Thursday, December 17, 2009

Carpano 'sweet red vermouth'

Apparently vermouth was invented in 1786 by Antonio Benedetto Carpano (1764, Turin - 1815, Turin). The brand Carpano still exists and it's marketed as a vermouth based on the old recipe: Carpano Antica Formula. It's well worth the investment. Carpano Antica Formula is a sweet red vermouth 'Italian style' and full of spice overtones, orange, vanilla ... It's great to drink on it's own, but also an important ingredient for the Manhattan (whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters) and the Negroni (gin, Campari, red vermouth). But I would start drinking Carpano Antica Formula as an apéritif.

Carpano Antica Formula is nowadays made by the Italian distiller Branca.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Captain's dinner

A dish from the era of the great sailing ships. While the crew survived on hard biscuits the captain had a somewhat more luxurious lifestyle.

Heat a jar of kapucijners, a type of pea (Pisum sativum L. subsp. sativum var. arvense (L.) Poir). Kapucijners are brown rather than green. Other Dutch name: blauwschokkers, grauwe erwt. In English: Dun pea, Dry pea, Field pea, Soup pea, Grey pea, Purple-flowered pea, Canning pea, Austrian winter pea.

Fry sliced onion on a low fire. Fry smoked bacon (Dutch: spek), cut in small cubes. Drain the kapucijners, spread them out on a plate, add fried onion and bacon. Serve with pickled gherkins, Dutch piccalilly and pickled onions (Dutch: zilveruitjes).

It's a simple dish, but rather effective.

Captain's dinner being served on the billiards table in 't Schippershuis, a small café in Hoorn:


Labskaus is a northern German dish, popular in the harbor cities Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen. It's basically mashed potatoes with beet and corned beef, garnished with pickled gherkins, rollmops and a fried egg.

Boil between 500 gram and 1 kilo potatoes. Mash potatoes with some warm milk and meat stock. Mix with 100 gram shredded (pre-cooked) beet, 1 table spoon of beet juice, one fried onion and 300 gram corned beef, cut in very small cubes (fried in pan and still warm). Add salt and pepper.

Because of the mashing, this dish can cool rapidly. Preheat the plates and make sure ALL the ingredients are warm, otherwise you'll end up with a cold labskaus on your plate. Leftovers can be heated in the oven and still taste great the next day.

Not all corned beefs are created equally. For the best result you need 'Deutsches Corned Beef' (German corned beef), which is more tastier since it's embedded in aspic.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Miso soup

Dashi is the stock used for miso soup. You need just two ingredients: kombu (dried sea kelp) and katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna ).

Soak the kombu for a couple of hours, make some incisions to release the flavor. Add kombu to one liter of water in a pot. Bring to a boil and take out the kombu just before the water starts to boil (don't boil the kombu!). Add 10 gram katsuobushi (also called bonito flakes) to the stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain stock through a cheesecloth. It takes about 15 minutes to make dashi.

Ingredients miso soup:

1 full tablespoon miso paste (you can use shiro-miso or aka-miso)
Silken tofu, in small cubes
Spring onion
Dried wakame
Optional: 1 tablespoon shin mirin (Japanese cooking wine, use the type with less than 1% alcohol)

Miso paste should never be boiled. Put a tablespoon of miso paste in a bowl. In the meantime bring the dashi stock to a boil.

Add a little hot dashi and mix.

Add more dashi, silken tofu, spring onion, wakame and mirin. Wait 5 minutes until the wakame is fully reconstituted. You can soak the wakame beforehand if you wish. That way you'll wash away any 'dust' from the wakame.

This is a basic miso-shiru (literally: miso broth). Many variations are possible.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Snert: Echte Hollandse erwtensoep

- 500 gram split peas
- 1 piece of pork hock (=hamschijf), about 500 gram, or two pig's trotters
- 100 gram streaky bacon or Dutch "sauerkraut bacon" (zuurkoolspek): streaky pork, salted but not smoked, preferrably with rind.
- 1 smoked sausage (rookworst)
- 2 large onions, chopped not too small
- 1 large carrot
- 2 leeks
- 1 celeriac (knolselderie)
- 2 potatoes
- 1 bunch celery
- pepper and salt to taste
- 2 liter water to start with

For serving:
- rye bread (pumpernickel), with slices of "katenspek" (lightly streaked pork, first boiled and then smoked black)


Boil the (washed) split peas with the meat (excluding the rookworst).

