I believe every real german my age knows the clay pot “Römertopf” from the seventies and early eighties – if not from his Mom, then at least from his Grandma. It was very widespread then and everyone I know can remember that thing. Nowadays it became somewhat forgotten compared to it’s former popularity, but it’s still present enough that I got one for a reasonable price these days and of course had to give it a try.
I read about this in my doctor’s waiting room in – I shit you not – a women’s magazine. Mediterranean/French style easy homemade butter! They adressed several different seasonings and further uses in the article, but the basic procedure is always the same. All you need is a food processor and half a liter of heavy cream (get the real enchilada: 30% fat). After having my TBE shot, I knew what I had to do…
Sauerkraut is so german it even gave us our name 🙂 , it’s very widespread in the nation, very regionally diverse and versatile. It is part of the traditional german cuisine, mostly eaten as a side dish but also as a full meal when made with the appropriate ingredients. It’ very healthy – for example for it’s contents of vitamin C which even increases when cooked.
There’s what feels like a gazillion ways of preparing sauerkraut in germany alone (and I bet there are even more recipes all over the world). To condense these down to some kind of a standard formula that everything else can be built upon, here’s my way. BTW: We’re talking fresh and unprocessed Sauerkraut here, not the pre-cooked, canned version from the supermarket.
I finally made some brats again – the last time was already two (!) years ago… I used my favourite sausage recipe again because it’s a no-fuzz, delicious formula so far liked by everyone who tried them.
However, I used different casings this time as I got hands on sheeps casing with a 20/22 caliber for thinner and more “nürnberger”-like sausages. So, 2 kg of best, locally grown pork meat from the butcher, 2 hours of time and a nice result:
Fresh from the drybox: Air cured bacon, seasoned with rosemary, thyme and pepper. Made by my standard recipe and dried for about 3 weeks.
Now that the Skooma from august has abundantly matured, we did the taste test:
It has a luscious golden golden color and it smells amazing. Made from mostly vodka, apricots and sugar, it is very sweet, a fruity liqueur with the apricots clearly tasteable. I think this is best sipped in small portions and only one glass after dinner. What really stands out is the cardamom aroma – unusual and very delicious.
9/10 would do it again with a little less sugar.
Muaaaahhhh… delicious! I could literally bathe in that stuff 😀 . As with most slow cooker dishes, this is a very low stress and very high reward endeavour. The image looks shit but the meal was great. Here’s how:
Ingredients (for 2):
2 large beef shanks
2 cups beef broth
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano… whatever)
liberal amount of salt and pepper (to taste)
Update october 2020: New sauerkraut, substantially more information added 🙂
Since I happen to be a “Kraut” by birth, I decided to home-make my own Sauerkraut. Fermentation using wild lactobacillus is an ages-old and easy way of preserving almost every reasonably hard/crunchy vegetable you like. It’s easy and for our grandparent’s generation it was a perfectly common thing to do.
So what is this “fermentation thing” all about? Fermentation is latin and means the decomposing of carbohydrates in foods by various bacteria or yeasts with no oxygen around. Besides improving digestability, this produces a wide variety of distinct aromatics and other substances, the most important one being acid (lactic acid in this case). Harmful bacteria cannot thrive in an oxygen-free, acidic environment, thus, our food becomes preserved.
This is another thrown-together, absolutely non-traditional yet very tasty pasta recipe. It’s amazing what you can do in practically no time with simple ingredients and a little creativity:
Pan fried potato rounds. It feels like it’s been ages since I had these the last time as a kid from my aunt. I missed them… Basically, these are flattened german potato dumplings (Kartoffelklöße) fried in butter to golden brown deliciousness. Here’s how:
Ahhh… digging through the fridge and finding yummy things to throw together and grub on. Actually, it wasn’t bad at all and I used only a few ingredients:
Edit: Now with an image, because I made some bacon today 🙂
So here’s my standard recipe for curing meat that I mostly use. It can be adjusted to personal needs in terms of herbs and spices, but I strongly recommend to stick to the directions concerning the curing salt.
Recipe (per kg of meat):
30-40 g curing salt (NOT pink salt, see below)
10 g brown sugar
1 tsp. freshly and coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried rosemary
I already made the “Spice’n Pans” special oyster sauce mix and I used it a lot. Now I tried the shallot oil from the same video. The first taste test was delicious – I think I’ll keep this stuff in the fridge as well, as some kind of a kitchen staple 🙂
(Recipe credits: Spice’n Pans – YouTube. Visit his channel!)
I’m not a kitchen tool voodooist and I’m normally sceptical when it comes to heavily advertised “world changing” kitchen appliances. But after seeing one of these microplane graters in what felt like the 500th youtube video, I decided to buy one and give it a try.
It’s a sturdy tool, as far as I read indeed “laser-etched” (whatever difference that may make) and it’s dishwasher safe. What makes a difference for me is that it grates almost everything that comes across for me to grind, from nutmeg to lemon zest to (comparably) soft cheese. The results are always fine gratings and not the ripped and torn shreddings that you get so often using other tools. Afterwards, it’s easy to clean.
Thumbs up, recommendation.
(Recipe credits: Spice’n Pans – YouTube. Visit his channel!)
One of my favourite asian cooking YouTube channels “Spice’n Pans” posted this recipe already a while ago: A simple, versatile and always seizable condiment for easy noodle dishes. For those days when you really can’t be arsed to make a big effort on cooking – I’ve tried this out and since then I always have a jar of it in stock in the fridge. Very convenient and very delicious. Since I used this condiment oftentimes now, I will also try the shallot oil he makes in his video.
