MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
THE BELGIAN STOEMP
or mash potatoes with twists
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is a really lovely traditional Belgian winter dish which in actual fact is so
simple that I wonder why we Danes never thought of doing our traditional mash
like this. We do have all the ingredients available in every shop and
supermarket, yet we did not make this combination. We make this one very often
at home because it goes so well with a sausage, any kind of meat or as part of
a vegetarian dish. What’s more you can mix in other vegetables and herbs according
to your taste. Here comes the basic recipe for
1 kg potatoes
1 clove of garlic
1 vegetable stock cube
and cut the vegetables into 2 cm cubes and put them in a pot. Cover with water
and add the garlic and the stock cube. Bring to the boil and let it cook for
approx. 20 minutes. Pour out the stock and work the vegetables to a lumpy mash.
Add a big lump of butter, salt and pepper to taste. Et voila your Stoemp is
you could also add water cress, Brussels sprouts, spinach or leaks. In the case
of leaks you should leave out the onion.
last time I made it I added a big tablespoon of my homemade pesto to the basic
recipe and that was simply delicious. So
BON APPETIT – ENJOY!
FILET AMERICAIN - Belgian Tatar
Preparation: 15 minutes
For 2 persons:
300 g of finely minced filet of beef
3 teaspoons chopped parsley
1 finely chopped shallot
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon capers
1 soup spoon Worcester Sauce
25 rounds of freshly ground pepper
1/3 teaspoon salt
Finely chop the shallot.
Mix in a bowl meat and egg yolk. Add the mustard, shallots, mayonnaise, parsley and Worcester Sauce. Add salt and pepper.
Mix well with a fork and add the capers.
Serve cool with French fries and salad - to make it real Belgian.
BON APPETIT - it's just wonderful – don’t be scared of the raw meat as long as it is absolutely fresh !
KØKKENSKRIVEREN ..... about food and more
Written by Liselotte Thøgersen
Blog with some past recipes: ( in Danish – you can translate them with Google Translate
This time, I must write about Greece, and there are obvious reasons for this. I suppose everybody follows Greece in the media hearing about the financial drama they are enduring. The heavy burdens which the Greeks must now carry on their shoulders, makes one shiver. Personally I am very concerned because I have several very good Greek friends and it is the country in Europe I have visited most times both at work and on vacation, and especially so because our son-in-law is Greek and our two grandchildren therefore small beautiful Greek / Danish girls, Anna Maria and Zoë Kiriaki! They live in England, but their family in Kos, which is strongly affected and whom we think about all the time. But what can one as an ordinary person do? Personally, I have taken the decision to buy Greek products where at all possible: Greek yogurt (Total 2%), Greek honey, Greek olive oil, Greek feta, dolmades (the good stuffed vine leaves), olives and Greek wine. I wish I could find even more Greek products, but it is difficult and perhaps an explanation for one of the country's problems - lack of export of the many goodies that are manufactured in Greece.
And then it might be worth considering going on holiday to Greece this year. Tourism is one of the most important sources of income for the Greeks, if not the most important - so this is certainly a good way to support them and back them up. And I think they really deserve it!
And then it soon Easter and the most important holiday in the Orthodox Church. This year Easter in Greece is about one week after our Easter, but in any case, this also inspired me to share some wonderful Greek dishes with you in this edition. Perhaps the Greek cuisine is not the world's most famous and most versatile, but they have great ingredients, and they can make even the most boring vegetables taste heavenly. The secret according to a wise Greek mother-in-law to one of our friends is simply olive oil - lots of olive oil!
So let’s start with the beginning:
The other day I read that one of the currently most sought after articles in “Den Store Danske”
(the new Danish encyclopedia) was about tzatziki. Yes, the glorious yogurt / garlic sauce that is so easy to
make, and which reminds us of wonderful holidays in Greece. Grate a whole cucumber
roughly, put it in a tea towel and press out all the liquid. Add to a few cups of the good
Greek yogurt (2% but the 10% will make it even more delicious), add a BIG clove of crushed garlic, salt and then pour a decent splash of olive oil on top. Voila, a nice starter eaten with some rally good bread.