Remove the thick layer of foam which will form. Discard water. Add clean water and bring to a boil again.

Cut ingredients in small cubes; carrots in 'half moons', cut leeks 'cross wise' (see photo).

Add all vegetables (but not the celery leaf) and simmer for 1,5 tot 3 hours.

Remove meat and cut in small pieces (remove bones). Pork hock contains an amazing amount of fatty skin. Perfect for an hungry 19th century farmer, maybe not so great in the 21st century. Discard some of the fat. Return boiled meat to pot, add rookworst and a handful of chopped celery leaf. Season with salt and pepper and leave standing overnight.

You can leave out the rookworst, or even all the meat. Serve with rye bread and sliced katenspek.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fricassée de Poulet à la Crème

Divide chicken in 8 pieces. Fry in 30 gram butter. Add pepper and salt, 250 ml white wine and 500 ml water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Fry 100 gram chopped onion, 250 gram mushrooms in 30 gram butter. In the last 5 minutes add 10 gram sugar.

Remove chicken from and reduce the stock. Add crème fraîche and simmer.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Königsberger Klopse

German meat dumplings. Königsberg used to be part of East Prussia but is now known as Kaliningrad, Russia.

Shopping list:
* minced meat (beef, veal, pork or combination)
* eggs
* breadcrumbs
* milk
* onion
* lemon
* capers
* anchovy
* bay leaf
* vinegar
* dry white wine (optional)
* sour cream, best quality you can get
* parsley
* butter
* flower

Quantities for 500 gram of minced meat.

Prepare the broth:

Heat 1 liter salted water, 1 bay leaf, 60 ml vinegar, 125 ml white wine (optional), one halved onion, 10 black peppercorns and 4 piment in pot. This will be the broth.

Make the meatballs:

Combine 500 gram minced meat, 1 egg, some breadcrumbs soaked in milk (50 ml), half an onion (finely chopped), lemon zest, juice of half a lemon, 1 tablespoon chopped capers, 1 tablespoon chopped anchovy fillet, salt and pepper. Optional: chopped parsley. Make little balls, roll in flower.

Carefully place meatballs in broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove meatballs and keep warm. Drain broth through sieve.

Make the cream sauce:

Make a light roux with 50 gram butter, 50 gram flower. Use about 500 ml of the stock. Season with 2 tablespoons sour cream (crème fraîche), one egg yolk, lemon juice (according to taste) and 2 - 3 tablespoons of capers. Add meatballs to cream sauce. Garnish with parsley. Serve with potatoes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


German malt wine. For 1 liter:

a 0,75 liter bottle of dry red wine
0,25 liter water
juice of one orange
juice of one lemon
12 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
mace (optional)
sugar according to taste (I prefer 3 tablespoons)

Bring 0,25 liter water to a boil, add the spices, simmer for 10 minutes or so and let stand overnight (or at least a couple of hours). Sieve out the spices, add wine , orange juice, lemon juice and sugar. Heat to about 80 degrees Celsius. Instead of water you can start with black tea.

Weißer Glühwein:

a 0,75 liter bottle of dry white wine
0,25 liter water
fresh apple juice, according to taste (haven't tried adding apple juice myself)
juice of one orange
12 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
mace (optional)
star anise (optional)
sugar according to taste (I prefer 3 tablespoons)

Glögg, Nordic variation:

1 bottle of red wine
0,25 liter water
10 cardamom pods (whole)
2 cinnamon sticks
dried ginger, but not ground
10 cloves
1/2 orange peel (dried or fresh)

Optional additions for serving: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup almonds.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Penne ai Gamberetti con Pernod

« Le pastis, c'est comme les seins : un, c'est pas assez, et trois, c'est trop. »

Penne with prawns and Pernod.

200 ml panna da cucina
250 ml fish stock
250 gram penne (for 2 persons)
50 ml Pernod
250 gram peeled & cooked prawns
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more to garnish
salt and pepper

1. Heat cream and fish stock on a low fire. Simmer for 15 minutes until reduced by half. Add Pernod and prawns, season with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

2. In the meantime cook the penne.

3. Drain penne into bowl, add cream mixture and fresh chopped dill. Toss and garnish with some more chopped dill.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Door 74's Mojito

I never succeeded in making the perfect mojito at home. The bartender at Door 74 gave me his recipe. Now in July 2012 I finally took the time to try it out. It's a winner! It has more sugar than I would allow myself, but it seems a mojito needs quite a lot of sugar to make it taste raw. Disclaimer: I have never been to Cuba.

