing me a morning visit to Pascal
- Music: and after Pascal I still have time to stop at a small music store where they specialize on classic music, for another opera and a Schubert cd.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Here I use it to flavour a focaccia, more ways I use this salt will come. I might be addicted and will than have to email Mr. Canas for more samples :-)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
When the girls came they were served taco and afterwards they all went up to my studio to play Sing Star while I stayed behind in the kitchen to work on the grand surprise of the evening - a chocolate souffle with hot chocolate sauce. When the souffle arrived at the table five excited girls wanted to have a taste as soon as possible - hardly any leftover at all for me, Terje and Ingrid :-) I was exhausted last night, but what a pleasure to cook for so many delighted girls. Yes, in my next life I will run a B&B. I will name it The Blue Café, and every morning I will sit with my pot of freshly brewed French coffee out at the Blue Table planning the menue.
Anybody interested in the recipe?
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Bake at 250C for 5-7 minutes.
Friday, September 14, 2007
A day at home means that I must pay attention to the long list of "things to do in the house", but first I gave myself an hour in the armchair - for book and food, both essentials to make the day perfect. And of course a cup of Max Havelaar Fairtrade coffee.
- the china is Norwegian design from Lofoten
- the colourful table cloth is from Laos, originally made as a border for a dress, perfect as a tablerunner
- the book I read right now is Dervla Murphy's Full Tilt - Ireland to India with a Bicycle, published in 1965 (I love it!)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Marbelled Coffee Cake:
175g sugar, 175 soft butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar, 3 eggs, 225g white flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 50g dark chocolate.
Mix sugar and butter till it is almost white, blend in the vanilla sugar and then one egg at a time. Add flour and baking powder. Split the dough in two and add melted chocolate to the one half. Fill a pan with the white dough and then add the chocolate dough on top.
Bake in 190C for 30minutes.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I have been too busy to try out new recipes lately, with the exeption of the moose steak on Sunday. Yesterday I was down in Stavanger for a day meeting and had lunch in a restaurant there, and skipped dinner. Today Marta had handball practice after school and wanted pancakes with bacon and blueberry jam before going there. I was home from work early and made the pancakes, and when she left for handball I was left with a long afternoon ahead of me. With all the rain we've had lately I was so sure it would keep on raining today, but suddenly the sun rays shone through my kitchen windows calling me to come out. I followed the call and spent a couple of very nice hours tending my potted plants and my roses. And before the dusk fell I took a few photos for The Blue Garden.
Now I am in again and darkness and a few raindrops are falling. And I have a night ahead to enjoy my cookbooks, and especially Falling Cloudberries, a book given to me by houseguests earlier this summer. And in between I have foxberries to clean - my parents came with a big bucket when I was out gardening.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
From the freezer I brough up a frozen moose steak, I put it in an oven proof plate and left it in the oven at 80C for 12 hours. No salt, no oil, just the frozen meat and the heat. The girls and I went downtown leaving the steak and Terje, who was changing a window down in the basement washingroom, home alone. When we came home a tempting fragrance filled the house. In the night we were invited to friends for supper, and when we came home the 12 hours were over. I took the steak out of the oven and placed it in a huge pot filled with salted water, and left it there over night. (The water wants quite alot of salt)
This morning the cold steak was finished. We will have it for lunch with cooked potatos, cooked sweet peas from the garden and sweetened delicious deep red mountain cranberries. And of course a hot wilderness sauce to cover the meat. We couldn't resist trying a few pieces on our breakfast bread though :-) - and now we are all looking forward to lunch, Marta watching TV while waiting, Terje out biking, I enjoying my books.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
As I sit here writing my food blog of the day I am listening through my collection of old and newer Luciano Pavarotti cds. The salad we had for dinner today har so name, so I am tempted to call it Insalate di Pavarotti. Its freshness, its colours, its deep tastes, its artfullness and its beauty - all it misses are some black olives to symbolize the strongness of Pavarotti's mucical talent and voice.
Insalate di Pavarotti
Iceberg salad/crisp headed salad
calendula petals and one small tomatoe forming a center flower
extra virgin olive oil
black olives (not in photo)
Must be enjoyed with Pavarotti singing Annina! Donde Viene? from La Traviata :-) - or some other Pavarotti music of your own choice.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Boil the spaghetti. Cut the bacon in small dices and fry. Mix the eggs, the cream and the cheese. Taste with pepper and salt.
Melt the butter and add the egg mixture. Stir untill it starts to thicken. Mix it with the spaghetti and the bacon dices.
I always serve the spaghetti with foccacia bread sprinkeled with Maldon salt and extra virgin olive oil (not nuts as described in the recipe you find if you follow the link), and often a salad of ruccola, cherry tomatos, mozzarella cheese, olive oil and basil leaves.
Good luck with your party Lisbeth. Give your friends my greetings.