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April 2015

asparagus-strawberry salad

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Finally spring is there, so it is time to make an appetizer with seasonal ingredients: a sale with asparagus and strawberries.  The inspiration is coming from the german chefkoch.de website.

Ingredients for 2 persons:

– 100 gr rocket salad

– 6 medium asparagus

– 100 gr strawberries

– parmesan

– vinegar, pepper, salt, sugar

– some nuts (walnuts, cashew, …)

Directions:

– Peel the asparagus and cut them into pieces of 4-5cm.

– Cook the asparagus for app. 10 minutes.

– Cut the strawberries in two halves.

– Mix the salad with the vinegar.

– Put the salad on the dishes and add the asparagus and the strawberries.

– Decorate with parmesan slices, some pepper and nuts.

– Serve lukewarm, you can eat it with some bread or toast.

Kolak pisang & ubi jalar

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I made this Indonesian dessert last week for the easter menu.  Based on plantains and sweet potatoes in a think coconut sauce it is delicious.  The original recipe is made of typical local ingredients, which weren’t available for me, so I made some “European” changes.

Ingredients (4 persons):

– 2 ripe plantains (or normal bananas if don’t have them available)

– 250 gr sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into cubes

– 200 gr dark brown sugar

– 600 ml water

– 400 ml coconut milk

– a packet of vanilla sugar

– some vanilla extract

Directions:

– Peel the plantains and cut them into pieces of 1 cm.

– Add the brown sugar to the water and boil it.

– add the plantains and the sweet potatoes and cook ‘al dente’.

– add the coconut milk, the vanilla sugar and the vanilla extract, and let it simmer until the sauce is well bond.

You can serve it hot or cold.

Waldorf towers

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A Waldorf salad always reminds me of the famous TV-series Fawlty Towers with John Cleese.  I found another recipe building a tower out of it (probably as a reference to Fawlty Towers)

Ingredients:

– half a smoked chicken

– a red and a green apple

– walnuts

– celery

– 125 ml sour cream

– 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

– Chives, salt and pepper for seasoning

– lemon juice in order to protect the apples against discoloration

Directions:

– Cut the smoked chicken into small slices.

– Mix the maynaise with the sour cream and season with salt, pepper and chives.

– Cut the celery into small pieces.

– Remove the core from the apples and cut them into thin slices.

– Now build a tower with alternating apple slices and smoked chicken.

– Garnish with celery and walnuts.

– Garnish the top of the tower with a tablespoon of the sauce, which then slowly looking for a way down.

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