Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wonderful cookbooks

As a foodie, I seldom follow recipes. I just read them and get inspired. And then make my own dishes based on lots of different sources. Today I did the opposite! I followed Rosanna Nafzinger's descriptive recipe for Dutch Baby. This is the result.

Wonderful! Isn't it? Well, my Kid ate most of it, with homemade wild sour cherry jam (recipe coming up later). And the Kid already asked if I can make it again tomorrow! I think that if an 11-year old want seconds for days and days the dish has received about 15 Michelin stars :-)

Well, Rosanna Nafzinger and Ken Albala (one of my favorite foodies) have just published a wonderful book: The Lost Art of Real Cooking (get it here at Amazon).

If you love to read books, love to read cookbooks, love to get inspired by how we humans have dealt with different kinds of food, how we have adapted foods to be digestible, how we have preserved summer's bounties, how we spent time in the kitchen cooking, preserving, loving food, this is a must have. I just received my copy of this wonderful book and I already use it in my kitchen! This seldom happens with other foodie books, which I usually devour but seldom follow.

The Lost Art of Real Cooking is just a great must have for every foodie out there.

We can't wait for autumn so we can start pickling things....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More strawberries!

Strawberry sorbet is really great when the heat just makes it impossible to cook. I decided to put lots of strawberries in my food processor and mash them into a smooth pure. I put the strawberry pure in a metal pan and in the freezer for about 4 hours and took it out for a good whipping about twice an hour.

This is the result!

Note: you can add some lime or lemon juice if you want or sweeten with raw cane sugar or honey but I love it just as it is.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Breakfast and summer!

We are enjoying an incredible Swedish summer. It's hot and sunny! Fresh strawberries are a part of summer over here and this year they are really tasty. So breakfast today was a fusion Swedish-strawberry-Mexican-licuado.

Just put lots of fresh strawberries and a glass of cold milk in a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Meat, meat, meat!

Just discovered an interesting website, Grassfed Recipes, with lots of good info and tips for us omnivores. I love meat! And I'll probably be harassed by vegans for just stating facts but I do love meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and most anything eatable from our planet's fauna. I also love plants, specially green leaves, and fruits, and... lots of other stuff.

However, at home we try to be as Environmentally Friendly as possible and this means we only eat grassfed meat. Yes, grassfed meat is more expensive... yes, it is harder to get a hold of (at least it has been until recently)... yes, it is tastier, juicier, more nutritious... On the other hand, we do have pretty good access to wild meat since hunting is a very popular activity in Sweden.

So, we eat meat but with a good conscience!

On Twelfth Night we had a small gathering of friends, some omnivores and some vegetarians, and I decided to simplify our evening by making a large pot of chili for the meat-eaters and a smaller one for the veggie-lovers. Since I want to mingle and spend time with my guests I seldom have sit-down dinners and instead arrange self-serve foods that each one can pick and choose from whenever they get hungry during the evening. Our friends are invited to come with their kids, pets, in-laws -you name it! And everyone can find something to their liking at out home.

Recipes will be coming up soon!