Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cherries at Obsthof Schröder

Hubby and me love cherries. Every year we waited patiently for summer and once the cherries hit the market, we drive to Altes Land - a suburb area of Hamburg, where the orchards are located. Usually we bought our cherries in a small shop called Im Apfelgarten. Last year we drive a bit farther away and found another orchard which offer cherries for picking. We were so excited and brought 6 months old Fitzie there. Fitzie just sat in her buggy and probably suffered from the heat. While we, the parents, ate and enjoyed cherries. 

This year we visit them again and Fitzie can walk around and even picked the cherries herself. She ate so much cherries that we were afraid her tummy will burst. Okay that's a joke but really her tummy was so firm and all my friends were astonish that she can eat continuously like that. 

Right the cherries, here they are; Ripe and plump, ready to be picked. 



Here's the yield of the day. We picked 12 kg of Cherries. There were five of us and we divided them equally at the end of the day. If you are curios how my foot looks like. the foot on top in a black canvas shoe is actually mine. 

The white bucket with the black cherries is the species called valeska. Very dark, very sweet and intense. 

Underneath them are Knupper Cherries which are lighter in colour, sweet with a hint of sourness, very fresh and have firm flesh. Needless to say our favourite type. Therefore four buckets full of these Cherries. 


The owner of this orchard. Herr Schröder and his family are very kind and friendly. If you visit with children, he kindly saw branches for the children so that the kiddies do not need to climb the ladder. You see, cherry trees can be quite high. And he always kindly invite his guests to snack on the cherries. He says don't just pick the cherries, you need to taste them too. And in the end, when we went out to weigh the cherries, they always give some extras, we actually picked 11,8kg but they just ignore the 800gr and ask us to pay 11kg. 

Their rustic and small shop is also so cute. They sell the freshest and most delicious apple juice ever and they also bake cakes and German sour dough bread directly in the shop in an old wood oven. You can imagine how heavenly their shop smells. They also sell jams, wines and various organic veggies from their garden. I bought a giant cucumber for 1 euro and a bucket of fresh summer potatoes for 3 euro. They are exactly my perfect family out of my childhood Enid Blyton's books. So if you are in Hamburg Area and want to find an idyllic getaway. This is the ideal place. 

Obsthof Schröder
Hinterbrack 6
21635 Jork

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lindt Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake

My dear neighbour, Ute, gave us 3 Lindt Gold Bunny this Easter. 

Fitzie loved to play with them, there're bells which chimed prettily and she loved to threw them onto the floor and picked them again. Surprisingly those bunnies are really robust. She played with them for three months until last Saturday. One of them broke. I thought, now it's the time to bake a cake with it. I've been saving the dark chocolate for this: 



Lindt Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake


200 gr high quality dark Chocolate (2 Lindt Easter Bunny 60% Dark Chocolate)
125 gr butter 
125 gr sugar 
2 Tsp almond flour (fine grounded almond)
6 eggs separated
Fresh strawberries and icing sugar for decoration 

Melt dark chocolate with butter in a double boiler. If you dare, heat them in the microwave or directly in the pot. I love to multi-task so it's easier for me to slowly melt them on top of hot water.  

Heat your oven to 190°C and butter a baking form. 

Boil water in a kettle and pour them into a baking sheet. Heat the water in the ofen. It's for a French baking method called Bain Marie. 

While waiting the chocolate and butter melts to cool off. Beat egg white till soft peaks form.

Once the chocolate and butter cools off, mixed in sugar, almond flour and egg yolks.

Gently fold in the egg white meringue to the chocolate mixture in three separate steps. 

Transfer the batter to the buttered form and bake bain marie for 40 minutes. You will see the cake rises.

After the cake is done, don't take them out directly but wait till it cools off a bit then take them out of the oven. Direct temperature change shocks the cake and will make them shrink. In the end the cake will shrink a bit too. But it will still have some volume. 

Decorate with strawberries and icing sugar.

The cake is dense with chocolate flavour, soft and fluffy. Hubby complained that the structure is almost similar to mousse au chocolat and he prefered cake which has more structure. But hey it's souffle cake. It should be creamy and fluffy. I love it the way it is. If not for the calories I'll eat half of the cake in one eating. 













Saturday, July 5, 2014

French toast topped with strawberry and vanilla sauce

We picked strawberries last weekend. It was so much fun, we were so full after that and went home with almost 3 kg of strawberries. I made jars of jam out of it and eat the rest of it just like that. Nothing beats fresh strawberries directly out of the farm. Well maybe fresh cherries but it's stuff for next week. 

