This morning I was…..

….. surprised by sea-fog.

I was on the beach walking the dogs, and on my way home, I was caught in a curtain of invisibility.

When I arrived home, I looked so pail as if the fog had washed my face with white vapour.

But the sight of the wonderful meal my husband had prepared, brought color back to my cheeks instantly.

Cottage cooking:

Eggs Benedict
All you need:
1 tablespoon white vinegar
8 large eggs
Hollandaise Sauce
1/2 pound (16 slices) Canadian bacon
4 English muffins, split in half, toasted

Do this:
Fill a large saucepan with about 4 inches of water, add vinegar, and bring to a boil. Fill a shallow dish (or pie plate) with warm water. Reduce heat under saucepan to medium, so water is just barely simmering. Break 1 egg at a time into a small heatproof bowl. Gently tip bowl into water; carefully slide egg into water. Repeat with remaining eggs.

When eggs begin to become opaque, remove them from the saucepan with a slotted spoon in the order in which they were added. Transfer the eggs to the dish of warm water.

Prepare the hollandaise sauce, and set aside, keeping it warm.

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add bacon, and cook until well browned on both sides. Divide bacon among the English-muffin halves. For each serving, use a slotted spoon to remove one egg from warm water; set spoon and egg briefly on a clean cloth or paper towel to drain. Gently place the egg on a bacon-topped muffin, and spoon the reserved warm hollandaise sauce over the top.

Hollandaise Sauce

All you need:
3 large egg yolks
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and hot

Do this:
Place the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water on low heat. Place yolks, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender with 1/4 cup water. Puree until smooth. While machine is running, slowly drizzle in hot butter. Use immediately, or transfer to double boiler and keep warm over very low heat, whisking occasionally. Do not allow mixture to get too hot, or it may curdle.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 11. September, 2011 kl 10:00

It’s a lovely day here in paradise;

….. wild broom’s of yellow flowers is growing in the lawn, like small sun-drops. Sage and misty-blue rosemary borders the path to the terrace, spreading its fragrant scents to all corners of the garden, reminding us that even though autumn is knocking on the door, late summer is still in full swing.

High summer blends almost imperceptibly into late summer: the end of August and the beginning of September, when the Lion turns to the Virgin, and we switched to my favorite season, loved for it’s wonderful clear blue sky, the empty beach and of course it’s fruit.

Cottage cooking:

Apple cake is popular throughout Scandinavia, especially during the fall when the new apple harvest is coming in. This simple, moist, rich cake really hits the spot.

Apple-Pie Cake

All you need:
2 cups flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
5 pounds (about 12) tart apples (such as Granny Smith)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Do this:
In a large bowl, combine butter (cut in to small cubes) flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Press 2/3 the mixture into a 9-inch spring form (and up the side).

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Peel apples, cut into thin slices, and place in a bowl. Toss apple slices with remaining teaspoon cinnamon and lemon juice, and put them in the prepared pan, pressing down gently as you pack them in. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and let the cake cool in the pan to set. Serve at room temperature.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 10. September, 2011 kl 15:11