Next a few quick, healthy and hearty dishes that can stand alone – perhaps supplemented with a good salad. Enough for 4 people as a main course.
Greek Lentils: Take 250 g small green lentils. Let them come to the boil then throw the water away. Fry a chopped onion to the pan in a little olive oil, add the lentils and a can of peeled tomatoes, 1-2 cloves of chopped garlic, and finally, a bay leaf and a good splash of red wine vinegar - the last 2 ingredients are the key! Add a little bit of water if necessary, but not too much. They are ready in approx. 30 minutes – add a good splash of olive oil in the last minute. You could also add some grated carrot or selleri.
Greek white beans: Take 250 g of white beans and soak them overnight or at least 6 hours. Then throw away the water (can be poisonous) and rinse the beans well in a sieve in cold water. Then fry a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic in a little olive oil, add a can of peeled tomatoes and a small can of tomato pure, the beans and a little water. Let it boil for two hours on a low heat. Can be eaten cold or hot, sprinkle with oregano and again a good splash of olive oil.
Lamb and Easter go together, and I am convinced that everybody has a good recipe for any piece of the lamb: But to make it really Greek, there must be lots of garlic, potatoes in the bottom of the roasting pan, lots of oregano, lemon juice and olive oil poured all over and salt and pepper of course. With the lamb the Greeks will serve a salad of romaine lettuce with lots of fresh dill, spring onions and a dressing of lemon and olive oil.
And just a wonderful spinach pie with dill - yes, it is also true Greek:
Greek spinach pie with dill
1 short crust or puffed pastry
1 kg fresh spinach
300 g feta cheese
1 large chopped onion
1 bunch of dill
1.5 dl milk or cream
Salt and pepper
Fry the chopped onion in a little olive oil, add the spinach and let it fall together, add some saltand pepper, coarsely chop the dill and let it "cook" with the spinach just for a minute or two. Pour the mixture into a sieve and allow to drain well before putting it on the crust. Mix eggs with milk/cream, pour over the spinach and finally crumble the feta over the surface. Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.
Yes, this was my Greek inspiration, but to tell you the truth, I've got all the ideas from Anne Glinos! And yes, it is her mother-in-law, I refer to above! So many thanks to Anne! Maybe you or maybe your mother- in-law have some great recipes – if so please send them to me – I am always happy to get exciting new ones!
Bon appétit – and happy Easter!
17th February 2012
DENMARK, THE DANES AND THE POTATOE
certainly have a very close relationship with the potato. I personally would
take it as far as calling it a very serious love affair which has lasted for a
long time! Many Danes will say that a meal without potatoes is not a meal at
all! By the way potatoes are called kartofler
arrived late in Denmark – actually we know the exact year to be 1719 although
it came to Europe from South America as early as 1534. So in a few years we can
celebrate 200 years of potatoes in Denmark!
In the good
old days there would not be many varieties, the most common one was the bintje and we would usually boil them in
salt water for 20 minutes and that was it. New sorts were introduced and new recipes
developed over the years and some very special ones were created in order to
better suit the different dishes they would accompany. For some reason the
“brunede kartofler” stands out, and I can confirm that these sugar-caramelized
potatoes is a genuine Danish dish. I have never found that cooking method in
any other cuisine.
is especially the new potatoes which
are sought after. They arrive around midsummer, and there is actually a competition
among potato growers about who can bring the first new ones to the market.
Restaurants in particular are keen to get their hands on them, and they will
pay anything for them. It could easily be up to 100 Euros for 500 grams!
grown everywhere and anyone who has even a small vegetable garden will grow his
own. It is almost considered a sacred ritual to go into the garden, dig up the
delicious small potatoes, clean and brush them, leaving the skin on and put
them directly into the pot to be boiled, then served with a bit of salt and not
least with a lump of good Danish butter! That is indeed a royal treat!
growing on a larger or smaller industrial scale is of course widespread and of
great importance. It is said and believed that the best ones come from Samsø, a beautiful small island in the
Kattegat or from the Lammefjord
(Fjord of the Lambs), a large reclaimed area of land on the island of Sjælland
(Sealand) some 80 km west of Copenhagen.