Anyway for breakfast I made this, French toast topped with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of vanilla sauce


French Toast


Slices of old bread, I had Ciabatta so I used them
1 egg
a splash of milk
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs butter
Strawberries
Vanilla sauce (My favourite is Matilde but this time I was testing the one from zum Dorfkrug, very yummy too) 

Beat egg, add in milk and sugar.
Soak slices of bread into the custard
Heat a pan and melt the butter, put in the mushy bread and pan fry them into golden brown.
Put half of strawberries on top and drizzle with vanilla sauce

Oh and that's Donald Duck Frühstücksbrett, which I bought at Butler's. I just love it, makes me smile every morning 


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Guacomole and Caipirinha for World Cup Brazil

It's World Cup Time and we diligently watch each and every German match. For the Germany vs USA game last Wednesday I made this: Guacomole with nachos and Caipirinha

Guacamole

2 ripe Hess avocado
1 small shallot
3 cherry tomatoes
1 lime
a sprinkle of dried chili flakes
sugar and salt to taste

Mashed the avocado
Cut the shallot, cherry tomatoes and mixed in to the mashed avocado
Season with salt, sugar and lime juice 

Caipirinha

1 lime, quartered
2 Tbs brown cane sugar
4 ml Cachaca
Lots of iced

Put in sugar and quartered lime into a Caipirinha glass and crash them with Caipirinha stock
Fill the glass with ice
Measure 4 ml Cachaca and pour it into the glass
Wait till the ice melt a bit but not to much and start to sip


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Simple penne aglio e olio for lunch

Fitzie is now one and half year old. How time flies, I can still remember the day she was born and how small I thought she was. Now she's almost walking and loves to eat so much that I need to control her portion. Otherwise she will eat eat and eat. 

Nowadays when I cook, I try to plan food that Fitzie can eat along with me too, preferably something she can grab herself so I don't need to feed her. It's not so easy to find such meal but here is one which is perfect for both of us. Penne Aglio e Olio for her and Penne Aglio e Olio con Pepperoncino for me. Honestly I just drizzle my home made chili oil on top of the pasta and that's all. 


The recipe is actually so simple and since I'm not Italian, I don't think I'm even suited to write this, But hey, I think my Penne tastas delicious. 

Penne Aglio e Olio


1/2 Package of Barilla Penne Rigate (around 200 gr)
Generous amount of Olive oil
3 cloves of Garlic
1 Cup of grated Grana Padano and Pecorino Romano
Chili oil (for my version of Penne Aglio e Olio con Peperoncino)
Basil for garnishing

Heat up a pan and drizzle generous amount of very good olive oil. I don't have Italian EVOO so I used the one I brought from Graz, South France, which "gasps" shouldn't actually be heated up. But hey since I'm not Italian I think this will do. 

Put in minced garlic and slowly heat the oil and garlic till the garlic started to color. Transfer to a big bowl.

Cook Penne according to the package instruction. I used Barilla, cause my Italian neigbhour in Berlin, Lara, swore on Barilla. She never bought anything else. So I follow her suit and only buy Barilla. Back to Penne cooking, It says 11 minutes but Fitzie was eating this penne with me so I added extra 2 minutes so that Fitzie could bite her pasta easily. 

After the penne is done, work quickly, drain them and transfer them to the bowl with garlic oil, throw in the grated grana padano and pecorino romano. Let the heat of the penne melt the cheese and quickly toss them to incorporate all components. Lightly salt the finished pasta. 


Dish up, garnish with some basil, Fitzie can eat her pasta now and for me some extra chili oil for heat

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Persian Kubideh at Padideh

Let me present my new favourite Persian Restaurant in Hamburg ..... *drum rolls* Padideh in Eilbek. We just found this one coincidentally, we drove around that area and saw Persian Restaurant. Hubby and me thought let's give them a try. So we went in. The restaurant is spacious and clean. We take a peek at the menu. Yes! our favourite lamb kebab Kubideh is on the menu. And we ordered them right away. 

First we were served some appetizers. Flat bread with crumbly cheese, some herbs (parsley and mint), sad looking radish and sweet crunchy onion. 


Here is how they are assembled. Take one piece of the flat bread, cut some of the cheese put some herb and roll them. Fresh and cheesy. We always save the herb for later use. Because we like to combine the lamb with parsley and mint so we never eat much of the appetizers


Then here comes the main dish. The Kebab Kubideh. Whenever we eat Persian food, this is the only dish we ordered. Mainly because this reminds us of our student time in Berlin. We used to eat at El-Reda and their famous kebab kubideh for €3,50 was one of our fondest memories of Berlin. 