I was asked by a member of the extended family circle about a recipe requiring a roux.
So let’s make a “Roux“… Ahh… yeah, right. Sure. Of course. This is french. It’s pronounced ( /ˈruː/ ) and this sounds sooo much better than the german Mehlschwitze, which – honestly – sounds more like a sore throat 🙂 .
A roux is used as a basis for things like heavy sauces, soups or stews. It thickens them up and makes them creamy and rich. Since it’s a base-ingredient, it is very versatile and can be used for a wide variety of cooking tasks from the standard french cuisine mother sauce Béchamel up to New Orleans Gumbo. Google “roux usage” and you’ll see what I mean.
Some people find making a roux a little intimidating because, yes, you can absolutely screw it up, but if you follow these simple steps here, I promise you’ll nail it every time. It’s no magic.
I put the Bethesda Cookbooks that I got recently to use and, after making Skooma from the Elder Scrolls Cookbook, yesterday I made “Blamco Mac & Cheese” (Fallout 4 Item ID: 0002fbe4) from the Fallout Vault Dweller’s Cookbook. Yummy!
Admittedly, basically this is an ordinary Mac’n Cheese, but souped up Fallout-colored. I like that! It’s easy to make, yummy and convenient.
Again, this is the only recipe I will post from the book since it’s all copyrighted (but I’m a fierce and fearless Wasteland Raider and Mac’n Cheese is not such an uncommon recipe). See it as an appetizer if you’re pondering on buying the book.
These are my 5 commandments for cooking italian pasta that I’ve gathered over the last years and that have proven useful. It’s not that hard anyway but not everyone is a routined chef and I would have been happy if I had known some of these seemingly plain tips in the beginning.
These basic steps and fundamentals will hopefully help you nail it as much as they helped me 🙂
If you’re still pondering with pasta to cook, have a look at Jamie Oliver’s pasta shapes guide.
Someone inquired the recipe for the White Chicken Chili I made recently, so here it is, I’m glad to deliver:
500 g ground chicken
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
400 ml chicken broth
4-6 green chilies
1.5 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cans white beans, undrained
Salt & Pepper
A very simple italian pasta dish that requires only three ingredients, but, when done properly tastes heavenly. Read about the interesting origin of the dish here.
Whoever has played Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Series with enthusiasm and dedication like me will know what “Skooma” is. As I got the official Elder Scrolls Cookbook these days, the first recipe to try for me was – of course – Skooma. By the way: I highly recommend the book, just for the fun!
Here’s the recipe for that booze that I copied and loosely translated from the mentioned above book. I will not post any more of them here since they’re all copyrighted, I just couldn’t resist this one. But hey, Skooma itself is highly illegal in the whole world of Tamriel!
“Khajit has warez if you have coin” 🙂
We cut down about 1/3 of our sage bush in the northern germany garden because it was beginning to overgrow nearly everything else in the spot.
Instead of throwing it away, we decided to dry it for later and I was the lucky one that had to pluck the leaves off the stems. I felt like my grandma, sitting on her porch when I was a child, cleaning several kilos of green beans for canning 🙂 . Anyway, your fingers smell utterly divine after that job!
We then simply dried the leaves in the oven, laid out evenly on 3 trays: Hot air, at 50°C for about 6 hours. With a wooden spoon stuck in the oven door to keep a small slit open to let the air escape.
My basic, easy and quick recipe for a really yummy pasta sauce. This base sauce can then also easily be honed up to your liking.
I made me some Burgers yesterday for dinner – it’s been a long time since – and I really craved for them. I know, making Hamburgers is a quasi-religious thing, but exactly that’s why everybody makes them the way they personally like best – mine are rather simple.
Another un-fancy, yet yummy recipe you can easily memorize. It requires only a few ingredients, it’s no fuzz to make and it’s hearty and filling. Best served over rice.
I made this these days for dinner. It’s easy and fast enough for a workday evening and it’s yummy as hell. And I will really have to work on my presentation 🙂 Here’s what you want to do:
I like asian food, especially noodles and whenever I stumble upon a recipe that catches my eye, I try to reproduce it. So here is today’s shot at “Basic Udon Soup” that I discovered on this guy’s very well made Youtube channel that I’ve been following for years now. This is not an overly savoury or particularly filling soup, rather some light meal. Watch the video or read on here how to make it:
One of my personal classics, and I’m surprised that I didn’t even post this here yet. It’s a hearty, savoury and filling soup, best eaten on a cold day to warm up both body and soul. Yum! Aaand here’s how:
Neatly ordered and organized for your viewing pleasure!
What do I need to keep in my cabinets and drawers to be “safe” for most situations when I have to feed some people or scratch up something for two “out of nothing”? This is what I always have in stock and refill reliably, just to have it available without having to think about it.
This is my personal roundup, it may lack a lot of stuff that other people deem indispensable, but it’s a list of staples that I think mostly anyone can get along with fairly well. If you like, you can also have a look on what I deem essential kitchen equipment. Read on…
I’ve had enough time at hands these days due to lockdown and easter holidays, so I made some bread yesterday for me and the SO. Not very shapely and I could have let it brown a little more but nonetheless a delicious, no-fuss and solid wheat bread for breakfast. Other than my usual no-knead bread, I tried a traditional, simple yeast dough this time. Here’s how:
The 3.645.237’th BBQ-Glaze recipe on the internet. My personal favourite, because it’s easy to make, requires only common ingredients (yes, I DO NOT use vinegar) and it’s fu**ing delicious. Use it for spareribs and red meat roasted in the oven or in the smoker.