List of ingredients:

8-10 mint leaves
15 ml lime juice
10 ml sugar syrup (2 parts cane sugar, 1 part water)
2 teaspoons raw sugar
50 ml Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum

Make you own sugar syrup by boiling 2 parts cane sugar and 1 part water:

Your own sugar syrup. 10 ml is two tea spoons.

Lightly crush 8 to 10 mint leaves by hand.

Get a tumbler ready for that precious Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum.

Crush ice cubes at this point. I use a hand ice crusher, which has developed some rust. It's always beyond me why companies use non-stainless steel in appliances which get wet.

Start with a tall glass (or any glass you prefer) and add 2 teaspoons raw sugar:

Squeeze half a lime, which should be 15 ml.

Now, mix the 2 teaspoons raw sugar, 10 ml sugar syrup, 15 ml lime juice, 50 ml rum and 8-10 mint leaves together with a spoon. Notice there is no muddling!

Add the crushed ice:

Top off with soda water and mix with a long cocktail spoon.

Garnish with mint sprig. This is the best mojito recipe I tried at home. It's sweet and dark.

You can't do much about the mint leaves. Either they smell great (fresh from the soil) or they hardly smell (when bought in a supermarket). The secret of a mojito is really the balance between sweet and sour. That's all there is to it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Coq au vin

The recipe : Perfect coq au vin

Serves 4.

a large chicken, jointed into 6 or 8 pieces, giblets and carcass saved
an onion, a carrot and a few peppercorns for the stock
150g pancetta or unsmoked bacon in the piece
30g butter
2 medium onions
a large carrot
2 ribs of celery
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsps flour
2 tbsps cognac
a bottle of red wine
4 or 5 small sprigs of thyme
3 bay leaves
40g butter
12 small onions, peeled
200g small mushrooms
boiled or steamed potatoes, to serve

Put the chicken carcass, its giblets and any bits and bobs of bone and flesh into a deep pan, cover with water, add an onion and a carrot, half a dozen whole peppercorns and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and let it simmer until you need it.

Cut the pancetta into short strips; they need to be thicker than a match but not quite as thick as your little finger. Put them, together with the butter, into a thick-bottomed casserole - one of enamelled cast iron would be perfect - and let them cook over a moderate heat. Stir the pancetta from time to time - it mustn't burn - then, when it is golden, lift it out into a bowl, leaving behind the fat in the pan.

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and place them in the hot fat in the casserole, so that they fit snugly yet have room to colour. Turn them when the underside is pale gold. The skin should be honey coloured rather than brown - it is this colouring of the skin, rather than what wine or herbs you might add later, that is crucial to the flavour of the dish. Lift the chicken out and into the bowl with the pancetta. By now you should have a thin film of goo starting to stick to the pan. This is where much of your flavour will come from.

While the chicken is colouring in the pan, peel and roughly chop the onions and carrot, and wash and chop the celery. With the chicken out, add the onions and carrot to the pan and cook slowly, stirring from time to time, until the onion is translucent and it has gone some way to dissolving some of the pan stickings. Add the garlic, peeled and thinly sliced, as you go. Return the chicken and pancetta to the pan, stir in the flour and let everything cook for a minute or two before pouring in the cognac, wine and tucking in the herbs. Spoon in ladles of the simmering chicken stock until the entire chicken is covered. Bring to the boil, then, just as it gets there, turn the heat down so that the sauce bubbles gently. Cover partially with a lid.

Melt the butter in a small pan, add the small peeled onions and then the mushrooms, halving or quartering them if they are too big. Let them cook until they are golden, then add them to the chicken with a seasoning of salt and pepper.

Check the chicken after 40 minutes to see how tender it is. It should be soft but not falling from its bones. It will probably take about an hour, depending on the type of chicken you are using. Lift the chicken out and into a bowl.

Turn the heat up under the sauce and let it bubble enthusiastically until it has reduced a little. As it bubbles down it will become thicker - though not thick - and will become quite glossy.