So for the sake of our remembrance we always order kebab kubideh. Lamb Kubideh in papideh is surely not €3,50 but still very cheap for Hamburg's standard. €7,00 and you get two lamb skewers, one tomato, appetizer and heap of rice. 



Of course the only way to enjoy the rice is to put tab of butter on top of it and let it melt it by the heat of the rice. The basmati rice is airy and fluffy, combined with the melted butter. I think I can simply eat the rice as it is. 


But no! look at those juicy lamb, how can I say no to this. Mix mix with some of the drippings and charcoaled tomato. This dish is just so purrfeeectt. We were transferred back to our student time. Summer night eating this similar dish in front of the restaurant enjoying cool summer breeze. 


And here's Fitzie enjoying her piece of flat bread. No she's not asleep she's concentrating on putting the bread into her mouth. 


Padideh 

Hammer Steindamm 51
Eilbek Hamburg


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Homey Japanese Meal

Whenever I'm planning a menu for my family I will plan a coordinated menu, If it's Kimchi Jigaee, I will surely buy kimchi and prepare other ban chans. If it's spaghetti then we will eat salat and open up a wine. If it's Soto ayam then I will buy kerupuk and brew some sweet jasmine tea. So it's not a surprise when I feel like Chicken Karaage I will prepare cucumber salad, Hiya Yakko and Miso Soup to complete the meal. I even bought umeboshi just so that I can put it on top of my rice. 


Here are some close upsof the meal. Chicken Karaage with lemon slice


Rice with umeboshi, 
Cold tofu with shaved bonito, grated ginger and sliced green onions as toppings.
Miso soup with tofu and green onions


Cold cucumber salad with sesame seeds. 


For Recipe: I followed all the recipes from Just One Cookbook. Nami is really such a great cook and all her pictures are so pretty. So I don't think I can take the credit. So I will just redirect you to her awesome website. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lemon Grass Turmeric Chicken - Ayam Kuning

After Fitzie is born, we rarely eat out. We still do but not with the gusto that we had. One of the reason is because bringing a baby is really not easy. So I cook more and try to replicate many intricate Indonesian delicacies and I must say most of times it's a success. For a Chinese born Indonesian like me Indonesia food is like a mystery with all those tons of spices. I used to take a short cut and bought packets of instant spices and use it whenever hubby wanted his Javanese food. But now I can proudly say bye bye bumbu indofood and hello fresh spices and dishes free of benzoate. 

The reason I felt so proud about this recipe is because my mom, like me also Chinese born Indonesian, never cook this from scratch at home. Yes we have Ayam Kuning very often at home but it's because my mom always bought in the wet market and deep fried it for us. Whenever she went to the wet market she bought 10-12 pieces and keep it in the fridge. It's her emergency dish whenever she needs something to round up the dinner table. I never asked her, why she never bothered to cook it from scratch. Don't get me wrong. She's a superb cook but she specialized in South East Asian Chinese Cooking. Her dried shrimp fried rice and crabs simmered in tauco are two dishes impregnated deep inside my mind. I can describe them so precisely and vividly even after all these years. 

My take on this ayam kuning is the one without deep frying. I hate deep frying, all those mess and smell. And ayam kuning tastes good even without so why bother. But that's me, deep fry them if you want please and you will be rewarded with crispy skins. 



Lemon Grass Turmeric Chicken - Ayam Kuning


1 Whole Chicken - 1,3 kg cut them into smaller pieces
3 - 4 stalks Lemon Grass, cut them into smaller sections
Basil leaves for decorating
Vegetable oil 

Grounded Spices:
10 shallots
5 garlic
2 chilies
6 kemiri nuts
1/2 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 Tsp vegetable oil

The processes are simple.
Ground all those spices in a food processor. When you see it has become yellow mud then it's done. I think I ground mine for 2 minutes. 

Then heat up a pan or dutch oven, pour in generous amount of vegetable oil.

Put in the lemon grass, fry them for 1 minutes or two till you smell wonderfully lemony smell in the kitchen then pour in the grounded spice and fry them for some more them time

Fry them till the spices has become darker and your kitchen smell aromatically. Then put the chicken pieces with their skin side directly on the hot pan and cover. 

Lower the heat and let it simmers. If it's too dry pour in 1 glass of water. Taste, I find 1 tsp of salt is not salty enough so most of times I add another 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of salt again. 

That's all actually. It's basically done. Simmers for some time until the oil from the chicken comes out automatically and the sauce has thickened. Serve them with steamed rice and slicec cucumber. 

If you want to do an extra work, take out the chicken and deep fry them. The sauce can be recycled by putting pieces of tofu and tempeh. Simmers the tofu and tempeh in the sauces for around 20 minutes and you can deep fry the yellowish tofu and tempeh too. Personally I don't bother, I like to drench my rice with the sauce so I never even bother to recycle them.

