Golden October Lunch

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IMG_20151024_153248Yesterday I was in the mood to try some french classic dishes, such as oeuf en cocotte, blanquette de veau and Paris-Brest. The whole afternoon I spent in the kitchen, trying two times the choux pastry for the Paris-Brest for a better result, preparing everything for blanquette de veau, a real comforting veal stew. In the evening i ate alone, but the next day after a very satisfying walk at the Isar next to my house, some friends were coming, and we had a real festive lunch together with rosé wine and the leftover from the night before, which was even better the next day. The recipes i created in some trials, with the ideas of different cookbooks.

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Blanquette de veau ( Veal Stew )

for four persons

  • 550 g veal shoulder, cut in 3 cm cubes
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 carrot , cut into cubes
  • 1 stick celery ,sliced
  • 1 leek, white part sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • some thyme, parsley and tarragon, bound together with a string
  • 1/4 l white wine
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 150 g mushrooms
  • 60 g butter
  • 30 g flour
  • 80 ml cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • chopped parsley to garnish

Bring enough water to cover the meat in a big pot to a boil, add the meat and cook for one minute ( skim any scum away ).Then slice one onion and pick the other with the cloves. Add to the pot together with the garlic, carrot, celery, leek, bay leaves, herbs and white wine. Season with salt and simmer for 1 1/4 hour, until the meat is tender.Then put the meat and vegetables out of the pot.

Melt 40 g of the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and whisk until everything is thickening. Add this mixture to the pot with the broth whisking until the broth starts to thicken.

Melt the remaining 20 g butter in a saucepan and cook the sliced mushrooms until tender and add some lemon juice. Put them in the big pot together with the meat and vegetables and warm again.

Mix together the cream with the egg yolk and remaining lemon juice.Take 2 tbsp of the broth and stir into the cream mixture, then whisk into the big pot . Don’t cook again because the egg yolk will curdle.

Season if necessary, garnish with parsley and serve with basmati rice

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Paris-Brest

for the choux pastry

  • 125 ml water
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 87 g butter
  • 125 g  flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds

Bring the water,milk, salt, sugar and butter to a boil. When the butter is melted, add the flour , whisking constantly . Take away from fire, add the half of the egg mixture and stir together. The same with the rest of the eggs, but leave a bit to brush the pastry after. Put the pastry in a piping bag which is 2,5 cm open and pipe for equal rings .Brush the remaining eggs on the rings and garnish with flaked almonds. Bake in the on 160° preheated oven for 45 minutes. Immediately cut the ring horizontally into two equal parts. Leave to cool.

for the praline buttercream

  • 80 g praliné
  • 360 ml milk
  • 145 g softened butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 55 g sugar
  • 25 g Maïzena

Heat the milk with half the sugar. Mix together the remaing sugar with the egg yolks and Maïzena. Stir 3 tbsp of the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture, put everything back to th milk and stir until the mixture is thickening. Leave to cool. With an electric mixer fold in the butter and then the praline. Put in the refrigerator. When ready to serve pipe the cream between the two parts of the choux pastry.

 

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White Hortensia Dinner

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During my holidays in France I tried every evening a special selected restaurant. My intention was to find out which qualities are needed to go to a restaurant a second or even a third time. It’s not only the choice of product or the genius of the cook. Also atmosphere , combination of dishes and decoration are important.The first restaurant which impressed me most, was ‚Josephine chez Dumonet‘ in Paris Montparnasse. An authentic traditional french bistro with high quality food. And every dish gives you the illusion to be more than only food. Foie gras with roasted figue bread or a Grand marnier soufflé for example. The second one was a little Pop up restaurant in Médoc, which was run by the adorable , elegante and talented food blogger Mimi Thorisson, who’s blog I follow since two years.In her private house she gathered people from the whole world and every detail was amazing.

Since I was child I played at home what I have seen in my holidays, and also now I wanted to play restaurant in my appartement. So I cooked a first trial dinner. Of course with french inspiration and a little influence of Oktoberfest.

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Daube de boeuf

( for 6 persons )

  • 1,2 kg beef, cut in 2 cm cubes
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 carotte, sliced
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 bunch different herbs, such as thyme, persil, ysop, tarragon and savory, bound with kitchen string
  • 2 slices pancetta
  • 2 tbsp dried porcini
  • 3 tbsp cognac
  • 1 bottle good red wine
  • 1 l beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 strips orange rind
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch

Heat 3 tbsp of the olive oil in a big pot, cook the beef in it until slightly browned. Season with salt and put aside.Heat the 3 remaining tbsp olive oil in the same pot and cook the onions , carrots and celery for a few minutes. Give the beef back in the pot and all the other ingredients except the tomato puree and cornstarch. Leave everything to marinate overnight. The next day put it on the fire and let it slowly cook for about 4 hours, until the meat is really tender.Then put the meat and vegetables out of the pot, throw the herbs, bay leaf and orange rind away and reduce the liquid to about 500ml. Dissolve the cornstarch in enough broth and stir it into the sauce as well as the tomato puree. Put the meat and vegetables back into the pot, warm it again and season with salt and pepper as needed.

 

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Tarte aux mirabelles 

  • puff pastry
  • 500 g mirabelles
  • 30 g butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

To make individual tarts, cut pieces from the puff pastry and roll each very thinly. Cut the mirabelles into thin slices and put them regularly on the puff pastry . Cover them with small pieces of butter and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on them. Bake in the oven for about 15 min. at 180°.

Burnt almond ice-cream

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 125 ml water
  • 125 g sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 400 ml cream
  • 100 g ricotta
  • 1oo g burnt almonds , cut in small pieces( from Oktoberfest )

Put the water with the sugar and the vanilla seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile beat the egg yolks until pale and creamy. Then put the syrup which is already cooking for several minutes to the egg yolks. Keep beating for further five minutes. Then fold in the cream and the ricotta. Cool the mixture overnight. The next day put it in an ice-cream maker. Just before completely frozen, fold in the burnt almonds.

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First Arabic Night

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I was so impatient to cook after my travel to Muscat/Oman, that I called my dinner“First Arabic night“, because I want to continue with more dinner parties like this. I don’t know if it’s going to become thousand and one, but some more I am sure. I had only one guest, my college and friend Julia, because I announced this dinner only the same day in the morning. I was too impatient . It was an arabic inspired simple and extremely delicious meal. To accompany the recipes I want to show you a collection of pictures of this very impressive country.

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Oriental Salad

  • 200 g green asparagus, cut into small pieces and cooked
  • 1  cucumber, peeled and finely
  • 1/2 red chili, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped and marinated for one hour
  • 1/4 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1 tbsp dried barberries
  • 1 tbsp toasted pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp pomegranates molasses
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp hot turkish pepper paste
  • salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

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My Lamb Shawarma

  • 1 x 1kg leg of a small lamb

 

  • 1/2 bunch of coriander
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/8 tsp kashmir chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground fennel
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice

Chop the coriander roughly and mix with the other ingredients to make a wet paste. With a strong knife make some slits through the meat to allow the marinade to seep in. Cover the meat all over with the marinade and leave overnight in the fridge.

Put your oven to the highest temperature. The lamb takes about one hour to cook medium rare. From time to time put some water into the dish with the meat to avoid the marinade to dry out. Leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

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Flatbreads with onion and nigella seeds

(from Ottolenghi the Guardian)

  • 3 1/2 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tsp extra to oil the bowl
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 400 g strong bred flour
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 sachet fast-action yeast
  • salt
  •  75 g ghee

Put  two tablespoons of oil in a medium saucepan on a medium heat.Once hot add the onion and fry gently for 20 minutes, stirring every four minutes until soft and caramelized . Stir in the nigella seeds, then spoon  on to a kitchen towel to absorb some of the oil. Tip into a small bowl and set aside.

Put the flour into a large bowl, add the sugar , yeast , the remaining oil, half a teaspoon salt and 250 ml warm water. Mix with your hands so the mixture comes together, then lift out of the bowl, place on a work surface and knead for eight minutes, dusting with flour as needed. Brush the inside of the bowl with a teaspoon of oil, then return the dough to the bowl, cover with cling-film, and set aside somewhere warm for an hour, until doubled in size.

Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten out slightly, then cover with the onion mix. Keep folding in the edges of the dough until the onion is mixed in. Return to the bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl again and roll into a long sausage. Cut into eight or more equal pieces and set aside. Take one piece of dough, sprinkle with a little flour and roll into a 14 cm-diameter rough circle. Sprinkle each side with a pinch of salt, and repeat with the remaining  dough.

Put a large, heavy frying pan on a medium-low heat and add two to three reasons of ghee. Once melted, lay in two or three flat breads and fry for three minutes on each side. remove from the pan and put on a kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining breads and serve while warm.

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Serve everything together with hummus , aubergine salad and beetroot mutabal.

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Pre Easter Dinner

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Only when the day is fixed, the guests are invited, the ideas for the menu are coming. You have to jump into the water. And during the process of baking, preparing, looking at cookbooks, everything is changing again. The starting idea was only a package of 500g italian almonds.

With four guests of the orchestra of the opera the evening was a total success. Only the timing for a easter menu six days before easter sunday wasn’t perfect. But nobody cared about it, because we have a lot of work during easter.

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Rosemary Focaccia

Recipe adapted from the Book “ Die venezianische Küche “ by Russell Norman

  • 30 g fresh yeast
  • 650 ml warm water
  • 500 g flour Type 405
  • 500 g 00 flour
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • olive oil, salt 
  • sprigs of rosemary

Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large bowl. Add 500 g flour with an electric mixer. Cover and leave for about an hour until doubled in size. Knead in the rest of the flour and the salt for 5 minutes. Brush the bowl with oil and leave the dough for about two hours.Then form two equal loaves, put them on a baking tray an leave again for half an hour. Poke several wholes with oiled fingertips and put some salt and rosemary sprigs in them. Bake in the preheated oven ( 200° ) for about 45 – 60 min.

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Tuscanian bean soup

  • 300 g white beans
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • a handful sage leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • about 1 l vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • optional: 4 tbsp almond milk

The evening before cover the beans with a lot of water. The next day drain the beans, put them in a bowl with the sage leaves and 3 garlic cloves, cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until tender. Puree without garlic cloves and with some of the sage leaves and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, add the onion and the fourth garlic clove until tender. Then add the vegetable stock and the tomato puree, bring to a boil and then fold in the bean puree and the almond milk. Season with salt and pepper.

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Chicken in almond milk

Recipe adapted from the book „Die Küche Venedigs“by Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi (based on a medieval recipe)

  • 3 chicken legs
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 650 ml homemade almond milk ( if you use a store-bought almond milk, add 5o g almond flour )
  • 1/4 tsp saffron strands
  • 5 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1 handful almond sticks, roasted

Brown the chicken legs in 3 tbsp olive oil in a pan, season with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat the rest of the olive oil in a big pan with a lid and add the onion. When the onion is tender ( about 5 min. ),  add the ginger, garlic, bay leaves and spices and the chicken legs. Cover with the almond milk. Add the dates and saffron strand. Simmer for about an hour. Put the bones away and serve with the almond sticks.

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Almond ice cream with rhubarb in Moscato d’Asti – Syrup and Amaretti

own creation

Rhubarb in Moscato d’Asti-Syrup

  • 500 g rhubarb, cut in pieces of 4 cm
  • 75 g Sugar
  • 130 ml Moscato d’Asti wine or another dessert wine
  • 1 piece of lemon rind

Mix together all the ingredients in an ovenproof dish und put in the preheated oven ( 200° ) for 20 min., until the rhubarb is tender. Set aside to cool.

Almond ice cream

  • 300 ml almond milk
  • 300 ml cream
  • 125 g sugar
  • 125 ml water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 egg yolks

Bring the sugar, water and vanilla extract to a boil. Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks with an electric mixer, While mixing add the syrup , until the mixture cooles down. Then fold in the almond milk and the cream and leave to cool in the refrigerator. Put it into an ice cream maker.

Amaretti

  • 40 g ground walnuts
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 30 g roasted almonds, chopped
  • 50 g flour
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp hazelnut paste
  • about 20 almonds

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat the egg whites until stiff and then add to the dry ingredients, as well the hazelnut paste. Form small balls, roll them in icing sugar, flat down a little and put an almond in it. Preheat the oven to 150° an bake for 14 minutes.

