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Archive for World Food

Rinderrouladen with Sweet Potaoes, Mushrooms and Steamed  Broccoli  (Click on all photos for full size)

Rinderrouladen with Sweet Potaoes, Mushrooms, Pickled Red Cabbage and Steamed Broccoli
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Finally, I made another German dish. It’s a classic one, however I added a little twist, rolling in even more yummy goodness.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5

Cottage Pie – England
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A bubbling sizzling Cottage Pie is ready to be served. let me add to the age-old British debate, what’s the difference between Cottage Pie and Shepherds Pie? From what I understand, Shepherds Pie is made with minced lamb, whereas Cottage Pie is made with minced beef.

Traditionally, a British housewife would make a Cottage Pie the day after the Sunday roast. Of course the roast was beef with vegetables. So, she would cut up finely all the ingredients, make a little roux or use gravy left overs, mix it all up, and then spread a layer of mashed potatoes over it and let it all brown up in the oven.

I decided to check up a variety of top British chefs, such as Delia Smith and others, pick out all the ingredients they offered (meaning, I actually stuck to the *overall* British recipe), and assembled my own dish. Thus, for example, one of the chefs I consulted, mentioned tomato paste, others tomato ketchup, or a tin of tomatoes others just chopped fresh tomatoes. I decided to use both fresh chopped tomatoes and a tin of chopped ones. However, previously I used freshly chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. What I am saying is, what I am offering here is what I and my dinner guests enjoyed, however it’s just a guideline. Just like, for certain, most British housewives made their own variation the day after the Sunday roast.

I took this mini micro video just before serving. Next time I shall use the camera in the horizontal / landscape way 😉 (if you increase the volume, you’ll actually hear it sizzling)

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Rating 3.00 out of 5

German lentil Soup

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The lentil soup is pretty much a family staple food in Germany. Although this is a classic soup / one-pot-dish, every family has their own variants re the ingredients, meaning every family develops their own traditions how they like their lentil soup best.

For some it’s just soupy with lentils and sausages, for others it’s a full blown meal with loads of veggies in it. Here is my version of it with suggestions as my Bavarian grandmother would cook it: with “Speck”.

(Although Wikipedia traces its origins to Austria and Italy, Speck is very traditional to Germany. It is not for the super lean cuisine conscious folk, but I challenge anyone who experiences the delicious and mouth watering cooking smells wafting enticingly through the home not to develop a very healthy and hearty appetite!!

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
Jan
06

Ghanaian Peanut Soup – spicy hot

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Ghanaian - West African - Peanut Soup

This recipe originally was given to me by my Ghanaian friend, Patricia, but I needed to tweak it to suit my taste buds (read: add more chillies and give it more oompf!!). My dear friend still thinks she should tone down the spiciness for her Caucasian food lover … not so, please! I prefer a wild taste bud party with fire!

I have also discovered that this dish is ideally suited for a large slow cooker and cooked for best part of a day on a low heat. That way the chilli spiciness is not harsh but mellows in beautifully and allowing all the flavours to mature and blend nicely.

If you’re up for an unusual peanut soup with chicken or any poultry, here is the recipe:

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Rating 3.00 out of 5

Earl Grey Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Icing

Today, my daughter Charis baked two lots of cupcakes, and I acted as her chef’s assistant, plus taking pictures. Here are the Earl Grey cupcakes with a really delicious lemon buttercream icing.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
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Jul
14

Moroccan Mint Tea

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Moroccan Mint Tea

It was a Moroccan themed food evening that concluded with the ubiquitous mint tea.

The main meal was delicious: Moroccan lamb stuffed aubergines, and I should have added the recipe here to my food blog. The problem was that I managed to take absolutely abysmal photos. The aubergines looked more like dismembered unfortunate caterpillars. Well my dinner guests, who absolutely loved the flavours and the food, suggested that I should make that dish again *soon* and then take better pictures. 😉

Anyway, here is the recipe for the Moroccan mint tea:

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Rating 2.00 out of 5
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Spanish Rice with Chicken

Well, Germany did not win the World Cup, yesterday, Spain did. Congratulations and well done for a great team performance! Actually, lucky me, I have more Spanish family than German family, so there was still a reason for celebrating!

So, here is my version of Spanish Rice

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
Jul
11

Basic Streuselkuchen

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Basic German Streuselkuchen (with yeast)

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My daughter Charis was supposed to have baked cupcakes today, but changed her mind after a late night 😉 So, as there was plenty of butter in my kitchen, I thought I’d knock up a Streuselkuchen (crumble cake).