This simple, yet flavourful recipe for chinese Scallion Oil Noodles is taken from here and as usual, I adapted it a little bit. I highly recommend to try it out! It’s easy and veeery delicious.
I got a package of these shrimp flavoured egg noodles and I found them very yummy and flavourful. Here’s an easy and filling Recipe:
He’s a perfect archetype of a staid french gentleman. Sounds like Gérard Depardieu, always somewhat casually stylish and with a very, very pleasant presentation. He cooks classic french cuisine (aside from other recipes), presented in, well, french (unfortunately for me). To me, with a 25-year pause in dealing with the french language, he’s hard to understand on the first try, but it’s absolutely worth the effort!
The usual disclaimer: I DO NOT make any money by linking to this channel and he doesn’t pay me for this (in fact, he doesn’t even know I exist 🙂 )
I’ve got an eMail Request from far abroad, that’s great! Someone from the U.S. wanted to know how we made the pig’s trotters and tails several years ago, so here’s the recipe. Thanks Alan for your request!
It’s cold and damp outside, its wet and it’s ugly: It’s flu weather. So, in an outstanding attempt to proctect me and herself from the elements, mean viruses and nasty bugs, my wife made some ginger-lemon-lemonade, aka “ginger shots”.
Packed with vitamin-c and the many beneficial components of fresh ginger, we are now armed and ready for battle against the common cold. One shot each in the morning! Here’s the recipe:
I plan on smoking some meat again shortly, so I find it’s a good idea to gather and sum up my experiences on cold smoking a little. I will not describe the actual processes and mechanisms of smoking foods here, but if you’re interested, read on on wikipedia. It’s worth the time.
There are three types of smoking:
Hot smoking (60 – 110 °C / 140 – 230 °F):
This is what you do in a BBQ smoker. More delicious cooking than actual smoking.
Warm smoking (25 – 60 °C / 77 – 140 °F):
The intermediate thing. Some Proteins begin to denaturate at these temperatures.
Cold smoking (10 – 25 °C / 50 – 77 °F):
The “original” way of smoking, used for centuries to conserve goods. The only method discussed here.
I have almost binge-watched this guy’s videos now and I really recommend his channel to everyone who’s interested in reasonable cooking aside from “quick’n easy” recipes. He’s a super likeable person (he seems to be bavarian 🙂 ) and he’s presenting his work in an understandable, instructive and educational way. It’s german language only, but for german-speakers it’s a must-see.
Usual disclaimer: I DO NOT make any money by linking to this channel and he doesn’t pay me for this (in fact, he doesn’t even know I exist 🙂 )
Now for another year, here’s my Top 5 Recipes. I’d appreciate if you give them a try, enjoy and let me know how they worked out for you! Let’s start:
That sauce does really taste exactly like the stuff that I always had in the japanese noodle restaurant close to my workplace! So here’s the (stolen and) “Farcyde-approved” 🙂 recipe:
60 g yellow rock sugar
150 ml soy sauce
300 ml Chinkiang black vinegar
150 ml red vinegar (optional, otherwise just use 450 ml Chinkiang)
Slow braised short ribs – a delight to me. Although a very cheap cut they come out delicious when done with a little attention, time and some patience.
There’s no magic to it – on the contrary, you’ll have about half an hour of work and will then be able to laze around for 2 1/2 hours! Here’s my recipe:
I had two heads of romanesco and a batch of bacon left over from another meal. So I threw everything together and the outcome was indeed very delicious (yes, I will have to work on my presentation). It’s an unpretentious and simple recipe for leftover usage.
I felt like having been run through the wringer yesterday. Dizzy, wobbly, queasy, tired – you name it. And hungry as hell, so I made these. The recipes requires only a few ingredients, almost no work and a minimum of supervision. Oh, and it’s yummy.
I want to make a YouTube recommendation this time. This guy’s YouTube channel as well as his Website have taught me a whole lot about some rather upscale cooking or respectively “fine dining”. It’s very much especially not the common “quick & easy” ubiquitous type of internet recipes.
He explains a lot, demonstrates everything in a very comprehensible way and at least for me, everything I tried turned out downright delicious.
I was forbidden to eat for two days due to a medical examination that I had to take. Thereafter, I was not so much starving (I weigh 100 kg – I’m sure I won’t starve that soon), but I was craving. I had an enormous appetite for noodles, so I grabbed all the remainders I had in the fridge and made my “personal Udon”. Easy, yummy and (any possible asian readers please forgive me) not in any way traditional:
I’ll undergo a medical examination where I must not eat for one day in advance. So I treated myself with a grubby and substantial meal the evening before. Here is it:
We celebrated my wife’s birthday yesterday (all the best for you, my love!) and also used the new smoker. A whole chicken, a barbecue fattie and some spareribs – it was yummy and fun. Some Impressions from a beautiful day with friends, food and beer:
Have a look at this guys cool YouTube Video:
Yes, it is nicely made, it’s informative and yes, I did learn from it… But the actual hammer is this elaborate article that guy wrote on reddit as a complement for the movie. This is downright premium content – if you’re even only slightly interested in asian cooking, this is a must read!
Turns out, the marinade for the chinese bacon experiment is a legit hammer-stir-fry-sauce: I didn’t want to pour it away because it smelled so aromatic, decent and savoury. So I boiled it up to kill off any probably existing bacteria from marinating.
