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3.10.13

Burning love - A danish cardiac arrest dish

3.10.13
This traditional danish dish named burning love (translated brandende kærlighed) is not for folks with a weak heard. It is simple cooking at its best.
The dish consist of a good portion of mashed potatoes toped with crisped bacon and sweat onions roasted in a lot of salty butter. - Thats it!  But boy, this will make your heart jump ;-)

Boil the potatoes and mash them in a bowl with a good amount of butter and some milk. More butter, more soft and creamy the mashed potatoes will be. Add some salt, pepper and muscat, you can always adjust the taste wile mashing the potatoes and add more butter and spices.

Chop the bacon up into smaller pieces and roast them until they are crispy. Put the bacon aside. Now slice the onions up into rings and roast them with a lot of butter, until they are soft and light brown. During the onion roasting you can always add more butter so they don't get to hard and brown but stay soft. When the onions are done add the bacon back into the frying pan with the onions and mix them together for a good minute.

Well, thats basically it.

Put the mashed potatoes on plate and top them of with the bacon and onions. Et voilà!
If you want to please your bad conscience about all the butter and the greasy bacon, you can add a topping of parsley to the dish, but trust me, this doesn't really make it much healthier, makes it only nicer to look at ;-)

Ingredients:

Preparation time is about 40 min with cooking of the potatoes and chopping the ingredients.

  • Potatoes
  • Bacon
  • Onions 
  • Butter, some real butter with salt like eg. Lurkpark butter    
  • Milk
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Muscat 
  • Parsley (Optional)
Happy Cooking!

24.9.13

Moonshining from the suburbs ore how to make plum schnapps

24.9.13
Fall is here and the branches are hanging low with all its fruits, just waiting to be picked. There are actually so many plums on my tree in the garden, that eating them all would give you some serious stomachache. So why not use them for something that will make your head ache instead.

  
Well, this is not really moonshining, but a cut down version of how to make your own schnapps of plums and rhubarb, also from the garden.

There are many different recipes out there and many of them uses a specific amount of plums, sugar ore vanilla you should use. I tend to go more with an gut feeling for the measurements and experiment with different results.  

Here is my suggestion for a home made plum schnapps recipe. It takes around 45 min of preparation for the whole mixture, with collecting the plums and the rhubarb, cleaning them and cutting the ingredients.

Recipe

  • Around 0,5 liter of Vodka ore schnapps 
  • A good amount of plums, cut into smaller pieces and remember to remove the stone
  • One piece of rhubarb cut into smaller pieces of approximately 2cm (0,78in)
  • One whole piece of cinnamon
  • Half a stick of vanilla, tip on the side, slice the stick in the middle and open it up so that the seed can come out
  • Cane sugar, approximately seven tea spoons (when using 0,5 liter of Vodka ore schnapps)
  • White sugar, here the same amount of seven tea spoons (when using 0,5 liter of Vodka ore schnapps)
Now mix it all up in a clean and scalded bottle. For the next couple of days shake the bottle both in the morning and evening until the sugar has dissolved. For the next three month the mixture has to be kept in a could and dark place. You can from time to time take a peak at it and gently turn the bottle upside down. This is not necessary but make the waiting time less hard ;-)   

After the long waiting time you can take out the mixture and run it once ore twice through a coffee filter, and voilà, ready to serve.

... But you could also put it back in its dark and could place for another two to four weeks for further enhancing the taste. Ore serve the bottle as it is, without filtering, for a special dinner, with a nice look of all the fruits inside the bottle.

Either way, happy moonshining!









10.8.13

VSCO Cam and iPhone photography

10.8.13







All photos where taken with the app VSCO Cam. Whit this app i have really discovered iPhone and mobile photography for me. Of course i have tried Instagram but I like the app and filters in this one much more. 
On the side of photo content quality, there is a huge difference too. You could compare those two apps withe the video sites YouTube and Vimeo. YouTube is great but has also a lot of crap content. On Vimeo you would find more high quality videos that have this little extra to offer, just like VSCO Cam.  
Go and have a look for yourself at http://vsco.co/ and find my VSCO grid http://niller.vsco.co/.

8.8.13

DIY chopping board from leftover ash wood

8.8.13

When installing a new kitchen worktop made out of ash wood I ended up with some very nice sized leftover peaces. Instead of just throwing them out i kept them, I knew i could use them for something later one. The other day I had some spare time and thought it could be nice with a new chopping board for the kitchen.

So down in the basement and crank up that saw, let there be sawdust!

 
Ash wood leftovers.
With the circular saw all four sides where sawn for nice and even edges.

Drawing out the handle.

Cutting out the handle with a jigsaw.
Don't forget sanding the entire board on all sides and edges to prevent sharp edges.    

Drilling hole for a cord.

Border for the handle painting.

Painting the handle. I gave the handle to coats of paint.

Red color for the handle.

Oiling the board. Olive oil used for cooking is just fine and prevents the wood from drying out. 

After oiling, drying outside in the sun. 
The final result, with a cord for hanging.

The entire project took about 2 - 3 hours to make, and most of the time I was waiting for the paint and oil to dry.

Remember from time to time to give your chopping board a new coat of oil. This prevents the wood from drying out when washing the board. And never ever put your chopping board in the dishwasher ;-)