Return the chicken to the pan and serve with the potatoes.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lamb stock

Put 1 kilo of lamb bone in a large heavy-based saucepan with 1 large carrot (quartered), 1 onion (quartered), half a celery stick (quartered), 1 bay leaf, 2 large sprigs of thyme, a generous sprig of parsley, 6 black peppercorns (crushed) and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 liters water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours.

Strain and return to the pot. Reduce until 1,3 liters of stock. When frozen you can keep this three months.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tribute Xi Hu Long Jing ("Dragon Well")

Tribute (or Gong in Chinese) is one of the four major Xi Hu Long Jing production companies.

Xi Hu Long Jing has more than a thousand years of recorded history and was mentioned in the first ever tea book The Classic of Tea (Cha Ching) by Lu Yu during the Tang Dynasty. The name Long Jing means "Dragon Well".

Xi Hu ("West Lake") is now a protected area. Only the leaves picked within the designated 168 sq km of Xi Hu area can be considered as Xi Hu Long Jing.

Harvest Period: Spring 2009. I bought 50 grams of A-grade for USD 16,50. This is not the best quality. AAA Grade and Jing Pin Grade are even more expensive.

Brewing guide
Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Use about 2 grams of tea leaves (1-2 teaspoons) for every 150ml of water. Steep tea leaves in hot water at 70°c to 80°c for 1 minute for the first and second brewing. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.

A Grade Infusion:

AAA Grade Infusion:

Jing Pin Grade Infusion:

Chicken stock

Seems straightforward enough. Still, some points of consideration.

Source: the excellent website

1 halve soepkip (anderhalve kilo dus)
500 gram gesneden prei
500 gram gesneden winterwortel
250 gram (eko)uien, met schil en al, gewassen en in stukken
3 stengels bleekselderij
1 takje tijm
flink witte peper uit de molen
paar stukjes foelie
2 laurierblaadjes
4 tot 5 liter water

De soepkip bevat veel vet. Zet daarom de kip in een braadslee in een hete oven, tot hij bruin is. Het vet is dan gesmolten, dat scheelt straks weer bij het ontvetten van de bouillon. Overigens is dat kippevet goed te gebruiken. In de joodse keuken wordt het gebruikt om te braden. Het wordt schmaltz genoemd. Zeef het vet, en bewaar het in de koelkast in een afgesloten potje.

De kip gaat nu in de soeppan, met de groenten en kruiden, en 4 tot 5 liter water. De pan mag toch wel minstens 7 liter inhoud hebben om dit allemaal te bevatten. Zet de pan op het vuur, en breng het water tegen de kook aan. Schuim af indien nodig. Laat nu de hele dag of nacht trekken (minstens acht uur) op heel laag vuur. Je hele huis gaat lekker ruiken.

Zeef de bouillon als hij voldoende is getrokken. Kook de bouilon nu in tot drie-en-een-halve liter, en laat daarna snel afkoelen. Gebruik hem meteen, of verdeel wat je niet dadelijk verder verwerkt in diepvrieszakjes/bakjes en vries in. Vergeet niet te etiketteren.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Braised Fennel with Orange and Pernod

[ Photo's will follow ]

Saute fennel wedges in unsalted butter, so that they get brown all over, and slightly caramelised.

Braise the fennel in: a teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper, a splash of fresh orange juice, a small dash (?) of Pernod, some meat stock, and a dash (?) of balsamic vinegar.

Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. The sauce should be reduced.


Attempt 1: 1 fennel bulb, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon Pernod, 1 tablespoon vinegar, just enough stock (Maggi cube) to cover the fennel. I didn't have an orange, so I skipped the orange juice. [Too sour, skip the vinegar, use chicken stock, not Maggi. FAIL]

Variations: add onion.

Attempt 2: Saute fennel and onion in butter. 1 fennel bulb, 1 shallot, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon Pernod, no stock, juice of one orange, one tablespoon butter. Simmer for 15 minutes. Reserve some orange zest to garnish. [ I taste a little too much orange, try juice of half an orange. Not perfect ]

Attempt 3: Saute fennel and onion in butter. 1 fennel bulb, 1 shallot, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon Pernod, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 4 tablespoons chicken stock (stock cube), one tablespoon butter. Simmer for 15 minutes. Reserve some orange zest to garnish. [ almost okay, need to saute & simmer the fennel a bit longer, next time use home made chicken stock. Some balsamic vinegar from the original recipe, but not more than 1 teaspoon. ]

Another take on this recipe:

In an ovenproof braising pan, heat 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the fennel (one for each tablespoon of butter) and onion and cook for about 2 minutes, or until the onion is softened.

