Spargel with hollandaise

Spargel with hollandaise

Im a sucker for Spagel (white asparagus) with hollandais. It’s a seasonal treat, that embodies springtime. They are quite expensive, so make sure you test them for freshness by pinching the ends!

Recipe

  • Fresh Spargel, (white asparagus)
  • 200 grams of Butter
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon thyme
  • Speck (cured ham)

Prepare the spagel by peeling them and cutting of the ends. Cook in lightly salted water with a pinch of sugar, for about 7 minutes (i like my spagel with a bit of bite!)

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk the egg yolk over a bain-marie,  while slowly adding the melted butter. Season with lemon juice, lemon thyme, salt and pepper.

Serve with speck on the side..

ENJOY SPRINGTIME 🙂

 

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

On my trips to Japan i fell in love with this tasty dish. I had it for lunch quite a lot, and back home, I quickly tried to recreate it. Its basically thin sliced beef braised in typical japanese flavors (almost the same as the famous teriyaki sauce) In this version i also included mushrooms, that I really like together with the beef (purist can leave them out!). Finally this dish also provided an excuse to use the bowl and carp-chopstick holder I bought while visiting.

Recipe

  • Steamed rice
  • Thinly sliced beef
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickled ginger
  • Mirin (sweet sake)
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Dashi powder

Slice the beef as thinly as posible, cut the onion and mushrooms into slices.

Combine mirin, soy, sugar and dashi in a pan. Add the onion, mushrooms and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the beef and let it simmer for another couple of minutes.

Add the rice to a bowl and put the beef mixture on top. Garnish with pickled ginger.

ENJOY !

 

"Quer durch die Küche" Potato Salad

“Quer durch die Küche” – Pesto Potato Salad

This one goes out to my Mother. She has a talent to cook up amazing dishes, only using what she has lying around. She calls this “Quer durch die Küche” (straight through the kitchen). I had some small potatoes, so I made a potato salad with a parsley-hazelnut pesto, avocado and parma ham.

Recipe

  • Small potatoes
  • parsley
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Hazelnuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Parma ham
  • Radishes

Cook the potatoes in salted water for about 10-15 min.
Toast the hazelnuts in another pan.
Combine parsley, chili, garlic, hazelnuts and parmesan in a pestle & mortar and pound… Add olive oil until you have a fine paste. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice
Drain the potatoes and combine with the pesto. Chop the radishes, cut the parma ham and avocado into strips and add everything to the dish.

ENJOY !

 

Chorizo Penne

Chorizo penne

I’m quite fond of fast and easy pasta dishes. The sauce can be made in the time the pasta takes to cook, so there is no excuse for a hot supper 🙂  I was going for spanish inspired flavors, as I had some chorizo lying around. To balance the salty flavor I included capers and sweet red pepper, for color some baby spinach.

Recipe

  • Pasta Penne
  • Chorizo
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Baby spinach
  • Chopped red bell pepper
  • Capers
  • Vinegar
  • Tomato ketchup

Start cooking the Pasta..
Dice and fry the chorizo, chop the onion, garlic and bell peper and fry in the same pan.
Add capers, a splash of tomato ketchup and vinegar. Add some of the pasta cooking water
Rinse the spinach and add to the pan.
Season with salt&pepper
Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce .

ENJOY !

 

scallops on guacamole

Scallops on guacamole

Here is a quick seafood starter for you. Make sure you don’t overpower the scallops by making the guacamole to strong. If you can’t get scallops, king prawns work just as well.

Recipe

  • Scallops
  • Avocado
  • Finely chopped shallots
  • small pinch of smoked paprika
  • Cumin
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Butter

Mush the avocado together with the shallots, cumin, paprika and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the scallops and fry in oil, adding butter and lemon juice at the end.

ENJOY !

 

Steak tartare

Steak tartare

Another visit at Thomas and Mille, another great meal! If you haven’t tried steak tartare before now’s your chance!

Recipe

Beef patty

  • Lean Beef (best you can get)
  • Mustard
  • Egg yoke (pasteurized)
  • Red onion
  • Chives
  • Tabasco
  • Capers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Toppings

  • Parsley
  • Tarragon

Mix the all the ingredients for the beef patty, form into patty’s and top with parsley and tarragon.

Serve with roasted potatoes/parsnips and a homemade aioli

ENJOY !

Clementine 75

Clementine 75 Cocktail

Last recipe from our new years party, and its a cocktail! As it was new year, it had to include champagne. The end result was a twist on the classic French 75 cocktail.

Recipe

  • 4 parts      Gin
  • 1 part        fresh clementine juice
  • 1 part        fresh lime juice
  • 2 part        simple sirup
  • dash of bitters
  • Dry Champagne

Shake with lots of ice (not including the champagne), top with champagne.

ENJOY !

Smorrebrod - egg salad and "saltimbocca"

Smørrebrød – egg salad and “saltimbocca”

We Danes love our smørrebrød, there are many classics (not to be messed with) but essentially they are open faced sandwich’s with whatever you like. These use some of the leftovers from our christmas dinners..

Egg Salad

  • Home made mayo
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Curry powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Chervil

Mix the mayo, sour cream, curry powder and lemon juice, chop the eggs and combine. Season with salt & pepper and lemon juice. Chop the chervil and add.

“Saltimbocca”

  • Leftover roast pork
  • Leftover dried parma ham
  • Sage

Cut a nice slice form the roast pork, heat on a pan. Fry a couple of sage leaves in some oil. Spread a thin layer of mustard on the pork and layer everything together.

ENJOY !

Japanese cherry blossom cocktail

Japanese cherry blossom cocktail

While its not cherry blossom season in japan yet, i find this little creation of mine has the flare of christmas. It’s 2 main ingredients are sake (Japanese rice wine) and cherry heering (Danish cherry liquor).

Recipe

  • 4 parts      sake
  • 1 part        cherry heering
  • 1 part        fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part    simple sirup
  • dash of bitters

Shake with lots of ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

ENJOY !

BLT

Eggy bread B.L.T.

Sandwiches make a great snack or a complete meal.  This turned out to be a variation on the classic (B)acon, (L)ettuce, (T)omato sandwich. Tomatoes and bacon are a no brainer, so I kept them. Instead of plain lettuce i substituted for tasty flat leaf parsley. Plain white bred was replaced by eggy bread.

Recipe

  • Slices of bread
  • Egg
  • milk
  • Bacon
  • Tomatos
  • Flatleaf parsley
  • Onion
  • Mayo
  • Chili sauce

Fry the bacon, place on kitchen paper to drain.

Whisk together the egg and milk, season with salt and pepper. Place 2 slices of bread in the mixture to soak for a couple of minutes.

Fry the bread slices on both sides until golden brown.

Spread som mayo and chili sauce on both pieces of bread and assemble the sandwich.

ENJOY !