peanut sauce

i made this peanut sauce already twice this week, it is just so good.


  • 4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 100 – 150 ml hot water
  • 3 cm ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard (dijon)
  • chili flakes or fresh chili to taste

in a blender, mix all ingredients. transfer to a small pan and let it simmer at medium heat for a few minutes, until the sauce thickens.

eton mess

my favourite ways to eat strawberries: (1) as is (2) mashed with a bit sugar and sour cream. and now i have a third favourite (a bit similar to number two but with way more history):


  • 140 ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 350 g strawberries
  • 20g meringues

wash and prepare strawberries, then cut in small pieces. sprinkle with sugar and set aside for a few minutes. crush meringues in little pieces, whip cream. fold strawberries and meringues carefully into the whipped cream. can be served  immediately or chilled in the fridge until ready to use.

i have to admit that i first go.ogled “eaton mess”. but guess what? i am not nearly the only one. haha.


i always get a bit confused by the many variants of indian bread. chapati, puri, nan, roti,… i’m making this version  for a while now, and i think it is close to chapati (but the dough was originally for the paratha in jaffreys book)


  • 100g flour (type 405)
  • 100 g flour (type 1050)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ghee, melted
  • 75 – 100 ml water

mix flour and salt, add ghee, then water (by the tablespoon) until the dough comes together, knead for 5-10 minutes, chill in the fridge for an hour.

cut the dough in six pieces, and roll them out – VERY thin. cook in a dry pan from both sides.

a lot of food, but no time to write

finally i’m back in the kitchen, and now i have already a backlog of dishes to blog:

coconut tofu with peanut sauce and broccoli. this is an item from my list of ideas, and while the tofu was not as good as i had expected the sauce (which i slightly altered) was really great, and i will definitely make it again.

the result of another sunday evening fridge cleanup: vegetable risotto with zucchini, mushrooms and peas.

yesterday evening we had aloo gobi and red lentil dal with bread, rice and yoghurt.

and today i made strawberry cheesecake muffins, impromptu recipe. happy mother’s day by the way (to whom it may concern).

a second take on empanadas

empanadas are great for brunch – in fact i made them for the first time to appear on a brunch buffet. so i am submitting this recipe to zorra’s brunch blog event:

Jubiläums-Blog-Event LVI - Brunch & Giveaway (Einsendeschluss 15. Mai 2010)

the empanadas require a bit of work, but can be prepared well in advance, baked and stored in the freezer. on the day of use they should be thawed for one to two hours, then sprinkled with a bit water and baked at 175° for about 10 minutes. for dipping, i made chimmichurri sauce and tomato sauce (adapted from here).

for this version i used the dough from the original empanadas mendocinas recipe, but the filling was the same as last time i made them.  the dough was very nice, way easier to handle than my first try and with a better texture after baking.



  • 360g flour
  • 110g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 180 – 200 ml warm milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 500g ground beef
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 10 green olives, quartered
  • 20g raisins, soaked in hot water
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced


  • 1 egg, white and yolk separated

in a large bowl, mix flour and salt. using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dough. add egg yolk, then milk in small amounts, knead until the dough comes together. make a flat ball and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

in a large bowl, mix paprika, oregano, cumin, chili flakes, salt and pepper. add ground beef and knead until well combined. chill in the refrigerator until use.

melt the butter in a large pan and cook onions until tender, about 10 minutes. add meat mixture and cook until the beef is done, stirring frequently. let the mixture cool down a bit, add parsley, raisins, olives and chopped green onions and mix well.

on a lightly floured board roll out the dough into a thin sheet and cut out round shapes. i used a cup of 10cm diameter and got 28 empanadas.

add a spoonful of meat mixture on each disc and a slice of boiled egg. brush the edges of the empanada with egg white (i used my fingers for that), fold the empanada disc and seal. twist and fold the edges for a repulgue, or use a fork to finish sealing.

brush with whisked egg yolk and bake at 200°C for 20 minutes.

note: the filling is a bit to much for the dough – i think 3/4 of it could do as well. but since it is so delicious i keep making the full amount, and then use leftovers e.g. on frozen puff pastry.