The weather has turned quite…..

….. cold and crispy outside, so why not kick start the week with a simple and basic soup?

I picked up a handful of Jerusalem artichokes yesterday, and I have decided to treat myself to a velvety bowl of soup tonight.

Jerusalem artichokes are nothing like the prickly globe artichokes, and they are not from Jerusalem either, but don’t let that put you off trying one of the great treats of the winter vegetable garden.

Jerusalem artichokes may not look up to much, but beneath that gnarled exterior is a nutty, sweet vegetable that’s a welcome treat in the winter kitchen

Cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup

All you need
30g/1oz butter
½ onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp double cream
water, to cover
salt and freshly ground black pepper
bread, to serve

Do this:
Heat the butter in a saucepan and gently fry the onions until softened but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add the artichokes, cream and enough water to cover the other ingredients. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until the artichokes are tender.

Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth.

To serve, pour the soup into a bowl with a chunk of bread alongside.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 30. January, 2012 kl 10:11

It is Saturday afternoon…..

…..and it is nice to be home again.

I enjoy the afternoon in the glow of the crackling fire, and inside the fridge resides a brilliant never failure: Tiramisu.

The word “Tiramisu” means pick-me-up….. and this irresistible dessert is something that you would definitely enjoy picking up.

It is an innovative, simple and easy recipe….. but this yummy exotic Tiramisu with it’s delicate and intense taste of Baileys, will simply melt in your mouth and you will taste all the flavors at one go, with each flavor complementing each other perfectly.

Tiramisu with Baileys (Serves: 12)

All you need :
350ml espresso coffee (cooled)
250ml Baileys cream liqueur
2 x 200g packets Savoiardi (Italian lady finger) biscuits
2 eggs
75g caster sugar
500g mascarpone
2 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder

Do this:
Mix the coffee with 175ml of the Baileys in a shallow bowl. Dip the biscuits into this liquid; let them soak on each side enough to become damp but not soggy. Line the bottom of a 22cm square glass dish with a layer of biscuits.

Separate the eggs, but keep only one of the whites. Whisk the two yolks and the sugar together until thick and a paler yellow, then fold in the remaining 75ml of Baileys, and the mascarpone to make a floffy mixture.

Whisk the single egg white until thick and frothy. Fold the egg white into the yolky mascarpone, and then spread half of this mixture on top of the layer of biscuits.

Repeat with another layer of soaked Savoiardi, and then top with the remaining mascarpone mixture.

Cover the dish with film and leave in the fridge overnight. When you are ready to serve, push the cocoa powder through a small strainer to dust the top of the tiramisu.

Buon appetito

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 28. January, 2012 kl 17:33

I’m of to Miami;

To enjoy its:

wide sandy beaches bathed in bright sunshine,

….. play golf,

…..and to look at lot’s of wonderful pastel-colored buildings in unique Art Deco.

Miami Beach is a colorful tropic. Not only does Miami Beach have fabulous weather, its unique architecture melds to form a fantastic destination spot filled with history and contemporary fun. It is impossible to ignore the colorful buildings and their effect on the eye and heart.

Miami Beach is home to the United States’ largest concentration of Art Deco Architecture.

Kategorien Holiday, Travel . Skrevet af LE 10. January, 2012 kl 6:27

Today is dark and…..

…..threatens more of rain.

I go out to look down at a flat sea and sigh over a lost summer, it seems like only last week, when the old wooden table outside was laden with strawberry from the rear garden - and fried egg with delicious crisp bacon and toasted bread, sat next to the old bulged coffee pot.

Will that Danish summer weather ever come back again?

….. and will I eat marmalade made from rosehips in the strong rays of the sun beaming through our kitchen window, before winter takes a real hold on us?

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Personally . Skrevet af LE 9. January, 2012 kl 8:58

Christmas has come and…..

….. gone while I was on vacation up north, where the earth is covered with snow and frost.

I hope that you and your loved ones have arrived safely and well into the new year….. and that this year will meet all your hopes and expectations.

Me? I’m back in paradise for a short while, before I continue on to Miami.

Here it’s cold - but not so cold that small dark spring flowers haven’t come up through the soil in our garden (very unusual at this time of year). Self-seeded wild flowers are growing in a little clump by the steps to the grove….. and the sea is the same color as the flowers; a misty grey-blue.

It’s January 8th, the sky is gray, the wind is a cold breeze and small waves puff up against the far cliffs like cigarettes smoke.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Holiday, Personally . Skrevet af LE 8. January, 2012 kl 9:09