Cooking at Andrea's family's house. (Cooking under challenging conditions)
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Cooking with Andreas and Ludger
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:37:00 AM
Friday, December 19, 2008
To go along with the remains of the pasta with cheese sauce from Wednesday : Lightly brown some smoked bacon lardons in olive oil with some chopped garlic and a couple piri piri peppers. Add halved brussels sprouts that have been cut in half, parboiled, and shocked. Cook until the sprouts lightly caramelize, adjust seasoning, and serve.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:48:00 AM
This was a relatively quick one.
Cook a thinly sliced onion over medium-high heat in some olive oil until it caramelizes. Sprinkle over some flour and cook, stirring constantly, a minute or so. Add milk, reduce the heat, and cook (stirring!) until the milk is about to simmer. Stir in some creme fraiche for good measure. Stir in grated cheese (I used gruyere and winzer) in batches. Add a good grind of black pepper and a sprinkle of hot paprika, adjust seasoning, and serve over hot pasta (I used whole wheat pipe rigata) sprinkled with julienned bundnerfleisch.
With this, which was really good, we had the required big green salad.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:40:00 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Last night we needed a side to go along with the leftover meatloaf. I did two: as a starch I made some Ebli.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:49:00 PM
Monday, December 15, 2008
This was a meal to try out our new crock pot/slow cooker. I followed the garbure recipe from AFK, but adapted the process for the slow cooker.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:41:00 AM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Meatloaf and beet Rösti have each been floating around towards the top of my ToCook list for a couple of weeks. Last night I checked both boxes.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:44:00 AM
Saturday, December 13, 2008
More "Cuisine de la boite bio" ;-)
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:47:00 AM
Friday, December 12, 2008
A simple one, driven by the bag of sauerkraut from the biokiste from two weeks ago (good thing sauerkraut doesn't really go bad!).
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:42:00 AM
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Yesterday I left work a bit early and ended up having something like a big cooking afternoon. The goal was to use up a bunch of root vegetables from the biokiste: beets, celery root, parsnips (or parsley root... it's hard to tell sometimes), and carrots. The celery root suggested a gratin, but I couldn't see the beets working there. The first thought with beets has to be to make a rösti, but that somehow didn't appeal (unusually). But that got me thinking about beets and rosemary; and then I thought of a stew (borscht!); and that led to lamb stew. I don't think I've had lamb and beets before, but they each go well with rosemary so I went with the "friend of a friend is also a friend" principle and tried a lamb and beet stew.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:01:00 AM
Monday, December 08, 2008
I picked up a couple mangos on sale at the Coop on Saturday, then yesterday morning I discovered Avec Eric and came across his recipe for mango caramelized with rum. It was a sign! I used the normal oven since we don't really have a toaster oven, but I think that was ok. :-)
While making the soup for Thanksgiving I realized that the pumpkin (potimarron, knirps, hokkaido) was so good that I ought to do more with it before the season is over. The first thing that popped to mind was some kind of savory custard; the details weren't clear, but the basics seemed solid. These preparations were all derailed when, while looking around for recipes to get base proportions for the custard, I came across a pumpkin soufflé recipe in Le Menu. That was something that absolutely needed to be made. I did a few modifications based on what was in the fridge.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 5:40:00 AM
Sunday, December 07, 2008
This week's biokiste had the first kale of the season. yay! Kale!
Posted by Greg Landrum at 7:13:00 AM
Friday, December 05, 2008
Another garbage (a.k.a. "let's use up stuff in the fridge") creation.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:52:00 AM
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I needed something to break up the "Thanksgiving" leftovers. We're starting to get the various winter cabbages in quantity in the biokiste now, so we had some radicchio on hand. From there to risotto was a small step.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:48:00 AM
Monday, December 01, 2008
The second day of cooking saw:
- A pecan and apple tart following a recipe from Florence Fabricant.
- Mashed potatoes
- Roasted sweet potatoes; normally I do these mashed as well, but it seemed better to have them roasted this year
- The turkey
- and, of course, a green salad
Our guests also brought desserts, so we ended up with a dessert spread of epic proportions.
Posted by Greg Landrum at 6:28:00 AM