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mung dhal

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Dinner / Lunch
mung dhal

Whenever I prepare this mung dhal the  smell of sizzling spices teleports me to Hassan’s kitchen  in Madame Mallory and the smell of curry.  It’s irresistible. mung dhal (basic recipe) 200g mung dhal double the volume of water 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon rock salt 1 tablespoon ghee 2 teaspoons cumin powder 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder (cinnamon, clove, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn, fennel seeds) Soak the mung beans during the night or for […]

Flemish red cabbage

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Fleming red cabbage

A traditional recipe to fight the arctic temperatures.  It pairs well with duck and pheasant, with potato gratin, gnocchi  and mashed potatoes. Or simply on its own, just the buttery cabbage with the sweet aromatic apple. Flemish red cabbage 1 red cabbage 2 tablespoons aceto balsamico salt and pepper  2 generous tablespoons soft butter to spread onto the pan  2 apples a heavy pan with a heavy , well closing lid.  Preheat the oven to 150°C. Quarter the cabbage, […]

caramelized pumpkin and green bean salad

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butternut squash

I stumbled upon  the method of caramelizing butternut squash  in Donna Hay’s cookbook Fresh and Light. Perfect to turn any autumnal salad into a more substantial meal. What are your favourite pumpkin recipes?  Mine are these pumpkin soup with a Bali memory  spiced butternut squash bread sweet dumpling, oven roasted with prawns, tomatoes and white wine curried butternut squash soup autumnal surf’ ‘n’ turf introducing black futsu     caramelized pumpkin and green bean salad 1 butternut squash, sliced or diced 2 […]

green rice and egg bowl

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bear garlic

For my spring pesto I use bear’s garlic (Bärlauch), sorrel or even ground elder (Giersch) from the garden.  Be careful in case you go foraging for bear’s garlic, the long and slender leaves can easily be mistaken by leaves of lily of the valley, which are super toxic. green pesto 1 big handful (or a bunch if you buy it) bear’s garlic, sorrel or ground elder 20 g pine nuts parmesan 40ml olive oil salt and […]

Grandma’s Classics: beef roulades (Rouladen)

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roulades

A German surprise package traditionally filled with pieces of dill pickle, mustard and thinly sliced bacon. The tart flavour of mustard  and dill pickle is a must, but to complete the filling I prefer thinly sliced vegetables like carrots, onions and bell pepper to bacon.    . Beef Roulades for the roulades: 6 pieces of boneless beef round (pounded) 6 teaspoons Dijon mustard 6 dill pickles (sliced lengthwise) 1 big white onion (cut in thin wedges) 1 red bell pepper (cut in thin strips) […]

haddock marinated with lime, ginger, honey and spring onions

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a marinade for fish

haddock marinated with lime, ginger, honey and spring onions 4 haddock filets or any firm white fish 1 tablespoon coconut oil a handful shiitake mushrooms 100ml cream salt and pepper a handful fresh  cilantro leaves, chopped for the marinade: 2 limes, squeezed a generous piece of raw ginger, grated 2 teaspoons honey  1 red or green chili pepper, finely chopped 3 spring onions, chopped Combine the ingredients for the marinade. Put the haddock into a […]

stuffed aubergine rolls

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stuffed aubergine rolls

stuffed aubergine rolls 2 large aubergines 2 tablespoons olive oil sea salt   for the tomato sauce: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400g canned or bottled tomatoes 2 or 3 fresh tomatoes , chopped sea salt and freshly ground black pepper for the filling: 200g couscous (millet or quinoa also works well) 1 clove garlic 4 tablespoons grated parmesan, plus extra for serving 30g pine nuts, plus extra for serving 2 tablespoons pickled capers, drained […]

carrot + coriander + garlic salad

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carrot + coriander + garlic salad

carrot + coriander + garlic salad ( guest post by my daughter Viktoria) The recipe of this salad came to me by way of my friend Maddy. She is Latvian, but I am not sure if this salad is Latvian too. Anyhow, it’s amazing how delicious it is, considering the small and rather basic set of ingredients. Let me give you a few tips, before you start: This salad gets better after a few hours […]

pure white soup

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pure white soup

Say hello to my  this summer’s dream soup. Slightly hot, sour, coconutty. Inspired by the irresistible “pure white” served at Prince in Berlin.   pure white soup serves 4 (or 2 hungry eaters) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 white onion, diced 2 cloves garlic 2-3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1 tablespoon green thai curry paste 1 tablespoon thai fish sauce 400ml canned coconut milk 400ml water or chicken broth 1 lemon, juiced toppings: sliced […]

5 secrets about the best sauce bolognese ever

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sauce bolognese_4

First of all, the secrets which make all the difference Opt for a minced meat – beef only or mixed beef (2/3) and pork (1/3) – that is not too meagre Add the salt right in the beginning of the cooking process to make sure the juice spreads into the sauce Add  milk to the meat before adding wine and tomatoes to protect the meat from acidity Use a cast iron, ceramic or a heavy bottomed saucepan Cook the […]