 

 

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Christmas Dinner Party

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Who does not dream of being invited to a heartwarming dinner-party on a cold winter evening?I tried to realize this dream by cooking a french inspired three course meal, accompanied by Lillet as an aperitif and a good Medoc wine.The guests were all musicians who came to my house after having played the opera “Frau ohne Schatten“ by R.Strauss.The most basic ingredients ( butter, potatoes, chicken, eggs ) I tried to turn it into a festive Christmas dinner. My most beloved foodblog http://www.mimithorisson.com gave me the ideas for the recipes.

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Gougeres
  • 250 ml water
  • 100g salted butter
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 180 g grated Comté cheese
  • a dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg yolk for glazing
  • a dash of salt and pepper

In a saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil.Add the flour, stirring very fast, and then turn off the heat. Add the eggs, one by one and stir. Finally add the cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Put the dough in a pastry bag and pipe walnut sized balls. Glaze with egg yolk and bake at 180° approx. 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Butternut Squash Soup with candied chestnuts

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 butternut squashes
  • 1 1/2 l vegetable stock
  • a dash of ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 2 candied chestnuts
Heat the olive oil in a big saucepan and cook the chopped shallots until tender. Add the butternut squash ( peeled and cut into cubes ) and cook for some further minutes. Add the vegetable stock, bring to a boil and cook until the squash ist tender. Puree the soup with a stick blender and season with salt , pepper and nutmeg. Serve with a spoonful of creme fraiche and little pieces of the candied chestnut.( serves 8 )

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Roast chicken with creme fraiche and herbs
  • 300 ml creme fraiche
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • a large bunch of fresh parsley , chopped
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
In a small bowl, mix the creme fraiche, garlic, shallot, parsley and thyme.Season with salt and pepper. Spoon half of the mixture inside the cavity of the chicken. Rub the remaining cream in a thick layer all over the chicken.Sprinkle the coarse salt over the chicken and put it in a roasting pan.
Roast the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, about one hour.Let the chicken rest 15 minutes before serving.( Serves four )

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Meringues aux fruits rouges
    Meringues
  • 6 large egg withes, at room temperatur
  • a pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 320 g granulated sugar
Preheat the oven to 135°C.Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites in a very clean bowl until they hold medium peaks. Add the salt and whip, adding the cornstarch and then the sugar 2 tablespoons at a time, until all of the sugar has been added, 10 to 15 minutes total. Form 8 meringues with swirls and bake for one hour. Switch off the oven and leave the meringues in it with the door slightly open.
    Pomegranate syrup
  • 300 ml pomegranate juice
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • grated rind of 1/2 orange
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 star anise
Cook the ingredients about 10 minutes, until you have a thick syrup.
     Cassis Sorbet
  • 100 g sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp glucose
  • 400 g cassis puree
Cook the sugar, water, lemon juice and glucose for some minutes. Mix together with the cassis puree.Leave some hours to cool, then freeze in an ice  machine.

To serve, put one meringue on each plate together with a scoop of cassis sorbet, sprinkle with some pomegranate syrup and garnish with berries of your choice.

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Dinner for one

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Friday I tried to invite some people for dinner, but everybody I asked had to play in the opera or had other things to do. The very funny opera“Il Turco in Italia“ from Rossini I didn’t have to play and I had no guests. So I decided to go to cinema to the film “The Cook“ after a novel from M.Suter. Subconsciously I was somehow inspired, so I went to the Viktualienmarkt in Munich to buy the best ingredients for an indian meal. Back at home I started to cook two curries, one with chicken and the other with meatballs. Then I cooked Basmati rice and made wonderful chapatis with wholemeal spelt flour. I hope my future guests are getting curious about the recipes and photos of my little Indian dinner. The ideas for the curries are from the wonderful book of the indian chef in Australia Kumar Mahadevan.

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Spicy chicken curry

400g chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp roasted cumin seeds, ground
40ml olive oil
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
2 dried chilies
2 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamom pods
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 tomato, cut into cubes
10 fresh curry leaves
1/2 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp coriander, chopped

Rub the chicken pieces with the turmeric. Heat 30ml of the olive oil in a big saucepan. Add the fennel seeds, dried chilies, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, bay leaf and garlic and roast for one minute. Then add the onion and cook for 6-8 minutes. Add the ginger and chicken and cook for further 5 minutes. Add the tomato and enough water and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile heat the rest of the olive oil in a small pan and fry the curry leaves for 30 sec.                                                                                                          Now add the cumin, coriander, garam masala, curry leaves and chopped coriander to the curry, season with salt and serve.

