My sister dances tango wherever she goes. Barcelona, Berlin, Manhattan, Buenos Aires or the Pyrenees Mountains. Once she danced with a man who got so happy that he gave her a bottle of Bordeaux. Mushroom picking is also a thing my sister does well, and in her kitchen you will find glass jars of dried ‘funnel chanterelles’ (tratt kantareller), ‘king bolete’ (karl-johan) and ‘horn of plenty’ (trumpet svamp). My sister often crumbles some dried funnel chanterelles into her bacon sauce.
6-8 slices of bacon
½ or one onion
one clove garlic
tiny amount of chili
200 ml (0.80 cups) cream (or half and half)
150-200 ml (0.6-0.8 cups) cheddar cheese
(dried funnel chanterelles)
salt and pepper
Shred the bacon into thin slices. Chop the onion and the garlic thin and sauté them together with chili in some olive oil. When they are starting to get soft add the bacon and sauté them together until the bacon gets a little crispy. Add the cream and let it boil slowly for one minute. Lower the heat and add the grated cheese. When the cheese is melted, season the sauce with salt and pepper. Last night I served it over fresh pasta topped with fresh grated parmesan and a tomato salad with fresh cilantro balsamic vinaigrette. An earthy Bordeaux will probably work well whether it comes from a tango dancer or not!
A couple a weeks ago I was discussing sausages with our friend Russel. He had just bought a meat grinder and we where eating homemade venison burgers. Russel got very interested in my mother’s liver sausages that I talked warmly about. Liver has never been my favorite food and I don’t think I have eaten it since I was a child. Now I am looking forward to get a bite of Russel’s version of my mother’s recipe.
1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) liver
1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) fat (non smoked bacon or minced pork meat)
6 boiled potatoes
3 grated yellow onions
4 or more tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons allspice (kryddpeppar)
1 teaspoons white pepper
thin hog castings
Separately mince the liver and the fat twice. Continue by mincing the boiled potatoes and the grated onions. Mix all the minced parts together with salt, pepper and the allspice into a smooth mixture. It’s important that the ingredients are well mixed.
Fill the hog casting, but don’t fill the sausages too hard. Make the sausages the length and thickness you prefer and make a knot on both ends.
Grease a baking tin with butter. Place the sausages in the tin and prick them with a thin needle. Bake them until they are well done and are golden brown (about an hour) at 175° (347 F). Half way through you can turn the sausages. Serve with a glass of beer, home made mashed potatoes and beetroots.
I love the fact that you can ask for a ‘doggie bag’. Sometimes I ask for it even if I didn’t like the food. Once I got a pork chop that was tasteless. I felt so sad about the meat so I took it home and made a tasty stew with mustard…
some pork or beef (minute steak, filet…)
one yellow onion
cream, milk or just water
a little flour (not necessary with cream)
fresh or dried herbs (thyme, parsley, oregano, rosemary or/ and….)
salt and pepper
Heat up a pan and sauté the finely chopped onion and garlic. Shred the meat into thin pieces. When the onion starts to get soft add the meat and sauté until it’s done. Add some mustard. Powder carefully a little flour over the meat and stir before you add the milk or water. Let it cook and season the stew with the herbs, salt and pepper. Serve the dish with a green salad, cucumber pickles and rice.
I think one of the best meats to barbecue is pork chops. I recommend that you choose the parts that have some fat around the meat. The fat makes it more juicy and some of it will actually disappear when its cooked. Less fat will only make the pork dry and dull.
This marinade also works for vegetables that you should marinate separately. Vegetables I recommend are…
red and green peppers
3-4 parts olive oil
1 part balsamic vinegar
fresh or dry thyme, oregano etc
1-2 bay leaves
2-3 cloves of garlic
Mix the oil and the vinegar together with the honey. Add the spices to your own taste. There should be a nice balance between the sweet honey and the peppers.
Fill a plastic bag with the pork chops and poor the marinade over them. Press the bag around so the marinade spreads around all the pieces. Let them rest in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours.
When you barbecue the pork chops they should not be over an open flame. Wait until you have a nice glow. If the pork chops are not too thick they will be done quite quickly anyway.
I really enjoy this barbequed meat and vegetables with a arugola/potatoe salad and some spicy red wine.