Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The tomatos are finally ripe

I have several tomato plants, planted together in a huge pot. They are filled with tomatos in all sizes, and every day I lift the branches and leaves to check for ripe red ones. A few weeks ago I moved the pot indoor to give the plants a better temperature, but still I had to wait and wait for the ripening. Untill now. The first red tomato was found a week ago, now there are several every day.
Finally, tonight I had enough to make bruschettas, some old, almost dry bread painted in rich extra virgin olive oil, fried in the iron pan, then topped with diced sweet tomatos with the taste of olive oil and sunshine from a Nordic summer.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Califlower Soup

Autumn is the perfect time of the year to colour the food. My garden is filled with colours right now, late roses, sweet peas, calendulas, sunflowers, blue borago and alot more. Many of the flowers blooming right now can be used in the food, to be eaten, or to decorate. A white rose is beautiful in a white califlower soup. Sweet peas are beautiful everywhere.
A califlower soup is easy to make, staring with melted butter and flour, adding milk or water, salt, a little white pepper, and some creme fraice. But be careful with the cream, it might be too heavy for your gall bladder.

I seldom plan our menus far in advance. I love to shop on a whim.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Chicken salad and colours from the garden

Our autumn days have so far been filled with sunshine, and everything is growing like mad before the dark and cold season. Chicken salad and pita bread was on the menu for our dinner today, and while grocery shopping, I knew that there would be reds and blues in the carden to colour the salad.
Colours means alot to me, and especially now when the days are getting shorter and I know that alot of gray weeks and months are ahead of me. I am a colour collector, and love to blend different colours, to increase my food palette with new colours, to play.

In the kitchen salad I used what I had, mixed with a few buys from the grocery store - chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, leek, red salad and blue flowers from the garden, and a dressing of vinegar balsamic, the best olive oil I have, drops of fresh lemon and maldon salt.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Honey Plums and back to Food Blogging

It is such a long time since I blogged about food and cooking, my mind feels blank. I have forgotten how to do this........
When I started this food blog a long time ago, my goal was to blog about food every day. I make food every day, the food I make is homemade and most of it is my own recipes, so why not blog about it here to make it into my very own kitchen diary?
Well, I did for a long, long time. It was alot of fun, and a wonderful bonus was the friends from all around the world the food blog gave me. People who commented, people who sent emails and letter, yes, even people who came visiting for a snack or a meal in The Blue Café.

Then, some months ago I was so busy I had to limit my blogging time. I had to concentrate on my main blog, Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods, and my other blogs were given a break.

Nights are longer now when autumn is here, and though my travels keep on (I will try to update them in My Year in the World, and they will always be part of the tales in The House in the Woods) I know it is full time for some food blogging again. Give me some time, be patient when I practice my food writing, and I will be back.

Meanwhile you can enjoy the dessert we had at the cabin yesterday. Plums soaked in honeywater and white wine, eaten with vanilla souce. A pure treat.