Grate the zest from 1 orange and reserve. Cut all oranges in half (1 for each fennel bulb) and squeeze the juice into the pan. Add 1 tablespoon Pernod, ignite it to burn off the alcohol, then bring the liquid to a brisk simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze. Simmer until the liquid reduces by half, then add 1,5 cups of chicken stock. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. When incorporated, cover the pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the fennel is tender.

Transfer to a serving bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with the reserved orange zest and fennel fronds and serve.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Indian pumpkin lentil soup

A great soup for all year around. For best results use Hokkaido pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima var. hubbaridianna). This pumpkin has its origins in Japan, but is widely available in Europa.

Hokkaido pumpkin has a great sweet taste. The Hokkaido pumpkin is a result of Japanese farmers cross breading the American giant pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima), which was first brought to Japan in 1878.

The basic ingredients:

2 tomatoes
1 potato
1 onion
fresh ginger (shredded)
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 liter water
100 gram red lentils
Tamarind (according to taste, start with 2 tablespoons ), use tamarind pulp.
1 Hokkaido pumpkin

Before firing up the stove, make sure these ingredients are ready:

Fry the onion and ginger in 2 tablespoons of oil until brown.

Add tomatoes and potato and fry for 5 minutes:

Add spices (coriander, cumin, turmeric, chili, coconut) and fry for 3 minutes:

Add 1 liter of water and 100 gram red lentils. Bring to a boil:

Prepare pumpkin:

Add pumpkin to soup and simmer until soft. Add water if needed:

Puree the soup with a strong mixer:

Add tamarind juice according taste. This functions as a souring agent, much like lemon or lime. At this stage also add salt. Taste for the best result.

Mix well. Garnish with fresh coriander or mint leaves.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Irish Stew

Irish stew in the Farmgate Café, in The English Market, Cork:

First you need a proper stock.

You can use lamb (sheep less than a year old), but mutton (sheep at least 2 years old) is a better choice.

Put sheep bones in a large heavy-based saucepan with 1 large carrot (quartered), 1 onion (quartered), half a celery stick (quartered), 1 bay leaf, 2 large sprigs of thyme, a generous sprig of parsley, 6 black peppercorns (crushed) and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 liters water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours.

Strain and return to the pot. Reduce until 1,3 liters of stock. When frozen you can keep this three months.

Make the stew:

Cut a little less than a kilo of middle necks of mutton in small chunks or use together with bone. The meat will fall of the bone easily. Peel 1.3 kilo potato and cut in similar sized chunks, half floury (kruimig) potatoes and half waxy (vastkokend) potatoes. Peel 1 kilo carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice two onions into thick rings. You can quarter the potatoes and carrot.

Put the mutton in a large saucepan. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Skim off foam, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously (salt & pepper) and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Add the waxy potatoes and half a tsp fresh thyme leaves. Simmer until mutton is tender. Take off heat and leave for another 15 minutes (don't stir).

Garnish with chopped fresh chives and parsley.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Callaloo (Trinidad)

Went to a Trinidad & Tobago restaurant yesterday: Trinbago (1e van Swindenstraat 44, Amsterdam). Ordered callaloo with beef.

From Wikipedia: "Callaloo is widely known throughout the Caribbean and has a distinctively Caribbean origin, created by African slaves using ideas of the indigenous people along with both African (okra) and indigenous (Xanthosoma) plants (See Palaver Sauce for the West African dish)."


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped celery
1/4 cup fresh thyme
1/2 cup chopped chives
15 okra, sliced
1/2 cup chopped west indian pumpkin (substitute butternut squash)
15-20 dasheen leaves, washed and coarsely chopped (or 1 bunch swiss chard and 1/2 bunch spinach)
1 cup coconut milk
1 maggi seasoning, cube plus
4 cups water or chicken stock
2 live blue crabs, cleaned and washed in lime juice (or 5-6 pieces salted beef or salted pigtail)
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (Congo pepper)
2 tablespoons golden ray cooking margarine
1 teaspoon salt (if using maggi cube taste first before adding salt or the soup will be too salty.)

