Sunday, April 30, 2017

Macadamia confectionary


GET
300g organic raw macadamia nuts
1 meyer’s lemon
2 tbsp light clear honey.
all organic

DO
medium grate 300g macadamia nuts into a bowl.
Add finely grated rind of a Meyer lemon and the juice of half a lemon. Mix.
Add 2 tbsp clear honey (Mallee honey). Mix well.
Press and compact the mixture with a spoon. Knead it. Press down and leave it in a cool place for 2 hours.
Cut into small portions and serve.
Store wrapped in greaseproof paper.

Marzipan, varieties and origin
Marcipane or "The bread of Marcus" originated from Persia. It is based on almonds and made its way via the 13th century crusades to Europe. Since 1809 Königsberg marzipan is known for its flamed confectionary surface, which results in a golden-brown finish. It contains almonds, rose water and jam.

Frankfurt Bethmännchen cookies are made from marzipan with almond, powdered sugar, rosewater, flour and egg. Since 1393 they have been sold at the Frankfurt's Christmas market. After one and a half centuries of manufacturing, its form and recipe has never been changed.


In the land of macadamia it is obvious to adjust these old cultural traditions to a contemporary and geographic setting.

Image:
Lovis Corinth, Königsberger (Kaliningrad) Marzipantorte, (marzipan cake), 1924

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ratatouille


GET
8 large juicy organic tomatoes
5 large organic garlic cloves
3 tbsp cold pressed olive oil

2 medium organic onions
2 firm organic aubergines

2 small organic zucchinis, sliced.
3 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
Basil

DO
Make a tomato sauce. You may prefer to do this the day before and use some of it for a spaghetti sauce.
Pour boiling water over tomatoes and peel them.
Press garlic and fry slowly in a pan.
After a few minutes add sliced tomatoes and cover with a lid.
Continue to cook on a low heat for about 5 hours until the liquid has mostly evaporated and a sugo (sauce in Italian) remains. Stir occasionally. Remove lid for some periods to reduce the liquid.

Garlic, easy to peel

Chop onions and fry slowly in olive oil, stirring occasionally until lightly golden.
Rinse the aubergines and press out the brown liquid.
Cut aubergines into cubes.
Add aubergines to the onions.
Fry for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add zucchini slices.
Fry for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the tomato sauce, stir in and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes
Add the chopped basil.

Heritage Tomatoes

Serve hot with penne pasta. Cheese top the left overs on the next day and bake in the oven.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Baked Macadamiazan

get

organic macadamia nuts - any amount
lemon juice
light agave syrup
water

do
 
Preheat the oven to 150°c.
Grate the nuts coarsely into a bowl with a medium hand grater.
Add lemon juice, agave syrup to taste. Mix.
Stir in enough water to make a moist but solid mixture.
Knead and form into a dough.
Butter a baking tray.
Cut the nut mixture into cookie sized pieces and form into suitable shapes.
Place on the baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven and cool
Cover and store in a tin.

Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly in macadamia flowers
This recipe depends on your taste as regards sweetening, and amount of lemon juice. If you like it very lemony, leave out the water and take a lot of lemon juice. If you like it very sweet, leave out the water and take more agave syrup. Vary the amount of nuts according to your needs.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cultured Mushroom Diversity





Cultured mushroom diversity on offer at the Frankfurt weekly farmer's market (Konstablerwache).

In the truffle (and chanterelle) season, it is off to the 'Italian' restaurant/s for some of that UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage


Images:
1. Golden oyster mushroom, Pleurotus cornucopiae var. citrinopileatus
2. Pink oyster mushroom, Pleurotus djamor
3. Butterscotch mushroom, Pholiota microspora, Pholiota nameko or shortly nameko
4. Shimeji
5. Boletus
6. Chanterelle, Cantharellus cibarius,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunken Sour Cherry Nut Cake

Get
70g organic almonds
300g organic hazelnuts
8 tbsp agave nectar
3 eggs separated
125g unsalted butter
about 80g light spelt flour
1 packet Weinstein baking powder (15 - 20 g)
250g fresh dark red sour cherries
Do
Wash and pit the sour cherries. Place in a bowl to save some juice.
Grate the almonds and hazelnuts coarsely.
Preheat the oven to 190°.
Beat the soft butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it is smooth. Beat in alternately the egg yolks and 5 tbsp agave nectar. Beat well into a soft mixture.
Add the flour mixed with the baking powder a tablespoon at a time while beating. Beat well.

Whip the egg whites until stiff, then add the remaining agave nectar and continue beating until very stiff.
Mix some of the egg white under the mixture to keep it soft and moist.
Fold in the nut meal into the mixture gradually.
Fold in the remaining egg whites.

Butter a 28 cm baking form and dust it with a little flour.
Add the mixture to the form and spread it evenly.