Last but not
least potatoes are also used to produce the world famous Danish Aquavit or snaps
as we call it. You will find many different varieties of snaps the most classic
being Rød Aalborg named after the
town of Aalborg where it is produced – rød meaning red being the dominant
colour on the label. Rød Aalborg has the taste of cumin, but many other herbs
and spices are used to pep up this popular drink with an average alcohol
percentage of 40! So be careful! It is a must to serve it with the classic
Danish open sandwiches called smørrebrød and especially with herring and cheese!
A FEW WORDS
I was born in
Copenhagen and have lived there for most of my life, except for a couple of
years in Switzerland when I was young and the last almost 24 years in Belgium!
I have been
working in tourism for more than 20 years. For 15 years sending people on tours
all over the world and the last years in Danish tourism trying to attract
tourists to my small and beautiful country.
always been of interest to me. I have always loved cooking and having travelled
to many parts of the world I have gained a lot of knowledge about different
I have also
written 3 small dictionaries on the French/Belgian, Italian and Spanish
called “Menu guides” and they are an essential companion for the Danish
traveler to understand what is on the menu in France, Belgium, Italy and Spain
in case you do not speak any of these languages. Each edition contains about
800 words in alphabetical order translated into Danish and English and
supplemented with a short explanation.
Although I am
definitely an amateur, I consider cooking my main hobby. I enjoy good honest
food made from fresh and tasteful ingredients, so Belgium is certainly the
right place to be. So many nationalities present in this country guarantees
that one can always find the original product from almost any country in the
world, and fine local Belgian products just add to the joy of living in
Below I give
you the recepies that I made for you:
karfofler (brown potatoes/caramelized potatoes)
kartofler (stewed potatoes with cream)
kartoffelsalat (sweet and sour potatoe salad)
med sild (new potatoes with herring)
(open sandwich with potato)
DANISH POTATO DISHES
caramelized potatoes (brune kartofler)
1 kilo small
firm potatoes (25-30 mm)
50 g white
50 g butter
the potatoes in lightly salted water with the skin on for no more than 15
minutes. Peel them.
the potatoes in cold water. The water helps to give a shiny and silky look.
the sugar in a dry roasting pan – big enough to hold the potatoes in one layer.
the butter when the sugar has melted (be careful that it does not burn) and mix
the potatoes to the roasting pan. Be careful – the water will make the butter
splash. Roast well on all sides turning them over with a wooden spoon.
are perfect with roast duck or goose or a pork roast with crackling skin, but
also with smoked meat served with spinach or green cabbage à la crème.
in cream sauce (flødestuvede kartofler)
kilo firm potatoes
ml double cream
of grated nutmeg
the potatoes and cut into pieces – the size of an olive.
the potatoes in salt water for a few minutes until the water foams. Pour into a
strainer and rinse in cold water.
the potatoes into a wide and low (thick bottomed) saucepan and cover with the
cream. Leave them to soften in the cream at a low heat, covered with a lid for
about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. When the potatoes are soft and the
cream has turned thick from the starch in the potatoes add salt, pepper and
nutmeg to taste.
These potatoes are traditionally served with pieces of fresh eel,
covered in rye flour and fried in butter. It is definitely a rich and luxurious
dish. The tradition says you have to eat so many pieces of eel so that the
bones of the eel will make a full circle around your plate! This potato dish is
also very good with fresh salmon, or any smoked fish or meat.
and sour warm potato salad (varm sursød kartoffelsalat)
kg small firm potatoes
ml of white vinegar
table spoon of sugar
the potatoes with the skin on for 15-20 minutes. Peel and leave to cool. Cut
into slices (1/2 centimeter)
the onions and cut into thin rings. Melt the butter in a pot and boil the
onions until they are clear – do NOT brown. Add vinegar, water, sugar, salt and
pepper and leave the onions to cook until tender.
the potato slices. Leave them to heat with the onions in the sweet and sour
mixture for 8-10 minutes. Add a little water if the salad turns too dry – it
should be nice and watery.
You can add a bit of chopped parsley or dill.
Serve the salad warm with roasted or boiled meats. It is VERY good with
any kind of sausage.
