A Nordic Salad

quinoa salad

What’s been up lately… We got married last week and holidays are almost over!
It’s tricky to keep up with some healthy lunch food when you’re at home for the holidays but here’s a delicious and light salad.

Mixed Quinoa// juice of half a lime// cucumber// radishes // Dill // Herb Cream Cheese
Smoked salmon// Maldon Salt// Spring Onion //

Cook Quinoa according to package instructions, cool down. Chop up radishes, cucumber , dill and spring onion.
Crumble up soms herb cheese.

And that’s it!

Bon Appétit & enjoy your holidays!

xxx

Marie

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Happy Colourful Tuesday

Asian salad

This will get your 5 a day fruit/veg in just 1 dish & it’s easy!

Udon noodles// Edamame Beans// Enoki mushrooms// Coriander// Daikon// Cucumber// Carrot// Roasted Sesame seeds//
Cooked Ham// Agave Syrup// Soy Sauce// Spring Onion

Cook Udon noodles for 3 minutes in boiling water, cool down. If  Edamame Beans are still frozen you can steam them for about 12 minutes. Rinse and chop up your vegetables. You need to cut of the lower part of the Enoki mushrooms, for this dish I prefer them raw.( Handle with care, they are fragile)
Cut the ham into cubes, boil for 3 min  1 cup of soy sauce together with a good squeeze of Agave syrup. Pour over the ham and keep warm in your oven.
You can add whatever herbs you want to this dish, mint, coriander, spring onion or other Asian herbs.
Normally you would serve this with a very elegant vinegar, that’s where you are wrong. The harder I try the more I come up with these strange combinations *blushing cheeks*

Sweet Chili sauce// homemade Mayo// lemon or lime juice

Until you become a smooth liquid mayo/vinegar.

Enjoy!!

xxx

Marie

Celeriac Soup – Happy Vegan Monday

An easy monday recipe 🙂

1 Celeriac// 2 potatoes// 1 onion// vegetable stock// soy cream // tarragon // radishes

Peel & chop up one celeriac, put the celeriac cubes into a bowl of cold water with lemon juice. This prevents colouring. Chop up onion and add it to a pan with hot olive oil. Add potato & celeriac and cook for 5 minutes without adding vegetable stock.
Add vegetable stock, cook for 20 minutes.
Add fresh tarragon and blend, soy cream should be added afterwards.
Season well!

Have a good week everyone!

xxx

Marie

Sushi// The World Cup// Grüner Veltliner

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Yes, I have gone Bonkers… Last tuesday was our National Team’s first game in the World Cup Football.
They won !! Mathias (the anti-football-christ) was startled by my passion for the game. I had to express my ecstatic joy with someone. Only Buddy (the dog) left, I can tell you the poor fellow now spontaneously goes into hiding-mode when whistles blow and green colours appear on the tv screen.

What I mean is, there is no point spending time in your kitchen when more exciting things are going on in Sunny Brasil. There is simply no dish (trust me, I did some research) which doesn’t include heating up, messing around with sauces and risking messy stains on your sofa expect Sushi/Maki.
Prepare everything upfront and stock everything in your fridge.

As I try to keep my elegance while screaming, cursing and frowning let’s sip some wine instead of Beer, I am a woman after all ;-).
You must all think, wine?! Sake is THE drink with sushi, yes you’re right but try this Grûner Veltliner wine for a more European twist! It’s definately worth it.
This Austrian white wine is cultivated on sandy and gravel soils which makes it unique, fine, elegant and fruity. Most importantly some freshness that goes perfectly with the fatty, salty flavours of Maki and California rolls.

Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2013

FRAUENWEINGARTEN Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2013

 

For the Maki & California Rolls:

A note of confidence to everyone: IT IS NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS!! Yes you might have sushi rice stuck to everything but just keep a bowl of hot water aside to remove the rice from your fingers.

Avocado// deseeded cucumber// FRESH salmon (don’t even think buying your fish in the supermarket) //FRESH tuna// wagame // pickled ginger// wasabi// Nori leaves//sesame seeds//Rice Vinegar// Sugar

You can buy a Sushi Kit if you make this for the first time, cook the sushi rice according to package instructions but keep an eye on the rice, stir from time to time.
Keep in mind that the rice needs to be stone cold before rolling sushi. Chop up the avocado, cucumber and fish in long, fine pieces. If you try this for the first time, Maki ( rice rolled in seaweed) is perfect.

I taught our friends at Sophie’s Bachelorette Weekend how to make it and they were all surprised how easy this is!!