Decorate with the cherries. Dribble a little of the juice on the fruit
Bake on the 2nd shelf from the bottom for 25 minutes. Cover it with paper. Turn the oven down and bake for a further 20 minutes at 150°c. It should be golden-brown on top. Test with a thin knife that it is cooked. The knife should come out clean. If it is not clean, return covered to the oven for another 10 minutes and then test again. Turn off the oven. Allow the cake to cool in the oven with the door partly open.
Remove from form onto a cake plate when cool.
Store in a linen cloth.
This sour cherry cake is a good alternative to Black Forest cake. When served with whipped cream it has a similar character, without chocolate but more nutty than the Black Forest cherry cake.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gooseberry hazelnut cake

Get
70g organic almonds
300g organic hazelnuts
8 tbsp agave nectar
3 eggs separated
125g unsalted butter
about 100g light spelt flour
1 packet Weinstein baking powder (5 level tsp)
250g fresh ripe red gooseberries (or Cape gooseberries)

Do
Grate the almonds and hazelnuts coarsely.
Preheat the oven to 190°.
Beat the soft butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it is smooth. Beat in alternately the egg yolks and 5 tbsp agave nectar. Beat well into a soft mixture.
Add the flour mixed with the baking powder a tablespoon at a time while beating. Beat well.

Whip the egg whites until stiff, then add the remaining agave nectar and continue beating until very stiff.
Mix some of the egg white under the mixture to keep it soft and moist.

Click images to enlarge
Fold in some of the nut meal into the mixture gradually.
Fold in the remaining egg whites. Fold in the remaining nut meal.

Butter a 28 cm baking form and dust it with a little flour.
Add the mixture to the form and spread it evenly.

Decorate with the gooseberries. Dribble a little agave nectar on the fruit
Bake on the 2nd shelf from the bottom for 25 minutes. Cover it with paper. Turn the oven down and bake for a further 30 minutes at 120°c. It should be golden-brown on top. Test with a thin knife that it is cooked. The knife should come out clean. If it is not clean, return covered to the oven for another 10 minutes and then test again. Turn off the oven. Allow the cake to cool in the oven.
Remove from form onto a cake plate when cool.
Store in a linen cloth.

Cape gooseberries dreaming
Tip
The tangy sour gooseberries compliment the sweet nut cake. Cape gooseberries (Physalis peruvian) could be used in the southern hemisphere.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Cherry cheese cake


GET
200g wholemeal spelt flour
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 egg yolk
125g organic butter

1kg organic quark (curd cheese)
5 tbsp organic agave syrup
75g wholemeal spelt flour
3 organic free-range eggs, separated
1 egg white
 ½ untreated lemon
200g dark red cherries, pitted

DO
Grate lemon peel and press out the juice.
Put spelt flour into a large stainless steel bowl.
Mix in agave syrup and egg yolk.
Add butter in flakes and knead to a pastry. Add more flour if it is sticky.
Cool
Preheat oven to 175°c.
Roll out pastry into a 28cm buttered round baking form with sides about 3 cm high. Pierce the bottom with a fork in several places. Cover with baking paper and place light weights on it (e.g. tea spoons)
Bake pastry shell for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from oven.

Beat quark, 3 egg yolks, 3 tbsp agave syrup, flour.
Add lemon and mix.

Beat 4 egg whites and add 2 tbsp agave syrup. Continue beating until stiff.
Fold in the egg white mixture.

Add a little filling to pastry shell to cover the bottom. Arrange cherries evenly on it. Add the remaining filling to pastry shell covering the cherries.
Bake at 175°c for 30 minutes. Then turn oven down to 140° and bake for a further 35 minutes.
Turn off oven and leave the cake in it for another 20 minutes.
Remove from form.
Best eaten when cool especially on the second day and thereafter.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Jostaberry Dessert Sauce


Jostaberries (Ribes nidigrolaria) are a cross between black currants and gooseberries. The name Jostaberry combines the German words for blackcurrant (Johannisbeere) and gooseberry (Stachelbeere). They are much larger than black currants and have a tangy-sweet flavor.


GET
400 g of Jostaberries
1 cup of water
Agave nectar


DO
Boil water, add cleaned and washed berries. The fruit should be almost covered in water. Turn down the heat very low and add the lid for 3 min. Add the agave nectar. Take the pot off the stove and let it stand for another 3 min. Press content through a sieve. Refrigerate and serve with a white dessert like yogurt, ice cream, semolina or milk rice pudding.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Hazelnut and cherry cake

Get
100g organic almonds
200g organic hazelnuts
8 tbsp agave nectar
4 eggs separated
150g unsalted butter
about 100g light spelt flour
1 packet Weinstein baking powder (5 level tsp)
20 large dark cherries, pitted

Do
Grate the almonds and hazelnuts coarsely.
Preheat the oven to 190°.
Beat the soft butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it is smooth. Beat in alternately the egg yolks and 5 tbsp agave nectar. Beat well into a soft mixture.
Add the flour mixed with the baking powder a tablespoon at a time while beating. Beat well.

Whip the egg whites until stiff, then add the remaining agave nectar and continue beating until very stiff.
Mix some of the egg white under the mixture to keep it soft and moist.
Fold in some of the nut meal into the mixture gradually.
Fold in the remaining egg whites. Fold in the remaining nut meal.

