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Fancy traditional steak and potato dinner – Vegetarian Edition

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I’m a vegetarian but sometimes I like to keep things traditional and make a “steak and potatoes” fancy dinner. This is what I made last night and I decided to post it here if anyone is looking for ideas. It’s not very complicated, it’s just Hasselback potatoes, red wine sauce, peppered Quorn steaks and some steamed cauliflower and broccoli on the side. We followed this recipe for the red wine sauce. The Hasselback potatoes are made by peeling a few big potatoes and slicing them thinly, putting them in a wooden spoon to avoid cutting all the way through. After you’re done slicing them, they’re supposed to be buttered and put into the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes you should take them out and butter them again and cover them in breadcrumbs and salt and then put them back into the oven for another 25 minutes. I screwed up and put the breadcrumbs on first thing, but it was fine. The peppered Quorn steaks doesn’t require much cooking and they’re already seasoned, so I just buttered them and put them in the oven for like 10 minutes. Delicious!

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Surprise Swedish food

A couple of days ago I had a day off from work and was at home doing tedious but mandatory e-courses when the door bell rang. Outside the door stood a postman with a package, which turned out to be a book that I had ordered. I went back inside, sat down and started working again… when there was another buzz. Confused, I went down and opened the door once more. It was another postman with another package, which he asked me to sign for. It was a rather big package with the word “kitchen” on it. Since I couldn’t recall ordering any kitchen things or anything large recently, I checked that it was in fact supposed to be delivered to our flat. It was, it even had my name on it. I brought it inside and looked a bit closer… it had the words “Scandinavian kitchen” on it… realization started to dawn…

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Oh nom nom nom. Scandinavian kitchen is a store in London that sells Scandinavian food. My boyfriend wanted to do something nice and noticed that I was low on my precious lingonberry jam, so he thought it was a good opportunity to surprise me. I pretty much went crazy over the crips, they’re the only brand of crisps that I eat. 😀

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Kitchen disaster 2.0

After yesterday’s cooking fiasco, I’m looking forward to cooking a simple pizza in our clean and smoke-free oven. What happened yesterday was that 1) We started cooking really late so both of us were starving. 2) Due to a miscommunication, both of us thought the other person had cleaned the oven, which led to the fire alarm going of again and us needing to switch plans and start boiling potatoes, which made the cooking take even longer. 3) When the potatoes finally were ready, I started making mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, as I was seasoning it, the entire lid of the black pepper container fell off. Even after throwing away the parts that had the thickest coating of black pepper, we were left with a bowl of GRAY mashed potatoes.

The pathetic bit is that the original plan was to make a fancy dinner out of veg. steaks with hasselback potatoes. Best laid plans of mice and men…

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Homemade ketchup recipe

Before Christmas, I made a bunch of ketchup based on a recipe that I tweaked. The recipe was enough for six 250ml glass bottles, so in total it should come up to ~1 – 1.5 litres of ketchup. The ketchup bottles was a part of our homemade Christmas hamper that we gave to friends and family, which also included a jar of homemade chilisauce and some delicious handcrafted pralines that Tom made. Unfortunatly, I didn’t take any good photos of it so I will have to make do with this cellphone photo.

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Most ketchup recipes require Worcester sauce, which contains fish. I wanted to make a vegetarian version, so I tweaked the recipe and added an apple:

Ingredients:

1 green apple

1 kg tomatoes

1 dl white wine vinegar

1 big yellow onion or two smaller ones.

4 cloves of garlic

250g brown sugar

2 tsps Cinnamon

2 tsp Mustard seeds

2 tsps Chili flakes

1 tblsp vegetable stock powder.

2 tblsp Soy

Salt

Instructions:

Parboil the tomatoes until the skin cracks. Put them immediately in cold water and peel off the skin. Chop up the tomatoes and put them in a big bowl. Slice the onion(s) and the garlic and fry in a big pan until soft and golden. Add the tomatoes and heat. Gut the apple and slice it finely and add it to the pan with the vinegar. Stir in the sugar bit by bit. Ground the mustard seeds in a mortar and add them to the pan together with the other herbs, spices, stock and soy. Let the contents simmer for around 30-40 minutes (or longer, depending on how juicy your tomatoes were and how thick you want your sauce). Blend the sauce with a mixer or a stick blender. Season with salt and pepper to your preference. I prefer a ketchup that isn’t completely smooth, but if you prefer your ketchup without any lumps, put it through a siv before pouring it into the bottles. If unopened, the bottles can be kept in normal temperature. If opened, keep in the fridge. Enjoy!

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The return of the wooden dong bottle opener

In the summer of 2011, I went on a vacation to Crete. Tom was stuck in England and nagged me to send him a souvenir, so I went hunting for the tackiest thing I could find. I ended up settling for a wooden penis bottle opener, which was  pretty difficult to ship. Satisfied with Tom’s reaction once he received the gift and silently smug that he now was stuck with a wooden penis bottle opener in his kitchen, I forgot about it for a couple of years. 

Fast-forward to today. We’ve moved in together and I have realized that sending Tom a load of random items backfired on me, since he never throws anything away and now I’m stuck living with them too. So today we were setting up a magnetic knife rack to get some space in the kitchen. Furthest back in the kitchen drawer lurked the chunky, wooden dong. It has now made a splendid comeback, proudly attached to the magnetic knife rack. The worst part is that it’s a really crap bottle opener. Image

 

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Tiny kitchen nightmares

I’m currently staying at my sister’s flat. While cooking I saw that she had these two adorable salt and pepper figurines that are meant to be posed like they’re embracing each other.

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I realized that if you put paprika powder or chili inside them instead of salt and pepper, it looks like they’re crying/puking blood.

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And I’m not totally convinced they’re meant to stand in an embrace, I think they fit just as well into the zombie walk pose.

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Or like this.

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I guess to sum it up I think they’re pretty sinister looking things. I also realized, when cleaning up the figurines so my sister wouldn’t get mad at me for messing with them, that they look pretty damn creepy under the tap as well.

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