 

No fear & GOOOOO BELGIUM!!! Sorry I really can’t help it.

xxx

Marie

Think twice before buying a Watermelon

Watermelon Cocktail

Ecstatic I was to find a Watermelon the size of a football at € 1.67 in our local Supermarket last Sunday. I seemed to be the only one who discovered this bargain treasure. Not much longer at the Cash register truth came out, the lady weighed the melon ( no need to say that value for money was my motto so I spent some time making sure I had the biggest one available…) this resulted in +10€ worth of Melon and I got tired of it after 2 slices. Do you have that too? Some foods you literally cannot eat much of? So the melon has been sitting in our fridge for a couple of days now and I need to do something before the – don’t waste food- lecture comes up again.

So, Cocktails mes amies!

vodka// watermelon // apple // orange blossom water//

You need a juice extractor for this, throw in sliced watermelon together with 1 apple and finish off with a TINY splash of Orange Blossom Water & Vodka.

And the worst thing is… I still have half a watermelon left!

Razor Clams & Château La Négly

Razor Clams

We’re back on track with a new recipe!
Before anyone wonders how the studying is going… An attempt has been made for Choux pastry, as you all know desserts aren’t my cup of tea.

  • I nearly whisked my arm off.
  • Choux Pastry sticks to EVERYTHING, hair, kitchen counters, humans, animals, cuttlery…
  • In absence of a piping bag, a plastic freezing bag was used which exploded after Choux n°3.
  • They tasted like sugary omelets… (not even my words)
  • Will need more practice  but will have to file bankruptcy for excessive egg consumation.

For this week’s Blog post I will just continue with whatever feels less like a failure, food & wine.
Razor Clams with a Sea Fennel Quinoa, crispy and spicy Sweet Potato.

Here’s the Recipe:

Red Shiso leaves// 2 sweet potatoes// 2 cupes of Sea Fennel // 200 gr Quinoa // 1 clove of garlic // 1 cup of homemade Mayo // Pickled Ginger // 1 cup of Coriander-Cilantro// Crushed roasted Almonds // 1/2 cup good quality Olive Oil// 1 chopped Chili// 3 slices of Chorizo // Razor Clams//

Cook the Quinoa according to package instructions, once cooked add a good splash of olive oil and season. Rinse the Sea fennel and steam for 3 minutes, however if you want to add some extra flavour you can also bake them in some real butter. Season!
For the Sweet potato heat up olive oil and add the Chili and Chorizo. Cook for a several minutes, reduce heat if needed. Remove the Chili and Chorizo and fry the Sweet Potatoes in this spicy oil.
Soak the razor clams in salted water and rinse several times, Steam (3min) in a tray with olive oil, salt, pepper and a splash of white wine.
For the Mayo: add cilantro-coriander, mayo, garlic and pickled ginger in your food processor and blitz until you become a green sauce. Season.
Feel free to add other vegetables to this dish, in this recipe sweet peas.

Here’s the wine:

A match made in Heaven! Chateau La Négly – La Brise Marine A.O.C La Clape
Created close to the Sea this wine has such a complexity which goes excellent with fish or a tuna tartar. Yet it has the exotic notes to it.
I can’t recommend this wine enough, already one of my favourites!

Château La Négly- La Brise Marine - AOP Languedoc La Clape

Château La Négly- La Brise Marine – AOP Languedoc La Clape €8.99

You all know I like to fiddle with food in an attempt to make it look pretty but I’m well aware that you (I) can’t pull this off everytime or for a larger crowd.
So here’s the two ways to do it:

FINE PRESENTATION:

Razor clams

I forgot to sprinkle the roasted almond over it, for the fine presentation, chop up your sweet potato in brunoise.

LET’S PUT IT ALL OUT:

razor clams

In this case, cook your sweet potatoes before frying them.Add the clams to the quinoa together with vegetables and herbs.

Bon Appétit my dear readers!

xxx

 

 

A Recovery Salad & The Greatest Bachelorette Weekend…

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Nothing better than a Healthy Colorful Salad after a pretty (understatement of the Year) heavy weekend, it was Sophie’s Bachelorette Party weekend. 10 girls, the cosiest Chalet in the mountains & drinks was all we needed!

In this salad don’t bother taking measuring cups or other, just chop some Swiss Chard, thank you Grandma! and mix this together with Radishes, Blueberries, crumbled Feta Cheese and a big splash of Olive Oil. Add some rock salt and coarse Black Pepper!

