Hi….. how was your…..

….. weekend? Me yes….. I guess the queen of false promises has returned….. each time, in fact, more and more time passes between a post and the following one - I am a genius of evil, no doubt about it!

But what can I say, summer took me, and so did miles of travelling to the outer edge of Denmark this weekend, a birthday party with my family, a day at the beach and lazy hours with a glass of iced rosé wine…..

But it’s not that I cook less than usual (on the contrary, in fact), but certainly I document less and, as you can see (photo below), with a minor (could we say nonexistent?! Let’s say nonexistent) aesthetic eye. Maybe it’s the hot weather or the weekend mood - NO - I’m lazier, and I admit it without any problems….. quite the opposite, almost with a sense of pride!

The recipe I am presenting you today, is a summer classic, it’s easy to make, very quick and cold: it doesn’t require an oven or stove (just the fridge, my friends) and you’d need only very basic kitchen equipment, but you’ll have a fresh and delicious dessert, “low fat” and suitable for all palates.

Well, I post less and less, but I hope to make it up to you with some ideas to facilitate you in these hot days.

Tiramisu-semifreddo

All you need:
4 organic eggs
85 g (3 ¼ oz) caster sugar
250 ml (8 fl oz) whipping cream
250 g (9 oz) mascarpone cheese
100 ml (3 ½ fl oz) marsala wine
12 Savoyard biscuits
150 ml (5 fl oz) espresso coffee

Separate the egg yolks from the whites (without getting any yolk in the whites).

Whisk the yolks with half the sugar in a bowl until white and fluffy.

Whip the cream until fluffy and fold it into the egg mixture.

Whip the egg whites with the rest of the sugar until white and stiff in a dry and clean bowl. Carefully fold this into the egg mixture.

Whisk the mascarpone with the marsala wine and carefully fold it together with the yolk, the whipped cream and the whipped egg whites.

Line a rectangular bread tin with cling film.

Put a little of the ice cream mixture into the bottom and dip one biscuit at a time into the cold espresso. Place a layer of biscuits in the tin and top with some of the ice cream. Repeat the procedure again.

Lightly hit the tin against the table so any air bubbles disappear. Freeze it for 3-4 hours so that it is “half frozen”; it should be a little soft in the middle.

Turn out the tiramisu and remove the cling film. Powder with cocoa.

Enjoy!

Kategorien Comfort, Cottage Life / Cooking, Kitchen & food, Recipes, Weekend . Skrevet af LE 20. August, 2012 kl 8:47

As I’m planning my…..

….. summer holiday, I find myself missing Paris more and more (the weather forecast promises rain well into the future).

So right now we’re leaning towards visiting a place where the sun shines (and summer always remind me of my time in Paris and Italy). Looking at old photos and recalling the vivid colors and sounds of the cities brighten my feelings of nostalgia. Sometimes I forget what I saw or breathed in, until I browse through my pictures. The major sites stick out to me, but it’s the little things, like this creme brulee, that makes my memory gloss over.

I’m sure many of us travel and store thousands of digital photos tucked away in our computers, most never making it to the print world. Like the saying of the tree falling in the forest, what happens to a photo or a memory that is never looked at again? In addition to sharing this storie, I want to use this post as a visual space to showcase and bring life to one of my “lost” captured travel moments……

….. perhaps it will feel like visiting Paris all over again.

Have a great weekend.

Crème Brûlée a classic French recipe

All you need:
500ml double cream
1 vanilla pod
100g caster sugar (plus extra for the topping)
4 egg yolks
1 whole egg

Do this:
Preheat the oven to 125 degrees Celsius

Pour the cream into a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds into the cream. Chop the empty pod into bits, and add these too. Bring to boiling point, then turn off the heat and put a lid on. Leave to infuse for five to ten minutes.

Beat the sugar and all the eggs together in a large heat-proof bowl until pale and creamy. Bring the cream back to boiling point, then pour over the egg mixture, whisking all the time until thickened - this indicates that the eggs have begun to cook slightly (you should have a smooth custard the consistency of double cream - a grainy texture means it’s been overcooked and you’ll have to start all over again).

Strain through a fine sieve into a large jug, then use this to fill 6 ramekins about two thirds full.

Place the ramekins in a large roasting tray and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up their sides. Place on the centre shelf and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the custards are just set and still a bit wobbly in the middle.

Remove from the water and allow to cool (to room temperature).

When you’re ready to serve, evenly sprinkle one teaspoon caster sugar over the surface of each Crème, then caramelise with a blowtorch. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes…..

….. and then enjoy one of France’s greatest contributions to eating pleasure!

Kategorien Culture, Kitchen & food, Personally, Recipes, Weekend . Skrevet af LE 6. July, 2012 kl 10:57

Just wanted to remind you…..

….. that today is the last day before the weekend. I swear I feel like this week has just flown by!

What do you plan to do with your weekend?

I have a pretty busy weekend ahead of me, so I don’t have much time for cooking etc.

This is why I post this wonderful and fast recipe, for a scrumptious risotto combining pancetta and peas (easy comfort food which will be a sure hit on a hectic Friday).

Pancetta and pea risotto

All you need:
175 g pancetta, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
225 g risotto rice
1/2 wineglass dry white wine
900 ml chicken stock
175 g frozen peas, defrosted
1 cup Parmesan cheese
a little butter

Do this
Place the pancetta in a non-stick pan over medium heat and cook until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to one side.

Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic until softened but not brown. Add the rice and stir to coat well. Pour over the wine and bubble until absorbed, stirring with a wooden spoon.