It has a light and moist yeast base and a really yummy crunchy buttery crumble topping. next time I’ll add some fruit into it.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
Categories : Baking, Germany, World Food
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Jul
05

Basic Classic German Marzipan Cake

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Basic Marzipan Cake

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This is a very basic marzipan cake, a classic basic German cake which is firmer and more dense than the English sponge cake. I shall be experimenting with various additions of fruit and/or nuts, as I have so many delicious cake recipes in my German cookery book and folder with old recipes from my mother, etc.

Anyway, many, many years ago I made this cake as a birthday cake for my son. He is really keen on marzipan, so he requested this cake recently.

I have a terrible admission to make: I had not baked in nearly two decades, and for some reason amidst moving homes my baking equipment got either sadly missing or was thrown out due to not working anymore. I tend to focus on spicy, savoury dishes, so baking had never been my forté, even though I produced some pretty awesome cakes in the past. This I will need to change and get myself back into baking again (maybe invest in some decent equipment ….)

Anyway, after all this time, this cake is my first *again*

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Rating 3.80 out of 5
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Jul
04

Simple Hummus – Home Made

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Just a simple straight forward hummus

Well over two decades ago, I was invited to snoop around in the kitchen of a well known local Greek Cypriot restaurant (Hummus is NOT a Greek-Greek dish). I was then shown how they made their hummus, and I did my own according to that recipe ever since. To my mind, once you tased fresh flavours you really do not want commercial artificial flavoured hummus any more.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
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Jul
04

Baba Ghannouj (Eggplant / Aubergine Dip)

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Yummy Baba-Ghannouj

Eggplants or aubergines are nicely alkalizing, so this will be one of the first of many recipes I will add here.

This is the first time I made Baba Ghannouj (pronounced something like: babaga’noosh) it’s very nice and actually quite similar to Hummus, just made with eggplants or aubergines.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
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Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly, London - Christmas shop window decoration. The theme was 12 Days of Christmas

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Christmas time, to me, has a serene and serious meaning of remembering the joy of Christ pouring out His love to this world, whether He was actually born on the 25th of December is irrelevant ….. Christmas also has a certain childlike magic to me of fairytales and a lot of fun. In London there is a fabulous shop, one of my favourites, Fortnum & Mason at Piccadilly (very expensive, though!). It usually has spectacular window displays, so here is one I took a photo of. Granted it’s not a duck but a goose, but it will have to suffice.

Actually, in Germany, the traditional Christmas bird to roast is not a turkey but a goose. Sometimes people also use ducks, so this recipe is for a duck.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5

Piping hot Cornish Pasty - nose and taste buds tantalizing pure West-Country delight!

Late Grandma Pengelly, my former mother-in-law, took great pains to teach me how to make a proper Cornish pasty as enjoyed generations back. In fact it must have been the first and most important Cornish family tradition to pass on to the then new daughter-in-law.

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
Jul
01

Ghanaian Goat Curry

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Goat Curry Ingredients .... as I learnt them from my Ghanaian friend

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Since 1988, I’ve had strong connections with Africans and I am happy to say that some dear friendships resulted which have lasted till today.

Needless to say, I was also enjoying their generosity when it came to new and interesting foods. So here is one recipe I made many times at home and has become my own family favourite.

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Rating 4.00 out of 5

Easter Decorations in Germany

There is nothing quite like celebrations, great family times and good food and fun … plus the tantalising anticipation time when you’re a kid!

Well, during the Lent time prior to Easter, as a kid I used to get busy with my mother’s help to create some delightful home decorations. To those of you who have a creative streak, decorating Easter eggs is such a fun thing to do!

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Rating 3.00 out of 5
Jul
01

Stollen

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Sumptious moist Stollen

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With or without Marzipan

Traditionally Stollen is baked at Christmas AND Easter. It’s the same recipe. The only difference is that at Easter you have it for breakfast and is eaten together with hard boiled eggs and home cooked smoked ham, unusual combination but really delicious. Well, this is how my Bavarian grandmother always did it, and I have kept the tradition.

Stollen was as important in my family as pasty was to my in-law family from Cornwall. My mother was one of five sisters, so there was always great competition who baked the best stollen …. My preference was always the one my aunt Carla made. Of course I never dared to admit that whilst my mother was alive!!

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Rating 2.50 out of 5

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