Then I stored it in the fridge and used it as a sauce for my evening dinner stir fry (just as you would use teriyaki sauce or similar). Recommendation!
Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is a classic italian dish and I wanted to see if I’m able to produce a decent version of it. I’m a garlic junkie, so I added garlic, which is not at all original. The trick of mixing the cheese with the noodles and creating a nice even coat is not so easy, but it works and the result ist delicious.
Ingredients for 2:
500 g spinach, fresh
2 cloves garlic
6-8 king oyster mushrooms (depending on size)
125 g polenta
salt & pepper to taste
I wanted to try and make Wakame Udon for lunch today, which originally consists of udon noddles in broth, topped with wakame seaweed (and perhaps with an additional sprinkle of spring onion). But I ended up using everything I found left over in the kitchen and I thought would fit in. This includes:
Yesterday’s dinner. Looks a little, let’s say, like something you have to get used to, but tastes like heaven. Simple ingredients and simple to prepare. Well, I didn’t have any mushrooms left yesterday, so I went without 🙂
Although legumes (e.g. beans, peas or lentils in all their varieties, forms and shapes) are available ready-to-use and cheap in any given supermarket, many people don’t know how to prepare them from their dried state. Yet, for an old freaky prepper like me 🙂 they are very useful: Their shelf life is a felt eternity, they’re nutritious and, well, occasionally they taste really good.
He took the recipe from here (english translation below), but he recommends to leave out the butter for more crispiness. I’m glad he liked it!
I don’t know anymore where this is from. I Did it once and it worked absolutely well. Nonetheless, I have a rice cooker now 😀
Hey! In reaction to my recent post on yeast I’ve been asked “what about flour”? Well, I’m not a baker, I’m not into cake, cookies and pastry – just baking bread from time to time.
So here’s my (very condensed and one-sided) information on flour types that I have learned over the last couple of years, with special focus on the differences / translations between american and german. Good sources for more information are cheatsheet.com and weekendbakery.com.
(Concerning that Image: I’ve actually never heard of “Flour Type 812” here in Germany…)
Ahhh… tonight’s Dinner will be some hearty stew from the Crockpot! To me, my slow cooker is a hassle-free, easy and convenient way to prepare food. It’s really hard to completely ruin a slow cooker meal, it’ll most probably come out at least edible.
However, it’s not completely idiot-proof, so here’s a comprehensive but most certainly uncomplete list of “slow-cooker-don’ts” for information. Some of them are widely available on the internet (for example here) and some of them I’ve experienced by myself, purely and completely on my own 🙂
The new batch of home-cured bacon is finally done. Took them out of the smoker yesterday in the evening after two 2.5-hour-runs of smoking with the small burner.
As you all know, there are two types of yeast being sold in supermarkets – fresh yeast and dry yeast. They’re to be handled a little different each since they come in different forms, but they’re both the same organism (“Saccharomyces cerevisiae” – which derives from its origin from brewing beer). They also both do the same thing: They give your dough fluffiness, airiness and volume by natural fermentation.
– Fresh Yeast comes in the form of little cubes, always weighing 42g
– Dry Yeast comes as a powdery substance in little packages, always weighing 7g
I also bought skin-on pork belly for bacon curing this time and made pork rinds from the cut-offs. Nothing simpler than that: Heat your oven on “broil” to about 250 – 280 °C. Put your pork skin pieces onto a rack and salt them “as you would salt a roast” (statement of the sales lady at the butcher shop). Leave in the oven for about 15 minutes, turn over and grill for another 10 – 15 minutes more – until they’re crisp and blistered. Delicious.
A new batch of (hopefully) delicious, yummy and scrumptious bacon is on it’s way! They’re four pieces of about 750 g each, salted with my standard meat curing formula and vacuumed tightly. They’re now resting in the fridge to cure for about eight days. My mouth is already watering…
Crappy image of dipping/glazing sauce for some Yakitori we made last night. It’s very delicious and fairly easy to make dish and the sauce is most flavourful and yummy.
1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sake
2 cloves garlic, smashed
4 thin slices of ginger
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp black pepper
Bring everything to a boil and, once it boils, reduce the heat to medium low. Let simmer until reduced to half. Strain and use as skewer glaze or (very savoury) dipping sauce.
This is Moo Shoo Chicken (although the chicken is still missing in the picture above), something that I didn’t make for quite a time. Originally the recipe is with pork, but I only had some chicken breast left so I didn’t care. Generally, since it’s not so easy to get hands on all the original japanese ingredients often called for in those recipes, you’ll have to substitute the one or the other item with what’s closest to the original anyway.
This is the hot sauce that I made from the fermented chili project yesterday. I just added teaspoon of sugar and a dash of vinegar and mixed it until smooth in the grinder. Ladies and Gentlemen: This stuff can blow your scalp off…
Yesterday I made the biggest batch of “Bratwurscht” ever since I’m doing this. It took me a whole afternoon, to grind meat, season, knead and fill into casings. Now I’ve got 2 types of sausages, ending up with 4,5 kg in total:
To every asian chef or hobby cook that may ever visit my little site here (if so at all…), you’ll have to be very strong now. This is actual footage of a european (german) amateur cook (aka me) wrapping gyoza (japanese dumplings) at home. This is my way of wrapping them and you surely can make them more pretty, but I swear to god they were extra delicious.
Here are the few cheat sheets / info images (from the millions you can find on the net) that I really used and that I really learned something from. I hope this helps a little. Categorized:
For when you get home from work and can’t really be arsed into much cooking 🙂 This is ultra fast, extra simple and nonetheless filling.
