I am cooking a going away dinner today. Yesterday i did all the shopping for it. I will make a coq au vin, or rather, poulet au vin. There are many recipes for this dish online. I have checked quite a few, and decided to make my one based on all of them. So yesterday evening i poured red wine over the chicken things with bones and let it sit in the fridge for the whole night. Around four this afternoon i will start preparing the dish. Bake the chicken in a pan in butter together with thinly sliced onion and a couple of carrots also sliced. After that cook the bacon, the shallots and the mushrooms. Hmm, maybe i better blanch the shallots first in boiling water. Yes! Deglaze the pot with a chicken stock. Add a bit of flour. Add some rosemary. Put everything in the pot and let it simmer for a while. Add the red wine, bay leaves, put in the oven for one and a half hour.
With this dish i will bake potatoes and boil carrots with some butter and a bit of brown sugar. I hope i will make some photos of the dish once it is ready!
The dessert is simple: strawberries and whipped cream with a bit of vanilla paste. Yum 🙂
Published on June 1, 2020 at 6:00 by Ellen
I felt a bit more as usual today. Yesterday i was at home the whole day. I did do some dishes. I cleaned up the table in the front room. I cleaned up my kitchen. This morning i started with doing some more dishes. I still have some to do. Mostly the pans and bowls are having everything soaked off right now.
Today i walked by Julien. He has a room for rent for two months, starting January 31. So i went though the room and i will rent it – for only 250 euros each month. This gives me more time to look for another cheap house, preferably in the northern part of Rotterdam.
Thinking back about the dinner party makes me feel very happy. It still is in my head.I know i need to start thinking about packing, throwing things away, giving things away. And i will! But i do still feel a bit rosy afterwards. Bless all my guests!
I have some links to recipes for you from last Sundays dinner.
Published on January 15, 2020 at 6:00 by Ellen
Today i baked the Dutch Appeltaart. Not for myself, but for a friend. Too sweet for me i confess. It is lovely of course. Filled with apples surrounded by a sweet baked dough. Cinnamon and vanille are the main tasty ingredients. Apart from the apples and the sugar and the flour. I used Goudreinette, the apple i use to make an applesauce most of the time. A sweet and sour apple which does cook easily to a pulp.
I used a recipe i found online on Eef kookt zo. In Dutch of course.
- 1 kilo of Goudreinetten apples
- 450 gr flour (any you want, i used a wheat flour which was partly freed of brown stuff
- 250 gr butter on room temperature
- 225 gr light brown sugar
- 100 gr raisins – sultana’s are the ones i used
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanille paste
- fresh lemon juice
- Put the raisins in a bowl of warm water and let it sit for a couple of minutes
- Heat up the oven to 175ºC
- Mix the flour, butter, sugar, vanille paste, salt and one and a half egg until it is nice and compact
- Grease a springform of 23-25 cm wide in with butter and press in 3/4 of the dough in the form, going up all the sides
- Core the apples, peel them and cut them in small wedges. Put in a bowl with the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pour the water away from the raisins and add them to the apples. Mix the apple and raisin misture with a spoon of sugar and the cinnamon.
- Fill the dough with the apples. Press down with a bit of force.
- Take the remaining dough and roll out to a thin layer, slice strips of it. Weave the strips over the appeltaart.
- Use the remaining quarter of the egg to brush over the dough at the top.
- Bake for an hour in the oven until it is golden brown
Published on December 10, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Last Friday there was a first harvest of courgette (zucchini for you USA people). I decided to make a courgette cake with, as i made tens of times before in the years past. This time though, it would be a keto cake. No sugar, no wheat flour. In stead, i will use erythritol and almond flour. No sultanas this time, i stopped eating them the beginning of this year. Too sweet.
To be honest, i found the cake a bit too savory. I should have thought about the lack of sultanas and add a bit more sugar. I think for next time i will buy some sultanas, even though they are too sweet for me personally. But, on the whole i enjoyed the cake. Especially the almond flour adds a really nice flavour.
- butter, for the tin
- 3 medium eggs
- 125ml vegetable oil
- 100g erythritol
- 350g courgette, coarsely grated
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar (optional)
- 300g almond flour
- 1 tablespoon of psyllium powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 85g almonds, roughly chopped, or any other nut or seed you have
- a pinch of salt
- Heat oven to 160C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and sugar, then add the courgettes and vanilla.
- In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, then pour into the tin. Bake for 1 hr and ten minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool, then serve, or freeze for up to 1 month.
Mixed the eggs, erythritol and oil. Added the vanilla sugar.
And the rasped courgette.
Put the raw almonds on the top of the cake
... and done!
Published on July 15, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Since January this year i’ve been getting more into a keto diet. Not that i really want to loose weight, no. I want to keep my glucose level and lower. Since a year i had been eating low carb, but it didn’t really work that well. So this keto diet seemed the next step. More serious, more hardcore, less carbs, hardly any sugar, more fat, the same proteine.
I did need to find new ways to bake. I did settle mostly on almond flour and erythritol. Way more expensive, yeah, sad to say.
Today i wanted to bake me some cookies. I bought chocolate, a 85% dark chocolate. I did have all the other ingredients at home. Half the mix i’m saving in the fridge. I will bake more cookies tomorrow, and take them with me to the garden.
The almond flour tastes great. The cookie is not as sweet as usual, with the dark chocolate into it. But i love it!
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/8 cup boconut oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup erythritol
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 100 gr dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180° degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a baking mat.
