Archive for June, 2007

Risotto al Gorgonzola

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

I love cheese and the funny thing is that I didn’t eat any blue cheese until a few years ago and now I can’t imagine myself without it. The Gorgonzola cheese is Italian and has a rather sharp yet creamy flavour. It’s perfect in food and yesterday I put it in my risotto which resulted in a great and delicious dinner. Risotto may sound difficult to make but it’s really easy as long as you take care of it and stir frequently. This risotto goes perfect with rocket/aragula/ruccola, cherry tomatoes and red onion.

    Risotto al Gorgonzola
    (serves 2-3)

    1 small onion, finely chopped
    50 ml Olive oil Extra Vergine
    300 ml Arborio rice
    1 litre warm broth (I used an instant one called “Italy” with pine kernels and tomato)
    100 gram gorgonzola cheese, cut in cubes
    20 gram Parmesan cheese, grated
    (salt if needed)

    Bring broth to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat.

    In another pan heat olive oil, add onion and sauté until tender and colourless. Add rice and stir for a minute or two. Add 200 ml of hot broth; simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining broth 100 ml at a time, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until rice is creamy and tender, about 20 minutes. When done the rice corns should be creamy with an al dente kernel. Stir in the gorgonzola and parmesan cheese. Season the risotto with pepper (and salt if needed). Transfer to bowl and serve, eat immediately. Don’t reheat in the microwave, it won’t come out good. Serve with red onion, rocket (ruccula) and cherry tomatoes.

Stuffed picnic baguette

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Summer and thus picnic season is here. A few days ago me and my husband took a bike ride to the beautiful Haga park where we had a cosy picnic next to the temple of the echo that is quite popular for civil weddings. Coincidentally a couple got married in the temple while we were eating, so we curiously watched the ceremony from our picnic blanket.

The Temple of the Echo in the Haga Park.

Ever since I found the recipe for Jägerwecken, stuffed Austrian baguette, on Johanna’s blog it has been mandatory on all my picnics. Everybody seem to love it and it’s the perfect finger food. Just don’t forget to bring a knife to the picnic so you can slice the baguettes. I’ve changed the recipe but the basic concept is still there: a stuffed baguette with a lot of goodies. I prefer using two smaller baguettes instead of a long one as they are easier to stuff but it doesn’t really matter.

    Stuffed picnic baguettes

    2 baguettes (about 20 cm long)
    2 hard boiled eggs
    70 gram gherkins
    100 gram smoked Turkey breast, thinly sliced
    60 gram Västerbotten cheese
    130 gram cream cheese
    80 gram smoked processed cheese “Bonno” (looks like a brown sausage)
    1 tsp dijon mustard
    one handful parsley

    Cut off one end of the baguette/s. Hollow out the baguette/s by using kitchen tweezers. Make sure the crust is intact. Chop all ingredients coursly and then combine. Stuff the baguette/s tightly, I use the end of my ice cream scoop for this. Keep the stuffed baguettes in the fridge, wrapped in cling film. When serving just slice the baguettes.

Minced meat sandwich

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Minced meat sandwich topped with Västerbotten cheese.

It’s been incredible hot here in Stockholm the last week, up to 31 degrees C, and on such days you don’t actually feel like cooking and need to take short cuts. One of my favourite quick dinners is when I have some left over minced meat sauce from the day before or from the freezer. I just put a couple of table spoons of the sauce on top of white bread, top with slices of cheese and then bake the sandwiches it in the oven (200 degrees C) for 10-15 minutes. Serve the sandwiches with a salad. Quick, easy and so incredibly yummy (even though a bit unhealthy…). In the photo above I’ve used sauce containing minced meat, bacon, cinnamon and tomatoes but you can basically use any minced meat sauce.

EBBP#7 Childhood Sweets

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Tanuki is smelling the cute marzipan frog from Pille in Estonia.
First a quick introduction what Euro Blogging by Post is all about. Every second month or so, European food bloggers send food parcels to each other. Yes, real food. And we even dare to eat it :-) Every participant gets an e-mail with the receiver’s address from the organiser (this time Johanna), posts a parcel with food to the receiver and then waits for another parcel in return from a secret sender. This is an excellent way of getting to know the other food bloggers and to try foreign food and ingredients. This time EBBP had a theme, childhood sweets. The round-up with all parcels sent and received can be found here.

I was so happy when I read the sender name for my ebbp#7 parcel on the dispatch note from the post office which I received yesterday. Lovely Pille from Nami-Nami, our Canadian apple cake queen from Estonia! And queen of rhubarb of course! The only small downside was that my husband voluntarly went to the postal department in our grocery store to pick up the parcel, but they were already closed so I had to wait until today to actually get the parcel. But the parcel sure was worth waiting for! Pille had prepared a great parcel consisting of her Estonian childhood sweets, a buttering knife from Tallinn, a cute cat fingerdoll and a brochure about Estonian food.

I immediately recognized the sweets with cows on them, Lehmakomm, as there is a Polish equivalent called krowki (small cows) which is one of my favourite childhood sweets! The marzipan frog is so cute that I don’t want to eat him (yes, I’ve decided that it’s a male frog), but as I love marzipan I will have to do it. I really like the sweets that I’ve tested so far and now I’ll have to hide the chocolate from my husband! :-)

Thank you Pille for a wonderful parcel and all effort, I really enjoy everything.

A brochure about Estonian food and a buttering knife from Tallinn.

Marzipan frog and 4 kinds of chocolate.

Lehmakomm and Miisu.

Magus Korsik (sweet bread sticks) and a very cute cat fingerdoll (as Pille wrote: “I know how much you like your cats”).

Smaka på Stockholm 1-6 June 2007

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Overcrowded with an annoying amount of people Smaka på Stockholm, or “Taste Stockholm”, is on again. It’s an annual food event in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. 27 of of Stockholm’s restaurants offer different dishes starting from 25 SEK and of course a lot of beer, cider and wine. There are competitions, entertainment and wine tastings. The event started on June 1st and will end on June 6th, so you still have time to visit. We passed by yesterday and even if we were curious on some of the dishes being sold we decided to go to a restaurant instead as we didn’t want to stand in queue for ever and then have to eat standing due to all people occupying all tables. For more info on Smaka på Stockholm in English, look here .