I had an open package of Somen Noodles in the kitchen, that I wanted to use up, so I made cold Somen noodles for Lunch. Since Somen are very low in calories but also relatively filling, I like this from time to time. They’re fool proof, tasty and, while my version was – as usual – not too optically appealing, they are pretty original.
We had a really plentiful harvest of pears this year, so I took some of them to make my own liqueur. Here’s how:
A handy overview of the smoke points of different cooking oils. Taken from here.
… or “Kasspatzn” in southern german slang. I posted an article on them before, boasting around that I would make them myself. Today was the day and we finally made some. These are gorgeous, delicious little bastards and they’re surprisingly easy to make! An easy, yummy and filling crowd-pleaser.
TL;DR: I’ll never buy the pre-made ones from the supermarket again!
This is the homemade “Bresaola” that I made several weeks ago. You can find the recipe here. While this is certainly not comparable to the north italian original, it is still very delicious and – hey! – it’s self-made!
Someone from America (!) commented very nicely on my old “Home Cured Trout” post (thank you, Sir!) and wanted to know what to do exactly. I feel honored to answer – it’s not difficult and the results are great. Here’s how I did it:
(I used a fairly large trout that I caught that day, but you can also use salmon – since that’s where the recipes comes from – or for example char. I use the old images here.)
(“Ahh-la-baah-ma whide baarb’quu sooosss” – as I’ve been told 🙂 ) Very delicious, everybody in the family likes it.
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tsp. water
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
Only fly in the ointment is that it’s almost impossible to get hands on apple cider vinegar here in germany. A substitute is mixing apple juice and apple vinegar 50:50 but, honestly, it’s not the same.
I tried smoking pork short ribs using the “professional” 3-2-1 Hours Method yesterday and they really came out outstandingly great! So what does that mean? It means you have three stages of cooking:
Here’s my Top 5 Recipes that I cook really often and that I don’t even have to look up anymore. They’re all no-fuss, absolutely yummy and easy to cook. Give them a try and enjoy! Let’s start:
Friends out there! This is shit is crazy good, so do try it! I stole this from here and adpated it a little (as usual). You’ll need:
So this guy did a cool overview of steak cuts with descriptions on Imgur. Worth reading!
Yesterday’s Dinner for two. I should really work on the presentation, but – man! – this was delicious! The sous vide gadget makes sure the duck breast comes out perfectly, pink in the middle and absolutely not overcooked. I really like that thing!
The fat side was seared in the pan and glazed with a mix of sherry and honey. The sauce was a reduction of red wine, balsamic vinegar, garlic and honey. This was serious work, but it was absolutely worth the effort.
First, that thing is large. In all the pictures that I had seen before, it looks rather small and handy but in reality it is 35 (!) cm long, so I first had to find a container that was high enough to fit 🙂
This is what I put together for personal use (american ⇒ metric). It’s pinned to my fridge wall and I use it often. You might find it interesting too.
I made a new batch of meat for curing and smoking. This time I will make two sorts: My standard cured pork (right side) like I already did several times. They’re about 700g each, so I’m planning to smoke one of them after curing and dry the other one.
The other type is “Bresaola” – cured and dried beef. It’s been cured with red wine for 24 hours and is now being cured with salt, sugar and herbs in the fridge. After that It’s going to be dried.
Made these little creeps yesterday for dinner. They’re absolutely easy to make but are very flavorful and yummy.
Gnocchi for two (about 200g each)
8-10 leaves of sage, coarsely cut
125 g butter
1 small shallot, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely diced
Salt and pepper
Grated parmesan cheese
I like garlic and besides the fresh cloves, I use a lot of store bought garlic paste for cooking when I’m in a hurry. So why not make some myself, have it fresh and have a little fun? I normally use this brand, it’s tasty, almost non-chemical and I consider it somewhat “original” since my asia store clerk strongly recommended it to me.
So I put Hauke to a use and made a small batch of sourdough yesterday for testing. Following this Youtube Video, I made it “by feel” using a ratio of 3:2:1 (flour:water:sourdough). After letting it sit for one night it almost doubled in size and got really nice and fluffy (and a hell of a sticky substance). Baked it for 40 mins. in my trusty dutch oven and got this nice result.
Now these are a little more complicated… I had stuff like them in a vietnamese restaurant and I was now googling around for some time to find something similar that I’d dare myself. So finally, since I’m neither asian nor a professional, I’ve thrown this together from here, here and here. What can I say? They turned out a bit ugly but indeed really delicious 🙂
As a kid I loved the Bud Spencer & Terence Hill movies! Great stories, even greater comments and… cool food. Just remember them grubbing a full pan of beans and bacon fresh from the campfire and niftily stolen from some starving-ass villains (and occasionally sharing it with their horses). Here’s my (very simple) version – a tradition for the last 20 years:
After one day of rest, it’s day 4 of the sourdough test now. It has a distinct sourly smell, rather fresh and not pungent or moldy and it bubbles. I’ll feed it one last time today and then try it out for baking bread. After all, I can sum up the process as follows:
They’re garlicky, buttery, crispy and simply yummy. If you gave me a bathtub full of them, I’d want to drown in it. Had them last night again and here’s how:
500g small, round potatoes
2-3 tbsp. butter
2-3 tbsp. olive oil
2-3 big cloves of garlic, minced
Dried rosemary to taste
Salt & pepper to taste
The trick seems to be to “feed” it day by day, until it bubbles. The naturally occuring wild yeasts and lactobacilli in the flour need some time to wake up, reproduce and populate the mixture thoroughly. When this proliferation has reached a certain level, the developing carbon dioxide makes the dough bubble up and the ongoing fermentation produces a wide variety of aromatics – that finally also end up in your bread.