- Melt the butter and coconut oil.
- Add the erythritol and egg and mix until combined.
- Mix in the salt and baking soda.
- Add the almond flour a little bit at a time to avoid any clumping, Whisk everything together.
- Chop the chocolate in small bits. Fold and stir in the dark chocolate chips.
- Shape the dough into tablespoon cookies a few inches apart.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until it begins to brown around edges. Let the cookies cool for around fifteen minutes.
- The cookies taste best on the day they are baked. You can put the dough in the fridge or the freezer and bake them within a couple of days.
Published on June 12, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Yesterday at the garden i picked a few rhubarb stems. My first ever! So today i baked a rhubarb almond cake, which i will bring with me to the garden tomorrow. I just had my first piece. Lovely!
I used this recipe from sugaryandbuttery.com as a basis. I did not use regular sugar for this, but erythritol, which doesn’t spike my glucose. I also used wheat flour in stead of corn flour. I don’t mind the gluten. I used my brownie 20×20 cm form.
- 6 eggs, separated
- 200 gr erythritol powdered (i use my coffee grinder to powder)
- 60 gr wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 200 gr almond flour
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- pinch of salt
- 3 stalks of rhubarb (this is all i had picked in the garden – was luckily enough for the cake)
- sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 160ºC and grease a 20×20 cm rectangle cake pan.
- Wash, peel and cut rhubarb, set aside.
- Beat the egg yolks, vanilla and sugar for about 5 minutes until light and creamy.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff.
- Carefully fold the almond flour and egg yolk batter into the egg whites, do not stir or beat.
- Pour batter in cake pan and sprinkle the rhubarb pieces on top evenly.
- Bake for 20 mins.
- Sprinkle the almond slices over the cake and bake for another 30 mins.
- Let cool or enjoy warm.
The egg yolks, powdered erythritol and vanilla sugar beaten until it is light and creamy
The egg whites beaten stiff
The almond flour
The cake with the sliced rhubarb on top, before it went into the oven
The finished cake 🙂
Published on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Tonight, the last Sunday night of March, there is another Pot Luck evening at the garden. I’m making soup. Last Wednesday i picked a whole bag full of wild garlic (daslook in Dutch). I love it. The oniony garlicky taste. The fact it only grows in spring. The way it looks, the beautiful green leaves. Soon the white flowers will pop up, now you can only see the buds coming up.
This is a basic soup. First i had the idea of making it with nettles and wild garlic. I found this recipe on the BBC Good Food website. It turned out i had picked more than 500 grams of wild garlic, so i’m settling for a wild garlic soup. Just leaving out the nettles.
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 onion
- 1 fat leek
- 4 celery sticks
- 1 large winter carrot
- 2 potatoes
- 2,5l good-quality vegetable stock
- salt and pepper, fennel seeds
- 2,5 vegetable broth cubes
- 500g wild garlic leaves (keep any flowers if you have them)
- 200 ml milk – i used oat milk
I took spring onions with me to the garden, to slice them up finely and put on the soup once it was served.
- Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion, leek, celery, carrot, potato and a good pinch of salt, and stir until everything is well coated. Cover and sweat gently for 15-20 mins, stirring every so often to make sure that the vegetables don’t catch on the bottom of the pan.
- Pour in the stock and simmer for 10 mins. Add the wild garlic leaves and simmer for 2 mins.
- Remove from the heat and blend using a stick blender or tip into a blender. Return to the heat and stir through the milk, then taste for seasoning. Ladle into bowls and drizzle over a little extra oil, then top with a few wild garlic flowers, if you have them.
The onions, carrots, celery, potatoes and leek are first simmered for around 20 minutes.
I added salt and pepper, fennel seeds and the water with two and a half vegetable broth cubes.
I had washed the wild garlic, sliced it in small sections and put it in the soup. Left it simmering for 10 minutes.
The soup after it has been pureed with a stick blender.
Yesterday Nitai came by and brought a 1 kilo Cheddar cheese pack from the dumpster. It was a bit moldy, so i did cut of the sides. We shared it. I had seen the recipe for these Cheddar Cheese Crackers earlier, so today i thought i would make these.
These crackers are great for my low carb diet. And yes, i would like to loose a bit of weight, but most importantly it is good for my glucose level. I still have the wish to get rid of the diabetes injections and medicine.
- 200 gr almond flour
- 110 gr cheddar cheese, grated by hand
- 15 gr nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoons chili pepper
- 3 gloves garlic, very finely
- 1 small onion, cut finely
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 180ºC and place the rack into the middle position. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the dimensions of your sheet pan. Grate the cheese.
- Measure the dry ingredients (the first 8 ingredients) into a medium bowl, stirring thoroughly with a whisk to break up any lumps.
- Add the eggs and the oil to the bowl with the dry ingredients. With a rubber spatula, work the ingredients together to form a ball of dough.
- Place the parchment on the counter and the ball of dough on top. Flatten the dough slightly with your hands. Cut a piece of waxed paper longer than the parchment. Begin rolling out the crackers. Cut any dough that goes beyond the parchment and patch it to areas that need more. Continue until the dough is even in thickness and just about to the edges of all sides of the parchment.
- Cut the dough into 4 cm columns and rows. Make a small hole in the middle of each cracker.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully break up the crackers, spread them evenly in the pan, and place them back into the warm oven for 10 minutes to complete baking. Cool completely before enjoying. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator if you prefer.
Published on November 29, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen