Lentil Bolognese

So I found a very old draft I made for this post:

I’m Quite fascinated by this Meatless Monday idea. This is fourfold: The enviorment seems to like it, my wallet seems to like it, my scale could like it and it is a great excuse for me to test a whole new field of cooking.

I have some vegetarian recipes on my blog already. To be honest, the recipe that triggered this Meatless Fascination was the Indian wonder Aloo Mattar! This is truly a dinner that you can eat without feeling the lack of meat – and now I’m going to find more of those dinner opportunities.

A lot has happened since then and I like the story these old drafts tell about me. I just love the idea that every human being has a life story to tell that is just as detailed and filled with memories, experiences, opinions and beliefs as my own. This is probably why I love the internet so much – especially youtube. It’s a little glimpse into someones life. It’s fascinating. I feel like whenever I remind myself that everyone else is as complex a human being as myself I just develop greater tolerance for people who are different than me. Do any of you feel the same way?

About the bolognese: I actually never got to make it back then – but since going vegan I just had to try it. So this Tuesday, when I was actually supposed to study for my final exam, I decided trying a new recipe was a perfect way to procrastinate. And I must say it ended up being a very fruitful procrastination session. Cause this bolognese is GOOD.Lentil Bolognese Continue reading “Lentil Bolognese”

Rice Taffel – Vegan

I have decided to try virtually any recipe vegan style. I’m not gonna address myself as anything more than a conscious eater. But I do think the most conscious choice is vegan – if you don’t care about taste or that stuff. So i’m gonna se which recipes work vegan style and which recipes doesn’t.

And I’m going to start out testing my long time beloved Rice Taffel. It is normally eaten with Chicken, Turkey or Pork – but I’m gonna try potatoes and chickpeas instead. That seems like a good place to start. To be true to my purpose I have just copied my old recipe and then changed the non vegan products. Because that is the true test – right? It has got to be just as easy as it used to be – and then vegan.Vegan Rice Taffel Continue reading “Rice Taffel – Vegan”

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL! Repost: Danish classics: Swedish sausage dish! A Family Recipe!

Okay, this is called “Pineapple in own juice” in Denmark – it means what I’m about to write is a teeny tiny bit self-centered, and I’m not supposed to be doing this.. But HOORAY!!! Yesterday, StarWars Day, was my 25th Birthday! Aren’t birthdays amazing?? I think they are the best! I know – I’m not supposed to really care anymore, I’m supposed to grow up and just have moderate fun. But I don’t care. For me this is a big deal. This is a quater of a freaking century. Wow! It’s magnificent, it’s wonderful, it’s… kinda old.. Oh, don’t even go there – stay in the happy place! It AWESOME!! Tell me, how do you feel about Birthdays? When did you stop caring that much? When did you start feeling old?? Or are you just as much of a child as me??

Well – since I love my birthday so much I decided to repost my birthday meal – Swedish Sausage Dish! I had this for my Birthday from age 3 through 14 – and it was awesome! This year I traded it for Pulled Pork and Coleslaw burgers – all of which was store bought and ready-made. Yeah, mamma ain’t cooking for me no more – but Husband made pancakes for dessert – with Nutella. Wow. I see why I love my birthday. Because I love the food 🙂 What food do you get on your Birthday?

So, here you have the old post – actually one of the very first posts on my blog – my present to you. And it’s totally fine that you didn’t get me anything 😉

This is all me - but it's okay . it's my Birthday :p
This is all me – but it’s okay. It’s my Birthday :p

Oct. 25, 2015: So, I’m Danish. That has not been shown too much on the blog so far. But that’s about to change. Once a week we have an “old classics” night where my husband gets to choose a classic meal for dinner. This is to prevent him from hating all my kitchen experiments. This is one of those classics, and we  always keep a box or 4 in our freezer, just in case.

This one is truly a original recipe. In danish it’s called “Swedish Sausage Dish”. I don’t even know if it’s Swedish or anything, but the recipe I’m using is from my mother, and it’s impossible to find this recipe anywhere on the internet – beside the one I have uploaded. All the other “original” recipes calls for heavy cream and tomato puree and potatoes. this family recipe calls for whole milk, canned tomatoes and spaghetti! And then I did some healthifying with some oven baked potatoes and skimmed milk.

This recipe was my favorite meal when I was a kid. It was my regular birthday meal and I loved it! And it is so very simple and child friendly – you won’t believe it!