New (a must) potatoes with herring (Nye kartofler med sild)
1 kg of new potatoes
1-2 big filet/s of white or red pickled Scandinavian herring *)
Red onions and dill
Sour cream and/or butter
the potatoes – not too long – new potatoes require about 15 minutes.
the filet(s) of herring on individual plates garnished with raw red onion rings
and chopped dill, a knob of butter and a spoon full of sour cream.
You could definitely use the wonderful traditional matjes for this dish!
Put the warm potatoes in a beautiful bowl decorated with some finely
chopped dill and make the potatoes the center piece of your table.
A cold beer and a glass of aquavit (snaps) will lift this simple dish to
a heavenly state!
*) The Scandinavian type of marinated herrings (Danish – even Swedish
will do) can be found in supermarkets, in the Scan Shop in Waterloo or Brussels
and in IKEA.
Open Danish Potato Sandwich on Rye Bread (kartoffelmad)
Slices of rye bread*)
Boiled potatoes (new ones are the best)
Raw red onion rings
the bread into thin slices (3-4 mm).
on a nice layer of fresh butter.
the potatoes into slices of ½ cm and put them nicely on the bread.
the potatoes with a good spoonful of mayonnaise, the onion rings and the
individual plates as a starter or as a good lunch dish. It should of course be
accompanied with a nice cold Danish beer and a glass of aquavit – or snaps as
*) The dark
rye bread is a necessity for making real Danish open sandwiches. Danish rye
bread is of the same type as the German one, made with a sourdough. You can
find rye bread in supermarkets in Belgium or in the Scan Shops in Waterloo or
in Brussels. In the Scan Shops you can even buy a mixture for making your own.
Very easy as you just have to add yeast and water (or as I usually do: replace
part of the water with a good dark Belgian beer for instance the Leffe!
me give you what some professional cooks call THE BEST WAY TO COOK POTATOES –
potatoes into cold water with a bit of salt, bring to the boil and let them
boil on the heat for 7 MINUTES – turn off the heat but leave the pot on the
warm plate for another 7 MINUTES – they are perfectly done.
KØKKENSKRIVEREN ..... something about food
First of all I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I hope you will have beautiful days with your families and friends enjoying the company and a lot of good traditional food. Most of us in Northern Europe at least just have to look outside and the Christmassy feeling is definitely there. We are buried in snow, and at this very moment the sun is shining from a clear and blue sky. It is just wonderful to look at. Niels has just been outside clearing our way out of the house and the pavement for the people passing by – good exercise for a Viking!!
And when Christmas is over there is another reason to celebrate: The coming of the new year 2011! I have just written one of my “Køkkenskriver” articles which includes some festive food for the end-of-the-year celebration. Perhaps you would like to try them. I can assure they are delicious, quite easy to prepare and they look beautiful on the plate. First of all a nice sauce to accompany some really good smoked salmon or any other smoked fish:
CREAMY SAUCE WITH EGGS AND CRESS
3 whole eggs
1-1,5 table spoon of Dijon mustard
40-50 g of butter
3 dl double cream
1 tray of cress (a handful)
Mix the eggs with the mustard in a bowl. Add salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a small casserole and add the egg and mustard mixture.
Keeping the temperature very low make the eggs thicken – you must stir all the time to avoid the eggs turning into scramble eggs and to stick to the bottom.
When the eggs have turned almost solid add the cream. Continue to stir – but the sauce must NOT BOIL. Add the cress and perhaps a bit more salt and pepper.
This sauce can be served hot or cold.
If you cannot get cress, a handful of chopped chives are a good alternative.
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So for the main course I suggest a very delicious and tasty fish dish. Even Niels likes it and that is definitely a recommendation!
MONKFISH ON A SKEWER WITH BACON (serves 4)
800 g of filet of monkfish
2 thick slices of smoked bacon (1 cm)
1 big green or red pepper
2 table spoons of olive oil
1 dl white wine
5 dl double cream
Salt and pepper
Cut the filet into 16 pretty squares. Cut the bacon into 8 pieces. Empty the pepper and cut into 12 nice squares. Peal and cut the onions into smaller pieces (“boats”).
Put all the pieces alternately on 4 skewers. If you are using wooden skewers you must put them in water first otherwise they will burn. Begin and end with a piece of the pepper – it keeps everything nicely together. This can be done well in advance. Just keep them in the fridge until you prepare them.