 

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IMG_20141129_235657Wholemeal spelt flour chapatis

250g wholemeal spelt flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
water
ghee
Warm the rapeseed oil and mix together with the flour and salt. Slowly add water, until you have a moist elastic dough. Leave to rest for one hour. Then divide the dough into 8 small balls. Roll out each ball as thin as possible with a rolling pin. Heat 1/2 tsp ghee in a big pan, add one chapati, bake for 30 sec, brush some ghee on it, turn around and bake the other side. Continue in the same way with the other 7 chapatis.
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For some desserts have a look at my other website

http://www.suessealchemie.com

25.März 2014

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Der zweite Operadinnerclub-Abend ergab sich relativ spontan.Es hatte sich ein Gast zum Essen angemeldet, und da das ganze Projekt noch in der Entwicklung steckt, gibt es noch keine Regeln.Also waren wir nur zu zweit. In der Oper war eine Carmen-Probe.Aber das war in dem Fall nicht weiter relevant.Den ganzen Tag habe ich im Internet und in Kochbüchern gestöbert,bin  über den Viktualienmarkt spaziert auf der Suche nach einem frischen saisonalem Menü.Meine Hauptinspiration kam dabei von Yotam Ottolenghi, der frische Zutaten mit einem Hauch mittlerer Osten kombiniert.

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Baba Ganoush

1 Aubergine
1/2 Knoblauchzehe gepresst
Saft von 1/4 Zitrone
1 1/2 EL Tahini
1 1/2 EL Joghurt
Fleur de Sel und frisch gemahlener Pfeffer

Die Aubergine auf der offenen Gasflamme rösten, aufschneiden und das Fleisch herausschaben.Zusammen mit den anderen Zutaten in einen Gefäss geben und mit dem Stabmixer kurz pürieren.
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Carpaccio vom schwarzen Rettich mit Dattelsirup-Dressing und Salzzitrone

1 schwarzer Rettich, sehr dünne Scheiben

2 EL Zitronensaft
1/2 EL Dattelsirup
1/2 TL Zitronenschale
3/4 TL Dijonsenf
Olivenöl,Salz

kleingeschnittene Schale einer halben eingelegten Salzzitrone

Zitronensaft, Dattelsirup, Zitronenschale, Dijonsenf und Salz verrühren. Dann soviel Olivenöl dazugeben, dass es gut emulsioniert.Die schön verteilten Rettichscheiben damit beträufeln, und mit der Salzzitrone garnieren.
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Kabeljau-Cakes mit Rote-Bete-Relish

250g Kabeljaufilet
Minze, Estragon und Dill
8g geriebener Ingwer
Schale einer halben Zitrone
1 Knoblauchzehe
1/2 Tl gemahlener Kreuzkümmel
1/4 TL Kurkuma
1 Ei
40g Panko-Brotbrösel
3/4 TL Salz
Pfeffer

Kabeljau sehr klein scheiden, mit den anderen Zutaten gut vermischen und vier flache Cakes daraus formen.In der Pfanne in etwas Öl 4 min.braten, dann im auf 200° vorgeheizten Ofen 8 min.fertiggaren.

150g gekochte Rote Bete , gerieben
25g Sauerrahm
1/4 TL Salz
1/4 TL Kreuzkümmel
1/2 EL Essig
1/4 TL ZUcker
1 EL Olivenöl
frisch geriebener Meerrettich

Alle Zutaten gut vermischen und kalt zu den warmen Fisch-Cakes servieren.
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Rhabarber-Crumble

2-3 Stangen Rhabarber, in kleine Stücke geschnitten
Saft und Schale einer halben Orange
1/2 TL Zimt
35g Zucker
1/2 TL Vanilleextrakt

175g Mehl
60g Salzbutter
65g Butter
100g Cassonade
65g Buchweizenflocken

Die Teigzutaten zu groben Krümeln verkneten. Den Rhabarber mit den oben genannten Zutaten vermischen, auf kleine ofenfeste Schüsseln verteilen, das Crumble darübergeben und im 180° heissen Ofen ca. 40 min. backen.
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