April 4, 2012
I did a couple of fun guest posts for my sweet Brazilian friend Nathy from Bistro Pregui. The blog is in Portuguese but please take a look, we are currently talking about onigiri! (I even made clumsy pictorials showing how to make them ;)
I love her blog (she is very talented with graphics!) and being invited to write there made me very happy ^^.
Oi gente!! Eu fui convidada pela minha querida talentosa amiga Nathy do blog Bistrô Pregui para fazer alguns posts sobre oniguiri e com muita honra eu os fiz :). Passem lá para dar uma olhadinha, estamos falando sobre o famoso bolinho de arroz japonês. Tem até passo-a-passo com fotinhos para vocês verem, aqui e aqui :) !
April 4, 2011
Can you guys believe is April already? Wow, time goes fast…
I had a busy week and I hope this one is going to be calmer….
Anyways… remember that every month a group of friends on twitter pick a food item/theme and agree to show a picture of the meal we are having? The #twitterfoodparty happens every last monday of each month… (hah? It went already!). Yes… but it was postponed for today! YAY!
The theme this time is… Apples!
I must admit I wasn’t that prepared to make anything… so I came up with these while preparing my daughter´s bentos.
Husband and I had Brie toasts with apple for dinner together with soup. Hors d’œuvre?? well… I don’t know, should I call this an appetizer or dessert? :P
Apple, brie & honey toast
Not a recipe actually but I will write how I did: toast gently two slices of bread, rub butter on tops. Slice thinly half green apple and cut 4 slices of brie cheese. Arrange the cheese and apple slices on the toasted bread, drizzle a bit of honey and sprinkle cracked nuts on top (pecan the best but I used almond praline). Grill until bubbling and serve.
Alternatively, make it “savory” seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
See? Simple… but it was very good!!
The bentos for the girls today consists of last night´s leftovers. Pikkusiili wanted pizza for dinner and I usually make a bigger batch enough for snacks later. ^__^
The contents of the boxes: homemade pizza “bolognese”, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, clementines, apple slices and lettuce. Little bees made with cheddar and white cheese slices and nori details.
I so love leftovers :P
Have a great week friends!
January 20, 2011
Ah… yesterday was seriously a nice day (the weather was terrible but that didn’t matter so much this time ^_^), I celebrated my birthday and it was great :).
Thanks everyone for the sweet b-day wishes, I appreciated a lot! Double ♥ back to you all!
Now… let´s talk about the cake… To be honest, I don’t always make my own birthday cake… The rule in this house is to bake a cake on Mother´s and Father´s day only. So, making my own cake was totally optional :D (was it Monday I was complaining to Luonnonvoima that I should have _purchased_ a ready one from the bakery? ehehe)
I decided to try a recipe from a book I got as present from dear hubs many years ago (on Mother´s day :P! Ehehehe. The book is entirely about cakes ^_^).
I made my own adaptations which made me think if it is worth writing everything down here. Let´s consider this cake as my food memo then! :)
Suklaamoussekakku – Chocolate mousse cake
For the cake layers I baked a 4 egg chocolate sponge cake, about ∅24 cm, cut in half and filled with cherry jam. I moistened each layer with syrup made with red berries juice and sugar.
For the mousse: egg yolks, double cream, sugar and dark chocolate. The recipe calls for 250g of dark chocolate so I used my recently purchased Valrhona baking 61% dark chocolate. The whole bar? Yep, the whole bar! After all, it was my birthday right? ^_^
I assembled the cake in a cake pan slightly bigger than the one I used to bake the layers, so the mousse would cover the sides of the cake neatly.
To decorate: cocoa dust, fresh strawberries, chocolate decorations and powdered sugar dust.
Uh Oh. Heavy thing. Delicious with coffee =). By the way, must mention the girls helped me to clean the bowls when assembling the “beast”. Dark chocolate is a hit here!
I wanted to add some liqueur to moist the cake and scent the mousse, but I was afraid my little ones wouldn’t enjoy it. Maybe I can make two cakes next time!?!
Needless to say, the fresh berries balanced well the flavors of the strong chocolate and cream. I didn’t have any available on Tuesday. We ran to the market on my birthday just to get some! :)
A piece of cake, anyone?
November 29, 2010
Hello there! Monday is usually a terribly busy day for me… and now that we are coming closer and closer to the holidays and end of the year festivities, mondays just seem to get worse. I am trying to gather myself and use all my time as much wiser as it is possible.
