Jul 28, 2010

A Saturday Menu in photos and recipes

Coucouuuu!

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
Ingredients:
Mixed, green salad
Feta Cheese
Red onions
Watermelon
Chopped pistachios
Balsamic vinegar blended with Acacia honey
Flake salt and a
few turns of the pepper mill

Instructions:
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

Ingredients:
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)
Salt
Pepper
Fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic

Instructions:
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

Ingredients
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
Strawberries
Dark chocolate
Lime

Instructions:
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.

Glazing:
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!

Enjoy!
xox

7 comments:

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

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

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  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

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

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

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  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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