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No matching wine this time 😉 but I’m working on the next Recipe!!

x

Marie

Spaghetti alla Carbonara & Il Nero Di Casanova 2009

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Invented by the Romans in the 20th Century this dish is easy, utterly delicious, cheap and fast.
Don’t go running to the Supermarket just yet!! Crucial rules need to be respected…

  • Good quality Produce which means no plastic wrapped sliced Bacon, get Pancetta.
  • Forget emptying your fridge by adding leftover vegetables to this dish, this is the Holy Grail of Pasta don’t mess with it.
  • If you don’t make your own pasta ( Pasta maker is on Santa’s list) use dry pasta, Da Cecco and Barilla are some good brands.
  • Pecorino and Parmiggiano are the only two cheeses allowed, don’t even think adding Gruyère or Cheddar.
  • Boil Pasta in a little plenty of water with salt, no oil.
  • If package instructions state Al Dente 7 min, reduce this by 1 minute.
  • Choose a matching wine (of course) simple food asks for simple wine, suggestions follow.
  • Bake Pancetta in oil until they turn crispy, you don’t want soggy lumps in your pasta.
  • Fresh eggs, no cream, eggs are the real deal.
  • Coarse Black Pepper.

The ground rules taken into account ( excuse me if it sounds very strict 🙂 …) there is no reason why you can’t serve this at a Dinner Party, add a bowl of Rocket salad with roasted Pine nuts and some Cherry Tomatos + Bread + Olive Oil + extra grated Cheese on the table.

Here’s the Recipe:

500 gr dry Pasta// 4 eggs // 200 gr Pancetta // 150 gr grated Parmiggiano or Pecorino + extra on the table// Ground Black Pepper// Olive oil.

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Heat up a non-stick pan with olive oil, add the Pancetta (you choose whether you like it thin or chunky cut) bake the Pancetta until crispy. Beat up the eggs and mix them with the grated cheese. When pasta is cooked, add the egg/cheese mixture with the crispy Pancetta together. Off the heat, you don’t want the eggs turning into scrambled eggs. Top it off with some coarsly ground black pepper.

Here’s the wine:

Excellent with Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Toscana Sangiovese – La Spinetta- Il Nero di Casanova 2009 €12.95

 

Dominique @Crombewines suggested two wines, both delicious I must admit. For once Mathias & me were on the same line, Il Nero di Casanova was the winner. Dark fruit, lightly smoky flavour went superbly with the hearty cheese and salty Pancetta.
You can find the other wine in our new Crombé Page.

Bon Appétit my dear readers!

xxx

Marie

*** A Big Thanks to Dimitri: Agent Orange who introduced me to Crombé, made their fabolous website and made When Spoon Meets Pot’s Logo 🙂

I’ll stop now or I’ll sound like and advertising Blog 😉 But they’re all worth checking out!!

 

 

Flower Soup, Colourful Salads and my first Cake!

Orang Lentils

 

Plenty of reasons for a Food Party lately, Mathias & me celebrated our 5 year Anniversary and the Blog is 1 year Old, Hurray!!
As some of you might already know, my dessert skills are as developped as my Ironing skills… but these events called for a festive cake!
So full of good intentions I chose a very easy pre-fab cake mix but there was mixing, egg whisking, rolling out, decorating involved!
It was a cream filled sponge cake covered with almond frosting ,it took me a bit more time to clean the kitchen which was covered in eggs, flour and milk.
Note to self: do not start mixer when not yet in bowl…
We enjoyed it with a delicious glass(es) of Autréau Champagne of 2006, yes dear blogger friends sometimes Champagne has a specific year to it.

Cake

 

I can give you the recipe of Herby Orange lentil salad:
Cook orange lentils according to package instructions, be sure you rinse them several times before. Cool down and add a huge splash of good quality olive oil and season.
This salad is an excellent way to empty your fridge, no culinary boundaries here! For this recipe I added:

Steamed mangetout, Pomegranate, Mint, spring onion, deseeded cucumber, radishes.

For the Parmesan crusted Cod:

Steam cod for 15 minutes and season, Cover with shaved Parmesan and grill in your oven until you see the cheese turn brown, sprinkle with olive oil and chopped Basil.

Ideal for a dinner party with friends so is this starter with no-stress: Soup 🙂

Soup

 

The best soups are often the ones where you mix all leftover vegetables together, in my opinion there is no such thing as a recipe for soup. Just basic rules: cook onions in a little butter, add all desired vegetables, add stock and cook for about 20 minutes.
If you manage to find some dried flowers in your favorite store, add those at the last minute that way your soup becomes an elegant and festive starter!

Voilà!

Bon Appetit dear friends!

* Don’t forget to follow “whenspoonmeetspot” on Instagram for daily recipe ideas 🙂

 

x Marie