ensaïmada

ensaimadas

having never been to mallorca so far i also did not know about Ensaïmadas de Mallorca , which are obviously something like a national treasure. i stumbled upon the recipe here and tried them this morning (started actually last evening, since they are supposed to rise overnight). i made only half the amount of the recipe. and i used butter instead of lard – i guess that’s the reason why i found them nice, but not as spectacular as i had expected. note to self: go check out the original on-site.

mushroom potato spinach quiche

here i made for the first time a real pâte brisée out of this book and i must say that the extra effort (i.e. 1 hour cooling time, fraiser, again 30 minutes cooling time, blind-baking) was really worth it. very delicate pastry, not at all stale like your ordinary shortcrust sometimes. i used for a 23cm baking pan 200g flour, 80g cold butter, 1/4 tsp salt and 3 Tbsp cold water. the filling was made like this: cut one potato in small cubes, fry in 2 Tbsp olive oil for about 10 minutes. add about 10 medium-sized mushrooms, finely sliced,  and one peeled clove of garlic. sauté with closed lid for 5 minutes. add about 200g leaf spinach (i used the frozen stuff) and saute for another 10 minutes or until the spinach is done. remove garlic clove, season with salt & pepper. prepare about 1 cup of grated cheese – i used some parmesan and two slices Edam. in a seperate bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, 3 Tbsp of cream cheese (well, i just found it in the fridge and thought it might fit) and about 1/2 cup of milk. mix the cheese first with 1 tsp flour, then add as well. pour the vegetables on the meanwhile blind-baked pastry, and then the egg-cheese-milk-mix. bake at 175° for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and set.

spicy carrot salad

this is the most elaborate carrot salad i ever made, and actually kind of an own invention (after browsing here and there). first roast 1.5 Tbsp sesame seed, set aside. cut 1/2 onion in tiny dices. mix juice of half a lemon with half a cup orange juice. finely grate a small piece of ginger (2cm?) into the juice. roast cinnamon, cilantro, cumin, black pepper (approximately 1/4 tsp each) and 1/2 tsp black onion seed for a few minutes. deglace with the juice. add 1 Tbsp honey. pour the mixture on the diced onion.  then add half a cup raisins and half a cup chopped cashew nuts. add 4 Tbsp sun flower oil, stir well. grate 3-4 large carrots into the dressing. season with some more black pepper and salt. add 1 Tbsp parsley and the roasted sesame seeds. let it stand for at least 30 minutes. the result of it was assessed to be the highlight of the month. ha.

and yes, i have noticed the stains but you please try out by yourself polishing a filled glass on the inside while a two year old is rampaging around the table.

pasta with zucchini, thyme and lemon juice

after the pancake disaster this morning i was not in the mood for any further experiments. so we had one of our all time classics for dinner. it’s easy and very fast: cook the spaghetti. at the same time fry some grated parmesan cheese in olive oil, deglaze either with white wine or some of the water the pasta is cooking in. add zucchini and thyme, let it simmer for a few minutes (until the spaghetti are done). add another ladle of the – generously salted! – pasta water and the juice of half a lemon. strain the spaghetti and mix with the sauce. ready to eat – with more parmesan and freshly ground black pepper. for two and a half people we had 230g spaghetti, about 50g of parmesan and 3 small zucchini.

something similar, but with tomatoes, is described in detail here.

raspberry swirl cheesecakes

i was not able to make it to the party today, but prepared something to bring along: once again the raspberry swirl cheesecakes. i used only 150g sugar (which is way enough) and only 340g cream cheese (thanks to ph.ila.delphia for shrinking their package size!). oh, and the base is not made from oreos but othellos.  i didn’t bother with the swirl part, and actually you might call this version also reminds-me-of-disgusting-skin-disease-cheesecakes. nevertheless they are great, and every time i make them somebody asks for the recipe.

saturday morning disaster: pancakes

yes, they seem to look ok, but were actually quite horrible. it turned out that the combination between the flapjack recipe in this book and the idea to add grated pears (from here) does not work. they remained practically uncooked inside, even after maybe 12 minutes. destroying transforming them into something kaiserschmarrn-like didn’t help either. so we ended up eating leftover sandwich bread with honey.

freestyle asian

freestyle asian

a new asian food shop has recently opened in our neighbourhood and yesterday i went to check it out. i got fresh cilantro, ginger, 4 pak choi and noodles (3.50 – quite cheap i think) and got inspired by this post (in german) for the following “somehow asian” dish:

sweat finely chopped ginger, garlic and onion for a few minutes in sunflower oil, add diced sweet potatoe and a cup of vegetable stock, let it simmer for another few minutes. add small strips of a carrot and celery stalks, some cilantro, a tsp kurkuma and after yet another few minutes four more cups of vegetable stock. next comes a can (400 ml) of  coconut cream. then the white parts of the pak choi, sliced, and finally the green parts, also sliced.  season with 2 tsp sugar and salt to taste. served with asian instant noodles and fresh cilantro. some chili would have been nice, but was omitted since we had a little eater at the table. who liked it, by the way.

banana bread

actually it was more like a banana cake, mostly following this recipe (in german): melt 80g margarine with about 120g sugar and put in a bowl, add 180g ground almonds, 120g flour and 2 tsp baking soda. mix in 80ml lukewarm milk (or soy drink if you want to go for the vegan version), 3 mashed bananas and finally 50g chopped chocolate. bake at 160° for about 45 minutes. i found it a tiny bit to sweet but at least another batch of leftover ingredients from christmas baking is gone.