Jul 28, 2010

A Saturday Menu in photos and recipes


Here are some recipes and photos from a recent dinner....
The recipes are a mix of existing recipes found online with a personalized touch and my own ;)

Starter: Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad topped with balsamico & akacia-honey dressing & pistachios
Mixed, green salad
Feta Cheese
Red onions
Chopped pistachios
Balsamic vinegar blended with Acacia honey
Flake salt and a
few turns of the pepper mill

Simply chop it up and mix everything together. Finish with topping the salad with the chopped pistachios.

Main course: Grilled file of Lamb on a lukewarm Pasta, Rocket & Beetroot salad bed, served with a Chèvre sauce

600 grams of lamb fillet
1 package Barilla Cannelloni (La Collezione)
4 beetroots
1 bunch of rocket
1 large piece of Chèvre
3 decilitres of sour cream
The peel from half a lemon
Olive oil (Extra Vergine)
Fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic

Rinse the rucola salad and leave it on paper to dry for around 30 minutes.
Boil the pasta water with a hefty pinch of salt. Also boil the beetroots in a separate pan in salted water. Crush the pasta in large pieces and cook it until it is "al dente". Mix sour cream and chèvre with a hand mixer. Add some salt, pepper and the lemon peel.
Peel the cooked beetroots and cut them into pieces. Make a bed of rocket salad, pasta and beetroots on a plate and drizzle it with olive oil (extra virgin).
Fry the lamb fillet in a pan using butter, first on high temperature until it has a nice griddle, then the temperature can be lowered. Fry for as long as you wish, but it is recommended to serve it medium-rare.

Slice the garlic cloves and fry in a pan on high temperature until they are golden.
Place the lamb fillet on top of the salad-bed and pour the sauce on the edges of the plate.
Decorate with the roasted garlic and a small twig of fresh rosemary.

PS. I am a vegetarian, so my plate was the same but with a Quorn fillet instead of lamb ;))

Dessert: Creamy frosted White Whocolate cake topped with Fresh Berries and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

350-400g white chocolate
200g butter
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups of white sugar
2 tablespoons Baileys Caramel or Rum depending on what sweetness you prefer ;)
2 dl white flour

Glacing & decoration:
200g white chocolate
1/2 cup cream
Powdered sugar
Fresh berries
Dark chocolate

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
Chop the chocolate. Melt the butter in a pan. Remove from heat, add the chocolate and stir until it melts. Beat the eggs and sugar until it's fluffy. Stir in the chocolate/butter, alcohol and flour. Pour batter into a greased form (with removable bottom, about 24cm in diameter). Bake in the bottom of the oven for 30-35 min. The cake should be still creamy inside, not firm. Let the cake cool and place it in the fridge.
Chocolate dipped strawberries:
Cut the strawberries into halfs, leave on the green. Melt chocolate in the microwave or on the stove over boiling water. Dip the non-flat side of the strawberries and leave to harden on baking paper in the fridge.

Chop the chocolate. Boil the cream. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until it melts. Let the glazing harden around 10-20 minutes in the fridge. Spread the glazing over cake and, Sift the powdered sugar over it and add a pile of fresh berries, the chocolate dipped strawberries and some slices of lime.

VOILAAAA! Ready to serve!



  1. Heard the salad and the cake were a blast. ;)

  2. Oh la la.... the cake OMG!!! I want, now now now :-D I'm comin to get some real soon ;)♥♥♥♥♥

  3. Danny: Haha! Oh really? Where might you have heard that? ;) What I am going to say now is NOT very Swedish of me (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jantelagen), but I must say I do agree! That cake was pretty darn good..... Hahaha!

    Ary: I'll make you 10 if you get your awesome self over here!!! xoxoxox

  4. Hehe, the cake was a blast and the food divine indeed. I think Caro should give it a try Dan ;-).

  5. @Chris: Smiling, nodding and agreeing. ;)

  6. Danny/Chris: Is Caro even aware of this discussion? Poor girl.... Maybe you Danny should bake her this cake and surprise her with a piece while she's recovering? ;)))

    S: It was actually quite lovely...if you like sweet things that is! hehe! If you give it a try, let me know what you thought, ok?


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