Looking forward to tomorrow evening and on how it is going on.
Let me present to you: Hauke (a somewhat unusual boy’s name in germany), my first homemade sourdough starter – at least my first try. Since I’ve read that they’re living organisms and thus you’re obliged to give them names, I’ll simply call him – well – Hauke. I started him off today with 50g wheat flour (Type 1050) and 50 ml water @ 27 °C (lukewarm). Recipe taken from here.
Part two and more information on how to make a sourdough starter tomorrow, when I’ll have to fill it up.
Since I was an absolute beginner when it came to using a pressure cooker (and I somehow lost the manual…), I looked for instructions on the internet lately. Some were plain BS, some just dramatically told elementary stuff and left out the real instructions and, finally, some (especially the relevant forums!) were very informative. I threw everything together and tried it out (BTW – here’s a good article on what a pressure cooker actually does – I won’t describe the principles of pressure cooking here).
So, here’s my personal “Pressure Cooker How To for Dummies” (tested, illustrated and in full color!):
Super-easy and fast. Oh, I forgot: also yummy!
Salmon for 2 (~350g)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. ginger, minced
½ tsp. red pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
Dug out my slow cooker again yesterday after some time and made some pork neck. I don’t know where I got this recipe from anymore, but I really like it every once in a while since it’s very yummy and easy to make. The meat comes out fork tender and juicy and it has a nicely round and savoury taste.
Since I’ve been asked, this is my standard cooking equipment. Oddly, when digging through my kitchen cupboards I found that it is not so very much. Of course there’s some more, since kitchen utensils have a tendency to accumulate like old socks in your drawer, but I don’t use everything regularly. I do almost everything with a very manageable amount of rudimental, yet essential tools that I use everyday:
I like cooking asian and this often involves the use of dried mushrooms. They can easily be rehydrated with boiling water in a few minutes. While for wood-ear mushrooms boiling water is perfectly ok, some say that it is not for shiitakes and one should rather use lukewarm water (having to accept a longer rehydration time) in order to preserve flavour. I personally can’t find any difference, so I always use boiling water for both.
This video is about 20 minutes condensed to 1. The wood-ear mushrooms are perfectly good after about 12-15 minutes, whereas the thicker shiitake take at least 20 minutes to rehydrate. You can save the flavourful liquid from the shiitakes for later use (the wood ear don’t deliver any), for example as soup stock addition etc. And don’t forget to remove the stems.
I’m not much of “sweets guy” but my SO loves a sugary treat from time to time, so I made her these. It’s actually this “Tasty“-Recipe and it works well. Almost no effort, nearly fool proof and apparently really delicious.
I made beef jerky again, this time Teriyaki-style. Also, meanwhile I have “professional” Dehydrator that does a real good job and that has temperature control as well as a timer for “fill and forget”.
I made a yummy Seafood Gratin these days. Attention: This is serious winter food – heavy, savoury, warming and high in calories… here’s how to cook it.
My sister in law made Spätzle herself (which is, as far as I know, best translated to “swabian noodles”). It’s a traditional southern german specialty made from small lumps of dough cooked in boiling water and then enriched with melted cheese (“Käsespätzle”) and sauteed onions.
I will snatch the recipe from her…
I will reproduce it…
and I WILL eat them… 🙂
Eventually, I seem to get the hang on it. The latest piece turned out beautifully. After smoking it thoroughly with the cold smoker and hanging it in the fridge to age for about four weeks, I recently gave it a try and I really like it. Tasty, not harsh, rather mild and the fat melts in your mouth. Luckily, I wrote down what I did precisely, so I can (and will) repeat.
Mhh, I think I’m on some kind of asian-cooking-trip at the moment… This one is hot, tasty and easy to prepare. Taken from here and adapted to my needs and possibilities.
I had a full pund of ground meat left over yesterday, so in order to not let it spoil I made an Oven Fattie from it. Man, this is Heart Attack Food… Extra juicy, cheesy and frickin’ delicious. Here’s how to do it:
I made homemade veggie stock these days for my SO. I’m not so much into veggies personally but she likes it and I made a batch. It’s really easy and it only takes some time to dry (where you don’t have to give it too much attention). This is not so much intended for making soup (although it will somehow work too), but merely for seasoning, for example for sauces and stews.
You can use leftover uncooked veggies and also kitchen scraps for this, as long as you make sure they’re clean and reasonably free of roots or hard skins. This is what I did:
Teriyaki Sauce is one of the staple ingredients in japanese cooking. It means “shiny grilled” literally (Wikipedia) and while it’s normally just prepared on the fly while cooking, I find it nice to have a small stock of it in the fridge to use.
I tried to find a recipe that is as original as possible because there are so many “western” variations of it to be found on the internet and I wanted the real thing. Eventually, I found a simple and easy instruction in this video (at 4:20 – I generally like that guy and I have already cooked a lot of his dishes) and will follow this, because most “japanese” or at least “original asian” looking sites say mostly the same.
I like these and always make them in advance for a few days. It’s not too much work (let it be 10 minutes) and they reheat in the microwave in 2 minutes in the morning, so they’re easy and convenient. They keep in the fridge for about two days, otherwise I think you could also freeze them. But usually they don’t last very long…
Latest cooking Experiment, yesterday evening for dinner: “Elsässer Flammkuchen” (some kind of french pizza, with a very thin bottom topped with sour cream, onions and bacon). Very yummy, luckily everybody liked it.
