Archive for February, 2005

Copy Cat

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

The last week has been extremely hectic at work, but luckily for me and unluckily for Fredrik he caught the flu last Sunday and therefore didn’t fly to Stockholm this week. So I had an ill boyfriend at home all week when returning from work every day. But as most ill people he didn’t have any appetite so the food this week hasn’t been very exciting and thus no posts to my food blog. But today I realised that I havn’t written about my adventures as a food blog copycat during the past weeks :-)

The upper lasagna is the one from Anne’s blog
and the lower is the vegetarian one.

The first recipe that I tried was found at Anne’s Food, she made an amazing lasagna that we just had to try some weeks ago. Fredrik got the whole lasagna for himself as I made a vegetarian one for myself. I will post that recipe another time. Fredrik said that Anne’s lasagna was truly amazing and that it was the best lasagna that he has ever eaten!

Saffron and Black Pepper Pasta with grated Parmesan

The second recipe that I tried was from Jennifer at Domestic Goddess , a wonderful pasta with saffron and black pepper . I got very inspired while reading her post and recipe, and as I don’t owe any pasta machine I asked my mother to bring her when she came to visit me the same week. The result was a delicious pasta that I ate with parmesan. Very yummy and very pleasant to make as well, as the scent of saffron and pepper spread while the pasta is made.

Today I just had to make the cheesecake that Zarah Maria at Food & Thoughts tried some days ago, White Chocolate and Dulche de Leche Cheesecake. She found the recipe for it at Santo’s blog Scent of Green Bananas . Just as in Denmark we don’t have Dulche de Leche in Sweden, as far as I know. So I did just as Zarah Maria, I boiled a can with condensed milk… I was really scared that my boiling can would explode, but that of course never happened. I made sure that the can was covered with a lot of water during the 3 hourse that I boiled it. It was very exciting to open the can when it was cool enough, and a lovely caramel appeared. The cheesecakes (I made two) were easy to make and I whipped the cream, but I’m not quite sure if it was supposed to be whipped, as the original recipe didn’t say anything about it. I also baked the base in the oven for 5 minutes and only used 200 grams of white chocolate as that was all that I had.

So how did the cheesecake taste? Well, I’m a cheesecake purist (!) and I believe that the cake didn’t taste very “cheesecakey” at all. But it was a really nice cake, but just didn’t taste like a cheesecake. Fredrik on the other hand isn’t so fond of cheesecakes, but he really liked this one, because of the high amount of chocolate and partly because it’s fluffier than ordinary cheesecakes.

Boiling can with condensed milk

Yummy caramel…

Two cheesecakes ready to put in the refrigerator

One of my darling cats, Yoshi, supervising me while making cheesecakes.

Music In My Kitchen

Friday, February 11th, 2005

I thought that I would be lucky and escape this one, but as soon as I saw that Anne was tagged by Oslo Foodie some days ago I some how knew that Anne would pass it on to me :-) But I’m still glad to be included even though I’m having a big problem passing it further :-) But when I’ll reach the last question I’ll pick out 3 persons and until then no one is safe from this music chain that’s spreading on all food blogs…

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
I have about 100 complete albums.

The CD you last bought?
I can’t actually remember. But I think it was a CD (with only 4 or 5 songs) by the Swedish singer Jens Lekman.

What was the song you last listened to before reading this message?
I’m at work now and the last song before seeing Anne’s post was Stockholm Snow by the Norwegian (at least I think so) singer Karin Park.

Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.
I will mostly write down complete albums as it’s hard to pick individual songs. I listen to all kinds of music and I’m very fond of JPop. Here are some various songs and albums that I enjoy:

Album: Veneer by José Gonzalez

“Don’t you know that I’ll be around to guide you
Through your weakest moments to leave them behind you
Returning nightmares only shadows
We’ll cast some light and you’ll be alright
We’ll cast some light and you’ll be alright for now”

(José Gonzalez, Crosses)

José Gonzalez is a doctoral student in bio chemistry at the University in Gothenburg, Sweden. He’s also making a musical career with his own songs that he accompanies with his acustic guitar. He’s amazing and very talented

(You can listen to some of his songs (including the above, Crosses) at this site).

Album: Love In The Time Of Science by Emiliana Torrini

“Did you know that tuna fish
Float up to the surface
Belly to the moonlight
just to cool down their heart down
‘Cause it helps them just to think about the hurtful things
I guess it’s just one wait to get them some sedation”

(Emiliana Torrini, Tuna Fish)

I LOVE this album, I really do. It’s impossible to pick a single song from it. I like all of her songs, but I’m not very happy with her latest album Fisherman’s Woman. Hopefully I’ll get used to it and will appreciate it more. Emiliana Torrini is from Iceland and her songs are great.

Song: Magic Carpet Ride by Pizzicato Five

“It’s strange but you and I
have been friends since forever
Don’t you think it feels like we’ve loved each other
for two thousand light years?
and before we realise we’ll be old (it’s alright if)
We can go on having so much fun forever
magic carpet ride
It’s like magic
when I wake up there you are
it smells like flowers
Let’s cross two thousand light years
once again on a persian carpet”

(Pizzicato Five, Magic Carpet Ride, translated from Japanese)

I use to listen to various songs by the Japanese group Pizzicato Five. This is my favourite one.