But hey! Today is the last monday of November :). For those who follow me on twitter, you might know that the last monday of each month is dedicated to what we call #twitterfoodparty. The concept is very simple, we discuss and decide a theme/ingredient/type of food to be made on this monday in particular and then, we tweet a picture about what we’d made or ate. Simple!
I couldn’t participate in the last twitterfoodparty special edition (theme was sushi) but I will collaborate to this one… The theme is Pancake! =)
To catch all the delicious dishes coming up and what my twitter-friends are posting, look for hashtags like #twitterfoodparty and #twitterpancakeparty. It is fun, join us! ^_^
Because of not writing any recipe today, I will consider this post as my food memo :).
Meat savory pancakes & #twitterfoodparty
I´ve made these pancakes using a Brazilian recipe. Savory pancakes are very common there, you can fill them with whatever you wish and bake them using any sauce on top. Common fillings are pulled cooked chicken, ham and cheese, mushrooms, shrimps and meat. Sauces varies from white sauce to tomato sauce or bolognese.
It is similar to French “crêpe”, a liquid batter made from flour, eggs, milk and salt, fried to a thin layer on a pan with butter. I added a bit of grated parmesan cheese in my batter because I knew I was going to use it for a savory filling. Otherwise, you can also fill the pancakes with sweet toppings, for dessert or breakfast.
My pancakes are filled with minced meat (pre-cooked with onion and spices) and topped with béchamel sauce and grated cheese. Then, just baked in the oven until golden and bubbling. :)
I served with green beans salad and tomato vinaigrette (made with cherry tomatoes, onion, raspberry balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil).
Have a great #twitterfoodparty day!
Kylmäsavuporo mustatorvisieni pizza. Pizza with cold-smoked reindeer meat and black trumpet mushroom
November 24, 2010
“What? Reindeer? What? Black mushroom?”… Hey, don’t look at me like that! ^_^
I explain you, this supposed to be just a Food Memo entry… We had this pizza on weekend and it was amazing… Flavors hit the spot I was expecting and I thought it would be nice to share the experience with you ^_^.
Everything started with a very “bothersome” mention from hubs, the day he met his old high school friends in a pizza party: “we baked this wonderful pizza , there was mustatorvisieni (black trumpet) and moose meat”. Ah… ok… WHAT?
Do you know when once in a while something comes to you and you try not to think about it but it just keeps poking you in your head? I was determined to make that pizza. Or at least, something close to the taste I’ve imagined.
First of all, to get the mustatorvisieni (craterellus cornucopioides) . Never seen it fresh. Never seen it in the forest. Never seen it dehydrated. Never seen it anywhere (just in my imagination ^_^). Oh wait! (Now hubs enters the scene) “hey, check this out, they have mustatorvisieni in brine today”. Right… hmm… let’s grab a box :P.
To go with it… Kylmäsavuporo , the cold-smoked reindeer meat. They sell it in the charcuterie part of the supermarket. No kidding, just normal. Not an everyday cold-cut anyways, it is very strong.
Ah yes. The girls (we have little ones in this house don’t we?)… they didn’t want this pizza. I don’t blame them :). They are just kids right? So I made them a child friendly pizza with minced meat ;).
Have I told you that minced meat pizza is very common here? And it is one of Finnish kids favorite… yep.
Kylmäsavuporo mustatorvisieni pizza
Yield 3 ∅ 30cm pizza + 4 mini ones (2 mushrooms pizzas, one medium and 4 small sized “bolognese”)
- 400 g chopped canned tomatoes (I used organic)
- 1 tbsp of tomato purée
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 tsp salt
- one pinch of sugar
- fresh ground black pepper
- oregano and basil if you like
Mix all the ingredients in a small pan (except for the black pepper) and bring to simmer for 30-60 minutes, until sauce is reduced and tomatoes are melting. Add the black pepper to taste.
If you like a smooth sauce, smash the cooked tomatoes or use a blender. I like it “chunky” ^_^.
about 150 – 200 g grated mozzarella cheese
- 3 dl warm water (about 42°C)
- 3 tsp active dried yeast (I used Sunnuntai Kuivahiiva)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- about 6-7 dl durum wheat flour
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- a pinch of raw sugar
- corn meal (optional)
Pour the water into a large bowl, mix the salt, sugar and olive oil. In another measuring cup, mix the dry yeast with a small amount of wheat flour.
Using a fork, bring the flour and yeast to the liquid, swirling to combine. Add the rest of the flour, being careful not to add too much and make the dough too heavy.
The right moment to stop adding is when it starts to come together. Knead until you have a smooth, soft and springy dough.
Place the dough in a large bowl greased with olive oil and flour the top of it. Cover the bowl with a damp teacloth and place in a warm spot for about 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size.
When you are ready to use it, remove the dough from the bowl, knead it on a flour-dusted surface, “punching it down” (removes the gas formed during the fermentation). Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll the pizzas out. It is better to roll one pizza at a time, unless you have a good timing on preparing everything ^_^.
Heat oven to 250°C
Sprinkle your baking tray with corn meal. If you have a baking stone, leave it waiting inside the oven. I don’t own one, so I just left my flat baking sheet heating up while I rolled the dough on parchment paper.
Brush the top of the pizzas with olive oil, spoon the tomato sauce, place the toppings and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake pizza one at a time until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes.
Cold-smoked reindeer meat and black trumpet mushroom topping
- 30 g sliced kylmäsavuporo – cold smoked reindeer meat (I used Lapin Liha sliced roast)
- 50 g (drained weight) black trumpet mushroom preserved in salted water (I used Kaskein Marja mustatorvisieni)
- a knob of unsalted butter
- 1 juniper berry (“katajanmarja”), crushed
- 1 small onion, diced
- fresh ground black pepper
Soak the mushrooms in water to remove the excess of salt. Dry them gently and put aside. Heat the butter in a small skillet and fry the onions until soft and fragrant. Add the mushrooms, the juniper berry and pepper to taste.
Cut the meat into small pieces.
Brush the top of the pizzas with olive oil, spoon the tomato sauce, place the reindeer meat and the mushroom mixture, sprinkle with cheese. Add oregano if desired.
Bake the pizza until the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbling golden, about 10-15 minutes.
Jauheliha pizza topping – pizza “bolognese”
- 200 g minced meat
- 2 small onions, chopped
- dried oregano and basil
- salt and pepper to taste
This is pretty simple. Fry the onions and the meat until golden brown, add the herbs and spices to taste.
Brush the top of the pizzas with olive oil, spoon the tomato sauce, sprinkle the meat mixture and top with cheese. Add oregano if desired.
Bake the pizza until the crust is browned and the cheese golden, about 10-15 minutes.
My notes about the recipe:
One could say there´s no point in writing the recipe, once the ingredients are “exotic”. Remember I said it supposed to be my “food memo” entry? Yep, you are right, I want the recipe for my reference too… (but hey, don’t you think it is entertaining just to read about something different?)
November 22, 2010
When I started the blog I didn’t have a well-shaped idea of what it was supposed to be or look like. The tagline for the title pretty much explains how messy my blog is ^_^.
So… when talking about food, I don’t necessary mean I am going to write and post the recipe for it. Some of the recipes I make use ingredients that are somehow “exotic” or difficult to find… or sometimes they are just food we eat without any further ado. :)
I decided to create a new category for the blog. It will be my “Food memorandum”. With that, I can keep track of what I am cooking (or eating!) and refer back to them when I run out of inspiration.
Shall we begin?
I’d been thinking about shimeji mushrooms for long… I am a dedicated mushroom-lover ♡♥… eeeehehe and could do anything to get them for my recipes. Yes, total truth.
Couple of years ago, when the big supermarket nearby opened its doors I was amazed and happy to find out they carried shimeji mushrooms in their selection, along with the so called “normal” usual mushrooms (small shiitake and button mushrooms). To my disappointment they had it just for the opening event and soon after the mushrooms disappeared.
I am not sure where else I could find shimeji here but the other day I was reading one of my recent discovered blog and was glad to hear a place downtown would possibly have it on its shelves (kiitos – ありがとうございます ^_^ Sari!). Took me a bit to have time to go there but I finally bought one box! Yay to me!
Having a box of “bunapi-shimeji” (white beech mushroom) I just needed to decide what to make with these little cute white shrooms ^_^. Soon after we were having a comforting Udon-suki to warm us up in a cold saturday night :).
About the Udon-suki. Basically it is a sukiyaki, a Japanese hot-pot where meat and vegetables are cooked in a shallow pot filled with sukiyaki broth, with highlight on the udon-noodle. I´ve made it like this because my girls just love udon and they could share the meal with all the family.
You see, nabe (hot pot) style food has a very special meaning to me. It was when we all sat together at table around the pot and shared the meal together. It is something I really appreciated and remember from my childhood. My wish is to pass ahead the same experience to my girls ^_^.