My SO is on tour visiting her familiy, so I had the opportunity to make my delicious beef leg stew in the crockpot yesterday. It’s really easy, yummy and filling. Follow this simple recipe and enjoy a real manly comfort food:
Another batch done. Oddly, it took several days longer to reach the 35% of weight loss in the fridge (see here), but, man! This shit tastes great!
Ugly Fotos this time but a great meal! This is the Seafood Chowder we had for Dinner yesterday. 3 hours in the slow cooker made hearty, aromatic, fragrant and filling meal. Almost no work at all, easily available ingredients and a simple recipe. We’ll definitely do that again! Trust me: Do try this at home!
This chinese noodle dish with the exceptional name (basic recipe and explanation here) is fast and easy to cook and yummy as hell. Man, I love that shit!
(BTW: Sake is required, not Oyster Sauce as on the picture). As usual I adapted it a little, aka mixed several recipes that I found on the internet until I liked it best.
As much of a setback the smoking session last weekend was, as heavenly the dry cured meat turned out!
Took ’em off the hook today since they had reached the planned weight. Firm to the touch, dry and with a really delicious scent. It came out almost “creamy” with an unobtrusive taste, the herbs I used come through not too heavy and they have a very pleasant texture.
Pork neck with the surface fat trimmed diligently turned out to be the most suitable piece to use. Only thing I will change is that I will use a little larger pieces next time. O.K. so let’s skip smoking and concentrate on dry curing instead 🙂
So I think I’m starting large-scale production now… 🙂 I have four new pieces of pork here again (belly, neck and shoulder) that I want to cure in different ways and that I plan to cold-smoke next weekend.
The waiting is over now after six days of dry curing in a vaccum bag. So I gave each one a different spice: Coarse pepper, Thyme and Rosemary, corded ’em up and hung ’em in the fridge. Now it’s about waiting for them to dry.
Since the last batch worked out so beautiful, I have started another one but this time three times as much. The procedure is always the same:
Man, this is gonna be a large gallery. I made a new batch of sausages today, following my basic recipe – we hope to have the one or the other grill party here with some friends. Not everything went straight, but in the end, it worked out fine.
Three weeks ago I began curing some meat just in the fridge, without smoking. Today, after 24 days I think it’s done so lets try it. It has lost more than 35% of it’s weight (the goal was 310g, it is 305 g now), it is firm and has no unpleasant odor.
A Simple Ramen Dish made from chicken soup and my homemade chili oil. This is way better than the industrial ramen packages.
The 2.574.956th approach to rub on the net. This is my personal favourite. I like it because it’s absolutely easy to make and it simply tastes great. Just mix it up and you’re ready to go.
So I made me some of my favourite barbecue short ribs yesterday for diner. Here’s the sequence of events:
So I got myself this new little Garlic-Grinding-Machine-Application-Thingy. Works absolutely great! I like garlic a lot and this really comes in very handy, since it makes cool minced garlic in no time, is easy to use and easy to clean. No mess, no smelly hands and almost no work.
I cured a nice piece of pork with salt and herbs over the last 4 days. Now it hangs in the fridge to age for another 3-4 weeks until it has lost about 35% of its weight (current weight at start is 480g so the goal is about 310g). It’s nicely wrapped in cheesecloth and tied up neatly. I’m curious!
And, oh my god, I’ve got to clean that fridge. (It’s funny how there’s things that you never really take notice of until you take a photo of them…)
I made asian/chinese (whatever) chili oil for cooking again – simple, fast and tasty, and the smell fills the whole kitchen… mhhh…
Found an intersting article in the german Newspaper Die Welt on how to reasonably store your goods in your refrigerator according to the different temperature zones. I’ve taken the liberty of translating it.
Finally had the time to make my first homemade takoyaki trying out my recently made makeshift apparatus. I recommend this strongly to everyone who likes japanese food! They’re multo delicioso!
Very very yummy! Another one that I really wanted to try for some time now, I made it with garlicky, buttery beans as a side dish. It’s easy enough to make even on a workday evening and I think it would also go well with rice or any other greens that you like.
I had Takoyaki some days ago, and I absolutely loved them. Naturally, I want to try to make them by myself, but unfortunately there are virtually no takoyaki pans available for induction stoves 🙁 .
Yeah! Four racks of baby back ribs and two barbecue fatties! I’m going to try out he new “small” UDS that I made last winter. It has worked beautifully for cold smoking bacon, now I’m curious about how it’ll perform smoking a serious load of meat. Some friends are going to come over tonight, we’re going to have some beer for the boys, some wine for the ladies and lots to eat. My mouth already waters in anticipation…
Mentsuyu is a japanese allround dipping sauce and soup base – it seems to be a very common condiment there and it tastes great. I use it as a dipping sauce for cold Soba/Somen noodles. The following recipe is not completely original, since Kombu seaweed and Bonito flakes aren’t available here and I substituted them with plain dashi powder. But I cross-tried it in a japanese restaurant and it does come close enough.
Im ending my field test today, because a.) I’m hungry and b.) I won’t be storing mushrooms longer than 5-6 days anyway.
Almost no recognizable difference. They’re all a little dried, but none of them are spoiled in any sense. One Thing seems to be that you have to store them uncovered and on newspaper or kitchen towel. Let’s give ’em another few days.
So every other batch of mushrooms that I buy and that I don’t eat right away is spoiling 🙁 . Having read several hints and tips on how to best store mushrooms for a few days and each one contradicting the other, I have decided to do my own FIELD TEST!