Roast the skewers in a big pan in the oil – keep the heat high – and roast them for a couple of minutes on each side. Transfer the skewers to an ovenproof dish. Add the white wine to the pan and finally add the cream, and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Add salt and pepper to your liking and pour the sauce over the skewers. Finish the fish in the oven at 200 C degrees for 20-25 minutes until the sauce has thickened and turned slightly golden. Do not overcook them!
Serve with small firm boiled potatoes or a rice pilaf with saffron, and vegetables or salad to your liking.
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What could be more appropriate and festive than having a nice bottle of champagne to go with the fish courses! Cheers and bon appétit !!
Finally I wish you all
A VERY HAPPY AND EXCITING NEW YEAR 2011!
Warmest greetings from
RIZ À l'AMANDES - a special Danish dish for Christmas
First of all a very merry Christmas to you all, where ever you are and however you celebrate this Yule-tide! This old fashioned English word derives from the Danish word “juletid” which to us is not at all old fashioned, but indeed the time we are living in the month of December. So I hope you will also have a lovely “juletid”.
I have a habit of writing about food, as some of you might know. So I thought I would share with you the Danish Christmas dessert: Riz à l’amande! It does not sound very Danish, does it? Why we use this French name for our traditional Christmas pudding, I have absolutely no idea, but it is indeed made with rice and almonds, and it is very delicious.
Riz à l’Amandes
60 g of dessert rice
½ litre of milk
1 vanilla pod
50 g of peeled almonds
AND 1 WHOLE ALMOND *)
2 tablespoons of sugar
2,5 dl of double cream
1. Open the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and keep them for later.
2. Bring the milk to the boil in a pot (avoid aluminium pots – it can discolour the food) and add the rice stirring well. Add the vanilla pod shell and let it boil for a few minutes without lid. Put the lid back on and leave the rice to soften at a low heat – it will take about 40 minutes – until the rice will have absorbed the milk and it will be like a porridge. (Check the cooking time on the rice package you buy – it might be different from the one I use). You have to give it a stir now and then to avoid the porridge sticking. Take out the vanilla pod shell and leave
the porridge to cool.
3. When it has cooled completely add the vanilla seeds and the sugar.
4. Chop the peeled almonds roughly and add to the porridge.
5. Finally: Whip the cream firmly and add carefully to the porridge. The cream should “lift up” the final result. Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Serve with a thick and sweet fruit sauce made from preserved cherries – this is the classical way – but you could also make a sauce from other berries or apricots or oranges. It’s up to you.
*) we eat this dessert on Christmas Eve and the whole almond is a very IMPORTANT ingredient! Why? Well first of all the whole almond should be well hidden in the bowl in which you serve the dish, and the person who gets the whole almond (everybody is very excited!) will get a present. In the old days it would be a pig made from marzipan – nowadays
it can be anything. If you have kids around perhaps adding a secret extra almond in their plates could be a good idea! It is after all Christmas!
* * * Finally a very happy and healthy new year 2010 to you all from LISELOTTE * * *
Liselotte Thøgersen ( e-mail:
MY SPECIAL NJT MEATBALLS
( in Danish: Frikadeller )
500 g minced veal and pork
2-3 table spoons grated onion
2 tea spoons salt
1 clove of crushed garlic
2 table spoons flour
¼ tea spoon of pepper ( 10-12 turns of the grind )
1 ½ dl ( 15 ml ) milk & water
work the salt well into the meat
add the grated onion and the crushed garlic clove
make a mixture of the egg, the flour and the liquid
mix it thoroughly into the meat
mix it all well together
let it all rest for about an hour in the fridge
if you then think that the mince is still too compact, add a bit more liquid
form the meatballs with a table spoon. Don’t make them too
fry them in a little butter and oil at medium heat for approx.
5 minutes on each Side
NOW: Enjoy – enjoy – enjoy …….
Niels Jørgen Thøgersen July 2009
KØKKENSKRIVEREN ..... something about food
For a few years now I have been writing about food and given recipes in a Danish club magazine in Belgium, and my column is called ”KØKKENSKRIVEREN”. It’s a strange Danish word which cannot even be found in a Danish dictionary. Yet it exists. It’s a combination of the Danish words for a kitchen and a scribe, and as such it is, I think, quite properly used in this connection.
Anyway, Niels has for a long time been asking for an English translation, and as he does not take no for an answer – here we go.
I think food should be easy to prepare. Spending hours in the kitchen does not necessarily mean better food. I like simple ingredients, which you can find in your local shop or supermarket, and I like old fashioned food, though I am always tempted to try out new combinations and new twists. So here for the very first time in English a few “greatest hits” which all serve 4 persons.
So why not start with one of the most common of common foods the good old potato, which the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro kindly brought to Europe in 1534.
ROASTED POTATOES WITH PARSLEY AND GARLIC
1 kg small firm potatoes
1 bunch of broad leaf parsley
2-4 cloves of garlic
Olive- or rape oil *
Salt and pepper
Wash the potatoes, do not peel them. Cut them in half lengthwise and roast them until slightly brown in a pan with a little oil, salt and pepper. Chop the parsley and the garlic and mix with the potatoes. Give it a good stir and put the potatoes in one layer in an ovenproof dish. Cook in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 20-30 minutes and stir every once in a while. What a smell! This is great with any piece of roasted meat, and particularly with lamb.
* rape oil is very nice and healthy, easy to get in Denmark and in Belgium. It is good for frying and also very nice in your salad dressing. Is has a mild and nutty flavour.
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Another favourite of ours is “Stoemp” an original Belgian recipe, a real winter dish which you could also call “mash with a twist”. It goes like this:
STOEMP AUX CAROTTES
4 big potatoes
1 tablespoon of butter
20-30 ml of milk
Salt and pepper
Peal carrots, potatoes and onions, cut into lumps and cook them in unsalted water until they are very soft. Mash it all and add the butter, the milk, salt and pepper. Serve with a good sprinkle of parsley, some really nice roasted sausages and a nice strong mustard.
Variations: Instead of carrots you can use other roots like turnips, parsnips or celery. It could also be Brussels sprouts, spinach or leaks. If you use leaks then leave out the onions.
Finally a very easy snack, which has become very popular in our house with the aperitif.
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
200 g of pumpkin seeds
1 table spoon of good soy sauce or teriyaki
Roast the pumpkin seeds in a non stick dry frying pan at a fairly strong heat. Stir constantly and when they start to “pop” and turn golden they are done. Take off the heat and mix well with the soy or the teriyaki. The whole process will take 6-7 minutes. Leave to cool and enjoy with your favourite drink! Cheers and skål!
So for now KØKKENSKRIVEREN will come to an end. If you like it, I might give you more great, easy and delicate suggestions.
CIMBRIAN SALAD DRESSING
You cannot go on living without trying it J
( the recipe is exclusively based on ingredients from the Cimbrian times )
This is a really exciting dressing. It is excellent for green salad ( such as frisée salad and baby spinach leaves ). And it is also strongly recommendable for a salad consisting of raw chicory and cooked beetroots. It will also fit very well with finely chopped white cabbage and coarsely grated carrots.
Here are the contents for this special Cimbrian experience – one of the really rare ones:
1 ½ dl cream
0,4 dl apple vinegar
1 ½ table spoon fine Dijon mustard
2 – 3 cloves of crushed garlic
1 table spoon runny honey
1 tea spoon marjoram / oregano
fine salt ( at the end )
PS: NO pepper ! My friends the Cimbrians did not have that.
The portion will be enough for more meals, if you are only two persons. Unless you are very hungry !
( I have developed this recipe from Cimbrian ideas and advice from the museum FYRKAT in Jutland )
Observation: Those who have tested this dressing are still alive
One more piece of information: The Cimbrians are my forefathers from Himmerland in the north of Jutland in Denmark. They lived more than 2000 years ago – and almost conquered Rome in year 101 B.C.
Niels Jørgen Thøgersen
NJT’s L E N T I L S O U P
Try this lovely lentil soup, which can be varied in many different ways J
250 g lentils ( red, blond or green )
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 liter of boiling water
½ a stock cube ( chicken stock or vegetable stock )
Salt and pepper
Lemon juice or vinegar
One of the important secrets behind this lovely soup is to ensure a fine balance
between the sweet, the sour and the salty
Rinse the lentils thoroughly in cold water in a sieve
Shred the carrot, the onion and the garlic
Fry the vegetables gently in olive oil for 4-5 minutes, but WITHOUT browning them
Add the lentils and fry the whole thing for a moment
Add water and the stock cube
Add salt and pepper ( be careful about the salt as the stock cube can be salty itself )
Let it all boil gently for about 30 minutes
Blend the soup at the end and add lemon juice or vinegar to taste
You can vary the soup in many ways. For instance by sprinkling finely chopped
herbs on the finished soup.
Or by sprinkling small pieces of fried pancetta on top – maybe a hardboiled egg.
Ah, how it tastes fantastic
And be careful: This soup can easily become habit-forming !
NJT – May 14, 2007
NJT’s SALAD DRESSING
A lovely lift to any salad is, of course, the dressing. Even the most boring collection of green salad leaves can all of a sudden get life and even become attractive, if you reward them with a tasty and well prepared Vinaigrette J
Here is my “road map” for a very successful one. Furthermore, it can easily and elegantly be prepared by anybody, anytime and anywhere.
5 parts of olive oil
1 part of vinegar
1 part of Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
A bit of sugar or honey
Garlic or spicy herbs can be added according to taste
If the dressing is too thick you can dilute it with a touch of water
Good luck ! And pleasure J
NJT – 12 May 2007
Not as my mother made it, but as she thought she made it!
The following ingredients are very much needed:
* 1 kilo tenderloin of porc
oil and butter
one table spoon of curry (big one)
2 table spoons of paprika
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 large onion finely diced
a little tomato ketchup
one tin of concentrated tomato pure (40 g)
1 ½ dl of water
½ 1 of cream (13 %)
½ 2 asted in appropriatelightly eat
VIKING - at even better by resting for a day before it is eaten
l of double cream ( 35-40 %)
What to do….
Remove sinews and fat from the meat and cut it into small slices, which are then divided in two
Brown the meat in oil and a bit of butter
The meat is then removed from the pot – and a bit more butter is added
Then curry is added. Warm it until it becomes somewhat brown and it smokes a bit
The meat must then be put back in the pot
Paprika, sliced onion, pressed garlic, tomato ketchup, tomato pure and water is added
Some of the 13 % cream is added
The dish must then be on the stove until the meat is done – approx. ½ hour
Then the double cream is added
Salt and pepper to taste ….
To be served with nice French fries or oven baked potatoes.
Important: This dish becomes even better by resting for a day before it is
Niels ( = chief VIKING – at least in Belgium).
1 bag ( 1 kilo ) of rye bread flour mixture
20 g fresh yeast or equal quantity of dried yeast
Luke warm water
1 bottle of Leffe Brune (33 cl) - or in worst-case scenario: another dark beer
Prepare exactly 800 ml liquor by adding luke warm water to the Leffe beer until you reach 800 ml altogether.
Dissolve the fresh yeast in the luke warm water -beer (if you use dried yeast add this to the flour mixture).
Mix water, beer, yeast and flour – and work the dough with a mixer ( a hand mixer or a more “adult” one) on medium speed for at least 5 minutes and until the dough is well blended.
Put the dough directly into the baking tin ( capacity 2,5 liter ). The best is a non-stick baking tin – otherwise oil the baking tin well. Smooth out the dough with a spatula dipped in water.
You can put sesame seeds on top – delicious!
Cover it with a kitchen cloth and leave to rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours, or until it reaches the edge.
Preheat the oven to 250-275 degrees C.
Prick the dough with a fork (to let the air out), and put the tin on the oven rack (grill) placed at the lowest point in the oven.
Bake the bread for 5 minutes – then lower the temperature to 185 degrees C. Bake for approximately 65 minutes.
Take the bread out of the baking tin at once and leave it to cool on the rack.
This bread must be completely cold before you cut it into thin slices.
The bread can be put in the deep freezer – no problem.
The bread is delicious with any kind of cheese or chacuterie – and it is about the healthiest bread you can get!
Liselotte and Niels Jørgen Thøgersen🤩