Album: Café Del Mar Vol 6
This album makes my heart ache. Under the first period that I lived with Fredrik we always listened to this album. It reminds about joy, anxiety, despair, happiness and a deep endless love that became even stronger, despite the horrible circumstances that we tried to master. It’s a long and complicated story (with a lucky ending!) that I won’t write down here. The album contains wonderful songs like Beautiful by Mandalay and Traveller by Talvin Singh, I really recomend listening to it.

(Here you can listen on samples form the album, go to CD’s and choose Vol 6).

Song: Voices from the Anime Macross Plus
A beautiful Japanese a cappella song from an anime movie.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
The first person I’m passing this on to is Keiko at NordLjus. She’s a new food blogger with great photos and as she’s from Japan I really would like to hear what she listens to.

Next up is Chika at She Who Eats. I love her blog and wonderful tempting photos. I’m very interested in Japanese culture and food, and that’s why I choose both Keiko and Chika :-)

Last but absolutely not least is Barbara at Tigers & Strawberries. I love reading her long posts, very often about Chinese food and culture. She also gives me insight in American culture and food. It will be interesting getting to know which music Barbara listens to.

Hmmm, yes I know… As you can see I have a weakness for Asian culture :-)

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

(photo: Wikipedia.org )

On Tuesday 6 weeks before Easter, Fettisdag (Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day in English) is celebrated in Sweden. During this day a special kind of Shrove Tuesday bun is eaten. The bun is called Semla and is made of wheat flour with a touch a cardamon. The bun is filled with whipped cream and marzipan (actually almond paste, made of sugar and grinded sweet almonds).
The Semla tradition remains from the days when Sweden was Catholic, before the 16th century. On the last day of Lent on Shrove Tuesday, the Semla was eaten. Nowadays we eat the buns all winter, they use to show up at the bakeries already at the end of December.
Here you can find a recipe for Semla in English, but I havn’t tried it myself. We were supposed to bake Semlor this weekend, but we didn’t have time so maybe we’ll bake some next weekend instead.

Paper Chef February: Hot Fish Curry and Naan Bread

Saturday, February 5th, 2005

Hot Fish Curry and Naan Bread

Paper Chef is Owen at Tomatillo’s version of the Iron Chef. Compulsory ingredients (drawn from ingredients suggested by other food bloggers) are posted on a certain date and you need to cook a dish, containing the chosen ingredients, during the same weekend and then post it in your blog. This is my first participation in Paper Chef and I was very happy to hear this month’s ingredients: wheat flour, cinnamon, crème fraiche and oranges. I guess that most food bloggers will go for a dessert, but I immediately came to think about Indian food which I love very much, so I thought that I would do some kind of curry. The fish curry that I made today together with Fredrik was my best made curry dish ever (and my first one containing fish) , and it was even better than many dishes that I’ve had at Indian restaurants in Sweden. I will definately make it more times as is was very delicous; creamy and spicy. Unlike the fish curry, I used a ready recipe for the Naan bread as I didn’t want to experiment with the bread.

Fish Curry

400 gram Hoki fish, diced
3 Shallot Onions, chopped
2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Lemon Grass Stalk, shredded
2.25 tsp “Delicious Maldive Curry” (bought in the Maldives, December last year)
0.5 tsp Cinnamon
1.25 tsp Garam Masala (spice that contains cinnamon, cardamom, clove etc)
0.5 tsp Sweet Pepper powder
0.5 tsp Curcuma
2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
200 milliliters Crème Fraiche
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp Sharwood’s Tandori Curry Paste
1 tsp salt

fish marinade:
juice from 0.5 lime
juice from 0.5 large orange
2.5 tsp finely chopped fresh hot pepper

Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl, add the fish and put it in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Fry the Shallot onions, garlic and the spices . Add the tomatoes and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add the Crème Fraiche and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes. Add more spices, if necessary. At this point you can put the Naan breads in the owen (see below). Add the fish and some of the hot pepper in the marinade leaving the citrus juice, simmer for 10 minutes or until the fish is done. Serve with Basmati rice and newly-baked Naan bread.

Naan Bread

500 gram wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp bicarbonate
1 tsp salt
1 egg, whipped
2 cl butter, melted
125 milliliters natural yoghurt
200 milliliters milk
melted butter to brush on the bread
water to brush on the bread

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and bicarbonate. Add egg, butter and yoghurt. Add the milk, gradually, forming a soft dough. Cover the dough with a moist kitchen towel and let it rest on warm place for 2 hours. Knead the dough until it’s smooth. Divide the dough in 8 pieces and roll out every piece to a 15 centimeter oval. Brush with water and put the moist side down on a greased baking tin. Brush the top with melted butter. Bake in the oven, rather high, for 5 minutes in 225 degrees Celsius. Brush on more butter and serve directly.