Add a ladle of stock and continue stirring over medium heat until absorbed. Add pancetta to the pan with next ladleful and continue stirring until absorbed. Season and continue adding stock until the rice is just tender and creamy.

Stir in the peas and add the final ladle of stock, stirring until absorbed and the peas are cooked.

Stir in the Parmasan cheese and butter just before serving.

Enjoy

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes, Weekend . Skrevet af LE 13. April, 2012 kl 8:49

Hey it’s Friday

This weekend, I was originally planning on just hanging out at home……

….. but suddenly it seems as though my weekend has become very busy.

Friday: golf (with the girls) followed by dinner.

Saturday: enjoy a cozy babacue with good friends.

Sunday: a trip with my friend and mother to Louisiana (they have Picasso on the program right now).

After that? I’m not too sure what we have planned. Actually, I don’t think we’re doing anything at all. I foresee lots of television watching Sunday evening….. or, perhaps I finish reading my book, “Water for Elephants”. I’m trying to finish it before I see the movie!

The book: It’s one of those good ones that I haven’t been able to put down!

The author: this lady can write the socks off most of the authors I’ve been reading lately.

The movie: It’s not very often that I anticipate the movie over the book - but with a cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and the formidable Christoph Waltz (If there’s a better August out there, I’ve not seen him), who can ask for more?

….. so perhaps Director Francis Lawrence is gonna be hard pressed not to make the adaptation better than the book itself. Well judge for yourself!

Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a good one!

Kategorien Culture, Weekend . Skrevet af LE 13. May, 2011 kl 9:51

What are your plans…..

….. for this weekend?

I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with mine.

I don’t have to work this weekend, so I may take another day trip, or depending on the weather, maybe visit the beach!

But one thing is fixed, a few of our friends will drop by Sunday, so we are planning to fire up the grill, and enjoy a few hours in their lovely company.

Hope you have a good one!

Kategorien Weekend . Skrevet af LE 6. May, 2011 kl 9:44

Today I decided…..

….. to start a new spring ritual…..

It’s called “open up all the windows in the house, pour a big glass of wine and eat handfuls of chips straight out of the bag.” It is highly recommended.

I spend all day in the garden, getting everything spring ready….. and it looks great…… so now I am ready to stretch out on the couch.

Wishing you lots of sunshine and warmth this week.

Love Lizzy

Kategorien Weekend . Skrevet af LE 1. May, 2011 kl 17:55

How is your day going?

This morning: snow / raindrops…… coffee…… and a renewed sense that everything is going to be okay!

….. a long walk with my dog’s…. exercise, coffee and good dog-walking = win-win-win.

….. tonight: a heaping bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese, a glass of wine, and continued daydreams of my upcoming trip to LA 

Spaghetti Bolognese (serves 6-8)
(Less than 30 mins preparation time - 1 to 2 hours cooking time)

All you need:
2 tbsp olive oil or sun-dried tomato oil from the jar
6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, chopped
2 large onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1kg/2¼lb lean minced beef
2 large glasses of red wine
2×400g cans chopped tomatoes
1×290g jar antipasti marinated mushrooms, drained
2 fresh or dried bay leaves
1 tsp dried oregano or a small handful of fresh leaves, chopped
1 tsp dried thyme or a small handful of fresh leaves, chopped
Drizzle balsamic vinegar
12-14 sun-dried tomato halves, in oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A good handful of fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
800g-1kg/1¾-2¼lb dried spaghetti
Lots of freshly grated parmesan, to serve

Do this:
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and fry the bacon until golden over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, frying until softened. Increase the heat and add the minced beef. Fry it until it has browned, breaking down any chunks of meat with a wooden spoon. Pour in the wine and boil until it has reduced in volume by about a third. Reduce the temperature and stir in the tomatoes, drained mushrooms, bay leaves, oregano, thyme and balsamic vinegar.

Either blitz the sun-dried tomatoes in a small blender with a little of the oil to loosen, or just finely chop before adding to the pan. Season well with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer the Bolognese sauce over a gentle heat for 1-1½ hours until it’s rich and thickened, stirring occasionally. At the end of the cooking time, stir in the basil and add any extra seasoning if necessary.

Remove from the heat to ’settle’ while you cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water (for the time stated on the packet). Drain and divide between warmed plates. Scatter a little parmesan over the spaghetti before adding a good ladleful of the Bolognese sauce, finishing with a scattering of more cheese and a twist of black pepper.

Tip: Any leftovers will taste even better the next day.

Have a lovely weekend
Lizzy

Kategorien Lizzy says, Recipes, Weekend . Skrevet af LE 18. March, 2011 kl 9:56

What are you up to this weekend?

This afternoon, I will driving out to my brothers house to have a barbecue, and enjoy a beautiful Friday. He and his wife live on a “ranch”, so I’m super excited to explore the grounds, and befriend all their sheep!

I hope you have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend!

Kategorien Weekend . Skrevet af LE 25. February, 2011 kl 12:33

I’ve been waiting for…..

Friday to hurry up and get here all week.

I need a break from work, so that I can catch up on all the other stuff I’ve got on my to-do list!

Have a relaxing weekend for me, cause mine’s gonna fly right by.

Love

Lizzy

Kategorien Weekend . Skrevet af LE 4. February, 2011 kl 9:02

Hope your weekend will be…..

….. full of sun and relaxation!

My cold has decided to let up, so I’m looking forward to actually being able to enjoy these next couple of days off!

….. doing things like: sleep, maybe read a book, test a new recipe….. more sleep …. well I’m just going to relax all weekend!

What are your plans for this weekend?

Love

Lizzy

Kategorien Weekend . Skrevet af LE 14. January, 2011 kl 9:18

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