Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wrap Around

This was our second dish in the cooking project and I'm tempted to call it food of the God's - well the author of the cookbook has done a mighty fine job combining one delicious ingredient after another... Yum-O! My husband was fond of this dish as well and suggested that the other dressing we usually put on our tortillas also could be good in this wrap - I think we might try that some day as well. 

We got home pretty late, I had forgotten that the chicken had to marinade for 3 hours but we didn't want to eat that late, so I just let it marinade for an hour or so and the result was really good! The soy sauce in the marinade helps to make the chicken tender and it also helps keeping it moist - I don't think it's even possible to dry out this chicken as it is cooked in the leftover marinade. Very delicious!

Well this time Carina was the quick one and posted the recipe before I had even eaten, so I'm just reposting what she has posted.

Wrap Around  

Wrap Around - spinach

For four people you'll need:

4 chicken breasts
1dl Soya sauce
1dl liquid honey

Curry dressing:
1dl yoghurt natural
1dl mayonnaise (I used Miracle Whip Balance 10%)
½ clove of garlic
2 teaspoons of curry powder

1 cucumber
2 apples
50g of baby spinach (I put lettuce in my husband's wraps as he isn't very fond of spinach)
6-8 tortillas

Sesame sprinkle:
100grams of black sesame seeds
100grams of white sesame seeds

Put the chicken breasts in a plastic bag. Stir together soya sauce and honey, and pour it into the plastic bag. Leave it to marinade for at least 3 hours in the fridge (1 hour will do as well). Stir together yoghurt, mayonnaise and finely chopped garlic in a bowl. Season it with curry and salt, then put it in the fridge till you need it.

Preheat the oven to 185C ( about 365F). Put the marinaded chicken breasts into an oven-proof dish and cook them for about 15-20 minutes. Because I only marinaded the chicken for about an hour I turned up the oven to 200C (400F) and let the it cook for about 20 minutes.Take out the chicken breasts and cut it into slices.
Cut the cucumber into long sticks. Remove the core from the apples and cut them into small thin “boats”.

Warm the white sesame seeds on a hot frying pan and mix the black sesame seeds with salt flakes in a bowl. Then add the white sesame seeds.

Warm the tortillas in the oven for about 1 minute. Spread out the curry dressing thinly on the tortilla. Put chicken, apple, cucumber, spinach onto the tortilla and sprinkle some sesame seeds over and wrap it. Bon appetit...  

Take a look at my friends results with this dish HERE

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Potato dish with ham and rosemary

And so our cookbook challenge begins with this fine dish:

Potato dish with ham and rosemary

Well I just picked it, cause it looked easy to make after a long day at work and it was. It took about an hour all together and I don't think that's very long considering that the cooking time is 30 minutes. Personally I loved the way the rosemary, garlic and spinach tasted all mixed together and I think you have to like this combo to like this dish. My husband wasn't very fond of it and I admit it has a very unusual taste, but my taste buds were having a party with every bite. It was mushy underneath all the cheese but that's the only low point.

Now to the recipe, for four people you'll need:

800 grams of potatoes
1 large onion
30 grams of melted butter
salt and pepper
200g fresh spinach (that's what I used and it worked out fine)
1½ teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 cloves of garlic
125-150 grams of your preferred cheese
8 slices of Italian or Spanish salted air-dried ham

Grate the potatoes or cut them into super thin slices and put them in a bowl of cold water right away. Drain them and lay the potatoes out on a piece of cloth and pat them dry. Butter a small baking dish. Finely chop the onion and spread it out evenly with the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Drizzle over the remaining of the butter and hit it with some salt and pepper.

Lay the spinach on top of the potatoes and onions . Sprinkle it with finely chopped rosemary and garlic. If you have leftover celery it would tast good finely chopped in this dish too.

Sprinkle over the cheese and put the baking dish in a cold oven. Turn it on at 200C (400F) and leave it to bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven 15 minutes before it is done and let it cook until it's golden on top. Lay out the pieces of ham on top of the dish before serving. Bon appetit...

Take a look at my friends results with this dish HERE

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The first steps

Now that my friend Carina has arrived safe and sound in Eskilstuna and has made herself familiar with the new surroundings and kitchen and possibly the lack of kitchen utensils (as she is cooking in a kitchen equipped by a guy) we have now decided on which recipes we are starting off with from the two cookbooks. I had the time to browse through them  for real today and we have many exciting recipes to get to and I just got more thrilled the more I read on. I'm soooo looking forward to this little cooking project.

However as Carina supplements her blog about her trip to Sweden I thought I would supplement mine with some of my everyday cooking as well. This way I will challenge myself (and my husband's tastebuds) to keep cooking from all of the different cookbooks I have in my bookcase and try out new blog recipes as well - just look at this collection - I'm only one cookbook away from having the entire Danish collection of Jamie Oliver's cookbooks!

I admit it could be even bigger and I'm working on it! The next collection I will be starting will probably be a Rachael Ray cookbook collection - well actually I have already started it, but as all the recipes are in English, I just have to convert measurements before I can start cooking from it... That box on the second shelf is my Porkert meat mincer - I love it and it saves me a lot of money and hidden fat which we all know is in the pre-minced meat we buy in supermarkets. Thumbs up for Porkert.

Carina and I begin our little project on Wednesday the 26th of May and we hope to have lots of curious readers of our experiences with the first dish...    

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The very beginning

Well I have been cooking for as long as I can remember helping my mother out in the kitchen making all sorts of delicious home cooked meals, preserves, desserts, cakes and what not, so it's not that strange that I do a blog about food.

This is really the beginning of an experiment - my friend Carina is about take a 3 months trip to Sweden to look for a job and inspired by the movie Julie & Julia I came up with the idea that we could cook the same thing from the same recipe and blog about our results, post pictures and recipes. We have purchased the same two cook books: Funky Hverdagsmad ( Funky everyday food ) written by Charlotte Guéniau and Carsten Kyster and Klimakogebogen (The climate cookbook) written by Susanne Engelstoft and our little project is ready to be launched as soon as Carina is settled in Sweden.

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