Swedish sausage dish

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Quiche № 3: Taco-style

I really like Tortillas. I don’t know what that means to you – but in Denmark “Tortillas” (pronounced with hard “L’s”) is a Tortilla Pancake filled with taco-seasoned ground beef, salad, salsa, dressing, guacamole and shredded mozzarella. Yes, it is very similar to the filling of a Taco shell. That is the kind of Tortilla that has won the hearts here in Denmark for sure. I’ll do a recipe for you some time, cause they are so good!

But for now I’m still doing my Quiche-mania so it’s on to a Tortilla style Quiche. But to make everyone associate with the right filling, I present: The Taco Quiche! The Taco Quiche is impossible to find online, but it’s not super common. For my recipe I will brag and say I found no inspiration online – I made this one all in my own head. So that makes me particularly proud.

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Quiche № 2: Potato & Onion

We are staying in the cheapest end of quiches. This is the winner in the budget friendly quiche category with only 20,- (Equal to 3 dollars) for a 4 person quiche. That is not a lot and you can thank the Spanish people for this. It is simply a Spanish Tortilla in a crust.

But at the same time this might be my favorite quiche. So simple and yet so delicious. Yum, yum, yum!

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Quiche № 01: Leek & Ham

I like Quiche! You know I like Meatballs – you know I like Smoothies – but one thing your’e about to know is that I like Quiche! At this moment I have 5 different Quiches prepared for my blog! So yeah! This is the beginning of yet another adventure in numbers! And I hope you will read this with the same enthusiasm as I am writing it!

The beginning of this adventure is cheap and simple. I made 5 different quiches one day, you know, your average procrastination, right? A lot of the quiches were rather expensive and experimental or just decadent and delicious. But this one – it is as down to earth as an average man from West-Jutland – and that is very down to earth, I will have you know!

Now the recipe is for a small baking dish and not a traditional quiche-dish, so it will be necessary to adjust this for your own preferred quiche-baking equipment.

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Soup № 2: Minestrone!

I like soup! But I will share this deep dark secret with you: I don’t make them myself. I almost always end up with the ready-made frozen soups from the Danish Brand Mou – cause they are divine! Especially the traditional Danish “clear soup with meat- and flour balls” – as it translates directly – is just much better when bought ready-made.

With this secret out – I am still me – and that means I will still have to try making everything myself – just for fun. In the fall I had a vegetable mania and in that period I tried making Minestrone for the first time. Then time flew by and just before winter ended I realized I should try making it again. So I did, and this is the recipe for it! But one thing is important to take note of! Minestrone shouldn’t be the same every time. My recipe is split in two, a base and the filling. The base is delicious and the vegetables can be changed around at your greatest desire.

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Yummy Tomato Sauce & Gnocchi!

So, I actually have made Gnocchi before and I have made Tomato Sauce before and it has all tasted very nice. But I have never written down a recipe, calculated the calories or evaluated with my husband what could be improved. But now I have!

Just a few weeks ago we were having some leftovers for dinner. Now, this is true: We are still eating American Meatballs because I made such a bunch. But hey, they are pretty darn good, so why wouldn’t we? So we were having meatballs, and we wanted potatoes along side of them. But the potatoes we bought (on sale, how stupid) were not good at all. So we decided to mash them up and make them into something beautiful! And that we did! That we did! On top of that I happened to make an extraordinarily great pasta sauce that night, so I think it deserved a spot since Gnocchi is so easy, it barely counts as a recipe itself.

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Meatball № 4 – American Style

I think it’s time to make meatballs my signature dish! It all started with my Danish Pork-Patties. The classic! But then I got hot for more meatball-mania so I had to try making chicken patties – awesome they were! And as if that shouldn’t be enough I have my two Falafel recipes! It is safe to say I am totally in love with this concept of incredible food that is minced, mixed and scooped into meatballs! Or chickpea balls or whatever! Call them patties, call them balls – I will eat them for sure!

And now my life long search for great balls have let me to the COW! I am going to explore the beef based meatballs that we don’t eat in Denmark – at least not traditionally! Traditionally Danes eat ground beef af hamburgers! We make a beef and then we fry it and est it with brown gravy and potatoes! But that will soon be changing if I am the woman in charge. Well, who am I kidding, I’m not in charge at all! But a woman can dream, right?

For my first beef-based experiment I will be making meatballs: AMERICAN STYLE! ..Nope, that is not as authentic as it sounds. That is just my way of showing you how I see America: In a meatball!

With all the cooking shows and blogs I have laid eyes on there are three things that I know for sure that Americans love and need: BBQ sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parsley! I mean – every time! In any American recipe one of these will occur! I promise! Well, at least 95%! Continue reading “Meatball № 4 – American Style”