Happy Cooking




Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happi Sushi ... Klein aber Fein

I like my food to be prepared authentically by natives. For examples, Pho by Vietnamese, Dim Sum by Hongkongnese, Xiao Long Bao by Shanghainese and of course Sushi by Japanese. That's why I detest all those weird so called sushi made by either Chinese or Vietnamese. I don't mean to be a food snob but I prefer quality than quantity. 

So I was excited and happy to know that Happi Sushi is a real Japanese Imbiss. It's pretty small and straightforward. A refrigerator on the left, few high tables and high chairs on the right, then a counter and a kitchen at the back end. The waitress and the cooks are all Japanese; you know tiny, extremely friendly with their greetings and smiles. 

Located in the heart of Hamburg, this is the place where you want to grab a quick lunch during your shopping spree. So in case you just finished shopping say in BCBG or Chanel. Take a turn around the corner and enjoy yourself a casual lunch at Happi Sushi. 

For Lunch the offer lunch menu and I ate a very good udon soup with some sushis and very tasty salad with wafu dressing. All this costs €10.90. Perfect for a quick lunch. The udon soup is garnished with spinach, wakame, a slice of Tofu skin and some green onions. The broth is a tad too sugary sweet for me but a spoonful of shimichi helps to spice up the whole thing. The udon is chewy just the way like I like it. I have 10 pieces of sushis, the fishes are cut too thin in my opinion. But they are fresh so I approve. 


Here take a closer look at the sushi; From left top, salmon, salmon tartare, omelette, tuna, pickled cucumber, cucumber, tuna salad, cucumber again, tuna and california roll. 


Udon with spinach, wakame and tofu skin. 


Here's how the kitchen looks like. Like i said, it's tiny. As I was leaving the chef and owner, I presume, were working together with a younger man tearing iceberg salad leaves. Talking about hand made here. 

My favorite place to gawk is actually this. Their refrigerator with various sushis to take away. All of them look so good that I think I want to try everything there. They offer interesting toppings like salmon teriyaki, seared tuna, ebi fry, marinated lotus roots, salmon tartare and other stuffs that I already forgot. 


Happi Sushi

Valentinskamp 18
20354 Hamburg
U-Gänsemarkt

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rhubarb Two Ways

It's Spring!!! I love spring, the weather is getting warmer, flowers and trees are blossoming, nature fresh products are on the market. Spring means for me rhubarb time. I was so curios about rhubarb, the first time I saw them, I was wondering, what is this bright pink stalks. I asked around to other Indonesians. No one can give an answer. A Holland friend told me to make a compote out of it. It was surely interesting. Sour, sweet and tangy. Love every bite. 

Since then, every time rhubarb season hits the market. I always buy a bunch and make compote out of. As years gone by I know that they are very tasty as marmalade too. Then rhubarb's juice hits the market. It was so tasty that I made the juice now myself.

So here are my rhubarb two ways

First is the super easy rhubarb juice. At least that's how they call it in the market. Personally I think you can call it syrup too. It's only how much sugar do you want to put. I like it sour so I never put more than 2 spoonfuls. Look at the bright salmon pink, isn't it so pretty



Rhubarb Juice:


You need:
Rhubarb - 2 stalks
Sugar - 2 Tbs
Water - 2 L 

Preparation:
Cut the rhubarb stalks into thin slices
Cook the rhubarb slices, water and sugar into boil
Sieve the mash 
Chill and serve the juice in a glas with sugar rind. 

If you like sweetish syrup just add syrup as much you like. 


The second goodies that I make with the rhubarb is a marmalade. Strawberry and Rhubarb marmalade to be precise.

I just love freshly made jam on buttered rolls. I think that's my favourite sweet breakfast ever. Hmm, wait, I like Croissant, Pancake and Waffles too. Okay I like sweet breakfast but .... no I actually prefer savoury breakfast. Okay I love breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and dessert too. Okay I'm just pig. BUT this jam is really really good. I can imagine it's good on linzer cookies too.





Strawberry and Rhubarb Marmalade:


You need:
Rhubarb - 500 gr
Strawberry - 500 gr
Gelierzucker - 330 gr



Preparation
Clean and cut the rhubarb and strawberries



Cook strawberries, rhubarb and Gelierzucker till they are thick. Around three minutes
Fill them hot into sterilized jam glasses (Fitzie's Bottle Sterilisator comes really handy now)
Work quickly and carefully (don't burn your hand like I did) close the lid and turn all the glasses upside down to vacuumed the glasses.