Butter a baking form and dust it with a little flour.
Add the mixture to the form and spread it evenly.
Decorate with the cherries and press them lightly into the mixture.
Bake on the 2nd shelf from the bottom for 25 minutes. Cover it with paper. Turn the oven down and bake for a further 10 minutes at 120°c. It should be golden. Test with a thin knife that it is cooked. The knife should come out clean. If it is not clean, return covered to the oven for another 10 minutes and test again. Turn off the oven.

Cool in form in the open oven.
Remove from form when cool.
Store in a linen cloth.

Note
This cake can also be made with other fruit such as black currents or plums.
Coarsely grated nuts give it a good texture but finely grated is also good.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cold Sour Cherry Fruit Soup

Fruit soups are customary in the northern hemisphere in summer. They can be made with any edible fruit, but sour cherries are the best seasonal option. There is no other cherry that has such a distinct flavour like this variety. Tart cherries or dwarf cherries also have many health benefits.


GET
600 g sour cherries (Prunus cerasus)
1 lemon
1 vanilla pod
1 cinnamon stick
Some agave syrup
600 ml of water or orange/cherry juice
(beware of sugar in fruit juices)
all organic


DO
Wash, pluck and pit the cherries. Remove vanilla from pod. Wash lemon and peel the rind very thinly. Squeeze out juice and remove pits. Boil water/juice and add, the vanilla /pod, cinnamon and lemon rind. Boil and immediately reduce the heat. Simmer for 5-7 min. Remove the lemon rind, the cinnamon stick and the vanilla pod. Add the agave, stir and let it cool. Refrigerate and serve cooled with yoghurt or ice cream.


The Australian 'sour cherry' (Syzygium corynanthum) might be an 'equivalent' from the southern hemisphere. I would add a lot of Davidson plum as well for tartness.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Green Herb Sauce with Asparagus and Eggs

This sauce is served cold with hot green asparagus and steamed potatoes. Frankfurter Grüne Soße is a seasonal dish served in Frankfurt (Bankfurt). The season all vegetarians are looking foreword to in a meat-centric culture. The traditional Hesse sauce consists of seven fresh herbs: borage, sorrel, garden cress, chervil, chives, parsley, and salad burnet and a variation of hard-boiled eggs, oil, vinegar, mustard and sour cream/yogurt/buttermilk. The bundles of herbs are available from all market stalls in May.

GET
a generous amounts of fresh herbs:
(250g herbs) chopped finely
Garden Cress - Lepidium sativum
Chives - Allium schoenoprasum
Parsley - Petroselinum crispum
Salad Burnet - Sanguisorba minor
Chervil - Anthriscus cerefolium
Sorrel - Rumex acetosa
Borage - Borago officinalis
Possible substitutes: shallots, lovage, lemon balm, and even spinach

Small potatoes
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 bunch of green/white asparagus

Sauce:
Olive oil,
150g sour cream
150g yogurt
1Tsp. mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
- all organic


DO
The green sauce should stay in the fridge for at least one hour. So coordinate the steaming of the potatoes and asparagus accordingly.

Chop herbs coarsely by hand. Mix the sauce ingredients and add the herbs. Traditionally the egg whites are chopped small and the yolk is mashed before adding it to the sauce. In a hot climate, we serve the eggs separately.
Serve with the asparagus and the steamed potatoes and boiled eggs cut in halves and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Red Coleslaw with Blueberries

GET
1 very small red cabbage
Chives or a tiny sliver of red onion
1 cup of blueberries
Some yellow tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
Some edible flowers

Olive oil
Lemon juice/ vinegar
A dash of agave syrup
- all organic


DO
Remove core and outer leaves from the cabbage. Shred everything very finely. Press garlic, cut chives/onion small.
Make a vinaigrette from the oil, lemon, syrup and garlic. Mix under the cabbage. Cover and let it settle for 15 min. Before serving, mix the blueberries and small tomatoes under and sprinkle with flowers.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Broad Beans and Green Asparagus with Buckweat Noodles

Get
2 cups of shelled broad beans (Vicia faba)
1 cup of shelled peas
1 cup of snow peas
2 bunches of green asparagus
2 carrots
1 onion
1 cup of flat parsley
5 cloves of minced garlic
some lemon thyme/rosemary
1 bay leaf/ some pepper
olive oil
1 cup of hot stock/water
200 g Buckwheat noodles (Soba)
all organic...


Do
Shell beans. Chop onion finely and fry in olive oil. Cube carrots very small and add. Fry for a while and add 1 cup of hot stock. Add the beans, bay, 2 garlic cloves and some pepper. Cover and simmer for 15 min. Add the asparagus in 2 cm pieces keeping the heads aside. Add most of the peas, parsley and herbs.
Cook the buckwheat pasta.
Simmer vegetables for another 5 min. Test a broad bean to see if it is sufficiently cooked. Before serving, add the asparagus heads, the snow peas, remaining peas, garlic and parsley. Leave covered for a few minutes.

Serve immediately with a vase of nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) and citrus blossom for olfactory stimulation.

A hybrid merger of beans used in the Neolithic period in the Mediterranean region and Japanese Soba.