1 Put salted pork pieces in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Drain off this water. Repeat this process to draw off the excess salt from the salted meat.
2 Heat the oil in a large pot and add the onion, garlic, celery and fresh herbs. Sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add okras, pumpkin and dasheen leaves and sauté for another minute or so. Add the coconut milk and stock or water, crab and hot pepper.
3 Keep an eye on that hot pepper use one that is not bruised. You DO NOT want that pepper to burst while cooking. The heat from the burst pepper will overpower the other flavours.
4 Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for about 35 minutes.
5 Taste and add salt if needed.
6 Remove hot pepper and crab or meat, and swizzle the callaloo, or put in a blender or you can use an immersion type blender, and beat until smooth. Return the crab or meat pieces to the soup. Add the cooking margarine or butter. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Stir well.
7 Serve hot as a soup on it's own or as a side dish.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kartoffel Kapern Salat

From An excellent way to prepare potatoes a day or even more in advance. Basically, you marinate boiled potato slices in vegetable stock with onion and an olive oil-vinegar dressing.

Recipe for 600 gram potatoes (cook them in shell and peel when warm):

1 - Simmer in a pan for 5 minutes: about 200ml vegetable stock and one onion, cut in small cubes.

2 - Prepare dressing from: 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (or: white balsamico vinegar), pressed garlic, pepper and salt.

3- Pour stock and dressing over the cooked potato slices.

4 - Add (this is just a reference): fresh parsley, anchovies, 5 teaspoons caper, 12 black olives, 120 gram cherry tomatoes (halved).

Let the potatoes marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will keep for a few days.



Voor 4 personen:
kilo vastkokende aardappelen
ongeveer 150 ml hete kippen- of groentebouillon
1 el gladde mosterd
3 – 4 el witte azijn
3 – 4 el zonnebloemolie
1 middelgrote ui, fijngehakt
8 zure augurkjes, fijngehakt
of 3 el kappertjes, afgespoeld
of de helft van allebei
blaadjes van 1 – 2 takjes dragon, fijngehakt
handje bladpeterselie, fijngehakt

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Risotto con funghi

Another visual shopping list. This time for Risotto con funghi (Risotto with mushrooms). For 2-4 people.

25 gram dried porcini
175 gram fresh mushroom
juice of half a lemon
75 gram butter
2 tbsp chopped parsley
900 ml chicken or meat broth (not too strong!)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion
100 ml. dry white wine
3 tbsp Parmesan
275 gram arborio (rice)
salt & pepper

Preparation in 7 steps

Step 1 Soak dried mushrooms in 350 ml warm water for 40 minutes. Drain and reserve soaking water for step 3. Cut soaked mushroom finely.

Step 2 Slice fresh mushrooms and toss with lemon juice. Melt 1/3 butter and fry mushrooms. Stir in parsley after mushrooms begin to brown and set aside.

Step 3 heat broth and add mushroom soaking water. Simmer until needed.

Step 4 Heat another 1/3 butter with the olive oil in same pan mushrooms were cooked. Stir in onion until soft and golden. Add rice and stir for a few minutes. Add soaked and sautéed mushrooms.

Step 5 Pour in wine and cook until it evaporates.

Step 6 Raise the heat and add a little hot broth. Cook until the rice dries out. Add more broth. Repeat for 20 minutes. Taste and continue until rice is al dente. This may take 35 minutes.

Step 7 Remove from heat. Stir in remaining butter and parmesan. Whisk quickly and grind some black pepper. Rest risotto for 3-4 minutes before serving.

Update: this can be a very powerful risotto (taste-wise), depending on the strength of the broth. Use a more watery broth if you want to taste the rice, mushrooms & wine better.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Linguine with lemon

A simple tangy lemon-cream sauce.

Juice of two lemons
50 gram butter
200 ml panna da cucina
100 gram Parmesan, grated
salt & pepper

1) Boil and simmer for 5 minutes: lemon juice, butter and cream. Add salt and pepper. You can add some grated lemon rind as well.

2) Meanwhile cook linguine (or similar pasta).

3) Add Parmesan to cream sauce. Taste. Mix with drained linguine. Above quantities are good for 2 - 4 people. Serve as an 'in-between' dish.

Just 4 ingredients: