29 Jul 2011

Plum Dumplings

Plum dumplings are delicious. It is a perfect dessert or even a main dish which combines the sweetness of sugared cinnamon dumpling on the outside with a tasty potato dough and the sweet-sour melting plum on the inside.

5 May 2011

Indian flavored Chicken Korma with Rice

First step
prepare spice mixture of:
•             6 whole cloves
•             2tsp (teaspoons) cinnamon powder
•             6 cardamoms
•             2tsp ground cumin
•             3tsp curry powder
•             1tsp of salt
•             1tsp black peppercorns

v  Grind and mix all spices
v  before grinding the black peppercorns and cloves roast them slightly to extract the flavors

Second step
prepare before you start cooking:

•             4 cloves of garlic (peeled and chopped)
•             about 4cm of fresh ginger peeled and grated
•             3 large onions (peeled and chopped)
•             6 ripe tomatoes (dice them in small cubes)
•             800 ml of coconut milk
•             500 g chicken breast (cut them in big cubes 2cm x 2cm)
•             3tbsp (tablespoons)of sunflower oil
•             50 g of chopped cashew nuts (or any other nut)

Third step
start cooking your curry:
•             add olive oil and chicken to the hot pot and sear chicken
•             add spice mixture to the seared chicken and stir fry for 1-2 min
•             add onions and continue stir frying for 2-3 min
•             add tomatoes and let it cook for 5 min
•             add coconut milk and let the curry simmer for about 40 min
•             do not forget to stir your chicken korma every couple of minutes to avoid burning

Fourth step
start cooking your (basmati) rice:
•             you can start with preparing your rice 20 min after the curry started simmering
•             wash 200g of basmati rice (200g is enough for 2-3 people)
•             add rice wiht 400ml of hot water to the pot and cook it for 10 min
•             take rice pot from fire and cover it. leave it another 10 min covered.

Fifth step
After about 40 min of simmering your chicken korma curry the consistency of the curry sauce should be creamy. 
This is when your curry is ready to be served.

Serve rice with curry and sprinkle the chopped nuts over the curry.
You can add chili powder or pepper to spice up your dish if you prefer.

Enjoy your meal.

28 Mar 2011

Spaghetti - Wild Style

 Spaghetti Wild Style is something you can come up with when you are not in the mood for shopping and you create your pasta dish with thing found in the fridge and whatever else you have. 
In our case we produced a pretty tasty dish with the following ingredients:
  • 500g of Spaghetti
  • 100g of dried tomato paste
  • 20g of regular ketchup
  • 50g of salami
  • 100g of onions
  • 20g of capers
  • 30g of parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
You cook the spaghetti for approximately 10 min in salty water. Separately you start with the sauce. You glaze the onions in some oil  with salt and pepper. Through in the dices salami bits. Add the dried tomato paste and to splashes of ketchup (for the color) and some of that spaghetti boiling water (2-3 table spoons). In the end you can add those nice tasting capers to the sauce.
Once the spaghetti are cooked (al dente if you like) you add it to the sauce in a large pen and stir until the sauce and spaghetti form a beautiful unity.
Now you can plate the pasta and decorate it with a couple of basil leaves and cherry tomatoes. The finishing touch comes by grating Parmesan cheese all over your pasta. Voila! a great tasting dish for four. Enjoy, we surely have.

28 Jan 2011

Brazilian Pamonha

Pamonha from Brazil
You never know what type of culinary deliciousness you'll get when you stop at a Brazilian highway station. In my case I was fortunate to get to know Pamonha. It is sweet corn cooked in it's own leaf. Simialr to the Mexican Tamales but sweet. I understood that it can also be served as a salty version. 
Great snack on the road.

25 Jan 2011

Copacabana Fruit Salad

Copacabana here we come !
This is a fruit salad based on one very typical Brazilian fruit. It called Mamao. An oversized Papaya actually. Of course, it always tastes better if you are actually sitting on the beach of Copacabana. It is a very tasty fruit plate. Enjoy.

9 Jan 2011

Sliced bread pizza

similar to brochiuto.
cut bread in sliced.
put them on a baking tray

prepare sauce
put some cheese on top and herbs


Tomato, lettuce, olive salad


Farofa Burger

Self made Burger.
Pig meat and farofa.
some salt and pepper, chopped oninons. ready.