I still have nice piece of rib-eye in the fridge that I don’t want to spoil, so that’ll be tonight’s dinner. Here’s my cheat-chart for the internal temperature. I’ve got a cheap meat thermometer to measure the temps because I’m not skilled enough to eyeball it and I don’t want to ruin a good piece of meat.
I ran out of Rub after my medieval dinner three weeks ago, so I stocked up again and made some of my super secret “Personal BBQ Dry Rub”.
To be (rudely) honest, I don’t like those “Tasty” videos so much, but this one really caught me and I tried it. It’s a cool way to re-use your kitchen scraps by just keeping them in the freezer and – once you’ve collected enough – make vegetable stock from them.
And. It. works. 🙂
This is what I received in the Mail today: My new Lodge™ Cast Iron Dutch Oven. It’s 5 qt. (4,7 l) and it weighs a solid 11.6 lbs. (5,25 kg). And I will mainly use it for… baking bread. I also got a pan from them which suits me really well.
It came pre-seasoned, so I won’t have to do this, but you can read my passage on re-seasoning cast iron anyway if you like.
This is yesterdays dinner. My SO was not so amused, since she can’t eat pork meat, but she always lets me cook things like this just to see me rolling around, completely overeaten and swearing to never do this again… 🙂
Had this for breakfast again today and I still love it. “Recipe” for a Thai-style Omelette, that I picked up somewhere…
- 2 Eggs
- 1.5 tsp. Fish Sauce
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Much oil for frying (this is close to deep-frying!)
Add a generous amount of cooking oil to a pan or preferably a wok on high heat and let it warm up to the point just before it’s starting to smoke. Mix eggs and fish sauce in a bowl, add salt & pepper to taste and whisk together.
Add the eggs to the hot wok and fry until the underside is golden brown. It will produce bubbles and fry up. Turn down the heat to medium-high and flip over. Bake 1 minute or so more, then serve.
This is not where this recipe is from, but it’s almost the same.
My slow cooker really was one of the rather reasonable purchases for my kitchen. Especially when you don’t have too much time for cooking: Throw stuff in. Turn it on. Completely forget about it for a few hours and – bang! – Hearty meal! I love it.
Images from yesterday’s “Medieaval Dinner” with some of my dearest people. I think it was yummy, abundant and tasty. (At least I hope so.)
Basically, this is a simple yeast-dough: Knead all the ingredients to a firm-to-the-touch dough (I use my food processor). Just knead until it doesn’t stick to the surface of the bowl anymore. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place for at least 2 hrs.
Yep. We tried it again and this time we took photos. The new mould (”Oshibako”) has better dimensions and makes more handy pieces. Also, we tried more nori and wasabi mayonnaise. We were so stuffed and happy yesterday evening.
Smoking the cured meats from recently in the new “small” UDS.
Yesterdays dinner. Oyster- and king-oyster-mushrooms, deep fried with some veggies. Man I really need to get hands on some tips on how to properly take photos of food…
The pressed-sushi-mold put to the test and it worked absolutely fine! As usual, I was so excited working with it, that I didn’t take any photos. If my SO hadn’t taken some there would be none at all…
This is a so called “Oshibako“ – a kind of mold used for making “pressed sushi”. I made it today – as usual from the finest scrap-wood that I had lying around… 🙂
The next batch of homemade bacon is on the run. It’s hanging to air-dry now before smoking, In german-language it’s called “brennen” wich literally means “to burn”, but it says no more than to air-dry it for 24 hrs. or so. This time I rinsed it thoroughly to wash off the salt a little that builds up during the curing process.
Homemade Lox and Blinis.
We made spring rolls yesterday evening! Delicious little bastards…
Today morning’s “christmas pancakes” for my SO. Recipe:
Here’s how I make my own bacon (Recipe/How-To):
Finally got my cold smoke box ready, including a cold smoke generator (idea taken from here). Luckily, it’s all made of scrap that was lying around, so nothing is really lost if it doesn’t work. Can’t wait to try it out.
Asian-style fried rice: Easy, delicious, fast. (Serves: 1)
Absolutely delicious and the smell is marvellous. Of course I’ve got this one from the internet, but I don’t remember from where anymore.
So your faithful old cast Iron pan is a little rugged up? Here’s how you can re-season it after cleaning:
The next attempt in sous vide cooking.
Believe it or not: This heap of scrap is my new self made sous-vide cooker! Cost me exactly € 10.99 for the immersion heater, everything else was lying around in the shop. I was not very convinced of the concept of sous vide cooking in the beginning so it was merely a side-project just for fun, but the steak turned out SO delicious I will definitely do this more often!
Had 3 days off because I called in sick with the flu (or at least as much as I could, since I’m the Boss…)
I made my own cookbook!
“Hibachi Noodles”, I LOVE this stuff.
This isn’t some kind of official recipe, it’s just how I do it. I’m german so I use metric measures, not imperial. Work clean and wash your hands and tools frequently! This recipe contains no Ice (and thus: no Water) and no preservatives. It‘s just pure meat, spices, dedication and lots of love.
(What a title…) A new try with the slow cooker. Teriyaki-style honey and sesame turkey breast with mushrooms and spring onions for three persons. Since it turned out delicious, as I promised here’s the recipe. I found it somwhere on the internet and (strongly) adapted it to my needs.
Look at that… Recipe/Instructions from here: Grilled Ribeye With Soy Butter Glaze
Homemade Gyoza Recipe. I love them.